Status:Closed Asked:Feb 25, 2013 - 08:25 AM
Eating 1200 calorie diet,excising 3-4 times a week including running, spinning, swimming-why no weight loss?
Weight loss can certainly be frustrating. You’ll hear that standard “1200-calorie” figure tossed around a great deal. But actually the correct calorie level to produce a healthy rate of weight loss (1-2 lbs/week) is unique to the individual and varies based on gender, height/body size, age, as well as activity level. It’s always a good idea to bring your healthcare provider on board with your plans to lose weight. This way he or she will be able to help you set appropriate calorie goals, monitor progress, and avoid any unforeseen pitfalls like potential medical conditions that may be making weight loss efforts more difficult. That being said, there are a number of things that we can put in place before giving up on weight loss altogether. First, we need to make sure that we are accurately calculating calorie intake. This can be tricky as most people don’t weigh or measure every morsel of food consumed, but rather assume portion-size based on the way it looks-and as they say, looks can be deceiving. Secondly, it may be time to begin considering alternative calorie goals-specifically a bit higher than your current level. You may be thinking, “Higher…? Doesn’t she mean lower? But the truth is that our body’s metabolism is designed to function at optimal levels based on the amount of fuel (food) we give it. Too low of calorie intake for a very physically active person may cause the body to begin conserving energy necessary for other functions. This translates into a slower metabolism, actually making it a more difficult to lose weight. Lastly, depending on how long you’ve been working your current exercise routine, it may be time to shake it up a bit. Consider varying cardiovascular exercises while adding in a couple days/week of strength training. Although it’s tempting to focus solely on cardiovascular exercises in an effort to burn calories, strength or resistance moves will help minimize muscle loss while losing weight, thus improving your metabolic rate. This will make it easier for you to not only lose weight but keep it off once you reach goal.
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