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Am I crash dieting?

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Teapot74 Wed 10-Jun-15 13:17:03

I've yo yo'd a lot in the past. I know that slow and steady wins the race, but if I don't see results I find it hard to motivate myself. I've been low carbing for 7 weeks and lost 2lbs a week. But my weight loss has really slowed. I'm still a good stone overweight. So I got a fitbit to track calories. I'm burning between 2500/ 3500 a day and eating just under 1400. I should be losing at least 2 lbs a week but I'm not. Am feeling a bit down about it. Any ideas? I have dropped 1lb in 10 days.

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 13:31:14

If you are burning that many calories, you may well be, but are you sure? Dp burn about 2500 on a three hour cycle or a 90 minute run? But id you are and then only eating 1400, then your body will go into starvation mode as you are far far into negative calories and will not want to let go of any weight at all. Though obviously it will then begin to as you are effectively starvinging yourself.

Maybe I misunderstand your numbers though? If you are burning 2500 calories you should be eating at least 4000

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 13:32:12

Sorry for all the typos, ironically I am eating and typing wink

helenahandbag Wed 10-Jun-15 13:32:31

Gobbler

The fitbit estimates your entire day's calorie burn (TDEE) not just the calories burned during bursts of exercise. If you are burning 3000kcal on average, you should be eating at least 2000kcal.

blessedenough Wed 10-Jun-15 13:37:02

On a low carb diet weight comes off in chunks, some weeks I don't lose any then I get a whoosh and I lose 4lbs. It is common to have a stall after a number of weeks usually week 3-5. Keep on and it will come off. I don't watch calories only carbs and I eat way more than 1400kcals.

For a few weeks my weight didn't change but my jeans which gave me a MASSIVE muffin top suddenly fit. Try taking your measurements and see what if they change. Good luck

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 13:46:27

Okay helenahandbag that makes a lot more sense, have never used a fitbit.

Teapot74 Wed 10-Jun-15 14:37:28

I'm hoping my daily calorie burn is fairly accurate as I wear the fitbit 24/7.

AFRii Wed 10-Jun-15 14:57:44

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GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 16:08:31

I don't know, I've only ever used MFP, which has me set at a daily deficit of 490 calories and consistently lose a lb ish a week.

My resting daily calorie use is set at 2030, obviously this is just a guess on the part of MFP, yesterday I burnt 900 extra calories (6 mile very brisk walk, 90 minute dance class), but I ate 2075 calories.

AggressiveBunting Fri 12-Jun-15 19:15:30

Teapot- can you tell us how much you currently weigh and what exercise you do? 3500 seems very high unless you are running 15 miles a day or something.

pippistrelle Sat 13-Jun-15 10:48:56

How long has it been since the scales showed you've lost weight? Because plateaus of up to three weeks are perfectly normal, and pretty much happen to everyone. But if you just stick with it, you'll come out the other side. (In fact, I found a few weeks ago that complaining here about a plateau was enough to get things moving again!)

I agree with blessedenough that it can be useful also to check your measurements because chances are you'll see a reduction there, even when the scales don't show anything. That way, you have an extra source of motivation.

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