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Only Lost An Inch, How To Lose More...Cut Carbs?


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Hi everyone. I'm 5'7, 16, in the 150's. I've been on this journey for 3.5 weeks and I've been eating 1200-1400 calories and exercising 6 days a week (intensely, but not that long~15 mins). I've only lost an inch of stomach fat! For me, I think that is 4-5 pounds (did some math.)

A lot of people have told me to up my calories....but if I lost the minimum amount of weight, how would upping my calories have me losing any more. I'm sorry, but somehow I don't believe upping to 1500-1800 calories would have me losing more than 4 pounds a month.

I'm hungry in the day sometimes, but I don't want to up my calories because I already lost so little.

I've decided to cut my carb intake....something like 50 g, maybe 75 g. Will this help me lose 2 inches this month? I am also joining track and will be running 3-4 miles a day. Will this help me lose 2 inches/month; 0.5 in/week. I need to lose 2 inches! 1 inch seems like such a small feat, and if I only lose 1 inch a month, I won't get to my first goal until July which seems like a long time!!

Thank you!

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If its your stomach your most wanting to lose from, try and concentrate your excersices towards that area, yes running is good, try circuits with sit ups, squats sprints. Have a look for different excersices that you can incorporate into it :)
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I sympahize with you since you are working so hard.

I am 65 yr and weight 250 lbs.  I have been on low carb 600 calories day diet for 10 weeks and only lost  an average of 1.2lbs a week.

@ irenemcc 

Are you being medically supervised.  600 calories a day isn't a lot in terms of getting adequate nutrition.

Original Post by fitnfierce:

Hi everyone. I'm 5'7, 16, in the 150's. I've been on this journey for 3.5 weeks and I've been eating 1200-1400 calories and exercising 6 days a week (intensely, but not that long~15 mins). I've only lost an inch of stomach fat! For me, I think that is 4-5 pounds (did some math.)

A lot of people have told me to up my calories....but if I lost the minimum amount of weight, how would upping my calories have me losing any more. I'm sorry, but somehow I don't believe upping to 1500-1800 calories would have me losing more than 4 pounds a month.

I'm hungry in the day sometimes, but I don't want to up my calories because I already lost so little.

People are telling you to increase your calories because you're eating at a dangerously low level for someone of your age.  If you were 10 years older and inactive, 1200-1400 calories/day would be okay.  As an active teenager, it's not.  You will still lose weight eating 1600-1800 calories/day at your age and activity level.  And you won't slow down your metabolism (which would make it harder to maintain your goal size once you get there).

Honestly, losing an inch of stomach fat in less than a month is pretty good given that you're starting at a healthy weight.  (I'm not saying you shouldn't want to lose - just that the smaller you start, the longer it's going to take to make progress.)

Keep doing what you're doing (but add about 400 calories/day in healthy foods).  Watch your sugar and sodium intake as they tend to make you retain water.  Eat healthy foods.  Do exercise you enjoy.  You'll get there.  You just have to have patience.

Original Post by susiecue:

Original Post by fitnfierce:

Hi everyone. I'm 5'7, 16, in the 150's. I've been on this journey for 3.5 weeks and I've been eating 1200-1400 calories and exercising 6 days a week (intensely, but not that long~15 mins). I've only lost an inch of stomach fat! For me, I think that is 4-5 pounds (did some math.)

A lot of people have told me to up my calories....but if I lost the minimum amount of weight, how would upping my calories have me losing any more. I'm sorry, but somehow I don't believe upping to 1500-1800 calories would have me losing more than 4 pounds a month.

I'm hungry in the day sometimes, but I don't want to up my calories because I already lost so little.

People are telling you to increase your calories because you're eating at a dangerously low level for someone of your age.  If you were 10 years older and inactive, 1200-1400 calories/day would be okay.  As an active teenager, it's not.  You will still lose weight eating 1600-1800 calories/day at your age and activity level.  And you won't slow down your metabolism (which would make it harder to maintain your goal size once you get there).

Honestly, losing an inch of stomach fat in less than a month is pretty good given that you're starting at a healthy weight.  (I'm not saying you shouldn't want to lose - just that the smaller you start, the longer it's going to take to make progress.)

Keep doing what you're doing (but add about 400 calories/day in healthy foods).  Watch your sugar and sodium intake as they tend to make you retain water.  Eat healthy foods.  Do exercise you enjoy.  You'll get there.  You just have to have patience.

Hi .Thank you :) But if I add that many calories will I still even lose 1 inch/month? I feel that is the absolute minimum I could deal with. If I lose any less than that (1 inch a month), it seems unreasonable. Eating 1500-1600 calories, could I still lose an inch a month?

 

While running track, assuming you practice 5 days a week, you should be able to eat 2000 to 2500 calories a day and still lose weight. 

The less you eat the less you burn.  Then two things happen, you don't lose weight and you suck running track. 

Original Post by fitnfierce:

Hi .Thank you :) But if I add that many calories will I still even lose 1 inch/month? I feel that is the absolute minimum I could deal with. If I lose any less than that (1 inch a month), it seems unreasonable. Eating 1500-1600 calories, could I still lose an inch a month?

 

You could.  The other thing to realise is that when you undereat, your body starts to highly value fat (even though you don't) - and the stuff it makes an effort to keep is the stuff on your stomach (since your body considers that to be protecting vital internal organs).  So, you are much more likely to be able to lose stomach fat by eating the proper amount of food than by undereating.

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Original Post by fitnfierce:

Hi .Thank you :) But if I add that many calories will I still even lose 1 inch/month? I feel that is the absolute minimum I could deal with. If I lose any less than that (1 inch a month), it seems unreasonable. Eating 1500-1600 calories, could I still lose an inch a month?

 

You could.  The other thing to realise is that when you undereat, your body starts to highly value fat (even though you don't) - and the stuff it makes an effort to keep is the stuff on your stomach (since your body considers that to be protecting vital internal organs).  So, you are much more likely to be able to lose stomach fat by eating the proper amount of food than by undereating.

But you're saying  I might not lose 1 inch a month....so wouldn't I not be losing stomach fat?

I'm saying that if you undereat (keep eating 1200-1400 cals/day), your body will burn things like arm and leg muscle instead of stomach fat.  If you eat so that you're only at a slight deficit (the 2000 cals/day recommended by trhawley), your body will not put itself into conservation mode and will be more willing to burn stomach fat (however, it'll take the fat from wherever it wants; it sucks, but that's how weight loss works; we can't direct it toward our area of choice).  If you choose to eat somewhere in the middle of those two options, you'll have results somewhere in the middle.

I hear a lot about cutting carbs on these forums, I think everyone needs to remember how important carbs are for your bodies fuel and for your brain and body functioning.

I have lost 10.5 pounds (SW: 147.5 CW: 137) since Christmas and I am over on my carbs just about every day (often from fruits, but I also eat cereal every morning and bread) . Hope this is some food for thought!
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