12th July 03:42
Frustrated (calories low carb menopause down pound)
On 14 Nov 2003 08:16:44 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Rubystars)
For most women 2 lbs. a week -- unless doing some kind of supervised
fast -- is pretty ambitious. I wouldn't be in so much of a hurry --
losing 52 lbs. in a year is a heck of a lot better than not losing 52
lbs., after all :-). I've lost 87 lbs. in 16 months and I'm very
happy with that -- maybe a tad faster than you're losing but not lots.
And at this point certainly not faster.
You haven't said how old you are (that I've noticed, anyway), and that
can make a difference in how fast you can lose. I'm 55, and in
menopause, which tends to slow down one's metabolism.
You've gotten varying advice on how many calories you should be
eating. I think this is something you have to experiment with. I
started at 262 lbs. and have been targeting around 1600 calories per
day the whole time -- a little less lately. And I exercise more
strenuously than you do, I'd say -- lots of weight lifting and more
challenging cardio activity. But your metabolism may differ from
mine. If what you're doing now is leading to a pound a week weight
loss, I think that you might just want to stick with it. But you
might want to try varying your exercise a bit -- adding more strength
training and maybe cardio interval training.
I'd be dubious that you're in any sort of starvation mode at 2000
calories a day. But if you think this is a possibility, try adding
more and see if it helps. (Also, I think others have suggested using
something like Fitday to calculate your actual consumption -- since
it's easy to be pretty far off if you just estimate.)
Good luck with whatever approach you choose.
By the way, I don't do low carb either. I average around 25% fat,
with the rest pretty even split between carbs and protein. I try to
eat mostly good carbs and good fats, but I'm not a purist.