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Old 04-14-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Eating more & Losing weight?

I am trying to lose about 3 pounds of plain ugly fat. I have started exercising about 3 times a week (I have not worked out in over a year). I am confused about eating. I usually eat about 700-900 calories a day. I do not have an eating disorder I just honestly don't get hungry much. Anyway, my husband keeps trying to convince me that if I eat more I will lose the 3 pounds. How can this be? If I am currently eating less calories usually around dinner how can I eat 1200 all day long and lose weight? It doesn't make any sense to me? Can someone please put this threory into laymans terms for me to understand? Thanks so much.

 
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Old 04-14-2005, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: Eating more & Losing weight?

Two words: starvation response. If you are not eating enough, your body will literally hang onto fat and slow your metabolism for as long as it can. You need to be eating roughly 10x your bodyweight in calories at LEAST each day. If you increase you calories to that level, preferably with lean protein since you are working out, you probably will see some fat loss fairly quickly. But be careful using a scale as your gauge of progress. If you're working out you may gain some lean muscle while at the same time losing some fat. So even if the scale doesn't move, or (dont panic) you gain a couple of pounds, you can still get *leaner* than you are now with the new muscle and higher metabolism. Ideally, dividing your calories into small meals every 2-3 hours will keep metabolism high, prevent hunger (which doesnt seem to be a problem) and provide consistent nutrition. I left a post of diet basics here: [url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=273671&page=2[/url]

hope that makes sense.
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