3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Support Groups > 100 lb. Club

Need Help...

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-02-2010, 03:47 PM   #1
Member
 
FromFat2Fit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 69

S/C/G: 289.5/ticker/175

Height: 5'7

Default Need Help...

Counting calories vs. weight watchers...which do you prefer? I have lost 55lbs with counting calories but lately I have been at a stand still. I think that I haven't been eating enough so it has slowed the process down for me. I started going to the gym and I work out for AT LEAST 45 minutes. I have been eating around 1500 calories a day and I have lost maybe .5-1 in 3 weeks. I thought about switching to WW to try and give me a boost. Anyone have other suggestions?

This is an idea of what I have been eating a day:

Breakfast: Poached egg and a whole wheat english muffin
Lunch:Black bean burger on a multi grain sandwich thin
Snack: Kashi and plain yogurt or couscous salad with veggies (1/2 cup)
Dinner: This is what has really killed me...I just haven't been cooking as much lately. I will eat either cereal or a flatout bread with chicken and taco seasoning, etc. Oh, and I normally put laughing cow cheese on it.


Work out is the following:
20 minutes on the elliptical--the resistance is set at 15 and I am not ready (physically) to increase that. Maybe in a week though.
10 minutes on the bicycle on L10 at 14mph
15 minutes on the treadmill with the incline set around 5 and the speed at 3.5.


So, that doesn't look bad to me. Am I missing something? I am trying desperately here...I haven't cheated...any "treats" I had were in my calorie range.
__________________


"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." Lee Iacocca
FromFat2Fit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 03:58 PM   #2
Strong is the new Pretty!
 
FitGirlyGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jacksonville, Arkansas
Posts: 2,237

S/C/G: 245/ticker/1??

Height: 5'2"

Default

I think you are probably right that you need to eat more. You don't necessarily have to go to WW to do that though. You could just continue CC and increase by 100 at a time and see how it goes, that's what I did. I was eating around 12-1300 and stalling. I'm now at 1650-1700 and my weight loss is back on track. On the other hand, WW has done awesome things for many people over the years. I think it's a matter of personal preference.
__________________
Roxy

I quit smoking on Oct. 20, 2008 Now I right and more.



FitGirlyGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 03:59 PM   #3
Loving life!!
 
TJFitnessDiva's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ponchatoula, LA
Posts: 2,349

S/C/G: 360/159/145

Height: 5' 8"

Default

When was it that you started the gym?

I think if you are eating a bit more balanced and in your calorie range it'll help too. The bread/grains jump out at me. WW and CC are pretty much the same thing . Just smaller numbers with WW.
__________________
Tanee

"The most exciting, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself."


My fan page on facebook! www.facebook.com/taneeisfitforlife

Last edited by TJFitnessDiva : 03-02-2010 at 04:03 PM.
TJFitnessDiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
Member
 
FromFat2Fit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 69

S/C/G: 289.5/ticker/175

Height: 5'7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RomanceDiva View Post
When was it that you started the gym?

I think if you are eating a bit more balanced and in your calorie range it'll help too. WW and CC are pretty much the same thing . Just smaller numbers with WW.

I started the first of February. Can you give me some ideas for better balance with what I am eating?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
__________________


"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." Lee Iacocca
FromFat2Fit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
3 + years maintaining
 
rockinrobin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 12,070

S/C/G: 287/120's

Height: 5 foot nuthin'

Default

Not sure how or why switching to WW would help you.. Also not sure why you would INCREASE your calories in order to get the scale moving downward. We're trying to create a calorie DEFICIT here. The more calories you take in, the smaller the deficit, the harder it is to accomplish weight loss. If anything, now that you're smaller it will be harder to create that deficit and you *may* want to consider decreasing them by 100 calories or so.

Perhaps you want to lighten up on some of those carbs and add in some veggies, veggies, veggies.

Also how many days a week to you hit the gym? HAve you begun strength training?

How's your water intake, not that that should be a major factor, but you never know?
rockinrobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 04:11 PM   #6
aka Sarah
 
WarMaiden's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,221

S/C/G: 289/193/159

Height: 5'7"

Default

Try eating a lot more vegetables, especially green ones. Spinach, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, brussels sprouts, green and red peppers. Shoot for 4 to 6 servings per day, at least.

Replace grains with things that give you more nutrition (and which will also fill you up better and stabilize your blood sugar rather than whacking it out), like the veggies mentioned above, or sweet potatoes, or even blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit.

Eat more protein, especially fish and chicken.

Keep getting at least 2 servings of dairy per day.

You might check out the South Beach Diet for more information on how to eat better.
__________________
WarMaiden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 04:58 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
slimsilhouette2b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 126

S/C/G: 273/219/145

Height: 5'5"

Default

Weight Watchers has a really great layout of healthy eating as well. Everything that WarMaiden laid out is exactly what WW stands for. I love WW but do know that other programs work well.

I agree too that it doesn't sound like you are eating enough.

Good luck!
__________________
♣~♣~Krista~♣~♣

Overall


Summer ONEderland Challenge


http://slimsilhouette2b.webs.com/
slimsilhouette2b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 05:05 PM   #8
Loser :-)
 
Michelle98272's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 707

S/C/G: 273/251/175

Height: 5ft8

Default

I've done both WW and counting calories. If a group meeting, accountability at weigh-in, keeping track of points instead of calories will help you then go for it!! I've found counting calories and coming here WAAAAY more beneficial to me than WW. The main reason is I can log on here any time day or night, get immediate help if I stumble and lots of support VS. a 1 x a week, 30 min group class with very little time for personal support and interaction. Plus you have to pay for WW and this is free.
__________________


First Mini-Goal: Lose 10 lbs. Met 2/22/2010
Second Mini-Goal: 20 lbs. down Met 4/23/2010
Third Mini-Goal: Lost 10% body weight (27 lbs down) Met 9/13/2010
Fourth Mini-Goal: Lose 8 more lbs to = 40 lbs lost :
Back on track:9/5/2011 First goal: get back to 246
Michelle98272 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 05:27 PM   #9
Member
 
FromFat2Fit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 69

S/C/G: 289.5/ticker/175

Height: 5'7

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockinrobin View Post
Not sure how or why switching to WW would help you.. Also not sure why you would INCREASE your calories in order to get the scale moving downward. We're trying to create a calorie DEFICIT here. The more calories you take in, the smaller the deficit, the harder it is to accomplish weight loss. If anything, now that you're smaller it will be harder to create that deficit and you *may* want to consider decreasing them by 100 calories or so.

Perhaps you want to lighten up on some of those carbs and add in some veggies, veggies, veggies.

Also how many days a week to you hit the gym? HAve you begun strength training?

How's your water intake, not that that should be a major factor, but you never know?
I just thought maybe WW would give me a better starting point. Based off the calorie estimators that I have used I am supposed to be in the 1800 range but I am well below that and not really doing hot. I will add in more veggies/fruits. I actually make a fresh veggie salad with lemon juice that I eat often but I haven't been great about it at night.

I am going to the gym at least 5 days a week...sometimes 6. I haven't really started strength training. I do a couple of the machines for arms, legs and abs but that is it. I don't do it but maybe 2 a week though because I am not sure what I am doing or what I need to be doing.

I am drinking 80-96 oz of water a day. I probably need to increase that a bit.
__________________


"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." Lee Iacocca
FromFat2Fit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 05:30 PM   #10
Member
 
FromFat2Fit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 69

S/C/G: 289.5/ticker/175

Height: 5'7

Default

Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone. I really appreciate it.
__________________


"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance." Lee Iacocca
FromFat2Fit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 05:58 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Thighs Be Gone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,629

S/C/G: HW/232 SW 215/ CW 133/GW 120's

Height: 5.7 and 1/2

Default

I am with Michelle. I went to one WW meeting--never became a member though. I echo her sentiments on 3FC and why I like it though. LOL--3FC even has some "leaders." LOL, I know I have mine. I will resist calling them out here though. p.s. One of them is already on this thread.
__________________


"Be who you are, say what you feel. Those who matter, don't mind. Those who mind, don't matter." --Dr. Seuss
Thighs Be Gone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #12
Loving life!!
 
TJFitnessDiva's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ponchatoula, LA
Posts: 2,349

S/C/G: 360/159/145

Height: 5' 8"

Default

I have to speak up for WW The meetings were a great tool for me & I used both 3FC & them to find my way....I had a leader that did the core plan (aka simply filling now) and she helped me learn how to eat healthy along with learning here, in between meeting we emailed a lot until I got the hang of it. She wound up going to another center closer to home and I stopped going. I do it on my own now and have been doing it this way for a year so for me it's *free* I did CC for a few months too but the bigger number had me micro-managing and it drove me bonkers lol

Since you started out on CC and if you aren't freaking over the numbers I really don't see a need for you to switch unless you really want to
__________________
Tanee

"The most exciting, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself."


My fan page on facebook! www.facebook.com/taneeisfitforlife

Last edited by TJFitnessDiva : 03-02-2010 at 06:20 PM.
TJFitnessDiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 06:42 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
PeanutsMom704's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2,020

S/C/G: 263/ticker/156

Height: 5'7"

Default

You can google to figure out how many WW points you'd get each day. You get the first 2 digits of your weight (so you'd get 23) and then you add a few additional points based on age and height, etc. As a quick estimate, you'd probably get about 30-32 pts.

Although there are some difference based on fat and fiber, 1 WW roughly equals 50 calories. So in other words, your WW points would have you eating approximately 1500-1600 calories!! (and veggies are generally free, so you can eat slightly above that and still be on plan)

However, the thing with calorie estimators, including WW points, is that they are always just a starting point. If you aren't losing, then try adding or subtracting calories (I personally don't fully buying to the "eat more to lose more" theory, but it's your body and your experience may be different so experiment!) or adding more and different activity.

I'm not knocking WW, I think it has a great track record and has been helpful for many, many people, including plenty of people posting on 3fc. But the question is whether you think you would benefit from the specific kind of support WW offers - including making a commitment to pay and attend meetings, which can be it's own form of motivation for some people. But in terms of how much you are eating, that is not likely to be different wth WW and calorie counting, they are pretty much the same thing, WW just uses a different way of counting which some people find easier.
__________________
Long Term Goal

1st 10% - 2/2/10
Current Goal - 2nd 10%

PeanutsMom704 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 07:32 PM   #14
GoWear Fit All-Star
 
mulder1921's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 213

S/C/G: 280/266.8/150

Height: 5'6"

Default

I also think you need to increase your calories. I think keeping it at 1500 is probably too low with all the workouts. There are a ton of people on the calorie counter thread and the Bodybugg/GWF thread who were having the same issue. Once they increased their calories, they started losing again.
I currently burn around 3000 cals a day, eat around 2000cals a day and lose between 1 and 3# a week.

Good luck!
__________________



Lose 10# 13 times. One for every 10# lost
Slow and steady...
mulder1921 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2010, 09:27 PM   #15
Eyes on the Prize
 
HotWings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 549

S/C/G: 350/ticker/160

Height: 5'7"

Default

I stalled at 57 pounds lost, but what kickstarted me again was not just counting calories, but cycling carbohydrates. Now I do kind of a hybrid of calorie counting, carb cycling. It has helped tremendously!
__________________
My Blog: Hot Wings & Other Things

Current Mini-Goal Progress:



1st mini goal: Below 300, Achieved 12/2/2009
2nd mini goal: 279, Achieved 3/15/2010
3rd mini goal: 250 (100 lbs lost)
1 for every 10 lbs. lost:
HotWings is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for Low Calorie Breakfast and Snack Ideas need help. aprilshowers Food Talk And Fabulous Finds 12 02-10-2005 04:17 PM
overwhelmed and need help shyangel Introductions 121 07-29-2004 09:51 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:30 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2