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Recently I have been mega busy, mainly with activism.... And as a result, my weight loss went kaput. In November and December, I was too busy to get to the gym at all... Over January and February, I have not been able to get to the gym so much and have only lost 4 lb...<br><br>
Over all, I have lost about 28lb in weight since I started (over about 9 months) and I'd like to lose another 20-30 lb... I'm currently 5 foot 4 and have a 32 inch waist, but I'd like a smaller frame, as I enjoy running and would like to have definition to my body...<br><br>
The problem is that I have a very busy schedule and as a result, I have plateaued... Some days, I leave the home at 8 and get back around 10:30 at night. I have decided to cut back on the activism a bit, as I am now quite mentally burnt out and am missing out on normal socialising and other stuff a mid twenties woman should be doing!<br><br>
It has been suggested, that I try a 1300 calories per day diet... Is this not too little? If I add in exercise, will I get sick?<br><br>
How can I shift the last two stone? I'm hoping to get rid of most of it over the next 6 months, especially as I am starting to run and know as I get better, I'll be able to burn a lot of calories and enjoy myself.<br><br>
Any advice on the last 20 lb or so?
 

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I wish I had advice, I'm 148 (down 88lbs) and can't move the last 10lbs! I normally go for 1500 calories, and exercise.<br><br>
If you find out how to lose the last 20lbs, please let me know!!!
 

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I always suggest to anyone with a weight loss goal to detox first. This helps eliminate toxins in the body as well as weight that could be trapped in the colon, if you know what I mean? I know where you can get a vegan 7 day cleanse too.
 

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I use:<br><br><a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/" target="_blank">http://www.myfitnesspal.com/</a> And love it! You can add me, my username is tapwaters<br>
Makes it super easy to track food and exercising.
 

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I joined MyFitenessPal and my username is Peacebone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I use calorieking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I do not get MFP <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I'm in the SAME boat. I have lost 20 pounds since joining a better gym/going veggie last year, though I'm kinda stuck at my current weight at the moment. I'm 5'3" and 165 lbs (but bouncing around from 160 to 170). I do have a snacking problem, but recently I decided to watch my calories to see if that's going to help me.<br><br>
I go to the gym once a week (work keeps me busy) but during 2 or 3 times the rest of the week I take my bike machine for a 15-30 minute run. Once the weather is nicer I will probably go to the gym more often (I walk there and back, takes about half an hour each way).<br><br>
I had normal meals yesterday, but I counted the calories to see where I was at, and came to about 1675, roughly. Most of that came from my high calorie coffee and of course my snack, nibs (bad, I know). Anything below 1500 is where I would like to be at, but I would like to be closer to 1200. Today I'm going to make more of an effort to cut back the calories, and changing some habits. I already cut my high calorie coffee in half. I didn't enjoy it, but it was better than before.<br><br>
NOTE: Any of you women planning on counting calories, do not go below 1200 a day. For men, that's 1500 calories. Anything below that is deemed unhealthy.<br><br>
I wish you all best of luck, and I could use some too, because I want to look good for the summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I'll be paying attention to the responses in this thread. I've lost 12 lbs. over the past 8 months or so, and would like to lose 14 more, but it's coming off v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y now. I'm 5'5" and started out at 151, which was definitely not a healthy or pretty weight for me. I'm now down to 139. I'd ultimately like to be around 125, which is still a little more than I weighed in college or even law school (although I smoked like a fiend back then.)<br><br>
I eat a balanced, healthy vegan diet, but I don't count calories (too much of a pain to be sustainable for me), I do have occasional treats like wine or cookies, and I probably don't work out enough to really boost my weight loss. For me, I have a feeling if I want to see faster results, I need to cut down or maybe even eliminate, at least temporarily, any "junk" food that's not nutritionally necessary, and work out harder and more often.
 

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I'm on Myfitnesspal as well with the user name same as the one on here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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To loose weight one should make sure that the liver is functioning properly. If the liver is unhappy and full with toxins or overworking, it will be very hard to loose weight. As well if you eat dairy, giving up that would make an efficient shift. When I stopped dairy, I lost extra weight very fast and has not come back 10+ years!
 

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To loose weight one should make sure that the liver is functioning properly. If the liver is unhappy and full with toxins or overworking, it will be very hard to loose weight. As well if you eat dairy, giving up that would make an efficient shift. When I stopped dairy, I lost extra weight very fast and has not come back 10+ years!</div>
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I second the milk part! I stopped drinking cows milk & lost weight fast. As for snacking, I chew on a chocolate or caramel vegan Fit Chew when I get a craving.
 

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MyFitnessPal has been great <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've lost 3lb in 2 weeks using it and it has also made me realise that my diet is not as great as it could be... Granted, at the moment I am really down and don't always have the motivation to cook. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I need to fix that... Grrrrr
 

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Im trying to lose around 20lb too. But lately I have been wondering if I dont actually like my body when it is overweight. I might aim to lose about 6 lb and then stop.
 

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I wish I'd experienced the crazy weight loss some describe when I gave up dairy, but it just hasn't happened for me. I'm the same weight now as I was when I went vegan a little over a month ago. Of course if I gave up some treats and worked out harder I'm sure I'd lose weight, but that would be true vegan or not.<br><br>
(Weight loss definitely wasn't my reason for going vegan, though.)
 

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the secret to losing weight on a vegan diet is to give up free oils, severely limit nuts and avacado. when i first started doing this i expected it would be miserable. i loved smart balance margarine! i loved olive oil and stir fry!<br><br>
what has really surprised me is how my tastes have changed. vegetables now taste better than ever. i didn't have to find an alternative condiment. i did replace salt with benson's table tasty (seems to stimulate the same taste buds but no sodium). today i had a salad with balsamic vinegar, an ear corn microwaved in the husk, collards and potatoes microwaved covered and in water. for dessert, i am having dried figs and dates. i am completely satisfied, and never feel hungry or deprived. when i first started this, i'd dream i was eating cheese, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. now i don't even think about that. my ever present allergies have diminished greatly. i feel fantastic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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I recently got interested in so called nutritiarian lifestyle. In a vegan path, of course. But the main idea is to get as much good nutrients in our diet. The doctor who was presenting it in a question on weight loss said- it does not matter how much calories, how much veg fats you get, when you eat whole food nutritional healthy food, your cells will act smart and you will get into your ideal weight very soon.
 

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Good luck to you all! I am pregnant (6 weeks left) and imagine I will be in the same boat in the near future.
 

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1300 is too low if you also want to work out. Yes, you need a caloric deficit to lose body fat, but you also need to do it in a healthy manner. Now that you've plateaued you're going to have to get down to the hard work, AKA, way more cardio to burn the fat. Figure out your target fat burning heart rate zone and try to achieve staying in the zone during jogs. You can even try interval running, 1 min max running-1min walking, for as long as you deem your sessions to last. You're going to want to eat clean as well, try to use whole wheat pastas, legumes such as lentils-beans, and even sweet potato for your carbs. Aside from carbs, you'll want fruits and veg for vitamins and minerals to help you recover from your runs, and the necessary "faux dairy" foods, etc.<br><br>
Now, I can do the math for you, but all I really know is your height, and that you're female. What I would suggest, though, is trying to aim for 1900 cals if you do intense cardio. 800 cals is enough calories to ensure that your organs don't fail on you, and if you are doing intense cardio to burn off "the last 20 lbs.", you're going to need a few hundred cals for fuel. So at 1300 cals, I don't think that's enough to be health, and commit to hardcore cardio to burn the fat.<br><br>
If you want I can try to get you a better estimate on how much to consume, but I'd need #s like: weight, how many meals a day you eat (I suggest 6ish small ones), what your ratio of protein/carb/fat is, how many days a week you exercise and what intensity.<br><br><br>
edit: Also, I've known people taller than you who ate less than that and did extreme cardio, all they did was hurt their bodies and create problems with their health. Always better to be healthy than sorry.<br>
Also, if you do want me to do some math for you, PM me or post it on my profile page, I'm bad at revisiting threads.
 

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I sporadically track on SparkPeople, and I find their iPad app very useful. It has its limitations (if you are using Spark Recipes, you need to enter those off the website) but what I like is the reports where it can tell you stuff like your deficit for the day. It made me realize that the range it gives you is not 'the whole amount you are allowed to eat' necessarily. It's the range you should aim for given what else you have going on. For example, on days I exercise, I can eat at the top of the range and still have a deficit. But if I skip the workout, it can take my deficit from 500 to 300 and therefore I have to either eat less or get in more activity. And on days I take a class at the gym and burn a lot more calories, I can have a little extra after the workout if I am hungry.
 

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Hopefully this isn't hijacking this thread, but I'd be interested in where to find the 7 day cleanse<br>
Thanks,<br>
Darryl
 
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