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Ever since going vegan I also just overhauled all my junk food and also have been working out every day. I've lost 11 pounds so far going from 196 to 185.<br><br>
I have a question regarding BMR and things of that nature. My BMR is a little over 1600. So if I'm eating 1500 calories and usually burning 500 calories a day when working out is that healthy for my body if essentially my BMR is saying I need 1600 to function? Or is that good because whatever my body is not getting from my eating and calorie deficit from working out is being taken from my fat stores?<br><br>
This may seem like a stupid question but, I'm new to the "science" of losing weight. I've always been the queen of fad diets and trying everything to lose weight. Everything but just eating healthy and exercising that is. lol Because of this crazy dieting, I think it has also caused me to ALWAYS gain more weight and weigh more than I did when I started. Especially after doing the HCG diet and losing 30 lbs in 3 weeks.<br><br>
These are the reasons why I'm worried about doing it right this time. I'm just trying to do what I should have been doing all the while. My ultimate goal is to weigh 150 by summer so shorts aren't so nerve wracking. Is this too lofty of a goal? I just wondered how fast you should be losing weight. Thank you so much all. I value your words very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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gosh that HCG diet should be taken off the shelves, off the internet and anywhere else it's still hiding out! the calorie deficit should work fine for you....it may take some time to readjust your metabolism though, so making every calorie count is going to be really beneficial.<br><br>
you haven't mentioned what type of foods you are eating, but said you've overhauled the junk food....so are you still eating some? have you done any other adjusting to your diet like reducing the fat intake, what about sugar, removing HFCS?<br><br>
are you cooking whole foods yourself, or still relying on alot/or little packaged foods?<br><br>
What does an average day of food look like? Be honest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">!<br><br>
Losing 35 pounds by summer is totally possible....losing 1-2 pounds of fat/week is the suggested rate of weight loss. have you had any blood wk to know if you have any insulin resistance yet? A lot of people who have yoyo dieted, tend to be
 

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I'm hugely against the HCG now. Ugh. :/ And there are the occasional junk food things. But not much at ALL honestly.<br><br><br>
Ok I'll give you the last two days as an exampls of what I eat on a normal day. Yesterday was:<br><br>
Berry smoothie for breakfast (Blueberries, Mangos, Some pomegranate juice)<br>
Lunch was a big salad of romaine lettuce, mushrooms, cauliflowers, and lite italian dressing. Also had 6 tablespoons red pepper hummus (Completely made by me from scratch) with a couple celery stalks<br>
Supper was a wrap that included 3 tablespoons of same hummus from lunch, romaine lettuce, and 1 Boca chicken patty. As a side I did have 1 ounce of exotic veg chips<br>
For snack yesterday I had 4 oreos (Bad I know)<br><br>
Today looked like this:<br>
Breakfast: Smoothie (Blueberries, raspberries, melon, pomengrante juice)<br>
Lunch: Identical to supper last night since I ate half last night and half for lunch today and with the same amount of chips<br>
Supper: I made some vegan spaghetti. I did use some canned spaghetti sauce as a base but I also added veg(carrots, chickpeas, mushrooms, celery, onion, green pepper, and red pepper) I had one cup angel hair pasta and 1 cup of that sauce<br><br>
And to drink I always drink water and everyday I usually drink around 10 8 ounce glasses of water. Oh I also had one oreo today.<br>
And no, I have never gotten bld work for that. I'm 18 so I've never had any bld work done really except the stuff I had to get for nursing school this semester.
 

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I'd use a calorie tracker (there are such apps if you have a smart phone or just do it on your web browser) if you have the patience for it and aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week. It won't be exact, but you can adjust as needed. If you can't always get your exercise in you can also adjust for that by eating 500 calories less.
 

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well congrats then....diet isn't too bad! I have a history for oreo binges....so they're rarely ever in my house! lol!<br>
congrats on nursing school too-good luck!<br><br>
The calorie tracker is a good way to see if you are getting enough. You don't want to dip too low in your caloric intake. You're good on the water too. how about milks or non dairy milk? Not really seeing much with calcium in it including greens or green smoothies? Do you like kale, collards, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts? Try to eat a nice serving size each day...the oxalates are broken down better when cooked, but you can still get benefits from eating them raw too.
 

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I've never really been a milk drinker or a cheese eater..I didn't ever like it and now I crave milk for like the last 2 weeks because I can't have it of course. And I've tried what seems like every kind of milk alternative and I can't get used to them. I figure I'll just have to stomach their "weird" taste until they aren't foreign to me anymore. And occasionally I'll add spinach to my breakfast smoothies and I actually love spinach and collard greens. I'll have to remember to add those into my diet more frequently.<br><br>
And thanks about nursing school. It's stressful to say the least but I love what I'm doing more than anything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
As for the calorie counter, that's exactly what I've been doing I was just worried maybe I wasn't getting enough or too much ha I just wanted t make sure I was doing this weight loss thing right for once. I figured I needed to buckle down because even though I don't think I'm thaaat fat I checked my BMI recently and it said I was obese. :/
 

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well numbers are only numbers, they don't indicate muscle weight at all, so don't get too bent out of shape, although keep it in mind too, as it can be a good motivator, and maybe it's "true", and that can be hard to swallow too.<br><br>
I know a lot of girls who gained weight while in nursing school, keep healthy snacks with you all the time, so you don't tend to pick up some unhealthy foods, and eat out of starvation or lackof time.
 

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I've actually been losing weight ever since I've started nursing school. I think the motivator was somebody who was a third semester told me to get ready to gain weight and that scared me. I had already gained around 30 lbs from last november due to a bout of depression. I was just getting over that this summer so along with sluffing off the sadness I would also sluff off all bad habits and start a new more acceptable life for myself. Voila I became vegan knowing it was the best thing I could do for my body and sound of mind.
 

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Diet and exercise are the keys. Once I changed to a whole food plant based diet and started exercising moderately (30 min/day on the elliptical as well as walking when it was warmer) the weight started coming off pretty quickly. I've lost 40# in 3 months and am currently losing 1 to 1 1/2 per week which I'm happy with. My wife didn't have to lose as much weight as me has lost 15# over this same time period. However it has slowed down for her but she is at a very healthy weight for her height.
 

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Great job, Forster. Makes me know its possible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> and HCG is basically what I call the Holocaust diet. You eat just enough to keep you alive and able to "work" (500 calories a day) while you also take this hormone 3 times every day that makes it so you're not hungry. The hormone is the same one that pregnant women produce.
 

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HCG- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin= bad news! It was featured on Dr Oz's show probably last yr...some people liked it, some hated it, all lost weight on it, but DUH! who wouldn't. The hormone keeps your hunger level down. Really not safe over the long run.
 

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Exactly. I swear it through my entire body out of whack after I last was on it. (Ive done it twice) I went on a normal diet afterward and maintained all the weight I lost but I couldnt lose anymore for weight for an incredible amount of time. It was crazy how long it took for my body to go back to normal.
 

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I just sort of wanted to do a little update because I hit a big milestone today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> As of today, I've lost 20 pounds<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I currently weigh 176 lbs<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Woohooo
 

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congratulations!!
 

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That's awesome!! I've lost about 18 pounds in the last several months. Eating this way just feels right! (for SOOOO many reasons)
 
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