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Getreadygo posted:
I recently began my journey of weight lose and life style changes in June 2010. So far I have lost 25 pounds. My goal is not to consume more than 1300 calories per day. I exercise 4 sometimes 5 times a week. I exercise for about 50 minutes at work for 1 hour (Eliptical, treadmill and leg lifts) Monday- Thursday and on Monday-Thursday I take Water aerobics (Shallow and Deep Water) for an hour. I take Zumba classes on Wednesday and Thursday for an hour. On (some) Saturday mornings I do a two mile walk. My physician told me that I am not getting enough protein in my daily food plan. I was afraid to change from the plan that I started out with because I felt that I would not lose the weight. Well I added a little more protein and in the past 3 weeks I have only lost 1.5 pounds. My goal when I started out was to lose 65 pounds. I must say that I do enjoy exercising but my biggest problem is planning the meals. I have a daily meal plan that consist of fresh fruit, no bread, no visible carbs (potatoes,rice) and salads, chicken and seafood (Broiled). I had to change my mind frame when I began from eating just because to eating when I am hungry only. I don't really like the snacking during the day. I have begun to eat breakfast, fruit for lunch and maybe a little something at dinner if I am hungry. (Which I am usually not) So my questions are should I increase the intensity of my workouts? Which is more important when working out the amount of time you workout or the calories burned? With a 1300 calorie meal plan and the amount of exercise I am currently doing should I be losing more weight or am I on target for what I am doing? Sorry this is so long. Help!!!!

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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
First, I have to caution against the getting rid of all visible carbs. Any time you wipe out a an entire food group--you lose important macro and micro nutrients.

How old are you? How tall are you? How much do you weigh?

What kind of strength training are you doing? I am wondering with all that cardio if the problem isn't related to your metabolism slowing because of muscle loss and not eating dinner.

Losing 1-2 lbs per week is the optimal amount of weight loss for sustaining it. I really wouldn't worry about a little bit of a slow down. Make sure that when you added protein that the servings and sodium levels didn't increase too much.

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