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Old 10-09-2013, 11:19 PM   #31
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Do you know what your lean body mass is? Or have at least a ballpark figure? You should be basing your goal weight on that, regardless of goalposts along the way.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #32
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Thanks, Ntombi. From what I've calculated, it's about 112 lbs. But wouldn't that change as I lose weight?
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:00 AM   #33
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The goal is for that NOT to change! Unless you can increase it, of course. The more LBM you have, the healthier you'll be, the smaller you'll be at the same weight, the easier it will be to maintain your weight (muscles need more calories than fat, so you'll have more leeway in maintenance), and more.

I am trying my damnedest to keep every ounce of my LBM, and so far, I've been as successful as I could be (lost only about half a pound of muscle, the rest has been fat). That means that even though I still have about 100 lbs to lose, some of my muscles are starting to show up. My goal weight is based on keeping my 154 lbs of LBM, which is why I'm aiming for ~190 lbs which is still about 20% BF.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:09 AM   #34
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So, aim to keep your LBM, and make a healthy goal based on adding a reasonable amount of fat to that LBM. You can look up charts for healthy BF% goals, based on age. Say, if your goal was 20%, which is on the low end of optimal for a woman who's not a professional athlete, that would make your goal about 135. If your goals was based on 25%, which is still in the healthy range, it would be 140.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:04 AM   #35
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Rebecca, did you ever get the blood ketone strips?
Yes. I have used them off and on since July 2012. Very eye-opening!
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:00 AM   #36
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Personally, I do not put any stock in the websites that tell you how many calories to eat. They are based on faulty "science" that claims that all calories are alike and that a calorie is an actual thing in the human body, which it is not.

However, the body does recognize and use fat, protein and carbs in different ways, so I do go by that.

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Old 10-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #37
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Yes. I have used them off and on since July 2012. Very eye-opening!
They really are! I didn't get new information, but it confirmed what I was already doing, which is just as nice sometimes.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:09 PM   #38
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They really are! I didn't get new information, but it confirmed what I was already doing, which is just as nice sometimes.

I will be using them periodically, even once weekly if I can afford the strips
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #39
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So you have a 'set amount' of protein and carbs and then eat until you're satisfied? Ie making p the difference with fat? Sounds good to me. It's the way I want to eat once I've figured out the best amounts of pro and carbs for me.
I follow Dr. Bernstein (Diabetes Solution) who recommends 1-1.5gm of protein per kilo of *ideal* weight. So I'm a 5'3 small build woman (not a lot of muscle) and I'm eating around 63gm (the 1gm end). I keep my carbs below 25gm so the rest of my calories are made up of fat. Some people (not familiar with low carb) would think *EEK...73% fat?*...but I lost my last 45 pounds on that plan.
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