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Originally Posted by mkadam68
Yeah...I knew this. The problem I'm having is this:
If I'm doing the same activities, I'm burning the same calories. I should continue losing the same weight. It should be like clockwork if a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Right? But it doesn't happen this way. We occasionally plateau. So, perhaps a calorie isn't always a calorie? Since a calorie is a measurement of energy and not mass, perhaps fat-cells are slightly different from person to person. If they're different person to person, perhaps they're different within the same person and a calorie is sort of just an averaged out value, like the various caolric measures for activities.
What happens is as you lose weight, your body also becomes more efficient in burning those calories as well, so you need to change the equation a bit as far as diet goes.....
Substitute a bit more protein and reduce the fatty intake a bit to restart the ketosis cycle involved in burning fat. Increase the activity a notch as well. The ironic thing is that as you get in better shape, it gets harder to raise the HR high enough to stay in the sustained burn zone of 65-70% Max HR, because you are in better shape!
The other factor, you hit right on the head, we're all one offs (Custom DNA code), and the tables are truly based off of a statistical average with a fairly high level of correlation (approaching .82), but individuals do respond differently.
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