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I agree with the advice that you're probably eating too little for the amount of energy you're expending. Sounds strange, but you need to eat enough calories in order to lose weight. If you're not eating enough, your body will think it's starving and start to hoard calories. So even though you're exercising, you may not burn as quickly as you would like. I think you can afford to eat more calories on a daily basis. Don't forget to get enough calcium and vitamin D. There are reports that calcium helps in weight loss.

As far as keeping calories go, it's a double edged sword. I used an online calorie counter for about a month and was very diligent about it. I then stopped because after a month, I had a pretty good idea of how much I was eating. I pretty much know when I've gone overboard or not. And I don't feel it's worth the time/hassle to figure out if I've eaten 1550 or 1730 calories. If I'm eating a reasonable amount, then I'm happy. I can't be happy if I'm obsessing over every little calorie. I am happier if I'm eating healthy and in moderation. But that's me, I can't say it works for everyone.

As far as muscles go, they do weigh more than fat so if you're fairly muscular than maybe 140ish pounds is where you should be at. What size do you wear? That's probably a better sign. I'm a size 4 petite at 5'3. When I don't work out, I'm usually around 121-124. When I do work out, I'm around 125-128. I feel better at the heavier weight, am less doughy and fit in my clothes a lot better. This is based on eating reasonably well. A couple of years ago, I went through a few months when I tipped the scale at 138. I wasn't working out and was hoovering food in.

I eat everything, but try to eat till I'm not hungry anymore rather than stuff myself full which is what I did for the first 29 years of my life. Thank god for my metabolism. Eating a great big salad without dressing also helps too. It's healthy and you can eat a big portion of it and it's still a low calorie meal. I'm not crazy about dressing and replace it with bacon bits and cheese. Such a healthy meal will allow me to indulge a little bit more in my other meals.

Hope this helps!

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