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Joined: Aug 10
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 22:09
Okay so I am 26 yrs old and I weigh 254lbs. I have always been a heavy person ever since I can remember.
I have been trying to loose weight since 4/11/2011. I remember this date clearly because I ended up in the ER due to what my Doctor thought was a heart attack, But was actually a Panic attack from...Life. So here is my dilemma, I have been trying for over a year now to lose weight. I have tried nearly everything. Eating 1500 calories a day, Eating 6 or 7 small meals a day, removing all the protein from my diet(which by the way I felt horrible after that 4 weeks), I go to the gym 4 times a week. I hired a personal trainer even. I can not seem to lose any weight.
My trainer dropped me because I wasnt losing any weight, even though he saw me on the machines at the gym. I have tried restrictive diets with no success. I am afriad to even go near weight loss pills because of my panic attacks that happen far too often(i do take medicine for that though).
I seem to constantly maintain a weight between 245-255. I cant lose more, and I dont seem to gain more.
I am not asking for a miracle, though it would be nice. I just need some direction to go to at the very least start losing weight. Preferably without "the band", Recommended by Doc. Anyone out there experienced something similar, or has advice?
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 22:19
If low cal and low fat hasnt worked, have you ever tried atkins or a low carb diet? I know its not for everyone, but I love it. I dont ever feel deprived and have lots of energy on it. Just something to maybe think about it
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 00:06
My approach has been to focus on what I want to be able to eat forever (read: everything) but to change my approach, that is, far less carbs and fat, and 95% of my food being lean protein or whole fruits and veggies. (not juice). I think you might benefit from very carefully tracking your calories and workouts for 4 weeks (if you haven't already) to see you inputs and outputs, then talk to your doc about a lower RDI. That is what I did and my doc agreed 1200-1500 calls was OK even though FS recommended 1800/day. I had the concrete evidence from my food log to back up my choice.
I am not losing weight. I am gaining health. Since April 24, 2012:
Joined: Jun 11
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 00:23
Start logging in every single piece of food you eat, then we can hone in on what your are eating wrong. also what is your bmr?
Joined: Sep 08
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 07:26
I agree with Heidijoy... Tracking your food for a few weeks will really help focus on problem foods. I have done that and discovered what my body does best with... Like her, I lose more when I keep my carbs and fat low and eat more lean protein. I joined a gym and gradually started to exercise. I tried some classes because I would get bored just doing cardio by myself and found that I love the body pump class. I have also been doing Couch to 5k and that has helped me build up my endurance and keeps it to a quick 30 minutes.
Also - and this is kind of personal - but my sister has had similar problems with only losing 10 pounds and then getting stuck no matter what she does. She has an IUD. Her doctor has told her that it can be difficult to lose weight with an IUD. Just FYI.
Good luck and try not to get discouraged. I have been stuck at my current weight and recently decided that I just need to keep working out and even if the number on the scale stays the same, atleast I am getting toned and in better shape. I have noticed I moved to a smaller clothes size even having not lost much weight lately!
Joined: Mar 10
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 09:14
Just out of curiosity, have you been screened for issues like hypothyroid or other hormonal issues that could be affecting things? Are there medications that are hindering your metabolism?
Joined: Jun 09
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 15:40
I agree with some of the above posters: You need to spend some time ACCURATELY tracking your calories. That means measuring out portions, weighing lean meats before cooking them, and putting every single bit of it into Fatsecret.
I wouldn't suggest low carb, no carb, no protein, no fats, etc. etc. Your body needs all of those things, it just needs them in the right amounts.
I think 1500 calories is too low for you, and it probably had the opposite impact on your metabolism than you hoped for.
Along with measuring and accurately tracking, you need to be getting into the gym 5-6 days per week, for at least 30 minutes per day. I know a lot of people don't like to hear that, but if you're working out 4 days per week, that's around 57% of the days you're working out (if my math skills are still on track). That sounds ok, but when you hear the other side of it: It's 43% of the days you AREN'T working out, it hits home.
The old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," is right on about your fitness. You can't have 7 apples in one day and think you're good for the week. You can't have 2 every other day and think you're good for the week. It's an apple per day.
Your metabolism reacts to working out on a daily basis, not a weekly or monthly average, it's daily.
So get into a consistent program of strength training (at least 20 sets of lifting for a workout, not doing strength training 2 days in a row), and cardio on the other days for at least 30-45 minutes in the anaerobic zone.
I can tell you this for certain: Getting in shape is hard, it takes a lot of work, DISCIPLINE in the kitchen without cheating or overlooking anything that you put in your mouth. It takes consistent moderate to intense exercise. If you put those together and you don't have a thyroid issue you will lose weight in time.
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:11
All of the above is excellent advice. Make sure you are getting in plenty of cardio in your workouts. Also, some anxiety meds are known to cause weight gain, so I would check and see if that is a side effect of the med you are on. Are you drinking plenty of water? For those of us trying to lose weight, we need to drink 96 oz./day + am additional 8 oz. for every 25 lbs. we carry above our ideal weight. Among many other benefits, water decreases the appetite and increases the metabolism. Let us know if any of this helps you or not- and as mentioned above, log all of your food and exercise so we can help you discover where there may be an issue. Good luck!
Joined: Jun 08
Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 22:59
I understand where you are coming from. A past roommate of mine was having the same issues, but when we thought she was having a hear attack it turned out to be a thyroid problem. While we lived together we tried everything we could think of. Because of her meds, the weight is extremely slow in coming off, but it does as long as she sticks to it. We both found that restrictive diets did not help at all. But the GI diet seemed to be pretty good, it was still relaxed enough that it didn't stress her out. Have you tried something like that?
"Of course its hard, if it were easy everyone would do it. Hard is what makes it great"
-League of Their Own
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 15:27
If your Dr. has no other option other than surgery I recommend seeing a new Dr. It sounds like you have not been around helpful people, but they are out there! Find another trainer, I have been so lucky to find a trainer who truly cares. If I wasn't losing the weight he wouldn't "drop me" he would help me figure out what the problem is. There are doctors, nutritionist and trainers out there. You may have to go through 2 or 3 of them to find the ones that really care but once you find the right people it will make all the difference in your journey of weight loss!
Joined: Feb 11
Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 16:16
Can you see a dietitian/nutritionist with some experience in weight loss?
Try some books that might help - "Eat to Live" or "Body for Life".
I think it helps to figure out why you are having weight issues - what triggers overeating, what are your emotions in regards to foods. You have to be 100% honest with yourself. For example, I love sweets. I used to be able to eat a whole thing of cookies in 2 days. Boredom, fatigue, stress all played a role. So, I don't buy cookies anymore. I don't crave them nearly as much and if I want them - then I have to bake them. When I bake them, I make one and freeze the dough. That way I have to plan ahead if I want one - and it gets logged and I must not have exceeded my 1500 calorie limit for the day.
The other thing that works for me is planning. I plan my meals one week at a time. Then hit the grocery store. I cook on the weekends and freeze the leftovers. Sunday night I prepare my lunches (as much as I can) for the week. I drink plenty of water and exercise daily.
The number one thing for me is motivation - you have to get it. For me, I want to lose weight more than anything else. I want to be able to enjoy my life and not feel self conscious. I don't want to be the fat girl with a pretty smile. This has gotten me down 75 lbs. with 20 lbs. to go. The last bit has been the hardest, but I will not give up. I want to reach my goal more than I want the cookies. I keep pictures of when I was at my largest to help keep me on task.
Hope you find your way soon!!
Joined: Jul 11
Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 18:45
I would agree about recording your consumption over 1-2 weeks, but also I would make sure to track what drinks you have, as this can sneak up quickly. It does mean having literally every bite recorded though.
It might be worth getting a bodyfat % and resting metabolic rate test done, these cost money, but give you a lot better information. There are also good tools for tracking activity level now, bodybugg gets pretty good reviews (although I haven't tried that).
RMR gives you the exact calories your body burns a day just sitting there, the activity trackers give the calories you burn in your daily life on top of that, if you know the calories you are eating then you have a very good picture of what is happening.
Joined: Jun 12
Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 21:14
Losing weight is really tough. Medical condition not withstanding I would say that you either aren't working out hard enough or you're actually consuming more calories than you think you are.
I know that sounds blunt, but if you just cut your calories, eat well, and cut the poor food you WILL lose weight. I noticed your diet calender and it's incomplete. I would start by logging EVERYTHING you ingest and don't lie to yourself (you body won't be fooled).
I would suggest doing some weight training as well as that will certainly speed up the fat burning process.
There is a lot of excellent support on the site and a lot of people have gone through the tough process of losing weight. Stay involved here and you will get lots of help and support. You can do it!
Joined: May 12
Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 23:22
Just a quick comment. daedalus mentioned the bodybugg. I currently use this and have lost more weight because of it. Before it was pretty much a guess as to what I was burning. Now I know I am at least 90% accurate on how much I have burned and how much I can eat.
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 01:50
Most good points (logging everything you eat, eating a lot more veggies and fruits, exercise, and getting yourself checked for diseases such as a thyroid problem) are already covered. I would also suggest that you do not let your calorie deficit go beyond 1000 calories per day. That would ensure that you gain weight, not lose.
And from personal experience, I also suggest that you get adequate sleep. Don't get frustrated. The first couple of months are scary and there is no apparent movement in the weight either. Just stick in there. Something good will come out of it.
Joined: Nov 11
Posted: 30 Jun 2012, 18:11
I'm not a fitness trainer, but some things are crossing my mind. 1) You're healthier for all your efforts, regardless of number on the scale. Don't give up your healthy habits! 2) You mention diet and exercise. How is your sleep? And your water intake? Have you tried breathing exercises? Stress by itself can cause weight gain or prevent weight loss - have you considered picking up a book on stress management? I'm a counselor - the stuff I use for homework assignments for my clients is a 'Stress Management Workbook' that can be found in most bookstores. c) Lastly, have you tried varying your exercise routine? I'm told it should be switched out every 6 weeks or so. Best of luck with it - I admire how well you're staying with your program!
Joined: Nov 11
Posted: 30 Jun 2012, 18:27
Oh - and sodium. A lot of diet foods are really high in sodium, which makes us retain water and that in turn slows down our metabolisms. If you opt for non-processed selections, you'll do better.
Joined: Jan 12
Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 15:31
You just need to ask yourself one question: Are you ready for the journey? Do you want it bad enough?
As some have stated above track everything and don't look for an easy fix. I hate to tell you it is work. If work and focus is not something you like, than your not ready. Other pointer I will give is eat REAL food! If it comes in a box or does not need to be 'prepaired' don't eat it! Drink only water for a few weeks and flush your system. YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 16:26
I totally agree with Soulnoid that fewer prepared foods help... a lot! I also switched my lunches with a green smoothie: 2 cups spinach + juice from a lime + 1 cup frozen fruit = less than 100 cal, plus I add 125 cal worth of protein powder (makes it creamier and sweeter). This helps me hit my calorie target and allows a larger dinner.
I am not losing weight. I am gaining health. Since April 24, 2012:
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 16 Jul 2012, 06:31
Awesome advice there! I agree with most of the ‘eat high proteins and low carb’ stuff. I am on the same food pattern with the
Dukan diet weight loss diet plan
. High protein is famous for accelerated weight loss and Dukan diet does that. Through the first two stages you will lose weight noticeably and thereafter see the lbs drop gradually. I prefer to cook most of my food at home and DD has made sure that I never go hungry and have tons of energy. I walk for almost 40 minutes a day and then return to my yoga for some belly reduction asanas. It’s de-stressing and makes me feel so much better about my body. Don’t give up on faith. Try this method of weight loss and I think you’ll be happy.
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