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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:41 PM

Why can't I lose weight?

I prepare my own meals.
Portion control.
No junk food.
Balanced diet with fruits and vegetables.
Limited fats.
Essentially no desserts, candy, cakes, pies, cookies.
Walk 3 miles a day, every day.
Lots of water.
Unsweetened cranberry juice.
One cup of coffee with half and half a day.
Hardly any salt and/or sugar.
Probiotics, megadose, every day.

I'm bloated. I can't get the scale needle to move. I'm 50 lbs heavier than I should be.

Just had a series of thyroid blood work. Except for antibodies, all tests inc. free T3 and free T4 were within normal range.

Can you just get stuck and you can't lose weight?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:46 PM

1. Yes you can plateau

even though your thyroid is ok, try a thyroid health supplement.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:48 PM

2. You need more lean muscle

I would add some light weight work to your regimen

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:50 PM

3. Get a food scale, measure and record all intake, and see a dietician. nt

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:55 PM

4. Am thinking that is a good regime for health

but that for weight loss you'd need aerobics 2-3 x per week and light weight lifting.

Muscle burns 7x more calories than fat so it's very helpful to build muscle.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:00 PM

5. I'm a "skinny bitch" -

I've been told.

But I stay that way with low carb (Atkins or Keto, whatever), and working out.

Actually, I have a really good, fun playlist that I use to workout or even to dance around the house cleaning.

Walking 3 miles a day is great, but I kinda think you have to it in a fun, high endorphin way to help regulate appetite.

Hate to say it, but maybe reduce your fruit intake (except for blueberries and strawberries.) Lotsa carbs in fruits. And carby veggies.

But I have to say a really great musical playlist helps me a lot.

Otherwise your walk can be like a death march. I was at my carpool friend's house the other day, and he pointed out the neighborhood depressed walker. He walks slowly around the neighborhood every day, apparently, head hanging low, frowning.

Just say NO to depressed walker! Power music, smile, and own that walk! Hell, sing while you walk too! I have a terrible voice, but I sing when I clean and exercise! IDC.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:04 PM

6. try reading about Keto

It works for me and many others, without forcing me to feeling like I'm starving.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:21 PM

7. No fad diets, just eat right and stay off the scales

Being healthy is the goal. When you weigh yourself it can be self-defeating. Forget about the scales. Eat a healthy diet (which sounds like you are doing), try and up your exercise habits, and stay positive. The pounds will eventually come off.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:22 PM

8. While I am not down to an ideal weight I lost 45 pounds since last August

Mostly I used MyFitnessPal.com to keep a food diary. Since I had a deadline to lose that much weight (surgery) I set my goal at 1000-1200 calories but usually stayed under 1100 calories.

In January I hit a plateau, which I had expected - nutritional and weight loss studies show that the body metabolism adjusts to a lower calorie count and you slow down or stop losing weight. At that point I changed to a low carb diet - not a full Atkins which aims at 20-40 carbs a day, but about a third of the 150 carbs MyFitnessPal.com told me I should have been getting with the calories I was eating.

I reached my goal in early March and had the planned surgery (spinal fusion) four weeks ago. Since the operation I have not been keeping such a tight rein on my diet and I have put on a couple of pounds. I figure I am healing and need more nutrients, plus my husband and I are going on a long trip in July. Keeping a food diary is hard when traveling, but we will be hiking a lot and I will be burning a lot of calories.

My plan for now is to hold where I am until we get home in November. For one thing I now have the clothes I need for my trip and don't want to replace my wardrobe again. After we get back, I will go back on a diet and try to lose at least another 50 pounds. If I get there I will take another break from dieting, hold steady for a few months, then try to get down to where I should be.

I hope that dieting in spurts will help me keep my weight down for the rest of my life.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:44 PM

9. It's not fair, is it?

I struggle to keep my weight down all the time. I count every calorie I eat. I limit carbs and drink water and don't eat desserts or drink pop. I exercise hard 3 mornings a week. I sit at the dinner table with my plain salad and chicken and watch my skinny husband and sons eat pasta, rolls, and ice cream for dessert night after night. I have a friend who is 5'8" and weighs 130 and she never exercises and eats whatever she wants (including a bowl of ice cream every night before she goes to bed).

I was just reading up on bloating last night -- turns out, all the foods they tell you to eat to lose weight (high in fiber) are what causes bloating. Beans, apples, broccoli, most vegetables. I love seltzer water but had to give it up because it was fizzy and caused bloating.
Please know I'm right there with you! It sure isn't easy.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:36 PM

10. I had that problem for years until 2 years ago.

I was walking and rowing every day and still gaining weight. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I joined Beachbody (yeah, I know... marketed to conservative stay-at-home moms). They do a portion control thing using colorful containers, based on your current weight. So I followed that religiously. Turns out that my own portion control had been a bit off.

Also, I found that weight training is a must as we age. Muscle tissue is metabolically active, but we have to work to keep it. I currently do my favorite program, P90X, which is one of the advanced ones. I lost 26.5 pounds and have kept it off for 2 years. And Iím strong and lean.

I would highly recommend weight training added to your cardio. And Iíd ditch the juice. Eat only whole fruit. (Iím allowed 2 servings/day at my weight.)

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:20 PM

11. In order to get the body to burn fat you have to lower insulin.

In the past people ate three meals, no snacks, and fasted from dinner to breakfast. This allows insulin levels to fall and the body to burn stored fat. Dr. Jasůn Fungís book The Obesity Code is a good book that explains it in laymenís terms but with scientific backing.

Try eating in an 8 hour window and fasting the other 16 hours. Itís challenging the first week or so but your hormones regulate. I donít get as hungry, actually feel full when I eat, and that feeling lasts for hours. My wife was reluctant at first but is happy with the results. We both have never lost weight so easily. I eat like you, just no sugar and limited refined carbs. I still eat whole grains, fruit and veg.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 02:19 PM

12. You need lots of veggies, goid fats and proteins at every meal. Only whole grains.

A few bits of fruit as garnish. Absolutely no sugar. No juice. No sugar in your plain grŤek yoghurt (you have to read all the yogurts in the isle to find it). No aspartame. Steel cut oats for breakfast. With pumpkin seeds and said no sugar Greek yogurt and a few berries. After a week of no sugar or bread or pasta or potatoes a berry tastes like the sweetest candy ever. I did this diet and lost 10 pounds a month for two months. Used alot of seasoned like balsamic vinegar and sun dried tomatoes. Nuts and legumes too. But mostly huge servings of vegetables. Roasted veggies are the best. Goid fats are outlive oil, butter, eggs, avocados. Look it up. Sort of a mix between a ke to and paleo diet with whole rice and steel cut oats thrown in. I find it really pleasant and will get back on it soon.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Fri May 10, 2019, 01:59 PM

13. My sister was like you

She did everything right, exercise, tons of vegis and fruit, whole grain breads and pastas, hardly any sugar.

So, she hit 50 and the weight would not come off. The more she exercised, the more weight she gained. I love my sister but she was bloated looking and had a big belly. Even her skin looked flushed and unhealthy.

So, she decided to do everything wrong. She thought the keto, low carb, high fat diet pretty much did that. She lost no weight the first 30 days. But after that, she lost 20 pounds in 3 months and that bloated flush look. Her belly went down and her clothes were hanging on her. It was only 20 pounds she said but she looked as if she lost 50 pounds.

Feeling better and proud of herself she celebrated by eating what she missed most - bread. She was rushed to the hospital for a severe allergic reaction - rash, hives extreme stomach pain and vomiting, trouble breathing. She almost died. Turns out she was allergic to the bread. Seems she always had a mild allergic reaction to it but when she went off it completely then reintroduced it, her body didn't want it and severly reacted. It's not celiacs or a known gluten disorder. It's the flour itself she reacts to.

My theory is that it's the round up they spray on the GMO wheat 3 times throughout it's growth. The flour we get is just saturated in round up. Anyway she's back to her lw carb diet though rice and potatoes don't seem to hurt her.

Maybe something in your diet is making you bloated in an effort to fight off an allergen. A low carb keto diet is a good way to start your search.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #13)

Fri May 10, 2019, 06:32 PM

14. I love you Farmer-Rick ! !

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I'm gonna try it. I've tried everything else. Your description of your sister is me!

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #14)

Fri May 10, 2019, 10:51 PM

15. That's what she said, she tried everything else.

Good luck to you. I hope it helps.

One side affect that she talked about in only a week after starting the diet was that the pain in her joints went away. She has arthritis in her wrists and ankels but when she went low carb, she said most of the pain and swelling went away. The doctor thought the excessive pain and swelling in her joints was due to her constant low grade allergic response.

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