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    Old 04-21-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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    Trouble Losing Weight.

    Hi there,

    I am having a little touble losing weight. SO i will start by giving you a history of my dieting and fitness habits.

    I was overweight in high school and when i finished i went on the Atkins Diet and lost 12 kilos without exercising. I continues a low carb diet for approx 4 years and my weight plataued until i decided to start exericing 3 x a week for about an hour each time. I happened to keep my wieght at a reasonable level.

    Recently i went through some personal issues and put on 12 kilos again over the course of 4 months and now am very unhappy with my weight.

    I am now desperate to lose weight and lose another 12-15 kilos to get into the range that i should be in. I am 23 years old, 5ft 2 inch in height. and weight 68 kilos. Most of my weight sticks to my bum and thighs. My tummy is usually ok and stays reasonably flat.

    6 weeks ago, i decided to go low carb again and just do 3 days a week with an hour at a time. (like my old regime). But still no weight loss.

    For the past 3 weeks i have been going crazy at the gym. I go 5 times a week and spend 2 hours at a time. (more exercise i have ever done). I do 40 mins of cardio (interval running and biking) and alternate each day with weight lifting from my top half and the next day my bottom half.

    I do about 5 different variations of weight lifting each time. And push myself to 10-16 reps until my muscles cant lift anymore. I do 300 crunches every day.

    I have changed my diet to having a small bowl of cereal (kamut puffs) with a small amount of skim milk and a little spinkle of splenda.

    I go to the gym and when i get back i make myself a ham sandwhich with home made flax seed bread. (I make it from ground seeds, baking soda and eggs). with vegies, low fat mayo and a little bit of "i cant believe its not butter.

    When i am hungry in the afternoon i have a handful of nuts. (walnuts of almonds).

    I do drink diet soda as well. Is this ok? I dont drink every day. But when i feel like it. Maybe 2-5 times a week.

    For dinner, i stick with fish and a big bowl of salad. (any more suggestions?)

    I recently brought the no sugar jelly, if i feel like something sweet after dinner.

    But i am still at the same weight. And i have not lost a single pound!!!

    I am wondering if i am doing something wrong here? If it is the diet soda, i am trying to cut it out for lemon water.

    And if this is an ok diet? Then can someone please give me some examples of some variations as i know i will be getting bored of this as well.

    And what about eating out? What can my option be there. My bf likes to eat out and i dont want to be a stick in the mud.

    What are the rules about cheating? SOmetimes, i need some sugar like candy.

    I am stuck because i am so used to doing low carb, but dont wanna eat too much fat if it will ruin my weight loss regime.

    And another thing, i do like to go out to parties and such with friends who like to drink. What kind of alcohol should i be drinking. Just vodka diet? I know i cant give up drinking all together, as i do like to socialise with my mates on the weekend. But i dont drink too much.

    I am open to suggestions from anyone.

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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    I sympathize with you. I am in a similar position. I work out hard, I have quit drinking alcohol, I eat healthy and yet cannot lose a pound. I am significantly overweight. In my case, I have a thyroid condition which I am about to get treatment for. I am hopeful it will help me. Perhaps you have an underlying physical condition that is preventing you from losing weight?

    Old 04-21-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    Also i will mention that i am on the yasmin pill. Do you think that has something to do with it?

    Old 04-24-2010, 07:38 PM   #4
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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    Sometimes weight loss is more difficult with medical complications like thyroid. Have you considered that maybe your weight is not completely food related?

    Old 05-08-2010, 06:13 PM   #5
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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    I am hoping that things are going well with you. I see and feel your frustration. There was a time when I worked three times as hard as all of my friends and still couldn't lose the weight either (while I watched their weight just fall off). Working hard at it and not losing the weight is very frustrating.

    Have you started to lose the weight yet? It could be that you are gaining muscle so you won't see the scale move as quickly as you like. That was my experience when I was trying to lose weight in the military.

    Are you placing yourself under too much stress? That could also pose a problem. After the birth of my daughter, my ex told me that I weighed too much. I did everything under the sun to lose the weight but it would not come up. Once our relationship dissolved (which is unfortunate), I found that I was no longer under the extreme pressure that I had felt from him. It was then that I lost the weight.

    I wish you the best. (And try not to stress too much).

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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    I take Yasmin and it does not affect my weight. Yasmin CAN affect your weight, but you would notice yourself having an increased appetite and eating more. It typically doesn't cause weight gain without eating more. Yasmin is really good about HELPING reduce water weight.

    It's very possible that you may have hypothyroidism or another health issue that can cause weight gain. You might want to look into this. Keep in mind that when checking your thyoid, you will need to specifically request this from your doctor. If you get a routine blood test, they only look at the TSH, which is one component of your thyroid. This doesn't always identify a problem. They need to look at the T3 and T4 as well. I know I want to get checked for this myself because I've been really exhausted for no good reason!

    I'd be curious to see how many total calories you are eating. It's possible that you might still be at the lower end of what your body needs. Try to count up an estimate of calories and see what you come up with. You don't want to go under 1200 calories per day. I wish I could help with this one, but cereal varies greatly, and I'm not familiar with how many calories the type of bread you make has in it. Also, fish can vary too depending on how it's prepared and your serving size.

    For your question about soda, I do drink diet soda occasionally and do fine with it. Just limit yourself to one per day at the most (which you do even less of, so that's great!) and watch out for sweets cravings. Some people crave sweets after having artificial sweeteners, which are in diet sodas.

    When drinking socially, I find that it helps to limit myself to alcohol once per week tops. Even better, once every other week. I typically like to drink liquor with a diet mixer. I like rum and diet coke. If you like vodka, try it mixed with another zero calorie mixer. I used to make drinks with orange juice and cranberry all the time and after I cut these out (juice is quite high in sugar), it made such a big difference. Actually, the Ocean Spray brand makes a diet cranberry juice with only 5 calories per serving, so that's a good juice option. If you drink beer, stick with one of the light ones that have less than 100 calories and low in carbs (such as MGD 64). Champagne is pretty reasonable too, as are some wines. It's all the very sweet, sugary mixed drinks/cocktails that you will want to avoid. I also try to limit how many I have. I'm on medication that makes my alcohol tolerance MUCH lower, so luckily I don't need to drink much anyway. Just remember that having 10 or so low cal drinks can still really add up, so keep the number of drinks reasonable!

    As for sweets, I go ahead and let myself eat a sweet occasionally as a treat. I just keep the servings small and buy one portion at a time so I won't accidentally eat too much of it. The other day I really, really wanted a donut, so I went ahead and enjoyed ONE donut. I just made sure to not buy a box of them so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more. One was about 250 calories, so it wasn't too bad in the big picture. I just make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods for the rest of the day. I typically let myself eat something that isn't too healthy once a week or so. That's kind of my "cheat" thing that I do. It keeps me from binging later on, but prevents me from eating the bad foods too often. I try to eat a lot of fruit, which typically helps keep my sweets cravings under control.

    The previous poster mentioned stress. I know with me, stress makes me crave more foods! I try my best to keep calm and I've been adding Pilates to my workout routine to help with stress. It helps!

    Your workouts sound pretty challenging and that you are doing plenty. You definitely don't need to do 10 hours of workouts every week. You should be okay with an hour, 5 days a week, instead of two hours. You might be burning too much for the amount of food you are eating, so you aren't losing weight because your body will hang on to what it has.

    With food, I also find it helpful to snack on small, healthy things, more often, instead of bigger meals. It keeps me feeling satisfied, not overly full, and I don't get too hungry all at once.

    Old 06-04-2010, 12:53 AM   #7
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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    Had the same problem, but ended up losing 65-70 lbs. over a year.. I started taking Vitex (because I have hormonal imbalances and wasn't getting my period), cinnamon capsules, apple cider vinegar capsules, green tea capsules, chromium capsules, and fish oil capsules for about a month.. then started dieting again, and started losing weight. I truly believe that it was the supplements that I was taking that helped me to lose weight.. along with diet and mild exercise, because I was unable to lose weight before. My hormone levels are better now, and it's much easier for me to lose weight. Try some natural supplements (do some research, take them for a while, don't give up). I also belong to the soul cysters PCOS board, which helps a lot with weight loss and hormonal issues. Good luck! )

    Old 06-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #8
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    Re: Trouble Losing Weight.

    How many calories are you taking in? If you are consuming 1,200 calories and working out 2 hours 5x per week your body might think it's starving itself (even if you are not staring) and it will hold onto the fat. <edited>

    Hope this helps!

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