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Not Losing Weight and getting REALLY DISCOURAGED!


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Ok, so i've been doing this for 4 months now, almost exactly. My total weight loss has been 13 pounds. I started at 258 pounds and am now 245; this after eating between 1350 and 1450 calories a day and going to the gym 3x/wk.

Calorie Count initially suggested i eat about 1350 cals but after not losing weight for the last month i upped it to 1450 to see if i was maybe stuck in starvation mode...... NOTHING. Still at 245. It's like i've hit a plateau after only 13 pounds.

I'm getting super depressed now cuz i come from a group of friends who were all fat, and i mean obese about a year ago. 3 of them have had lap band or gastric bypass surgery and two have lost over 100 pounds in that time. Me, i lost 15, gained 17 and now lost 13. I'm angry. No doubt about it. Angry and jealous.

To top it all off i've just been diagnosed with Celiac disease but even after cutting out most of the carbs i would have eaten before, still nothing. I just want to cry and cry all the time...

If anyone wants to pat me on the head or give me heck or suggest something that might help me get losing again, i sure would appreciate it.

Thanks

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What is your age and height?  I'm going to guess 45 (you don't look 45, but you're in the 40-somethings group) and 5'6".

If I set you to lightly active, I get that you burn ~2450 calories per day. Based on that, I think it would be a lot better if you started eating around 1750-2000 calories a day.

I don't have much knowledge of Celiac's so I can't help in that regard.

Well, see, that's what my boyfriend said too. That i'm not eating nearly enough. So, why then does CC suggest i eat less than 1400?

I am 44, well to be fair i'll be 45 on the 12th lol and i'm 5' 5" so you're pretty much right on.

And i am lightly active, in my settings as well. I burn about 500 - 600 calories when i go to the gym. Half an hour on the treadmill at 2.5 mi/hr at an incline of 5% and then about 90 mins to 2 hours of weight lifting. (I love weight lifting!)

The celiac mention was more just a vent about how depressed i am in addition to the not losing weight.

Thanks so much for your quick input... i was really losing it here. So you think i should actually up my calories like you suggested?

I'm psychic :)

CC tends to recommend the lowest possible calorie level to lose as fast as you can (within a healthy range). Since you are over 200lbs, it assumes that you can lose 2lb/week... and that's not necessarily realistic for everyone. If you were able to, great, but you aren't, so it's worth second-guessing the calorie target tool and taking a more modest approach. Personally, I'd rather lose slow and steady, then aim for the fastest and not lose at all.

That's great that you are lifting, and from what you describe, even "light" might be an underestimate. But it's worth starting from there, and seeing what happens when you increase your cals (and yes, I think increasing now would be a good thing).

Are you following a lifting program?

Ok, so i've re-set my calorie intake to 1700. At least for a while we'll see if that gives me the "oomph" i need. Thanks for that. I want to lose slow and steady too, but that was a bit toooooo sloooowww for me the way it was going. lol

Basically what i do in terms of lifting is just the nautilus machines at my gym. All of them. So i'm working every part of me. Not so specifically as if i were doing free weights but for me right now, it's all good there.

I'm not following a program per se but i'm making sure i do 3 sets of 15 reps on everything until that weight gets easy then i up it anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds based on my strenth areas.

 (As a side bar, it's kinda funny to see some of the gym girlies come to a machine after me, see how much i was lifting/pressing/pushing, staring at me in disbelief for a while and then nonchalantly moving the weight amount down about 50 pounds less...) That's the one thing that makes me feel good in all of this craziness; that a lot of people who consider themselves stronger than me just because they're thin, well, they don't know me and my abilities. (Then again, my dad was a wrestler so i guess it's in my blood.)

That's great! If/when you are interested in changing things up, I highly recommend reading New Rules of Lifting for Women.

Also, I'd try using weights that only allow you to get up to 12 (max) reps, especially if you've been doing 15 reps for a little while.

that's good advice, i've just figured that if i can do it, i'll do it. and raise the weight when it gets easy.

i'll hit you up for that other info when the time comes, for sure.

thanks a lot for your advice! i feel better (and less hungry) already! :)

Glad to hear it - best of luck!

I agree, it does sound like your body is in starvation mode. You probably lowered your intake too quickly, anything more than like 250 less will freak your body out. Do you know what you were eating before?

I just bought the book and I've reached the food section. All the numbers are a bit dauting, but it's a very interesting (and entertaining) read and a really promising program. I'm keen to start soon, but am still not sure where I'm going to be able do those excercises - and if indeed my dormant tennis elbow will be happy with it.

I support all of A-girls advice. Your deficit might be too big. And I think losing weight gets a hell of lot harder once you pass 40. (that's why I am determined to reach my goal within the next 6 months :-D )

Don't forget that you are doing a lot of good for your health already.

Don't give up!!!

*gives Sue a thumbs up* Smile

Hi... Sorry its been tough weight can be a hard journeym I don't know if you have checked your tsh thyroid levels. It can do this too, a simple blood test can Confirm.

good luck Keep us posted!

Hi Sue,

You should change your cardio to almost a run, very fast walk 3.7 mph, this is better for pounds lost, with the addition to the extra calorie burning from your weight training you should see some improvement. You may just be building muscle, which is great, however the scale will bring you down because fat weighs more than muscle, but you should eventually be burning the calories more efficiently because of that as well. Don't be too discouraged, you are really doing good. Your creating a lifetime of better habits.

muscle weights more than fat. try taking your mesurments in addition to weighing yourself to give yourself a more accurate picture of your progress. 

Original Post by monicamarie93:

I agree, it does sound like your body is in starvation mode. You probably lowered your intake too quickly, anything more than like 250 less will freak your body out. Do you know what you were eating before?

No, unfortunately i don't know exactly what i was eating before but i'm gonna take a wild guess and say anywhere from 2500 to 3000/day. I am a gourmet type of cook so there was a lot of goooood gooood food being eaten in our house every day. LOL

I guess i did put myself in starvation mode for sure!

Original Post by kikt:

I just bought the book and I've reached the food section. All the numbers are a bit dauting, but it's a very interesting (and entertaining) read and a really promising program. I'm keen to start soon, but am still not sure where I'm going to be able do those excercises - and if indeed my dormant tennis elbow will be happy with it.

I support all of A-girls advice. Your deficit might be too big. And I think losing weight gets a hell of lot harder once you pass 40. (that's why I am determined to reach my goal within the next 6 months :-D )

Don't forget that you are doing a lot of good for your health already.

Don't give up!!!

*gives Sue a thumbs up*

Thanks a lot for that encouragement. I knew to take her advice seriously too since i've seen her absolutely everywhere on this site! Smile

Good luck to you too!

Original Post by nashtox:

Hi... Sorry its been tough weight can be a hard journeym I don't know if you have checked your tsh thyroid levels. It can do this too, a simple blood test can Confirm.

good luck Keep us posted!

I'm having fun quoting everyone today. lol So bare with me! Laughing

I've had my thyroid levels checked several times and surprising to me and my doc, they're normal.

Thanks for the support!

To Josiewi and Nawnsie - The reason i mentioned my celiac disease in the first post was that it's really taken it's toll on me over the years (of not even knowing i had it.)

Right now, there is no way in heaven or *^%( that i could run, jog, or even walk really fast. I have arthritis all over my back and knees and get super horrendous toe cramps in which my big toe will suddenly point straight up to the sky and all the tendons jut out of my ankles and leave me screaming in pain and running for a scalding hot shower to ease them. So walking (when i can) and weight lifting is as much as i can do.

I have in fact taken my measurements in the last week, just because of this whole non weight loss thing. I have noticed that some of my clothes are looser and i feel a lot stronger so i decided to go on the assumption that i'm gaining muscle. But, even so, at 245 pounds there has GOT to be some fat to be lost along the way too! Hahahah!

Hi,

 

Ah, I wonder... Because you have celiac disease you most likely suffer from leaky gut where you are not absorbing correct nutrition and some foods will most like appear to be intolerant to other foods. I say intolerant as its not necessarily a classic allergy where is life threatening. My other half suffered for years with crohn's and we found that she was intolerant to all sorts of foods. Her vitiamin/mineral intake was abysimal and she was lacking in everything. Did you know that vitamin D or low calcium or sodium can cause cramps, aches, and pains. I found out recently I was deficient in Vit D and after taking suppliments I feel hugely better. I have also started on skimmed milk rather than semi as I heard skimmed has less fat and more calcium. Combine this with Vit-D and my stagnant weight loss has started to speed up again. If you think about it, it makes sense that all these things will affect your metabolism. If your body is lacking in one thing it maybe making up by using something else. Another thing about gluten, it may be in foods hidden as binders etc. My advice would be eat plain fresh food, meat, veg and suppliment with safe vitamins if needed. Get a blood profile of your calcium, vitamin d, ferritin levels, and haemoglobin.

Also I read somewhere that cardio is better for weight loss than weights and the effects are seen a couple of days after the excercise when your body starts to burn off fat from reserves. I tend to do speed walking and 50m a min swimming as I can not tolerate running.

Anyhow keep at it, you will get there...

Joe.

 

 

 

Hi Joe,

Yes, i know, in fact, that i've been suffering from the leaky gut thing... most of my levels were super low with the blood work i had done a few months ago. I'm on B12 now to give me some oomph back. My hgb and b12 were pretty much non existant.   I also take Cal/Mag for bone density and to try to avoid the cramps. So far, nothing has gotten a whole lot better, but that will probably change once i'm all healed up after being on the Celiac diet for a while and can actually absorb what i'm putting into myself again.

I'll look into the Vit D... that's not something i was tested for as far as i know but i'm glad you've had some positive results from gearing yours up!

I do keep a very close eye on what i'm eating and rarely eat anything processed anyway. I was like that before i even started dieting. My family is European and i grew up on "old country food" in which everything is home made and fresh. Hell, we even made our own bread and cheese! lol

I'm really torn between the "you need cardio" and "you don't need cardio" thing. So i do cardio basically to warm me up and then go to the weights. This is all such a learning experience, especially with being ill too. Nothing that works for others seems to work for me. And nothing works for me from week to week! lol I guess i'm just wingin' it!

Best of luck to you,

Sue

 

 

So, it seems i've lots 7 pounds in one week! I will not know for sure til i use the doctor's office scale next week, cuz the gym one is just not always accurate.

But, i do know i've lost something, anyway!

Must be all that good advice! Thanks everyone, and to amethystgirl who got me thinkin'.... ! Hopefully this momentum will stay with me and i can start to lose some real weight now.

 

That's super!!!!

Thanks for touching base with this - so often people post a thread, get lots of encouragement and advice and then you never find out how things turned out in the end.

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