So, i was stuck at 220 for over a year. I'm 5'6, and 24 years old. Before that i was at 245, then was able to lose it, but then got stuck at 220. I tried eating right, exercising, cardio and weights, but wasn't getting anywhere. I decided to try a crash diet i saw online. I did to for 2 cycles, 4 days each and lost 10 lbs, but knew it was not for the long term. I follow the following routine and at times enjoy regular food or drink, where i gain a pound or 2 back, but quickly lose it again. Right now i'm 197, and still continuing to drop. Below is my diet.
1 serving of fruit (1cup, 1/2 cup depending on fruit or just one fruit)
1 cup of coffee or tea
1 serviing of fruit, 1 serving of vegetable (1 cup usually) and 1 protein (eggs, salmon, hamburger patty, chicken or steak.
Dinner: same as lunch.
I drink alot of water all day long. I cook everyting fresh, don't use any oils or salt, just pepper and dried herbs. I usually broil or bake veggies and meat. I dont' eat bread at all. Sometimes i have a little snack during the day if i feel like i need it, could be nuts, a peice of fruit, or even a fun size snack.
I change up my fruits and veggies. Fruits right now are generally, apples, bananas, grapes, cantelope. Veggies: squash, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes. I don't count calories, only portions. I'm wondering if this healthy, ok, very bad, or what.
I don't count calories, only portions. I'm wondering if this healthy, ok, very bad, or what. I was stuck for so long, i needed to try something to get me over the hump, and i feel like i am. I want to keep going on this for a while longer, but doubt its good for the long term. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.
That sounds like a crash diet to me. Lets add up your calories
fruit - 3 servings = about 180 cal
coffee = 0 cal unless you put sugar and stuff in it
vegetables - 2 servings = about 60 cal
protein - 2 servings = about 200 cal
Total = 440 cal for the day, granted these are estimates but I doubt I'm 300% off, and you need to up your intake to at least like 300% of what you're eating now.
The stuff you're eating is healthy but you need to eat more of it, try calorie counting for a week or two and get your intake up to at least 1200 cal. Your metabolism has probably slowed terribly and that's what caused you to stay at 220 for a year.
Dear inputplease, i agree with egerbo on this. You are sending your body into starvation mode. By cutting down on calories in this drastic fashion you are forcing your body to make do with less. In the long run such deprivation will reflect on your health, your stamina, the quality of your skin, hair etc. Whats the use of being thin if you lose your looks? I used to do the same thing but now I have switched to a eat-more-but-eat-healthy diet that shows slow but steady weight loss. How about small snacks in the middle of the day every 2-3 hrs?...some walnuts or raisins or maybe even a small vegetable sandwich? Carbs are not the enemy...in fact things like the 7 grain multigrain bread are really good for you because they are very high in fibre and nutrition and also keep you full for a very long time. So, think over it and keep us posted on how it goes!
I agree with the others who have posted so far...you are starving yourself, make no mistake about it.
I, too, know how frustrating it is to be at a standstill ~ having been @ one or two myself ~ but please do not do this to yourself! Have you entered your stats into the CC website? What does it say, as far as your body type, your activity level, etc.? I'll bet it tells you to eat at least 1600 calories per day, only a bit less if you are sedentary. But @ only 400-500 or so, you are doing yourself no service.
Sharmistha1 is correct in that you are telling your body to make do with less than the very least it needs to function well; I'm surprised you have any stamina at all...and eating no bread at all pretty much guarantees failure in the end.
I wish you luck & I look forward to reading about how well you are doing, once you begin to feed your body the nutrients it needs ~ and your body will thank you for it, believe me!
Without repeating what anyone else said (and yes that isn't nearly enough food, I am on the minimum of 1200 calories per day and what you eat compared to my daily intake is spartan at best) I notice that you don't seem to be getting any oils in your diet.
Healthy oils are important because there are many fat soluble vitamins. I find that when I cut too many oils out of my diet my health suffers, not that I go overboard, but finding room for a teaspoon of peanutbuttor or olive oil is a great way to ensure you are getting your oil intake. Also you seem to be a bit low on fiber unless you are eating some seriously high fiber fruits and veggies.
Thanks everyone for your comments. I am going to start eating the right way. I've been stubborn to change whats been working, but i've come to realize it can't go on like this. I realy want to avoid gaining my weight back, and would ideally continue to lose weight. Would you recomend i slowly start eating correctly and watch my weight to maintain what i've lost? Eating 1200 calories right away doesn't sound like a good move, but I honestly don't know.
You've been saved by the fact that you've had 'regular food and drink' occasionally but it's not been a good plan and it's not something that would help you maintain a healthy weight... which is the real objective, after all. I would suggest you now get a day or two where you get your full energy needs. Then resume weight-loss at a level about 700 cals lower than that number. Stick with that level, keep up with the healthy foods... include a small amount of starchy carbohydrates and wholegrains because I think you need those... and you should be able to start losing again.