Just for the record, people who lose or have lost weight don't live in a way that feels like deprivation and denial 24/7/365. We would never stick with it. We find things we like that happen to be healthy, we find an eating level that is more than angry and hungry but less than roll me away from the table. We discover that you can eat a little bit more than planned on really hungry days without emptying the pantry, sometimes a few bites is all it takes. We eventually can take one sliver of pound cake and be satisfied instead of a huge chunk. We have a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate when we need one. We eat birthday cake and feast at Mardis Gras without guilt because we know we eat healthy 90% of the year.
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It's only been three weeks. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that is perfectly normal.
So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. Someone who is morbidly obese could lose 1-2+ pounds per week. However, as another person noted, the closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the HARDER it is to lose any perceived excess.
So, if you're trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds, you're going to find it slow going. You won't lose 1 pound a week. If you're lucky, you might lose one pound per month. And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Depending on your current height, you may be at a very healthy weight.
You don't have to give up wine to be healthy. If you're drinking 1-2 small glasses, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Remember, the Europeans routinely drink wine with their meals and they don't have the obesity problems the US does. As long as you're drinking moderately, you'll be fine.
Mostly, I suspect you just need to be patient. With less to lose, it really does take longer to lose.
It's so hard when you have a few lbs left. I've been trying to get to 125 for ages!
I have found something that does work. It's a diabetic snack called Extend Bars. They were created by a doctor and do not raise blood sugar, therefore have a low GI and can keep you full for quite a while. I eat 2 a day when I can and I don't have nearly as many cravings as when I don't eat them.
Another thing is a small piece of dark chocolate...sometimes that is enough to just get rid of the craving.
Saw your note, and then looked at your weight or age. I don't know how tall you are, but you might be plateaued because your weight is where it needs to be for your height/age.
Sometimes we depend on those height-weight charts like they are set in stone, and to be healthy, we have to aim for somewhere in the mid-point. I am at the top edge of what is considered "normal", and my doctor agrees that I'm at a great weight (5'2 and 137).
Sounds like it might help to meet with a nutritionist or registered dietitian to see if your goals are reasonable and your eating plan is a well-balanced one. It could be you aren't actually eating enough, or the right kind of foods. As for craving sweets, I found that once I got them out of my system, the cravings dissipated. I now feel I'm indulging with a bowl of low-fat cottage cheese and crushed pineapple.
And my weight stayed the same for months before I finally lost the last bit, so try not to be impatient! Hope this has helped.
For the past 3 weeks I have been the same and I know why. At least 3 times a week I eat or drink (wine) more than I should. I exercise daily, mostly eat heathy but those times I go over keep me the same.
How do people do this 7 days a week?
If I exercise more I just get hungrier.
Today I have had strong cravings for sugar all day, fighting it with all my might. So far have had healthy breakfast and lunch. I took a bath and read for long time to keep me from eating. I already went to gym class.
Part of me wants to crawl in bed just so I won't eat! There has to be a better way to live!
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