I know that you've posted that you've been stuck at the same weight for a long time now and wonder why isn't the weight coming off. In my previous replies, I've mentioned the importance of adding strength training to your fitness routine. Have you started strength training ? If not, I'm going to continue to encourage you to ADD lean muscle. Adding lean muscle will accomplish many things, but the two more important would be increasing your body's metabolic rate and decreasing your inches. A good strength training program can help you lose 1-2 clothing sizes. And this is without the scale budging. It's all about adding lean muscle and decreasing body fat.
So, if you have not been strength training, you should try to do your best to add one workout per week to get started.
Also, you don't have to eat like a rabbit in order to lose. If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of dietary advice that would help me lose weight and be healthier, it would be to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day.
If you don't like lettuce, stop eating it. How about using baby spinach in your salads ? or maybe baby kale ? If you don't want to eat a salad, how about making some sweet potatoes with your meals. sweet potatoes are nutrient dense and loaded with heart healthy fiber. they're not just for Thanksgiving, you can eat them all the time.
If you don't like grapefruit, how about fresh strawberries ? cherries and blueberries will be in season soon too. Why not check out your local farmers markets to see what fresh fruits and veggies are in season.
Because I can assure you that increasing the amount of fruit and veggies you eat each day will not only contribute to your long term good health, but it will help decrease your waistline too.
It seems to me, after reading your posts, that you need more variety in your diet. eating the same foods day after day will get boring. Your body thrives on change and challenge. Try new recipes. try new fruits and veggies. Don't do the same old, same old. Try something new so that you're not stuck in a rut.
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As the previous poster asked, what is your calorie range that SP gave you?
I went to peek at your Nutrition tracker to see what was going on but note that you barely use it. Are you tracking anywhere? This is a VERY integral part of weight-loss, especially to help find the formula for weight-loss that works! Ensure that you weigh all of your food, too, because often guess work can be way off, and we still tend to over-eat even when we don't think we are.
You say you are sick of lettuce, veges and fruit. Well, you don't HAVE to eat lettuce. Find a way of eating fruit and veges that you DO enjoy.
Try vege sticks with a hummus dip. Some veges lend themselves more to a certain flavour of dip than others. Try soups with veges pureed in them.
Try adding veges to your gravies. Puree them so that you can't see them. It is a great way to help thicken the gravy, too.
Try spraying them with a little oil and baking them. They are great when cold with a little balsamic dressing.
Try them in a smoothie.
Try them in a stir-fry.
Don't neglect your lean protein, but ensure that is isn't from fried sources and if/when you eat chicken, try removing the skin. That will remove loads of calories and give you more room for other stuff.
Most of weight-loss doesn't actually come down to exercise - most of it comes down to nutrition. It sounds like you don't (think you) like fruit/veges much, and unfortunatley, that means that people generally tend to eat more calorie-rich foods, but they may not actually be very filling.
When you started this journey, did you make a lot of changes at once? A lot of people do, and that in itself will set a person up for falling off the wagon because they feel deprived or bored. You can still have your 'occasional' treats, but make sure that it IS just a treat and not everyday.
Hopefully you are eating more than that! Where's your proteins? What is your calorie range and are you staying in it?
Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 6/9/2014 (20:16)
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I am so tired of not losing. I think I am doing the right things but getting no results. I am sick of lettuce, veggies and fruit. Even the weeks I have been right on track, either a gain or no loss. I even have been trying to exercise more, but evidently not enough. Ugh! I guess I just have to grin and bare it and not give up but sometimes I feel like it!
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