I understand your frustration completely! I recently joined sparkpeople and after my first week I did my weigh to result in a gain of 2. Wow, what a great way to kick this off?!?!?!? Its very frustrating and unfortunately nobody has the exact answer as we are all different and our bodies respond to diet/exercise combinations differently. The only thing I have offer is to assure you that you are not alone! I very much struggle with getting that scale to go down as well.
Just out of curiosity, has your thyroid been checked? All good?
weight loss is all diet. exercise is good for cardiovascular fitness and will help you achieve the "look" that you want for you body. low impact stuff like yoga and walking is great to help you lose weight. sometimes overtraining will make you hungrier, and you end up eating more to compensate.
i'm sorry you're so frustrated. it's a really tough situation to deal with. weight loss is really one day at a time. try to have a positive outlook and plan each day, and you'll get there!
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,120) Posts: 2 1/17/13 10:51 A
Thanks for your response! I do have a scale (I like to bake) so I did start weighing and counting every single bite of food.
Really I was eating pretty decent to start with, counting hasn't changed my diet much except I never eat nuts in the middle of the day anymore when I'm hungry and I never get my favorite starbucks drink which I used to do a couple times a month. Mostly that and stopping my twice weekly desserts are all that I had to do to stay within limits. Oh, and no alcohol besides red wine with special dinners
I haven't tried adding exercise yet aside from my regular yoga and P.T. exercises I do at home to keep my back in shape, not sure it's good for weight loss. I did exercise a lot while I was gaining, I tried every combination of diet and exercise I could think of and just gain/gain/gain and I'd get so frustrated and demand my docs help me and they'd all say "well maybe you're gaining because you're exercising!" so now I'm almost completely turned off of it. I know that's not what was happening because I was ballooning in sizes too, it wasn't just muscle gain, I gained 20lbs and three pant sizes! But it was pretty much intolerable to work that hard and have the exact opposite of the results you want from it all while having to watch yourself in a mirror (I did a lot of bikram).
I'd love to lose weight but I'm not even sure if that's possible at this point. I think I need to try and let go of my frustration more than anything. I just don't feel as if I have any control over my metabolism and the harder I try the worse I feel in the end.
I'm glad that you went to your doctor and got checked out. That is the most important thing to do in this type of situation.
Do you use a food scale regularly? Do you track your food, every last bit that goes into your mouth? I find that when I bring out the trusty old scale, I find out I was consuming more calories than I'd thought. Also, I've noticed lately that a lot of nutritional labels are straight up wrong if you are measuring (ie, cups, tablespoons, etc.).
For what it's worth, I am 5'2" and I need to eat around 1200 or less to lose weight. I would not lose weight at 1550--maybe only .5 lb a week, which shifts in water weight would totally mask and make me frustrated. I wear a fibit, and some days I've only burned 1600 by the time I go to bed, even days I have 10,000 steps in!
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,120) Posts: 2 1/17/13 9:52 A
I hope I'm in the right place to introduce myself and perhaps get some feedback. I'm 34 female 5'4, and I have had two episodes of sudden drastic weight gain without change in diet or exercise. The first time it happened was 50lbs and it stayed on for a couple years and then just fell off completely, again, with no change in diet or exercise. This time I've gained and I tried diet and exercise when it started but I just kept gaining and can't seem to shake it. I've only gained 20 though and I think I'm steady now (I hope!). I've demanded every test I can think of from my doctors and it doesn't seem to be a thyroid issue. So now I'm stuck at 150 and counting calories and I'm still very confused as to why this is happening.
I think I've been counting for 3 weeks and my range is 1200-1550 which I stay close to the middle of but hit 1600 once a week or so.
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