I agree with everyone here. As we age, it gets more difficult to lose. Calorie-cycling does help - so does varying exercise. I've been walking 20-30 miles a week for a month and lost 4 lbs. *raspberries* I then started gaining, then I took it easy for three days and lost.
I've been where you are and wished I'd kept journaling my food - but I'm a nerd, and I'm gonna look back to compare my diet/exercise to my cholesterol labs some day. I'm always glad I journaled in retrospect. I've been here a long while and have quite a "pantry" built up. And you know what? I find I use whole foods more anyway. Watch those high-glycemic carbs/sugars. And if you're older, consider buying a glucose meter to monitor your blood glucose (WalMart's Reli-On is the least expensive at around $9 + $42 for 100 test strips + nomimal amt for lancets etc). It's harder to lose weight when you're prediabetic also. Exercise helps lower insulin - so try to exercise even if you're not losing: it COULD be worse!
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Another thread that I read said to vary your calorie intake. Eat at the low end of your calorie spectrum and then interspurse a day where you eat at the high end of the calorie range so your body doesn't get too used to the low calorie end and reset your metabolism. I thought I would give that a try and see if it helps at all. I seem to be stuck at the moment and hope to add more cardio on the weekends but I haven't figured out how to do more on weekdays.
What kind of GF foods are you eating? I would try to eat more fruits and veggies versus GF packaged products like rice crackers, bread, etc. I load up on things like cherry tomatoes, celery and low fat cheese, apple slices and grapes. The GF packaged food have a lot of carbs and calories. I haven't lost anything yet and I know it's due to not getting enough cardio. I really don't like to exercise. Keep up the good work and try to track your foods otherwise you won't have any idea of what you are eating (and you get more spark points).
You aren't the only one who wishes Spark's had a meal plan, but then if they did probably it would be foods I don't like. Do you have thyroid problems in addition to CD? Don't stop tracking even if you are discouraged. I was in the same boat as you until a few weeks ago. I was doing all the right things and the scales wouldn't move. I finally added 30 min. more to my daily cardio and this past week I finally lost a lb. I also lowered my calories to the very low range. One thing I have learned as we get older our bodies change in how they burn calories and it is much harder. One thing that has helped me also is I have a special sparks person that I e-mail everyday with, send our daily trackers, talk on the phone with and it has been a big help. Hang in there and I will help you personally in any way you want or need.
Since I started to exercise and track what I eat I haven't lost any weight. I wish Spark people had a meal plan for gluten free. I have even stopped posting and tracking because I am always so discouraged.
But I have less that 2 months before my husbands retirement and I am getting depressed.
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