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11/10/12 5:06 A

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How happy am I that I made the appointment with the RD. emoticon

The fact is that I can lose the weight and that my meds should be a problem.

I was on the right track with the 1500 calories daily keeping carbs under 200. We spent about an hour together, talked about insulin resistance, what causes it & came up with an eating plan based on serving sizes. For the first month I will be concentrating on counting carbs only...combining carbs & non-carbs at each meal spread out during the day which I believe is the key here. I am so excited to get started. When I compared what she gave me to the daily menus in the SP Diabetes Center you can see how they have balanced calories and carbs during the course of the day. I always thought "balanced" meant adding healthier foods to your daily diet but now I understand better. And I can work with those SP menus. I also have made my nutrition tracker public to help keep me accountable.

The meds do slow you down , I experienced that from day 1. You lose interest in being physical. You may feel tired and sleep more. You may feel a little depressed.....have some comfort food. Now you are sitting around and everthing you eat turns to "fat". It all seems to happen without even knowing it. Then when you realize it you are set in the cycle and "it is" hard to break. Add to that menopause and just growing older and OMG emoticon .

I called my health insurance one day to see if they cover visits to Registerd Dieticians and found they did....it's limited visits but at least now I have something to follow that will work for me.

Edited by: MARI-SERV at: 11/10/2012 (05:40)

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11/9/12 12:12 P

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I am looking forward to hearing what your dietician has to say about this. I seem to be on a constant plateau and I am so active these days and keeping my calories in check.

"Fall down 7 times, get up 8" - Japanese Proverb;
The journey is the reward"


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11/9/12 6:13 A

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Today I have an appointment with a Registered Dietician. There has to be an answer to why I can't get rid of this weight. I know it has a lot to do with the meds but I don't know what to do about it. I'll let you know this aftrernoon how I made out. emoticon




Edited by: MARI-SERV at: 11/9/2012 (06:15)

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11/7/12 12:56 P

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I have been on Beta Blockers for 10 years now and have managed to lose 40 pounds but it is a very long slow process. emoticon But it is possible to do it slow but possible. Has anyone had any hair loss because of this med? I have and I saw on my slip that comes with my meds that can be a side effect. I tried to go off my meds one time but ended in the hospital with heart flutters...yuck did not like that! emoticon But just wanted to let you guys know it is possible to lose on this med.

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10/19/12 10:06 A

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Before i started taking the beta blocker i had lost about 20 lbs in three months. In the last 6 months my weight it seems as though i cant loose anything! I am definitely starting to think that the meds are making it more difficult for me to loose weight.

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10/15/12 6:57 P

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I agree with you ROSE. I have been on Beta Blocker for about 10 years. From the very beginning it made me tired , I could actually feel it slowing me down. I take other medications also. I believe they all contribute to the weight gain. However, you can still lose the weight. I find that the more I am focused the better I do. I admit it is hard.....nothing like when I was younger. You have to find what works for you. Maybe you need less carbs, less calories, less sugar, more exercise, whatever you need you will figure out by trial and error. Spark is a great place to get inforamtion from a variety of sources



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10/14/12 12:02 P

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I know this is an older post, but likely a question new folks would also ask about.

I found that while on beta blockers, I had to eat less than 'recommended' ranges as well if I wanted to lose pounds.

Now, I will say that with the normal disclaimer. I ate less calories with an MDs approval. I simply could not lose an ounce at 1200 calories a day intake, period. I was a cop and EMT. Very active. Just very overweight, too.

I was eating 800-1000 per day before I saw any weight loss, but those 800-100 were very healthy calories with the nutrients I needed to sustain my active job.

Again, if you're going to eat less than recommended, don't do it without medical supervision. Trust me, starvation is not the answer. I still ate throughout the day, every few hours, even if it was a granola bar or a salad.

I lost very quickly, but, of course, I put it back on over the course of several years.

This round, I'm rating healthier, eating less, but eating different. I'm not depriving myself of foods I enjoy, but I'm weighing everything, counting every darn calorie, drinking water, and walking daily for my cardio.

It's possible to lose over 50 with heart issues. Takes determination, but it can be done. Mind set has a lot to do with how well you will succeed in your journey.

We don't say the word diet in my house. I'm not dieting. I'm eating differently. You'll even find a cookie or two in my closet.

I will be thinner and healthier if it kills me. We don't say diet in our house-ever. Diets fail!


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6/7/12 9:57 A

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I have been on Metoprolol for 12 years. During that time my weight was up and down several times, but not until I started on SparkPeople last fall did my weight go down and after achieving a healthy BMI, was I able to maintain my weight. What I have learned though in past 9 months in the process of weight loss and maintenance is that I have needed to eat about 10% fewer calories as recommended by SparkPeople for both weight loss and maintenance. I have also consistently logged calories burned, calculated on the website, at a much higher rate than recommended. I have actually only consumed the recommended number of calories about a dozen times. I am over 50 and also hypothyroid, which I am on medication for. My experience though has been that the number of calories recommended did not work for me. I do not know if this is because of the beta-blocker or not, but it is my experience. Our daughter, who is studying to be a dietitian has told us that the calories burned needs to be 3500 more than calories consumed for each pound lost. So if you are targeting your daily differential to be between 250-500, you would be working on losing 1/2 - 1 pound per week. Hope this helps, the biggest things I have learned in the past 9 months is persistence and consistency.

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6/7/12 4:53 A

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Well, I've been eating really well - good nutritious food, and within my SP calorie range, and burning 1500-2000 calories a week in cardio, as well as doing some strength training.

My weight hasn't budged an ounce this week. at 198 lbs, I feel like I should be able to shed weight easily (four years ago, I could). Don't get me wrong - I know weight loss isn't the only goal. I feel healthier, more energetic, and fitter.... but I'd love to see those numbers move too!

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is due to my beta blocker (metoprolol). Does anyone have any experience with weight loss on a beta blocker?

Of course, it could just be that I'm 4 years older than the last time I got in shape.... any ideas? emoticon

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