But What if I Can’t Lose Weight?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We are excited to hear stories about people who choose to make positive lifestyle changes like Birdie Varnedore and lose significant amounts of weight. When we read about people who have accomplished wonderful results for their days, weeks and months of dedication and commitment, we are encouraged to continue in our own quest to reach new health and fitness goals.

However, for every wonderful success story like Birdie’s, there are several other people out there that have been equally dedicated and committed to their health that didn’t see the same results. They kept careful track of how many calories they consumed on a daily basis, exercised faithfully and sacrificed a great deal. Unfortunately, instead of seeing the scale move 100 pounds in 10 months, they only saw their scale move a couple of pounds. Some of them heard family members, friends or even their doctor tell them they must be doing something wrong or “cheating” with what they were eating or how much they were exercising. If this sounds like an experience you have had in your healthy living journey, this blog is for you!

As a Clinical Dietitian earlier in my nutrition career, I worked with patients who were fortunate enough to receive a solid organ transplant of a liver, kidney and/or pancreas due to end-stage organ disease. I say fortunate because many die each year waiting for this limited life-saving resource. While each of the paths that led these patients to their transplant was very different, the road they followed after their transplant was very similar. Immunosuppressive medications, outpatient clinic visits, rejection episodes and various secondary medical issues would be hills and valleys they would all encounter as they traveled the post transplant highway of living.

I LOVED my job for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons was that I followed the patients as outpatients after caring for them in the hospital. There was consistency in the nutritional care, intervention and education they received. I worked closely with the medical specialists, surgeons, nurse specialists and pharmacists and the nutritional care of each patient was an integral part of the multi-disciplinary care they received in the hospital and after they went home. This is not always the case when patients move from hospital care to outpatient care and I believe it has changed over the years as things in the hospital setting have changed. However, at that time, it was the most ideal of situations to help provide the best and most cost effective care to these very special patients.

Although nutrition was an integral focus of after care, and I had the benefit of seeing each of the patients regularly for the first year after their operations, there are some realities that just can’t be changed even with the most ideal of circumstances. Regardless of how well I educated, how carefully I monitored or how compliant my patients were, the one consistent thing I witnessed in my patients over the five years I worked with them was their battle with their weight after transplant. Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications caused even those that had never had a weight problem before to deal with a rapid and often uncontrollable episode of weight gain in the first few months post transplant. Add to that, additional medications that became necessary after rejection episodes or to combat other newly developed health complications as well as other issues that limited their ability to exercise consistently and you have a constant and ongoing weight battle.

Many patients who previously in their life had been able to cut back on treats and increase their activity for a few weeks to drop a few extra pounds now found even following a strict calorie controlled diet and balancing their intake closely with their activity did little to slow the rate of weight gain or to bring about the loss of the 20 plus pounds they gained after transplant. Patient frustration and tears would meet me when I entered their room in the hospital after a re-admission or as they came to my office at the clinic. My love of nutrition education and working to help people find what might work for them came from working with these dear people and their families.

Little did I know back then that a few years later I would join these people in their weight control frustrations. While I didn’t have a transplant, I did have a portion of my thyroid removed back in the spring of 2002, which changed many things for me. I learned, as many of my patients did, that eating at the right level, and exercising intensely and faithfully doesn’t always allow you to return to your “normal” weight. The weight you were before your medical condition changed.

I have been active since about the age of 10, when I started playing softball. I was a three-sport participant throughout junior high and high school and attended college on a volleyball scholarship, which allowed me to remain very active well into my 20s. Throughout my 20s, I maintained a pretty set weight and was always able to lose the vacation or holiday pounds by watching my intake and increasing my activity for a few weeks. I had healthy pregnancies and returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within six months after delivery of both children. Of course I wasn’t happy or content with my body at the time like many women, but I was healthy and able to maintain my weight fairly easily.

Last week I was talking with a long time friend who also has thyroid disease. While she has not had any of her gland removed, she does have hypothyroidism and taking Synthroid for more than five years and battling with the ever creeping weight gain. She is in her mid 40s just like me and was sharing her frustration at not being able to lose weight when she works so hard. My friend shared that she has been running three miles a day five to six days a week in addition to yard work and other family related activities. Additionally, she has been doing concentrated strength training three days a week. After six weeks of focused exercise and controlling her calorie intake, she has lost only one pound. She told me with definite conviction that “everything they say about balancing intake with exercise is just not true, at least not for me.” Our children are the same age and she has always been active, lost all her baby weight after children and able to maintain her weight. We have worked out at the same gym since having our first children and meeting a few years later.

My friend and I are not alone. There are many others like us out there that are working really hard, watching what they eat, exercising faithfully and seeing little results on the scale.

So now what? Check out the Weight Busters: Finding Strategies to keep Moving When the Scale Will Not article to find out what next steps you can take. We will look at positive ways to move forward regardless of our life stage.

Many people feel they are the only ones doing what they should with diet and exercise but are seeing very small results. If you are one of us, it would be encouraging for you to post and let us know you are in our “club”. What shall we call our club?

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OBIONE686 8/17/2020
I have lost weight once in my entire life: I was 20, hiking up hills 3 miles a day 5 days a week and biking those hills 14 miles twice a week. I ate 5 servings of fruit, 5 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of lean protein, and 3 servings of whole grain carbs per day. It was incredibly stringent, so strict, and I maintained the habit for 6 months; I lost 30 pounds. It was a "healthy" amount to lose, at a "healthy" rate, with "healthy" tactics, but it was expensive and I couldn't maintain it. I had managed to go from 220 to 190 lbs for my wedding, and then I couldn't anymore. I had gained 60 pounds between 18 and 20. I gained another 60 between 20 and 22. And another 60 between 22 and 24. Any time I maintained my weight for a year was a win. Im 33. I was 365 this past January. And my friends and family have watched me fail continually to lose weight. I don't know what to do, because the doctors don't believe me, they say I'm cheating. I'm using Sparkpeoples log to prove my innocence. Guilt. We should not feel guilt for existance. Report
This us me. I have closed weight and sustained it for three years, but now in my early 50s I am struggling. I eat well and exercise, but my weight just does not budge. It is so frustrating Report
I learn new information from your blog, you are doing a great job. Keep it up.
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It’s also important to take your age into consideration as our ability to lose slows down as we age . Not to mention hormones and the fluctuations that happen with those changes .... we are not machines and being 100% in point with our plans doesn’t guarantee a loss Report
I haven't lost an oz this week. Report
I am so much in this club. Hypothyroid and have lost half of my thyroid. Lost some weight but now I'm stuck. So glad I'm not alone Report
This article is such a godsend. I mentioned that my weight just isn't moving and some fellow sparkers made snide comments about "Weight loss isn't linear" and "Well, you need to do better with your plan" without any type of commiseration. It's so nice to know that there are others who struggle too and that I'm not alone!! Report
Thanks for sharing the blog, seems to be interesting and informative too.

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I am one of the club. My PCP, who had gastric bypass herself, reviewed my food and exercise logs and commented 'you really do it; you should be seeing results.' She admitted that she was never willing to do 'the work' and had resorted to the surgery to force herself to limit consumption. She offered sympathy but not much else in the way of helpful advice. I definitely 'work' it and know that if I slack off I will gain. That's just the way it is.

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Great article! Thank you for sharing! Report
I recently did a flow chart and organized all my weight gain, health issues and life events. It was suddenly obvious that stress and perimenopause accompanied periods of weight gain -even though I was exercising a lot and eating little. This past year I was under extreme stress, lack of sleep, too much travel with lack of exercise and an additional 15 pounds! During 2019, I focused on stress reduction, sleeping better and moderate steady exercise and I've lost 10 of those fifteen pounds. Of course, I am the only one who seems to understand this. My doctor thinks its less calories and more exercise -even though I know it's actually less exercise than I'm accustomed to doing and the same amount of calories - I'll let her think what she wants and continue focusing on yoga, breathing, and sleep Report
I can relate to this article to a T. I haven't got to be diagnosed with anything yet, but I know that there has to be something. I follow the diet, exercise A LOT, and I can lose anymore; actually now I am gaining even though I do all these things. It is very frustrating. Report
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I have been on Synthroid for 15 years. Combine hypothyroidism with aging and losing weight is just frustrating. My GP suggested an endocrinologist might provide better insight and perhaps find something she's missing. Anyone else have an opinion regarding an endocrinologist ? Report
I'm glad I'm not the only one. Mines amix of 10 medications, for a variety of problems, plus looking after my husband with alzheimers for 5 years end the trauma of that. Then the loss and depression i still have when he and my dad died last year and i have been eating all the wrong things. So my weights got even worse and I can't blame the tablets for that. But this has given me the kick I've needed and I start again in the morning. Thank you everyone and good luck to you all. Report
Wow! It's about time that there is acknowledgement that a "simple" formula of C.I.C.O. is NOT the answer for everyone! -- Wish this were updated and run more frequently to support those of us who are NOT seeing the changes we would hope for despite making healthy choices in fitness & food.

Thank you for sharing your journey / struggle in terms of your REALITY! Sorry for the struggles you have faced... Report
This is a great helpful article thanks for posting Report
I could, sadly, join your club because of a drug called LUPRON, a hysterectomy and depression. I gained almost 150 pounds. But I'm back trying again! Thank you for this article! Report
I am in this club for sure but have maintained a fifty pound loss for a while now so am not discouraged! It's all about perspective really. I pretty much stay the same no matter what I do so today is Mother's Day and I am going to indulge in some Thai food tonight and not feel guilty!!! Report
Hey, I hear ya! Now if we can just get some of the SparkPeople employees to stop blogging about how losing weight is just expending more calories than you take in. Report
I have been struggling with my weight since 2012. I had been 95lbs the majority of life. In 2011 I lost my best friend and had went through severe depression, I sought help and they put me on some antidepressants and mood stabilizers. I started taking the meds on October 30, 2011. By February 2012 I had gained 55lbs. I had stopped the pills I am now the heaviest I have ever been 176 I have tried every diet under the sun, gone to gym 6 days weeks, spent thousands of dollars on diet pills, physical training, dieticians, etc. The most I have ever lost was 6lbs on the advocare diet just to gain 7 back I have at times decided to give up thinking that maybe this is what I am supposed to be, but I am not happy. I struggle on a daily basis. I hate pictures, and I feel like something is wrong with me. I no longer know what to do. It is very discouraging. I spend so much time thinking about it, I started looking online tonight for another hope, or answer and came across your article, it was very helpful. I grew up playing soccer and was always active, I know now I am 28 and my metabolism is slowing down I am scared that I will be stuck. I am completely happy with everything else in my life this is the only thing I am discontent with and wish I could change. Report
I am one of them. I have hypo and I am anemic. I fight hard everyday! I have only lost eight pounds in four months which I am tickled about, but if I barely eat just one more thing that is it, I am up a pound or two. After I had my first child twenty-four years ago I was able to drop the weight and got back down to about 139 or so. I was given birth control pills after that and all was fine but I had lost my libido for my husband. So I asked my ob/gyn to switch my med. when he did it all fell apart! I gained twenty pounds in one month and my appetite increased. It has been a real battle ever since! Around ten years ago I saw one doctor who felt a goiter in my neck. He prescribed me a synthroid but then moved so I could not do follow-up. I had suffered for all this time until February when I went to the hospital for chest pains. Well nothing was wrong there but they saw I had hypo and got me started on Levoyhyroxin. Later that month I found a physician that started taking care of me. Almost two months ago she found that I also was anemic. So for less then a year I have been taking thyroid med and iron supplements. Working hard for this weight loss. I don't want to burn out! I have come to far for to long! Report
Same here (hypothyroid plus lupus), I will cut back calories to 1200-1300/day, lose about 5#, then nothing. The only way I lose is to keep upping the exercise until it becomes too onerous to keep up. However, even without the weight loss, the good news is that when I am eating healthy and maintaining a moderate but faithful exercise program, I am stronger, more flexible, able to do more, my blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood limpid readings go down; I sleep well, and I rarely get a virus. So, even without the weight loss, a healthy diet and exercise program done faithfully is better than a tortuous one, that I can't keep up, and still well worth the effort. Thanks for telling a truth that most weight loss experts are reluctant to admit. Report
I have this same problem. I have tried and failed to lose and finally given up, gaining almost uncontrollably. If you have a team, and some answers, I would be elated to hear more! I saw that this is an older post, and I hope it is not totally out of date. Report
I was theilled to find an article that spoke of transplant recipients and weight gain. I received a kidney after my single kidney failed from a friend who will foever hold a special place in my heart. After dealing with multiple hospitalizations when I was infected with pseudomonas at --you guessed it--the hospital!-- i finally feel strength and stamina roaring back. But for the past 9 months, I have gained and lost the same five crummy pounds. So frustrating! Report
Five years ago I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. My heart is okay, the electrical system is not. After the diagnosis, I tried multiple medications and started putting on weight, gaining 30 lbs in a matter of months. Eventually had two heart ablations and still on multiple meds. Three & a half years ago I joined a gym and worked with a trainer 3 times a week. Cardio 3-5 times a week. Was able to lose about 20 lbs, but have been stuck for a year and a half.
Regardless of my eating and exercising, the scale doesn't change by much. I do have to watch my calories to keep from gaining. I am so frustrated. Everyone assumes your are cheating. I'm not perfect, but if I didn't exercise and watch what I eat I would be 100 lbs+ heavier. I promised myself that I would not give up. I would continue to try, but its very hard. I don't know the answer to how to lose this weight! Report
Well I don't have much in the way of a health condition - elevated BP, HRT and I take Nexium for GERD, but not diabetic or any thyroid issues. Last year I did get pretty sick with some weird stomach bug that totally knocked me off my feet, and gained back all the weight I've lost since joining SP. Granted, we're talking about roughly 18 lbs, but now that I'm able to exercise again I just can't get this weight to BUDGE! Is it because I'm now 54? Did I lose that much muscle in the 6 mos it took me to get over the stomach bug? I've had to take Prednisone for inflammation/swelling before, and I absolutely HATE it! Gain weight every time and have trouble taking it back off. I know my weight problem's not that bad, and sometimes I feel guilty about being so vain, but I am this way & I really want to lose this spare tire and quit having to buy bigger size clothes 'cause I can't wear some of my other favorites! I'll check your group out, and help if I can. Report
I too understand your frustration ladies, I had brain surgery and an emergency hysterectomy within a month apart to save my life. Both tumors went undiagnosed and allowed to grow to enourmous proportions, and my body had stopped reproducing blood. After the surgeries, I was placed on some radical meds to control grand mal seizures, depression and help with the paralysis on the right side of my body. Well I quickly ballooned up to 300 + pounds. After 3 years of being obese I nearly gave up everything. My neurologist and I had a talk after I tried to hurt myself. He decided to change up my meds a bit and try me on a different antidepressant. Well, we had a deal that if I lost 50 Lb.s he would get a kiss. Guess what, it took a year. But I lost that first 50 pounds. And it felt so great! But it did take me at least 7 years to lose 114 pounds. I still need to loose another 60 pounds. It has been 10 years now since the surgery and I just can't seem to lose the weight. No matter what I do. I can walk with a cane and some moderate discomfort for short distance. But that has recently taken it's toll on the good leg and foot. I have a great deal of health problems from where the brain tumor symptoms were ignored for so long. I am grateful to God that I am alive and I will endure. Report
I can so relate to this. It took me 2 years to lose 57 lbs...it took me ages to get to the point where I could be patient enough to do it, because I thought that it was impossible. For that reason, generally, I only weigh myself once a month, if that. I have pretty much maintained for the past year for various reasons, but I have 11 more lbs to lose and would love to do it this year. It seems so much harder for me than other people I know...I am 58, and until I got into my late 40s, it was easy. But I see other people my age who can still lose a lot faster...one older male friend of mine has lost over 50 lbs since last March and now only weighs a couple more lbs than me! I am not always perfect, especially lately, but I work out every day and even when I DO eat perfectly, my weight loss is so slow. Sometimes I feel like I will never get to my goal weight. I did a challenge in November with some co-workers...everyone else lost weight, I stayed exactly the same. I am struggling to stay motivated to finish this journey. Report
I am definitely in this club. All kinds of hormonal issues (thyroid and breast cancer, hypoglycemia) mean that I gain wait at the blink of an eye, but losing weight??? Very inconsistent. So what is the name of this club??? Report
Yes, I qualify to join this club. I too suffer from hypothyroidism. I've plateaued for weeks. Report
I have been like all of you...Five years ago was doing the calorie counting, eating healthy and drinking all my water and the scales never moved. I was devestated but stuck with it for a year. Ate chicken and trurkey only, i did eventually start seeing the scales move a a very small pace, but this time I started researching everything before I started. I thought the first thing I need to do is to get my body ready with the right vitamins to replace all that I have depleated in my body. Like co q 10, and came across spirulina the whole green food supplement full of protein and chlorella that rids your body of metals, found out that when your body has metals in it which we all do, it can cause metabolism to be very slow. So i began taking vitamins and supplements and eating healthy and exercising. started losing drastic amounts of weight never have I before lost that much weight in that short time. Lost 14 pounds in a month. My husband was eating the same way but not losing anything and I got him started on Spirulina and chlorella and now he is losing like crazy. I do think our bodies get depleated of many nutrients that we need and causes slow metabolism. Just think everyone should atleast research these two wonderful supplements. What have you got to lose but pounds. My weight loss is trial and error now. Finding out what works for me, and keep telling myself this is not a diet it has to be something I can do for the rest of my life. The scales havent moved in a week but I been reevaluating what I need to do differently and realize that sodium foods retain alot of water and I need to lower my sodium intake due to my body, I have high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and hold fluids like crazy and also need to take in more water. so this morning I saw a significant weightloss again. Just thought I would share in case this helps somebody. Report
I am soo in this club. Different medical problems and medications but the frustration is so high. I would lie to modify the meds to see if it would help but the doctor says all my blood work, blood pressure and other things say I am healthy so why mess around just for weight loss. But I work so hard and right jnow I can't stem the slow gain and so I am getting very worried about where I will wind up. Sigh. Report
I'm sooo in the club! Thanks for this - I've been talking about this with friends who have had great success with weight loss. A few years ago I lost over 100 lbs in the course of a couple of years. Gained 50 back and it is stuck, big time. I'm doing all the same things I did before and the scale will creep down and then I'll have a treat and gain five lbs. I've been chalking it up to quitting smoking (3 months) and menopause and hoping if I stick to it things will start to work again. Report
Thank you for this blog. I've read the inspiring blogs and then turned to my partner and said "why don't they ever write about the people who do all the same things but struggle to lose anything" - where the one or two pounds in a month is a major achievement.

It's not just being jealous of those who say "I gave up junk food and started exercising and lost 50 pounds in X months"... I've been there when you're eating right, exercising, etc and everyone (including doctors) tell you that you must be cheating, that it's just a matter of calories in versus calories burned.

Being hypothyroid and insulin resistant it's very hard to lose weight and I wish there was more information out there explaining it (I've tried to find stuff online to show to others but it's either too technical or reads as someone's opinion, not based on science).

I will admit that I'm not exercising now like I should be... and I know there are people who have a much harder time losing than even I do. It's important that we all find ways to motivate ourselves even when the scale isn't moving... or when it stops moving. Report
I didn't know..... I have been on Prednisone for a year and a half due to auto immune disease. I put on at least 20 pounds and have been trying very hard and unsuccessfully to take off the weight, but continue to gain. I am very obese, have swollen legs and feet and have trouble walking so exercise has been limited. I hope there is some help. Report
In looking for answers today I came across this blog. It's quite frustrating to be doing it all "right" and not seeing results. I too am hypothyroid but have a Doctor that tells me it's a "myth that people with hypothyroidism gain weight, you gain weight because your not eating right. If you'd quit eating junk and exercise more you wouldn't be overweight." Needless to say I switched Doctor's immediately after that comment.

I stay within a 1,300-1,500 calorie range, do cardio 6 days a week for 60 minutes at a time and strength train 3 days a week. Can someone tell me why I'm not losing weight? Looks like I am not alone...but, gonna stay the course in hopes it starts dropping at some point.... Report
I, too, do very well with my eating and working out and have a physical job, yet, now with menopause I am unable to get that weight down. I struggle to lose 4 pounds only to have it come back. I have lost 9 and kept it off for 2 years
SP is wonderful and keeps me encouraged and focused on "healthy", but the scales still bug me.
Thank you for writing this blog, as it feels good to know that I am not alone and not a failure.
I still have hope and I continue to pick myself up.
I do feel that I am not GAINING new weight, so there is that to be thankful for. Losing
30 pounds would be awesome, but oh boy, would I be happy with 10.
Sparkfriends are the best. Keep on trying! Report
I am definitely in this boat!! Just three years ago, I was a healthy and fit size 7 woman! I'd maintained this weight for 10 years, after leaving an abusive relationship. I had decided I wanted to eat my way, and my way was super healthy :) I also did everything my way, for once! Went back to college, and was very active and happy. It all changed right before I had a partial hysterectomy. A year later, concerned about my 50 pound weight gain, despite no real change in my eating habits (though I slacked in exercise, for sure!) my doc tested me and I found I had hypothyroid :( It is sooooo hard, and I am soooooo frustrated. I really don't feel confident, happy, or healthy in my body. I really don't like it!!! I am trying to be very kind to myself, but I tend to be mean to myself :( :( Report
I am definitely in this club. I had lost quite a biot of weight and maintained for a bit but then went on some medications that tend to cause gain and I have fought this valiantly - but unsuccessfully - starting to gain about a pound a month no matter how hard I worked. Maybe its my age, too. But then I had major emergency surgery on my digestive system 7 months ago and have put on 15-20 pounds that I can't seem to lose and sometimes I even gain more. I run at least 5K 5-6 days a week and count calories and still...

At least I am not alone. Report
I have the same problem.I've been with SP since January 2010 & my weight has been basically the same or risen. I haven't been able to track my food on SP because they seem to have preset diet plans that don't fit into my budget. (Sometimes we have only $39 for 2 weeks of groceries.) I don't know how to change the program to write in what I did eat.
I am in my late 40s. I don't have health problems. What I do have is the hormonal mess that they call perimenopause. One of my friends mom calls them the "fat years". Have to keep in my head that its mostly about a healthy lifestyle and not just weight. But it can get so discouraging. Report
I'm reading the blogs and they go back years - does anyone know if a club was actually created? Report
I am so happy to see so many people in the same boat! I feel like I'm going crazy!

All my "wellness" numbers are off the chart healthy except for that darned BMI. I am so worried that my health insurance will use that as an excuse to deny claims if I were to become ill.

Spark is the 5th online website I've used in the last 5 years - including Weight Watchers meetings - and I I've gained weight rather than lost it. I exercise every day; I burn over 2000 calories/week with aerobics and strength training. I bring all organic food to work - cottage cheese, yogurt and spinach salads - and track my calories faithfully with nothing to show for it on the scale. Although my body is fit - I'm carrying belly fat that I know is the worst. I teach a Step and Core class at the YMCA and people groan during my Core class so I know there's a six pack ab under all that belly fat - I want to see it!!

I do believe it's my thyroid even though the blood tests "say" it's in a healthy range. I'm scheduled to go to an endocronologist next month but I don't believe that being on synthroid will make weight loss any easier - that's what I'm hearing.

My next step is to cut out carbs/sugar except for excluding fruit - that's all I have left!

My suggestion for our club is to call it "Fit & Fantastic!"
I have been a type 1 diabetic for close to 18 years now, and I have a VERY hard time losing weight. I am more active than the majority of the people I know (to the point where people comment on it!), I've been a lifelong vegetarian and almost never eat junk food, and I don't drink or any other classic things that people think of when it comes to derailing weight loss.

However, taking insulin can change how and how much weight you gain. The more you work out he more likely you are to have to treat a low blood sugar with a snack you did not factor in to your normal diet. Feeling sick more often means that some weeks I have to take a break from heavy exercise. When I'm going all out I lose maybe half a pound to a pound a week (if I am lucky). The frustrating part of this has always been watching a friend cheat on their diet, drink sugary alcoholic beverages, and skip the gym some days and still lose weight much faster than I do. It's enough to make me give up entirely, except that I know that weight gain seriously affects my medications and health problems. I've finally managed to convince myself to not give up and resort to pizza when I get depressed because I know that even if I only lose a few pounds a month, my overall health is SO much better on a healthy diet and exercise plan even if the scale doesn't show it. Health science backs this up, and even people who don't lose more than a few pounds can decrease their health risk factors by a huge amount just by staying active and not having junk food and sodas providing a significant percentage of your calories. So at the end of the day even if I only maintain my weight it is still very much worth it. Report
I have been so frustrated. Losing has been so very slow and difficult. I've been tracking food and exercise for many years. The math says I should have lost all my excess weight years ago. Yet, here I am still struggling. I take synthroid, have multiple sclerosis, migraines, fibromyalgia and am a breast cancer survivor. I suspect these as well as having major surgeries to rebuild my legs and feet plus a hysterectomy at age 39 combine to confuse and mess up my body. I've also had three concussions and was hospitalized twice for more than two weeks for hallucinations, breathing, swallowing and other disturbing symptoms believed to have been caused by the ms when I got very overheated while exercising outdoors in the summer heat. I guess I jouldn't be surprised that weight loss is tough, but that doesn't make me any less frustrated. Report
Thank you so much for this blog. I know that people don't believe that I eat what I say I eat or that I workout the way I say I work out. I have been measuring and tracking every bite that goes in my mouth with an average calorie consumption f 1266 calories per day and walking a minimum of 5 miles per day for several months. Despite all of that I average a one pound weight loss every 21 days.I know weight loss is hard work but sheesh! Report