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1/8/13 1:49 A

As a warning, MORE water isn't necessarily better! You can OVER hydrate and this can play havoc with your electrolytes - things like sodium and potassium - in your body. You are better to review WHAT you eat - most prepared meals that you buy aren't actually a good choice for a regular 'go to' for meals. You are far better to learn how to cook them yourself, having a much better control over what you put into them. You will find that the less processed generally the better. If time or lack of skill are a factor, there are many very quick and easy AND healthy recipes around!

As far as fluid is concerned, be guided by thirst and the colour of your urine. If it is clear, then you are better to cut back a wee bit (sorry about the pun - couldn't resist it) so that the colour is a pale yellow or straw coloured.

If you find that by evening you are starving there may be one or two things that you can do to rectify it. Eat more protein with each meal, and make sure that your breakfast is filling, i.e. not just a bowl of overly processed cereal and not much else. Ensure that you are actually eating enough for your breakfast and lunch, and if need be, have a healthy but low-calorie snack in the afternoon. That may help immensely with your hunger in the evening. IF you find that you are still hungry then, allow for a small, healthy snack after dinner.

Good luck,

DKCHAMB Posts: 12
1/7/13 8:49 P

Thank you so much for your helpful reply. I will try to answer your questions as best I can.

When I came back to the states I weighed 170. My goal was to get back down to 165. I found it almost impossible to stay at 160. I returned to the states on August 3rd. I now weigh 187. I realize that when I first returned I didn't make the best choices. There were so many foods that I had missed while living in Ecuador, and everywhere we went, people wanted to take us out to eat. By the time I got settled in to our new home and got back into better eating habits I weighed 176 (end of September).

I am using the spark people tracker to keep track of what I eat. When I lived in Ecuador, I didn't have access to many of the ingredients and foods that I was told to eat, so I changed my option to just recording what I ate instead of following the menu given to me. That is one thing I can do while I am here....follow the menu. I haven't done that. I am very careful on Monday through Saturday to track everything I eat. As I look back, you are right about getting enough fruits and veggies. I eat a tossed salad almost every day, but I don't get much variation on the fruits and veggies I eat, and I don't eat enough. Most of my meals consist of those already prepared meals (Smart Ones, Lean Cuisines, etc.).

I just had a complete physical in September, and my doctor said I was doing really great and my overall health was good. My weight was the only thing that lowered my health score. He told me that I should try to keep my weight at 165 at the highest for my build, but that everything else was completely fine.

I do drink around 12 glasses of water a day. I drink at least 32 ounces of water during my workout, and then, throughout the day, I drink another 64 ounces. I don't know if it is that I am that thirsty. It just keeps me from eating.

My daily calorie burn goal is 700 calories during my workout. I don't always get that, but mostly I do. Well, at least Monday through Friday. I am not hungry all day, but I eat breakfast and lunch every day. However, I am starving every evening. I don't sabotage my calorie intake, but I hate feeling hungry every evening. I am not on any medication, except I take either a Tylenol P.M. or a Unisom each night, because I don't sleep well. I haven't had restful sleep since I was in high school. If I don't take some kind of sleep aid, I maybe get 2-3 hours of sleep at night. Believe me, I've tried every bit of advice out there on how to sleep better at night. Nothing works!

I hope that I have given you some helpful information. I am getting to the point where I don't see the point of busting my butt anymore. I started out at 240 pounds, and I never want to go back there. I know that taking care of your health is important no matter what the results, but I am beyond frustrated!

Once again, thank you for taking the time to respond!

TERIANA Posts: 297
1/7/13 8:46 P

Surely, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Biotech companies like Monsanto have modified the genes in several foods to increase yield and resist disease. Wheat and corn grown in the USA is almost all GMO. Some people do not metabolize GMO wheat or corn the same way as natural wheat or corn. While GMO foods have allowed farms to feed more people for less money, the effects of the genetic modification in humans is not yet fully understood. I suspect this is one of the factors that have led to such high rates of obesity in this country.

Most of the food in Ecuador comes from family-operated farms. Having lived overseas, I know the food products in the USA have incredible amounts of additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients to help extend shelf life. The fresher and closer to nature you can get your food the better. Try to eat similar to the way you ate in Ecuador and you should see the weight come off again. Good luck!

DKCHAMB Posts: 12
1/7/13 8:31 P

Thank you for your response. May I please inquire as to what GMO means? I kind of thought the same thing about the food here verses the food in Ecuador. Ecuador does not add any kind of additives to its food, so it is much healthier. I live in a town of 3000, so we don't have much of a small grocery store, but I will check the foods I buy more carefully. Thanks again!

TERIANA Posts: 297
1/6/13 2:09 P

The food in South America is not as processed at the food in the USA. GMO food is often metabolized differently than non-GMO food. Do your best to eliminate processed food from your diet, Shop at Farmers Markets and buy locally grown organic produce whenever possible. Buy hormone-free meats from health food stores and if you eat beef, opt for grass-fed. In the USA, most of the prepared products we eat (crackers, cereal, etc) are made with GMO wheat. While many people have no problem, some do. It is much more complex than "calories in, calories out."

Since you did so well in South America, your weight gain is likely caused by your body's response to additives, preservatives, hormones, and other "foreign" ingredients in American foods. Try to eat foods similar to what you ate in South America, but buy non-GMO and organic whenever possible. Also, avoid drinking plastic bottle water--you are much better off drinking filtered tap water. I predict you will get back to your South American weight very soon.

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1/6/13 1:50 A

If you aren't already, try weighing all of your food and entering it into the Nutrition Tracker and see what is happening there. It may be that the changes in your diet were subtle, but enough to tip your scales in the wrong direction. By using the tracker you have more power to make the changes that you need to change.

It would also be a good idea to have a medical check to see if there is anything there that can be contributing to the problem. As ARCHIMEDES mentioned, this is often a cause for weight-gain but we don't know until we are checked. Also as ARCHIMEDES mentions, medication is often a cause for weight-gain, too.

Good luck with finding your problem.


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1/5/13 4:32 P

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How much weight have you been gaining in what period ? when it comes to weight loss or even weight gain, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, a person can't outrun a bad diet with exercise.

While you may be eating "right", how much are you eating ? a person could gain weight if their portions are too big and they are consuming too many calories. You don't have your food diary posted, so we don't know how many calories you eat per day as well as what types of food. One thing I look for when a person tells me they eat right is whether or not they are getting enough servings of fresh fruit and veggies. If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight, it would be eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day.

Your exercise is great, but if you want to lose weight, you have to be more mindful of what you are eating and how much.

Now, could you have an issue with your thyroid ? or PCOS or some other medical issue ? Yes, there are medical issues that can cause a person to gain weight or make it difficult to lose. In these cases, a person should go to their doctor for a full physical. Have your thyroid check because you just never know. If you're on any medication, there are medications that can cause a person to gain weight.

Since we really don't know anything about you, we're just taking educated guesses. the more you can tell us about yourself, the better we can help.

DKCHAMB Posts: 12
1/5/13 12:39 P

I went from 240 to 160 in a two year span while living in South America. I lost my weight by watching my diet and swimming and hour a day. I am back in the states for a year, and I have gone back up to 180. I am still watching what I eat, and I work out about an hour to an hour and a half a day (except on Sundays), but don't have access to a pool. No matter what I do, I just keep gaining weight. I am getting desperate.

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