I've been frustrated for some time in regard to losing weight. When I first joined SP (in 2006), I lost 40 lbs (& 3 dress sizes) in about 2 years. That was great!
After increasing exercise to regularly long-distance walking (for about 4 years), I felt great but gained all the weight back.
Don't understand why and have found various suggested answers. The response I hate the most is the one that indicates I am lying about the amount of food and exercise I eat and do. I won't argue anymore about that and I've pret'near given up on even trying to discuss my challenge because what I get from professionals and others who seem to have answers are the same answers I've heard since the year I gained back the weight. And those answers (I have tried a few of them) haven't worked for me. Sure, I've gotten off a little weight and it's come back every time. I tell myself not to be concerned, that I either will one day find an answer, or I will settle for being in decent health! But I do hate being told that I am obese; right now, I weigh 182 lbs at 5'6" tall.
My Dr. is also not satisfied that I am doing what I need to do and has lectured me a few times about carbs. Well, I'm a vegan, Doctor, all the food I eat are big on carbs. The last time I left her office, last June, I think, after a lecture on what not to eat, I was discouraged. I deduced that she wants me to be hungry all the time and spend most of my days exercising. Of course, I do my best to stay under 1400 calories a day and balance the nutrients, making sure I get what I need and I exercise 3-5 1-hr or more sessions/week. My Dr. even went through my supplements and added supplements, so I know I'm not missing anything. She even had me consult a nutritionist for 6 months, who had never dealt with a vegetarian or a vegan before. I followed her plan to the tee maintaining my weight for those 6 months, and then, gave up because nothing changed!
I'm not the kind of individual that tries something for a few days or even weeks and considers that a good trial as to whether or not it'll work for me. I give it months or even years. I was vegetarian for two years and I've been eating vegan for 5 years now and had high hopes that would make a difference in my weight. It didn't. It did make a huge diff in my health and energy, and I am grateful for that. I plan to do this the rest of my life even though it is a challenge when traveling and many people do not know what to do with me when I visit them (if only they'd not be intimidated by asking and I wouldn't fear offending them by explaining, which I often do in advance - just cook me a potato!).
Anyway, I recently came across a FB group who clearly explain, back with articles, and support each other in what they call Keto Vegan. After reading lots and going shopping, I have begun and will give it at least 2 months. If I find it beneficial, I'll perhaps share some of what I've learned about myself later in the year. If not, this will probably be my last try to lose weight. I do not want to spend the rest of my life focused on what has frustrated me all of my life - being the fat girl! being afraid to eat cake, cookies, candy! watching others indulge while I eat a carrot! and so on. And I will never choose to starve myself like I did as a young adult.