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4/23/18 11:03 A

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I think you need more substance in your diet there is too much liquid which doesn't give your metabolism much to work with. also you need more calories trying going to1300. I did the same diet and didn't lose a lb then i had more solid meals and i have lost almost 4.5 stone in total. change your diet and dont give up

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4/21/18 6:38 P

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"Being hungry just puts your body in starvation mode"
Not at all.
Being hungry simply means it is time to eat.

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4/21/18 3:50 P

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"being hungry just puts your body in starvation mode" No it doesn't. "Starvation mode" is a myth unless you suffer from anorexia or you are in a prison camp being starved for months and months. Unless you have a medical condition, if you eat less calories than you burn you're going to lose weight. If you start tracking your food I think you will find you are eating far more calories than you think you are.

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4/20/18 9:26 P

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Sometimes you have a medical problem that interferes with your weight loss. If you try everything and nothing works, you might want to get tested for any nutritional deficiencies. You could have anemia and not know it. That will derail your weight loss like nothing else!

Also, you're supposed to eat more than a SlimFast shake. Add a fruit and some toast or something! Being hungry just puts your body in starvation mode, and then your body is hanging on to the fat, thinking it needs to preserve it for the future. Also, don't fall into the trap of not eating any fat. When you eat fat, it lets your body know that it's okay to let go of the fat that you already have. So have some on your toast and throughout the day. Just not too much, of course, but some.

Let us know how it goes! Good luck on everything! emoticon

Okay, I've reread your post and see you've already done the tests, sorry! Also, you really shouldn't be eating under 1200 calories, like, ever! If you gain weight when you eat more, then just let it happen. Because you need to be eating more. Find what weight your body settles at, when you are eating more and accept it. Because you need to be eating more. By accepting it, I mean to think of that as your new starting point. And just lose weight gradually after that. Also, you'll need to eat more than 1200 calories if you exercise, because that's the minimum if you DON'T exercise. That's for someone completely sedentary. But you exercise, so you should eat more than that. If you have the Spark app set up right, it will adjust your calories when you add in your exercise, so that you will be getting enough.

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3/8/18 12:09 P

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I have this same issue, but truly you are and will lose weight. You must be patient and try to not use only the scale to measure progress. I have to be very strict with my diet to lose at best 1 lb per week. I weigh 180 and I'm 5'4".

I have heard (ad nauseam) over the years, "eat more". I've tried this 'eat more' method for months, taking my calories up to 14-1500 and ended up maintaining my weight vs. losing. I believe it's crap because weight loss is clearly not a one size fits all solution. This is why you see some people who eat loads of calories (and junk) and have trouble gaining weight. Some buy nutritional drinks in an attempt to put weight on (imagine that). On the flip side you see Bariatric patients put on a 1200 calorie diet pre-surgery and lose weight fast. Why is it when bypass surgery is done and the patient is eating a very low number of calories, including the fact their bodies now absorb fewer calories consumed, do they continue to lose weight? If "putting your body into starvation mode" were true, they'd stop losing weight on the low calorie diet. Doctors would of course be telling them to 'eat more'. LOL. That's not what happens. They doctor will tell them, 'you're not being honest and you're eating too much or you'd be losing weight'. The studies they did in the 50's around 'starvation mode' were with patients with very little body fat (they looked starved) and at some point your metabolism will slow down once fat stores hit a certain point that you're actually starving. This is so they body can try to stave off organ failure. UGH. That surely isn't my problem.

Anyway, cutting calories like you are is ok in my opinion. Eating nutritional calories (whole/clean eating) is best. Controlling blood sugar spikes by avoiding empty calories and junk carbs will ensure you don't succumb to awful cravings. I've had to realize that slow weight loss is better and 'is what it is' for me. I am in no hurry now. If it takes me 2 years or more to remove the excess weight and I have less hanging skin as a bonus, it'll all be worth it. I will still have left this weight behind. I try to look at it this way - every day I am either losing, maintaining or gaining. I would rather be losing, even if only a smidgen, it's far better than not, or worse, gaining. Hang in there.

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3/4/18 11:15 P

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If you stop and think about it, the main difference between how people lose or gain weight is in their individual metabolisms --- how their bodies process foods and burn energy.

Some people seem to lose easily, based on the easy calculations of "calories in less than calories out", where others - like yourself - seem to be playing a completely different game.

Some of the things that can impact your metabolism are some diseases (such as PCOS, or metabolic syndrome, or Addisons, etc.), genetics, digestive issues (high acid, low acid, low motility, etc.), mental health (dealing with depression or anxiety) and often - hormones.

Hormones are what control our appetite, can speed or slow digestion, and tell our bodies how efficiently to burn energy. Hormones can be impacted by stress (such as being unemployed), our sex, our sleep, our stage of life --- and even our environment.

It is entirely possible that your struggle to work harder and eat less is actively working against you by increasing your stress levels, which tells your hormones that you need to be prepared for attack --- which sets your metabolism for maximum efficiency (which means the slowest possible burn).

The best plan might be for you to put the scale away for a few weeks, slow down the workouts to a sustainable level, and focus on eating healthy foods that give you a good nutritional bang for your calorie buck. Start eating at a reasonable level of at least 1400-1500 calories, making sure that you get your nutrients, and accept that the weight will likely go up a few pounds as your body adjusts but should level out (and could even begin going down) as the hormones settle out.

Also, take some time for some yoga or meditation or something to really focus on maintaining your mental and emotional health.

It is also possible that you might be having a physical reaction to something in the protein drink or the packaged soup. You might find that changing over to homemade meals makes a difference, too.

Final thought - if you take a few weeks to get yourself relaxed and in to a better frame of mind, along with a healthier and sustainable diet and fitness program, and still see no losses when you pull the scale out at the end of that time, then it might be worth another trip to the doctor to see if there might be something other than thyroid that could be an issue. It can take a while to narrow down things like PCOS or adrenal issues, so having a diary of tracked foods / fitness and weight can be very helpful for figuring it out.

Strong thoughts to you!

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3/4/18 4:18 P

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How tall are you ? At 82kg you're 180 pounds US. How much weight are you trying to lose ? Let's say you're trying to lose 15 to 20 lgs (that's about 33 to 44 pounds). If you were 5 ft 5" tall, a 30 pound loss would put you at a healthy BMI for your height.

You've only been trying to lose weight for two months. While a safe weekly weight loss is 1-2 pounds (.5 to 1kg) per week. There will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. the weight doesn't magically drop off just because you're eating a little better and exercising. It could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before you see a drop in the scale. And you know what ? That's perfectly normal !!

When a person decides they need to lose weight, they are almost always in a PANIC. all they want to know is what's the fastest way to take off the weight. Why eating less and exercising more ! It hasn't been working, has it ? The truth that no one wants to hear is that if it took them years to gain the weight, it could take years to get it off. there is no fast way to lose weight.

You're just setting yourself up for failure. How much longer do you think you can keep up eating a protein shake for breakfast, soup for lunch and whatever your significant other makes at dinner ? You're due to give up pretty soon.

What's the rush ? That's the problem. You're trying to take the weight off too fast. Did it take you years to gain the weight ? Okay, now you need to be realistic. because the way you're eating now is not realistic. How many servings of fresh fruit and veggies do you eat each day ? How much fiber and protein ? The way you're eating now is not healthy at all. You're eating less, but not right.

In order to lose weight, you need to learn how to eat right and that's going to take a long time. First you start by incorporating more servings of fresh fruit and veggies at your meals. Try eating more fresh fruit for snacks. for optimum health, a person should be eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day.

If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight and be healthy, it would be to eat more veggies.

As far as exercise, ditto, you're setting yourself up for failure. Do you really want to exercise two hours a day, every day for the rest of your life ? well that's what you're going to have to do if you don't learn good nutrition. Instead of killing yourself, you need to cut back on the amount of exercise you do and start paying more attention to what you eat. Learning to eat more nutritiously combined with a little regular exercise (not excessive exercise) will help you lose weight long term.

What to do ? Start by increasing the amount of fresh fruit and veggies you eat each day. start with 2-3 servings. think a piece or two of fresh fruit for snacks. think a nice leafy green salad with lunch or dinner. dump the cans of soup. if you want soup, make it yourself. canned soup is too high in sodium. same with frozen dinners. ditch those too. There are plenty of quick healthy recipes you can make.

And what I recommend is learning to make the meals you already eat, more healthy.

Stop dieting !!! Stop killing yourself with all the exercise. You need an exercise program you can live with for the rest of your life, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight. Because here's another hard truth, it's one thing to take the weight off. it's another to keep it off. That's why you need to learn about nutrition and portion control.

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3/3/18 10:02 P

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You aren't eating enough!

* If you start to increase the amount of food that you eat, you will find that your weight loss will likely start to happen. Strange, but true. SP recommends that an average weight SEDENTARY woman eat no less than 1200 calories, unless they are extremely short and/or closely supervised by a medical team including a Registered Dietitian. This is because your body will likely not get all the various nutrients that it requires to function healthily. Do you weigh all of your food and track it in the Nutrition Tracker? If not, you may be eating more/less than you realize. Don't forget that your body needs fats, too, and there are plenty of cheap options for healthy fat.

What range has SP set for you? .... And, when you joined did you accurately input the amount and type of exercise that you do, plus your weight/height etc.? Even gender. (A lot of people actually tick the wrong box, LOL!) Were you aggressive in the amount of weight you want to lose and the time-frame to do it in?

* You don't need to do 2 hrs exercise. I know that this also sounds strange, but most people (unless they are competitive athletes) only need 1/2 hr to 1hr exercise daily, but with 1 or 2 days off to allow their body time to recover from the little minuscule tears etc. that you don't see or feel.

Having said that, you haven't indicated what your body's ideal weight range is .... i.e., not where *you* want it to be.

When I started on this weight-loss journey was near 100kg. Even after I had lost 50kg, my waist still measured the same (taken by the same Registered Dietitian each time.) She commented that it was strange. BUT, I had gone, at that time, from a NZ size 20-22 to a 14/16!! An funnily enough, (altho' embarrassing at the time) when I stood up for the Dietitian to measure me, my slim-fitting, tailored trou fell to the ground, totally unaided emoticon emoticon So obviously there was a lot going on. People were commenting that I was a lot thinner. Obviously there was less fat inside me that made it much easier to squish my innards around and get into those clothes comfortably emoticon My waist and hip measurement only really dropped (by measuring) a couple years after I started to maintain.

I have lived off the smell of an oily rag for all of my adult life (now nearly 64) There are loads of way to eat healthy on a budget. You don't have to buy just fresh fruit/veges. Frozen is just as good, and canned (check labels re salt/sugar content) can be just as good, too. Don't buy out of season, and check the specials. At the moment here Broccoli is around $3.50 per smallish head and cauliflour up to $10 each, re the rotten weather NZ has had which has destroyed loads of crops. I normally eat heaps of them, but this is when alternatives come in to their own..... FROZEN ones, which are always on hand and a fraction of the price, even at the best of times. Lentils are a great source of protein and fibre, and much cheaper than meat. So are Chick Peas. I always use them to reduce the amount of meat in my casseroles etc.

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For the last 2 months I've been pushing myself really hard to lose weight, but no matter what I do I haven't lost any at all and if I slack even the tiniest amount I instantly start gaining weight again. I don't know what to do anymore, and I'm starting to think I'm just wasting my time trying :'(
I exercise for 1-2 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes the HASfit foundation workout program, a 30-day ab challenge, and 1 or 2 youtube workout videos. I try to keep it varied and do a mix of strength, cardio, bodyweight exercises & stretching, yoga etc.
I don't eat much & eat as healthy as I can on my limited budget (I'm unemployed). For breakfast I have a Slim-Shake or a protein drink, I'll have chicken or vegetable soup for lunch, and whatever my partner is cooking for dinner. I don't snack at all, & I've cut junk food out of my diet completely. I've tried to limit sugar & carbohydrates as much as possible too.
But still nothing. My weight has stayed stuck at around 82kg. But if I even slightly increase the amount I eat, or decrease the amount I exercise, my weight starts to increase again.

Please help. I don't want to give up, but this just seems pointless now :'(

*Edited to note: I've recently (2 weeks ago) had everything checked by doctor (bloods etc), thyroid is fine, couldn't find any other problems that could be contributing.
My daily calorie intake is between 1000-1100 (not factoring in exercise).
And I'm not going just by weight, but by measurements as well (waist especially) and those haven't changed either, or slightly increase.

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