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Has anyone lost successfully after a lifetime of yo-yo'ing??


A little of everything!
S: 12st13lb C: 11st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 28.2 Loss: 1st13lb(14.92%)
Okay, a (not-so)brief bio - I'm 34 (neary 35- eek!) and weigh 12st at the minute. I was first sent to a dietician aged 7 weighing 10stone. That started my life-long battle with the bulge.:eat: At my heaviest I weighed 17 1/2stone, but got down to 10 1/2stone after eating very little and walking roughly 6miles a day. :doh:Of course this meant it didn't all stay off, but I stabilised at 11stone. I tried everything- cd, ww, herbalife, slimfast, cabbage soup, atkins etc. but nothing worked.
Anyway- in January I decided enough was enough- food wasn't going to rule my life anymore. I started eating roughly 1000cals a day. I was amazed when after a week I had lost 6lbs. :DNow I know this was usual, and mainly water weight- but most importantly I learned I could eat food, and STILL lose! So I was motivated to keep going.
Now here I am 8mths later. I started in January at 13st 4lbs and got down to 11st 9lbs- then stalled. For months. I tried everything and did a LOT of research, and came to the conclusion my metabolism is shot, but fixable apparently! So with a lot of anxiety I upped my cals to 1200 a day (the minimum most sites recommend) and in the past 7wks have re-gained 7 of those lost lbs back! I'm trying to keep positive- and know that NO-ONE stays fat eating this amount of cals, so again I have taken the huge step of upping my cals again to 1400 a day. I did this Monday, and yesterday I was hungry for the first time in months- but this is not a bad thing apparently- it could be a sign that my metabolism is starting to wake up at last? I'm praying a corner has been turned, at the minute I'm concentrating on ensuring I eat least that many cals every day to reassure my body I'm never going to starve it again. :ashamed0005:
I was wondering if anyone had a similar story- that after a lifetime of starving/dieting they eventually stopped the vicious cycle that destroys metabolism and sucessfully lost the excess weight? Any help or advice would also be appreciated?
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S: 14st5lb C: 10st4lb G: 9st12lb BMI: 24.7 Loss: 4st1lb(28.36%)
Hello, Im sorry I cant tell you that I have successfully achieved what you are achieving but I am very interested in your progress as my story is very similar to yours. Good luck


A little of everything!
S: 12st13lb C: 11st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 28.2 Loss: 1st13lb(14.92%)
Thanks Annie, I'll keep you posted! I'm hitting my target every day and am hungry-ish but able to keep it under control. Please God the scales will soon start showing me some results! Thanks for commenting.


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S: 21st10lb C: 21st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 42.2 Loss: 0st10lb(3.29%)
Hi Irish Mum, firstly well done on reducing your weight and it certainly seems that your matabolism is waking up.

I've also been overweight all my life and went to my first slimming club at the age of 12. I'm now 42 and despite numerous attempts to lose weight got up to 20st 5lb:eek: last year. I haven't ever starved or purged, my 'problem' is more compulsive overeating. Finally accepted that I need to make life long changes and that I really didn't want to continue that way of life...but it sure is hard at times!!!

Have you ever received any professional help? I did ask my GP if she could refer to someone to help as I felt so out of control, but got her opened mouth shock and told to just eat less!