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Why Bother?

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#1
My biggest problem is that I'm trying to get to where I was when I was unhealthy. I used to be unbelievably hot, but I was also not eating.

I want to lose about 4 stone, which would put me back at about 100 lbs. I've been trying to do it "the right way" this time, but...


When I exercise daily and watch every little thing I eat, the weight won't come off, at all. Not even a little. I might lose, oh, 1-2 lbs in 3 months of doing this.

So then I don't bother - why should I if I won't gain or lose? Then, I will decide again that I am ugly and stop eating entirely. Might be crude, but it works, at least. Only, I'll get hungry, eat again, and throw it up in guilt.

At this point, I don't believe I have eating disorders anymore, but how can I lose weight? I'm doing everything right! I've even had different areas tested - all my glycerin and calorie levels are text book perfect, all my heart rates are comparable to athletes, and my blood pressure is spot perfect, so nothing there is stopping me from losing the weight. What is?
 
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GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#4
for someone who is 5 feet tall, 100 lbs inst so low a target. :-\

no specific plan except that every day i am incorporating 3 servings of fruit, 2 of veggies, 1 meat, and a glass of milk. 4 bottles of water a day and only 1 glass of anything bad (ie: not water or 100% juice).

i tried following the plans before, but they never worked for me. they were either too lenient and allowed me the sweets i wanted which made me unable to not eat them, or they were too strict and so when i finally got to eat 1 i ate a ton.

one of my worst stumbling blocks is being an emo eater. these days, ive gotten to the point where i've trained myself to grab something healthy. if i must eat because i feel blue or was hurt or something, i now grab a piece of fruit.
 
#5
My biggest problem is that I'm trying to get to where I was when I was unhealthy. I used to be unbelievably hot, but I was also not eating.

I want to lose about 4 stone, which would put me back at about 100 lbs. I've been trying to do it "the right way" this time, but...


When I exercise daily and watch every little thing I eat, the weight won't come off, at all. Not even a little. I might lose, oh, 1-2 lbs in 3 months of doing this.

So then I don't bother - why should I if I won't gain or lose? Then, I will decide again that I am ugly and stop eating entirely. Might be crude, but it works, at least. Only, I'll get hungry, eat again, and throw it up in guilt.

At this point, I don't believe I have eating disorders anymore, but how can I lose weight? I'm doing everything right! I've even had different areas tested - all my glycerin and calorie levels are text book perfect, all my heart rates are comparable to athletes, and my blood pressure is spot perfect, so nothing there is stopping me from losing the weight. What is?

I can't say what is or is not stopping you from losing weight now but I, too, was very thin from not eating. I starved for a long time, and yeah - it worked. I was 'hot', too. But I was in a total state. physically and mentally.

I have a sluggish metabolism, and was told years ago that I inherited it from my Dad's side of the family. My Dad is fit ONLY because he exercises a lot and watches what he eats. I think, for many of us, that is the only recipe for success.

When they do studies on tv shows that measure the metabolic rate of those who simply cannot lose, they always end up by saying that their metabolism is normal, or even, slightly higher than normal. When I had my thyroid function tested I was told that, if anything, I tested 'higher' than 'normal', not lower. I asked for a second test a couple of years later, and was told the same thing.

In recent years I have lost nine and a half stones by eating less and exercising more. I lost three of those stones on CD. I honestly feel that very carefully measuring what you eat, plus exercising daily or at least every other day - if only walking - can make the difference.

I wish you luck, and hope that you will find the right plan for you. It can be hit or miss, I know. In the end CD, long-term, did not suit me, but in short bursts it can make a real difference so long as you follow the instructions! CD and cheating on carbs do not mix.
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#6
Yeah; it's really hard. The CD looks like it's more for ppl looking to lose a ton. I just need like 2 or 3 stone.

Honestly. the other thing is, a Lot of my weight is in muscle mass, so I don't know what to do to get me to lose stone of fat not muscle. Like, what's a healthy weight to get to if most of my current weight is muscle?
 

KD

Gone fishing
#7
Might it be that you aren't eating enough?
Two things worth trying are upping your intake a bit, and changing the times you eat...preferable the types of foods to 'surprise' the body.
Like, what's a healthy weight to get to if most of my current weight is muscle?
Much depends. Height? male or female?
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#8
height is 5 feet. female. ;) surprise eating times?
 
#9
I had a similar problem with losing weight, I could do it on a VLCD but then started to regain afterwards. Normal iets were useless for me, my body just adjusted to the lower intake and didn't lose after the first couple of weeks. Then I found JUDDD which alternates between normal and diet days so your body can't get used to it. The weight loss wasn't quick but it did work for me, and I am maintaining on it too.
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#10
JUDDD?
 
#11
Might sound obvious, but are you incorporating exercise? I used to diet and would always lose a little, then put the weight back on again. Once I started personal training the weight flew of and has stayed off. I don't need to count every calorie like I used to do either.
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#12
Yes, I exercise in some form daily. I cycle 5 days a week (usually 20miles or so). I do weight training as well - light weights with many reps. I also do water fitness 3 times a week, and walk on the weekends. Not casual, but brisk, usually about 4-5 miles.

To the earlier poster, what is JUDDD?
 
#13
Just my opinion but if most of your weight is muscle mass and you are still cycling 20 miles 5 days a week plus weight training, water fitness and walking then you clearly cannot possibly lose the muscle mass.

Surely the only way you can lose weight that is muscle is by not exercising? - you know, use it or lose it. it seems to me that you could do with some professional advice as most people on these forums seem to be in the category of having fat to lose and perhaps aren't in the best position to offer appropriate advice for your particular situation.

Are there any personal trainers at the gym you go to who could help discover the right way for you?
 
#14
My biggest problem is that I'm trying to get to where I was when I was unhealthy. I used to be unbelievably hot, but I was also not eating.

I want to lose about 4 stone, which would put me back at about 100 lbs. I've been trying to do it "the right way" this time, but...


When I exercise daily and watch every little thing I eat, the weight won't come off, at all. Not even a little. I might lose, oh, 1-2 lbs in 3 months of doing this.

So then I don't bother - why should I if I won't gain or lose? Then, I will decide again that I am ugly and stop eating entirely. Might be crude, but it works, at least. Only, I'll get hungry, eat again, and throw it up in guilt.

At this point, I don't believe I have eating disorders anymore, but how can I lose weight? I'm doing everything right! I've even had different areas tested - all my glycerin and calorie levels are text book perfect, all my heart rates are comparable to athletes, and my blood pressure is spot perfect, so nothing there is stopping me from losing the weight. What is?

Hello

BIG HUGS!

I had the same problem when I started calorie counting. I just hung in there and the results came very slowly. I did up my calories and it did help my weight loss. Oh, drinking lots of water helped too. Oi and I kept a food journal to make sure I was eating the correct number of calories. It's so hard and we are all not made from the same blueprint......so what works for one person may not work for another person.

Can I ask.......

1. Are you following a program (ie: calorie counting, WW or so forth)?

2. Do you keep a food journal?

I know annoying questions....... sorry sweetie!

Hang in there, k?

And YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, don't call yourself ugly:)
 
#17
Hello

It might be you are not be eating enough to get your metabolism high enough where your body starts burning fat. When you reduce your calories, your metabolism adjusts to that low level and stops burning fat. Let us know a typical daily intake and when you are eating during the day so we can give you more help.

And starving yourself isn't fun! We all love food!

I would try switching your exercise routine as well. Incorporate full body exercises for lower reps. Much more intense. Things such as squats, deadlifts, cleans, pull ups, pushups etc. Get someone at the gym to show you how to do them properly of they are new to you.

I would switch the long aerobic exercises to short burst exercises, sprints are best. 20 Second sprint, rest, then sprint. Do these for around 15-20 minutes on they day you are not in the gym.

Good luck and let people know how you get on!
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#18
Wow, I haven't been online in a while. Thank you all for your advice and responses. I will surely look into those plans.

I did approach a nutritionist and a doctor who specializes in this, but neither worked. :(

One of my big problems is motivation to keep going when it comes off so slowly. I am wondering, would it be beneficial to do one of those water-only or liquid-only diets to jump start my diet, and get a lot of weight off quickly, so I won't be so discouraged at the lack of progress?

If so, what would you suggest for losing a quick stone or 2?
 

Mini

Administrator
Staff member
#19
For quick weight loss you could try a liquid diet...

Here is a couple of links that might help as I see you are in Atlanta. You could check them out both are similar to the liquid diets we do here.

Immediate Rewards - Product Catalog

Cambridge > Food for Life

You could possibly lose 14lb a month if you stick with it.

Love Mini xxx
 

GTPeach

The Nerdy Singer
#20
Thanks, Mini! The Fast Start program sounds like just what I need to give me the extra kick in my step when my weight doesn't seem to come off anymore.
 


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