Post # 1
I’ve posted about how I seem to put on weight when I diet. After nearly a month or so of drinking lots of water, curbing processed foods and snacking, eating five or six small meals a day, watching calories, and walking and biking….
I put on 12 pounds and none of it was muscle.
Ugh. So, then, for the last week I eased back into some of my former eating habits (one cup of home made iced coffee, for example, daily, rather than once a week), did away with some habits I picked up on the diet (eight glasses of water a day is now reduced to about four, with juice in between – I’ve stopped forcing myself to drink because I was miserable and bloated), and I have three meals a day with two small snacks inbetween (but only if I’m hungry) and I have a snack after dinner if I’m hungry (I had done away with that on the diet and would wake up starving – my stomach would rumble during the night). I still drink water when I feel hungry and wait 15 minutes to see if I’m still hungry.
This past week I lost two pounds. It could be a fluke, but I’m not as depressed. For the past ten years I, nor doctors, can find out what works for me. I’m still hunting.
Has anyone experienced weight gain after beginning a diet?
Post # 3
I’ve heard that often times, when people are very focussed on their their diets, their mind tricks their body to think it’s in survival mode. Thus, your body transforms food into fat to “store up”. I think you need to give it a few months of steady diet, exercise and your body will stabilize. I also personally think it’s not healthy to obsess about a diet and be too hard on yourself because in the end you will end up craving the things you cut out even more and the next time you indulge you will probably end up eating more then if you would let yourself have a treat every now and again. Hang in there!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d guess you weren’t eating enough and so your metabolism slowed down and your body started hoarding fod.
Post # 5
I would explore different diets. I found that cutting out cheese, all dairy and breads, potatos and any type of grains help me with my stomach bloat and help me lose weight….it’s called the Paleo Diet….you can have 3 meals a day and lose weight.
Good luck to you!
Post # 6
Have you tried tracking your calories on MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople? I agree with
@mrsSonthebeach: that you may have gone into “starvation mode” and your body wouldn’t let go of any stores as you may not have been taking in enough.
Post # 7
How much weight do you want to lose?
I usually gain weight when starting a diet and exercise program. It takes awhile for me to start losing. I have no idea why, i will maintain or gain the whole month and then the week I am on my period I can lose 3-4 pounds. I have always been this way, so it takes me about 3 months to lose 10 pounds. This isn’t me hardcore dieting/exercising though, it’s me cutting back my cheat meals and running 3 times a week.
Post # 8
@Missloveknot: I set 10 pound goal increments. I’ve been on diets for various amounts of time (longest diet was a year and a gym trainer and I lost n-o-t-h-i-n-g!) and always either put on weight or lose nothing (and never gain muscle). It’s extremtly frustrating and is linked to a thyroid condition that can’t be treated with medication. Doctors have been trying various diet plans to help, but nothing is working.
Post # 9
Not strange…I could not lose weight and the docs even gave me metformin to help me drop the weights. I found out on my own that I was not eating enough….so I upped my calories to 1800 a day ( I was 172 lbs @ 5ft 4) and I started to lose weight. I simply slowly adjusted down and at 130lbs I can eat 1500 a day cmfortably without exercise and maintain. Keep adjusting your calories and see if you see a difference/pattern and then follow that
Post # 10
I cannot diet. If I diet, I gain 5 lbs in a hot minute.
If I just eat whatever I want, I will stay the exact same weight.
The only thing that makes me lose is to keep eating whatever I want and to do an hour of low impact recumbant bike a day. If I do an elliptical or spinning, I gain anyhow.
Keep experimenting!! You will find something that works <3
Post # 11
@BetterSherm: I have this problem to. Whenever I am on a traditional low fat diet…i.e…. counting calories, I gain weight. My body thinks I am starving and I gain. Even if I am only eating veggies. This is how I am, and how I will always be.
A bit of back story on me…(and maybe this might help you)
I have always had issues with weight. But I was a very active kid growing up, so only got to a chubby level. But then around high school, I just stopped a lot of my extra activities and I blew up!!!! I was about 270 when I graduated high school, and I kept growing into my first year of college. And I have been on a low fat diet since about 4th grade.
I then tried Atkins. Wow! It was amazing, it worked for me. I felt great, I was loosing weight, gaining muscle. I got all the way down to 190. And then I let people get into my head about how it was unhealthy. (It is healthy by the way dietdoctor . com) So, I went back to the low fat diet. In short, march of last year I weighed 310, my heaviest ever.
What did that mean for me? It meant that my body was never ever going to be able to handle the calorie counting low fat diet. EVER!
So, I have been following a low carb/high fat (modified Paleo) diet since January, and I am already down 45 lbs. And I’m never hungry. And because my body feels satisfied, I lose weight.
So, a shift of opinion and plan might just be what works for you. If what you have been doing keeps failing, you should try something different!
well, that is my two cents… 🙂
Post # 12
@Candycane: Thanks for sharing! From what I’ve gathered from research and with what’s happened in the past and doctor’s theories, the decrease in calories is indeed sending my body into survivor mode, on top of the thyroid issue. But, even with BMI, weight/height ratio, etc., the calculated calories I should have is more than what I on average consume, so I’m not sure why my body is in survivor mode. And one doctor said it could also be the type of calories I’m putting into my body. It could be healthier and less or healthier and more and my body still freaks out and hangs onto everything. I’ve tried Atkins and The South Beach Diet and I put on weight. I’d rather stay at my weight now and fit into my dress than keep going up and down and risk not fitting into my dress!
Post # 13
Sounds like you may need to up your calories, do some weight training, and do some more intense cardio. Walking and biking are good for overall fitness but it’s super high energy stuff like zumba that always gets me shedding the pounds.
I also have a thyroid condition and for ages I did cardio (elliptical, bicycle) three times a week and stuck to eating healthier foods…and didn’t lose a damn pound.
When I went back to eating regularly, just in moderation, and started using weights and taking dance cardio and zumba classes, that was when the numbers on the scale finally started going down.
And yeah, don’t go overboard with the water. We get more water from our food than people think. Don’t try and force down more liquids if you’re not thirsty.
Post # 14
@icallitvera: Sadly, I can’t do intense cardio or Zumba due to a rapid heartbeat. Doctors orders are against anything like that.
Post # 15
Can you give us examples of what you were eating for an entire day?