I just keep gaining weight.

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Have you been under any extra stress lately, any changes in your lifestyle, any medications that you are on? Any of these could explain the increase in weight.

I gained 15-20kg (33-44 pounds) over 2-3 months last year, it was due to a medication I was on. Now I’m obese. 5’4″ and 169 pounds.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@peachacid:  i used to be a 00 and have ballooned to a size 5, so i feel your pain.  for me, this is monster sized. it doesnt go well with my frame. in any case, what types of foods do you eat for each meal? there may be something that seems healthy, but is packing on a lot of calories unknowingly

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Jacqui90:  +1

are you eating a lot of oats and stuff? usually you have to find the right balance of carbs, versus protien. I’ve read alot that eating fruit after 12pm can make a difference too. I understand why you’re frustraited and I hope it gets better soon!! Oh also, try cutting out beef if you haven’t already, chicken and turkey are much healthier for you

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@peachacid:  Even too much healthy food will still make you gain weight. are you sure you’re not eating at a calorie surplus? Meaning consuming more than you burn each day?

after determining that, i’d take a closer look at what you are eating. can you eliminate anything processed? any calories coming from drinks/liquids that you dont really need? make SURE you are avoiding simple carbohydrates (anything processed, white, and/or sugary). make sure you load up on protien and healthy fats earlier in the day to avoid your blood sugar spiking midday (that causes cravings).

have you tried lifting heavy? I am talking free weights or resistance training, 6-8 reps, at weight levels heavy enough to where you literally max out at 6-8 reps?

for me, the combination of limiting processed foods, avoiding white/processed/simple carbs, and lifting heavy for just half an hour 3 times a week has had the most impact on the way my body looks — moreso than cardio or any eating lifestyle i have ever tried before. best of all it doesnt take tons of time (like cardio does) and its possible to apply it in every day life, even when eating out.

I would really recommend the book The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler. It’s an easy read, explains the biology and science behind why diet and exercise will or won’t work, and includes great recipe examples and a workout plan to try. I never followed the workout plan, but i adopted the basic philosophy and i have never been happier with my body.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

diet is def way more important/impactful when losing weight- I know you said you eat healthily- but what do you eat? I found eating clean (nothing processed) worked really well – especially the Paleo lifestyle (its not “low carb”, just healthy carbs from veg and rice, and lots of healthy meat).

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you are stressed or sleep deprived or just unwittingly eating salty foods (Chinese, popcorn, soup, and most sauces will do it) you could be retaining water. The same can happen with alcohol or too much sugar. The first and simplest thing to do is to only drink water and no other beverages, that will keep you hydrated, make your skin look great, and flush out all the rest asap.

Then, if you can try to cut down on as many of the above mentioned foods as possible. Fresh veggies and lean meats…it doesn’t sound fun, but it makes a huge difference. Pre-planning snacks that are as simple and natural as possible make it more convenient. Like KIND bars, which are just nuts and honey and dried fruit, or actual fruit or veggies when you can, we’re about to be in the clementine orange “cuties” season, and those are super handy seedless tangerines, or apples are really great in the fall/winter. For a carb-binge, just nuke a sweet potato and eat it plain or with a pinch or salt or dab of honey. 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

@peachacid:  10 pounds over two years is not that bad

Post # 11
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Honey bee

do you think maybe you could have insulin resistance?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

whoa 10 pounds in 2 years isn’t that much weight!

*I’m 5’9″ so I “gain” 10-15 lbs easily without even noticing.

Unfortunately, some people are just really really lucky– like very thin people who eat total crap, while others have to count every calorie just to maintain. Do you know how many calories you eat usually? It could be that you don’t eat enough ( I know this is super annoying to hear, but it totally could be it).

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

@peachacid:  Ok, but not as big a deal if you gained that in a fortnight let’s say. And it is controllable, so it isn’t guaranteeing you will gain 5 pounds every year.

There may be some cooking shows you can watch, or get some new recipe books, and there are websites you can join for free I am sure that offer you tips on planning healthy meals.

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