Post # 1
I need help! I have a BMI of 24/25 – so not I’m not overweight but on the borderline and would love to lose about 15lbs before my wedding in a year and a half.
We eat 3 small meals a day, everything is fresh, homecooked and we generally ‘eat clean’. My main meal is usually chicken and veg. I don’t snack, and we dont often have dessert (fruit at night sometimes). We dont eat out except birthdays and I dont drink alcohol, only water and cordial. My calorie intake is usually always less than 1500. The only exception is when we are my parents or the Inlaws houses (they bake). So I’m sort of stumped as to why I never lose weight. I’ve always had a problem with it and sometimes I think my body is ‘set’ at this size. Another point to mention is that I suffer with bowel problems and have to take tablets and magnesium to help. Could these be affecting weight loss?
So do any of you have any tips or incredible meals you found to help lose weight? I’ve heard eggs are good? The only way I’ve lost weight in the past was to really starve myself but I don’t want to do that again. Is it more about exercise? I’m so lost!
Post # 2
It sounds like your eating is not an issue, that’s for sure! You have loads of time before the wedding, so if you’re really wanting to lose a bit of weight for it I think exercise sounds like the thing to try. Maybe try to get in a good walk 3-4 times per week for a couple of months and see what happens? Honestly, if adding exercise makes no difference I think you’d be best off trying to make a mental shift toward accepting that you are who you are and that’s okay. Starving yourself for the sake of 15 lbs is NOT worth it and in the long run you’ll probably end up weighing more than you do now.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
You sound like my mom – she eats like a bird (lives on fruits and veggies mainly) and somehow gains weight.
It might be that with your lifestle, your BMR (the calories you burn just by existing) may be a lot less than the calories you intake. For instance, my BMR is 1,523. I don’t exercise very often and work a desk job. If I eat 1,800 calories a day, I usually stay around the same weight or even put a bit on. Anything over 1,800 and I quickly gain. In order to lose weight, I have to either: a) eat under 1,800 calories a day or b) exercise to off-set the extra calories that I’ve consumed.
I suggest calculating your BMR and daily intake needs and adjusting accordingly. Of course, exercising more won’t hurt either!
Edit: Also, I know you said that you usually have fruit for dessert, which is fine… but don’t forget that most fruit is high in sugar and a sneaky source of calories! I’ve had to seriously cut down on things like bananas and grapes because if you aren’t careful, you can easily graze your way through an extra 300+ calories in a sitting.
Post # 4
That is really interesting! It looks like my BMR is around the same so exercise might be the tipping point. I’m going to try to exercise more, I think you are both right that it would make up the difference.
Post # 5
KateA17: You probably need to START snacking! I’ve lost 18 lbs so far and when I started out my max was 1200 calories a day (I don’t recommend this). It was working for me, the pounds were falling off. Then I got “stuck” and wasn’t seeing any changes. I got on the scale and it was reflecting an 8 pound GAIN and I was like “there’s no way in hell” and got pissed and didn’t binge but ate more over the next couple of days and then got back on the scale and it was actually a pound less than my lowest so far. I upped my calorie intake to 1500 a day and things are progressing once again. I eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack and dinner. Myfitnesspal is a godsend, I’d recommend that too!
Post # 6
KateA17: As weird as it sounds, I think exercising and eating MORE would help you. Now, eating more doesn’t equal eating unhealthy, but I think adding some apples and peanut butter, yogurt and granola, low fat string cheese or cottage cheese somewhere in for a mid-morning and afternoon snakc would really help you out. And if do start exercising you will need to eat more anyway.