NWR… Is it time to accept that I will always be fat?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Rachel631:  Don’t use BMI to measure. It has been proven time and time again that it doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because it doesn’t take into account athletes (who would be deemed as obeses solely on BMI) or frame structure (those that have larger bones). What matters is the inches of fat – it also sounds like you really work out which means that you probably have a lot of muscle. Have you tried to go to an actual nutritionist/trainer who can help you come up with a plan. In some cases you need to change it up (especially when you plateau). It could als definitely be that your metabolism slowed down a lot after losing so much weight. I am not an expert but this is from what little I do know. The best thing to do is to try to eat healthy and exercise each day. I wish you luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Rachel631:  I’m sorry you are going through this 🙁

It is really quite possible that your yoyo dieting and lack of calories is actually causing you to gain & hold fat.

I would suggest regularly eating 1,700 calories a day & working out for 1hr. Keep this program CONSTANT & I bet you just about anything that you’ll be able to stay at a steady weight.

(If that doesn’t work, you definitely have another issue which you doctor will have to assess)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Seattle, WA

I agree with PP’s advice about the 1700 calories and working out 1 hour per day.  Try lifting weights, not just cardio!  1 meal and 1 snack a day is severly unhealthy, I’m surprised you were able to keep that up!  You should be eating 3 meals a day with 2-3 snacks.  Basically eat something every 2 hours to keep your metabolism steady.  On days you don’t work out, try to stay around 1400 calories.  No more starving yourself!  That will never work long-term.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Rachel631:  I can relate (I am trying to lose all the weight that I put on recently – it feels unnatural) – just keep what you are doing and don’t give up 🙂 The hardest thing to do is stay consistent. Also, throw out the scale. Just concentrate on being healthy.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Rachel631:  I’ve seen your wedding recap and you’re not fat.

Anyway, if you’re exercising and eating well, that’s the main thing.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I, too, fluctuate. It has been really bad since my chronic pain has gotten worse over the past year. With that said, it is important to keep track of what calories go in. In terms of exericize, what has worked best for me has been doing things that I enjoy! Though I haven’t been able to go in awhile, I have been a rock climber for over 5 years now. It changed my life entirely. And the best part is that its fun! It doesn’t even feel like exercise but it burns tons of calories. I used to love bike riding and cycling class, which also burns a ton. I can’t do that anymore because of my pain condition, but I found it was a lot of fun and good at reducing stress. Another thing I used to do a lot and hope to get back to is yoga! That changed my way of thinking in many ways, and helped me to become a calmer person I think, which is important in trying to maintain a healthy life (and weight). Cardio kick boxing classes can also be a blast! So, to make a long story short, find something you enjoy. Then it won’t feel like a chore, and you’ll probably be more likely to stick with it.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Rachel631:  Do you mind me asking how much you’re exercising at the moment, and what you are doing?

Your mention of joints makes me want to suggest bike riding. I find running quite “jarring” so bike riding is my exercise of choice. Some people say that they don’t feel like they’ve worked as hard when they’re on the bike. Well I certainly didn’t feel like that when I started!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@Rachel631:  I’m with PP, don’t go by BMI. It’s really not that accurate. I think you should focus more on your weight and being in the earthy range that your doctor suggested. It is also possible that you have plateaued….which happens to almost everyone. Change up your workout routine. Add weights and it’ll all work out. Stop obsessing over BMI. BMI says I’m “obese” when I’m in a healthy weight range with lots of muscle. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

A couple things. The calorie counting/obsessive measuring thing doesn’t work. It’s not sustainable long term. I highly recommend you look into something called the smarter science of slim. The problem for most people who yoyo diet and can’t lose is not how much they’re eating, but rather what they’re eating. 1200 calories is also really low. 

Another thing I suggest you look into is the concept of obesogens. This is a problem for all of us today. The chemical toxins in our environment make it extremely difficult to lose weight. 

{http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/july-podcast/}

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I feel the same way – I think I will always be big!  I had gastric bypass in March 2010 and worked SO HARD for a year to lose 130 lbs and I’ve gained 50 lbs back in the past 2 years!  I wish I would have had surgery on my head, not my stomach!  I’m so mad at myself!

I think the key is feeling good about who you are not worrying about numbers in the scale. As long as you are healthy and happy is what I tell myself!

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I saw in your comment you only eat 2-3 times a day? I’m no nutrition expert, but when I was looking into the clean eating diet, it suggests eating 4-5 small meals a day to keep all your levels constant. I think it keeps everything, metabolism included, from constantly crashing and spiking.

It’s really tough to be struggling so much. I hope you can find some peace with all of this and settle into a good place!

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