(Closed) So discouraged!!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow you dont seem to be eating much at all! You should cut out all of the low fat processed foods ( low fat yogurt, cottage cheese and frozen foods) and focus on clean, natural foods.

I like to make big meals in the crockpot or super healthy/yummy soups (veggie soup with chicken or beef) soup is great because it really fills you up

Post # 4
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1584 posts
Bumble bee

@ILoveMyKorat:  cut out the dairy and processed carbs. eat non-processed meat, vegies, cereals. Instead of starches like rice and potatoes eat lentils or quinoa.If you eat soup, make it.

Even with starch, cutting out processed food will do it. So all the “low fat” and dairy needs to go. you’ll have a hell of a time losing weight eating that. Also no fiber one bar. just eat oatmeal and celery.

I also find I can have unlimited  home brewed tea with a little bit of honey and the lbs still met off.

Post # 5
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2762 posts
Sugar bee

Calm down! If you’re seeing results, that means you’re making things happen. It’s very likely you’re gaining some muscle, which can account for your weight not fluctuating much. And as far as your measurements changing, your body bloats and changes shape throughout the month. It’s not static. You’re going to have days when clothes fit a little tighter than others – it doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it just means your body is an ever-changing organism.

Also PLEASE be sure you eat enough. Many people will say 1,200 calories is enough but you also have to factor in exercise – if you’re working out, you need to eat a little heavier so your body has enough nutrients. A lot of people who struggle with plateaus during weight loss efforts are actually depriving their bodies of enough to eat, which has negative consequences. So maybe bulk up, especially on your protein on days when you work out heavily.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@fiver:  Second the soup! I have a really amazing recipe for black bean and sweet potato chili that I use throughout the fall/winter and it’s so easy and quick. I can change it up, too, so sometimes I make it vegetarian and others I add ground turkey or diced chicken.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Actually, fat is very important to your body and you need healthy fats to operate properly – avocado, healthy oils, etc. I’d much sooner use real butter than imitations like margarine which are pretty much just food-like substances. And that’s what you’re getting in SO many low-fat foods – they replace real nutrients with chemicals.

For salad dressing, I’d suggest making your own! It’s super easy and you can make some amazing low-calorie dressings that taste fantastic. My fave is just to toss a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar together with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly minced garlic. Put it in a sealed container and just shake it up when you want to use some 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

With any weight loss effort, you’re going to have ups and downs. I’m currently experiencing some frustrating backpeddaling in my own progress – I’m up a number of pounds, which is discouraging, but I am also following the Couch to 5k program and I can feel and see the results from that in how my body moves.

Do you mind if I ask what kind of exercise you’re doing and how often? Do you focus primarily on cardio, or are you also adding strength training into the mix?

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Watch your sodium. I’ve found it makes a HUGE difference in my waistline (not so much in my weight even) when I eat more or less sodium. It’s really hard to cut it out because it’s found in EVERYTHING but if you do low sodium I guarantee you’ll lose some around the waist. It’s probably just bloating form the salty foods at Superbowl

Post # 11
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2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

What is your total caloire intake per day? Are you measuring your foods?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@ILoveMyKorat:  make your own dressing its better for you than processed brands and actually really easy. Dairy when youre trying to lose weight is a hindrance and for a lot of people an inflammatory food. It actually counteracts the benefits of a lot of other nutrients.

I actually have a favorite salad thats close to that of greens, tomato, avocado, onion, flax seed, pepper garlic, salt, a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

If you get rid of the processed foods and dairy (which is processed) you wont be able to keep the weight on. I can even drink wine on the weekends and it doesn’t stop my weight loss (and I don’t exercise regularly) I walk on the elliptical to girls once a week and do a pull up or two when I think about it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

itlooks like you are eating too few calories i think. also i think by weighing/measuring yourself so frequently you are going to drive yourself crazy.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ILoveMyKorat:  How tall are you? (Sounds creepy haha.) If you ate a lot for the game, it could just be water weight and you are bloated. I’m still up 4lbs from last weekend and there is no way I gained 4lbs of pure fat. Healthier foods tend to have a lot less salt in them, so if you ate typical game day food, you ate more salt than your body was used to, thus you have water retention. Aside from that, just get a MFP account if you don’t have one and track every thing you put in your body just to be sure. I also stopped eating my workout calories and that is when my plateau stopped…but that’s not possible for everybody. Fitness websites tend to overestimate the #calories burned per workout, so I only eat extra (maybe 200 calories more) if I have a longer run, like 4-5 miles.  Above everything else, listen to your body, how you feel and what it tells you.

And Damn, isnt hard to get in bikini shape?! Ugh lol.

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