Post # 1
I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and if you have any advice how to overcome the problem. I have been on a serious diet for 6 months now: I am 5’5″ 173 lbs (size 12). I eat around 1300-1500 calories a day, primarily fruits and veggies with some lean protein (usually chicken) at dinner. I have been doing intense bootcamp (cardio mixed with light weight training) 3x a week with 30 minutes of walking or running most other days of the week. I am consistently the fastest/do the most reps during the bootcamp, and I can tell that I’m in really good shape from it – I work out really hard and don’t think that intensity could be my issue. I get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours most nights) and drink lots of water. I only eat out with my husband for one or two meals on the weekend and am very conscious about the choices I make (usually salads, or if not that usually something like fish tacos – never anything fried or in a sauce). I do ocasionally have 1 drink with dinner (almost always light beer like Bud Light Lime). I’m a type 1 diabetic and have had my thyroid checked recently, and in the words of the doctor, it was “awesome.”
Despite all this, in 6 months I have not lost any weight, have actualy gained a pound or two (hopefully/probably muscle from doing the bootcamp) and have not lost any inches. At first I thought maybe I was just plateuing (sp?) but who ever heard of a 6 month plateu? I’m REALLY frustrated and just don’t know what to do. I asked my doctor about it and she said some women have to cut calories down to 1000 to be able to lose weight, but that just seems unreasonable with all the exercising I do. I don’t think I have really anymore time to dedicate to exercising MORE and I’m not sure my body could handle much more, either.
Has anyone else had an experience like this? What did you do to get your body to start losing weight??? Any advice? HELP!
Post # 3
I would actually think that maybe you should eat MORE calories if you’re working out that hard. You are going to get a lot of opinions on this, and I’m certainly no expert, but I have heard a LOT of people having success with eating more calories when they’re not losing weight. You should search for different research but I know there is a theory that you have to trick your body a bit, by having some days of higher calories and some days with lower calories.
Post # 4
I agree with the PP, try eating 1800 calories a day for a while and see if it changes anything.
Post # 5
I think the PP have a good suggestion honestly. You might have too much of a calorie deficit. Also, you might consider getting a referral to an endocrinologist to talk to about it.
I also have a Bodymedia Armband and I flippin’ love it. It was expensive but is SO worth it!
Post # 6
I believe my best friend/MOH hit a 6-month plateau when she was hardcore losing weight. I do know that she and our other best friend both have hormonal issues that making losing weight for them hard, and that MOH went on medication to balance it out and that really jumpstarted it for her.
Post # 7
I agree with trying to up the calories a bit. I know it’s kind of scary to do that, but I have been seeing way better results from eating like 1600 calories than 1200 calories. Also it doesn’t sound like you are eating much if any fat? That could be an issue.
Post # 8
Could you give us a sample menu of what you’re might eat in a day? Are you currently taking insulin shots? How have your blood sugar levels been since you began dieting?
Post # 9
[Post moderated for social/religious insensitivity] You need to try harder if you really want it. I’ve been there. Calories in, calories out. Try harder!
Post # 10
@NapaBride: Um, no offense, but that’s an assinine thing to tell someone with diabetes. She’s taking insulin (aka a fat regulating hormone), which definitely makes it much more complicated than calories in-calories out. Also, telling someone with an intake close to starvation mode & working out hard core daily to “try harder” is pretty ridiculous & unhelpful.
Post # 11
I’m wondering if you aren’t eating enough protein. It sounds like you are getting a lot of fiber with the fruits and veggies but you said you only eat a little bit of meat a day?
I agree with others that you might need to eat more too.
Post # 12
I would try eating more calories as PPs have said. Do you write down your food? I know sometimes I think I am eating X number of calories, and then to I check myself by writing it down for a week – it can be a BIG differece, generally that I am eating LESS than I should be, and that does mess with your metabolism.
And maybe cutting out drinking entirely, at least for a month or so to see if it helps. I know that you don’t drink that much, but that always makes the difference for me… some studies and experts say alcohol calories are processed way differently.
You might also want to try basing your progress not on weight but on measurements. Do you clothes fit any differently? Since you are working so hard, I bet you have seen some progress!!
Post # 13
@NapaBride: Um, holy shit, that is INCREDIBLY offensive, on a number of levels. Just putting “not to be offensive” in front of it doesn’t change that.
ETA: Honestly, that sounds like something you’d read on a “pro-ana” site.
Post # 14
I was close to 155 pounds and I am 5’4” and here is what I did to lose over 25 pounds up to today in 5 months and still losing.
It was a combination of my mother’s instructions (she is a nutritionist), my research on scientific articles on weight loss and what I know about exercise:
1. 60%/40% rule- 60% of how you lose weight is what you eat and 40% is exercise.
2. Your daily calorie consumption has to be LESS THAN 1000 calories per day for you to loose weight. Eat fruit, vegetables, yogurt, egg, fish, all whole wheat bread (2 slices max), brown rice (small spoonful), once in a while eat a nutrition bar. No butter, oil, potato, white rice, bread, sweets.
3. Work out max 3 times a week. Go swimming as it tones your muscles without making it bulky.
Post # 15
Okay, for an example of what i’ve been eating…
yesterday breakfast: Hard boiled egg and green monster smoothie (a spinach bunch + 4 apples + 1 mango + 6 stalks of celery = 7 cups and I have 1 cup for breakfast in the morning).
Lunch was a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing and some cut up strawberries + 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich with unsprouted Ezekiel wheat bread and some carrots.
In the afternoon I had an orange as a snack and for dinner – turkey burgers with a whole wheat bun, 1/2 of a baked yellow squash and some light coleslaw. I made some of those popsicles from pinterest that are basically just fruit in the popsicle mold, filled in with crystal lite and had that as dessert.
That was a little lighter than usual, sometimes I have a banana or an extra piece of fruit with breakfast, add a little avocado to my salad, have hummus with bell pepper slices for a snack and on occasion I’ll have a cookie my coworker brings in (not all of that at once though)…but its generally similar to what I posted above.
I am on insulin (I’ve had a pump for 10 years) and my blood sugars are not that great…they’re always really high after I work out in the morning and it usually takes me til lunch to get them down again. My endocrinologist switched me from Humalog to Apidra insulin because it was supposed to be a more efficient insulin and would help me lose weight (or at least not gain), but I really haven’t seen any difference between the two.
I appreciate all the comments – not sure that I want to try eating too much MORE though – any time I’ve gone above 1500 calories I’ve just rapidly packed on the pounds (my mom says its the same for her).
Post # 16
I think you may be eating too little and possibly not enough fat (YES FAT IS ESSENTIAL) to support weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, you need to eat enough to lose weight. I think at 173lbs and 1500 calories a day your deficit is probably too big.
YOU SHOULD *NEVER* GO BELOW 1200 CALORIES A DAY.