(Closed) A long overdue rant that you should probably ignore.

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
539 posts
Busy bee

Do measurements….bet you are losing inches. It isn’t about what reflects on the scale.

I workout 6 days a week, eat healthy, but don’t deprive myself of ‘treats’ either. And while I have not lost a lot in lbs, I have lost a lot in inches.

And from my personal journey…try increasing your calories to 1450…with 1200 calories and working out you are probably starving yourself which means your body is holding onto ‘fat’ instead of burning it.

Post # 4
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsFutureG:  I read a book a few years ago called Rethinking Thin…I don’t remember the whole thing, but I do remember reading that our bodies have a general weight that they want to be at, and it’s nearly impossible to change that without drastic measures. 

I am sorry we live in a fat-hating society.  =(

Post # 5
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m sorry your body is being unfair Frown  I can’t stand it when people are like “yeah I just started drinking diet coke and I lost 20 lbs!” or “I run for 15 minutes, twice a week, and eat whatever I want, and it keeps my body perfect!”

I find that for me to lose weight/fat, I have to be hungry allll the time, barely eat any carbs, and work out for an hour a day.  I also can’t lose weight unless I’m eating super-clean, as in nothing but fruit, veggies, egg whites, and plain chicken breasts.  I think some people are just predisposed to holding on to weight–if you lived in prehistoric times, your body’s ability to hold on to every calorie would be considered a good thing!

Post # 6
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

How much weight are you trying to lose?  

I don’t think what worked for person A will work for everyone.  You have to figure out what works for your body!

For me, low-fat doesn’t work.  It wasn’t until I started working for a trainer, that I tried interval training + paleo eating (higher fat, no processed carbs (carbs through veggies), no diary).  My body REALLY responded to that combintation.  I was shocked.  After a decade of weight stuggles and trying low-fat, calorie counting + tons of cardio with some weights), I was able to make changes in my body composition.

And, I know that it sounds counter-intutive, but when I ate a little more (like 1600) it helped make me feel less famished and the weight still dropped.  I know this doesn’t work for everyone (look into calorie cycling) but your body could be in starvation mode and it’s just holding on for dear life (literally!) 

I totally understand the “my body is not fair” because I don’t think my body plays fair either.  I don’t ever have any wiggle room for indugences, because as soon as I do, I pack on the pounds like crazy.  I often say:  if only gaining weight was a sport – I’d get a gold medal.


Post # 8
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That’s so tough! It sounds like you’re doing everything right. Maybe try calorie-cycling so your body doesn’t get used to anything? Or at least try upping your calories a bit just in case 1200 is keeping in starvation mode? 

I hope you can figure something out! Having a body that refuses to cooperate must be very frustrating 🙁

Post # 9
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Staying at 1200 calories just might not be enough food. You might be stuck at a plateau. Also, maybe you have hyperthyroid which makes it hard for people to lose weight. Check your doctor about that.

Post # 10
9690 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsFutureG:  If you’re eating healthy and exercising and have no health problems, then embrace your size as your individual, personal size and screw what our society or anyone else thinks. 

I agree with the suggestion to possibly increase your calories because 1,200 is too low and your body might be holding onto weight (to avoid “starvation”) because of that; it messes with your metabolism to not eat enough.  Try drinking plenty of water if you don’t already.

Otherwise, think how utterly boring it would be if we all looked the same?  I personally think curves are more attractive than skin and bones anyway. 

Post # 11
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsFutureG:  “I come from a super health food background. Growing up, I was raised in a home that was sugar-free, fat-free, low-sodium, low-cholesterol, kosher and vegetarian.”

^^ Believe it or not, that isn’t healthy.

I came from the same type of background, and I felt the same way that you did. I KNEW how to be healthy…it just wasn’t working for me.

Then, I joined Weight Watchers while basically thinking “this isn’t going to teach me anything I don’t already know,” and I decided it was my last effort before having WL surgery like much of my family has.

In the last 2-ish years, I’ve had a big wakeup call regarding what I THOUGHT was healthy. Once I learned how to eat, the weight finally started coming off. But, it took a good long while.


It’s been 2 years, and I’m down nearly 60 pounds from my starting weight; nearly 70 pounds from my highest ever weight. I could NOT have done it without Weight Watchers.

Post # 12
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re only taking in 1200 cal/day AND you’re working out, your body really might be in starvation mode… I know you were joking about it, but it could be true.  Most women need to NET 1200 a day just to cover their BMR.

Have you tried any websites like MyFitnessPal?  It’s free (yay!) and it allows you to adjust your daily calorie goal based on exercise.

Best of luck, it sounds like you’ve tried just about everything.  I agree with @jtsing:  to do measurements as well… you might see more of a difference than looking at some arbitrary and evil number on a scale. 

Post # 13
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The thing that worked for me losing weight was a once a week splurge. I would eat healthy and exercise 6 days a week, but once a week or so when I felt like my body was going into starvation mode ( 1st sign was feeling down or crabby for no apparent reason) I’d go out to eat and get something like a burger. It fixed my mental problems and kept my metabolism going I ended up losing 17 pounds in about 2 months.

Post # 14
2213 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsJenBee:  She already said her thyroid has been checked, and it’s HYPOthyroid that makes it difficult to lose weight (I should know, I have it!).  Hyperthryoid folks are typically pretty slim (though I know everyone’s different).

I agree that 1200 calories may not be enough for you in a day.  I was eating that for a while and it was *really* hard for me to do…though, you just said you do it easily.  Who knows!

Post # 15
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You may honestly be eating too little and may have brought your metabolism to a halt.

It is scientifically true and terribly unfair, though, that once a person is overweight, the body becomes more efficient at using calories. So, a person who is 125 lbs her whole life can simply eat more than a person who went up to 150 (or 200 or 300 or whatever) and then lost weight because the second person’s body will simply process calories and turn them into energy and produce work more efficiently than the former person’s body.

I am overweight, but I’ve been obese, and getting down to normal weight is ridiculously hard. I’m very fit and very active and have an excellent diet… meanwhile, most (not all, of course) of my thin friends eat whatever and don’t work out much. I am, however, healthier than them, and the endorphins make me happy and happy people don’t kill people. They just don’t. I.e. I love my body even if I want there to be a little less of my body.

(though this is all on hold during my pregnancy right now)

Post # 16
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

“you she-cow” “Bacon death burger”

I’m kind of in love with you because of those phrases. I know you dont want any suggestions so I’ll just in with you and shake my fist at the universe for the injustices in life. I feel your pain and it feels as though even though you do everything right…weight isn’t lost.

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