Post # 1
In the last year, I have gained 10 lbs. From what? I have no idea. I eat sensibly (everything in moderation, but focus more on whole foods than processed) and workout 3-4 days a week. But, my weight keeps increasing. This morning, I weighed myself and saw a number I haven’t seen in 10 years. The dress pants I wore to work are bigger than what I have worn the last 5-6 years, but now are an option due to some weight gain… and today are SUPER tight. I don’t know what to do. I noticed the increase last year when I went in for my yearly and pants that I have worn for the last 5-6 years started to get tight and create a muffin top. My doc said it was normal to gain weight and didn’t seem concerned. OK, fine.
I’ve tried various diet programs in the last year (21-day fix, low carb) and nothing dropped any pounds… or inches. I’ve done WW in the past and was sucessful one time on it, then just never could lose if I gained something back and started the program back up. During the week, I bring my food to work and ONLY eat the food I bring. This usually consists of breakfast (oatmeal, yogurt, protein shake), lunch (frozen meal or something low carb/high protein) and a couple snacks (fruit, veggies, sometimes a protein bar). I get off work early, so I usually have a snack before I go to the gym, which is usually fruit or a protein bar. Supper is always something of protein and veggies, sometimes carbs. Darling Husband eats wells, and we don’t eat a lot of prcessed food together.
I have noticed that some jeans that I have been wearing for the last 5-6 years don’t fit at all, and mainly because I can’t get them over my hips/butt. I know my hips have enlarged, as I carry most of my weight in my middle region. I am 35, and I know as my age increases… it’s harder to lose weight. I also struggle with losing weight anyway, so that doesn’t help my cause. We’re also TTC, and I would have liked to have lost some weight before that happened, but it probably won’t be the case.
Do I need to change up my workouts? I currently do Zumba, CXWORX, sometimes Barre, walk/jog on the treadmill, sometimes get on a recumbent bike. I’ll do at home workouts like 30 Day Shred and some of the 21-Day Fix workouts.
Post # 2
Kacie209: Have you spoken to a doctor about the weight gain. Sometimes there are more things going on than you realize. Some people have issues related to anything from digestive issues, to thyroid, to many other things that can cause someone to not lose the weight or to gain weight unexpectedly. Maybe just bringing it up at your next visit or talking to a nutritionist, especially if you know you are eating right and doing as much as you can! That has to be very frustrating 🙁
*** Oh I just re-read you talked to your doctor about the weigh gain already. Maybe talking to someone else? Im not an expert at all I just know some people who have weight gain due to health issues that they did not even know they had/developed. Good luck hun!***
Post # 4
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Kacie209: Have you had your blood glucose tested? I had an issue that I was working out and eating right and I was gaining weight. It wasn’t until I had my blood work done and my glucose levels were very high. I found out that I am insulin resistant which means my body is producing insulin, but it is not balancing my glucose. I would ask for bloodwork because it could be your thyroid, or glucose, or several different things.
Post # 5
I second ClaudiaKishi‘s question. You listed protein bars or shakes a couple times, I know that those can be quite high calorie. Maybe you could try replacing protein bars/shakes with another high protein snack. I like those flavored tuna packets as a snack and they’re only about 100 calories.
Post # 6
Do you count your calories at all? Sometimes even though you’re eating healthy, you may be eating too much of the good stuff which adds up in calories. I only know this because I had been having this problem.
Post # 7
I second the tracking calories thing. I wish fruit and protein bars had no calories but they do and they definitely can add up.
Post # 8
Sweetie, you say you don’t eat much processed food, but from the sound of your diet you actually do- frozen meals, protein bars….and is it homemade oatmeal or those little packaged oatmeals you just add water to? ditto the protein shakes. These things have lots of unnatural ingredients and additives. Try switching some of these foods for homemade stuff- a big fresh salad with some lean protein is much healthier and more satisfying than one of those little frozen meals. You can save time by cooking extra when you cook, then stretching it over a few dinners/ lunches. Instead of a protein bar before a workout, Greek yogurt and a small handful of almonds would be more natural. Be careful if you buy smoothies or protein shakes, they often have lots of sugar &/ or artificial ingredients in them, if you make your own you know exactly what’s in them.
Post # 9
Bloodwork: Vitamin D, progesterone and other hornone/thyroid can cause it.
I’m dealing w/ same issue…also low, low Vit D too
Post # 10
You may just need to change up your workouts. Have you tried lifting weights? When you have more muscle mass, your body burns more calories.
Post # 11
yes, change up your workout routine all the time. your body will get used to doing the same thing over and over again .
also, i don’t think you are eating enough and of the right food. cut out or limit the processed stuff, frozen meal, protein bars and get those from natural food sources.
Post # 12
Like others suggested, definitely look into your calorie/sodium intake. Those are the two I have to watch closely, otherwise I gain weight overnight it seems. Do you use any apps? My Fitness Pal and Sparkpeople are two good ones.
Post # 13
Agree with PPs about counting calories. What helped me lose 20 lbs a few yrs ago was not keeping any snacks in the house and cutting down significantly on booze. So I only eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, nothing in between, no matter how hungry I get. If there aren’t any snacks in the house then you can’t be tempted! That was about 6 yrs ago and I have kept the weight off by keeping to the no-snacking habit, and basically cutting beer out of my life. I dont work out at all (which is bad, I should really get on that)……for me working out has never had any impact on my weight, it is all about the calories.
In any event 10 lbs isn’t the end of the world. I think it’s very common for our bodies to start putting on more weight in mid-thirties. I am sure you still look great so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Post # 14
ClaudiaKishi: Yes, I have been using Spark People for the last 10 years religiously.
BoriNena89: At last years appointment, I had only gained about 5lbs. and she said she wasn’t concerned, although had been the same lower weight for YEARS. Now, I am up to 10lbs, which I think is a concern based on my height (5’5″) and my active lifestyle. So with that, I will chat with her about it and see if it’s an inbalance of some sort, thyroid, etc.
RobbieAndJuliahaha: Thanks! I guess I should have said that I don’t eat frozen meals a lot, or have cut them out unless I have absolutely nothing to grab for lunch. In the last year, my lucnhes have been more whole foods – salads with protein, hard boiled eggs, tuna, etc. Today it’s chicken and green beans. I know the frozen meals are high in sodium, but are convenient when I just don’t have the time to prep. Protein bars are Quest, which I have read are better than some. Protein shakes are Shakeology, but I don’t drink them as much as I used to. Yes, the oatmeal is the packets but it’s plain and I add a little honey for sweetness. I have been having an apple with a little natural peanut butter before workouts the last couple of weeks.
jessxliii: Agreed, I just do better with cardio and have noticed things changing with it… but that was also in the past when I was younger. One of my classes does include weights, and one of the videos I do at home is mainly weights. I may just need to add more.
Appreciate the responses, gets me thinking!
Post # 15
I use Spark People on a daily basis, and have been for the last 10 years.
I did also just get off the pill in September, so could be a rash of hormones finally figuring itself out after so many months.
I do appreciate all the repsonse, though!