(Closed) UGH…why is it so dang hard to lose weight???

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I totally empathize with you on this one! I almost miss way back when I was about 40 lbs overweight just because it was so easy for me to lose weight then – I cut out pop (only drank diet) and I lost 10 pounds! Now for 10 pounds it takes months of hard work and working out. (I don’t really miss being 40 pounds heavier, though…) 

Anyway, you mention eating a lot of fruits and veggies, which is great, but I’m wondering if you’re like me and not watching your sodium? I eat really healthy besides that, and yesterday I just added up how much sodium I get in a typical day and let’s just say it’s a lot… and I don’t add it in/on top of food, either, that’s just what is in the food and flavorings I eat that are all homemade or frozen at Whole Foods. It adds a lot of bloat and weight!

Post # 19
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

also – as for exercise – no matter what food plan you’re on (whether you go the low-fat route or the low-carb route)…a GREAT @home exercise is the WATP – walk away the pounds with Leslie Sansone…check em out from your local library first to try em out – i absolutely LOVE them!

Post # 20
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i started ww 3 weeks ago- first week was good, and then the past 2 weeks have been bad (but i have know i was being bad, so no suprise there). i have decided, ladies, to start again. today marks the first day back- new beginning, and i am hoping to really stick with it. i want to loose quite some weight, and have the time now to do it (prior to the wedding in october), so this is it.  (i’m posting more to hold myself to this than anything else- thought it might help me). anyone else going through this?

Post # 21
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know for me, I used to think I was “watching what I ate” and pretty healthy so I didn’t understand why I couldn’t lose any weight.  It wasn’t until I started tracking every single thing I ate that I realized how much all those little bites of this and that and the small things add up to hundreds of extra calories a day.  I encourage anyone who is intent on losing weight to actually track their calories (I use sparkpeople).  It seems like a lot of work at first to log all your food in but it gets pretty easy once you know what you’re doing.  It also helps teach your brain what’s in the foods you are eating and eventually you will automatically know if you should skip eating a certain something.  A good rule of thumb is at each meal a quarter of your plate should be lean protein (such as chicken or fish), a quarter should be a carbohydrate and half should be veggies.  In general, if you eat 1200-1500 calories a day and work out 4-5 days a week and truly stick to it you will lose weight.  I lost 35 lbs last year and I’m going for another 30 right now.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it is something to be viewed as a lifestyle change and not just a diet.  If you aren’t making lasting changes to your lifestyle then you’re just going to gain it all back as soon as you lose the weight and stop dieting. 

PS, this has not been easy for me, losing weight was one of the hardest things I’ve done and continue to do and maintaining it has been difficult as well, but it does get somewhat easier with time.

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