Post # 1
I am still in my 20s and I’m having the toughest time trying to lose weight. Up until about 2 years ago I was very happy with my body. I’ve always been athletic (runner, competitive swimmer, dancer) and held “extra” weight pretty well. I’m 4’11. In college I was up to 155 and joined weight watchers, quickly losing and keeping off 35 lbs, bringing me down to 120 (a size 4) over the years I did gain a bit, but seemed to settle on 140 as my “set weight” (a size 8) and I saw no problem with this whatsoever. Fast forward a few years and I went away to grad school. Something happened and I started gaining a ton of weight. I’m now at 175 and I’m really unhappy. I feel uncomfortable in my clothes (even though I have gotten new, larger size that should fit appropriately) and I hate looking at myself in the mirror. Even my face is starting to look chunky. This is not ok. The weird thing is, I don’t even know why I’m gaining the weight. I’m not the healthiest eater but I stick by the stuff I learned in weight watchers. Currently I eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I also walk a lot (up to 6 miles a day) and in the past 2 months have been going to the gym 5-6 days a week, doing eliptical, swimming, classes and weight training. All with no improvement in either the numbers on the scale or how my clothes fit. Any suggestions for how to make this work?
Post # 3
@sweet5k: If you’re doing all of those things you said you were doing (1200-1500 cals, exercising 5 days a week, etc) you may possibly have a thyroid issure. I would make a dr’s appt and see what your thyroid levels are. Wish the best for you!
Post # 4
Have you gotten your thyroid checked? That would be my first step.
It also may be that a calorie isn’t a calorie for your body. I need carbs (complex carbs) to lose weight, paleo doesn’t work for me. Other people are the opposite. I also find that any processed food causes me to pack it on. I have also found I need a ton of fiber.
If the thyroid comes back negative, I would try a diet like this:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup skim milk, and 1/2 cup berries cooked on the stove (make a batch– it will hold for a few days and you can reheat in the microwave) and a banana
Lunch: 3/4 cups black beans (rinsed) with 1 table spoon salsa and 1/4 cup of mexican cheese. Heat and then eat with 2 corn tortillas, and 1 cup of frozen veggies.
Dinner: something containing 1 complex carb, 3 servings of veggies, and 1 serving of protein. This could be chicken with sauteed veggies and quinoa, fish with brown rice and broccoli, or mac and cheese (made with just brown rice pasta and cheese) with broiled tomatos.
Post # 5
Are you on birth control?
Post # 6
Definitely go to the Dr and have bloodwork done.
Post # 7
I’m also a shorty (5’1″) which (I think) makes it so much harder. At times when I’ve had trouble losing weight, I’ve realized that I actually wasn’t eating enough (around 1200 calories per day which is obviously a normal weight loss amount for people our height) and my metabolism just kind of crapped out.
Are you using anything like MyFitnessPal to keep track of your diet and exercise? I recently had a breakthrough with that — I started entering my exercise data onto the previous day, to make up for any past transgressions rather than psychologically tricking myself into eating more on the day when I actually exercised. Probably sounds crazy, but I’ve found it really helpful.
I also read recently that (counterintuitively) cardio should be a last priority for weight loss, and that calorie counting and strength training are more reliable. I’ve found that I lose the most weight when I’m strength training regularly, and, on the other hand, when I’m running even up to 25-30 miles per week, I GAIN weight because of… overzealous calorie replacement. (Oops)
Also, high intensity interval training is supposed to be great for weight loss. But given the “intensity” and the chance that it might be something else, I totally agree with others that in any event you should talk to your doctor about a strategy.
Post # 8
more muscle=more calories burned. I’ve heard that you should strength train, and lift heavy if you want to boost your metabolism. There is also the spanx and spray tan diet for more immediate results.
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice. No, I’m not on bc. I think I will make a drs appt. to see if there’s anything abnormal and maybe I’ll focus on strength training for a month or so and play around with the types of foods I’ve been eating to see if that has any impact.
Post # 10
I’d add another recommendation for strength training. Lift heavy, low reps (Stronglifts 5×5 is simple and effective) and do HIIT.
I’m 5’5″, 160ish and I’m losing on 1900 calories a day!
Post # 11
I have to second the thyroid test. Also try myfitnesspal.
Post # 12
Wow! Get some bloodwork done, and make SURE your doctor is actually listening to you! Sometimes they hear weight problems and go “Yeah, yeah, eat more veggies.”
Don’t let them railroad you! Good luck!
Post # 13
@sweet5k: I was doing Weight Watchers with a friend. I consistently lost weight while, for her, after week 3 she stalled. I told her to go to the doc as this didn’t seem normal. She didn’t but soon after got pregnant. During the pregnancy she discovered that she had a severely under active thyroid. By the time she had the baby she was up over 50lbs! Definitely go to the doctor and if bloodwork is normal go to a nutritionist/personal trainer. I’ve discovreed recently through going to a new gym and a personal trainer that what I was doing before was wrong and I was wasting a lot of time. My body is in the best condition it’s ever been and I’m in my 30’s! (I was never majorly overweight)