(Closed) Unable to lose weight…any ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you on birth control?

Post # 6
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely go to the Dr and have bloodwork done.

Post # 7
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 10
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
4925 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have to second the thyroid test. Also try myfitnesspal. 

Post # 12
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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)

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