(Closed) Vent about my inability to lose weight

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

I work with this lady who is a nutritionist and overall guru in health. The other day she said she’s been reading this book The Plan about how inflammation and certain foods affect our ability to lose weight. 


I know that the book Wheat Belly also has ton of merit. 

Often it’s not how much you’re eating, but WHAT you’re eating. A calorie isn’t necessarily a calorie. 

I am definitely in the same boat, and am going to look into this book also!



Post # 4
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Have you seen a doctor? It sounds like you’re doing everything right with diet but if you’re still keeping the weight it could be an indicator of a problem with your thyroid or something else.

Post # 5
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@almostmrsj:  This post could have been written by me! I’m in the exact same boat – I work out, keep track of what I eat and the scale DOES.NOT.MOVE!!! So, I end up frustrated and fall back into my same routine. Want to be weight loss motivators for each other? Check in to make sure we don’t give up and to make sure we stay on track long enough to notice a difference?? I’ve got your back! Laughing

Post # 7
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

@almostmrsj:  I cut out gluten over a year ago, and thought I was the same way – there are so many gluten-free options that are delicious. There is an adjustment period, but I would never trade that for how much better I feel now! 

Post # 9
404 posts
Helper bee

@almostmrsj:  It possibly could be a hormonal issue with your thyroid, or even PCOS. 

Post # 11
6215 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I sympathize with you, but in your doctor’s defense, the freshman 15 IS 100 percent about people eating too much in dining halls…

Post # 13
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@almostmrsj:  I don’t want to make you feel like you have a problem that is prohibiting you from losing weight, so I am going to stay away from that and speak to MFP.

How long have you been using MFP? The reason I ask is because when you start, you lose a lot of weight the first week or two. Then it tapers off to about a pound or less. Then all of a sudden you stall. When you change your goals, you need to stick with that for at the very least a month. I upped my calories, and I gained a few pounds. After a month, I started losing again.

You should only be losing a pound a week as well rather than 1.5 (you might also want to try, if you haven’t already, calculating your total daily energy expenditure – 20% to get the calories you should be eating rather than having MFP calculate it for you. If you want more information I can PM you). Also, try not to weigh yourself every day because then you will change something in your diet the next day or eat less to “satisfy” the scale.

I am in no way, shape, or form an expert, but I did lose a fair amount of weight with My Fitness Pal before I got pregnant half way through, and I was still losing weight when I got pregnant. I believe in it, but you need to log everything down to the last tablespoon of dressing on your salad and give it some time.

Good luck. I know it is super frustrating when you are doing everything you can, and the scale is being a turd.

Post # 15
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i don’t really have much advice but def don’t weigh yourself every day. when i was at my sister’s she had a fancy digital scale. my weight fluctuated by 4-5 pounds in a single day. ridiculous.

Post # 16
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@almostmrsj:  I’m so sorry you’re struggling. I’ve been there and I know how crummy it feels. 


I’ve lost 68 pounds this year, mostly by using MFP. Unless you have a medical condition (which, as PP’s suggested, you should look into) MFP should work for you. So my question is, how sure are you about what you’re eating? Are you weighing and/or measuring your foods to ensure accurate calorie counts? Are you also maybe eating more high-sodium/high-processed ‘diet’ foods? Excess sodium can cause you to retain water, making it more difficult to see your weight loss progress. 


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