(Closed) What is the point of even trying?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Tangled:  I understand why that would be frustrating. Diets don’t work. The minute you stop them, you gain all the weight back and more. Your body may have even gone into starvation mode and that’s why you didn’t lose any weight.

Can you cut something out permanently? Like if you’re always stuffed after meals, have a couple spoonfuls less. Work short bursts of exercise into your day. Take the stairs. Park further away. Get a dog and walk it. Don’t keep chips in the house. Stop drinking juice. Etc. It’s about making a lifestyle change but it doesn’t have to be crazy difficult since we’re talking less than 10 lbs here.

 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That may be too few calories and you may be putting your body into starvation mode.  You should look around for a good BMI calorie calculator.  For me, that is too few calories and it doesn’t allow me to loose weight.  When I am at my optimal calorie/protien and exercise is when I am loosing weight.  I had to be told all that by a nutritionist because I wasn’t loosing either and went to see one.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You are NOT overweight at all. Not severely or mildly or any ammount. I think that your focus on this number “129” is not really a healthy goal. Instead, you should focus on increasing your fitness and strength. If you get into a regular workout routine I bet you will find that while your weight is not changing, your body will change and your mood will probably improve as well.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

The scale means nothing. It is NOT an accurate way to judge your health or yourself overall. You are NOT that number on the scale. 

Someone can be 5’6″ and weigh 129lbs and look pudgy and someone else can be 5’6″ and weight 129lbs and look very, very lean. The difference is the amount of muscle and bodyfat on their frame. Muscle is denser than fat, so someone with more pounds of muscle will look leaner than someone with more pounds of fat, even if they weight the same according to the scale.

What actually matters? Getting the scale to some abitrary number, or actually looking and feeling good?

I suggest dumping the scale altogether. Instead focus on how your clothes fit and if you can, get your bodyfat percentage checked. That is a MUCH better way to judge progress than a number on your scale.

Starvation diets like you’ve described often actually KEEPS THE WEIGHT ON, because your body cares about nothing but surviving. What you need to do it bump up your calories (you heard me right) and start doing an eating and exercise program like this one (I highly recommend it). James Wilson is awesome.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, are you eating 5 or 6 small meals high in proteins low on fats?  That will help you not be hungry.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Tangled:  Awww, I’m sorry you don’t feel like anything is working! The really low calorie diets aren’t really good for you – you need at least 1500 calories a day. They say that your body goes into starvation mode when you do that and you end up storing more fat than losing it. 

I agree with throughthebarricades. Start small, and make little changes. Those add up after a while. But that’s the key. It takes time to lose weight and that time frame is different for everyone. How long were you exercising for? It takes about 4 weeks just to get in the habit and can take a couple of months to see results. Do you think a personal trainer would help?

I’m sorry, it’s got to be really frustrating to feel like you are getting nowhere. I think you can lose the weight, you just have to find the right combination of lifestyle changes that work for you.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Something that always kickstarts weight loss for me has been to cut carbs for a while. Have you tried things like the Dukan diet?

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Tangled:  Lol damn. You do all my suggestions already 😛

I agree w. the folks about doing the BMI calculator. I understand being fixated on a number (I think we all do it in some ways whether it’s the weight on a scale or diamond carat size lol), but it’s possible that you’re at your ideal weight already.

I know you said that you suck at sticking to exercise. And I do too. I am getting better at being dragged to the gym by my SO, though. We have a monthly membership and in the summer we swim, and in the winter we go around the track. He runs and I walk/jog. I don’t like it, but it’s so much easier when someone else is doing it with you. Could you do something like that?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

walk around (extra) for an hour and avoid bread, pasta, dairy and processed sugar (the “white” processed foods. The weight will sprint from you and you can still eat good stuff (brwon rice, fruit, veggies, meat, fish)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think 129 is going to be the magical # that will make you feel good about yourself. It’s just a number – it doesn’t take into account how fit or healthy you are. If you’ve been trying this hard to lose weight have you looked into a medical reason? I would go see a doctor and check out your metabolism. Or you might just have a heavier frame, not everyone is built the same and not everyone is meant to be a pixie, ya know?

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you do any aerobic exercise?  Walking will build muscle but it may not take off fat, you need aerobic exercise to do that.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’re not eating enough or enough of the right things.  You aren’t getting nearly enough protein.  If dieting and exercise isn’t helping, perhaps you should get a nutritionist or dietician to advise you.  A serving of yogurt is anwyhere from 60-200 calories, and celery is literally 7 calories for three ounces.  By that, you’re getting 250 calories from two major meals.  That’s ridiculously low, and your body is preparing for you to stop feeding it.

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