Post # 1
This is going to sound like a bit of a rant more than an genuine question…but stick with me a moment….
I’ve been overweight my whole teen/adult life (BMI between 25-29) and I have been an avid gym goer for over 7 years of my adult life. For my wedding, I was at my lowest weight I can remember every being and I was still considered overweight by BMI standards. I didn’t care though, I felt great.
So I have tried to eat “healthy” for the bulk of my adult life… I stick mainly to lean meats, vegetables, and some fruits and limited grains. Am I perfect? Nope not at all, but I would gage my diet to be 75-80% on track (and at my worst, maybe 50% on track…)
I can run an 8 minute mile. I’ve started and completed Insanity. I work out 5-7 days a week. And even under the best conditions diet and exercise-wise, I find that I CANNOT lose weight with a diet of 1200-1500 calories. In fact, I GAIN. Significantly.
Now before you all give me the business of me “not eating enough” or “not giving it enough time”… this is 7 YEARS of working out and keeping reccommended calorie intakes. When I say I limit grain, I limit grain to maybe 1-2 servings A DAY and they are alway whole grain. I drink nothing but water, coffee and tea. I haven’t had white pasta or even whole wheat pasta in over 3 years and I havent eaten fast food in over 4 years. An thoughout those 7 years, when I followed this “healthy” diet and exercise. I lost NOTHING. Not. One. Pound. In fact, this was the time I would GAIN.
Want to know when I did lose weight? It wasnt increasing calories, it was significantly CUTTING calories to less than 1000. And yes I am aware of how unbelievably unhealthy this is, but it was the only time I would see the scale budge! And here’s the weird part: I still could not get passed 140 (I am 5’1”)
So I’ve had my thyroid checked, they say its not an issue. I’ve even been checked for wheat allergies: no dice. I understand completely that eating under 1000 calories for the rest of my life is not only NOT HEALTHY but not realistic. So what I want to know is the following: Can anyone think of any sort of medical disorder that would hit metabolism like this? It’s really the only thing I can think of. My concern for my overall health is really my biggest issue right now because I refuse to live so restricted in my diet and be a prisoner that way but I also do not want the possible health risks that go with being overweight like this (current weight is 150… again 5’1” people!) I’m also concerned that these issues will cause infertility issues (DH and I are currently TTC)
Post # 3
I have a friend who also struggled to lose weight even with lots of diet changes and exercise, and it turns out she has Cushings and a couple other issues that were making it hard to drop the extra weight. Definitely think it is worth a trip to the doctor again.
Post # 4
If you’re as healthy as you say, I’d definitely talk to a doctor. Even if it’s not medical, it’s still better to be safe than sorry. Have you ever had our thyroid checked? Hypothyroidism can cause a sluggish metabolism, and is normally easily fixed with medication. You said you’ve been tested for gluten allergies, but did they test for anything else? I had an IMPOSSIBLE time losing weight until I cut out dairy completely, and later found out that I’m allergic to it. Sometimes our bodies just have a hard time telling us what they need. You definitely don’t sound very overweight, and if you’re in really good shape, a lot of that weight is most likely muscle. Either way, I wish you luck in figuring it out! 🙂
Edit: Ahahaha, apparently I can’t read at this hour. I just saw that you mentioned that your thyroid isn’t an issue. If that’s the case, then just know that you’re healthy as you are. Everyone’s different, and BMI is really the least accurate scale when it comes to overall health.
Post # 5
How many times a day are you eating?
Post # 6
140 at 5’1″ doesn’t seem that overweight to me… maybe that’s just where your body is happiest? Especially if you’ve got a lot of muscle from working out, you may just be at a comfortable weight/size for your body and the lack of weight loss is indicative of your body being completely happy/healthy.
Post # 7
Out of curiousity, I took a look at the 5’1/140 lb. page on this site … these girls all look pretty healthy! It depends on how everyone carries their weight, of course, but I don’t think any of them looks overweight in the least.
Post # 8
Please don’t base your definition of healthy off of BMI alone. It’s not a good measure. For many, adn it sounds as if you are one of them, being in the healthy range of the BMI is nearly impossible and is putting you in a place where you LOOK unhealthy. I hit my BMI range once, and everyone was wondering what life threatening illness I had. I looked AWFUL. And that was the highest number in the “healthy” range for me.
As PP said, maybe this is where your body is happy 🙂
Post # 9
Have you ever heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS? One of the symptoms is insulin resistance and an inability to lose weight (especially in the stomach area). I have no idea if you have any of the signs but I’ve heard of this being a reason that some very healthy people cannot shift their weight. Might be worth looking into.
Post # 10
I want to thank everyone for the kind words of encouragement on this…
@jocember: No I know its not THAT BAD. My concern was more what it took to get there… There should really not be a reason that I should have to push my body down to eating less than 1000 caloried a day to get to that weight. My general concern is more why with a fairly healthy diet and exercise routine in place for 7 years, I gain more often than lose, and swiftly. But I do thank you for the votes of confidence 🙂 I’m not ashamed of my body, just concerned for it.
@missfemfetale: I have varied this over the years to see what works best for me. When I did the mini-meal thing (maybe 5-6 minimeals…) I gained RAPIDLY (15lbs) LOL! so I went down to 3 meals and that keeps me more “even”… I still gain this way but its MUCH slower. I lose with 2 meals a day.
@aennie: I had a full allergy test and nothing came back but I asked them to run it due to concerns with gluten and wheat. I have cut them out in the past and found that I lost a smidge of weight (maybe 3-4 lbs…) I’ve also cut dairy and grain out and went paleo for about 6-8 months (lost 3 lbs total…)
@dreamocracy: I thought about cushings… maybe I’ll double check into that again… Thank you.
Thank you for all of your input thus far. I always feel like I’m looking for a scapegoat when I go medical…
Post # 11
There could be many things going on. It’s possible that it’s medical- low thyroid or something like that- however I have hypothyroidism and I’m not overweight so it’s certainly not a cure-all. You could have PCOS or something else, so yes I would definitely go see a doctor and request blood work.
If it’s not medical, I would suggest seeing a nutrionist. It’s quite likely that you’re eating more than you think and/or your metabolism has gotten very slow. 1200 calories is very little and your body may just have adapted by slowing your metabolism down. For reference, I’m 5’4″ 105 pounds and I eat about 2200 calories/day and I weighed about 15 pounds more when I restricted to 1500 calories/day. Also, you may be able to maximize your workout routine to burn more calories so a few sessions with a personal trainer may be helpful as well. Just some ideas!
Post # 12
@RunnerBride13: thank you for the thoughts. No I don’t expect it to be a cure-all and like I’ve said, I’m really not concerned about the number on the scale (even though at times it does get discouraging) as much as I am overall health. I did the insanity program and followed their nutrition guide for 2 rounds (about 1900-2000 calories) gained 15 lbs with the 5-6 meals a day while doing insanity. Yes I know impossible– well. I started at 145 and ended at 160. I cut back to my normal 1200-1500 and lost (most) of the weight. I had a kick-ass time at the gym though after that LOL! I was definitely at my peak cardio fitness! Maybe if nothing medically comes out of it I’ll sit down with a nutritionist and a personal trainer…
Post # 13
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I’m sure it’s frustrating!! I hope you can get some answers, or at least some information!! 🙂
Post # 14
well that stinks!
i will just say, my normal weight is 140-150 also. the difference is, i am ‘fortunate’ enough to be 5’10”.so it makes me really wonder if maybe your body is just happy at 140-150! because it’s the same amount of weight, no matter how tall you are. true, it makes you ‘overweight’ and makes me ‘normal weight’ but i really wonder how much difference those extra inches REALLY make in terms of health. And a BMI of 26-28 (yours) might not really be that bad for things like health and fertility anyway. the research keeps coming out with different conclusions! I think there was one big study recently that said that people who were overweight but not obese (as in BMI over 25 but under 30) actually had a DECREASED mortality rate as compared to ‘normal weight’ people.
anyway. sure, def. go get things checked (thyroid, fasting glucose, Hemoglobic A1C perhaps) but if it all comes back normal, i would think that a healthy woman with a BMI of 27 is probably not in such bad shape!
and your diet/workout routine sounds inspiring. . .wow!
ps. here is a link to a summary of the study i mentioned.http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130104/BMI-mortality-link-questioned.aspx
Post # 15
talk to a nutritionist get a blood panel run for food sensitivities. a friend found out there were a lot of random things that her body couldn’t process properly. when she cut those things out of her diet, she dropped 40 lbs almost overnight (like 2-3 months). She was still working out, eating the same number of calories, just not eating certain foods that she never would have realized she was having an adverse reaction to otherwise. She also did the whole can’t eat barely anything and then slowly add different items of food back into your diet thing along with the panel, since the tests arent definitive and are prone to some false positives. it was a process, but completely worth it for her. two years later, the weight hasn’t come back, and while she sometimes indulges in the food that’s “bad” for her, it’s a conscious choice now when she does and she limits those splurges.
Post # 16
First, I’d have the thyroid checked.
Second, some people are just genetically built that way. When I look at photos of my great grandmas and great aunts, they were all big women. The most interesting thing, though, is that your DNA plays a large part in your ability to lose weight. I had my DNA mapped through http://23andme.com, and it literally says on my report: “Tendency towards higher BMI. Decreasing calorie intake and increasing physical activity through walking is not associated with weight loss. A diet high in monounsaturated fat is not likely to have beneficial effects on BMI or waist circumference.” My fiance’s results say all the things you’d want to see, that exercising and eating well leads to weight loss, and he should have a typical BMI.
So if you can go to a doctor and see that your blood is looking good and your body is functioning well, that’s the true indictor of health, not your BMI.