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Jnine
05-27-2009, 12:31 PM
Hello-

I am in my 3rd week of SB and have not lost any weight. I am getting very frustrated and am thinking about pulling a chair up to the nearest buffet and having a chow down. Has this happened to anyone else? I've done both Atkins and South Beach previously and never experienced 0 lb weight loss in 3 weeks. Please help!!

Thanks,


zeffryn
05-27-2009, 12:41 PM
I'm sorry that you're having a hard time. Would you mind posting some daily menus? Are you exercising?

While it may sound really tempting to pull up to a buffet...it will only end in you feeling even worse about yourself. It will likely make for a gain to end these three weeks...

It is a fact that if calories in equals less than calories out, you will lose weight. Take some time to measure your calories in a program like fitday. Most beachers don't need to count calories, but some find it beneficial.

sarahyu
05-27-2009, 01:53 PM
Also you don't say what you weigh now. If you are already at a good weight that your body likes it will be really hard to lose more.

Here's a thread from awhile back:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63311

Good luck
Sarah in MD


Jnine
05-27-2009, 02:01 PM
Hi Zeffryn-

Thank you for replying. I am eating less than 1,800 calories a day. It's not intentional, I just eat until I am full. I am also exercising and weight lifting. I have not done enough weight training wherein I am building enough muscle to equal pounds lost. I am also measuring and have not seen any inches lost :-(

Hi Sarah-

Thank you for replying as well. I'm 5'11'' and 162 right now. My range is usually between 147 and 155; 147 when I am doing a Cyclical Keto Diet.

bargoo
05-27-2009, 02:22 PM
Actually you are not overweight for your height. Nutrionist say a healthy weight range for 5"11" is 143-178 , it may just take you a little longer to get to the lower weight. Your body may think you are just fine the way you are. It is true that the less you have to lose the harder it is, Seems unfair but it is true.

murphmitch
05-27-2009, 03:45 PM
Hi Zeffryn-

Thank you for replying. I am eating less than 1,800 calories a day. It's not intentional, I just eat until I am full. I am also exercising and weight lifting. I have not done enough weight training wherein I am building enough muscle to equal pounds lost. I am also measuring and have not seen any inches lost :-(

Are you on Phase II then if this is your 3rd week? How many fruits & grains are you eating? Try to post a few days menus for others to review. When your close to your goal weight already, you may not lose unless you drop your calories lower, which may make you lose muscle, not fat. Your body may not want to go much lower. Were you able to maintain your weight when you were at 147-155? If not, maybe it's not a reasonable weight for you.

Jnine
05-27-2009, 11:25 PM
Hi Anne-

I actually extended Phase 1 because my goal weight is 147. I was able to maintain my weight of 155 until a couple of months ago when I started Yaz. However, it has been a month since I have stopped taking the pill. BTW, I am in ketosis.

Here are menu samples:
B: scrambled eggs with bell peppers, cheese, and turkey bacon and coffee w/ SF creamer
S: 2 hard boiled eggs
L:salad with Chicken, Feta, and Italian dressing
S:Protein Shake
D:Meat and veggies
S:1 tblspn of Smart Balance PB


B:Scrambled eggs w/cinammon and sugar free jam and coffee w/ SF creamer
S:protein shake
L:salad
S:cheese
D:meat and veggies

me4life
05-28-2009, 05:17 AM
first of all i can tell you that you should not be in ketosis if you are eating 4 1/2 cups veggies a day. secondly just wondering what is in the protein shake. what is meat and veggies if your having trouble losing weight have you had a variety of meat (fish, chicken, pork, beef) i know the more beef i have the slower the loss is. when i have fish i see a definate drop in weight.

Ruthxxx
05-28-2009, 09:36 AM
Have you read the book? It's very important to understand the reasons behind the choices in this lifestyle.

There should NOT be ketosis if you are eating dairy and legumes plus 4 cups of good veggies, not just lettuce. What you have posted is very close to an Atkins plan. You need fruit and whole grains on Phase II of South Beach.

beachgal
05-28-2009, 11:08 AM
:welcome3: Jnine!

What are your reasons for wanting to be 147-155? I'm 5'11" and can't imagine being that weight. It's extremely thin for our height. I concur with what Ruth said--you need to read the book, if you haven't already, and you need to move on to Phase 2. Staying in Phase 1 is not only unhealthy, it actually can lead to weight gain. Check out this thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=52754)in the FAQ for more info on that.

I'm not sure you're doing this, but going back and forth ("yo-yo dieting") in weight is really harmful to your body and your metabolism. When you get older, you may find that you've really damaged your ability to maintain a healthy weight without exorbitant effort. While you may not love being 162, consistently depriving your body of healthy food isn't a good way to take care of that issue, in my opinion.

My sister is quite thin but also found that she gained a little weight when she went on Yaz. She has remained on it but has also been intensively working out (no major change in her eating habits) with cardio kickboxing, aerobic classes at the gym, and strength training. She's looking amazing! :flame: She's lost several inches but her weight has remained the same. Here's how she looks now:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/beachgalgarner/DSC06279.jpg
Personally, I'd recommend sticking with a healthy diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, low/non-fat dairy, and lean protein, and focus more on exercise if you feel that you want your body in a different condition.

If you insist on sticking with South Beach, please read up on it. You should never be in ketosis. You need to move on to Phase 2--use these threads in the FAQ to help you:

Emergency Handbook for Phase 2 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59321)
What's your P2 Combo? (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83406)
Phase II Food List (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=141379)

If you plan on sticking with dieting, you need to realize that you are trying to force your body to go somewhere it desperately does not want to go. Regardless of what you were able to do in the past, the hormones in your birth control affected your body. Estrogen has a very deep connection with fat storage and may have made a semi-permanent change in how your body works. Getting to a lower weight is going to be very, very hard work and very, very slow. To do it in a healthy way, you need to be very patient. Personally, if it were me, I'd stick with exercise and measuring inches rather than focusing on the scale, which doesn't tell us too much anyway. :shrug:

bargoo
05-28-2009, 12:49 PM
beachgal. is that you in the ocean ? You are gorgeous, girl !

Blondie32
05-28-2009, 01:06 PM
Jnine, I am 3 weeks into the South Beach and I lost about 9 lbs the 2nd week.I am sure alot was salt and water. However this is the end of my 3d week and I have been at a stand still. Before I did south beach and lost about 25lbs 2 years ago. I need to do a moderate phase 1 for about 5 months. This time around it has been harder. Don't give up I really think that what was said about eating more beef is true. If we try to add more fish and chicken we might get a breakthrough. There is two things I know for sure about me and wieght. 1 not eat after 6pm. 2 cut back to a protien shake everyother day instead of daily.I saw something on tv last night that was interesting. It was about the sealac disease. There is a diet if you have the disease and it talks about alot of the Gs in our food that cause sickness. I have nevr been diagnosed but sometimes I wonder because of all the problems I have had in the years. I notice I feel 100% better without all the carbs. :o

Blondie32
05-28-2009, 01:07 PM
Bargoo, I am so encouraged to see how much weight you have lost, wow

Ruthxxx
05-28-2009, 01:15 PM
Bargoo, that is Laurie's sister. Laurie is pretty darned gorgeous herself but is still plodding along the Beach with the rest of us.

zeffryn
05-28-2009, 01:22 PM
Jnine, I am 3 weeks into the South Beach and I lost about 9 lbs the 2nd week.I am sure alot was salt and water. However this is the end of my 3d week and I have been at a stand still. Before I did south beach and lost about 25lbs 2 years ago. I need to do a moderate phase 1 for about 5 months. This time around it has been harder. Don't give up I really think that what was said about eating more beef is true. If we try to add more fish and chicken we might get a breakthrough. There is two things I know for sure about me and wieght. 1 not eat after 6pm. 2 cut back to a protien shake everyother day instead of daily.I saw something on tv last night that was interesting. It was about the sealac disease. There is a diet if you have the disease and it talks about alot of the Gs in our food that cause sickness. I have nevr been diagnosed but sometimes I wonder because of all the problems I have had in the years. I notice I feel 100% better without all the carbs. :o

My sister in law has Celiac. There is gluten in much more that what we would consider carbs. When she eats anything that has gluten in it, she gets ill, her body breaks out in a rash and her joints seize up. You probably feel better without all the carbs because our bodies take a long time to break down those carbs and it slows us down.

PulleezThisTime
05-28-2009, 08:16 PM
Jnine: I'd trade some of your height for some of my weight loss this week. I know that doesn't lessen your frustration. Hope these suggestions (posted by experience SBers) work for you.

I'm finishing up the 3rd week, or 1st Week of Phase 2. I had a hard time finding carbs that met SB criteria (Minimum: less than 2 g sugar but more than 3 grams fiber) for whole grain breads/crackers. I've been adding back only one serving per day, along with whole fruit, and have continued to lose.

Not feeling any cravings. But surely am tired of cooking. I feel as though I haven't cooked this much in years. What meals are "easy" from a cooking and clean up standpoint, anyone?

murphmitch
05-28-2009, 09:12 PM
Not feeling any cravings. But surely am tired of cooking. I feel as though I haven't cooked this much in years. What meals are "easy" from a cooking and clean up standpoint, anyone?

I usually make enough when making supper to last for 2 meals, so I don't have to cook as often. Chicken breasts are my go to meal. I saute them in olive oil or throw them on the George Foreman. I also cook up whatever veggies I have in my fridge and make enough to last a couple days. If I'm really pressed to time, I open a can of beans, mix with salsa and a little RF cheese and pop in the microwave. It's fast and it's healthy.

Jnine
05-30-2009, 04:07 PM
Thanks Beachgal for your response-

My reason for wanting to be between 147-155 are to be between 18-20% BF. What are your reasons for wanting to hit your goal weight? I'm a former collegiate basketball and track athlete so have never really been a cardio bunny. I do HIIT, which is High Intensity Interval Training, and weight lifting. I also don't believe in "yo-yo" dieting.

I have to respectfully disagree with several of your points. I do not subscribe to the marketing hype that it is necessary to move into Phase II and have yet to find one medical study that states that staying in ketosis, unless you are a diabetic, for a long period of time is dangerous. Ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis, which is a life-threatening condition.

I am able to stay under 20g of carbs in Phase 1 eating fruit, oatmeal, flax seed and even goji berries and continue to be in ketosis and if any one of us truly believed that our bodies were at a "homeostatis" weight, so to speak, then we would eat what we wanted in moderation without the need for South Beach, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any other WOE.

Your sister looks absolutely fabulous in her bikini but I am going for a more toned, muscular look like Jamie Eason or Alicia Marie which can only be achieved by shedding my fat and building my muscle. My body and I are in a battle of wills and until my body succumbs Phase 1 must go on because I absolutely refuse to be defeated by hormones, processed breads or starches, or by my own body :-) (trumpets sounding)

P.S. I'm supplementing my diet through Vitamins, Supplements, BCAA, and Trace Minerals!

Additional good reading:

biblelife.org/history.htm
Body Opus by Lyle Macdonald
Eating Clean by Tosca Reno

murphmitch
05-30-2009, 07:05 PM
I am able to stay under 20g of carbs in Phase 1 eating fruit, oatmeal, flax seed and even goji berries and continue to be in ketosis .


Fruit, oatmeal and goji berries would be Phase II though, not Phase I. :?:

weezle
05-30-2009, 09:11 PM
Murphmitch, you are absolutely correct.

Jnine, another thing is that South Beach isn't about counting carbs. Are you thinking of Atkins? That's not what this WOE is about. Ph1 is for detoxing the body so you're rid of cravings, Ph2 & Ph3 are for eating healthy foods for a healthy lifestyle, and being overall healthy. No processed foods. For example, if man made it, don't eat it. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, legumes, etc. Stuff God gave us to eat before we poisoned it with preservatives and other things that are harmful to our bodies.

Try reading the book first. Maybe it will give you a better understanding of what this WOE is, and then you won't be so frustrated with your lack of weight-loss.

Good luck to you!

Lisa

ArmyAng
05-31-2009, 12:45 PM
If I understand correctly, it's not about the number of carbs you consume, it's the way your body reacts to the carbs you eat. So your body might be reacting to the carbs you're eating and your blood sugar level is keeping you from losing the weight. There's a reason phase 1 says no fruits and grains.

beachgal
06-01-2009, 12:44 PM
Thanks Beachgal for your response-
I am able to stay under 20g of carbs in Phase 1 eating fruit, oatmeal, flax seed and even goji berries and continue to be in ketosis and if any one of us truly believed that our bodies were at a "homeostatis" weight, so to speak, then we would eat what we wanted in moderation without the need for South Beach, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any other WOE.


Jnine, I'm glad that you have a specific reason for your goal weight. However, I have to note that your posts may be extremely confusing to those who are new to South Beach (SBD). I just want to confirm, for those who are reading and are confused, SBD does not involved carb counting, ketosis, or staying on Phase 1 any longer than 2 weeks.

I'm not sure what plan you're following, but it doesn't sound like SBD--it sounds like you're taking some ideas from lots of different places and doing what you feel is working for you, which is fine. However, it's too different from SBD for us to give much advice. SBD doesn't allow for ketosis at any phase. We never count carbs, but we do stay away from all fruit (except for tomatoes and bell peppers) in Phase 1, and avoid all grains, including oatmeal. That's why it's NOT healthy for us to stay in Phase 1 for an extended period. What you're calling Phase 1 is very different, so it may be safe to stay in it for longer. :shrug: I wouldn't know.

If you are eating a balanced diet (which it sounds like you are), there's no reason why you can't continue what you're doing. I'd check with your doctor if you aren't following someone's pre-designed plan, just to make sure, but if you feel it works for you without endangering your health, that's great. :) But it's not South Beach, and because it's so different, I don't think any of us can really tell you much about why it is or isn't working. :shrug: Sorry about that, but I wish you luck! You may want to post in one of the more general forums here at 3FC to learn more.

Ruthxxx
06-01-2009, 02:10 PM
My thoughts exactly. I am now closing this thread as it may be confusing to new people.