Weight Loss Support - Not losing weight, frustrated, trying to not give up hope




laika6
05-11-2012, 10:17 AM
I recently started eating healthier to lose weight almost a month ago. when i first began i was tipping the scales at 300lbs, i still am tipping scales but after a month im down to 288. I count calories and make sure i eat healthy as well. i only drink water and never eat junk anymore. My calorie intake is usually about 1200-1500 every day, never over 1500.

The first couple weeks it was just coming off! i felt so motivated and happy about it, now its been a week and my weight has stayed the same despite how well i've been eating and the few long walks i've been doing. I dont get it! why cant i lose any more weight? i know there was a few days where i ate very little calories because i was not hungry and now i try to make sure i get at least 1500 before i go to bed. I feel so helpless now and am doomed to over overweight forever =/


SugarRomeoTango4852
05-11-2012, 10:39 AM
I am no expert but I have three questions/suggestions

1.) Are you recording what you eat or just guestimating? It is possible you are taking in more calories than you realize. If you aren't tracking it, I would start immediatly. Additionally, you may be cutting out TOO many calories for your weight and your body is panicking and going into starvation mode. I would use a Daily Caloric need calculator to make sure you have not shocked your system.

2.) Have you added any exercise to your weight loss attempts? Even a short walk may help. ^_^

3.) Have you talked to a doctor about this? When I first started my weight loss, I was in the same boat as you. I cut out a ton of calories and I was exercising several days a week. At 275, I should have been losing weight like it was going out of fashion but I wasn't losing anything. I spoke with a doctor and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I have been on medication for a year and it really helps with my weight loss.

Keep going and I promise you will see results. It just may take a little tweaking before you know what works for you. No one who tries is doomed to be overweight forever.

laika6
05-11-2012, 10:51 AM
I use my fitness pal and scan every little thing I eat haha I love the app I use it all day! And I do walk. Ive been walking after work and also started using stairs at work and all those little changes! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on synthroid about 6 months ago but it made me feel ill and gain weight so I stopped taking it. My thyroid number is 7 so it's not off by much. I used a few different BMR calculators to determine my calorie intake


luckystreak
05-11-2012, 10:59 AM
I use my fitness pal and scan every little thing I eat haha I love the app I use it all day! And I do walk. Ive been walking after work and also started using stairs at work and all those little changes! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on synthroid about 6 months ago but it made me feel ill and gain weight so I stopped taking it. My thyroid number is 7 so it's not off by much. I used a few different BMR calculators to determine my calorie intake

Wait but dont people with hypothyroidism have difficulty losing weight?

EatMoreCelery
05-11-2012, 11:00 AM
laika6:

Don't give up! You've just hit a slow spell/plateau in your weight loss!! Keep doing what you're doing and the weight will start coming off again after a time. :)

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sontaikle
05-11-2012, 11:02 AM
You won't lose weight every week! Don't worry! Stick to it and it will come off eventually :)

bargoo
05-11-2012, 11:05 AM
It's only been a week. We can't dictate how our bodies will respond. You have made a good start, don't give up.

SugarRomeoTango4852
05-11-2012, 11:07 AM
@Luckystreak: Generally, yes we do. >_< It stinks

I use my fitness pal and scan every little thing I eat haha I love the app I use it all day! And I do walk. Ive been walking after work and also started using stairs at work and all those little changes! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was put on synthroid about 6 months ago but it made me feel ill and gain weight so I stopped taking it. My thyroid number is 7 so it's not off by much. I used a few different BMR calculators to determine my calorie intake

This is going to sound silly but you still need to be on something if you have hypothyroidism. When I was diagnosed, it was just a little shift as well, but it can really mess you up. Our bodies are supposed to be fine tuned machines and when something like this is off (even a small amount) everything can be out of whack.

I would reccommend talking to your doctor about trying a lower dosage and, possibly, the generic version of Synthroid (I am on 25mg of Levothyroxine which is generic).

You could also be at a plateau but I am betting more on your thyroid throwing this off if you have been diagnosed but are not on medication currently. Frustrating, I know.

Add me on myfitnesspal, I am srt4852

JossFit
05-11-2012, 11:14 AM
1.) Are you recording what you eat or just guestimating? It is possible you are taking in more calories than you realize. If you aren't tracking it, I would start immediatly. Additionally, you may be cutting out TOO many calories for your weight and your body is panicking and going into starvation mode. I would use a Daily Caloric need calculator to make sure you have not shocked your system.

Sorry, but "starvation mode" is largely a made up thing. It doesn't just happen, and certainly not to someone who is 288lbs. Real "starvation mode" has been shown in numerous studies to only become a factor in weight loss for EXTREMELY starved individuals over long periods of time, and generally we're talking about anorexics, Prisoners of War, etc.

A metabolic slowdown is another story; if you aren't eating enough calories your rate of fat loss may slow down, but again, this isn't likely going to be a factor for someone at your current weight Op. Chances are you need to increase your activity and do things that will fire up your metabolism and keep you burning calories even after you are done exercising, such as lifting weights.

laika6
05-11-2012, 11:14 AM
Yeah I should make another appointment for it. They put me on 100mg synthroid and I feel that way too much. It made me feel completely weird and sick. I know it's only been a week but it's still frustrating when you work do hard to eat well and be active and nothing happens for your body in return

SugarRomeoTango4852
05-11-2012, 11:17 AM
Yeah I should make another appointment for it. They put me on 100mg synthroid and I feel that way too much. It made me feel completely weird and sick. I know it's only been a week but it's still frustrating when you work do hard to eat well and be active and nothing happens for your body in return

Woah. That does sound like WAY to much if you were just a little off. Ask to start on a much lower dose and you will hopefully be ok. Being put on that much is probably what made you sick becuase it skewed your numbers in the other direction.

@Joss: Allow me to correct myself. Additionally, you may be cutting out TOO many calories for your weight and your body is panicking and your body is slowing your metabolism to preseve the few calories it is getting.

laika6
05-11-2012, 11:24 AM
What is a good BMR calculator? Some tell me my number is 2100 and others 2500. I will add you on MFP right now also :)

Jebediah
05-11-2012, 11:25 AM
Make sure you're drinking enough water. 64oz a day, at least!

laika6
05-11-2012, 11:29 AM
I drink a ton of water! My work has a fridge full of water bottles and I'm constantly drinking them. I don't drink juice or soda or coffees anymore usually just water or crystal light. I'm wondering if I'm eating too little calories maybe? My daily average is about 1300.

Jebediah
05-11-2012, 11:33 AM
That sounds a bit low. I would up it by a few hundred or so. Try it out for a few weeks; you can always change it.

EatMoreCelery
05-11-2012, 11:39 AM
laika6:

I missed your second post, sorry. Like some of the others, I suggest you get with your doctor about regulating your medication/thyroid and then re-evaluate your diet.

SugarRomeoTango4852
05-11-2012, 11:42 AM
How about if I give you the formula they use instead?

BMR = basal metabolic rate. the calories you would need to maintain your weight in a coma (or something like that).

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )

To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows:

•If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
•If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
•If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
•If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
•If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9

So for me it is:
655 + ( 4.35 x 215) + ( 4.7 x 67) - ( 4.7 x 24) =
655 +935.25 + 314.9 + 112.8 = 2017.95

Mulity by Activity Level:
2017.95 * 1.2 (Sedentary) = 2421.54 Calories per day to maintain my weight

Amy23
05-11-2012, 11:45 AM
Okay, I'm going to pitch in here because the exact same thing happened to me around the 1 month mark.

It's very easy for me to plateau. I circumvented it by having a day where I ate at least double my calories and, sure enough, the weight started moving again. I've done the same thing ever since, once every two weeks, and it always works.

It's not for everyone, I know, but give it a try if you want to. The 'cheat meal' method certainly worked for me.

ValRock
05-11-2012, 11:54 AM
This is exactly why people give up.

The scale doesn't show you the whole story. Water can mask fat loss. Give it time! If you stay on plan, you will succeed. The only way to fail is to give up!

laika6
05-11-2012, 12:01 PM
Haha I'm afraid if I have a cheat day I won't be able to go back to being healthy again! I just made an appt with a doctor to have my thyroid re tested this afternoon and I am going to ask her about what she suggests for calorie limit as well. I am not going to give up but it is depressing not losing! :)

laika6
05-11-2012, 12:12 PM
i did the BMR calculations and it said 2530 - so i guess 1500 isnt bad for me to be eating? Hopefully getting back on thyroid meds will help as well.

LockItUp
05-11-2012, 12:29 PM
For argument's sake lets just say everything is fine calorie wise and thyroid wise (since you've gotten advice on other parts of the equation already)...

You lost 12 pounds in, what sounds like from your description, less than a month! That's great! Just stick with it, if everything is good it's just a little stall. Chances are you will get a whoosh, and/or start losing again steadily soon.

Keep up the good work.

victoriah68
05-11-2012, 12:34 PM
I have hypothyroid because my thyroid was killed with radioactive iodine because it was overactive. Now I am permanently hypo. Not having your level correct can make losing weight very hard. Also you can ask your doctor about armour thyroid. Do some searching on it. Some people respond better to it then the synthetic synthyoid. I tried it but synthyroid worked better for me.

LozzCowell
05-11-2012, 12:38 PM
Don't give up hunny!! :hug: i know it's hard to stay motivated when something like this happens, but think about the long term benefits. It sounds like you're on top of everything and taking the right steps to get things moving again.

Also just to say as well that I suffer from water retention badly!! I'm like... a... sponge!! I would ask your doc if taking water tablets would be ok if you are or will be on other meds. I take mine twice a day, normally lunch and dinner, and once my weight has got to a better place I'll stop taking them, letting my body get used to using the water properly.

It's just a thought.

In the meantime, good luck and keep us posted. :hug: Stories like this are interesting to me, my mum had similar issues and I get paranoid that it's genetic :dizzy:

laika6
05-11-2012, 12:58 PM
I should ask her about water pills. I work in a office so i'm at my desk a lot just sitting, i try to constantly move my feet and get up to walk around every hour, but sometimes by the end of the day my ankles are super swollen. Not so much anymore but a couple months ago it got really bad. I should ask her about retaining water. Thank you everyone for giving me advice and responding to my post it is helping me keep motivated and hopefully after my doctor visit today i will have even more suggestions and answers. I just hope the synthroid helps me to lose, and not gain.

JossFit
05-11-2012, 01:47 PM
@Joss: Allow me to correct myself. Additionally, you may be cutting out TOO many calories for your weight and your body is panicking and your body is slowing your metabolism to preseve the few calories it is getting.

Yep, that can definitely be a factor. I'm just sensitive to the term "starvation mode" because SOOOO many people throw it out without knowing what they really mean by it, and tell someone their diet may not be working because they aren't eating enough. Someone who has a lot of weight to lose can even get away with safely doing VLCDs in a lot of cases with ZERO worry about actual starvation mode.

I think it's one of those things that got tossed into some crappy women's magazine and just took off... :dz:

kaplods
05-11-2012, 03:09 PM
Eleven pounds in one month is rapid weight loss, not slow, and until you go a month to six weeks without a loss you can't really say you're not losing.

One week without weight loss is not a plateau. A plateau is several weeks of no weight loss, and even plateaus often get broken if you are patient and just wait them out (even with absolutely no changes in diet or exercise). Until you've gone two months without a weight loss, you can't make any judgements at all that what you're doing isn't working.

"This time" my weight loss has been extremely slow (partially by design, and partially because my body doesn't seem to "do" rapid weight loss even when I drastically cut calories). When I started, I was only losing about one pound per month (and now I've gotten that up to 2 and sometimes 3, and sometimes zero).

And yet I've still lost 105 lbs. Do not convince yourself that a week (or two or six) weeks without a weight loss "dooms" you to failure.

I've always considered less than 2 lbs a week "failure." By that definition I have "failed off" every one of my 105 lbs.

You won't fail if you have a week, a month, or even three months without a loss. You will only fail if you give up.

JohnP
05-11-2012, 03:29 PM
A lot of well meaning people are telling you to do this, and do that. It's confusing.

The bottom line is what Val said - )which is the same thing Kaplods said just quicker. :D )

Stick with it - don't give up.

Samantha18
05-11-2012, 08:31 PM
I started at close to the same weight as you and I'm at the same now (but I don't know your height), and I've been dieting for 2 months. I've gained up to 2 pounds before magically dropping three, and some weeks my weight didn't change at all. Hang in there. If you are counting calories, it has to come off eventually is the way I look at it. And if it doesn't? Then at least you'll have a good case and proof to present to your doctor. I know it's so slow, but you've lost nearly 10 pounds in a month. 10 pounds a month is 120 pounds a year. So even though it's not flying off, it's still coming off at a good speed.

I've also been considering upping my calories back to 1600-1700, as I felt I was losing more quickly then. That's the amount I was on when I first started before bringing it down to 1500. But I'm not sure. I'd stick to what you're doing now for the next month or two then adjust from there if you need to.

Vex
05-11-2012, 09:47 PM
11 lbs in one month is good! Weight loss is all over the place. I've seen 5lbs in a week and 0 in others. 15lbs a month in some and 7 in others. It's the average over the long haul.

Relax. It will happen if you keep going.

I'm sorry, but I flat out don't agree with starvation mode.

I've been on 1200 since I started. I truly think the 'right' amount of calories for people is the amount of calories you can eat and lose weight while being able to stay in that calorie range the entire time. If that's 1800, great. If it's 1200, that's fine too. It's different for everyone.

I'm not familiar at all with thyroid issues so I can't comment on that. Sorry :/
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