100 lb. Club - In need of some advice




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nichole87
01-31-2013, 12:20 AM
Hey y'all....
So I have been faithfully counting calories and eating healthy (even gave up coffee) for over a month...and I feel like I'm not getting anywhere! I am absolutely disgusted with myself....the scale isn't moving....I am quickly losing the motivation to continue my journey with weightloss....I have also been having nightmares about excess skin after losing weight....I have zero energy and I slept for 16 hours STRAIGHT....I am always exhausted....is it because my body is withdrawling from junk food? I drink water all day...and have also completely cutout sugar and bread from my diet....what am I doing wrong? I would love to hear what worked for y"all, also, I am not expecting a quick weightloss...but I would love to see 1-2 pounds per week....HELP!!!!


Mozzy
01-31-2013, 12:24 AM
First I would make an appt for the dr for a full check up.
Second how many calories are you consuming a day? How are you keeping track?

I calorie count using MFP, about 1350 calories a day. So far it's been working.

nichole87
01-31-2013, 12:29 AM
I am currently eating 1500 calories a day, I also use MFP. I do have some health issues,. But my doc says it shouldn't effect my weightloss


Lindsayanne716
01-31-2013, 12:39 AM
I just looked at your S/C/G weight and it looks like you are down 13 lb.. did you lose that all in the last month? If so, I would say that is a great loss and you should definately keep it up!

I know I was losing well in the beginning and then seemed to hit a wall for about a month. It is super discouraging, but I keep reminding myself how disappointed I will be in myself if I give up this easily. I think about a year from now when I will be alot smaller if I continue..maybe I won't be at goal weight but atleast I will be smaller than I am now.

Also, every time I start thinking I hate "dieting" i remind myself that this is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and even if I don't lose a pound I am doing my body good by cutting down on sugars and carbs and eating more vegetables and lean meats, drinking more water, etc.

Keep it up, you can do it! Mind over matter. Just think how good it will feel to finally reach goal weight.

nichole87
01-31-2013, 12:44 AM
Thanks so much for the advise, I haven't lost the 13 pounds in the last month...I just didn't want to weigh myself when I started my dieting...that is how much I weighed in oct when I went in for gallbladder surgery....I had no idea that I was that heavy....

AwShucks
01-31-2013, 12:56 AM
Maybe you could shake up the contents of your daily calories? If you're eating a lot of fruit and grains, you might try cutting those down a little and replacing those calories with veggies. Although both are "good for you", I think my body handles those types of foods differently, and with too much, even though I'm at my calorie level, I don't lose well.

A dietician once told me that all calories are equal. 100 calories of candy kisses is equal to 100 calories of broccoli -- baloney! I've never believed that! At least, it's not true with my body.

Hang in there... What a difference a day makes. If you wake up in the morning and have lost a pound, your whole outlook will change. It's funny how we're so dependent on that number. You just need to wait a couple more days. It's coming!!

nichole87
01-31-2013, 01:02 AM
Thanks for the reply awshucks, I absolutely agree with you! Everyone loses differently, I guess I will have to play around and see whatworks for me:)

Changergirl
01-31-2013, 01:04 AM
I wonder if you're eating too few calories. I weigh 194, started at 211, and currently am eating 1700. When I first started I was eating around 1800, which I stayed at till I got under 200 then I readjusted. I use MFP as well which gave me those numbers. It took me 2 months to lose that weight, I gained a bit back during a 2 week holiday this month and am just getting back on track. I'd play around with your numbers a bit. Sometimes it actually harms you to eat so little, which SHOCKED me when I found out!

Good luck, I hope you find something that works for you.

April Snow
01-31-2013, 01:04 AM
Thanks so much for the advise, I haven't lost the 13 pounds in the last month...I just didn't want to weigh myself when I started my dieting...that is how much I weighed in oct when I went in for gallbladder surgery....I had no idea that I was that heavy....

If you didn't weigh yourself at the start of the month of dieting, when did you weigh yourself to compare against the weight that you are saying isn't going down? Meaning when did you weigh yourself to get that 270 that is in your S/C/G - how long has the scale not been moving?

AwShucks
01-31-2013, 01:09 AM
Another thing I thought of... today a friend told me something she read in a book called "Skinny Rules." One thing the book recommends is to consume all of your carbs earlier in the day... No carbs (specifically grains) after lunch, so after about 2PM.

I remember someone else telling me their trainer recommend that, and it worked for her... she began dropping pounds again. It couldn't hurt to try. You don't have to cut anything out, really... just rearrange your day a bit.

nichole87
01-31-2013, 01:12 AM
In october I weighed 283, then I started officially counting calories jan1st, but the last 2 weeks of dec I was makng healthier choices. My first weigh in was jan 10, I weighed in at 270....weighed myself again today and I'm still at 270. No weightloss in 20 days:(

Changergirl
01-31-2013, 01:16 AM
Something else to think about is where you are in your cycle. Right before and during your period, when a lot of us girls are bloated we gain a pound or two or more and then it falls off soon after we're done.

Angihas2
01-31-2013, 10:43 AM
Can you post a few days worth of menus? It seems with that low amount of calories there should be some loss. How much water do you drink? You can also try calorie cycling, which is having a range of calories from say, 1800-1400, 3-5 days you eat mid range and one day a week you cycle up and one day you cycle down. If you Google calorie zig zagging it should bring you to the website. (I'm on my phone so I can't search the thread).

Menu tweaking is an ongoing monthly basis for most of us. For me, I have to eat my fruit in the am, or I struggle with wanting sugary snacks in the evening. I also read somewhere that fruit sugars should be eaten in the am to allow your body time to process and use the sugars beneficially. Whole grains, I can easily over eat them so I only eat those after measuring exactly.

Lastly, if you've replaced your old meals with boxed 'healthy' foods, chances are you're eating more with the subconscious thought 'oh these are healthy, its OK. Think of your daily calories like your checkbook and get the most food for your buck

Daimere
01-31-2013, 10:55 AM
I've seen on this board a lot of people comment that mfp is really low on calories. My friend who is smaller than me (still over 200) was eating 1300 a day. We checked her bmr with the harris benedict equation and she should have been consuming 1800 for weight loss. Try eating more? I know before I switched to WW, I was eating 2400- 2600 which is calorie burning zone according to my BMR + hbe (which said about 2700-2800).

April Snow
01-31-2013, 11:13 AM
Like Angihas2, I was going to suggest posting a few days menus - hopefully we can give some specific input to help tweak things a bit.

Hang in there though - I know how frustrating it feels to put in the effort and not see any result on the scale, but hopefully we can help you start getting some nice numbers!

elvislover324
01-31-2013, 11:26 AM
Dieting and eating right should not be so miserable! Others above had some great advice and suggestions, I hope you follow up with them.

There is no need to give up coffee if you don't want to. There is another thread here with someone asking if it affected weightloss. I replied that all of my weight has been lost drinking about 20-24oz a day so I would say it didn't effect me! (I drink it black but the problem for someone would be adding sugar and/or milk/cream, etc. bringing up the calories. You can still add them, you just have to count them. A 200 calorie coffee isn't worth it to me!).

I'm sorry you are struggling. But please don't give up! We are here to help you, I don't want you to quit after working so hard this past month.

lunarsongbird
01-31-2013, 12:30 PM
Have you had your adrenals checked in the past?

Being that exhausted must be concerning. Are you taking a multi-vitamin? It sounds like you might not be getting enough nutrients in your diet.

Batou
01-31-2013, 01:48 PM
Being that exhausted must be concerning. Are you taking a multi-vitamin? It sounds like you might not be getting enough nutrients in your diet.

I have to agree with the above. I recently started taking a multivitamin, and before I felt tired a lot. Exercising wore me out super quick. Now I feel like I'm just bursting with energy most of the day. I also sleep more soundly at night, which is an important factor. If you don't get a good, deep sleep you likely won't feel rested afterwards.

Also, if you quit coffee and don't have another source of caffeine, you may be going through caffeine withdrawal. I've tried giving up caffeine in the past and I just can't. What I did instead was switch from coffee to diet soda.

nichole87
01-31-2013, 05:45 PM
So a typical daily menu for me would be as follows;

B-branflakes or original granola cereal with skim mile...both measured
L- 100 cal snack bar, raw veggies, whole grain weighwatchers english muffin with 1tbspn of peanut butter
S- whole wheat fajitas with boneless skinless chicken.

B-fruit smoothie with real fruit, low fat yogurt and oasis health break juice
L-soup
S- mixed green salad with low cal dressing (measured)

* I drink about 10 bottles of water daily.

lunarsongbird
01-31-2013, 06:22 PM
Oh goodness. It doesn't look like you are getting nearly enough protein in your diet. Your likely not getting many of your necessary amino acids. Also, here is a great article about protein and weight loss: http://www.wellnessresources.com/tips/articles/how_protein_helps_weight_loss/

April Snow
01-31-2013, 08:38 PM
I am typically not someone who says this, but unless those are bigger than average portions, I don't think you are eating enough. I'm always skeptical about the impact of that on weight loss, but it definitely would account for why you feel so tired.

I would try adding some additional food, and I agree with lunarsongbird that I would focus on adding additional protein rather than more carbs.

Angihas2
02-01-2013, 09:49 AM
So a typical daily menu for me would be as follows;

B-branflakes or original granola cereal with skim mile...both measured
L- 100 cal snack bar, raw veggies, whole grain weighwatchers english muffin with 1tbspn of peanut butter
S- whole wheat fajitas with boneless skinless chicken.

B-fruit smoothie with real fruit, low fat yogurt and oasis health break juice
L-soup
S- mixed green salad with low cal dressing (measured)

* I drink about 10 bottles of water daily.

Is this all you're eating?!?! Where's your dinner? Girl, get thee some food in you!!! I prefer fitday when i restart, I've used fitday, loseit and mfp, fit day has this handy little calculator that will give you a graph of how much carbs/fats/protein you're eating per day. You absolutely NEED proteins and fats to be successful. Fats give your mouth that satiety, that you've actually EATEN something and they allow for numerous, neccesary proccesses in the body. It sounds absolutely counterintuitive, I know, "I need to lose fat, so I'll quit eating fat". No bueno!!!

Your low-cal dressing, what did they replace the cals with? Did they add more sugar? Personally, I can't use fake sugars, they send my system into some funky, water retaining, I feel like crap spiral. So if I want sugar, I use a tsp of the real McCoy, or honey or agave nectar.

I hope I don't sound harsh, but it sounds like you're starving yourself. For breakfast, try pairing your carb/starch like the muffin with a protien nut butter, almond, cashew, peanut, plus a nice fruit, orange, apple, kiwi, even melon OR try a serving of fiber 1 with a serving of kashi go lean and skim/almond/soy milk and fruit. Lunch could be 2 servings of kale/spinach with tomatoes or peppers or some other veggie you like, with lean protien, grilled chicken/turkey/fish drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, or even a flavored olive oil and a smaller fruit. Great snacks are laughing cow cheeses with crackers, I like crunchmaster's gluten free sea salt, you get 28 crackers a serving. Something about that number '28', plus a wedge or two of cheese, satisfies me that I actually had FOOD. Make dinner more veggie based with the lean protien beans, turkey, fish, chicken, beef if you eat it.

I do use the govt recommended, half my plate is usually raw veggies, 1/4 starch/carbs and 1/4 protien. I had to break myself of building my meal around my meat. But it works. I promise you, if you start eating, healthy, full meals you WILL lose weight, regain your energy and still lose weight.

Also, I didn't cut out coffee, I do not look good in county orange and my family and friends will NOT deal with me until I've had coffee. Thankfully, I drink it black, but on occassion I'll toss in creamer, just count those calories and for every pot of coffee I drink, 12 cups, I drink double that amount of water in addition to my normal daily waters.

Please, I hope nothing I said sounded harsh, its not my intent, but restricting your cals down to 1350 is fine, as long as its plentiful, healthy food. Alot of raw veggies or even lightly steamed/grilled/baked are so low in cal and you can eat SOOOOOO much of them, there's no need to starve.

Please, keep posting, let us be your cheerleaders!! We have absolute faith in you!

ETA: Maybe 's' means supper, in that case, toss in some snacks, grab a container of greek yogurt and half a serving or a full serving of fiber one cereal in it, or kashi go lean, it adds fiber and protien and it may be all you need to jump start some loss. Greek yogurt can also double as sour cream and dip for fruits and veggies. Fiber is so important as we change our diets around, suddenly adding a bunch of veggies to a previous fast food/typical American diet can back things up, fiber helps you get rid of it. I aim for between 35-45 g/per day.

synger
02-01-2013, 03:20 PM
I'm about the same weight as you. I try to cut calories, within a low-carb framework, but I find that if I don't eat ENOUGH (especially protein), I definitely get tired and irritable and just feel blech!

Even when I aim for 1200-1400 calories (which allows me to lose 1 pound a week at this weight), I make SURE to eat at least 60 grams of protein. Otherwise I'm afraid I'll lose muscle mass (including heart muscle!).

Keep in mind also that 1-2 pounds a week, consistently, is rather quick weight loss. .5 - 1 pound a week is probably more realistic. And you need to look at it over a series of weeks. Some weeks the scale won't budge. Others you'll lose 2 pounds easily.

toastedsmoke
02-02-2013, 03:29 AM
Just another quick and I'm sure totally obvious tip/question? Are your weigh in's at the same time of day each time? Like for example, I may weigh 157 in the morning (naked, post bathroom, pre-eating/drinking) but it's totally within the realm of possibility (i.e. happens all the time) to weigh 163 in the evening (clothes on after dinner). I'm sure you know, but just cross-checking.

Also, you mentioned a few things you measure, but do you measure things like the chicken you're eating or the soup (depending on the type). Although, you seem to be eating so little, I don't see that they could make much of a difference, but they could be something to look at. You don't seem to be getting in much food based on your menu posts. I'm totally sympathetic to you because I started off eating super low cal at like 1200 calories a day and it was so unnecessary when I could have gotten away with a lot more and had an easier time of it. The funny thing is eating that low didn't make the pounds fall off. I never lost more than 1-2 lbs a week. That being said, even at 1200 calories, I seemed to be able to get in a little more food than you seem to be eating. Maybe play around a little with your menus and see what you can do to chuck in a little more protein and excitement.

I also cosign about the vitamins and supplements. I think it's important for everyone but especially when you're eating at a deficit. They really do make a difference in energy, immunity and well-being. I usually take a multivitamin and cod liver oil. But I've recently thrown in extra fibre, calcium and garlic pills as well since I tend to have a normal-high blood pressure and garlic is supposed to be good for that.