Weight Loss Support - 1 month for only half a pound? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?




kurisitaru
06-19-2013, 08:03 PM
I'm so upset. I know how I got fat. I really do. I'm a stress eater, and that's just the excuse. Over the past 7 years I've managed to get myself 60lbs overweight. The problem is EVERY summer I'm off school I bike, I work out, I run, I cook my meals, and track my food. I stay on schedule. I even MEASURE and weigh my food! And I lose... maybe 5-8 lbs in 3-4 months. Every summer. I should see double that or more! And all the work I do feels wasted.

The story is the same, June I'm motivated I work my butt off and calorie count, I promise myself the following summer I'll swim again and I'll wear that sexy halloween costume this time! Come October I expect to drop 20 lbs or at least a PANTS SIZE (Is that expecting too much for 5 months of intense work?) I get upset. Midterms hit, I give up. I gain all the weight plus some. Next summer, start over.

I have no motivation this summer. I feel like "why" because come october I'll maybe lose 5 lbs. Why go threw ALL this just for a pathetic amount of weight loss. I discovered I had a thyroid problem and was medicated around October last year after asking my doctor. I feel better, less tired and other things, I just expected that this year I would do well too. I started working out (The Shred) a month ago. I have been adding calories and eating healthy. I've been biking to work for 3 weeks (7 miles each way for a total of 14 miles). I get on the scale and I lost .4 lbs. 30 days... and I lost HALF A POUND!?! How is this FAIR!

I thought the whole "Well... maybe I lost inches..." so to make myself feel better I go shopping. Last time I went I was a size 14, guess what!? I'm now a size 16!!! The 14s wouldn't even FIT!

I HATE MY BODY!

I get blood work done Thursday and another meeting with my doctor. I'm telling her this problem and telling her I'm about to just stop eating. So what if it's unhealthy, so is being fat. At least I'll feel better if I don't look so fat and everyone acts like my weight makes me a bad, dumb, lazy person. I can't stop crying. Why can some people just stop drinking soda and drop 20 lbs while I try everything and lose barely any weight?


EagleRiverDee
06-19-2013, 08:15 PM
Why can some people just stop drinking soda and drop 20 lbs while I try everything and lose barely any weight?

I completely empathize with this. I used to get so angry when someone would say "I cut out the beer" or "I stopped drinking soda" and that's the one sacrifice they made. Whereas I had to revamp my entire diet and didn't have any obvious bad habits to toss out like that. And yes, sometimes the weight loss is very slow and it's so frustrating.

Don't give up, though. Experiment. In my case when I cut carbs I lose weight. Apparently I have a metabolic type that is super sensitive to carbs. If I cut them, I lose. If I don't, I can't lose. That's not to say it will work for you, but read here what is working for people and try one of their tactics.

BellaLucia
06-19-2013, 08:18 PM
Kurisitaru, I sympathize! EagleRiverDee is on point with her suggestion. Hugs!


fushiabaxton
06-19-2013, 08:36 PM
I have to admit, DONT GIVE UP!!!

I have tried many diets myself, so far the IP one is working well for me. Just try to find one that works for you. The carb watching seems to really help and the fat watching also. Cutting out sugar really helps also. I was a total pop-a-holic before starting IP a week ago. Two to four liters a day of diet pop. I kinda miss my pop but I have replaced it with water and do feel better.

Please don't give up sweetie. You will find the program that works for you!!

Annik
06-19-2013, 08:47 PM
Kurisitaru,

Can I relate... Lots of times I've felt like I am Sysiphus who keeps trying to push that boulder up the hill. Every time I have lost. weight, I gain back even more. The harder I'd try at the gym, the fewer results I would see.

Recently through my brother's encouragement I've started a quality protein low carb (max 40 g carbs a day) food plan. It seems to be working...the weight is coming off fairly effortlessly and I am not experiencing cravings. I feel like I am being vey gentle with my system -- no major exercise, regular meals, good sleep at night, lots of water-- and the weight is coming off.

So now I am realizing it never was me who was the failure. My body is really carb sensitive. Convential nutrition says carbs should be the bulk of our food intake. Yet for me and many others, it appears that this is not true. We need an approach that flips convention on his head and puts more emphasis on protein -- gives the pancreas a rest, overcomes insulin resistance, coaxes the body into at burning instead of lean muscle loss.

Don't give up hope. Keep going. You'll get there.

Annik

Ideal Protein is what I am doing but there are others. There is an Ideal Protein community in these forums that is really upbeat and positive and encouraging and supportive in the way I helps you get through.

beerab
06-20-2013, 12:29 AM
Hun I feel the same, been on South Beach for TWO weeks, have lost 2 lbs- wtf?! I want to hurl the scale across the room I'm so mad, but you have to keep pushing and trying different things until something sticks...

ValRock
06-20-2013, 01:02 AM
I feel your pain. I sincerely do... just keep at it. Even if you only lost 5 lbs a year, you'd be 25 lbs lighter in 5 years. Isn't that better than giving up completely and being heavier? My weight loss has been painfully PAINFULLY slow the last couple years. I just keep reminding myself that 175 lbs is supremely better than 300+ lbs and keep on trucking. You can do this!!! You deserve to be healthy. Stay active, eat right, NEVER give up. You'll get there!

novangel
06-20-2013, 01:57 AM
The thing is you don't have that much to lose which makes it harder. I lost at a rate of .5 a month and sometimes nothing (and believe me I busted my @ss in the gym) but 14 months later I was finally at goal. I'm so glad I made the commitment to never give up so just be patient.

kurisitaru
07-13-2013, 08:53 PM
Thanks everyone for responding. I was too upset to really write anything in June.

I saw a doctor. We upped my thyroid medication shortly after I posted this. I asked her about carbs and cutting them out. She gave me ideas and a "diet" plan to follow. Which was more a calorie system, lower sugars, higher B vitamin rich foods, and to eliminate saturated fats and "bad" cholesterol (As my blood work showed this as an issue). 3 weeks later, I gained a pound. GAINED. I really really really think anorexia or bulimia is the only way to go.

I followed all the doctors rules. I WEIGHED and MEASURED strictly. I've worked out, I went walking. I downloaded all these helpfull apps and logged in and exercised. I drank plenty of water. I have NOT HAD A PIECE OF CHEESE FOR 3 WEEKS which is my FAVORITE thing in the world! I haven't had pasta's. The only thing carby I ear are whole grains and plenty of vegetables and water. No soda of any kind. I gain? I GAIN?!

I'll stick to her plan. I honestly would prefer to be healthy and do this correctly. I'll keep doing this for the rest of the summer, but I swear if August hits and I lose basically nothing or keep gaining, I'm just going to stop eating or indulge and then just vomit EVERYTHING. I'm tired of being a cow. I'm OBESE! OBESE! and my body fat percentage is a joke. I just want to kill myself. Why can't I just be thin?

CherryChan
07-13-2013, 10:12 PM
i am totally empathized with you... but is it possible that you re gaining muscle and loosing fat? muscle weight much more than fat...
please dont be discouraged...

:dust:

Desiderata
07-13-2013, 10:35 PM
The scale reflects more than just what you're eating. Where are you in your monthly cycle right now? Most women see multiple lb water weight shifts, and not necessarily right before/during/after your actual period.

Terra1984
07-13-2013, 10:52 PM
Im with you, I've been on a diet and have been working out since May and I've only lost 1 pound so far but I've upped my work outs so hopefully the next time I get weighed which will be Aug. 27th I will have lost more weight.

LucreziaBorgia
07-14-2013, 01:05 PM
Better than none. Don't give up, your body just needs some more time to get used to losing weight.
Some bodies get used to it quicker than others, so no biggie, I guess. And once it does, it'll just accelerate.

65X65
07-14-2013, 01:38 PM
Thanks everyone for responding. I was too upset to really write anything in June.

I saw a doctor. We upped my thyroid medication shortly after I posted this. I asked her about carbs and cutting them out. She gave me ideas and a "diet" plan to follow. Which was more a calorie system, lower sugars, higher B vitamin rich foods, and to eliminate saturated fats and "bad" cholesterol (As my blood work showed this as an issue). 3 weeks later, I gained a pound. GAINED. I really really really think anorexia or bulimia is the only way to go.

I followed all the doctors rules. I WEIGHED and MEASURED strictly. I've worked out, I went walking. I downloaded all these helpfull apps and logged in and exercised. I drank plenty of water. I have NOT HAD A PIECE OF CHEESE FOR 3 WEEKS which is my FAVORITE thing in the world! I haven't had pasta's. The only thing carby I ear are whole grains and plenty of vegetables and water. No soda of any kind. I gain? I GAIN?!

I'll stick to her plan. I honestly would prefer to be healthy and do this correctly. I'll keep doing this for the rest of the summer, but I swear if August hits and I lose basically nothing or keep gaining, I'm just going to stop eating or indulge and then just vomit EVERYTHING. I'm tired of being a cow. I'm OBESE! OBESE! and my body fat percentage is a joke. I just want to kill myself. Why can't I just be thin?
I went through this...have thyroid and auto immune issues and the endocrinologists had no answers for me.

Heard about using a Low Glycemic Index to choose foods, and what I've done helps me. Never had an issue with my blood glucose...but for some reason my body finally responded well to the very low carb/lo GI diet I've been on for the last 6 mos..

Am a believer & may need to do some form of this for the rest of my life..but it's not hard to do something that works after nothing else did.

Jez
07-14-2013, 03:34 PM
Thanks everyone for responding. I was too upset to really write anything in June.

I saw a doctor. We upped my thyroid medication shortly after I posted this. I asked her about carbs and cutting them out. She gave me ideas and a "diet" plan to follow. Which was more a calorie system, lower sugars, higher B vitamin rich foods, and to eliminate saturated fats and "bad" cholesterol (As my blood work showed this as an issue). 3 weeks later, I gained a pound. GAINED. I really really really think anorexia or bulimia is the only way to go. There is no reason to be afraid of saturated fat, nor cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol has very little impact on blood cholesterol. Cut out the grains, whole or otherwise, as they are inflammatory and you may be extra sensitive. Also, do not ever depend on a doctor for dietary advice/knowledge.

Mozzy
07-14-2013, 04:06 PM
Hugs

I've only lost a pound this past month so I can empathize!

patns
07-15-2013, 12:06 AM
Your doctor is following the standard advice for weigh loss which just doesn't work for carb sensitive people which you seem to be. Read the book Wheat Belly.

How much to you have to lose? Your comments in the spot for current weight etc are not very encouraging, being that hard on yourself makes the journey so much harder.

emurph
07-15-2013, 08:25 AM
I'm also 5ft tall and have hypothyroidism. I get it. It sucks.

Calorie counting and planning out my meals + snacks is the only thing that works for me. If I don't, I totally get derailed.

I feel like my week is your summer and my weekends are your school years. I do really well M-F, but then fall off the wagon a bit over the weekend and have a gain. My weightloss chart is jagged rather than one long downward slope, but the point is that the overall trend is down.

You can do this. You just won't drop 20lbs in one week by cutting out one item. It blows. My calorie budget is lower than what many tall people will eat at their lowest weight. It just is what it is.

showchinesecresteds
07-15-2013, 10:08 AM
OMG I am with you - It is SO frustrating to be doing everything right and the scale not doing it's part!!! I have found though when I stress over it I don't lose. When I let it go and realize the weight HAS to come off - even if it is at an excrutiatingly slow rate then it does. I honestly think our bodies hold the weight the more stressed we become. No not scientific just my perception. We are all here for you and we all know how you feel and what you are going through. Try to be easier on yourself and concentrate on things that do make you happy :)

NEMom
07-15-2013, 02:54 PM
I can empathize with the scale woes you are having. I wish I had great advice but I don't because I struggle the same as you do but I think my has to do with quitting smoking and hitting menopause.
What I am concerned about is your thoughts of binging/purging and getting so upset about it. The number you see on the scale is NOT a reflection of the type of person you are. Please give yourself a break. Please let up on yourself and be kind to yourself. Believe me it is not easy when we are so use to listening to the negative voice in our head but I am working hard at trying to ignore the negative voice and replacing it with more positive messages.
Best of luck to you my dear!

tricon7
07-15-2013, 03:50 PM
I recommend that you calorie-count for a week (if you're already doing it, disregard). Write down the calories of EVERYTHING that goes in your mouth, including sauces, dressings - whatever. You may think you should be losing, but it's likely that you're underestimating how many calories those rolls have or that's in that 7-Eleven apple fritter(!) You may actually be in a calorie surplus. But you won't know until you've done some calculating. Follow your daily diet, but this time add up the calories of everything you're eating. I'm leaning in the direction that it's not your thyroid that's the problem.

I had read that my daily maintenance should be around 2000-2200 calories a day. However, after extensive trial and error, I found that I didn't lose until I went to 1600/day - far below the recommended diet levels for an adult male. But, my particular metabolism must run at a snail's pace, so I had to adapt accordingly.

rubidoux
07-15-2013, 04:15 PM
In the 20 years I've had type I no doctor has ever given me sane diet advice that worked. I had one that told me just to eat a cucumber for lunch!

I tried everything to lose before I figured out low carb (sounds like you haven't actually tried it yet???). Then I started losing at a rate of about 10 pounds per month w no exercise. At that point I started exercising and my loss has slowed down a lot, but I feel great and my body is looking fitter and I'm still losing, just slowly.

I eat quite a bit of cheese! :) I am addicted to Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar and consider it to be my favorite diet food.

TheGreatDepression
07-15-2013, 08:09 PM
Are you a student at a university? I would suggest that you go to the student psychological services for an appointment. Your issues right now seem to stem a lot deeper than carrying excess body fat.

JudiCole
07-28-2013, 01:08 AM
I started the ideal protein diet a week ago, following a trip to my endocrinologist where i was told im over producing insulin. My consultant told me not to get onto the scale, but who of use can avoid that when on a diet? i have lost 1lb?I am so disappointed that that is all i have lost. I dont stay and now all i can do is stress over it, cant sleep even.

Anyone on this diet have any advise?

StrangeJourney
07-28-2013, 02:26 AM
Have you ever considered an elimination diet? Eliminating certain foods for a temporary time and seeing how you feel on that?

Also, I've not lost weight when working out a lot simply because I wasn't eating enough for how active I am.

One other thing: I do Paleo/Primal and I'm a huge fan! I read what Jez mentioned about cutting out grains and wanted to throw that out there.

I know when you're trying to lose weight and putting SO much work into it, you want results but try to think about how awesome and powerful you are! Biking 14 miles a day??? You're a rockstar!! Even if you haven't lost weight, the improvement in health is there!

Mayssa
07-29-2013, 12:52 AM
There is no reason to be afraid of saturated fat, nor cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol has very little impact on blood cholesterol.

Wrong. Dietary cholesterol has a HUGE impact on blood cholesterol. First thing a doctor will say to someone with borderline high cholesterol is to change the diet and see how it goes.

I empathize with you tho', but if you don't do it for the weight, do it to be healthier, is your thyroid medication at the right dose now ? Cause if you still have that problem not fixed, it might be the cause ! Visit a nutritionist, and try to build muscle mass not do just cardio. Whether your body likes it or not, more muscles = more base calories burnt.
How many calories are you at a day ? Do you have a lot of " cheat meals " ?
Personally i plateaued for 2 weeks, maybe your body needs more time, first rule of all diets : never give up, never surrender :)

Ayashino
07-29-2013, 05:42 PM
Have you heard of Raven, from that's so Raven? She lost a ton of weight and people keep asking her how she did it. She eats the same amount of food she ate when she was bigger. Says the only thing that really changed was her attitude and how she thought about it. Sometimes stress can be a huge factor in weight loss.

JohnP
07-29-2013, 06:30 PM
Wrong. Dietary cholesterol has a HUGE impact on blood cholesterol. First thing a doctor will say to someone with borderline high cholesterol is to change the diet and see how it goes.

I'm not an expert on this topic but from what I have read most people do not have cholesterol levels directly affected by dietary cholesterol. There are some people who are sensative to this, much in the same way some people are salt sensative.

While I agree a doctor might suggest such a dietary change due to cholesterol levels this is not evidence that your assertion is correct.

Mayssa
07-29-2013, 10:06 PM
@JohnP : Is is affected by a LOT of factors but dietary fat (especially saturated fat) do play a role. Other foods that lower cholesterol play an important role as well. Omega 3 pills for example lower LDL ("bad cholesterol") while increasing triglycerides level. Eating fish high in omega-3 will do the same thing as the pills. Saying you shouldn't be afraid of eating tons of cholesterol and fat because it won't affect your blood levels that much is not accurate. It affects it to at least 5%, then eating cholesterol lowering foods will lower it even more. Eating the right fats is extremely important.

Source: I'm a last year pharmacy student, and i fetched out some articles for you if you're interested (can't post links yet, sorry about that)
w ww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21233620
w ww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1312230/