i have been battling with my weight since i was 8 years old. i am now 35. i am 5'1" and weigh 199. i started dieting when i was 12 i went on a 1000 cal/day diet. since then i have tried: the beverly hills diet, the zone, weight watchers, gillian michaels metabolism (whatever it is called), 6 week body makeover, 4 hour body, atkins, and im sure more that im not remembering at the moment. the only times i have ever been able to lose weight was when i was smoking cigarettes for some reason... in 04 (not smoking) after i gave birth to my second child i was at my highest weight so i went on the 6 week body makeover which was the first time in my life i have ever tried soy. i didnt drop a single pound on it. then i developed a goiter on my thyroid, which i completely beleive had to do with the soy, no iodine in my diet (the diet restricted salt) and just giving birth...so i had to have half of my thyroid removed in 06 and am on armour thyroid meds.
when my mom got cancer in 08, 4 years ago, i was happy with my weight at 160 but i was smoking. i made a promise to my mom on her death bed that i would quit smoking for good. i quit smoking and almost overnight balooned up to 205. i dont know why, i really dont think i changed my diet... , so i am proud of myself 4 years later being able to refer to myself still as a non-smoker. but i am very ashamed of my body now...
since 08 i have felt very helpless to lose weight. it seems like no matter how hard i try or how strict i am, i just cant seem to drop a pound. my doc put me on a "clean" organic, low carb, sensible diet and exercise. i was exercising 3 hrs per week and ate no sugar, bread, rice, potatoes, or anything "white", ate about 1400 cal/day, drank ALOT of water, took ALOT of vitamins, and although i felt great, still didnt lose anything. i have spent years getting my thyroid meds just right, so i know it is not that...
anyways, i recently heard of the hcg diet and asked my doc about it. she said she would not recomend it because it is only 500 cal/day and not medically tested but her sister has had great success with medifast, so i began researching it.
at first the cost shocked me a little, but when i figured out how much i have spent on weight loss, plus how much i spend on all of these organic health foods now, i actually figured it almost evened out... so i was just about to sign up when i discovered it has alot of soy. i am very opposed to soy, i refuse to try it... so i found this wonderful forum where alot of people like me talk about doing a "medifake" diet, where u can buy your own food as long as it is comparable in cal, fat, carb and fiber. so that is what i have decided to do (hence the name medifaker
my question is, can someone please tell me how many calories, carbs, fiber and protein i should eat per day? i already know the values for the "5":
.5-2 g fat
9-15 g carb
4 g fiber
i remember seeing the daily recomendations somewhere but now i cannot find that thread
thank you so much