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I can't lose weight!!

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by kana_marie, May 7, 2015.

  1. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    When I was taking pills all the time I was so skinny that I looked very sick. When I cleaned up I finally started gaining weight. I was so excited... 3 years ago. Now I'm stuck with all the weight. I am on a very low calorie diet with walking everyday. But still no change. Am I missing something? The extra weight has me so exhausted all the time, and my balance is thrown WAY off.
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  2. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    Since you are already eating a low calorie diet, and getting exercise, is the weight actual fat or are you growing muscle to replace the fat. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it may be that you are not actually seeing a reduction of pounds because of this. I am not sure how much you are comfortable sharing about your weight, but are you looking more toned since you have started eating healthy and walking? I personally have soccer legs that are very muscular and have been this way all of my life, so I would never have super skinny lady legs unless I stopped walking all together. You could always talk to your doctor to see what more you could be doing.
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  3. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    If you've cleaned up then it's to be expected that you gain weight but could you tell us your weight if you don't mind, and explain more about your diet and what you do during it, I might be able to help you since I'm experienced with it. I would tell you though, don't lose hope, and if you couldn't do it it's okay :) there's no problem with it unless it's having a really bad effect on your body in terms of health and other stuff, in terms of image, no worries, having fat on your body or being overweight does not change anything :)
  4. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Ive crossed the line into what they call obese. I wouldn't call myself obese, though. If you judge by my weight in the past instead of those weight/height charts, I'm about 30lbs over weight. I've never been petite. My frame is short and stout! Lol
    Right now I eat once a day, typical dinner food. I try to make it as healthy as I can, though. (French fries are baked, turkey bacon, etc)
  5. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Every morning I go for a 30 minute walk. And I take a dog with me so its a little bit more exercise
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  6. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    I'd say walking a great start, but you probably want to do more as time goes on. You might want to think about increasing your heart rate by walking faster to work up a sweat. If that's too hard for you at the moment, why don't you find a swimming pool or, if you are lucky enough, a beach or lake, where you can stretch your body and swim to tone up all your muscles and improve your overall health. In my opinion, there is nothing better than swimming, :)
  7. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    This might sound strange but maybe you need to eat more. Apparently, the body can switch into starvation mode when it isn't refuelled as often as it should be and this process slows down the rate at which you burn fat and calories.
  8. imperivm1

    imperivm1 Community Champion

    I don't think walking will help too much. Sure, it does burn calories but how many? You need to kick things up a notch in the physical exercise department. I guess lifting some weights and doing sit-ups or push-ups could prove more fruitful in the long run.
  9. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    Kicking the exercise up a notch - within reason - is the way I’d go as well. If possible you could incorporate some bursts of faster walking into your routine; it’s similar to the idea behind high-intensity interval training and should help burn more calories. Simple body weight exercises (push-ups, squats, etc) can help build muscle, which will also factor into calorie-burning.

    I also agree with missbishi that you may actually need to eat more often, as well as paying attention to the types of calories/macronutrients you’re consuming. And remembering to stay hydrated is key.
  10. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I also am 20 to 30 pounds overweight too, and what has worked for me are slimming teas and diet and exercise. I suggest that you do the same. I noticed that the more you run and sweat like a pig, the more weight you lose.
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
  11. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    Eating once a day Kana is really really bad and unhealthy. In fact, if you want to lose weight, eating once a day can be really an obstacle. If you eat once a day and your body starves, it will begin to want fat and store fat of whatever you eat. I would tell you to have and enjoy a normal meal and exercise normally so that your metabolism doesn't go down. I advise you to see a nutritionist though and someone who can help you with it. I think you're not obese :) Numbers don't matter.
  12. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I have never heard of that before, thanks for the information. It makes sense because your body would get so used to not having enough food that it would start to store all of the food that you put in. It is a survival thing your body would go into because it would not know when more nutrients were going to come.
  13. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Here, I've watched this just an hour ago about belly fat (and fat in general):
    It's from my favorite fitness website, FitnessBlender. They have a bunch of varied, free workout videos for any need you have, and some healthy recipes etc. They're very cool.

    They have other "blog" videos about losing weight, but this one proposes a program of the different kind of exercise you should do to actually lose fat -- High Intensity Intervals Training (at least twice a week), low impact cardio, strength training (for the upper and lower body, alternatively -- or the total body). Just walking is good for your overall health, but won't cut it to lose fat.

    Also, like mentioned, if you don't train your muscles and eat very few calories, you might actually start to lose muscle tissue. So watch out with that. Just eat plenty of good things, and do plenty of different types of workout.
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  14. Christian

    Christian Community Organizer Community Listener

    I agree, simply walking isn't going to affect much change at all. You have to get your heart rate up a lot more and for a consistent amount of time if you want to burn calories and inevitably fat. Diet is key though. It doesn't matter if your baking the french fries or basking them in the sun for an hour there never going to be healthy. As far as your turkey bacon choice is concerned I applaud you for making a change however turkey bacon is full of nitrates, and if not that its full of sodium which makes you retain water and you'll get bloated. you really have to make some drastic changes in your diet and eat clean. Lean meats(chicken, turkey, (not the bacon.!) bison, and fish), fresh veggies, and you have to cut down or out on your carb intake. Brown rice and quinoa is always a healthy choice but in limited amounts. If your really want to lean up I would recommend juicing veggies,(carrot apple,celery,beets,kale,spinach,cucumber, lemon,ginger, and I always like to add tumeric for an anti- inflammatory because I'm in the gym a lot) for a breakfast and lunch with a protein and then have a sensible dinner. I've done this and you get lean pretty quick. It takes a couple days of uncomfortablility but your body will adjust and with more rigorous exercise you will lean up. However the only thing that is hard to dance around is genetics. We all are made the way we're made.
  15. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Thank you!! There's a nutritionist at the health department. Maybe I can give her a call
  16. kylerlittle

    kylerlittle Community Champion

    You should do that. It's really helpful because you can be recommended to eat what you are supposed to by a professional who can calculate it all. I would also recommend you to listen to the nutritionist because if you don't eat well enough you could get yourself ill physically and mentally, it happened with me. I used to eat one meal a day and I got so ill, I almost was taken to hospital.
  17. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    Oh geez! When I was 33 years old I had a gran mal seizure. I'd never had anything like that happen before. After spending 3 days in the hospital with hundreds of little things glued to my head, I found out I have juvenile my iconic epilepsy. The neurologist couldn't even tell me why it happened that late since there no bumps on my head from getting hit.
    I found out later, from someone who isn't a doctor, that the fact that they couldn't understand why my potassium was so low might have contributed.nthats just a guess because her grandson had the same thing happen because of low magnesium. I was just starting to take oxy's at that time, so my diet was less than ideal. We ate once a day and it was fast food. I guess if I don't want that to happen again, mi should probably heed your warning
  18. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. I would advise seeing a good nutritionist who can assess your body type. Sometimes it is especially difficult for women to lose weight, despite exercising. It is a matter of exploring different exercise. I have found that weights tone up my body and I also walk a lot. You should go by measurements rather than weight, because muscle is heavier then fat. You need to also explore changes to your diet. I have found that eating according to my blood type works a lot better for me. You also need to remember that it took some time to pick up the weight and will take some time to lose the weight. Calories do not always work for everyone, it can also be food types.
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  19. kana_marie

    kana_marie Community Champion

    According to your blood type? I've never known it made a difference. You mean like type A or type o- ? I seriously need to look into that! My blood type is A+. I think. :p
    It's gonna really make me mad if this entire time that's the answer I needed lol
    What type of diet do you stick with? Haha now I'm all excited, and hoping mine includes a lot of rice and bread.i have no issue with eating a specific diet. Those are the easiest parts to change. I'm not looking for effortless, just easy to figure out.
  20. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Well I'm no expert, but...what I've done to lose weight is eat 4/5 times, small meals spread throughout the day. Drink lots of water, and go to the gym 3 times a week. 3, 2 hour sessions and that's it.

    Sticking to a set routine also helps the body aswell. If your diet is erratic, your body will store food as it won't know when it's being fed again.
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