Watching what I eat, but my waist is growing!!

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    Aug 17, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    I have been trying to eat better and watch what I eat. Eat more salads, get back on my protein shakes and no eating out! I have tried to start working out again but it seems every time I start I have an accident either on my mountain bike or something, Im recovering from a bad hiking fall now.

    Since I have started cutting back and watching what I eat, my waist is growing!! I haven't weighed myself because I typically go be how I feel and how my clothes fit and how I look.

    WTF am I gaining? Im so damn pissed and bloated!!
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    Aug 18, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    Protein shakes can be a huge gainer. What are you making? Milk and/or fruit can be big culprits because of the high sugar/carbohydrate content. What about dairy? (Cut it). What about grains, breads, pastas? (Cut them). What about alcohol? (Again, cut it).

    And let's trust but verify: what about things like pops, juices? Cut them out too.

    Less carbs and sugar and carbs like grains/pastas and more meat and vegetables will let you move towards less weight gain, assuming that there is nothing medical going on.

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    Aug 18, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    outdoorathlete saidProtein shakes can be a huge gainer. What are you making? Milk and/or fruit can be big culprits because of the high sugar/carbohydrate content. What about dairy? (Cut it). What about grains, breads, pastas? (Cut them). What about alcohol? (Again, cut it).

    And let's trust but verify: what about things like pops, juices? Cut them out too.

    Less carbs and sugar and carbs like grains/pastas and more meat and vegetables will let you move towards less weight gain, assuming that there is nothing medical going on.

    wow, i agree with just about everything you said outdoorathlete. i would like to know what you are doing in terms of exercises. what kind of workouts are you doing? if all you are doing is cardio related activities you are not going to lost any weight.redbull, you have to do weight training too.
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    Aug 18, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    Also look for the amount of sodium you are eating daily, all foods have sodium...I recently started using this website http://www.myfitnesspal.com/, it helps me keep tracking of my daily food intake, with calories, protein, fats, sodium, etc. In essence, I enter the food it searches it by manufacturer or if its raw and gives me an idea of nutrition...also it makes me think harder of what I am putting in my mouth.

    Also, when you say you eat salads...look at the salad dressing as well since much of the fats comes in the salad dressing. Try a vinaigrette. I was also surprised on the amount of sodium I was taking in by some of the foods I was eating which I was retaining water and being bloated as you say.

    Outdoorathl is correct as well, look at all the sugars....also coffee, with cream + sugar was a big culprit for me...now trying to switch to tea, unsweetened and no sugar.

    By looking at your daily intake of food you can start to narrow down what are the culprits and making replacement choices for those cravings, making healthy choices.

    Also be patient with yourself. The ultimate reward is wining the war and being healthy and changing habits.

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    Aug 18, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    Maybe if you haven't been able to workout with the same intensity due to your accidents, that, rather than your diet, is the reason for the increase in your waist. Just a thought.
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    Aug 18, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    Post your standard day's food intake. Best place to start.
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    Aug 18, 2010 2:21 AM GMT
    redbull saidI have been trying to eat better and watch what I eat. Eat more salads, get back on my protein shakes and no eating out! I have tried to start working out again but it seems every time I start I have an accident either on my mountain bike or something, Im recovering from a bad hiking fall now.

    Since I have started cutting back and watching what I eat, my waist is growing!! I haven't weighed myself because I typically go be how I feel and how my clothes fit and how I look.

    WTF am I gaining? Im so damn pissed and bloated!!


    I am right there with you. I'm also close in age to you and let's face it: the pounds don't come off as quickly as they used to!

    You have to figure that diet is going to be at least 50% of the equation, with 5 meals spaced out per day. Then 20-25% weights, 20-25% cardio, and the rest supplementation. I've been following this pretty closely for a month and a half now, and it's working. Consistency!!!
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    Aug 18, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    if you're consuming the same amount of calories as you did when you were active, there's your gain. not eating out doesn't necessarily mean you're not going to gain. look at the serving size of what you're eating, using the nutrition label on products, and try to stick to that.

    i'm doing P90X now, and have gotten used to measuring just about everything. a cup of cereal, for example, is nothing!
  • fitartistsf

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    Aug 18, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    Here's what I posted on another thread, at the beginning of August, in response to a similar situation...

    "I just dropped about 15 pounds, (see my newer photos just added in my profile, black Levis) for my high school reunion on July 31st, eating fish and vegetables. My trainer has been bulking me up the normal way for over a year, then about a month ago, she, yes, SHE (a former competitive body builder, now trainer/nutritionist), had me begin to increase my water intake, now up to 2 1/2 gallons a day. Also eating certain vegetables that are diuretic in nature, asparagus, broccoli, spinach (but that is high in sodium, so watch that one...), green beans. Increasing your intake of those to 1-2 cups, cooked, at every meal. Eat every 2 hours, small portions, measured cooked, since obviously you will eat again in 2 hours. I love fish, so I was able to rotate different dishes, so as not to burn out on it. 6 oz portions at a meal. No salt, herbs, like Mrs Dash brands, are good. No rice, or potatoes (your cutting carbs/starches), or very small portions, BEFORE early afternoon. No sugar. No fruit (it's sugar, even natural). No sodas. WATER only. If need be, take a diuretic pill, but keep the water coming. Expel, or Extract, are 2 of the diuretics I know of...

    Needless to say, at my reunion on the evening of July 31st, my 30th high school reunion, gay or not, I was the center of attention, mobbed for photos by the women, and pumped for information about my workouts by all the guys... even the fat ones that were the sports gods I had crushes on in high school.

    Good luck on your weight loss!"

    ...Now, Redbull, this was all to diet down and get more vascular for my reunion, so it may be more extreme than you are looking for. But essentially, cut your sodium down, drink much more water, eat more veggies, as I mentioned above: asparagus, broccoli, green beans, etc.

    Surprisingly, most people do not know that sodium is a big part of the problem in weight/water gain.
    And eating carbs late in the day, the body takes longer to break those down, and stores it overnight as fat, if eaten too late.

    Try some of what I wrote out, it may just help....

    Good luck!

    Sincerely, Todd (fitartistsf)
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    If you're just concerned about weight, count your calories.

    You can't maintain a level of muscle mass and fat mass if your activity levels change. As activity level intensity and amount decreases, fat mass will increase and muscle mass will decrease even if weight remains the same.

    You may be ignoring how many calories are in your protein shake. Who says you even need to have one?

    As other posters said, could be water weight if you are eating a lot of fiber and sodium. Both increase water retention.
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:49 AM GMT
    Stress, cortisol, those can be factors....
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    I don't know what to tell you man. I do the same thing. If I watch what I eat I seem to gain wait or maybe bloat. If I eat like a pig loads of sweets and fried foods I maintain my weight or loose a little its very strange.

    As of now I don't work out much at all and I have lost 5 lbs over the past 6 months and eat like a pig all the time.
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    Aug 18, 2010 6:54 AM GMT
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    Aug 18, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    Also, just a tip: now that you're getting older, start avoiding exercises that injure you. Keep your workouts consistent and safe. Bones are more brittle, soft tissue needs longer to warm up, joints become inflamed more easily. Sure, it's boring, but compare that to the boredom of being bedridden.
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    Aug 18, 2010 10:17 AM GMT
    Since your profile mentions that you are HIV+, the problem may be due to lipodystrophy rather than aging, lack of exercise, or excessive caloric intake.

    Here is an article that might help you differentiate lipodystrophy from other causes of increased belly fat.
    http://www.thebody.com/content/art6889.html

    You should ask your physician if he thinks the problem could be related to HIV meds.
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    Aug 18, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    outdoorathlete saidProtein shakes can be a huge gainer. What are you making? Milk and/or fruit can be big culprits because of the high sugar/carbohydrate content. What about dairy? (Cut it). What about grains, breads, pastas? (Cut them). What about alcohol? (Again, cut it).

    And let's trust but verify: what about things like pops, juices? Cut them out too.

    Less carbs and sugar and carbs like grains/pastas and more meat and vegetables will let you move towards less weight gain, assuming that there is nothing medical going on.



    This man speaks the truth. ^^

    I switched from a fairly high-carb diet (lots of whole grains, brown rice, etc) to a fatty meat and vegetable diet. Without changing my exercise habits, I started (and still am) dropping body fat.
  • neosyllogy

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    Aug 18, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    If you ain't counting calories you're not watching what you eat. (technically an overstatement, but close enough.)

    Food is like money, people nickel and dime themselves to death all the time.
    Count calories, count composition (%fat calories, % protein calories, % carb calories), and account for complete/vs non complete protein and fast- vs. slow- burning carbs and then you can feel confident that you're watching what you eat.
    [Of course, you still have to make sure that that's something healthy =]

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    Aug 20, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    outdoorathlete saidProtein shakes can be a huge gainer. What are you making? Milk and/or fruit can be big culprits because of the high sugar/carbohydrate content. What about dairy? (Cut it). What about grains, breads, pastas? (Cut them). What about alcohol? (Again, cut it).

    And let's trust but verify: what about things like pops, juices? Cut them out too.

    Less carbs and sugar and carbs like grains/pastas and more meat and vegetables will let you move towards less weight gain, assuming that there is nothing medical going on.



    i WOULDN'T THROW OUT THE CARBS...WE NEED THEM TOO
    bUT i FIND 2 WHOLE SQUARE MEALS AND A BIT MORE....ESPECIALLY SALADS TO HELP NOT ADD UNNECESSARY FAT
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    Aug 20, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidIf you're just concerned about weight, count your calories.

    You can't maintain a level of muscle mass and fat mass if your activity levels change. As activity level intensity and amount decreases, fat mass will increase and muscle mass will decrease even if weight remains the same.

    You may be ignoring how many calories are in your protein shake. Who says you even need to have one?

    As other posters said, could be water weight if you are eating a lot of fiber and sodium. Both increase water retention.


    i AGREE. IF ONE HAS TIME TO GO TO THE GYM ONE ALSO HAS TIME TO MAKE PROPER MEALS AND NOT LIVE ON PROTEIN SHAKES.
    THE ONLY TIME MY STOMACH BLOATED A BIT WAS ONE MONTH OF PROTEIN SHAKES
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    Aug 20, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    Sam52 said
    outdoorathlete saidProtein shakes can be a huge gainer... Less carbs and sugar and carbs like grains/pastas


    i WOULDN'T THROW OUT THE CARBS...WE NEED THEM TOO
    bUT i FIND 2 WHOLE SQUARE MEALS AND A BIT MORE....ESPECIALLY SALADS TO HELP NOT ADD UNNECESSARY FAT


    My protein shake mix has 124g of carbs (49% DV), so I think outdoorathlete meant to limit additional carbs to compensate for the high amount in a lot of protein shakes (plus sugary things like soda aren't good sources, which is what I believe outdoor was getting at).

    BTW, your Caps Lock is on. icon_wink.gif