What I've learned on my own about weight loss, plateaus, dealing with weight regain, eating, amount of exercise, etc and yet still have questions...

  • Sep 22, 2014 3:08 PM GMT
    This has been my life since I was five. I was a big kid. It finally hit me the year between elementary and middle school that I, not someone forcing me, but I had to do something. So I started walking 10 blocks. Soon that turned into three miles. A year later, adjusting my sugar intake, I was 95 pounds lighter. I was also 14. Now I'm 40. It doesn't drop off like that now.

    In between those years I've kept that weight off. I went through every phase imaginable. I was on antidepressants which made me gain weight a decade ago, which I quickly stopped taking. My doctor, who knew how important physical activity was to me, prescribed me phentermine - that was as close as it got to having a miracle diet drug where I saw results almost immediately. Within two weeks I lost a lot of weight and it suppressed my appetite like nothing else. But, being the great doctor he is, he would only give it to me over the course of two months. It was great.

    So I was back to running marathons and four hour workouts (I work evenings) for years and not really watching what I was eating. After all, I must be burning everything off anyways, right? No. I tore my achilles two years ago and those marathons are now power walk marathons. I can't run. I have to walk and hike, which is fine (imagine not being able to do anything) but here's where I'm at in fall 2014 (I think I know the answers, it's just nice to have some warm fuzzies and encouragement):

    I can work out for five hours including two hour hikes and not lose anything. I'm just not seeing any difference between early May and now. I'm wondering if my problem isn't nexessarily with these workouts (frankly I'm starting to get tired of these marathon-long workouts and sometimes dread the next day because I have to get up and do it all over again). Because I'm always on the go, my main nutrition has been from protein bars, diet coke and fruits & veggies. And a few other not-so-good things here and there I could do without. (I think what happens is, I finish one of these workouts and I'm so tired and hungry I just don't care - I want to eat!). Is anyone else struggling like this? I can't stand the idea of more working out and wonder if I can lose the weight and tighten back up through diet, which I haven't sat down and looked at for quite some time.

    I'd just like to hear your experiences with that and what worked for you...thanks guys!
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 22, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    What you're encountering now is a slowing of your metabolism. I happens. Accept it. Can't do anything about that. But you shouldn't have to work out for five hours/day to stay fit. It is your diet. Those protein bars are probably candy. And diet coke is poison. I imagine you're eating other stuff that is evil, too. That is where you need to focus. I guarantee you'll get a lot of responses here telling you to go palio and maybe that is the answer but not for me. Try this: Get a good protein powder that gives you 40 grams of whey protein and has no more than 100 calories. Mix with water. Drink that a couple of times/day. And lots of water. Make a pitcher of unsweet tea and leave it on the counter when you need flavor. Other than that, NO processed food. Keep portions of meat about the size of a deck of cards or about 4/10's of a pound. Fresh veggies, fruits, and whole grains (if you can find it-- breads from factories lie). Nothing white except cauliflower and low fat milk. NO spreads like mayo or anything else that has oils and milk products. Eggs are good but watch the preparation and don't fry in oil. Some fats are good. Real cheese is good, but not the cheap, factory stuff. I'm a butteraholic but at least it is natural. Eat nothing white. If you need to, consult a dietician but do not start anything that you can't live with the rest of your life. Your goal is to develop sustainable habits. And watch the scale. If you're on a program that has you where you want to be and you suddenly start gaining weight, make sure you aren't cheating and if not, it's another metabolism shift. Adjust as needed.

    Now, some alcohol is healthy, just don't binge. An occasional cheat meal won't kill you. And if it helps you stay on target, that is good. Just be honest with yourself and don't do a cheat meal five times/week.

    Good luck!