Why can I not lose weight for the life of me?

  • MEGATRON

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    Jul 15, 2020 5:22 PM GMT
    I'm about 5'9" and weight 240 lbs. Obviously that sounds really unhealthy and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't out of shape and had great eating habits. However, you are probably picturing someone VERY fat when you read that height and weight. But most people don't seem to believe that I actually weigh that much - but I do. I definitely have a larger build and can't imagine myself at anything below 190-200 lbs, which I know is still considered overweight for my height.

    About 7 years ago, I lost close to 50 pounds when I was on Adderall. I was in the low 190s and thought I looked and felt great. Some people said that I looked like I had a big head though lol. I've also taken the weight loss drug Saxenda to help curb my appetite and it helped me lose weight, but came off due to side effects. And yes, I did exercise too.

    The last couple weeks I have changed my diet drastically. I cut out all diet soda, maybe 1 per day. Mainly drinking water and a G2 gatorade here and there because I need electrolytes (I get dehydrated easily due to having my colon removed as a teen). I am not eating any fast food or junk like chips, cookies, etc with the exception of a piece of chocolate at night or a small ice cream cone as long as I ate well during the day. And I've been exercising much more than I have been. I did weightlifting 2 days last week and played tennis. This week I went on 2 bike rides. Yet I still have not lost any weight.

    I do feel a bit better, but it's discouraging to not see the scale down at this weight. I'm going to try to even cut out the little snacks I have at night that I previously mentioned, but I am still consuming a lot less calories overall and my meals are much healthier. I don't know what else to do at this point.
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    Jul 15, 2020 7:16 PM GMT
    well you are still drinking soda, eating snacks and god knows what you eat in your regular meals so what exactly do you expect?
    Obviously your calorie intake is still high and or not enough exercise, you are not pushing yourself , obviously and yeah, your weight is way too high , does not sounds like you know what a self discipline is.



    I ate loads of shit during this lockdown and gained weight , I mean I ate chips and cookies, and chocolate and cheesecake , sausages, cheese, roasted pistachios every day and went completely wild for couple of months, gained so much people obviously noticed and commented how I gained weight, I called myself fatass, to be fair most of fat went straight to my ass icon_lol.gif did not worry a bit since i knew what I need to do -stop eating and drinking crap , exercise every day , I was walking and running mostly for hours and limit sugar and fat intake. And of course pounds just kept dropping

    no rocket science really
    very dramatic title by the way

  • MEGATRON

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    Jul 15, 2020 8:03 PM GMT
    Cal_ saidwell you are still drinking soda, eating snacks and god knows what you eat in your regular meals so what exactly do you expect?
    Obviously your calorie intake is still high and or not enough exercise, you are not pushing yourself , obviously and yeah, your weight is way too high , does not sounds like you know what a self discipline is.



    I ate loads of shit during this lockdown and gained weight , I mean I ate chips and cookies, and chocolate and cheesecake , sausages, cheese, roasted pistachios every day and went completely wild for couple of months, gained so much people obviously noticed and commented how I gained weight, I called myself fatass, to be fair most of fat went straight to my ass icon_lol.gif did not worry a bit since i knew what I need to do -stop eating and drinking crap , exercise every day , I was walking and running mostly for hours and limit sugar and fat intake. And of course pounds just kept dropping

    no rocket science really
    very dramatic title by the way



    The "God knows what I eat in my regular meals" is usually some form of eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch and maybe some type of protein (chicken, etc) for dinner. I don't drink "soda" every day, maybe 1 cup diet soda if I'm craving it, which has 0 calories. Yes, I can probably still do better, but this is a huge improvement over what I was eating prior.

    I don't know what is so dramatic about my title, but I can't say I'm shocked at your reply. This is the typical douchey, judgmental reply most get on here from other RJ members when asking for advice. Thanks for your kind advice.
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    Jul 15, 2020 8:14 PM GMT
    MEGATRON said
    Cal_ saidwell you are still drinking soda, eating snacks and god knows what you eat in your regular meals so what exactly do you expect?
    Obviously your calorie intake is still high and or not enough exercise, you are not pushing yourself , obviously and yeah, your weight is way too high , does not sounds like you know what a self discipline is.



    I ate loads of shit during this lockdown and gained weight , I mean I ate chips and cookies, and chocolate and cheesecake , sausages, cheese, roasted pistachios every day and went completely wild for couple of months, gained so much people obviously noticed and commented how I gained weight, I called myself fatass, to be fair most of fat went straight to my ass icon_lol.gif did not worry a bit since i knew what I need to do -stop eating and drinking crap , exercise every day , I was walking and running mostly for hours and limit sugar and fat intake. And of course pounds just kept dropping

    no rocket science really
    very dramatic title by the way



    The "God knows what I eat in my regular meals" is usually some form of eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch and maybe some type of protein (chicken, etc) for dinner. I don't drink "soda" every day, maybe 1 cup diet soda if I'm craving it, which has 0 calories. Yes, I can probably still do better, but this is a huge improvement over what I was eating prior.

    I don't know what is so dramatic about my title, but I can't say I'm shocked at your reply. This is the typical douchey, judgmental reply most get on here from other RJ members when asking for advice. Thanks for your kind advice.


    I think I gave you a great , fair advise, so stop moaning, I would appreciate the advise icon_lol.gif
    If you want excuses and praises then yeah, talk with your mom or whatever

    Anyway, I don't care about your weight so I definitely not judging you in any way, do whatever, but obviously what you are doing is not enough for a long time already, otherwise you wouldn't have such weight issues.

    I don't think you are being completely honest with what you eat , I can just advise you to try to eat low fat, instead of sugar use sweeteners and exercise every day if possible , for more than an hour a day , cannot see how this cannot work and as long as soda is with sweeteners should be fine . Eggs are ok, but obviously not cooked in oil, no butter on bread , no mayo etc, just common sense , to eat complex carbs, protein and no sugar. Anyway, good luck.

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    Jul 16, 2020 3:57 AM GMT
    If you can afford it, it might help to start working with a trainer. If money is an issue, there are still lots of free workout videos you can find on YouTube. Hell, even this old website has workout plans. And also it might help to keep a journal writing down everything you are eating. Drink lots of water. Eat lots of vegetables. Good luck!
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    Jul 16, 2020 4:24 AM GMT
    MEGATRON said
    Cal_ saidwell you are still drinking soda, eating snacks and god knows what you eat in your regular meals so what exactly do you expect?
    Obviously your calorie intake is still high and or not enough exercise, you are not pushing yourself , obviously and yeah, your weight is way too high , does not sounds like you know what a self discipline is.



    I ate loads of shit during this lockdown and gained weight , I mean I ate chips and cookies, and chocolate and cheesecake , sausages, cheese, roasted pistachios every day and went completely wild for couple of months, gained so much people obviously noticed and commented how I gained weight, I called myself fatass, to be fair most of fat went straight to my ass icon_lol.gif did not worry a bit since i knew what I need to do -stop eating and drinking crap , exercise every day , I was walking and running mostly for hours and limit sugar and fat intake. And of course pounds just kept dropping

    no rocket science really
    very dramatic title by the way



    The "God knows what I eat in my regular meals" is usually some form of eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch and maybe some type of protein (chicken, etc) for dinner. I don't drink "soda" every day, maybe 1 cup diet soda if I'm craving it, which has 0 calories. Yes, I can probably still do better, but this is a huge improvement over what I was eating prior.

    I don't know what is so dramatic about my title, but I can't say I'm shocked at your reply. This is the typical douchey, judgmental reply most get on here from other RJ members when asking for advice. Thanks for your kind advice.


    What a complete and utter bitch you are, Cal_ous. Do you have to take out your fucking sexual frustrations on EVERYONE?
    While you're criticizing - learn to spell, you ghostly faced motherfucker. And MEGATRON? Don't take it personally. This cunt Cal_ous is just a lonely, pathetic little shit-disturber who has to insult EVERYONE who crosses her path. She ain't worth you even responding to her. She's a bitter, diseased old bag who is 28 going on 88. and EVERYBODY on this site hates her guts.
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    Jul 16, 2020 6:44 AM GMT
    duluthrunner saidIf you can afford it, it might help to start working with a trainer. If money is an issue, there are still lots of free workout videos you can find on YouTube. Hell, even this old website has workout plans. And also it might help to keep a journal writing down everything you are eating. Drink lots of water. Eat lots of vegetables. Good luck!


    Nice to see there are STILL good people with manners! Bravo!
  • Element1313

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    Jul 16, 2020 6:51 PM GMT
    Lean is natural, fat is a result of modern
    ( unnatural) life style. Go natural Paleo diet and lifestyle for 30 days and you will be shocked with the results.


    quote][cite]MEGATRON said[/cite]I'm about 5'9" and weight 240 lbs. Obviously that sounds really unhealthy and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't out of shape and had great eating habits. However, you are probably picturing someone VERY fat when you read that height and weight. But most people don't seem to believe that I actually weigh that much - but I do. I definitely have a larger build and can't imagine myself at anything below 190-200 lbs, which I know is still considered overweight for my height.

    About 7 years ago, I lost close to 50 pounds when I was on Adderall. I was in the low 190s and thought I looked and felt great. Some people said that I looked like I had a big head though lol. I've also taken the weight loss drug Saxenda to help curb my appetite and it helped me lose weight, but came off due to side effects. And yes, I did exercise too.

    The last couple weeks I have changed my diet drastically. I cut out all diet soda, maybe 1 per day. Mainly drinking water and a G2 gatorade here and there because I need electrolytes (I get dehydrated easily due to having my colon removed as a teen). I am not eating any fast food or junk like chips, cookies, etc with the exception of a piece of chocolate at night or a small ice cream cone as long as I ate well during the day. And I've been exercising much more than I have been. I did weightlifting 2 days last week and played tennis. This week I went on 2 bike rides. Yet I still have not lost any weight.

    I do feel a bit better, but it's discouraging to not see the scale down at this weight. I'm going to try to even cut out the little snacks I have at night that I previously mentioned, but I am still consuming a lot less calories overall and my meals are much healthier. I don't know what else to do at this point.[/quote]
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    Jul 16, 2020 8:19 PM GMT
    Do a small challenge - Download myfitnesspal app for your iPhone or other phone - it has a scan option to barcode track all what you eat with your phone camera. So, target the weight goal you want - then start slowly track all your meals in one week. The app calculates everything for you - what you eat for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks it can sync in if you do exercise as well with that application. It track if you are hitting all proteins, carbohydrates, fats correctly and also your macros. If you do this for the first week and consistently do it, it will become routine after 6 months. You can then target which foods to take off or on. This is just another aid to eating healthy, plenty of exercise, no sugar, drinks, etc., and you can see the results but be patient. Yes, you can have one cheat meal a week, but only one - yes it can scan most fast food choices as well. All the best.
  • carew28

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    Jul 23, 2020 11:41 PM GMT
    As long as you burn more calories than you take in, you'll lose weight. Try to eliminate snacks, and eat small, healthy meals. Eat your meals slowly, chew the food well, and try to enjoy it as your eating. Don't gulp your food down, even if you're hungry. Take your time, eat slowly, and make your little meal last a long time. Get some exercise, take walks, and don't eat while you're on the computer, watching TV, or reading. Try drinking a glass of water, or a cup of tea, when you feel like snacking.

    When you're at the supermarket, buy only what you need for your meals. Resist the temptation to buy snacks and pastries. That's hard, because they're packaged so that they look so delicious and tempting. But just take a deep breath, and walk past them in the supermarket. If you don't have them at home in your pantry, you won't be able to eat them.

    None of this is easy if you have a good appetite and like to eat. It's so difficult to lose weight. And the older you get, the more difficult it gets, because your metabolism slows down. You exersize and diet all month, and you're lucky if you lose 3 pounds. Then, in one weekend, you have a pizza or ice-cream sundae, and you gain it all back. It takes a lot of willpower. Don't give up.
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    Jul 26, 2020 7:03 PM GMT
    Some thoughts for MEGATRON: First, have a complete lab work done, reviewed with you by a doctor. It’s a smart thing to do annually, whether you think you have medical issues or not. Often you WON’T know, problems can be asymptomatic.

    During a regular check-up 2 weeks ago my doctor told me my thyroid hormone level was low. My testosterone is already on the low side, due mainly to age. On top of that my epilepsy med slows my metabolism.

    A formula for weight gain, and a challenge to lose weight? Yeah!

    Now whether you have something like that, or anything, I dunno. But first you find out, and go from there. If everything’s in order then the classic diet & exercise are likely your best approach.

    You don’t mention alcohol, but for you & others I'll add this: Alcohol can be fattening. Not because it contains fat, of course, but because it blocks the immediate burning of food you eat, that then gets stored as fat.

    Your body will burn alcohol first, because it doesn’t need lengthy digestion, just as with many sugars. Not needing energy from the food you’re eating, because of the alcohol, the food instead goes into your fat reserve.

    You're running on the alcohol, and storing the food fat for later. It’s an evolutionary adaptation, to get us through lean times of little food. In times of plentiful food, and with sugar and alcohol, we just get overweight.

    Or so doctors and nutritional experts have explained it to me. In the absence of some medical cause, your answer is diet & exercise. You simply may not have gotten it right yet. And do have an exam. It’s prudent, anyway.
  • MEGATRON

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    Jul 27, 2020 11:33 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSome thoughts for MEGATRON: First, have a complete lab work done, reviewed with you by a doctor. It’s a smart thing to do annually, whether you think you have medical issues or not. Often you WON’T know, problems can be asymptomatic.

    During a regular check-up 2 weeks ago my doctor told me my thyroid hormone level was low. My testosterone is already on the low side, due mainly to age. On top of that my epilepsy med slows my metabolism.

    A formula for weight gain, and a challenge to lose weight? Yeah!

    Now whether you have something like that, or anything, I dunno. But first you find out, and go from there. If everything’s in order then the classic diet & exercise are likely your best approach.

    You don’t mention alcohol, but for you & others I'll add this: Alcohol can be fattening. Not because it contains fat, of course, but because it blocks the immediate burning of food you eat, that then gets stored as fat.

    Your body will burn alcohol first, because it doesn’t need lengthy digestion, just as with many sugars. Not needing energy from the food you’re eating, because of the alcohol, the food instead goes into your fat reserve.

    You're running on the alcohol, and storing the food fat for later. It’s an evolutionary adaptation, to get us through lean times of little food. In times of plentiful food, and with sugar and alcohol, we just get overweight.

    Or so doctors and nutritional experts have explained it to me. In the absence of some medical cause, your answer is diet & exercise. You simply may not have gotten it right yet. And do have an exam. It’s prudent, anyway.


    I actually had blood work done about a week and a half ago to check everything, all came back normal. And I barely drink.
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    Jul 27, 2020 10:14 PM GMT
    MEGATRON said

    I actually had blood work done about a week and a half ago to check everything, all came back normal. And I barely drink.

    Good. Ideally it was a complete panel, including thyroid & testosterone. Then we're back to diet and exercise. Among the simple ways to get the best results are following regular hours, with a good night’s sleep. Spend less sedentary time sitting in a chair at home. If you also sit a lot at your job that’s even worse.

    I knew an Army General in the Pentagon who would have his desk, in whatever place he was assigned, raised almost a foot up off the floor, had a carpenter do it, and had the desk chair removed.

    He always stood when working, unless seated at a conference table with others. To this day I still eat about half my meals standing up, another Army habit.

    Try to restrict all food after about 6 or 7 at night, even snacks. And no sugary drinks. (Even diet is suspected of causing weight gain by triggering hunger) Food in your system in the evening, as you slow down, and of course during sleep, doesn’t get burned as it would during the more active daytime hours. So it tends to go to fat more easily.

    Also, have some breakfast. Not a really big one, but don’t skip, it either. Otherwise your hunger will get the better of you later in the day, as your energy sags.

    Yet don’t totally fast. That will trigger your body to go into starvation survival mode, burning fewer calories. You can lose weight that way, but actually slower than in a programmed manner, plus you’ll feel miserable. You want your furnace to keep burning well, not shutting down, so give it just enough food to “think” everything’s normal.

    Count calories. I don’t know if you need to get a fancy phone app for it, but at least look into how many calories your common food items give you. You might also want to check how much salt, as seasoning and in food, that you’re getting. Salt can lead to water retention, adding to your weight.

    So just a few simple things for starters, mostly dealing with diet. Exercise with social distancing & closed gyms can be possible with daily walking or jogging, even biking. And floor excercises at home. Beyond that you may have to explore more proactive weight reduction programs that you must join. At 29 there’s no reason your pounds shouldn’t fall off if you try.
  • Lucky_Jeans

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    Aug 09, 2020 5:20 AM GMT
    MEGATRON saidI'm about 5'9" and weight 240 lbs. Obviously that sounds really unhealthy and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't out of shape and had great eating habits. However, you are probably picturing someone VERY fat when you read that height and weight. But most people don't seem to believe that I actually weigh that much - but I do. I definitely have a larger build and can't imagine myself at anything below 190-200 lbs, which I know is still considered overweight for my height.

    About 7 years ago, I lost close to 50 pounds when I was on Adderall. I was in the low 190s and thought I looked and felt great. Some people said that I looked like I had a big head though lol. I've also taken the weight loss drug Saxenda to help curb my appetite and it helped me lose weight, but came off due to side effects. And yes, I did exercise too.

    The last couple weeks I have changed my diet drastically. I cut out all diet soda, maybe 1 per day. Mainly drinking water and a G2 gatorade here and there because I need electrolytes (I get dehydrated easily due to having my colon removed as a teen). I am not eating any fast food or junk like chips, cookies, etc with the exception of a piece of chocolate at night or a small ice cream cone as long as I ate well during the day. And I've been exercising much more than I have been. I did weightlifting 2 days last week and played tennis. This week I went on 2 bike rides. Yet I still have not lost any weight.

    I do feel a bit better, but it's discouraging to not see the scale down at this weight. I'm going to try to even cut out the little snacks I have at night that I previously
    mentioned, but I am still consuming a lot less calories overall and my meals are much healthier. I don't know what else to do at this point.


    The bolded part is where you are having issues and is a major misconception. Dieting is not so much about adding good food to your plan but more about removing bad food. If you are still having chocolate or ice cream once a day, that will counteract much of what the good stuff is doing. Also, eating food like that at night is not good.

    You won't see much results just in a the span of a couple of weeks. Playing tennis for one session won't have any affect on your weight, and even weightlifting twice a week will not either, depending on the level of intensity put in and duration. Give it time
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    Aug 28, 2020 2:21 AM GMT
    The book "Proteinaholic" will change your life. It certainly did mine. It is written by the top gastric bypass surgeon in the country. He wrote it to keep people from having to have these surgeries in the first place.
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    Sep 02, 2020 6:05 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said

    Count calories. I don’t know if you need to get a fancy phone app for it, but at least look into how many calories your common food items give you. You might also want to check how much salt, as seasoning and in food, that you’re getting. Salt can lead to water retention, adding to your weight.

    So just a few simple things for starters, mostly dealing with diet. Exercise with social distancing & closed gyms can be possible with daily walking or jogging, even biking. And floor excercises at home. Beyond that you may have to explore more proactive weight reduction programs that you must join. At 29 there’s no reason your pounds shouldn’t fall off if you try.


    I think we can all agree, you're the last person to be dishing out diet advise when you can't even refrain from all that you shove down your snout. And it shows.

    Did you know that if you took a tailor's tape measure to your waist that it'll actually read six inches bigger than what our pant size says? Forty-six inches is a typical chest size for a big, muscular guy. A waist size that big is evident obesity. It is that simple.

    To the OP, you always complain about things that can easily change if you were only willing to make those adjustments. This isn't rocket science. The reason you're fat is because you eat too much. No need for all these medical tests and lab workups. It's very rare for someone to be obese due to a medical issue. A disease like hypothyroidism doesn't result in someone gaining 80-100lb. At 5'9" you should weigh around 150-170lb if slender and fit; possibly more so long as it's solid muscle mass.

    People are so conditioned to stuffing in their mouth. And since most people don't cook from scratch they are eating processed garbage. I would suggest try and drink more water. For some people, just being hydrated can help with cravings.

    I wasn't as lean for the longest time until I cut my carbohydrate intake by about half. I used to consume approximately 400g because most bodybuilding sources say to eat two grams (up to three and even four per pound) of carbs per pound of body weight. Well, when I accidentally dropped it down to about one gram per pound I wound up looking like the animated gif on my profile. Even though I weigh less now I look bigger and more muscular because my waist is a lot smaller; it's an illusion.

    Also, many people who have that constant hungry feeling are usually those who are spiking their insulin with sugar laden foods and refined carbohydrates. It's a vicious cycle, you eat something like a candy bar or other form of garbage like a croissant or bagel and you spike your insulin. You feel that food high and feel good for a while. But then you crash a couple hours later and are hungrier than before. So your body tricks you into recreating that euphoric feeling by wanting to eat again. And then a few hours later again..and again and so on. This is why people are fat. They can't stop eating because they become slaves to their insulin receptors always craving that feeling. That hunger feeling you experience just two hours after having just eaten a meal is not real.

    The best and simplest advice I can give anyone is to increase protein, increase healthy fats, increase fiber intake as all three of these things will help to slow the release of sugar into your blood stream. To lose weight and since you say you're ideal body weight is around 190-200lb I would suggest no more than 150g of carbs per day. But get your carbs from low glycemic, high fiber foods like lentils, beans. Oatmeal is fine, too. Drop the sugar and deserts.

    More than likely my advice will fall on deaf ears. But if it helps one person that'll do.

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    MEGATRON saidI'm about 5'9" and weight 240 lbs. Obviously that sounds really unhealthy and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't out of shape and had great eating habits. However, you are probably picturing someone VERY fat when you read that height and weight. But most people don't seem to believe that I actually weigh that much - but I do. I definitely have a larger build and can't imagine myself at anything below 190-200 lbs, which I know is still considered overweight for my height.

    About 7 years ago, I lost close to 50 pounds when I was on Adderall. I was in the low 190s and thought I looked and felt great. Some people said that I looked like I had a big head though lol. I've also taken the weight loss drug Saxenda to help curb my appetite and it helped me lose weight, but came off due to side effects. And yes, I did exercise too.

    The last couple weeks I have changed my diet drastically. I cut out all diet soda, maybe 1 per day. Mainly drinking water and a G2 gatorade here and there because I need electrolytes (I get dehydrated easily due to having my colon removed as a teen). I am not eating any fast food or junk like chips, cookies, etc with the exception of a piece of chocolate at night or a small ice cream cone as long as I ate well during the day. And I've been exercising much more than I have been. I did weightlifting 2 days last week and played tennis. This week I went on 2 bike rides. Yet I still have not lost any weight.

    I do feel a bit better, but it's discouraging to not see the scale down at this weight. I'm going to try to even cut out the little snacks I have at night that I previously mentioned, but I am still consuming a lot less calories overall and my meals are much healthier. I don't know what else to do at this point.




    A LOT of it has to do with your genetics. When I was younger (about 100 years ago! lol) I couldn't GAIN weight for the life of me.
    I tried absolutely everything under the sun, but nothing ever changed. I stayed at the same weight and waist size from between the ages of 18 - 33.
    Then of all of a sudden, something changed in my metabolism and I started packing on the pounds. This was good, because at least I was gaining mass which I could then turn into muscle.
    You're only 30, so don't be so hard on yourself - at that age, things can change dramatically almost overnight. It did with me!
    Good luck!