I've been unable to lose weight with diet and exercise. Basically, I live off leafy green vegetables, lean meats, certain dairy products, and water (lots and lots of water). I even limit my fruit to those on a low GI list and, even so, don't eat fruit that often. I don't binge or splurge, I don't eat sugar, I don't take caffeine, I'm not on any medication, I'm young, and I exercise regularly, yet I am stuck at 30-40 lbs away from my ideal weight. So my question is this: does anyone else share this problem? Has anyone found a solution? What has worked for you??
15 Jul 2012
Dear Zoe, I have learned here on this site, that the normal test they run for thyroid conditions, can sometimes be considered normal and the thyroid is still diseased. This is the first thing I would have checked if I were you, and go to a board certified endocrinologist, as they are the experts in thyroid conditions. This sounds like your thyroid may be off. Please look up thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroid and and hyperthyroid, and Hashimoto's disease, grave's disease and Addison's disease, and see if you have any of those symptoms. There are appetite suppressants, such as phentermine aka adipex, or benzphetamine aka didrex, those can be prescribed by a weight loss clinic, perhaps your own dr. The clinic I go to says you have to eat 1,200 to 1,500 calories ONLY per day, with or without the appetite suppressant.
I got on their program, I take didrex, it is the more expensive med, but it has worked well. I am supposed to take a tablet 3 times a day, but can get by on one or one and a half, so a months rx last about 10 weeks for me. Best of luck, patti
15 Jul 2012
Hi zoe - First I just want to say that I hope your ideal weight goal is realistic and attainable. Just some food for thought. I have had life long problems with my weight and have yoo-yoo'd more times than there are weight loss programs for it. First, I am happy to say that I didn't get my weight and my "mind" under control until I was in my 50's. Which led to another issue... why didn't I know this when I was younger and able to enjoy life more fully??? But that is okay... I have lost 92 lbs. and it hasn't found me again. I just celebrated my second wedding anniversary in June and my husband is my biggest supporter and fan!!! He lost 20 lbs. while I was cooking for my plan... not because he was trying to... we was just eating what I cooked... The plan I did isn't a diet regiment leaving you wondering what you are supposed to be eating at the end of the program. No, no, no... NO!!! The food that I was cooking and eating...
I still cook and eat! That was the beauty of Michael Thurman's 6-Week Body Makeover. It takes 6 weeks to break a habit and to replace bad habits with better choices thus helping to make those good choices a permanent habit. I am not eating like a rabit or picking at food like a bird. Hey, vultures have huge appetites and picking away all the time!!! But I am no vulture... nor am I ravenous when it is time to eat. When I got the body blueprint figured out and it took the help of my husband to tell me what I looked like back then... I could then put the rest of my book together for the body type I was. It just so happens that I am a body type B. So, I put the other 4 types away and studied all of the foods that were good for me to eat, those that were moderate to eat and those that I should never, ever eat for me and body type B. Some of it was simple to replace. For one, I love all types of fish but not all types of fish are approved for my body type. I never knew that when you don't digest food very well and get that feeling of bloat or like you have lead in your stomach... that is your body's way of telling you, "I don't like this food!". I never realized that my body has been giving me clues for many years that it didn't want or like what I was eating. I also wasn't eating 3 meals a day. Sometimes I would just have coffee and toast with a slice of American Cheese and call that breakfast! My best meal now is breakfast and the highest in calorie. On the program... I was eating every 3 hours and certainly before I was hungry. I was eating between 5 - 6 meals a day. I never left the house without taking a full meal with me. Therefore, there was never an excuse to not eat healthy and found it quite easy to pass up all the fast food stores along the way. It took me 9 months to lose my weight. I bought my wedding outfit not being able to try it on!!! But I had a vision and I was shooting for a size and weight that I once was in my late teens and early twenties. I know they tell you not to try to be a weight that you have never ever been at before or been able to maintain that weight for some time. It was actually easier than I thought and that part made me mad at myself. I could have been enjoying a lot more things a lot earlier in life without all of those setbacks. But I am HAPPY WHERE I AM TODAY!!! How can I help you be the very best that you can be??? I would love to offer you encouragement or just someone to lean on if you need or want the moral support. Michael Thurmonds program worked for me because it made sense! It wasn't like weight watchers and one diet fits all... Not all bodies process food alike and it depends on how you carry the weight in those areas of your body that you perceive to be a problem... it truly worked - no kidding! I will be 58 in 2 months and I am not struggling any more because I just stay away from the processed foods, take a lunch with me if I know I am going to be away from home for more than 3 hours... plus it is just smart planning to have healthy choices on you when you leave home.
I wish you well and please stay away from PILLS, DRINKS THAT CLAIM TO REPLACE FOOD AND YOU MUST EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT!!! NO KIDDING.
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