I was *very* interested to see what people thought about how I am doing and what results they'd expect. I know what *I* expected, but it is always a good reality check and interesting to hear other viewpoints, so thank you for participating in that!
I have started looking at my blog as a great source of data for figuring out what will get the weight off. Obviously my body has changed in the past year; what worked when I was 38 (when I started this blog) absolutely does not work to shed weight now; it seems that I am not nearly as tolerant of carbs as I used to be. And so I keep notes and pay attention to what is working and what is not.
Cut to the chase: this morning I weigh 221 pounds. Again. No gain, no loss. If you haven't been following, here is a little recap of what has led me here:
January 2012: weighed 201 pounds. Went through Medifast Transition, added a lot of carbs back to my diet, and by March weighed 217 pounds. There was no binge eating whatsoever. I have weighed 217 pounds every month since then at some time during the month. Over the summer I focused on eating healthy foods, walking, and swimming. In June and July I switched to a Primal diet for 3 weeks but had daily headaches, fatigue, and in the end stomach pain. In mid-August, again I weighed 217.
In late August I joined a gym. I have gone to the gym at least 3 times a week since then, usually for a 40-minute strength training session and sometimes for swimming. I biked at home for a short time until my plantar fasciitis started acting up. I have continued the gym faithfully and went yesterday as usual.
September 21: 219 pounds. Started counting calories.
Average stats for that week were 1421 calories, 39% carbs, 24% protein, 37% fat.
This got me a gain of 2 pounds; September 30 I weighed 221 pounds.
I have continued to count calories but lowered my carbs significantly and increased fat.
My average stats for this past (most recent) week were: 1357 calories, 18% carbs, 25% protein, 57% fat.
This got me a maintain at 221 pounds, but I felt SO much better! Much better energy, less hungry, etc. I am sure that was due to more fat/less carbs and I would like to keep my carbs lower like this permanently.
HOWEVER!! I want to lose weight. I do have PMS bloating right now so perhaps I will see a couple pounds go in a few days. Otherwise, here is what I see:
1421 cals/day and 39% carbs got me a 2 pound gain.
1357 cals/day and 18% carbs got me a maintain.
Does this mean that to lose, I have to cut calories even more? Remember, I am exercising too... and not adding/adjusting any calories for that at all.
A couple of thoughts on the comments on my last post:
Agreed that the weekend road trip, stress, and PMS bloat may be contributing factors, so I don't plan to change anything until I have a few more days to see if the scale goes down once the PMS is gone.
Some folks said they think I am underestimating my calories. There have been very few times I estimated at all, mainly eating at a restaurant and that was a salad. 99% of the time I am using measuring cups and spoons (level), a digital food scale, and packaged foods that have Nutrition Facts on the label, so I think my counts are pretty accurate.
Some folks said I would not lose because of the "types of food" I am eating or because I ate a homemade low carb shortbread cookie. I do not understand this logic but am open to listening if you want to explain. I don't see how eating something made of ground almonds and a teaspoon of butter would prevent weight loss unless you ate so many of them it put you over your calories or carbs. Is there some other type of food I am eating that prevents weight loss?
Some people said I am eating too much fat. That is kind of the point, though. Something has to replace the carbs. I get that there are the 'low fat' people and the 'low carb' people and the 'eat whatever you want in your calorie range' people as well as the '100% clean eating' and 'Paleo' people. Not everyone will agree with any of these methods, but I have gone rounds with higher carbs and know it causes me to gain or retain weight when I eat more than 85-100 g/day. Whole grains and I do not get along. I could play around with the fat percentage a bit but only by increasing my lean protein.
So... now I am concluding that IF I do not see a weight loss after the PMS is over (sticking to 1350 calories and 18% carbs a day or around there), I may have to cut my calories back further in order to lose weight. If you have other insights for me, I am open to suggestions!
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