Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weigh-In and Summary

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!

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have got to cut the imitation sweets..no faux shortbread. Almond flour is calorie-dense.

Margaret said...

Hey Lyn,

I think you are going to see a drop after your cycle starts, but I think the numbers are telling you that your BMR is around 950. (That's how the math you are posting works.)

So, if you need to be around 1150 to lose, you almost have to go high fat/low carb. Because otherwise the cravings will win.

Another random thought, I've battled insulin resistance for 14 years (am maintaining in the 170's for the past six years - though man I'd love to lose that last 20) and I question when you say that you want to "heal" your insulin response. I don't know what the studies say, but my experience is that there is no healing it. It's a permanent change.

I don't know if that healing idea is what's fueling your concept of "good for you" sugars or "has to be more healthy." Because that's not true in the world of the insulin-challenged. A sugar molecule is a sugar molecule. It either triggers an insulin response or it doesn't.

I think if your energy levels are ok, you are on the right path. Weigh in again in a few days and I think you'll see the first drop. As always, keep us posted.

Casey said...

Gosh! Soooo frustrating! I'm sorry you haven't found the answer, but with persistence (which you already have) hopefully you'll make sense of it.

A few questions that popped into my mind were - gluten allergy or celiac's. Issues with gluten, sugar sickness, and lethargy can be symptoms of that and CERTAINLY cause either dramatic weight loss or weight gain. Which with your calorie intake being low and activity level exceeding it, your maintenance is virtually gain.

More nitty gritty - is your cycle regular? I have PCOS which impacts weight loss and can make it harder. Not trying to diagnose you with anything, but if you are counting calories diligently and your metabolism doesn't seem to be working as predicted, I would start asking your doctor.

I hope that you see a drop in the next few days. I know that with bloating and spiking my carbs even a day can cause water retention of 2-4 lbs for a day or two. Its good you're not reacting rashly and waiting it out.

Keep doing what you're doing. You're sticking to what makes you feel healthy and you will become more healthy. If you do drop cals again, listen to your body and up it back if it doesn't work for you.

Best,
C

Suzy said...

I think if you up your exercise to 5x a week you will see more of a loss. That is what works for me. I do cardio (30 - 60 minutes) 6x a week, strength training 3x, sometimes 4x a week. I also wear a fitbit which measures my steps and I shoot for 10,000 steps or 5 miles. On days I swim, 3x a week, it doesn't measure those "steps", but it does let me add it as an activity, so it counts.

Anonymous said...

Seems crazy to me you decided to weigh just when you knew you were likely bloated from PMS. It would be discouraging to get on the scale after really feeling you have been "good" and not lose. seems like a real set up for disappointment. Having said that I am 53 and started my last weight loss journey at 47. To lose weight when I weighed what you weigh now, I had to stay at 1200 with exercise. Also had to have low carb and low fat. Occassional healthy fats but not as much as you have been having. That worked for me. Now, at a much lower weight after losing 70+ pounds, at 1400 calories with almost daily exercise all I do is maintain.

Catherine55 said...

Hmmm... that's a tough one. When I was losing, sometimes I would plateau because I was taking in too FEW calories. I got past that a few times by doing a day where I upped my calories (read: ate ice cream) and then went back to normal. It actually worked.

I know that sounds bizarre, and perhaps it worked for me because I have a lap band, and might not work for you. But, your calorie intake sounds very reasonable, and if you're measuring carefully, I expect it's a pretty accurate count.

Vb said...

Don't just go by the scale number, take measurements too.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

It may be calorie-dense, but those calories were measured and counted. Things like avocado are calorie dense too... all fats are. So if I am counting those calories (measured) why would it matter?

Margaret~

Some of the reading I've been doing (admittedly not all from scientific studies) says that over time one can lessen the oversensitive insulin response. I am hoping for that... although, you may be right, I may just have to live with it and eat accordingly forever. Thanks for the info.

Casey~

cycle is regular but I think I could be pre-menopausal because of some other changes. Hormones probably do play into this somewhat. Also, I am staying grain free right now but wasn't before. Maybe getting off grains (and increasing fats) is part of why my energy is so much better.

Vb~

my pants are looser, so that's something!

Taryl said...

Well, I think that's a decent plan, other than just being patient and giving your current plan more time.

Fair said...

Ok, so about almond flour. It is calorie dense and I wouldn't reccomend eating unnecessary high-calorie foods that do little to nothing for you but trigger old bad habits/flavors (regular sweets) Avocado does more positive for your mind and body, I would REALLY think, then some fake cookies made with high-calorie flour. Notice how seemingly right after having your shortbread whatever, you talked about having cravings for sweets and ice cream? Wonder why.

It's not only about calories/fat, it's about your personal history with foods. Based on all I've read, I'd say your personal history with any "sweets", low-carb or not, are VERY BAD.

RhubarbLady said...

From past posts you have a lot on your plate responsibility wise. Not only for yourself but for other family members both human and animal. Stress seems to make it harder for me to lose weight. Love the exercise but there are times where I wish I could help you with some of the household stresses-and help myself in the process to deal better with some of my household stress.

I'd be curious to know what you do to help relieve stress other than exercise. I try to check out cartoon books from the library and spend 5-10 minutes a day unwinding and reading from them-silly, I know, but it seems to help. I admit, I stay away from the political ones like Doonesbury during presidential election years!

Anonymous said...

I personally would take out stuff like bacon, sausage, cheese. You could start from scratch and eliminate dairy, red meat, all white stuff (bread, potatoes, pasta). Eliminate caffeine and all artifical sweetners. That's what I am doing right now and managed to loose 4 pounds in a week. I basically eat eggs, fruit, veggies, chicken, turkey and fish. The fats are limited to olive oil and avocado. It's limited but it's hard to gain weight on these food items. It's tough though! Amy

Lyn said...

Fair~

the mental part does make sense. I wonder if it did have anything to do with the cravings? I assumed it was just PMS... hmmm. Will keep an eye on that in the future. I do like to have a simple little recipe like that in my 'back pocket' in case I am wanting something special, but I will keep it reserved for 'special.' Not everyday. Thanks!

Rhubarblady~

I like what you do to unwind! That is pretty clever! For me, it's the dog sports. I LOVE taking my dog out and training or competing. It feels relaxing to me and I forget all about any troubles. I don't get to do it everyday though. Maybe I need more of a short daily winding-down similar to yours. I could read Cake Wrecks...

Marc said...

I read somewhere - that on the show the Biggest Loser that Jillian Michaels would have her team drink distilled water for 5 days their first week at the ranch. She wouldn't have them do it long term, just their first week. Your calories are already low, unless you are deliberately trying to slow your metabolic rate (JMHO). The distilled water trick helps flush out water weight your body is holding on to. It isn't mean't to be used long term.

Lisa said...

Butter is the first ingredient in cellulite. Just wondering why you feel the need to HAVE cookies? Justify them in any way you want.. there's nothing of nutritional value there that will HELP you lose, but it is obvious that it is helping you maintain. You're spending time worrying about the difference in 64 calories instead of looking at the big picture.

Kathleen said...

I do think you need to cut your calories. Not by much...just start off with knocking off 50 or 100. No matter what diet you follow (raw, vegan, no-carb, paleo) etc., it always comes down to calories. I speak from experience. ¡Buena suerte!

Lyn said...

Lisa~

I understand if you think butter isn't a great fat source. I agree and use it very rarely. Generally I use olive oil. Do you feel the same way about olive oil?

I do think almonds have a lot of nutritional value. And I do think nuts in moderation are generally good even for weight loss. Although, if you told me that you think I should cut out nuts and seeds altogether I'd be curious as to why.

I don't need cookies... it's just nice to have something nutritious AND pleasant to eat that doesn't spike my blood sugar once in awhile.

Anonymous said...

You seemed to do well eating all the artificial sweeteners on Medifast. (Meaning you didn't have ravenous hunger/cravings after eating a "brownie" or whatever). I think you CAN eat artificial sweets based on your past experience with Medifast. I think your increased hunger and no weight loss are entirely due to the increased progesterone (PMS).

If you were eating ~1600-1700 before and the last 2 weeks ate ~1100-1200 you could expect to lose about a pound each week, that you've been eating lower carb. (The exercise produces little to no weight loss in my experience). That 2 pound loss could be easily covered by increased water weight. We have seen through years of your blog that you experience heavy cravings and little/no weight loss during PMS despite quite low calories during that time of month. We have also seen repeatedly that you then will lose quite a bit in one week of the month.

Anyway - I think your eating has been spot on, as evidenced by feeling better (less cravings/more energy). I wouldn't have expected you to lose any if very little weight this week, just based on your history.

Having said all that, I hope you will give it at least 2 more weeks. I expect if you do, you will see 217 on the scale at that point (which would equate to a 1 pound loss per week, over a period of 4 weeks).

You were not eating a SAD high carb diet before you moved to a lower carb diet (you went from 120ish to 61 (your stated average over the last 2 weeks)), so you can not expect the extreme weight loss a lot of people experience when going on Atkins...

61 g. carbs for me is still too high to feel my best. If anything I wouldn't look at lowering calories, I would look at lowering your carbs even a little more (IF sticking with this level over another 2 weeks doesn't produce any results).

P.S. High cortisol levels (from stress) can make it very hard to lose weight. IF you find all your new exercise very stressful, it may be doing more harm than good. Probably most important in that regard to engage in exercise that you enjoy that lowers stress and increases happiness. (More time playing outside with your dogs or your daughter versus forcing yourself to go to the gym to workout if you hate it or it is making you always feel rushed).

Best of luck!

Heidi

Lyn said...

Heidi~

Good to have your input! What you said makes a lot of sense. Historically I do lose well the week my cycle starts. Let's hope I get a pleasant surprise! I will hang in there and see what happens :)

i should be full said...

I didn't get a chance to comment on your last post, but I was going to guess that you stayed at 221. My reason for thinking that comes from my own personal experience.

My experience has been that the only way for to me lose weight is to go no-carb, low-fat. Once I'm at goal, there is a very slow reintegration of some carbs, but not every day and not all carbs are created equal.

The compensation for no carbs isn't to increase fat, and I don't count calories either. I eat only whole foods (with a little Splenda here and there). I eat low fat dairy like cottage cheese made with 2% milk or non-fat yogurt and non-fat skim milk. I eat deli ham and turkey, chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, lean cuts of beef, lean cuts of pork, eggs, and on alternating days I add in low-carb veggies. There is no calorie counting on this plan if you eat "on plan" so you are able to keep your calorie level up while exercising.

No-carb high-fat never worked for me to lose weight. Carbs in my diet don't help me maintain my weight either, I only gain when I'm eating carbs. After years of struggle the only thing that has helped me lose weight has been the no-carb low-fat.

Not only has it helped me lose the extra weight, it's also given me back my sanity. I view sugar, flour (of any kind), and wheat as poisons for my body now and I plan to make this way of eating permanent once I lose these last few pounds. Nothing tastes as good as it feels to be clear headed, focused, balanced, and calm. No-carb low-fat is what got me here.

Lisa said...

I do use a little olive oil when I cook. I also eat almonds.. the unsalted roasted if I can find them.. or just raw, which are harder to choke down. The only seeds I eat are chia seeds mixed in with stuff. No other nuts.

What you need to deal with is why you feel the need to have something that is "pleasant" to eat. Once you have the desire to have a smaller butt more than the desire to eat cookies.. or bacon.. or cheese.. etc. THEN you will use food as fuel instead of having to make each meal a party.

Adding bacon and cheese only adds calories. These are foods that make us fat. Pure and simple.. look at the numbers anyway you want. The proof is on the scale. There is no reason for eating this stuff if you're trying to make the scale go down.. along with cookies and all the other crap. I will tell you that I did not lose or maintain my 100 lb weight loss by eating that stuff. I still don't eat it. I'd rather fit in my size 6 jeans than eat some crappy cookie.

Lyn said...

Lisa~

thanks for answering. I think it is great that you found what works for you! I also know people who have lost and kept off a lot of weight by eating low carb/high fat. There's no 'one size fits all' for weight loss, which is why it takes some effort to find what works for each individual.

I don't think it's an either/or proposition: enjoy your food OR enjoy losing weight. I think if we can train our taste buds towards healthier alternatives, we can have both.

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

I could not disagree with you more. Food IS fuel, but why should it not be pleasant? Food is one of the pleasures in life, after all.

And there is no particular food that is responsible for making us fat. You demonize bacon and cheese, but those foods can be eaten while maintaining a healthy weight. I follow about a 90%/10% ratio of purely healthy food to food eaten purely for pleasure, and this has worked for me both when losing weight AND while maintaining.

I'm smaller than a size six, by the way, and don't exclude ANY food from my diet if I really want it.

Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Lisa -

I 100% respect how much weight you've lost and that your managing to keep it off.

However, IF Lyn can discover a diet she enjoys and can stick with long term, isn't she more likely to lose weight and maintain her weight loss?

IF she enjoys a bacon/lettuce/broccoli/egg salad and it fits her macros why shouldn't she have it? Will she be more successful if she eats tilapia grilled in olive oil with sauteed cabbage if she doesn't like it as much (assuming the same end meal macros/calorie counts)? She HAS to find something she can keep doing forever.

Maybe you can enjoy feeling like a size 6 enough to abstain from eating things you enjoy... but honestly, a lot of us can't, either because we do not get enough of a payoff from being thin/attractive or because of the loss of quality of life. A lot of us lose control of ourselves after strict restriction and gain all the weight back plus some. Based on Lyn's history with binging, I would NEVER advise her to make her diet so restrictive that she feels like she can never have a cookie or a piece of bacon again. I would instead encourage her to find ways to work those into her life in a way that she can lose weight and keep it off.

Again, I respect that you have lost a lot of weight. But one diet method isn't best for everyone and to try to shame her over a freaking cookie (that fit into her dietary goals) is ridiculous.

Heidi



Elaine said...

Lynn, are you measuring and evaluating how your clothes fit, as well, or just depending on the scale to judge?

You seem to just be reporting your weight, but it's natural that your weight will go up when you start doing that much strength training because you're putting on dense muscle. it seems possible to me that you're losing fat even when your weight goes up or stays the same.

Dorothy said...

Have you considered investing in a body composition scale? Stepping on a regular scale gives you a number, but doesn't tell you anything *about* that number. With a composition scale, you'll see fat, hydration, bone and muscle mass, and you'll know what part of your routine needs tweaking - if your muscle mass is increasing, you'll know. If you are retaining water, you'll know. Better than guessing. Amazon has them starting at about $35 - might be a worthwhile investment.

Lyn said...

My clothes are definitely looser, Elaine. I think that's the main reason I am not really upset about the scale right now. And I just feel so good, too.

I thought about one of those scales, Dorothy, but read that they are not very accurate. I actually used one of those fat measuring handheld devices at the gym with my trainer and the fat number wasn't pretty!

timothy said...

your ccl seems to be around where you are carb wise, so dont cut calories cit back to say 50g of carbs for a week or two and see what happens. it's so doable and you wont lose any energy or have adverse reactions. i will say when dealing with low carb eating to lose weight even one cheat will stop the loss and it may take days to get back into throwing ketones.

Leiah said...

If you have Facebook, check out my friends new page "Cave-Momma's Quest". I believe you'll find her recipes & posts very informative and helpful. I'm following the same basic food plan she promotes/lives by and have lost 46 lbs. since late April/early May. Good luck & keep the faith!

Anonymous said...

I lost 55 lbs this way:

Low fat meat , chicken breast, sirlion, fish

3 cups low carb veggie

Two tb coconut oil with food or cocoa n splenda


Was it boring? Yes! Did I crave and get hungry? Yes! Did I have to take a fist full of melatonin just to sleep at night? Yes! AM I HAPPY I DID IT? YES! YES! YES!

I can maintain with cheese, eggs, nuts , bacon, (as long as the carbs are 30 or less) but losing means protien, veggie, and mct fat.only.

Diandra said...

Do not cut calories further. You are starving your body. It will do a lot of damage to itself in order to keep enough energy around for the "next round of starving".

Do you have a simple scale or one that does also monitor body fat and muscle mass? I was wondering, maybe with all your exercise you may see some changes in these numbers, even if the pounds stick around?

(Or else, measure your circumferences.)

purpleivy said...

Hi Lyn,
I've been following your blog with interest for some time. All the things people are suggesting seem to be variants on low-carb, hi-fat, low-fat and so on. Noone seems to be mentioning protein at all.

Lean proteins helped me a great deal. I started out with the Dukan, but kind of modified it to suit my needs, it is a bit extreme in some respects. I'm happier with a slower weight loss, so this is fine. Low carb and high lean protein foods seem to work well for me. The reasons? Well, in his book Dukan states (presumably with some scientific basis!) that one uses more calories to burn off a gram of protein than a gram of carb or a gram of fat. Useful huh! Also the protein foods keep my blood sugar levels at a constant throughout the day, meaning I don't get those 'dips' in energy. If I do, then I have a small portion of a high protein and low fat food.
He also lists some useful tips for when weight loss isn't going well, to try and boost it. e.g. taking cold shower (I can't do this!) or taking iced water so that the body has to work harder. each tip on its own will give a small effect. up to you how many you observe.

Kat said...

I would also consider coffee intake. Coffee stimulates release of stored glucose, which is going to set off an insulin response. It is super painful to let go of coffee/ caffeine, but as someone with a "broken" insulin response, my experience is that I lose weight when I let go of the coffee and black tea and just do green tea. The common wisdom is that one cup o' coffee a day is good for you, has antioxidants and health benefits, but again I think it depends on the person. If I do one cup in the morning, I get desperately hungry a few hours later and do either more food or more caffeine, and end up with poor sleep.

Leslie said...

Thank you Heidi for your respectful reply to Lisa. You hit the nail on the head. Shame accomplishes nothing for us. In fact, it can actually send us back into food for comfort.

For Lisa, a subtle reminder that judging others is a good way of keeping the focus off of ourselves and our own struggles. Live and let live. Gentle support and observation is entirely different that judgement, and your comment did not sound like tough "love".

3Lads&aLass said...

I've struggled with the whole low-carb, calorie-counting, low-fat, dilemma ad nauseum for the last three year since my youngest was born. Until recently I'd been stuck at a number on the scale for over two years. I just couldn't get it together. In the last month, I've stuck to 1200 calories/day as per my plan on myfitnesspal.com and I've lost 11 lbs. I do TRY to stay at about 100g of carbs or less, but I really eat what I want, just portion it and it's working now. I've been losing. At 1400-1500 calories, I wasn't losing. This is a plan I can stick with, so I feel comfortable. When I did super low-carb, I did drop weight faster, but as so many others... I couldn't keep it up and ONE cookie would send me up 4 lbs. I do try to get some exercise in, but I have four kids under 8 years old and I'm working 50+ hours a week so I do what I can. Back to basics has worked for me lately. Hopefully you can eek out a loss sometime soon as well.

Lyn said...

Diandra~

You know I respect your input, but I think if I was starving my body I would have some kind of symptoms of that. Right now my energy is good, I feel well, my hair and skin are looking better, and aside from PMS my mood is better. I feel nourished... not starved. I have struggled with fatigue a lot over the years so this is a good sign, I think.

purpleivy~

do you have an estimate of how many grams of protein you eat per day? I do tend lately to turn to healthy fat rather than protein, probably because I restricted fat for a long time and really enjoy it now (avocado, nuts, etc).

Kat~

that could be a factor... my coffee consumption has skyrocketed. I probably drink about 5 cups a day now, all caffeinated. I used to limit it to 2 and have green tea or herbal tea the rest of the time. I think I'll work my way back down and sub green tea for several cups. Thanks for the insight!

Lyn said...

3Lads~

same here, if I was low carbing and ate one sugary treat my weight went up several pounds (carbs are stored in the body with extra water).

Anonymous said...

Lyn, don't waste your money on a scale that claims to measure body fat. They are notoriously inaccurate. You are better off having your body fat percentage measured every six weeks at your gym via caliper, plus tracking your measurements at home.

The gold standard is Bod Pod testing, if you have access to it. It is as accurate as a float tank without the hassle of getting wet! It is usually inexpensive, especially if done at a university.

HTH
Rebecca

Anonymous said...

I think it might help to ditch the sausage, bacon, ham and grass fed beef and focus more on chicken, turkey and fish. I think you might be consuming to much sodium through the processed foods. Up your water and excercise would be my thoughts.

Margaret said...

So, the consensus seems to be that 1300-1400 cal/day is maintenance level. 1100-1200 is losing range.

I think what those calories are is neither here nor there, except for two things:

Extreme low carb (under 30g a day) has the advantage of the fastest drop, but also causes the fastest regain.

If you have insulin resistance, even at 1100/1200, you can gain weight (painful personal experience speaking here). Managing insulin resistance involves eating small amounts every two/three hours with a complex carb/protein/fat each time. You are looking for slow digesting carbs that you can spread out over the course of the day, (still technically low carb, because it ends up being between 50-80 carbs a day.) Learning to use the glycemic index maximizes your energy and ultimately help you keep your loss, because carbs fuel the brain. (That's what causes the mental fog/headaches/black mood of extreme low carb.)

Okiebelle said...

I think you are definitely on the right track with limiting carbs. Maybe you should drop your calories to 1200. I think you would start to see a loss then, even if it's slow. Personally, even though artificial sweeteners, processed foods are not necessarily healthy long term, I believe they are a good tool for you to use to reach your goal and to get your body processing fat again.

Joanna Mikkelsen said...

I have had that experience too, but then I thought how do I feel? Do I feel energetic, happy and alert?

The scale can wait then.

purpleivy said...

Hello again Lyn. I don't know about how many grams of protein daily...but I would typically have perhaps 2 eggs scrambled or omelet with some smoked salmon or very lean smoked ham in it for either breakfast or lunch. Maybe 2/3 chicken thighs minus skin for another meal and maybe some v. low fat yogurt or fromage frais with vanilla extract/sweetex for interest. Evening meal might be devilled chicken livers, a piece of steak or similar lean meat, or salmon fillet. In between times a few slices of very lean ham or some cottage cheese.

After an initial period of protein days, protein and veg days are added. I find these easier to cope with. I do sometimes cave in and have a tomato or some mushrooms on protein days! Have you tried Dukan?

Lyn said...

thanks purpleivy. I haven't tried Dukan but did look into it and wrote a post about Paleo. Primal, and Dukan sometime this summer. Dukan seems quite a bit more strict, but the main reason I haven't tried it is that in phase 3 they add grains and legumes back in. I think I need to stay away from grains totally, and legumes for the most part at least until I get the weight off.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what everyone has said, as I only read about half of the comments... But have you considered raising your protein intake instead of your fat intake? I eat low carb and fat with high protein, and I have no problem maintaining my weight. I also eat a lot of veggies, and skip processed foods(packaged meats and frozen meals). I drink mostly water, no caffeine, and all my meats are lean. As for exercise, I do cardio 5x a week for 30 min and strength train 3x a week. I'm 135lbs at 5'7 and started my journey at 300+lbs in 2008. Good luck! -Amanda

Amy said...

If your clothes are fitting looser and you are feeling good, you are probably at a good place. Loosing weight and burning fat are often different entities. The new muscle you are building is burning the fat. That is not measurable by the scale. When I am strict on my weight training, my weight barely budges, but my clothing size and my physique change rapidly.
Glad to hear you are feeling good!