Sunday, December 22, 2013

Nothing to Say About It.

Just the facts, because if I start interjecting my feelings about this it won't be pretty.

Sunday: 1113 cal
Monday: 1065 cal
Tuesday: 1663 cal
Wednesday: 1097 cal
Thursday: 1315 cal

Every day of those 5 days I ate 65-100 g protein and stayed under 100 g carbs. Last Sunday I weighed 225 pounds. Friday morning, after those five low carb days averaging 1250 cal/day, I still weighed 225 pounds.

Friday: had 525 calories, then was at a birthday party. Had about one cup of the homemade mac and cheese that was served, did not drink anything but water, skipped the cake and ice cream. Even if the mac and cheese was 500 calories, which I think is unlikely, I was only at 1025 calories for the day.

Saturday morning had gained a pound... 226.

Saturday I ate one meal of what I was craving: Indian food, including chicken breast, 2 kinds of curried vegetables, about 3/4 cup of Basmati rice, and 1 piece of garlic naan. I drank lots of water and did not have dessert aside from a cup of black decaf coffee. Estimating the Indian food to be 700 calories would bring my total yesterday to about 1400 calories.

This morning I was up another 2 pounds to 228. That's a 3 pound gain for the week.


Karen said...

Try removing gluten, wheat, & grains. Think of it as a step to lower inflammation and gaining more mobility while decreasing pain.

I found much less physical and emotional pain when I went gluten free and even more improvements now that I'm grain free.

Prioritize. Good luck and here's to a better 2014.

Lori Nelson said...

I certainly don't have all the answers, as I am fighting my own weight loss battle. I eat far too much sugar and feel that I need to stop eating sugar and wheat due to all the reading I have done this past year. There is a new book coming out in about a week called The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor that I have heard great things about. It seems that your weight loss/stalls must be related to something other than calories (and even protein and carbs) as despite your low calorie intake, high protein and low carb, something keeps you stuck - some metabolic derangement. Might be worth checking out his book. He has done lots of research about weight loss for years. He also has some podcats on YouTube that are interesting.

Vickie said...

Darling, for me, truly speaking for myself, wheat and dairy and anything processed, negates the calories. I would blow up like a balloon from cheese. I have watch salt to a ridiculous degree. I can go up 7-10 lbs from just a few indiscretions. Not talking about cake and ice cream, talking about what many would consider "real food" but I absolutely can't eat it.

Kara said...

I don't think you're estimating your calories at all accurately.

My homemade mac & cheese (the treat version with butter, cream, 2 kinds of cheese and breadcrumbs) runs about 600 cals per 1 cup serving.

I suspect the Indian food was FAR more than 700 calories. I piece of naan w/out butter or seasonings is 260 calories ( Basmati rice is 150 cals a 3/4 cup. Curried veggies are all going to have coconut milk in them as well as butter or ghee and I suspect each serving could be close to 300 calories. The chicken will also have butter or ghee in it. Indian food is not low calorie in general. I'd say you should estimate at least 1000 calories for the Indian food, if not more.

But the bigger part of that is everything you describe as causing you to go up in weight is loaded with sodium. I'm sure you're retaining water and fluid from the amount of sodium you are.

timothy said...

being a veteran at low carb dieting 100 carbs is really high most adults on maintenance cant EVER eat more that 60 with weight loss ranging from 20-45 typically. the higher my carbs the worse my joints feel, I agree gluten (carbs) may be part of the problem

Lynne said...

You know that it is all cumulative. Keep doing what you are doing and you will see a loss. Don't give up and maybe just don't weigh in for a month all while sticking to your plan... How bout no fake food, no bread, no pasta... just lean meat and complex carbs. I know it works!

Anonymous said...


Like others have said, gluten gets me every time. I can have a 6 pound overnight gain if I hit pasta/carbs too hard.

Also, just FYI, 60 grams of carbs a day is my maximum intake if I don't want to maintain...or maybe a slow loss. If I'm serious about losing weight, 40 is my maximum. But all bodies are different. some can do 80 grams before refilling those glycogen stores.

Take a deep breath.



Steelers6 said...

I figured some mac & cheese is prob high, & Indian food might be as well. Don't know about the rest of the week, of course.
And as others mentioned-this is prob a high carb list for you, as you hadn't been eating many carbs.

Uh--maybe you didn't really want comments. Ah well, I guess you would have turned them off if you wanted to list facts only.
At any rate, disregard if desired!
Hey--Merry Christmas!! Enjoy having the whole gang around a bit. (I hope!)

Lyn said...

Thanks for the input, all. I am considering your suggestions.

Merry Christmas to you too, Chrissy. Everyone's here but the oldest, who can't get off work to fly in. He's in college out of state. Enjoying the down time with the kids very much.

Alex said...

Hi Lyn,

I must say I am a little bit upset to see how little you eat and still you gain weight. I remember having gone through something similar when I went through a very difficult time in my life, pretty much stopped eating, dropped a lot and then moved on with a "hunger diet" where I would exercise and eat no more than 2 apples, a banana and a liter of buttermilk per day (so roughly 750kcal) and still NOT lose any. When I started eating "normally" again, I gained it all back - and more. This happend to me some years ago and I have been up to 275lbs. At the beginning of this year, I started a new attempt with eating around 2000kcal per day, trying to get at least 100g of protein per day and cutting out sugar and white flour (but not entirely). I have promised myself to exercise at least 30 minutes per day (actually most of it is walking) and MOST IMPORTANT I promised myself that I would be patient and forgiving with myself. I am down to 194 now and even though the scale moves slowly, it moves.
I do not have a secret or even a tip I can give other than please stop starving yourself, your body needs food and at the same time you should love yourself even when you gain weight. Eventually, with healthy and sufficient eating, some exercise and A LOT of patience, you will get there, I promise!

dlamb said...

Lyn, you are getting so much excellent advice, I will just leave you with an empathic, virtual hug.
Merry Christmas and a 2014 that will bring you more of what you are looking for physically and emotionally.

Laura said...

Remember that this is not a true gain! It would be hard to gain that much in such a short amount of time. I think it is water weight from hidden sodium.

Sometimes the body is stubborn, but you will get there!

Happy Holidays!

Colleen said...

Lynn, I am 10 years younger than you but have similar issues with carbs and such. I have definitely had weeks where my diet and weight fluctuations look exactly like what you describe here. As others have mentioned, the sodium + carbs can easily cause that much water weight gain. I will also add that eating a lot of carbs *in one sitting* affects me more than eating the same amount throughout the day. 80g of carbs eaten 20g at a time is different than eating 20 at breakfast, 20 at lunch and then another 40 at dinner (which is a conservative estimated of the carbs in the Indian food you had). I also find that if I eat my most carb heavy meal for breakfast or lunch I'm fine but not if it's dinner. So I have done 2 slices of pizza for lunch and been ok (no water weight) but the same for dinner = +2 lbs. of water weight.

I get the sense that you are still not at peace with your body's way of responding to food. Frankly, it's not going to change any time soon. All you can change is your attitude and approach.

Lori said...

I wish I had the answer for both of us. You are in a very hard place, where I feel like I have lived for far too long. I'm wondering for you if it is sodium as some others had suggested. The cheese in the mac & cheese probably had a lot and typically restaurant food has a lot of sale too. Keep chugging the water and eating low carb. If it is the salt, the weight should fall right back off.
Merry Christmas!

Taryl said...

I'm sorry the scale still isn't cooperating. I have no advice beyond good, old fashioned low carb. It's the only way I can easily and comfortably maintain my weight, let alone lose more. I'm just too carb sensitive to have fruit and grains, or starchy veggies, and I'd be paying with multiple pounds on the scale if I had those things any more frequently than a few times per year.

Can I also recommend a short read that will help you immensely with clarity on this issue, if you haven't consumed it already? "Why We Get Fat", by Gary Taubes. And if you have read that one and need more evidence and more technical data to help you, "The Art and Science of Low Carb Living" by Phinney and Volek are my best recommendations. I keep seeing you go lower carb and bump it back up and you've had nothing to show for it but weight bouncing and frustration. This is going on multiple years, Lyn. For your health and sanity something has to change, and whether you love or hate it, most of your trigger foods wouldn't be consumed on a simple, whole foods low carb diet. It is also hugely helpful for inflammation like you've been contending with for months on end.

You have no shortage of advice given on this blog, and I held my peace and didn't add in any recommendations for several months. But I feel like it may be the right time to echo my previous sentiments. I've 'struggled' a bit the past few months as well. But thanks to controlling my overall carb intake, even when my calories are too high, my struggle has been five pounds above my low weight, not fifty. That's five years of straight dieting with no significant regains and keeping off 100+ pounds, even with pregnancy and nursing thrown in.

After having tries multiple other approaches including calorie counting, Paleo, and moderation of all things, it is life that has convinced me once and for all that I must control my carbs tightly if I want to override my natural, hormonal tendency towards obesity. It's just my lot in life. And blueberries and oatmeal aren't worth it when we're talking about my health and ability to be the mom my children deserve and the wife my husband needs.

It's no moral failing or willpower issue, it's straight endocrinology. And so too, for you, if multiple years of reading your (wonderful!) blog have been any indication.

Lyn said...

I thank all of you very much. Taryl I think you are right. A lot of you are right. I appreciate the pushes in the right direction and the kind thoughts.

liz said...

I love the way you write, you are so gifted : )
Lets be thankful for all the good things in our life.
You are a blessed woman, I think there are many people in the world that would love to have your problem...