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I am trying SO desperately to lose some weight! I have gained about 20 lbs in the past 2 years. I tried taking Alli but I wasn’t getting the results that the posters on their website we‘re getting. In fact, since I have been watching my food intake AND exercising I have GAINED 4 lbs!! WHAT am I doing wrong?? It is totally freaking me out! Is it true that some people actually gain before they start dropping?

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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • Hey, I am right there with you.  After my hysterectomy I gained 15lbs and I can’t lose it no matter what I do.  I’m like you the more I watch what I eat the more I gain.
      I go to curves 2-4 times a week and walk a mile and a half everyday. I am finally losing inches but not pounds....it is sooooo frustrating, nothing fits me right any more. I lose 3lbs and gain 4 back.
      Good luck and if you find something that works let me know.estatic




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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • Try starting on a six small meal plan a day, incorporating lots of fruit and veggies in between..limit carbs, avoid high sugary foods and watch salt intake...and there is nothing wrong with a small piece of dark chocolate once a day..it helps the heart and satisfies a sweet tooth..if you drink soda, try to limit it to a special treat and not every day, you would be surprised how soda pop really packs on the calories...drink lots of water, really important...it flushes toxins and helps keep all the other organs functioning properly..I have been following a strict regimen for about two years and have kept the weight off..yes, it will and can fluctuate, but with exercise and a new way of eating, you will be pleasantly surprised...hope this info helps.happy




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      Anonymous wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • Thanks Mary... I have been told over and over about eating 5-6 small meals a day. I try...it’s really hard though beause I don’t really want to eat if I am not hungry! Also, I am not a soda drinker...it’s water for me! I do indulge in sweets maybe a couple of times a week, not too often.
      I recently went to a nutrtionist because of elevated cholesterol levels. I explained my diet to her also and she couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t be losing weight... and yes, i have had my thyroid checked!




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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • I know it is tough, cougariffic..but even if you are not hungry, fill your tummy with half an apple or 1/2 cup of yogurt in between breakfast, lunch and dinner...the stomach needs to feel full all day long so you don’t eat three large meals or binge eat...if you try this, you will see it does change your whole eating pattern and you will begin to feel hungry, eat a small portion and then feel full and continue this all day...it takes time and perseverance to do this, but you will be happy with the results.happy




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      Kyah wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • I’ve gained about 20 pounds in 3 years and have tried not to make it 30 pounds. My extra poundage comes from stress I know this for a fact, and even though I exercise, I need to do something different everyday. Same ole same ole is useless.

      I have to watch my cholesterol which is very high, and unfortunately everything I enjoy eating I shouldn’t eat. Then trying to control the portions of whatever I eat is extremely hard to do, and I drink seltzer water more than plain water, because for some reason, regular water doesn’t stay down “nicely” if I drink it to feel full.




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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Sep 11, 2009
    • If you are building muscle from exercising you will gain weight. Muscle weighs more than fat. Even walking can do this as your building muscle especially in your calves and legs. If you start to notice a change for the better in how your body looks from exercising but yet gain a few pounds it is a good thing!happy




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      Anonymous wrote Sep 15, 2009
    • Thanks for all your knowledgable input! I am going to keep at this for a while longer...maybe I am just being inpatient this go around! I want to see FAST results! A good friend told me it took her almost 6 weeks to see any real results and then the weight just started melting off... that is what I want to see!




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      Encee wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • Some suggestions:    

      Look in the mirror, in your undies, and find all the great things about your body.  Yes, you still “have it“, even if you weigh more than  you want to.  Don’t be critical here, be just the opposite.  Remember, you‘re a work of art lady ,and all you‘re doing is perhaps changing the paint a bit - the canvas is still terrific!  It’s helpful to write down the positives here, and date that list and put it away in a place where you can find it in 90 days or so.  Jot down your measurements as well - bust, waist, hips and thighs - but remember to keep thinking about how fortunate you are to have so many great assets and not worry about the numbers.  

      You don’t have to eat 5 or 6 times per day if you don’t want it.  I agree with you there, and that’s my biggest problem with the concept of eating multiple times per day and even with eating breakfast, a full lunch or dinner, etc.  You should only eat when you are hungry and not any other time.  If you can avoid snacking then you will be eliminating what could add up to hundreds of calories per day so you‘re way ahead of the game if you do this.  

      Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day.  Plain, unflavored, nothing added is really the best.  This is extremely important as your body needs fluid to flush out toxins and waste that only make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.   There are other benefits to water as well, such as keeping your skin and hair hydrated and water carries nutrients to your organs, etc.  

      Ask yourself what is your biggest eating problem?  Do you use cheesy sauces or gravies?  Eat lots of starch?  Not enough greens and fruits?  There is something that is causing the weight gain, besides hormones, because if you look at what you‘re eating with honesty but no “beating yourself up” you’ll find the culprit.  It’s there and what you need to do is identify it.  Once you find “the enemy” that’s a very positive thing.  You’ve got it in front of you now you can control it.  

      You‘re going to need to eliminate certain habits (you’ll notice I didn’t say “foods“) for the next 3 months or so.  That means changing your lifestyle in order to look and feel the way you want to.  Eat right - don’t snack or “clean your plate” unless you absolutely feel hungry.  Put exercise in your life every day.  Walk, run, bike, take up tennis or racquetball or join a Nia class or a Zumba class or take up Latin or Ballroom dancing.  Swing dance is fun and burns calories big time.  

      When you reach your goal, you can follow an easy formula for success.  Take your desired weight and multiply it by 14 (providing you are staying active), and that will give you the calorie count that should maintain your weight without too much trouble.  There will be times when you eat more than you should, but the beauty of putting regular exercise into  your life is that when you have done that you can add an extra walk or two or a bike ride, etc. to help burn it off.  Just stay with your daily cal count for the majority of the time and  you should be fine.  

      Get a doctor’s opinion first!  

      Good luck to  you!




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      Cougariffic wrote Oct 4, 2009
    • WOW! Thanks for that! Although I am very aware of this info you have givien I am still VERY frustrated! It has been almost 6 weeks now and still NO movement on the weight loss.
      I do, however, think I have found the ‘culprit‘!! It’s my IUD!!!! I have read tons of forums about this and I am not the only one this has effected in this way. I confirmed with my Dr. that I have gained 9 lbs. since I had this damn thing put in!!
      I am having it removed in a couple of weeks... I am very confident that all of this hard work I have put in will finally start showing once my body gets back to ‘normal‘.




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