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ROSYFLOWERS SparkPoints: (0)
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7/4/12 6:19 P

Thanks for the advice, everyone. Strength training is something I have considered, so I'll look into that some more, along with all the other helpful tips mentioned. Thanks!

NAYPOOIE Posts: 11,708
7/2/12 7:55 P

Have you added up your calories? It looks to me like you may not be eating enough. Hard to say not know precisely what fruit and veggies and meat you're eating, but even fatty meat (and I'm betting yours is lean) doesn't have all that many calories per ounce. I think you may be in starvation mode, and you won't lose well, if at all, like that.

JESSEBUNNIES SparkPoints: (5,003)
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7/2/12 11:18 A

In addition to exercise maybe one of the things you can explore with your dietician is cutting out red meat or slimming down on meats all together. When I was a teenager I decided to go vegetarian for the most part (I occasionally eat lean chicken and turkey white meat only) and I not only lost weight immediately but I felt better too. Meat actually isn't all that good for you in my opinion and it takes your body several days sometimes to process not to mention all the horrible things that go on before it arrives in your super market that are often passed on to consumers.

Your example provides eating meat twice daily is that normal? Maybe try to cut down to eating meat 2-3 meals a week with lean non red meat if your doctor approves and then eliminating it all together if you can. There are plenty of plant sources to replace the vitamin, protein and minerals you get from red meat. Just a thought.

KCOGSWELL726 Posts: 58
7/2/12 9:45 A

We would all love to help you but if you are already working with a nutritionist or other provider then you should probably stick with their plans. You will most likely get much different information here since we do not usually recommend cutting any food group out of your diet totally, unless due to allergies of course. Personally what your eating would not work for me, I have a feeling it may not be enough calories, some while grains would be good carbs for energy. Again my opinion but you need to decide if the people you have been seeing are helping you or if you need to find a new plan. Good luck.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,476)
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7/2/12 9:42 A


I'm not going to knock the Chinese herbalist who's treating you because I do know there are many Eastern based treatments that can be helpful. I do go to an acupuncturist. If you haven't seen any changes after six months of "treatment", then perhaps whatever it is they are recommending isn't working for you.

If you have medical issues (thyroid), have you considered having your doctor refer you to a state certified dietitian ? Once again, not knocking the Chinese herbalist, but you may need to talk to a professional dietitian who works with people who have thyroid issues.

As Coach Nancy noted, unless you have medical issues, you shouldn't be eliminating whole food groups. There are too many fad diets out there that claim to help a person lose weight. and they are just that, fad diets. Diets don't work. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, this has to be a life style change. That means that changes you're making to your diet today, you keep for the rest of your life, not the amount of time it takes to lose the weight.

Also, are you doing any sort of strength training ? If not, I too am going to encourage you to start strength training. add lean muscle because muscle burns fat. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. don't worry, you will not look like a body builder if you lift a heavy weight. adding lean muscle will not only rev up your metabolism, it will also help you lose 1-2 clothing sizes. that's because muscle takes up less space on the body than fat. So, if you were to increase your lean and decrease your body fat with a good strength training program, you could lose 1-2 clothing sizes without changing the scale. that's what strength training can do for you.

If you're not sure where to start, check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute strength and boot camp workouts you can do at home.

Have you been logging your food choices ? If not, I'm going to encourage you to start logging. Studies have shown that people who log their food choices lose more weight than those who don't. If you don't want to log with SP, try writing down your food choices in a notebook. That will help you become more aware of what you've been eating.

My advice would be to consider talking to your doctor and asking for a referral to a state certified dietitian. There are many holistic and natural nutritionists who aren't properly certified. That means that a person should be careful when taking advice some these people. Some people are better qualified than others.

I'm going to recommend a really good book on nutrition for you. It will help you learn the basics of good nutrition. Because learning the basics of good nutrition will be helpful. It's called Eat, Drink and Be Healthy. You don't have to buy it from amazon. you could get it at your local library. It's probably one of the best books I've ever read on nutrition.

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,912
7/2/12 9:38 A

I agree about the strength training. Also, when you enter that food into the Spark tracker, how many calories is it?

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,622)
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7/1/12 9:06 P

do you strength train? is it possible to up your exercise a bit? 1-2 miles a few times a week isn't a lot of exercise.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/1/12 7:57 P


SparkPeople's program is based on the guidelines of the American Heart Association for adults which does not recommend eliminating any food groups. If you are currently working with professionals with your diet, I would suggest you pose any or concerns you may have regarding your nutrition guidelines to them as they are most familiar with your situation.

Coach Nancy

ROSYFLOWERS SparkPoints: (0)
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7/1/12 7:44 P

Edited to delete post. Thanks everyone so much for your input!

Edited by: ROSYFLOWERS at: 7/4/2012 (18:15)
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