Weight loss is stalling. What do I do?

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heather...

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Posted: 25 May 2014, 22:18
Try filling up on vegies instead of packaged foods. Make soup. Their a much better source of carb and provide heaps of fiber to keep you regular. Also, I find drinking lots of water stops me from over eating. Good luck.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 09:19
I skipped through a few days in your diet calendar. Lots of snacky type and processed foods. Your body may be starving for nutrients. Try adding veggies, lots of veggies, proteins (fish, legumes, poultry), and real fruits (oranges, apples etc.). add a salad with various greens and a bit of healthy salad dressing.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
mummydee

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 09:50
Exactly wholefoodnut and heather! Both are bang on with the advice. Way too many non nutritional processed foods. and all are pushing your sodium level up and that can cause you to hang on to water.

If you must snack at night, i see you like popcorn, try making kale chips, crunchy delicious and full of good nutrition. Hot dogs are full of sodium and nitrates and just plain bad for you unless you can get them from a reputable butcher who doesn't use fillers. .

Try switching from white bread choices to whole wheat or other grains. Switch out white rice to quinoa or brown rice.

The more nutrition you feed your body the better you and your mind will feel. Weight loss is a great side effect!

Please don't give up, I've had others call me a liar for certain things I posted in the past and you just have to ignore them and let them deal with their own egos and logic.
cpmodem

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 10:16
Solid advice above on the need to cut out processed foods. Most folks won't do well trying to lose body fat while still eating all those unnatural food additives. Your body doesn't know what to do with them so they cause inflammation, water retention, and body fat storage.

I might add that consuming more carbohydrates than your body can burn will result in the excess being stored as body fat. Also, the high insulin that must be produced by your pancreas to cover the blood sugar rises gradually causes insulin resistance and more insulin needs and increased fat storage. The more fat stored (especially visceral fat) causes inflammation throughout your body. Excess body fat also leads to leptin resistance, which leads to constant hunger and more fat storage. A nasty roller coaster to get off of without drastically reducing carbohydrates.

It can be done. I've done it, and if I can, you can. I was a major carbo-holic, and HFLC was they only way I could get 'er done. Everyone is different, of course, so I encourage you to try different things to see what works for you.
Avoiding the things that raise blood insulin and leptin levels works. Really!
mummydee

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 10:46
I would also rework your RDI, if you are using the FS one, many find it high.

try this one http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html and remember to re calculate every time you lose 10 or more lbs.

good info cpmodem ...
Glaun

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 12:22
Just a thought. Mummydee and cpmodem are correct about processed foods. Yet there are some of us thru circumstances or choice must use processed foods. I am one. And I use a lot. I suspect 80% of my eating is from processed dinners (see my microwave diet). However, I do choose many of the "healthy" packaged meals. There are many in the foreign frozen food sections, on line such as Tasty Bite Indian food. Yes, I know these are not the best way to obtain healthy foods, but if you must choose processed foods, these help.
I only mention this because I have not let the current view against processed food keep form using them. I have, over a period of time been successfully losing weight and nothing appears to have affected this old frame.
So yes, do avoid processed food, but as I do if you can't, watch the calories, eat as much natural food as you are able, do a little exercise and the weight will come off and you WILL live.
Good luck
Glaun
With apologies to Mummy, CP, and Wholefood

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mummydee

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 12:44
No apologies necessary, I suggested changing up whites for nutrition but they're basically still processed. My heart goes out to the families that find it cheaper to buy processed than real foods and even worse that a 'Happy Meal" is considered a complete meal for them... . Why in this land of plenty is that the case?

If your lifestyle is such that these packaged meals are what fit into your daily routine, then do it, but do the research as you have Glaun, and learn what to look for in the ingredients list and get the best you can for your body and your buck.



Vickie 5966

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 13:11
One small addition to Glaun's post - on packaged foods try to keep an eye on sodium as well.

I'm finding a lot more packaged foods that are in a reasonable ballpark for calories - but the sodium is off the charts. This can cause many people to retain fluid. I'm one of em!

It seems that when manufacturers cut back on one "flavor enhancer" they increase another.
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Glaun

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 13:21
Right On folks ! Smile

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Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 15:11
Actually, eating fresh is usually cheaper. I can take a pound of beans, homemade bread, some fresh veggies and eat for a week for less than $15.00.

I know when I used to travel a lot with my job, I found myself eating processed foods on the road. Motels usually had microwaves as did break rooms. Was not the greatest choice but often my only choice to avoid fast foods.

"Its not enough for the food to just be nutritious. It must also be delicious, or eating will feel like a punishment." Meg Galvin, Smartpeople Cookbook.

Jeri
LuC2

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Posted: 26 May 2014, 23:44
Agree with the other posters. Fresh is best. The body does not know what to do with all the sodium and weird preservatives -- stores a lot of things as fat that it would eliminate if it could. When you need processed (and most of us do) keep it simple. I mean, even bread is a processed food...and very few of us make our own. So the trick is to look at labels and avoid things that wouldn't be there if you made it yourself!

A little grocery help:
You can microwave Instant Brown Rice and lots of frozen vegetables come in steam bags now.

If you only have access to a stove every now and then, go cook big and freeze meals or 1-lb ziplocs of cooked meat (like oven roasts, browned ground beef or turkey). Also consider investing in a small George Foreman grill (boneless pork chop or skinless, boneless chicken breast or lean beef patties) AND/OR a small crockpot (inexpensive cuts of meat or dry beans). Either appliance can be found for around $20, then you always have a protein ready to go.

Flavor...in a small kitchen I rely on McCormick Grill Mates 25% Less Sodium Montreal Steak Seasoning OR McCormick Grill Mates 25% Less Sodium Montreal Chicken Seasoning. You really need nothing more than a few shakes of either one to season anything! (Both are at WalMart well under $2 each).

Lastly, salad greens (dark green like Power Greens, spinach or kale), sliced fruit and rotisserie chicken or even canned chicken breast require no microwave at all and make a very healthy, filling meal (see my Strawberry Fields Salad)!

It's possible to eat well even in a tight or makeshift kitchen but it does take planning. I would suggest you make a little weekly menu B/L/D so you know what to get before you shop or get hungry. Good Luck!!

LuC2's Height: 5'2" | Starting Weight: 303 lbs | Total Loss-to-Date: -20 lbs



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