What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight?

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ray_wilson

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 03:28
Hi guys,

I wanted to do a quick survey on weight loss as I see there are many dedicated people to losing weight. All have their own lives and other problems.

I see there are many angles and people have their own different reasons why they want to lose weight in the first place.

I'd really appreciate your feedback and time investment if you give the answers to these quick 6 questions in the survey.

We all will understand each much better if we know what's the reason to lose weight in the first place, right?


Here is the survey:

1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight?

2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you?

3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight?

4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately?

5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want?

6. If you could have one question answered about losing weight, What would it be?



Really appreciate your deep answers.


Sincerely,
Ray Wilson
Snow833

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 04:13
1- My biggest problem is my impatience. I realise that it's not healthy to lose more than 2 pounds a week but i can't wait to get to my goal.
2- I tried alot of different diets since i was 14 and i always gained the pounds back sooner or later.
3- I hope that this diet isn't affecting my health.
4- I am scared that i will break down after a few months and start binging because that is what always happens, hopefully not this time.
5- I sacrificed my former life style which i loved: watching tv series and eating junk food to have a healthier life.
6- I already know all the facts about dieting, now i just have to stick with it.
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 09:07
ray_wilson wrote:
1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight?
I've been at this for a couple of years so I've been floating around this site & another one the entire time. My biggest frustration is seeing other people do unhealthy things (like eating super low calories) just to lose weight without regard to how it's affecting their health. It's even worse if whatever they did actually does make them lose some weight, because then they jump on the forums & start telling all the new people this is how to lose weight.

ray_wilson wrote:
2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you?
Low calories. If I'm averaging any less than 2000 I'm cranky, tired & ineffective in the gym.

ray_wilson wrote:
3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight?
Had to think about this one. I don't fear "not being able to lose the weight." I manage my intake & exercise almost every day. The excess weight has no choice but to come off eventually. It can't possibly take forever, so what is there to be afraid of? However, sometimes I wonder if I did too much damage to my body all the years I stayed morbidly obese, so I guess sometimes I fear that my body won't be able to withstand all of the training I'm asking it to do these days. Will my knees keep holding out?

ray_wilson wrote:
4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately?
Not worried or afraid. I'm doing everything I can right now to improve my health & fitness. When I first started out though, I knew I was going to continue getting fatter & my body would fall apart. Initially I was afraid that even if I tried to lose weight, that it wouldn't work, but that passed within a few weeks as I realized my consistent effort was getting results.

ray_wilson wrote:
5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want?
When I first started I made a commitment to do whatever it took without compromising my health & safety to lose the weight. Although it is important to drop the excess weight, it's counterproductive if what I do to make it happen damages my health even more.

ray_wilson wrote:
6. If you could have one question answered about losing weight, What would it be?
If I did have one question about losing weight, I wouldn't ask you because I don't know who you are & therefore don't know if you're a credible source of WL information. Nothing personal.

So I guess that's my question: Who are you & why are you asking US these questions?

Snow833 wrote:
I already know all the facts about dieting
No one person knows all the facts about dieting, or anything else for that matter. Don't limit yourself by thinking you can't learn anything new. We all can. All the time.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
fitpetite

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 10:16
1. weight fluctuations. i'm sure i'm eating right, exercizing, ecc.. WHY that weight gain on the scale this morning? i know fluctuations are normal, but they drive me crazy anyway.
2. starvation/binge eating...
3. i fear that my metabolism may slow down. i'm counting calories, and i haven't seen any weight loss in two weeks (1250-1300 kcal a day, running 4-5 times a week). is it already slowing down? i can't eat less than this... i'd be famished and i'd end up binge eating!
4. i'm worried because this discouragement, this bad mood, could lead me to give up. i should think about how far i've already got, and cheer up (3 kilos gone, yeeeey), but i'm so sad...
5. how much should i be eating to mantain this weight/lose 1-3 more kilos?
bcortright

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 10:33
Weight can fluctuate because of stress causing the body to retain water. Also muscle gain can cause a change in the scale. Waist measurements can be very valuable. Notice how your clothes are fitting.

Best Health
Bill
Sarah1987Jan...

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 11:26
1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight? Plateaus. I get discouraged every time I hit one, and I spend a few weeks floundering. I want to mentally move past this, but I haven't been able to wrap my head around it yet.

2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you? Eating too few calories. It makes me binge afterward. Definitely not a good thing.

3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight? That I won't like the way I look when I reach my goal weight. I've been obese my entire life, and I'm very comfortable with my body. I'm afraid that when I get to my goal weight I'm going to have tons of dangling skin that I just can't exercise away.

4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately? I'm afraid that carrying around this extra 100lbs has done too much damage already. I'm afraid that I won't be able to have children if I don't get rid of it.

5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want? This is a tricky question. I've never wanted to submit to the surgeries out there for weight loss, so I guess its just up to me and my will power. If I can do this on my own, it will be a greater accomplishment to me personally.
Katred12

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 11:54
1. Doing it for the long term. Even though I've found a plan that works and I like, some days I still find it hard to stick to it. So far I have.

2.Low calorie diet! I was hungry ALL THE TIME. I found I don't need to put up with that.

3. My image of myself when I get there, and people's reaction to me.

4. Being weak worries me, what if I need to do something and I can't? My Mom fell awhile back, she was OK, but I had to get help to get her up. What if I had been alone? I feel like I should be in better shape, my health is good so I don't have any excuse. Even if it were bad I should try, maybe. I don't know as I've never been very ill. At any rate I want to be fit, I feel like I can be a better person, and contribute more to my family and even the community if I am more able. I feel if I don't do it now, I won't be able to if I get any older.

5. Well I won't do drugs. I will stop eating whatever I have to.

6. I have 2 or 3: Why the heck hasn't our society figured it all out yet? Why is there so much conflicting information? AND who is engineering this conspiracy!!!?? (Just kidding Very Happy )

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

Katred12
jenkie5

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 12:25
1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight? Finding the time to cook fresh, organic food as opposed to taking shortcuts with packaged and/or partially prepared food.

2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you? African mango to supposedly help metabolism. Tried it for two weeks; it made no difference. (Add insult to injury, my doctor laughed at me and wisely said there are no miracle shortcuts.)

3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight? Getting wrinkles and replacing an entire wardrobe.

4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately? Insulin and hospitals. I used to be on four pills before each meal (just for the diabetes) and was told to switch to insulin. My blood pressure was dangerously high. My doctor was considering hospital admission for more testing after some lab results came back off the scale. I bargained for time and began this quest. Biggest fear is having to use needles and be on insulin.

5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want? Faithfully log everything to share with my endocrinologist on our monthly monitoring and never postpone an appointment. After switching from GP to endocrinologist, she's been working with me and is my biggest supporter -- she makes this easy.

6. If you could have one question answered about losing weight, What would it be? I've read many posts about plateaus with conflicting advice. I've been on this journey for 17 weeks (anniversary today). When should I expect get to reach a plateau, and what is the definitive solution? (This is one area my doctor has not addressed other than to say just gauge progress by the fit of your clothes.)

I'm not on a diet... I'm just learning to make smarter choices
evelyn64

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 15:06
1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight? That I have never reached my goal weight and have spent my life yo-yo-ing up and down, never satisfied with where my weight was.

2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you? Pretty much every fad diet out there, Weight Watchers (I think it is a good place to start but it loses its effectiveness as you get closer to your goal weight), starving myself, etc., etc.

3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight? Gaining it back. And the loose, saggy skin that won't go away.

4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately? I started this last journey 4 years ago after my dad had quintuple bypass surgery. I had just been put on high blood pressure meds and realized I was looking at my future. I've since lost over 80 lbs and want to lose about 15 or 20 more.

5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want? I would be willing to get a body lift if the saggy skin is too unbearable once I reach my goal.

6. If you could have one question answered about losing weight, What would it be? Why do we lose up to several pounds overnight while we are sleeping?

IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.



kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 20:19
jenkie5 wrote:
I've read many posts about plateaus with conflicting advice. I've been on this journey for 17 weeks (anniversary today). When should I expect get to reach a plateau, and what is the definitive solution? (This is one area my doctor has not addressed other than to say just gauge progress by the fit of your clothes.)

Congrats on the anniversary! You probably won't like this but there is no definitive way to avoid a plateau. If you're going to working on weight loss for a while, i.e. trying to lose more than just 10-15 lbs, you can't reasonably expect to lose consistently the entire time. Plateaus are only bad if you let them discourage you from staying focused on your goal.

I've gone for months without hitting a new low. MONTHS. I don't think anyone would call my efforts a failure. (And if they didn't, I wouldn't really care.) To keep me occupied I set fitness goals & work on those. I will tell you one bit of good news though: plateaus always end. Always. There has never been an overweight person who has continued consistently eating at a reasonable deficit with regular exercise their entire life & stayed overweight. If you hit a plateau then start eating like crap & don't lose weight, it's not the plateau's fault.

Keep your eye on the prize & the big picture & you'll be fine.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
fatoldlady

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 22:21
Love your post, its so true. Every diet I tried in the past I failed at because soon as the weight loss slowed I gave up. This time I know its a permanent change and if I don't lose weight for a few months its not a big deal becuase I'm way better off than I was before and sooner or later I will lose more.
CorsetLady

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Posted: 07 Aug 2012, 09:03
ray_wilson wrote:


1. What's your biggest problem or frustration losing weight?

I don't know what to cook or how to cook. I have bought several cookbooks but I can't find recipes that fit into the nutritional guidelines I am trying to follow, and most of them look too complicated anyway. I am a vegetarian so it is a bit harder to plan meals. Plain tofu tastes terrible, so it always needs to be "in" something.

2. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked for you?

Low carb. I managed three days before I absolutely crashed and burned. It's just not for me.

3. What's your biggest fear when it comes to losing weight?


That I won't ever enjoy food again. I don't hate what I am eating, but I don't like it either. I read all the time about non-food treats, but honestly, nothing else feels like a treat to me.

4. What worries you? What are you afraid will happen if you don't do something immediately?


I will never have a chance to compete in my favourite sport. I am getting close to 40, and I feel like if i can't get into great shape in the next year or two, I will miss my window of opportunity.

5. What would you be willing to do to solve or get the outcome you want?

This is the problem; I am not sure. This is what I have been asking myself lately. Am I willing to give up my favourite foods until I reach my goal, and then limit them for the rest of my life? I don't know. i do know that I am not willing to do low-carb, super low calories, fake foods, or anything else that isn't health-supporting.
As far as exercise, I am willing to do any amount, even if it means cutting my work hours and having no social life. I just don't know what amount is optimal. I don't want to overdo it and do more harm than good.

6. If you could have one question answered about losing weight, What would it be?


How much exercise is optimal? Not just enough, but the best amount.


kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 09 Aug 2012, 20:32
CorsetLady wrote:
How much exercise is optimal? Not just enough, but the best amount.

The best amount is the amount you will consistently do on a regular basis & feel energized overall. If you only have time for 3 workouts a week then obviously 5 is not optimal for you. If you're never breaking a sweat, then you're not doing enough. If you're in crippling pain after every workout & exhausted, you're doing too much.

Personally, enough exercise means I'm doing enough that I feel challenged by my workouts & am able to progress somehow each week, whether it's lifting more weight or running farther. It's also important that however much exercise you decide to do, that you're fueling your body properly. Log all of your intentional exercise in your exercise diary, & shoot for an average Net (kcal) of around 1000 (with the green arrow). It'll be higher or lower some days, but you want it to average out to 1000. A little higher is ok, but any higher than, say, 2000 may give you unpredictable results. Note that this means if you're exercising a lot, you may end up exceeding your RDI every day to average 1000 & that's ok.

If you don't eat enough to support your exercise you'll feel like crap & be less likely to stay in the habit.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/



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