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163.0 lb
Lost so far: 2.2 lb

Current Weight
165.2 lb
Performance: losing 0.7 lb a week

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132.0 lb
Still to go: 33.2 lb

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I've been lurking, but now I'd like to ask for some advice
I have struggled as a super active female for years. I've watched what I eat, counted calories, been to docs/ran tests, played sports, hired trainers/nutritionists/acupuncturist etc. I have trained for half marathons and played/competed in intensive sports (rugby, tennis, swimming, cycling)...and while my weight has budged a little here and there...I have found these lessons:
1) If you are super active, you have to be even more super active to lose weight. Your body gets used to an activity level and you have to boost it or reset it...even if you are eating healthy
2) The same goes with food...if you are eating what you are supposed to eat for a "thin" person and your calorie deficit indicates you should be losing weight but are not, then you need to reset this as well.
The only thing that has really worked for me is the HCG diet. Its controversial, I know. But it worked. I lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks using the drops. I've put back on a three pounds, but my measurements are decreasing as I am putting on muscle mass and training for a I'm not worried right now. Many people may not like my recommendation...but it worked for me. I believe it was because the diet reset how my body processes food and what it expected during exercise. NOTE: I adjusted the calorie intake on this diet to 650 calories each day for three weeks. Just my two cents. There may be other issues, so the doc is a great first place to start. Good luck.
posted 10 Sep 2013, 23:38
Soreness After Leg Workout
In addition to the other inputs, there is a tea I drink from Whole Foods that is for muscle soreness...its written on the box.

Don't eat more than 1 banana a day if you are watching your sugar in take.
posted 15 Jul 2013, 13:46
Dieting...without being allowed to exercise sucks!
Agree with eKatherine. If you can't exercise, cut sugars and reduce simple carbs. Try not to eat more than 100g of carbs per day, less if possible. This is actually very doable--and can still be satisfying! I even enjoy a glass of red wine every now and then. Also, don't try to cut fat from your diet. This sounds counter-intuitive, but the fats and proteins keep you fuller, longer, and give you more energy and help boost metabolism. Switching from non-fat milk to 2% was hard for me, but has made a difference!
If you follow this diet though, here are my cautions: 1) you must make sure you are not going over your RDI calories, 2) you must stay under 100g of carbs per day (betw 80-100 is optimal), 3) don't eat most of your carbs at once, spread them throughout the day. Even if you have high cholesterol, this diet works. And your cholesterol will actually come down. You will also eat less, your stomach will shrink, and you will be less and less hungry--smaller meals will be more satisfying. I get optimum fats/protein through eggs, avocados, almonds/nuts, olive oil, and meat. Salmon is awesome, because it is also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Last, talk to your doc about other forms of exercise. You mentioned you are supposed to walk 2 mi per day...can you do some of this in the pool? Walking in a pool provides resistance (and support) you don't have when walking on the ground--which means you burn more calories, and this may be better for your recovery (check with your doc to see if this, or other options exist).
Last, I believe diets are very individualistic--what works for me, may not work for you. But I am happy to share what I have found!
Best of luck, whichever path you choose!
posted 02 Feb 2013, 22:38
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