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6/30/19 5:15 A



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I HATE when I here that the Dietitians just give very basic stuff. I had that when I was referred to the one in the Hospital about 20 years ago. She even REFUSED to discuss my nutrition with me!!! Instead I was put in a room with a bunch of others and all she did was show a short video about Cholesterol issues and the basics for solving it and then act like she was God's Gift to us all. When I pointed out that I already new that stuff she got very huffy. STILL woiuldn't discuss MY issues. It wasn't until I got the one I was referred to at the start of my journey here, and by my taking quite a few printouts from my Nutrition Tracker that she was able to identify the reason for my slowly gaining weight. She also commented that I ate a very healthy diet that she would recommend to others and in a healthy calorie range ..... for MOST people. It just wasn't meant for me, unfortunately. After her taking 5 minutes to figure the problem out she was able to help me start to lose weight. I'm 27kg lighter and haven't regained. I am also on antidepressants. Some can make it harder, but weight-loss can be managed. It just sometimes need for us to be even more vigilant when we take meds which can have a tendency to cause us to gain at worst, or not lose at least.

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6/29/19 3:19 P

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Thank you so much, Kris....slimmerkiwi, for sharing. My dr. does have me on thyroid meds. I will check with her to learn if that my thyroid is causing me to maintain rather than lose with those meds.
I don’t seem to retain fluids. But I’ll see what my Dr. thinks during my next checkup.
I have visited registered dietitians before and they usually tell me basic info I already know. Thats why I decided to come back to spark to get more info.
Im on blood pressure meds too. Also an antidepressant. So all an all I’ll see if any of these meds are the culprit.
Thanks for your time, I truly appreciate it!
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There are a lot more factors than just calories to be taken into account.

Are you on medications? Some can have a side-effect of weight-gain.

Do you retain fluid? A lot of people,l particularly as they get older tend to retain fluid. If your ankles look a bit putty or your wrists are, or you get a little out of breath on exertion (if you are relatively fit) then I would definitely talk to your Dr.

Has the Dr checked your Thyroid function? Mine was mostly coming back normal, but then some were just over the normal limit. I was showing signs of hypothyroidism (very dry, flaky skin that quality prescribed moisturizers weren't doing diddly squat for, and the starting of some hair-loss.) I have been put on thyroid meds and some of the symptoms have reversed. Hypothyroidism can also make it harder to lose weight.

Do you keep a check on your sodium intake? A lot of people aren't aware of how much they consume. I do. One thing I noticed is that if I eat a little salty bacon, you can bet your bottom dollar that the next day I am physically bigger in the abdomen AND I weigh more. My sodium intake is generally in the mid-recommended range, and seldom goes over that range, but the higher end is definitely not for me.

You will likely benefit from asking your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. I took a few printouts from my Nutrition Tracker with me to mine, and within a couple of minutes and hot having to ask any questions she had figured the cause for my weight issues, and set about rectifying it. It only needed a couple little tweaks. I will add that I had been consuming around the 1650-1850 calories daily, (seldom over) - I was 5' 7" at the time and 53. I am now 65. The weight did come off and I have now been maintaining for a few years, so it CAN be done! It didn't take a lot of effort, either, AND altho' I exercised, I didn't do anywhere near the amount generally recommended because of skeletal and fatigue issues.

Good luck,
Kris

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Wow... i love all the suggestions!
I’m 5’ 4” and age 66. I’ve learned too, its harder to lose those pounds as we get older. I do weigh and measure my foods. I’m a stickler for doing that! I have a food exchange book I use as well so I know measurements of foods and their respective calories.
Ive been trying to lose for quite a few years now.
I wont give up.
I do appreciate all the input, it helps.


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6/27/19 7:57 P

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Do you weigh and measure EVERYTHING?
How long have you been at it?
How much sodium are you intaking?
Age, etc matters also, along with any medications that cause weight gain.

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 6/27/2019 (19:58)
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How old are you, how tall are you and how active are you? The taller, younger and more active that you are, the more likely it is that 1200-1500 calories is not enough for you. The shorter, older and less active you are, the more likely that is to be the appropriate place for you.

Beyond that, your weight fluctuation by 3 lbs each day is just a sign of your body working normally.

If thirty pounds is all you have to lose, you probably want to be aiming for under a pound per week of loss, which can take six weeks or so to build up enough to show over your daily fluctuations. If you are shorter and this is the first thirty of more, then you can probably aim for just over a pound a week. It still might take a few weeks to show on the scale. I agree with a previous poster to take other measurements. Arms and waist and such are good and all, but do some practical things as well. Time yourself walking around your block, 500 meters, walking a mile, whatever distance works for you. Count how many squats or push ups or sit ups you can do in a minute. See how many flights of stairs you can go up in a specific time, how long it takes you to go up and down and certain set of stairs and also make note of how winded you are when you finish. Things like this are ways to measure and see progress on things that impact your daily life. Being able to walk faster and farther without being as winded when you are done is a marked improvement in your fitness. The goal isn't to be on the world's strongest man and pull a semi and a plane, the idea is that over time you might be able to carry one more bag of groceries in per trip, and save five minutes of your day to do something else. This is also a long goal sort of thing. You won't likely notice a difference between today and yesterday, today and last week, or even today and last month. But looking back over greater periods of time can show some amazing progress. A park that used to be a thirty minute walk away can become 28 minutes away, then 25, then 20 and maybe even there and back in thirty minutes.

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Dear Dianae3,

I feel you! When on the losing part of this process I was tempted to cut my hair just to see the scale move. I think what you eat to accumulate the calories in your day makes a big difference. For me going vegetarian worked. My own theory was that if animals are fed hormones and stuff to fatten them, it was fattening me too. It seemed that dairy was in that same hormones-I-don't-need catagory so I deleted that too. This change found me consistently losing 1 to 2 pounds per week until I reached my goal weight. Now I am a pescatarian and have maintained for years.
It is important to notice other ways of measuring your progress, like how you feel,
how your clothes fit, how much more stamina you have and the pure pride for being mindful about what you eat. Most reputable dietary advisers would agree that eating whole, unprocessed food that includes a rainbow of veggies and fruit is a good idea.
Part of creating this healthier you includes patience and perseverance. I wish you both with success!!


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Thanks for your reply


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more exercise maybe



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Ok, I’ve been writing down what I eat with tracking calorie count to be sure I stay between 1200 to 1500 calories in a day. I stay in a range of up 3 pounds up and 3 pounds down. Been this way for a loooooong time ! Too long. I would be so excited just to lose 5 pounds! ☹️

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