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What nobody tells you about losing weight

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  • nitaliebennitalieben Member, Premium Posts: 664 Member Member, Premium Posts: 664 Member
    eijaj wrote: »
    Things I genuinely did not know.


    I will get narrower. I felt where the bones on my hips and shoulders were, and I thought I was just wide body type and that´s it. That those bones would stay where they are and I would always be as wide as I am. But no. It is fat that is pushing all my structures outwards, and when I get slimmer, I will get narrower.

    I never realised, but you're right!
  • Laney_7Laney_7 Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    getitamb wrote: »
    Getting nutrients is more important than losing weight.
    I don't know how you could possibly assess that. All the epidemiology shows that people who eat a nutritious diet don't tend to gain weight in the first place. Focusing on eating enough fruits, vegetables, and fiber does confer substantial health benefits though, and it's easier to control than weight loss.

    On that note, the thing nobody told me is that nutrition and body weight are fundamentally intertwined. Excess body fat comes from fooling my appetite with all the processed and calorie-dense food lurking in restaurants and the grocery store and inadvertently overeating. Fats and refined oils, added sugars, starch, refined flour, fried foods, processed meat, red meat, and dairy fat are the worst culprits and I only eat them rarely now. Even processed healthy foods like whole grain bread, hummus, or refried beans are easier to overeat than unprocessed foods.

    When I shifted to about 90% of calories from plant-based whole foods and a little fish, I walked around full, was able to stop counting calories and still maintain my weight loss, and the bit of belly fat I had accepted as my natural body shape melted away for the first time in my life. As an additional sign of lower inflammation, the rosacea I'd battled for years almost magically cleared up. Alas, I fell off the wagon and stress eating put a bit of belly fat back, but I'm on track again.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 462 Member Member Posts: 462 Member
    JaydedMiss wrote: »
    been a while...weirdest thing i noticed was i had a tiny "tail" lol. Not a legit tail like you see sometimes when the spine extends...but a tiny tail bump from the same sort of situation. Hurts like hell to hit.. Also butt bones and how awkward they were lol

    I've got a tailbump too! Didn't expect it either, having looked at spinal anatomy. It's a pain.
  • Jacq_quiJacq_qui Member Posts: 326 Member Member Posts: 326 Member
    When you hit your goal weight and it's not what you thought you would look like you set another goal, and another, and another... I'm not even sure what a goal weight is anymore but still trying to get my body to what I want it to be whatever that weight will end up.

    Yeah this is me. Also, I now know that my ideal body shape is not gonna be achieved by weight loss alone.

    Also, I'm really quite good at estimating 10g (or under) of mayo, a 60g slice of bread (home made and cut) and 100 or 200ml of liquid :)
    edited December 2020
  • Laney_7Laney_7 Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    charmmeth wrote: »
    For me this was certainly not the case. (Sadly!) I grant that I have never been out of the overweight category into obese, but I have been right on the boundary. What I had to learn about losing weight was that for me it is mostly about portion control.
    Initially I lost weight through portion control but honestly for me it's not sustainable. I get around it by filling up on leafy greens, low-starch vegetables, and fresh fruit. Chef AJ's book got me down the "vegetables for breakfast" path and it's been so much easier than calorie counting or portion control.

    My weight was stable doing this until life as we know it stopped and I attempted to cope through stress eating. It made me feel even worse so that little experiment is over.
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 1,804 Member Member Posts: 1,804 Member
    charmmeth wrote: »
    Laney_7 wrote: »
    Initially I lost weight through portion control but honestly for me it's not sustainable. I get around it by filling up on leafy greens, low-starch vegetables, and fresh fruit. Chef AJ's book got me down the "vegetables for breakfast" path and it's been so much easier than calorie counting or portion control.

    I wonder what you mean by portion control? What I mean is realising that eating 100-150g of pasta per head at a meal is not one portion but two. That we don't need to be preparing 500g of potatoes for two people. Or that if I am cooking mince (ground beef?) for two, 250 g is more than enough for both of us as the basis of a sauce. (I explain this over catering by remembering that I used to cook for members of a rugby club!) We eat lots of vegetables and I track my calories, with the help of mfp, but working out what a normal portion was was the first, and for us really important, step.

    I can't eat most of the leafy green vegetables and beans at all, due to IBS. So I've had to do it all with more or less halving normal portions. My body has got used to eating that amount, so that makes things easier; overeating for me is now spending all evening grazing, not eating too much at a meal. It makes me physically sick if I try. I'm much more mindful of the calorie density of various foods, but I still eat some dense things because if I don't I won't get my calories in.
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