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  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    Fill up on stuff like salad 1st so you can get full but not eat a lot of calories! Watch the carbs, I think we should eat some carbs moderately (fruit, whole grains, legumes, and stuff like that) but should eat only a little bit of the refined sugar stuff. Stay with it, I don't think your 2+ gain was fat. I don't think you can put on fat that quick. I'm sure at least some of it is water. I like eating salads, a little bit of whats for dinner, and maybe a fruit yoghurt smoothie. I seem to do best when I do that and when I make sure I get enough protein in me. Good luck!
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    I have never followed the one plate rule. I would if it was required for me to lose weight but I've been lucky and it hasn't been necessary for me. When I started OMAD (252-lbs) I would eat in a 3-hr eating window and would have deserts every night and I lost about 45-lbs in 7-months. Since then, I've only done OMAD part time and also have had some gout issues that have kept me from exercising for some long stretches. I gained back a little a couple of times then (10-lbs twice) and have not lost very quickly because of those things. If I do the OMAD (21:3 for me, I eat ad libitum tell full and graze after that in the eating window) and exercise and only do 1 16:8 splurge day a week, I will lose about 1-lb/wk. If that doesn't work, then I I would shorten my eating window or go lower carb or both. The last thing I will try is limiting quantity and not being able to get full. The things you can work with as I see it are:

    1. How often you have a spurge day and how much of a splurge day it will be. (for weight loss, the less the better but for my mental well-being, I usually did a once-a-week 16:8)
    2. How long an eating window (I've always done about a 21:3 but not all can get away with that)
    3. How much allowed in the eating window (I've always eaten tell full and grazed after that but also most will not be able to get away with that)
    4. What type of foods you allow (lower carb will help with weight loss if it doesn't drive you crazy)

    Keep working with it and you will figure out what you need to do.

    I do think some exercise is good, fiber is good, ACV is good.
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    Try some oil pulling to see if it will help your tooth.
  • wsandy8512wsandy8512 Posts: 1,897Member Member Posts: 1,897Member Member
    Bob and Brenda have given great advice. I was only giving thoughts based on why you may be having trouble with OMAD using the plate rule, as well as the most general topic of why weight can't be lost after so long... eating more calories than you think, which I wouldn't have mentioned if you were losing on OMAD. That's just what I'd personally examine, first, if in your shoes. If someone else is cooking your food and using butter or oil, those should be counted. And the "zeros" plastered all over the backs of cooking sprays is very misleading, btw. That's for a spray that lasts 1/3 of a second. After that, fat and calories start entering in. I don't know about you, but my sprays coat an entire pan and I don't count the seconds, lol. More like a "chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, chhhhh, chhh, chh, ch-ch" sound when I use the sprays. :-)

    I've lost 28.6 pounds (as of this morning and if that sticks until my official weigh-in on Friday) on OMAD since April 13th, and I'm just shy of overall having lost 40 pounds since March 5th of this year. I eat my meal and dessert in one sitting because that's what works best for me and then I'm done until the next day. I don't do purposeful extended fasts, I don't do purposeful low carb, nothing, strictly OMAD. I like using things like olive oil to flavor my food and all so I don't trust myself to not go over my calorie range which is why I count. I eat my meals with my family, sometimes, but only if they are hungry at my meal times, or sometimes I just wait awhile for my meal so I can eat with them. I'm doing this so I can be around longer and live a healthier life. Whether eating or not, I will still sit with them if they eat at the table. Most of the time, food is eaten in the living room though so it's no biggie. :-)

    Just didn't want you to think I was coming down hard on you or anything. You can do it :-)
    edited June 2017
  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,461Member Member Posts: 3,461Member Member
    Bob I cant believe I forgot about the Coconut Oil Pulling, I've had a couple instances when I had tooth aches and thought I was going to have to go to the dentist but I oil pulled for a few days and the pain went away...Its worth a try :)
    edited June 2017
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    Thanks everyone for your input and advice! I take it very seriously.
    I've decided I will do a combination of everything recommended; firstly, sticking fairly rigidly with the "one-plate" rule, and eating everything at a set time.
    I'm going to lower my carbs to under 100g, or wherever they fall, but making a conscious effort to lower them in general. And since my sugar intake has climbed since I stopped eating low-carb/keto in March, I aim to lower my sugar intake drastically, only having sugar on Saturdays or after a long run of more than 10 miles.
    I also think @brendagaudette's suggestion of having one 24hr full fast once a week would help, certainly in the early days to push me in the right direction and also help my weight recover from any indulgence. I'm thinking a full fast on Fridays, so I will test this on Friday and see if it works for me.
    When I weighed myself post-run late last night I was back down to 161.1lbs, so it must be my crazy water storing body; I'm going to aim to drink 3ltrs of water a day because my weight climbs when I start slipping on the water drinking front.

    Update on my annoying tooth/mouth situation:
    I had my dentist appointment this morning, and so far no wisdom tooth extraction for me (yet)...my dentist believes my tender gums/sore massater muscle/inflamed back-of-mouth tissue is because of "teeth grinding" (I disagree). He did shave the edge of my wisdom tooth that was cutting into the side of my mouth and it already feels significantly better, which to me indicates a wisdom tooth issue and NOT a grinding teeth issue.
    All will be reassessed in July and hopefully I'll get the go-ahead to get it out - or it will cease to cause me any issues after being shaved, in which case I'll consider keeping the little *kitten* :smiley:
    I'm highly doubtful of the latter...
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    Knew it was water. You can't gain fat that fast! Good luck. Find what works for you.
  • wsandy8512wsandy8512 Posts: 1,897Member Member Posts: 1,897Member Member
    I'm overjoyed for you, what a wonderful loss! I'm glad you had your tooth looked at and that it feels better!
  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,461Member Member Posts: 3,461Member Member
    The reasoning behind my water fast was because when I had a splurge day I would not count anything definitely no low carbs and I would eat whatever I wanted for the entire day and it was a lot!!! :)
  • wsandy8512wsandy8512 Posts: 1,897Member Member Posts: 1,897Member Member
    The reasoning behind my water fast was because when I had a splurge day I would not count anything definitely no low carbs and I would eat whatever I wanted for the entire day and it was a lot!!! :)

    That makes sense, Brenda. I don't splurge every week, that's probably why I don't feel a need for them, even when I have the occasional one like my margarita fest last Friday! lol
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    The reasoning behind my water fast was because when I had a splurge day I would not count anything definitely no low carbs and I would eat whatever I wanted for the entire day and it was a lot!!! :)

    That sounds like a good way to rid yourself of cravings for the rest of the week!
    Considering I am trying to nip my sugar consumption in the bud, I think having one day a week where I can eat whatever I'd like is a good way to manage any cravings.
    I have resumed my old "Treat Box" habit, which is an old method I used to use when I was cutting out/down on sugary treats.
    What I do is, I get hold of a box (can be a lunch container, or tuppaware, preferably not see-through!).
    In my case it's a gift box I had sitting in my bedroom; and every time I get offered a treat, I take it straight to the box, pop it inside and put it back out of sight. Then on Saturday (or whatever my "free" day is) I can take whatever I want out of the box and enjoy it.

    What happened when I used to do this is that when my free day rolled around, I actually didn't want anything from the box and used to offer its contents to my younger siblings in exchange for them doing chores for me, haha ;) I can be a bit OCD, and it helped cut down on my work-load a bit.

    Today I got offered two "stroopwafels" my dad bought in Amsterdam yesterday, and they both went straight into a ziplock bag and then into my treat box. The heat in England right now is such that you can't leave chocolate or anything out because it melts, and my two stroopwafels had gone soft so the caramel inside was just oozing out!
    I look forward to having them on Saturday.

    Another thing, my carbs today were about 50g, and I drank 2.5 litres of water - my stomach is not bloated! Wahooo :D I think I really have to watch my sugar, wheat and dairy specifically (all three together are a deathly combo). Those three things seem to bloat my stomach.
    edited June 2017
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    Sounds like a good plan! I like the treat box idea. I do think once in a while splurge can help to make the long term commitment easier.
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    So um...this happened..

    Start weight:162.9
    Sunday 28/05/17: 161.3 (-1.6)
    Sunday 4/06/17: 160.7 (-0.6)
    Changed weigh-in day to Thursday
    Thursday 8/06/17: 158.9 (-1.8)
    Thursday 15/06/17: 162.2 (+3.3)
    Thursday 22/06/17: 157.6 (-4.6)

    *It's just water. It's just water. It's just water*

    This was a post 8.5 mile weigh-in, so pinch of salt needed, but still, considering I drank 2.5 litres of water today, I'll take it!
    Off to enjoy my OMAD of scrambled eggs, avocado, black beans, and chicken sausage + low-carb coconut pancakes. I hope the downward trend will continue :)
  • wsandy8512wsandy8512 Posts: 1,897Member Member Posts: 1,897Member Member
    Absolutely fabulous loss! Congratulations :-)
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    wsandy8512 wrote: »
    Absolutely fabulous loss! Congratulations :-)

    Thank you!
    I don't think I could do it without the accountability and support I get on here :smile:
  • minigrrllminigrrll Posts: 1,590Member Member Posts: 1,590Member Member
    That's amazing - what a boost!! :)
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    minigrrll wrote: »
    That's amazing - what a boost!! :)

    An incredible boost! After last week I felt really despondent. This weigh-in gives me new hope! I feel like I'm back in the game ;)
  • blambo61blambo61 Posts: 4,372Member Member Posts: 4,372Member Member
    If you see a sudden gain, it's not fat. We can't gain fat that fast. I can gain 3-lbs on a splurge day and in two days of OMAD it is gone. It's just food weight in the guts or water weight and maybe a little bit of fat gain. congrats!
  • Brendalea69Brendalea69 Posts: 3,461Member Member Posts: 3,461Member Member
    Bob is right, I gain 3-5 pounds after a splurge day but it's just water :) You're doing great!!!
  • Yael452Yael452 Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    I think it's very possible that some of that weight was being held on to because of hormonal stuff...Obviously I could be wrong, but the "whoosh" effect was very real. It just happened to occur a lot later than expected.
    I've realised though that I have to keep my calories around 1,200-1,300 or less, even with exercise in order to see a consistent downward trend. When I eat more I a) Feel bloated and over-full and b) the scale stays the same or increases. I will continue to experiment with calorie counts because I don't want to go too low either.

    Today my OMAD was homemade pizza, and I was *hungry*. I ate plenty, and but not til over-full. Calories in at about 1400 I believe; I'm hoping the extra carbs won't hurt me too much.
    I've been invited out bowling tomorrow night and to grab something to eat with a group of friends, which I'm unsure about. I don't want to disrupt my current OMAD flow...admittedly I can be a hermit (if you didn't pick that up already) and getting out to socialise is pretty rare. I don't purposely go out of my way to avoid socialising, but I certainly don't actively pursue it either! I don't want to end up friendless haha, so I have to weigh these things up :hushed:
    I know that if I end up somewhere where the food doesn't look great, I'll simply forgo food and drink a coke zero (worst case scenario) which actually doesn't sound bad.
    edited June 2017
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