Calorie Counter

Message Boards General Health, Fitness and Diet
You are currently viewing the message boards in:

Weight cycling

katiemcm1125katiemcm1125 Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
Hi everyone! I have been weight cycling most of my life, which has really destroyed my metabolism. Statistically 97% of people cannot keep weight off for more than 5 years, but I cannot accept this. I lost 40 lbs in my twenties and had to do diets on and off to keep within my healthy range. In 2017 I went into a deep depression and gained about 80 lbs in the past three years. I cannot seem to lose the weight no matter what I do. The extra weight is hard on my joints and I am so uncomfortable. I don’t know what to do to lose weight and actually keep it off. Does anyone have experience of keeping weight off for 7-10 years? I’m so sad and feel hopeless.
edited November 19

Replies

  • Dogmom1978Dogmom1978 Member Posts: 1,300 Member Member Posts: 1,300 Member
    Are you weighing foods? Did you set your stats in MFP (weight, goal weight, rate of loss per week, activity level).

    CICO is what matters for weight loss.
  • katiemcm1125katiemcm1125 Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    I do measure foods and I have set all my goals. I think my metabolism is really messed up? I don’t know. Thank you for your help.
  • heybalesheybales Member Posts: 18,166 Member Member Posts: 18,166 Member
    I do measure foods and I have set all my goals. I think my metabolism is really messed up? I don’t know. Thank you for your help.

    Probably not.
    But if you are like the 70% that can't maintain for year or even reach goal weight - you likely have done your share of extreme diets to lose the weight quick.
    Great way to lose muscle mass each time.
    And with being less active as you get older typically anyway - not getting it back either.
    And yes some studies have shown a badly stressed out body can adapt in ways that stick around for years on end.

    It's not broken metabolism, it's adapted.

    Don't do extremes - that also causes water weight to be retained from the stress the body is under, which can hide fat loss on the scale - but is also bad state for body to be in.
  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 5,565 Member Member Posts: 5,565 Member
    I do measure foods and I have set all my goals. I think my metabolism is really messed up? I don’t know. Thank you for your help.

    You say that you measure food. But do you actually weigh it on a scale? And do you make sure the database entries you chose are correct?
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,721 Member Member Posts: 22,721 Member
    There are mistakes that people commonly make that cause them to not lose weight that we might be able to spot if you change your Diary Sharing settings to Public:

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/diary_settings
  • nanastaci2020nanastaci2020 Member Posts: 770 Member Member Posts: 770 Member
    How long have you been tracking your calories? What is # of calories per day set at, and do you use a food scale? How much weight have you lost since starting *this time*?

    Tracking calories and eating at a deficit really DOES work. But it takes time. So starting off with a realistic goal and expectations is important. I lost 50 pounds in 10 months in 2014. Kept it off for a few years, and put a little of it back on in 2019. Down 15 of those since June of this year, and have 2-3 pounds left to reach maintenance.
  • getting_stronger1483getting_stronger1483 Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    I'm sorry to hear that OP. Yes i have kept most of my weight off now for 9 years. I made the commitment to myself to spend either one hour of cycling on my bike or do 10 000 steps per day (which equates to an hour and a half of walking). I also regularly do weight training to build up lean muscle mass. This is why lots of people end up with lowered metabolisms when they go on diets because they lose lean muscle mass unfortunately. I used the Strong Women Stay Slim by Miriam Nelson book as a guide for my strength training and nutrition https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2224983.Strong_Women_Stay_Slim, but there's heaps of free exercises on youtube for strength training. Also its not for everyone but I weigh myself every day. If it looks like my weight is creeping up and its not down to water retention or that time of the month for me I actively work to cut my food and drink intake. I drink lots of water, eat lots of vegetables, minimize processed foods and stick to whole grains. I also will have a not so healthy meal every once in a while. I have also learnt what my trigger overeating foods are and made the decision not to buy big packs of those, its asking for trouble. Why make things harder for myself? Instead I will buy a single serve, eat and enjoy that.
    edited November 21
Sign In or Register to comment.