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What's your Secret Truth on Weight Loss?

elisa123galelisa123gal Member Posts: 3,872 Member Member Posts: 3,872 Member
Share your truth. The time when you realized truly why you weren't losing the weight.

My pandemic pounds have bee coming of so slow I thought I was stuck....

Then I realized;

- I wasn't drinking my 100 ounces of water.
- - I was eating fruit higher in sugar.
- - I was eating those new prepared bags of salad and putting the packaged dressing on instead of making my own.
- I thought that evening glass of wine or two shouldn't hurt.. I was walking two miles a day!

I changed those little cheats.. and now the weight is coming off again.
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  • elisa123galelisa123gal Member Posts: 3,872 Member Member Posts: 3,872 Member
    Thanks for your unsolicited advice.. but I have successfully lost all my weight 2.5 years ago without counting one calorie. I sort of know what I'm doing. It works for me and that's what matters.
    The point of the post was to disclose what you've done to start losing weight when you kid yourself that nothing is working at the moment.

    And yes.. those points I made have made me start losing my last pandemic pounds.
  • minnelizzyminnelizzy Member Posts: 25 Member Member Posts: 25 Member
    I thought I had hit a plateau a week or two ago. I changed up from basically just doing cardio and yoga to incorporating some strength training. I wrote down what I did for exercise each day. I stay within my calories and eat my exercise cals. I’m now down 3 more lbs 👍🏽
    Hopefully this keeps going 🤗
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 38,204 Member Member Posts: 38,204 Member
    I'm up about 10 Lbs from maintenance with the pandemic...I haven't lost it because honestly I haven't really tried. This whole things has been exhausting...hybrid work schedule...kids doing distance learning at home...not being able to go anywhere because nothing is open...not being able to travel out of state to see family because my work requires me to quarantine for 2 weeks and use my annual leave if I do, etc.

    I have generalized anxiety disorder and all of this has made it worse and have had some major anxiety attacks over the last several months. Right now my focus is just on taking care of my mental health ad keeping it together for my family...10 Lbs isn't really very high on my priority list right now...definitely a back burner issue at the moment.
  • Psyjohn319Psyjohn319 Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
    My slim diet book likely will make NYT Best Sellers list. The tome is only one page, which reads, “Eat less. Exercise more.” Kind of sounds like a Zen koan, doesn’t it? $10.95 Hardcover, $7.95 Paperback, $2.95 eBook.
  • FflpnariFflpnari Member Posts: 822 Member Member Posts: 822 Member
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,772 Member Member Posts: 9,772 Member
    I changed my workout programming so I was retaining water and the scale wasn't moving.
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 5,998 Member Member Posts: 5,998 Member
    Ate less... moved more. 🤷‍♀️
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 11,676 Member Member Posts: 11,676 Member
    I quit eating in a caloric surplus.

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  • elisa123galelisa123gal Member Posts: 3,872 Member Member Posts: 3,872 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    I'm up about 10 Lbs from maintenance with the pandemic...I haven't lost it because honestly I haven't really tried. This whole things has been exhausting...hybrid work schedule...kids doing distance learning at home...not being able to go anywhere because nothing is open...not being able to travel out of state to see family because my work requires me to quarantine for 2 weeks and use my annual leave if I do, etc.

    I have generalized anxiety disorder and all of this has made it worse and have had some major anxiety attacks over the last several months. Right now my focus is just on taking care of my mental health ad keeping it together for my family...10 Lbs isn't really very high on my priority list right now...definitely a back burner issue at the moment.

    It is a lot to handle.. and the only reason I'm losing my pandemic weight now.. is stress levels are down and I'm taking advantage of the moment. Nothing is worse than anxiety...and when that's going on..weight loss takes a back seat. I get that. Hopefully the light is at the end of the tunnel with this covid crisis.
  • elisa123galelisa123gal Member Posts: 3,872 Member Member Posts: 3,872 Member
    Ate less... moved more. 🤷‍♀️


    I actually eat more and move less.. no kidding. I used to count calories and starve at 1300 and exercise like crazy at the gym..and never reach my goals.

    When I started eating six balanced meals a day and exercising less.. I lost my weight. I'm a size 10 now.. 5' 10". and need to get back to my size 8 ..should be there early December. That will put me at the lower middle of my BMI.

    Interesting how different things work for different people.
  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 417 Member Member, Premium Posts: 417 Member
    Ate less... moved more. 🤷‍♀️


    I actually eat more and move less.. no kidding. I used to count calories and starve at 1300 and exercise like crazy at the gym..and never reach my goals.

    I eat less and move less. It wasn't until the pandemic that I appreciated how little impact exercise makes on my weight. I mean, exercise is good for me, there's no denying that, but when it comes to my weight, it's almost entirely about what I eat.

    If you look at Past Me in February and Me Right Now, the difference is -10,000 to -15,000 steps a day, but probably also -300 to -600 calories a day. And I'm over 2 stone lighter.

    I used to think I couldn't lose weight unless I ran regularly, and that was just another barrier to doing something about it. Now I know that it's a nice thing to do, but it's not essential. The trick to weight loss is to make it as easy for yourself as possible and to stop making excuses.

    You don't have to go to the gym. You don't have to cut out chocolate or carbs. You just have to weigh everything and log everything. It takes a lot more willpower (and cost) to go to the gym than it does to buy a cheap set of scales and weigh everything you eat.
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  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 17,070 Member Member, Premium Posts: 17,070 Member
    Share your truth. The time when you realized truly why you weren't losing the weight.

    My pandemic pounds have bee coming of so slow I thought I was stuck....

    Then I realized;

    - I wasn't drinking my 100 ounces of water.
    - - I was eating fruit higher in sugar.
    - - I was eating those new prepared bags of salad and putting the packaged dressing on instead of making my own.
    - I thought that evening glass of wine or two shouldn't hurt.. I was walking two miles a day!

    I changed those little cheats.. and now the weight is coming off again.

    I'm not really a stall/plateau person, I think, compared to what some people report here. However, lately, working to ultra-slowly lose some vanity pounds in year 5 of maintenance, there have been times as long as a month when it looked like I wasn't losing, and was maybe even gaining.

    At this point, I have the luxury of understanding my calorie needs quite clearly, with or without exercise; and of trusting my weight-management practices (for me, the practices involved in calorie counting), so during those periods that look like plateau/stall, I just stick with it, and what I expect to happen, eventually happens . . . so far.

    Early on, when first on MFP, I made an investment of time and attention in learning how to log in ways that required tolerably moderate effort, but gave tolerably accurate results. ("Tolerable" varies by individual.) Then I just kept going, with the food logging, weight trending app (also misleading sometimes), bodyweight scale, food scale, fun levels of (logged) exercise. Works for me.

    There's no secret in there, anywhere, that I can see. 🤷‍♀️
  • Chef_BarbellChef_Barbell Member Posts: 5,998 Member Member Posts: 5,998 Member
    Ate less... moved more. 🤷‍♀️


    I actually eat more and move less.. no kidding. I used to count calories and starve at 1300 and exercise like crazy at the gym..and never reach my goals.

    When I started eating six balanced meals a day and exercising less.. I lost my weight. I'm a size 10 now.. 5' 10". and need to get back to my size 8 ..should be there early December. That will put me at the lower middle of my BMI.

    Interesting how different things work for different people.

    Good for you. Not sure the reason you felt the need to point all that out... but go you. 🤷‍♀️
  • Psyjohn319Psyjohn319 Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
    Wow! I don’t get it. You can lose muscle weight (which is heavier than fat weight) by cutting back on exercise. However, if your caloric intake is higher, it doesn’t make sense physiologically.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 17,070 Member Member, Premium Posts: 17,070 Member
    Psyjohn319 wrote: »
    Wow! I don’t get it. You can lose muscle weight (which is heavier than fat weight) by cutting back on exercise. However, if your caloric intake is higher, it doesn’t make sense physiologically.

    Muscle is more dense per pound than fat (smaller volume) but a pound is a pound, when it comes to how it affects the bodyweight scale.

    If a healthy person cuts back exercise (doesn't eliminate it altogether) I suspect muscle mass loss will be somewhat slow, especially if nutrition (especially protein) is adequate. I can't prove it, but here's what makes me think that: Lazy, pleasure-seeking, and undermotivated soul that I am, I've reduced exercise pretty much every Winter for 15+ years now. Most of those years**, my weight was stable, i.e., I was maintaining, and I didn't have to buy new clothes every Spring to accommodate a body that had materially increased in size (because fat is less dense) at that same weight. (As measured by readily-measurable exercise performance, I wasn't significantly weaker by Spring, either, though of course I realize that muscle mass and functional strength are related but not identical things.) (** In the few other years, I was either intentionally losing weight, or gaining it at a slow-creep rate.)

    If a person loses weight (on the scale) more readily at a higher calorie level, the physiological mechanisms would be things like the effect of fatigue (or adaptive thermogenesis) on daily life activity level, and on exercise intensity; plus the cortisol-related water retention that can come from the physical stress of a long-ish term excessive calorie deficit. Then, of course, there's also the role of compliance with calorie goal, and the possibility of self-denial/selective memory about overeating incidents that are more likely to happen when the calorie deficit is too extreme.
  • Dogmom1978Dogmom1978 Member Posts: 1,293 Member Member Posts: 1,293 Member
    Psyjohn319 wrote: »
    Wow! I don’t get it. You can lose muscle weight (which is heavier than fat weight) by cutting back on exercise. However, if your caloric intake is higher, it doesn’t make sense physiologically.

    @Psyjohn319 spoiler alert:

    1 lb of muscle and 1 lb of fat weigh EXACTLY the same amount. Not sure why you would think that muscle would weigh more than fat? I think you might be confused. As above muscle is more dense than fat, but a lb of feathers and a lb of bricks are still just 1 lb each
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