mariechinander wrote: »
Hi All, I was drawn to this thread because I am a WWer and lost 48 pounds on it and then not doing much different (probably more exercise), I have been gaining for 6 months. My doctor wants to know how many calories I eating and I have no idea. I stopped counting cals when I joined WW. So he wants me to track cals and I don't know about giving up WW. I love/loved Connect on WW but since I am doing the program and gaining, I'm not comfy there anymore. So here I am and I I'm starting to like MFP and cals again. Amazing how counting cals opens up some of the foods I love but are higher in points than those of equals calories. Any words or wisdom or other WWers/former WWers that have had my experience would be so welcome. Dr can't find a reason I'm gaining other than maybe eating too few calories and I've killed my metabolism. Any thoughts?
theslightedgeforever wrote: »
@cbabie So next time you can't figure out what you want, grab an apple or whatever fruit you have in the house. You grabbed the popcorn cause it was easy to fix. So make the fruit easy to fix. Either keep some cantaloupe cut up or use one of those apple slicer/corer things so you get 8 wedges. That's easy.@bevsargent66 Welcome to the group! Recently I lost about 24 lbs from August til end of January. Then had to take some prednisone and put on 7 lbs. Now I'm working on going back down again. I'm doing carb cycling (med-high carbs) and tracking all my foods everyday. While I consider myself OP if I stay within my carb range, I also really try and stay within my calorie range which is about 1450-1660 right now. Plus I was consistent. My exercise consists of walking about 30-45 min depending 5 times a week. Preplanning my meals in my tracker each morning is a must and then following that plan. Sometimes my hubby comes and changes my plan so I learned to change and pick foods that still fall within my numbers. It's all about the numbers for me. I am currently trying to eat more whole foods and still make my numbers work out.@trooworld You can do this. Just keep tracking and staying within your points. Yes popcorn has alot of fiber but usually popcorn in a bag has trans fat which isn't healthy for us. Do I eat it at times? Yes. I was doing really well with my microwave silicone popcorn bowl where I just add popcorn. No oil needed. Then I would sprinkle seasoning and some salt on it. But then would think does the microwave and silicone give me cancer and I'm better off with the trans fat? Who knows. lol I was doing well for a while eating half a bag and putting the other half in a Ziplock or cookie tin for later. Lately it's been the whole bag and I track it.@mswatson0777 Are you tracking and staying within your boundaries? Exciting the wedding plans are coming along. Yes B's get degrees. How competitive is your field@gemwolf110 Is purple simply filling or freestyle? I'm learning that when I'm craving something and can't figure it out I really don't need food. I'm craving something else. What will fill that hole? Having a list of distractions is helpful. Usually then the craving passes and mealtime is just around the corner. Or I go have a hot cup of tea. So I'm stumped on MOH. I've got mother of husband, man of the hour, oh just figured it out. Maid of Honor. DUH! You can tell I eloped. lol I make a cheesy cauliflower rice bowl that I like now. I've made cauliflower tater tots. I've thought about making the cauliflower grilled cheese. Just haven't tried it yet. Now when recipes call for rice I just used riced cauliflower. Family doesn't seem to notice the difference if it's in a casserole type dish.
mariechinander wrote: »
@theslightedgeforever I made it to day 12 of tracking on both. On WW I tracked every day for 2.75 years except maybe 3 or 4 days. That said, your words are wise because it is amazing how easy it is to overeat!@gemwolf110 I've been eating for the last nearly 2 weeks about 12-14 points above my dailies (unheard of before for me on WW) and this morning was a weight loss. Not a maintain or gain (gain was more frequent) so just maybe my dr was correct to tell me to track calories. His guess was I wasn't eating enough for my exercise. But, why would I gain? That I don't have an answer. But a lower number on the scale was my happy dance morning.@mswatson0777 Yes yes yes on the flexibility. Last night I told DH what I wanted for dinner "because I like it and I haven't had it in forever". I tracked every calorie and ended at 1500 cals. Right about where I needed to be.
So I cancelled my WW subscription and it will end in a week. I did collect my wellness wins in 3 pairs or gym socks and donated the rest to their in need food bank. Because I looked further at MFP and found you all, I won't miss Connect, the part of WW I still liked. I was doing WW online only so I won't miss my group.
For the popcorn discussion, I found some Winona's 0cal popcorn spray and Kernel Seasons flavor sprinkles. Is it yummy like theater popcorn? Nope but I do like my air popped corn much better than with Pam and Salt.@mswatson0777 I have to agree with not going Keto. I know some that swear by it but based on my experiment with Atkins 25 years ago, there is no way I can ever try something similar again. I was in ketosis and while my DH lost 15 pounds in 6 weeks, nary an ounce left me. And I'm not a protein fan so I started to hate all protein and fat while I dreamed about carb foods. Nearly the same issue with WW but fat is a no-no and there were some carbs so it was a reasonable plan for me. Counting calories has been a winner in the past so I need to get to that and not any fad.
theslightedgeforever wrote: »
@teresaw1020 Glad you are all back safe and sound. As I'm typing out that sentence I was thinking what does it acutally mean to be "sound". lol If you are of sound mind that means you aren't crazy. Interesting how words and phrases we are taught when we are little are still used and before I never really thought about it. Unless I'm in a contemplative mood. Have a happy bday and I'm glad you got your weights.@trooworld Oh I can eat a whole bag of Doritos. Now I wouldn't with Lays. Ruffles maybe if I had French Onion Dip. But I've stopped buying Doritos. For a while I would portion the bag into thirds and put each portion in a ziplock and then back into the original bag. So when I reached in, I could "finish the bag". But really I don't even need 1/3. It's nothing but processed food filled with salt and preservatives and won't do a thing for my health. Tastes really good though. So they have been added to my special list of I can eat them but probably won't unless it's a special time.@mswatson0777 Hooray for you getting back on track right away. That's the key to not gaining weight. I'm carrying a bit of water too today. I was really bloated and rings were tight then I was happy because I could finally get them off and today back to being bloated. Such is the life of a perimenopausal woman I think. I'm learning to roll with it. I think you made the right decison regarding counting calories. At some point we know what works for us but we want to keep trying the things we think that will work faster. But then we can't/don't stick to it so it ends up not working for us in the long run. So now my motto is lose weight but consistently; even if it's slowly.@gemwolf110 Thanks on the freestyle info. That was the one where everyone was happy they could return to eating eggs and corn for zero points. I don't know which one I would pick if I rejoined but probably green because I could see myself eating lots of the zero point foods. But also I'm a control freak. On the other hand, the zero point foods are probably more healthier for you. It's a toss up. Just the thought of 17 points daily messes with my mind. I know I could eat all of the other foods for free but...... good thing I'm doing carb cycling here on MFP. You got this.@mariechinander I started tracking on both and didn't keep up. I got tired of double tracking. That's awesome you kept up with tracking for almost 3 years. It really has become a habit for me. As I was sitting down to dinner tonight my hubby kept trying to tell me a story and I was on MFP trying to see how much food I could eat. We have a phones down rule at dinner. He kept saying phones down phones down like a parrot. I was saying I'M TRYING TO SEE HOW MUCH OF THE MASHED POTATOES I CAN EAT. lol I usually preplan and so don't have this scenario but I didn't. So lesson learned for me. Preplanning is so much better. I was happy I could have 1/2 cup of potatoes but then that left me room for only 4 baby carrots. Your question of why would I gain....it made me think of a person who has diabetes. Sometimes when they try to control the amount of sugar and it's less than the body thinks they should have, the liver can dump some of the stored glucose into their bodies and then they wake up with a higher fasting glucose number. The body is trying to protect itself. It doesn't know the intention of the person who is trying to get of diabetes meds. So back to weight gain, the body thinks uh oh less calories, food must be scarce so it is hanging on to everything you eat in case food supplies continue to be low. It is protecting itself not realizing that the person is trying to lower calories to have better health. They know they can go to the grocery store and get more but the body doesn't. Now that's just my two cents. I'm neither a dr nor a scientist. But I have seen it in practice before. With myself and friends. I know my sweet spot is between 1450-1660. It was a bit higher but then when I kept losing I realized I need to drop my cals just a bit. So I did it by 50 on one day and then the next week I would choose a different day and do 50. I'll probably keep my 1660 (I get that two days a week on Thursday and Saturday for social reasons) Thanks on the popcorn spray info@renaegry I totally agree with your hubby 80/20 Pareto principle March will be so much better than my February. Shoot it will be better than January too when I got sick. Do NOT want a repeat of that. If you work and work and still see yourself going over carbs maybe try boosting the carbs to 35 and lowering either your protein or fat by 5. Just seeing yourself be successful every day is motivating versus always watching yourself miss the mark on the carbs.
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