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  • Breastfeeding seems to aid in weight loss for some women. I can assure you, it is not true for all... some of us it was really the opposite. I don't know why that is. You will find this if you talk to a large enough group of women who breastfeed/ have breastfed. There are definitely those for who breastfeeding is basically…
  • Thanks for the input you guys. The final frontier of trying to get out of the overweight BMI... seems that it takes a more finely tuned self knowledge and honesty. Calories * in * is the thing we have the most control over and also the hardest (for me anyway). My caloric needs seem to fluctuate quite a bit, and then when…
  • Count me in as one who has roughly 20 lbs to lose. Currently slightly overweight for my height. I hold my weight decently well and I feel so much better than when I was obese, but another 20 lbs loss will make a big difference. Getting further away from the overweight range seems to help so much physically. I'm early 40s.…
    in 20 lbs Comment by pink_mint February 16
  • Thanks for the thoughts, all! I live in north Texas so winter is really not that bad, but it definitely has an effect. I actually have gotten more walking (my primary exercise) in lately because it's easier to get outside without the extreme heat that we have most of the year here. The main factor is food. I'm just not…
  • This is helpful! Thanks. Do you guys weigh portioned packaged food items with the info right on it too?
  • Very good... yes, I do have a digital scale with the tare feature (OXO brand) with a 5 pound capacity. Hopefully I won't be eating that much at once 😅 I just have to get into the habit. Haven't started yet. But yes, absolutely, I am excited for recipes to be more accurate too. Just need to start using it. I'm curious. I'll…
  • Well, I did keto for 3 and a half years. And then I lost my mind and gained 50 lbs after going back to carbs. Everyone is different but I think for most people, a diet as restrictive as keto is just not sustainable long term. I am one who seriously questions the health benefits for the average person too. At the time it…
  • Yep. I'm learning to get used to being a little hungry and not panicking. At the same time there is a point at which going hungry backfires and that's probably different for everyone. If I go too long without eating and get too hungry, it's very hard to stop eating once I start. I know breakfast is not popular around here,…
  • You're probably right. My weight loss has been quite slow and it's hard some days to see any difference. I guess I'm hoping to know there's a visible difference. I might take this post down. I'm not really sure what the point is.
  • Thank you for the feedback everyone! I didn't know you could use your phone as a fineness tracker with an app either. Trackers do sound interesting. Those unstructured, hard to gauge day to day activities really can vary greatly. That would be great to be able to track. And I'm not sure what I said to earn a dislike from…
  • 1. Going back and forth between torture and free-for-all with food. 2. Thinking there must be some totally deprivation -free way to lose weight. 3. Keto. It "worked" but it is just not sustainable. I cannot live the rest of my entire life like that and as soon as I reintroduced carbs I blew up. 4. Intuitive eating. My "set…
  • Every gal is different. But for me (and I think this is common) the few days before my period are the hardest. Hunger really ramps up. Some studies show we burn more calories during this time (luteal phase), so that and female hormonal fluctuations can really affect hunger levels. I have decided to eat at maintenance…
  • 5'5" female. At 18 my weight was around 125 lb. My weight has been sort of a rollercoaster over the years. I'm 40 now. Lowest adult weight was 110 lbs and that's when I was a drug addict (I have been clean for years fyi). On my frame 110 looks sick, which, of course it was. Highest non-pregnancy weight was 205 lb. Which…
  • Struggling with the luteal phase (week before period) currently. During this time I can eat my normal breakfast and it feels like I ate literally nothing. My hunger is so agressive that I simply cannot tough it out. So I just eat. I try to keep the big picture in mind. My weight loss progress is slow but sustainable.
  • Thanks everyone! I am figuring out exercise. I was doing a strenuous bodyweight workout and found that it made me hungry enough to eat probably twice the calories it burned. So I'm trying walking now and it's been better so far. It's been trial and error to figure out what helps me stay in a deficit that I can handle…
  • About my diary, I actually hand track my calories on paper. I'm old school and low budget. My phone is cheap and can't handle many apps, so I don't have the MFP app and don't track that way. I just check in here for the forums in my web browser. 🙂
  • Have you tried a supplement called blood builder? I've taken it for low iron for about 10 years now. I have bad menstrual cycles, so I suspect it's that. I am never without a bottle of blood builder. It's different that the typical iron pill. You can get it at Sprouts if you're in the US 🙂
    in Low iron Comment by pink_mint May 2020
  • Thank you! Yes I was reading that transitioning cats to a weight loss regimen should be done gradually so I'll definitely keep that in mind. I don't want to give her problems by starting something abruptly.
  • Thanks for the input everyone! Yes we do feed the cats a dry food. And the kids enjoy putting a heaping scoop in the bowls whenever they're getting low. We'll have to figure something out. Wet food only might be something to start with and see how it goes.
  • Yes, everyone is different. I tried to not eat breakfast and it doesn't work so well for me. I would feel ok at first but then somewhere around late morning I get shaky and ravenous and once I start eating at that point I feel like I can't stop. I don't eat breakfast because it's some official recommendation, I really am…
  • As for the original post and question about mental health and whether or how clean eating helps... it seems to benefit my mental health not having to worry about which foods are good or bad. If we're talking about weight loss - being able to eat what's available, affordable, easy and appealing within my calorie budget, is…
  • Yes it's good to be open to the possibility that someone is not wearing a mask for reasons other than that they're a horrible person. We really don't know what's going on in someone's life.
  • I live in an area of Texas with a blue collar, freedom loving, pick up truck driving, country music listening population. Our state has lifted restrictions and our county is leaving masks and such up to "recommend" but not required. I can only speculate, and agreeing is not the same thing as seeing where people are in…
  • I think the responses above are very good and something you might really want to think about. One thing I wonder is what antidepressant you're on. You don't have to say, but what you're describing reminds me a little of Wellbutrin/ Bupropion. Everyone reacts differently to it, and any antidepressant. But for some, and I…
  • My grocery spending is up (Texas, USA here). Since all this started, I try to get in and out of the store and get as much at one time as possible. Also choosing from what's available, which isn't always what I planned to buy. No messing with coupons, savings apps, sale coordinating and stopping at multiple stores for the…
  • Keep going 🙂 I hear you, op. I got to where I was tired of being fat and I was readier than ready to do whatever it takes, but really I wanted to have lost the weight yesterday. It killed me to think about slow weight loss. Well it's been 11 weeks and I've lost 7 lbs. There's times where it's just like, seriously? How can…
  • Ok. See that's what I do. I only log my weight into MFP if it's gone down, that is if it's moving towards the goal. I have a separate way of recording the daily fluctuations. But yes that's what I was getting at, what low weight do you 'trust' as a truly new low.
  • Ok I do that too in my weight tracking app. I guess I mean more on the MFP goal progress weight tracker on your profile. I guess I should have said that.
  • I can relate to what you've said here and I too would say that being a hair into the overweight range is totally worth it if mental health is that much better. I remember, pre-kids, in my 20s, when I was at the lower end of the healthy BMI, had a thigh gap for goodness sake. I was really quite thin. And I was fixated on…
  • I am bumping this thread with my question that is redirected from another thread. Forgive me if this has been covered here already. This is a long thread :) Here it is: Edited to add: after reading the Lyle McDonald article, he makes a very compelling case. My only concern is that it feels sort of hard to keep track of...…
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