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Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2009, 10:23 am

Hi folks!

I hope this is an okay community to post this, and not just for people who are already thin to chat. Alternatively, if this is an ana group and I overlooked that, sorry! If it is, I'll delete this post. I'm at a loss here.

Here's my story. I'm 5'1, 23 and about 225. I finished college in December and always promised once I was out and had a real schedule (instead of 16 hour days) and control of what I could eat (instead of relying on school food), I'd do my best to get healthy and in shape. So far, it has been 4 months and I'm REALLY proud of myself. This is the first time in my life I'm trying to be healthy and I'm doing well.

I'm eating 3 meals a day, covering all the food groups, doing a mostly low-carb diet (I indulge every so often, but not that much), I've given up soda, coffee, candy and fast food. I exercise 3 times a week (I used to get NO exercise, so though I could do more, 3 times is a huge change right now). I'm not proud to admit it, but I'm trying a diet pill (1 week so far, 7DFB-X).

I've turned my entire life around. Eating well and healthy and being active. I've been doing this steadily for four months now. So could someone please help me understand why after four months, I haven't lost a single pound or inch? I'm enjoying being healthy, so I don't plan to stop just because I'm not getting results, but after four months, not even a little difference? I'm getting really discouraged.

So I turn to you guys. What am I doing wrong? What can I do to lose weight if all the things I'm supposed to do aren't working?

Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)

Chill out for a while and continue to build up muscle and good habits. Don't take anything that changes your natural appetite because your metabolism will get screwed up and you will just gain all the weight back and then some. No more diet pills!

Make your goal be things like how many servings of fruits and veggies and how much you work out and how heavy your weights are.

If you're only doing cardio and no weights, pick up the weights. Now. Muscle = higher metabolism. There is no such thing as light weights plus lots of reps equaling shapely as opposed to bulky muscles. Only genetics determine how bulked up you get. So add some weights and keep adding heaviness as you get stronger despite with the perky gym people might say. stumptuous.com is a good site for getting started at the gym.

And congrats on your new healthy life style.

PS if you truly haven't lost anything - check your diet for hidden calories and also for portion control. But honestly, just go ahead and DON'T worry about what the scale says right now. Concentrate on how much better you feel just living the healthy life. When it's really and truly its own reward is when you will be able to keep it up and not backslide. It's waaaaaaaaay worse for you to lose tons of weight and gain it back than to be fat but stable.

You know those 400-500 pound and up people? Nearly ALL of them have, in the past, been "good" dieters who lost tons and then got fat again. That is what getting skinny too fast can do to you!

Edited at 2009-04-03 03:36 pm (UTC)

Fri, Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)

I didn't plan on continuing the pills, they didn't do anything to begin with. I had a weak moment!

I snack with veggies and fruits now and make sure to vary them. I do Jazzercise (which I TOTALLY recommend!) which includes both cardio and weight training.

I really am trying to ignore the fact that after 4 months, I'm completely without results, but it is really hard. I enjoy this lifestyle and plan on keeping it, but I come from a very obese family. Heh, I should talk about my sugar/fat/cholesterol free, low sodium, kosher and vegetarian household. This is my first diet and I'm trying to think of it as what it is, a lifestyle change. I plan to stick with this, not just stop when I reach a goal.

But yeah. I'm looking at nutritional information and I'm picking the right things. I just wish I could lose even 5lbs or something, just as proof I'm not completely screwing up! If I had insurance, I'd talk to my doctor about this. Meh.