M.H. asks from Medfield, MA on June 11, 2009
Can't Seem to Lose Any Weight!!!
So over the past year or so I've gained 10 lbs. It may not seem like a lot but since having my daughter all of my weight gain goes to my gut and love handles. I lost 60 lbs after having my daughter by eating right and going to the gym. This time it's not working. I've been going to pilates, kickboxing, muscle conditioning and spinning 6 days/week for 3 weeks and have only lost a lb!! I tols my husband if I don't lose any more weight by the end of this week I'm going on an eating bender.
Any advice on anything else I can try? I would like to be able to fit into my clothes from last summer soon!
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K.K. answers from Boston on June 12, 2009
I have the same issue! Baby #2 did a number on my mid area.
I have found that sleep is also a factor with my weight. I saw something on one of the morning news casts about how to little sleep can keep those stubborn extra pounds from coming off. So make sure you're getting at least 7 hours a night. I unfortunately don't get that all the time, but when I can take a week and get a solid 7 hours, I notice a big difference.
Good luck! And I would alwasy ask your doctor as well.
D.B. answers from Boston on June 12, 2009
Since your weight seems to be around your gut, you should look into the possibility of metabolic syndrome - this is a condition that consists of any combination of blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, fat deposits around the middle and high blood pressure. Many people don't have all 5, just a combination of any 3 or 4. If you have your blood tested for thyroid (it's called TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone), be sure you also have your sugar levels tested. This would be fasting blood sugars - so get the first appointment of the day and don't eat breakfast. I have both issues and am managing them well with a very low dose of thyroid hormone and a fantastic new product called GlucAffect which, in clinical trials, helped people reduce their fasting blood sugar levels by 30% and they lost an average of 16 pounds. Everyone added exercise, but the control group (not taking GlucAffect) did not lose weight. I've been to several conferences and the stories coming from all over the country are amazing - some people are even getting off insulin, and Type I diabetics are at least able to reduce how much insulin they take. GlucAffect only came out in November so that's really awesome. Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes are major health issues in the US now. I'm not saying you are diabetic, but the stubborn weight around the middle is often a sign of metabolic syndrome. Happy to share more info.
G.T. answers from Boston on June 11, 2009
Hi M.. What is your diet like? Is it ruining your efforts? Sometimes weight loss can be stubborn and slow. If it took you a year to put on 10 lbs, well you are not going to lose it in 3 weeks. You did lose a lb, so keep up the good work.
Weight training will go a longer way than cardio believe it or not, so make sure you are doing that three times a week.
I'm a trainer so I hear these complaints all the time.
I do agree though, it would not hurt to check with your DR. to rule stuff out.
A.C. answers from Boston on June 11, 2009
You should check with your doctor. I friend found herself suddenly gaining weight even though she was doing extreme workouts and it turned out she had a hormonal imbalance. She has since gotten on some medication and lost a lot of weight. I also lost about 5 pounds several years ago after a routine physical (blood work) showed I had slightly low thyroid levels. I have been on a low thyroid medication ever since and it has helped keep my weight stable. So that is one possibility . . . Good luck! It sounds like you are doing everything else right!
D.M. answers from Boston on June 12, 2009
You need to give it a little more time than 3 weeks - the good news is that the motivation to do something is there (that's the hardest part), but your body is getting shocked back into working out all the time. If it were 40 pounds (my issue) the weight would slide off if you worked out that often and ate well. Kickboxing always did wonders for me. If you haven't tried it yet, you might want to sign up for weight watchers as well, you can do it online. It helps really balance your eating. Even when you think you eat healthy, you probably aren't.
Keep in mind, healthy weight loss is only about a pound a week.
Good luck! : ) D.
R.K. answers from Springfield on June 11, 2009
I would get some blood work done to check your thyroid and also keep in mind if you are doing all these things that especially going to the gym that muscle weighs more then fat. I went to the gym before I had my second and my weight actually went up a little even though I was losing some of the fat. If you are starting to lose the fat around your belly I wouldn't be concerned about the amount of weight you lose.
G.Q. answers from Burlington on June 12, 2009
Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. Do not worry about your weight. Keep up the exercise and healthy eating and you will slim down. Make sure not to starve yourself or your body will hold on to the fat.
M.C. answers from Hartford on June 12, 2009
You can talk with your doctor to rule out other issues, and of course remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe you're just gaining more muscle than you're losing fat, BUT...for what it's worth, I think it's probably a diet issue. I bet nearly anything that doing any of the following will help you (if you haven't already): stop drinking soda and juice; cut dairy out of your diet; stop eating pre-prepared foods, and eat more vegetables.