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why am I so fat?

(44 Posts)
LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 24-Feb-14 19:52:57

Im very bloated atm. my bras pinching me.

I eat very healthy, no snacking, only the occasional drinky poos, drink lots of water (although water bloats me but were supposed to drink it aren't we?).

I can only do limited exercise as I have physical disabilities, but, eg-I pull myself by the arms up the stairs on handrails on both sides yet still have bingo wings.

Thighs are massive as is muffin top. my figure is literally like jabba the hut.

Ive gone for thyroid test. nope not that. diabeties? nope. ive cut out carbs/gluten/ etc for a month or so each experiment and its nothing there.

people bang on about obesity but sometimes it really cant be helped can it? my gran was the same, ive turned into her, she used to snack on lettuce leaves, she was so healthy, she lived in a hot climate and swam vigourously every day, yet she was always fat.

I cant afford plastic surgery, I wish I could, its awful for my condence (of which I have none anyway) and no its not due to peer pressure either.

anyone else like this? no matter what you do/eat it never goes?

traviata Mon 24-Feb-14 21:57:19

no helpful suggestions but I love your username

NoArmaniNoPunani Mon 24-Feb-14 22:00:32

Are you taking any medication?

Mitchy1nge Mon 24-Feb-14 22:08:26

are you actually fat? or do you wish you were thinner?

am asking because whyamisofat is my phrase, it's like a form of self soothing or something (am probably not what you'd call fat unless you were being very unkind)

if you are fat, have you tried keeping a food diary and logging everything you eat and drink, with accurate portion sizes, and a log of your physical activities for a month or so?

amy246 Tue 25-Feb-14 10:55:55

Had you considered something like getting tested for polycystic ovaries: this can often cause unexplained high weight. Although there r many other symptoms as well.

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 17:53:17

thanks for replying. was reading today about gluten and I didn't realise it was in so much stuff, so may give that a go.

no im not on any medication, and my body does react to being bloated by water, for example,

I do keep a log and have shown my gp, I even went to a dietician once and she couldn't explain the non weight loss after 4 months, and a lot of money wasted.

I am actually fat. im a size 12/14, might not sound much, but most of its body fat as I cant do proper vigorous exercises due to my disabilities. But I can do thinking of investing in a slendertone type thing?

Mitchy1nge Tue 25-Feb-14 17:56:40

I don't think I know what slendertone is, have a vague image of some sort of waste-of-money electrical thing.

why don't you keep a food diary to see exactly how much you are actually eating? whatever else is going on will only affect things a little, it still always comes down to calories in and energy out. MFP is popular.

Mintyy Tue 25-Feb-14 17:59:48

How old are you, how tall are you, what do you weigh, what is your bmi?

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 18:00:47

whats MFP?

and I wish they wouldn't keep showing adverts for these so called miracle machines on slim bodies!

yes I keep a food diary.

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 18:01:32

Im 48, 5'5'', 79 kilos and don't know what my BMI is.

CoteDAzur Tue 25-Feb-14 18:10:19

What kind of disabilities do you you have? Not to be nosy, but wondering if there can be a form of cardio you can do. It is not only good for spending the calories but also tones your body and speeds up your metabolism.

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 18:15:13

Im of very limited mobility, not quite a wheelchair but getting to that point. have to use walking ssticks/crutches. I do try and go as fast as I can on them though! I do the old butt clenches and things as im sitting a lot, I lift myself on the arms of the chair, clench things in, breathe in, hold tight and out, I do limited situps (been doing them 20 a day for 20 years yet a waste of time and energy!)
I can manage to twist my middle left and right, stuff like that, but I cant run/power walk.trampoline/.

aqua aerobics-theres no pool for miles and I have a bit of a phobia with pools anyway blush.

Matildathecat Tue 25-Feb-14 18:32:23

It's 28 so overweight but not obese

Matildathecat Tue 25-Feb-14 18:37:25

Op have you looked into whether your local authority offers any exercise and lifestyle resources for the disabled or injured? Mine has a surprising amount on offer for free or very small sums. They have one to one personal trainers, walks for the disabled, aqua and lots more. Worth a check.

I'm disabled, too and keeping my weight down is a constant theme for me but it can be done.

Btw fidgeting is good for speeding up the metabolism!

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 19:30:25

matilda im always fidgeting!! I never relax! even on mn ive got DC like a small dog nestling round my ankles!!(reading a book, she tends to stick to me!)

thing is ANY exercise I do, because of my physical probs causes a lot of pain and im in constant pain anyway and cant bear any more !

LetZygonsbeZygons Tue 25-Feb-14 19:43:56

could try an exercise bike?

CoteDAzur Tue 25-Feb-14 21:01:39

If you can ride an exercise bike, that would be great. Ask the trainer in the gym to determine the heart rate band you should be working out in for weight loss.

Also, find a gym where they have what you might call an arm bike. Again, your goal is to get your heart rate into the band determined by your trainer.

Re diet - Find a good dietician and go over your typical diet with her/him. See what happens. Also, there is nothing wrong with drinking water only when you feel thirsty.

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 26-Feb-14 17:08:22

Ive bought some free from gluten and dairy free today, plus some disgusting infusion type things at Holland and barrat!

yes will defo try the exercise bike.

I did go to a dietician a while back and they couldn't find any solution, I perservered for a few months and it cost me a fortune!

CoteDAzur Wed 26-Feb-14 18:13:19

Find a better dietician smile

Also, I wouldn't expect much from a gluten-free & dairy-free diet if you are not gluten or dairy intolerant.

Matildathecat Wed 26-Feb-14 18:42:42

Have you tried any group weight loss like Weight Watchers? I've found it very incentivising.

lljkk Wed 26-Feb-14 18:48:30

Have you kept a food diary to see what you're eating calorie wise?
And keep an activity diary, too, because I didn't see a lot of activity in your descriptions. Could you go swimming?

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 26-Feb-14 19:08:08

lljkk Im disabled so very limited for exercise. ive aphobia of pools and the sea, nor am I near any anyway!

going to get an exercise bike from argos this week! itll be good for DC too as shes skinny but disabled too and needs leg strengthening things as neither of us can walk a lot.

weightwatchers? even though I keep a diary/calorie count, ive a fulltime job with being DCs carer so not really any time to be picking 5 grains of rice/6 beans/10g of something on the kitchen scales !!{grin]. but I know the right amount and stuff.

LetZygonsbeZygons Wed 26-Feb-14 19:08:27


mercibucket Wed 26-Feb-14 21:31:27

myfitnesspal is an excellent app for calorie counting

tess73 Wed 26-Feb-14 21:45:09

You probably don't need to eat barely any carbs
So boiled egg for breakfast (not cereal)
A few almonds and apple mid morning
Salad and protein for lunch
Veg and protein for dinner.

Tell me what you've eaten today.

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