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Why isn't it falling off?!

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ApricotExpat Fri 28-Mar-14 14:18:19

Any ideas what I can do:

Have just finished taking steroids (for MS). I went from 9 stone to 13 stone in 5 months. For the last two weeks I have eaten very little, not drunk any alcohol, consumed 3 litres of water a day and I have lost no weight at all.

eg, today I have eaten:
a small bowl of special k with skimmed milk
a grapefruit
carrot and green papaya salad - no dressing
mixed veg stirfry - no sauce / oil
3 litres of water
1 diet coke

Swum 25 lengths and generally been active.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Any ideas of how I can speedily return to normal? It's depressing being like this...

Thanks so much

TurnOffTheTv Fri 28-Mar-14 14:20:16

Special K is full of crap. You have had no protein or fat all day, you must be starving!

TurnOffTheTv Fri 28-Mar-14 14:22:01

You need to be eating veg/meat/fish/wholegrains/some dairy. Cut out your diet coke.

TurnOffTheTv Fri 28-Mar-14 14:23:47

Yesterday I had
B- scrambled eggs with butter and spinach
L-grilled chicken and avocado salad
D- red Thai curry with quinoa
S- Apple and peanut butter.

Sleepwhenidie Fri 28-Mar-14 14:38:11

Turnoff has it right. Your body must be in a full on stress response because you are starving it, it will conserve fat at all costs. Try and put the idea of 'speedily returning to normal' out of your head too, unless you want to screw up your body long term. Your body needs fat - especially EFA's and you need protein and veg for fibre and nutrients. You don't need processed or starchy carbs, low fat or diet food/drink or food crammed with sugar (Special K qualifies on all 3 of these!).

Eat real food, eat it mindfully so that you eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied and enjoy it. Listen to your body and you will get back to your healthy weight without effort - admittedly it will take longer than starving yourself but you also don't then get the yoyo effect and you don't suffer and obsess as much smile.

Come and join us on the Eating better thread in Chat, turnoff, you will fit right in there too with that kind of food - sounds delicious! All about ditching diets, loving good food and nourishing for our bodies properly.

TurnOffTheTv Fri 28-Mar-14 14:40:58

Oooh I've been looking for a clean eating style thread, I will pop over and have a look!

SquigletPie Fri 28-Mar-14 15:00:55


I had the same problem a while ago having been on steroids for a blood disorder.

If you want to loose it fast in my experience you need to diet very very carefully. Yes, you need some protein and fibre but if you really want to lose it fast you'll have to avoid everything thing with a high sugar or fat content (and that would include peanut butter and avocados) and exercise hard every day.

I'm not a great dieter so was never going to lose it fast but we ate/eat a good, balanced diet, look for calorie saving tips e.g replace half the coconut milk in that thai curry with stock, raw peanut butter rather than standard/reduced calorie, and keep crisps, biscuits etc to a minimum. Plus, portion control which is hard for me as if I enjoy a dish I want to eat lots of it........

I found the weight came off faster when I started to get 45-60mins cardio exercise every day (running or good pace walk for me.)

Good luck and stick with it.

specialsubject Fri 28-Mar-14 20:46:13

awful, awful food intake. Please get some advice on what you should be eating.

no diet food, no low-fat food, minimal processed food and fizzy drinks belong directly in the toilet without passing through you first.

ApricotExpat Sat 29-Mar-14 04:09:55

Thank you for your advices - I shall check out the clean rating thread.

The problem I have with exercising is that because of MS I have a a weak leg so it's never a substantial session. Thus, weight loss needs to be largely diet based.

Thank you again.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Mon 31-Mar-14 12:45:00

There's no nutrition value to your food aren't eating enough and so your body is hanging onto every single calorie.

You need more protein and more calories, maybe sign upto MFP and you can see the exact nutrition you are having every day and work out what works best for you.

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