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Slight rant(7 Posts)
Just been clothes "shopping" more like clothes trying on, putting back and wanting to cry. I have a fair bit of weight to lose, gained 3st while pregnant, and whilst I haven't exactly been angelic I've definitely been eating better on the whole and doing more exercise, but so far I'm yet to lose a single pound. You hear of people who lose a stone by doing nothing but swapping butter for margerine or giving up their full fat coke. It seems unfair that I can make big changes like doing 8000 steps a day as opposed to 200 (I know it's not loads but more than I was doing!) but still can't shift a pound? You'd think the fact that I'm no longer sitting on my arse all day would make even a tiny difference. I might have a bad day and over eat slightly, I'm talking max 2000 calories, how does that totally undo the rest of my week? How many steps am I going to have to walk to see a difference? 20000 a day?? I don't indulge in the minute things like butter, full fat coke, oil when cooking, I have sweetener instead of sugar etc yet I'm at the point of feeling like the only way I'm going to lose any weight is by starving myself.
I know what I need to do, I need to make a massive change and do even more than I already am but it's so fucking frustrating that I'm not seeing ANY results having made changes. It's not like I'm doing nothing and expecting results. I'm so fed up.
Thing is if your eating more calories than your burn, you won’t lose weight. if you aren’t losing it’s normally becuase you are consuming more than you think.
I know you say your eating better but you also say your not angelic either so weigh and log your food for even a couple of weeks so you can keep an eye of portion size especially and calories in.
Even 1 over indulgent day a week can hinder weight loss
Losing weight is mostly about diet not exercise, so although exercise is good for you it won’t magicaly make you thin.
Focus on the food first. Losing weight is 80% food. You need to be in a calorie deficit. Not a massive deficit but consuming maybe 100 calories a day less than what you are burning in your normal days activity. So you need to know how much calories you need when non active could be anything between 1200 and 2000 based on your size and activity. You can use something like my fitness pal to track what you are actually eating. It's surprising how much all the small things add up.
I've been using fitbit in conjunction with myfitnesspal to track my deficit and I'd aimed for a 1000 a day deficit which I achieve most days. My downfall is not logging on the days when I have a shit day. Which as I'm writing this I'm realising how stupid that is. PPs saying I'm consuming more than I think, I think you're probably right.
What's annoys me most is that I'm doing so much better than I was, and it doesn't seem to count for anything at all. Maybe I would've gained weight if I carried on as I was and I'm just sustaining my current weight by what I'm doing.
I’ve been where you are. Don’t worry about things like swapping butter for margarine, butter is so much better for you. It’s processed sugar and refined carbohydrates, once you cut out these foods it’s impossible to not lose weight. Forget low fat food it’s full of crap, focus on protein, good fats and low carb vegetables and you can’t go wrong.
Thank you. I think after so many years yo-yoing it's easy to forget the fundamentals.
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