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Weight Loss -easy to put on, not easy to take off

I travel and therefore I eat. I lost the 5 lbs I put on after my Egypt trip but with my knee surgery and my eating patterns, I went up a whole dress size. I am back at the gym now and easing back into my usual routine I am kind of petite. I can't afford to be heavy. I made all kinds of dietary changes but i could not budge the weight.

My high school reunion is coming next year and i intend on looking good. With that being said, I went to a doctor supervised weight loss program. He told me this should go fast (if I don't kill someone) since i only need to go down a size. He said he can take me to a size 6 but I am not interested.

This is no walk in the park. For one week, I can only eat lean protein and water. Nothing else. Yesterday I got weepy and depressed and i was only on Day 1. I would have killed for a Happy Meal. I can no longer stop at Costco for my hotdog or Dunkin Donuts.

If i snap at you, just know that I am suffering bigly.
Heartlander · 80-89, M
Do the math .... for the average adult, for every 3,500+/- calories of consumption that isn't matched with 3,500 calories of expenditure, we gain about a pound of weight. So ... with just 100 extra calories a day that we don't need, we'd gain about a pound over the course of a month. And, 100 extra calories a day would translate to about 12 extra pounds in 12 months.

To then lose that 12 pound would take double what it took to gain it. Cutting back just 100 calories a day would cut the gain, and a month or a year later we'd still be 12 pounds heavier. So to lose that 12 pounds and get back to were we started would take a reduction of another 100 calorie a day.

Most of us think of weight loss as something we'd want to it faster than 12 pounds over a year. So a drop of 12 pounds in 6 months would require an intake reduction of about 300 calories a day (or burn 300 calories at the gym or in the garden). Also, for most of us, our goal is probably a loss greater than 12 pounds, maybe as much as 24 pounds in a 6 month period? That would require a reduction of about 500 to 600 calories per day.

The math is the easy part. But applied math is a bit more complicated than the theoretical side because we really can't tell whether we're consuming or expending 100 more or less calories a day. The only clue is from getting on a scale and seeing the result. And then again. if you don't weigh yourself under similar conditions from one time to the next, it's difficult to tell whether or not you gained or loss a pound or two.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Heartlander that is exactly the explanation the doctor gave me.
Heartlander · 80-89, M
@akindheart Another piece of the math is US agriculture production. About 4,000 calories per day for every man, woman and child in America. More than enough to make us all obese
PoetryNEmotion · 61-69, F
Heart, go slowly. You got this. Sugar is evil in your body especially as we become older. I just lost 7 pounds by eating healthy. I sleep soundly. I wake around 0330. And go to bed by 10 pm. A hot epsom salt bath daily. I no longer crave sweet things. Good luck. We can lose weight and get healthier. Together. Drink lots of water too.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@PoetryNEmotion thanks poetry. I tried everything
Ambroseguy80 · 51-55, M
I agree…. It’s very difficult to lose the weight. Diet matters way more than exercise. Somewhere between the onset of the pandemic, and October of 2021, I lost a hundred pounds. Forty on my own with portion-control, some keto supplements, and plenty of exercise. But the other sixty, I lost in a matter of six weeks on a formal, healthy-habits diet. All I can say is stay the course and be disciplined, and you should see some great results 👍🏻
Ambroseguy80 · 51-55, M
@akindheart the app is where you can track food and calories. I’ve actually become less on top of my calorie intake with me new workload, so I’ve gained some weight back.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Ambroseguy80 i have a bunch of trips planned. one being a 12 day cruise to Japan. now how successful do you think i will be there?
Ambroseguy80 · 51-55, M
@akindheart eating healthy on a journey is probably difficult to do
ravenwind43 · 46-50, F
Ive been at this health and fitness crap for years. I keep doing it even though I see few results. It's better than the alternative I guess. Good luck!
Wol62 · 51-55, M
@ravenwind43 I've tried, I just...I just wish I could shift my flab.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@ravenwind43 this has been awful. i had to eat pure protein and waters for a week to get the carbs burnt off. now i am eating a little more to get ketosis. i am depressed and emotional
ravenwind43 · 46-50, F
@akindheart That is understandable. I find the whole health and fitness thing depressing!
pdockal · 56-60, M
Diet doesn't work
You need to change mentality and lifestyle
Portion control and movement is the only way
Mbingh01 · 61-69, F
@pdockal how long did it take you?
pdockal · 56-60, M
@Mbingh01 about 2 years and am still loosing some each week
Mbingh01 · 61-69, F
@pdockal I’m currently trying. I know slow and steady wins the race. I’m 67, so losing weight isn’t as easy as it used to be!
LunarOrbit · 56-60, M
How many pounds do you have to lose?
akindheart · 61-69, F
@LunarOrbit I promise!! i just have to get through this first week.
LunarOrbit · 56-60, M
@akindheart You have a year to lose it. Thats less than 1/2 pound a week. Cut out 500 calories a day and you are there effortlessly. :)
akindheart · 61-69, F
@LunarOrbit i lost 2 lbs of water weight in 1 day. but boy am i miserable.
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
I am currently going through that too. I'll be good for a day then blow it. Sadly I just can't make that a life style. ☹️
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Stereoguy she was unprofessional and i was right but i am telling 3 people who don't know OSHA
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
@akindheart What kind of work do you do?
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Stereoguy let me PM you.
Wol62 · 51-55, M
Good luck with the weight loss.
akindheart · 61-69, F
@Wol62 i am suffering for sure
Wol62 · 51-55, M
@akindheart Really? OMG, so sorry to read that.
RogueLoner · M
"If man made it, don't eat it." ~Jack Lalanne~

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RogueLoner · M
@akindheart We used to watch his show and exercise with Jack, Elaine, and 'Happy' religiously. Old fashioned? Maybe, but it works and it's free.

I can pull a car. 😉
akindheart · 61-69, F
@RogueLoner did you ever watch Richard simmons?
RogueLoner · M
@akindheart Not for any length of time. 🤭

 
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