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Honeycurls,

I'm having the same issue...I'm up to 146..not sure what is going on. I thought I was eating better...but it seems my weight is just flying up... I'm about to go crazy.

I've been working out more...I'm not sure if I've got a layer of muscle under the fat...so I'm just weighing more? What is weird is one day I way 146 and the next day is 142...maybe it's the weather and I'm just holding water.

Any thoughts I would be greatful. I feel like it's all in my stomach...my new pants fit...but feel snug.
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls

I just had to take my daughter to the Dr, and I weighed myself there, and I'm 6 lbs more than I was when I was there last month!! WHAT? I've been eating a 1200 calorie a day diet, doing yoga, and according to my scale at home I had lost like 5 lbs.

I'm so irritated. I'm ovulating so maybe it's water retention. I don't know. I'm pissed about it though.

Yes, I suppose people are all different sizes, and we don't all fit into the size per height thing, but I don't care. I just can not accept that I'm a healthy 5'2", 140 (today it was 144) lbs. It does not make me happy. Does not. Anything over 130 makes me angry.
Honeycurls,

I'm having the same issue...I'm up to 146..not sure what is going on. I thought I was eating better...but it seems my weight is just flying up... I'm about to go crazy.

I've been working out more...I'm not sure if I've got a layer of muscle under the fat...so I'm just weighing more? What is weird is one day I way 146 and the next day is 142...maybe it's the weather and I'm just holding water.

Any thoughts I would be greatful. I feel like it's all in my stomach...my new pants fit...but feel snug.
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
hey there, i can't recall but what exactly are you doing for exercise? reason i'm asking i've been wearing a heart rate monitor and really seeing the impact of exercise on my weight loss. i was talking to one of my members yesterday and she was saying when her heart rate is around 130-140 she burns more fat. not so much if she's lower or even in the higher range. i think she has a point. i've been doing zumba a lot and my heart rate is around the upper 130's as average. i've really kicked up my weight loss but moreso, i feel flatter in my tummy area.

also, how are you doing with dairy? dairy and dairy products can inhibit weight loss.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I'm working out 30 to 45 minutes 5 days a week. I either run on the treadmill, elliptical, Jillian's Shred workout or step aerobics. I'm trying to throw abs in at the end of every workout.

Do you think it could be too much dairy. I have 1/2 and 1/2 with my coffee and have probably started eating more cheese sticks with food since it's low carb. Didn't think I was eating more than before when I was losing weight. I don't drink milk...
I'm working out 30 to 45 minutes 5 days a week. I either run on the treadmill, elliptical, Jillian's Shred workout or step aerobics. I'm trying to throw abs in at the end of every workout.

Do you think it could be too much dairy. I have 1/2 and 1/2 with my coffee and have probably started eating more cheese sticks with food since it's low carb. Didn't think I was eating more than before when I was losing weight. I don't drink milk...
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
your exercise sounds good. i would say your diet. for me, dairy does it. bloating and puffiness. really any kind of dairy...even cheese. i do drink coconut milk creamer in my coffee without a problem. i think the lactose makes my tummy weird. i don't know it it would cause true weight gain but some do think dairy causes mid-section bulge.
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This is a must-read for all the scale-haters!

Why the Scale Lies
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I'm working out 30 to 45 minutes 5 days a week. I either run on the treadmill, elliptical, Jillian's Shred workout or step aerobics. I'm trying to throw abs in at the end of every workout.

Do you think it could be too much dairy. I have 1/2 and 1/2 with my coffee and have probably started eating more cheese sticks with food since it's low carb. Didn't think I was eating more than before when I was losing weight. I don't drink milk...
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
your exercise sounds good. i would say your diet. for me, dairy does it. bloating and puffiness. really any kind of dairy...even cheese. i do drink coconut milk creamer in my coffee without a problem. i think the lactose makes my tummy weird. i don't know it it would cause true weight gain but some do think dairy causes mid-section bulge.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I'll cut the dairy back...and I'm going to increase my water intake...see if that helps. Our temperature jumped here in Texas...we are hot and humid. I weighed this morning 144.5...after running 3 miles... I know I'm retaining a lot of water...the other day I could push on my ankles...I swear it was if I was pregnant. I'm not...since auntie showed up last week.
I'm working out 30 to 45 minutes 5 days a week. I either run on the treadmill, elliptical, Jillian's Shred workout or step aerobics. I'm trying to throw abs in at the end of every workout.

Do you think it could be too much dairy. I have 1/2 and 1/2 with my coffee and have probably started eating more cheese sticks with food since it's low carb. Didn't think I was eating more than before when I was losing weight. I don't drink milk...
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
your exercise sounds good. i would say your diet. for me, dairy does it. bloating and puffiness. really any kind of dairy...even cheese. i do drink coconut milk creamer in my coffee without a problem. i think the lactose makes my tummy weird. i don't know it it would cause true weight gain but some do think dairy causes mid-section bulge.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
I'll cut the dairy back...and I'm going to increase my water intake...see if that helps. Our temperature jumped here in Texas...we are hot and humid. I weighed this morning 144.5...after running 3 miles... I know I'm retaining a lot of water...the other day I could push on my ankles...I swear it was if I was pregnant. I'm not...since auntie showed up last week.
Originally Posted by inheritedcurls
i'm in texas too and guess what, my weight is slightly up from my previous weight loss by about 1.5 lbs. not a big deal at all i know but i was just bummed. i'm not weighing again until a week after my vacation when i've had time to come back and get back into exercising fully and eating my normal foods and hydrating the hell out myself. i've been doing a lot of strength training / kettlebell type workouts. i'm burning major calories because i wear my heart rate monitor while doing it but i wonder if i am building muscle too and just that slight difference could be attributed to increase muscle mass.
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i'm in texas too and guess what, my weight is slightly up from my previous weight loss by about 1.5 lbs. not a big deal at all i know but i was just bummed. i'm not weighing again until a week after my vacation when i've had time to come back and get back into exercising fully and eating my normal foods and hydrating the hell out myself. i've been doing a lot of strength training / kettlebell type workouts. i'm burning major calories because i wear my heart rate monitor while doing it but i wonder if i am building muscle too and just that slight difference could be attributed to increase muscle mass.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
So you are in our crazy weather as well...last week it was 50's...this week 80's... I swear I wake up every morning...and my hands are swollen...crazy.

I weighed 146 - Mon, 144.5 on Tues and 143.5 today. I'm hoping the more water is goign to help. I'm too scared not to weigh every day... LOL..

I know I'm not as toned as I was before my surgery in October...I lost so much those weeks afterwards that I couldn't do anything. I hate that it takes so long to get that toning...then in 4 weeks you can lose everything you worked for the last 6 months. argghhhh!!!

Hanging in there.
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This is a must-read for all the scale-haters!

Why the Scale Lies
Originally Posted by LAwoman
Thank you, LAW, this actually explains things quite nicely. I'd just recently found other info regarding glycogen and water loss, and when one performs HIIT, that's what is burned as fuel--so it further confirms what I had read. It makes perfect sense because I was dropping a lb a day when I first changed my diet, and I know enough to know that it *couldn't* all be fat, but it was still pretty damn motivational.

It explains why I still fit into my size 8 jeans easily, even though the scale would have me believe otherwise.

I am also coming to the realization that since weight loss becomes more and more difficult as we age, and having examined (read: seen naked) thousands of elderly patients over the years, I'm definitely content being a bit thicker as I age, as long as I am relatively healthy. I doubt I'll ever see a true size 6 or lower in my remaining lifetime and I'm fairly certain I'm not willing to do what it would take to go there and stay there.

I still don't believe that fat-loss dynamics work the same for all body types and certainly not for all ages. The majority are determined by genetics and by our body habitus throughout our childhood. While muscle may burn more calories than fat, it's not necessarily a significant amount. While low-carb or no-wheat may whittle away at some of the belly fat, my waistline is still nowhere near as tiny as that of my primarily junk-food-eating, carb-loving, no-exercise-performing 19-yr-old. Not even when I WAS 19. Clearly, he didn't get MY metabolism and body type--and I'm so thankful for that.
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A little update and maybe a little hope for my fellow waist-watchers.

I recently mentioned discouragement because I was beginning to feel that old familiar post-prandial firmness in my abdomen. I thought my visceral fat was beginning to accumulate again--and maybe it is. But what I found out over the next week or so was that my gut motility had slowed significantly again, and I was also constipated. So, food is sitting in my stomach much longer than it normally is, and my intestines are backing up as well. This both pleases and irritates me. I'm glad to still be fitting into my size 8 pants just fine, but I'm not happy about my gut motility. I don't understand because I do "all the right things--lots of both kinds of whole foods, fiber, fluids, exercise. Further proof that your body is going to do whatever it wants, despite your best efforts.

I just wanted to share this anecdote hoping it may serve as encouragement to someone else who thinks they are losing the battle of the bulge even though they are doing "all the right things." It may just be slow gut motility and constipation. I'm sitting here in my new little shorty shorts from Aeropostale, so I'm not delusional or in denial. They fit exactly the same today as they did the day I bought them 2 months ago; last week, I was afraid to even try them on because my stomach was so bloated and firm.

Hang in there!
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I totally haven't been following this thread, but based on the thread title, I'm assuming you're low-carbing? I followed a low carb lifestyle for many years and I found I was having the same problem. But the weight was coming off.

I'm thinking of doing it again, just to get a handle on my hidden sugar addiction. Have you heard about the benefits of water? I was talking to my sister and she swears water helped her slim down by reducing bloat and flushing out toxins. I'm not sure I'm buying it but I have started drinking a lot more water because my skin is super dry.
Some people are very sensitive to carbs. I absolutely get bloated if I find I eat too many starchy carbs. I can gain 5 lbs or so, practically overnight. I even have to be careful of whole grains - and lately I've even been avoiding them, too - not just the processed carbs. I mostly eat proteins (meat, poultry, seafood), non-starchy veggies and berries. (Along with a couple of squares of 85% dark chocolate and a glass of wine each night!) Basically a paleo/primal diet. No problems at all with constipation and my feeling of bloat is completely gone - and so is that 5 pounds. I'm actually surprised by how much a difference it's made to cut out the whole grain carbs as well.
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I totally haven't been following this thread, but based on the thread title, I'm assuming you're low-carbing? I followed a low carb lifestyle for many years and I found I was having the same problem. But the weight was coming off.

I'm thinking of doing it again, just to get a handle on my hidden sugar addiction. Have you heard about the benefits of water? I was talking to my sister and she swears water helped her slim down by reducing bloat and flushing out toxins. I'm not sure I'm buying it but I have started drinking a lot more water because my skin is super dry.
Originally Posted by medussa
Yes, I've been following a hodgepodge of low-carb/paleo/Mediterranean/gluten-free since about November '11, but the gut motility and constipation problems come and go--I just wasn't paying attention to my body--I made the jump to panicking too soon. I drink plenty of fluids/water every day--that's what I mean by doing all the right things. I shouldn't be having gut motility and constipation problems based on my lifestyle.
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Some people are very sensitive to carbs. I absolutely get bloated if I find I eat too many starchy carbs. I can gain 5 lbs or so, practically overnight. I even have to be careful of whole grains - and lately I've even been avoiding them, too - not just the processed carbs. I mostly eat proteins (meat, poultry, seafood), non-starchy veggies and berries. (Along with a couple of squares of 85% dark chocolate and a glass of wine each night!) Basically a paleo/primal diet. No problems at all with constipation and my feeling of bloat is completely gone - and so is that 5 pounds. I'm actually surprised by how much a difference it's made to cut out the whole grain carbs as well.
Originally Posted by 2poodles
2poodles--do you follow NomNomPaleo's blog? I pick up so many great tips and recipes there. I bought a book on Kindle that she recommended, called Eat Like a Dinosaur. Lots of great recipes geared toward kids, but why should they have all the fun?!! We eat them too!

Jeepy--I made the Mascarpone Bites with 2:1 mix of Mascarpone cheese and cream cheese, then dunked in melted 86% cacao bar + sweetener. OMFG...to die for. The cream cheese alone is a little too salty but adds just the right touch to the Mascarpone cheese.
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A little update and maybe a little hope for my fellow waist-watchers.

I recently mentioned discouragement because I was beginning to feel that old familiar post-prandial firmness in my abdomen. I thought my visceral fat was beginning to accumulate again--and maybe it is. But what I found out over the next week or so was that my gut motility had slowed significantly again, and I was also constipated. So, food is sitting in my stomach much longer than it normally is, and my intestines are backing up as well. This both pleases and irritates me. I'm glad to still be fitting into my size 8 pants just fine, but I'm not happy about my gut motility. I don't understand because I do "all the right things--lots of both kinds of whole foods, fiber, fluids, exercise. Further proof that your body is going to do whatever it wants, despite your best efforts.

I just wanted to share this anecdote hoping it may serve as encouragement to someone else who thinks they are losing the battle of the bulge even though they are doing "all the right things." It may just be slow gut motility and constipation. I'm sitting here in my new little shorty shorts from Aeropostale, so I'm not delusional or in denial. They fit exactly the same today as they did the day I bought them 2 months ago; last week, I was afraid to even try them on because my stomach was so bloated and firm.

Hang in there!
Originally Posted by Honeycurls
Gosh, I am resonating so much with this. I've relaxed on the low-carb path after stalling for 6months. So well done on mostly keeping on the straight and narrow. Have you tried probiotics?




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A little update and maybe a little hope for my fellow waist-watchers.

I recently mentioned discouragement because I was beginning to feel that old familiar post-prandial firmness in my abdomen. I thought my visceral fat was beginning to accumulate again--and maybe it is. But what I found out over the next week or so was that my gut motility had slowed significantly again, and I was also constipated. So, food is sitting in my stomach much longer than it normally is, and my intestines are backing up as well. This both pleases and irritates me. I'm glad to still be fitting into my size 8 pants just fine, but I'm not happy about my gut motility. I don't understand because I do "all the right things--lots of both kinds of whole foods, fiber, fluids, exercise. Further proof that your body is going to do whatever it wants, despite your best efforts.

I just wanted to share this anecdote hoping it may serve as encouragement to someone else who thinks they are losing the battle of the bulge even though they are doing "all the right things." It may just be slow gut motility and constipation. I'm sitting here in my new little shorty shorts from Aeropostale, so I'm not delusional or in denial. They fit exactly the same today as they did the day I bought them 2 months ago; last week, I was afraid to even try them on because my stomach was so bloated and firm.

Hang in there!
Originally Posted by Honeycurls
Gosh, I am resonating so much with this. I've relaxed on the low-carb path after stalling for 6months. So well done on mostly keeping on the straight and narrow. Have you tried probiotics?




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Originally Posted by Ketchup
My husband did, and they did nothing for him. I've been holding off because I'm just not sure they'll help since they didn't help him. I'm not sure what's the best way to get them and which are the most effective...supplements, kefir, other? Any suggestions?
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I take a "pro-biotic" themed multivitamin and drink Actimel- a probiotic yoghurt drink everyday. The actimel drink is sweetened with sweeteners and has approximately 3g of carbs. It's convenient as I'm not good with taking the psyllium husks/flaxseeds etc.
It works for me because I've noticed that I only get constipated when I don't take it for a couple of days on this eating plan. I would recommend some kind of probiotic for at least a couple of weeks.


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I just wanted to bump this thread because as of this week I am really trying to cut down on carbs. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and before going on meds, I really want to try to work things out more naturally. The first step to that seems to be reducing carbs, specifically starchy grains. For a carb-obsessed food lover like me, this is really tough. Yesterday and today are the best I've done so far, and yesterday I had a few crackers and a very small slice of a french baguette. Today my only grains have been about a tablespoon of Special K Protein cereal on top of my greek yogurt...despite the bagels and pastries that co-workers brought in. Not sure how, but I managed to completely resist them.

I don't need to lose weight (well, maybe 5lbs), although I am hoping this leads to a flatter stomach, because the pooch in my belly has been bothering me for a few years now. I often feel bloated, so it sounds like this may be the right path for me.

I guess I am just popping in because I read through this whole thread and it has been inspiring to me. I think that hearing the benefits other people have experienced is what has kept me (mostly) on track the last couple of days. I hope it gets easier, because all I can really think about is what I can't eat, especially for breakfast.

How is everyone else coming along? I see it's been a few months since anyone posted.

Good luck Jaynee! I loved breakfast foods (anytime of day!) and that was hard to give up as everyday fare. But now for breakfast I just eat whatever strikes my fancy. It might be baked fish or soup or cottage cheese and fruit. Doesn't have to be breakfast food.
I haven't given up anything 100%. I make my own low carb cereal but will still have Cheerios once in awhile. I love rice and used to eat it every day. Now I have it a couple times a month and that is satisfying to me. Same with pasta and white potatoes. I just have them occasionally and it satisfies the taste buds. Every few months I get a loaf of crusty bread. But otherwise I don't eat bread or I eat light wheat bread. You learn to balance and substitute and learn what works and doesn't work for you.
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Thanks, Jeep! I know you are a mostly low carber and I do notice that in your ďwhatís for dinnerĒ posts you sometimes indulge and thatís the lifestyle Iím hoping to have. I canít wrap my mind around never having a cookie or piece of cake, or a sandwich with a fresh baguette. That just isnít living in my opinion! My goal is to simply reduce the amount of starches and sugary snacks I eat, in hopes that it helps my PCOS.
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