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Topic: Weight loss plateau? Advice on how to break through?

Forum: Fitness and Getting Back in Shape — Conversations about exercise, diet, and getting back in shape after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2018 07:46PM

Tinkerbells wrote:

Hi, all!

Inspiring to read all these threads. Keeping weight off is NOT easy.

I routinely gain about 7 lbs over summertime- kids home/cooking all the time , cook-outs, a glass of white wine, ice cream, etc....It adds up and by September 1 I’m up those pounds.

Normally I use calorie tracker, steer clear of trigger foods and exercise extra and I can drop those pounds quickly.

But not this year! I am almost 50 and gosh if I am not having a really hard time losing it using my usual methods!!!

Is it the aging process? Does it get harder as we age? (Not that it’s ever easy) i have been diligently tracking every morsel I eat, and seem to have plateaued. I exercise about 4 days a week and really would have hard time kicking that up long term. I also adjusted the allowed calories on my diet tracker - less calories to reach goal faster. It is not fun!

Anyone else have reach a stop like this in weight loss? And how did you get past it? Any advice is appreciated. I have 2 pounds to go to get to pre-summer weight and 6 pounds to goal weight.

Thanks!!

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Nov 8, 2018 09:26PM ruthbru wrote:

I have a fitbit and am using the fitbit ap on my phone/computer. It tracks my exercise/movement automatically and I log in the food. You pick how much weight you want to lose & choose how fast you want to lose it & then tells you how many calories you should eat each day. The best thing about it is that if I go over the calories, I can walk (or do some other exercises) until I get back into my right calorie range. It works GREAT (as long as I do it religiously......there in lies the rub!).

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Nov 8, 2018 10:29PM - edited Nov 9, 2018 07:35AM by stephincanada

I've got one name for you: Gary Taubes.

Go to YouTube and watch one of his one hour presentations on the chemistry of fat storage. Carbohydrates trigger insulin secretion. Insulin causes fat storage. That's it. The great mystery belying the gazillion dollar weight loss industry exposed. There is a ton of science to support this theory.

Try a low carb diet for three weeks and you'll be hooked—without feeling hungry.


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Nov 9, 2018 01:27PM Tinkerbells wrote:

thanks! I track calories and move plenty- so maybe that’s not issue? Inherently in restricting by calorie, a lot of carbs get restricted, along with sugar- but I can do better.

I think I get tons of inflammation with carbs and gluten, so I’m going to start there. When I cut back, my rings finally fit. Only a few pounds to go, but looking towards keeping them off forever, ice cream summer treats no more!!!

Appreciate your advice!

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Nov 9, 2018 01:59PM Egads007 wrote:

Keeping your carbs between 50-80 grams per day should lead to effortless weight loss. Wheat & grains are jam packed not only with gluten & carbs, but high levels of phytates and lectins (inflammatories). It's really too bad, because other than that (lol) they have an impressive nutritional profile. Ah food paradoxes....highly annoying. If you want support, tips and fun come on over to the Paleo Pals thread.....we're always chasing down carbs and extra poundage :)

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Jan 31, 2019 09:24PM Tinkerbells wrote:

Just wanted to update several months later! Lost the summer weight by tracking calories and adding more cardio- took forever!! I think the trick is to really be careful next summer.

In the meantime, I tried a dry January, and also went low carb. To my surprise, lost 2-3 pounds without restricting calories or starving.

Have added in a dessert once a week, a cocktail on occasion, and so far so good! My body just loves inflammation it appears and I’m better off just eliminating all those triggers.

I just need to remember this is a lifestyle change and not a diet



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Feb 1, 2019 03:34PM Racy wrote:

I found reducing carbs while increasing protein and doing resistance exercise/weights once a week worked for me.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 1, 2019 08:43PM Paco wrote:

Two words: intermittent fasting . It works.

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Feb 1, 2019 08:56PM - edited Feb 1, 2019 08:56PM by Iamloved

Agree totally with intermittent fasting. I cut sugar last Aug...started what I guess they call dirty keto and have lost close to 60#. Very effortless. Usually my intermittent fasting schedule is 18 hours fasting and 6 hr eating window.

Dx 8/8/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 8/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Feb 2, 2019 05:25AM Racy wrote:

Agree. I eat between 12 noon and 8 pm.

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Feb 2, 2019 07:58AM Paco wrote:

I lost probably 6 pounds of fat, 8 pounds total weight. And I never consciously cut calories. I became much more mindful of what I ate because I knew I only had 6-8 hours to do it. I tried to pack in as much protein and quality food during those hours and snacked a lot less. YMMV. It worked for me.

Dx @ 48 Dx 12/28/2017, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/27/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 2, 2019 02:15PM Nas wrote:

what is intermittent fasting??

Dx 12/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 2/7/2018 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 2, 2019 03:38PM Tinkerbells wrote:

did you allow coffee/tea before noon? I don’t think i could do it without coffee with cream

Contains some artificial additives and preservatives. Dx 2/25/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 2/25/2014, DCIS, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 2/28/2014 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/9/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 5/31/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 5/31/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/31/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel)

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