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Dieting can be frustrating when the hard work and sacrifice doesn't result in weight loss. Look here for tips to keep you on the losing track.


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December 5, 2006

I am an insulin dependent diabetic and desperately want to lose some weight. (I need to lose 28 lbs.) I am finding it really difficult and have only lost 1 lb in 2 weeks despite following weight watchers to the letter and exercising for an hour 3 times a week. I am feeling really demoralized and would really love a few words of wisdom! Has anyone else had this problem and how did they overcome it?

Julie from Near London, UK


2 Possible Reasons

Two things may be happening. If you're exercising, you may be replacing fat with muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. You will know this is happening because your measurements will reduce. Or if you are drinking your 8 glasses of water, it could be water weight. Most people are unknowingly dehydrated and when they begin drinking 8 glasses of water a day they will gain weight.

The best method to determine true weight lose is to get the scales that figure your body fat percentage. That way you'll know you're losing fat and won't get discouraged if the overall number doesn't go down. You can buy these scales at Walmart and I don't think they are that expensive.


By Cheryl from Missouri


I know 3 hours of exercise a week seems like a lot, but if your goal is weight loss, 3 hours a week is probably not enough. I eventually lost 60 pounds by walking 30 minutes a day, seven days a week.

Before I lost that amount total, I hit a plateau that I just couldn't shake. At that point, I gradually increased my amount of walking until I was up to 1 hour a day, seven days a week. When I increased the time walked, the weight started to come off again.

To lose the weight, I either had to decrease caloric intake or increase the calories burned, and since I felt I had cut out as much calories as I reasonably wanted to, I chose the increase in exercise, which I thought would be easier for me to stick to.

If you bump up your exercise amount, you will start to lose weight. Losing weight is super hard to do, so I wish you good luck!

By Tori


Stationary Bike

I am a type 2 diabetic who needed to lose weight. I lost 35 lbs. by buying a stationary bike and riding it for at least 15 to 20 miles per day. There was no change in my diet. I broke up the times in a day that I rode by doing 5 miles in the morning and usually spread the time out during the day or early evening. Hope this helps. Lots of luck.

By irene

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is a healthy and very doable diet plan for Type I diabetics. Up the amount of water you are drinking. Hang in there and it will come off slowly. Remember it didn't go on fast.


"Natural Cures They Don't Want You To know About"

Get the book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To know About" by Kevin Trudeau. I guarantee the info in that book will help you to lose the weight you want to lose. Good luck!

By Caroline

Colon Cleanse and a Candida Cleanse

I agree with Caroline. I was struggling too with losing weight no matter what I tried. Kevin Trudeau talks about cleanses in his book and they have worked wonders for me! You may want to try a colon cleanse and a candida cleanse to rid your body of toxins and waste that prevent your body from dropping weight. Don't give up!


By sandylady

Cleansing Program

I had exactly the same problem and went to a Chinese medicine practitioner. He placed me on a cleansing program which removed toxins from my body, especially my liver, and I am now losing 1-2 pounds a week. If you'd prefer to do it on your own, many stores now carry these programs. Just be sure to get one that allows you to eat a wide variety of foods, both for health and sanity reasons!

By Connie Brown

Avoid Soda

I'm not sure if this will help you, but since it helped me I'm mentioning it in case. Do not drink soda or carbonated beverages, diet or otherwise. When I stopped drinking sodas I started losing right away. I didn't realize the soda was making me feel bloated and fat which made me think my dieting had already failed. When I gave it up, I didn't have that sensation and my tummy got flatter which gave me incentive to keep going. Good luck!


By Anna

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December 5, 2006

I am facing with some disturbing problem in weight managment. I only want to lose 5kg which I gained throughout my pregnancy. I used to be doing lots of daily exercises throughout my whole life (gym, jogging, walking) and was always very fit. in the last couple of yeas I have realized that the more I jog (10k per day) the more fat my body stores. Now all I am doing is walking 1.5 hours per day. I have tried every diet (even my normal eating habits can be summed with vegetables and fruits, so it is not like I eat fatty food anyway).

I am now with herbalife, and the same pattern emerges again - I would lose 1.5 kg in the first week and that is it! After 3 weeks of dieting and walking and getting no results I become very discouraged. I do not know what to do or how to solve this problem. I have no problem sticking to a diet no matter how restricted it is, but no matter what I do I can't loose weight. Is there anybody out there that can tell me what is this problem? The truth is I would stop dieting after 3 weeks each time out of discouragement and frustration.


Nano from Victoria Australia


By shawnna (Guest Post)
December 6, 20061 found this helpful

People plateau because they don't realize that their caloric needs change as their weight changes. When you weigh more, your body is burning off more calories when you work out or are active becuase there's more weight on your body. When you loose weigh, your caloric intake to maintain your weight decreases significantly.

Peoples metabolisms change signficantly as they get older. By metabolisim, i mean the amout of calories you burn by doing nothing. For about $125 you can go have a RMR test where you blow into a tube for 20 minutes and it tells you your accurate RMR, that way you can figure EXACTLY how many calories you need to maintain your weight at your activity level, and then how many calories you should eat per day to loose weight (1 lb a week means -500 calories per day)

*example of this: my friend, avid triathalon do-er in her mid 30's used to never exercise in her 20s and wear a size 0. Her 30's hit and she went up to a 12 in two years, thats when she started exercising. She went and found out her RMR recently and it was shockingly low.

Last tip: you NEED to cheat and change up your food and exercise to be successful. Long story short, when things stay the same for too long, your body stops producing a certain chemicla that induces weight loss. But when you mix it up, it confuses the body and it produces more of that chemical, and you loose more weight.

Links: about why its SO important to count calories

but know how to do it, don't go overboard

the long story on how cheating works

the math to calculate your estimated RMR and what your caloric intake should be

other great hints and tips

P.S. all these links are from i am ont affiliated with them, but it's a free calorie counter, like, that automates the process. it's excellent and worth a shot. i NEVER thought that i could count calories and keep it up, but this works for me. Has a recipee analyzer, and it analyzes your intake every day with a pie chart and % of how much fat, protein, and carbs. great program.

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December 6, 20060 found this helpful

Have you ever heard of weight loss plateaux? This is such a common occurance! At the start of a diet you loose weight quickly and then the weight loss can stall or "Plateaux". This is a temporary thing and if you keep on with the diet you will eventually begin to loose weight again in a couple of weeks. You can stimulate weightloss by increasing exercise and temporarily cutting more calories for 1 week after you reach a stall or plateaux.

You say that you loose motivation after a few weeks. I think you might need help keeping your motivation up and sticking to your diet and exercise plan. Why not try weight watchers or similar group who can provide support and help keep your motivation up?

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December 6, 20060 found this helpful

I guess I've tried all methods, including the cleansing. Then in December my doctor ran a TSH, a thyroid study. Bingo! Graves Disease! So if you haven't had that checked, this would be a good time. Other than that, just eat lightly, get a little meat in that diet, and at least 1 tablespoon of fat each day. Good luck!

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
December 13, 20060 found this helpful

I don't know what the problem could be. However, when it comes to losing weight, I always recommend the Atkins diet. It's the only one that has EVER worked for me. It's basically cutting out carbs such as bread, pasta and rice, and I never eat them after 4pm. The diet has been around since the 1970s, so you may even be able to find an old book in a used bookshop. Good luck with it!

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By anthea (Guest Post)
April 24, 20070 found this helpful

HELP!! I want to lose weight! I have been dieting for a month and put on weight. I eat 3 healthy meals a day like porridge for breakfast chicken salads etc and work out 3 times a week but cannot lose weight. my stomach just seems to be getting bigger and it feels so uncomfortable! I was on diet pills for 2 years and it got to the point that they stopped working so now I am trying on my own but no succeeding so I am getting very de motivated! I only want to lose 5kg around my stomach and thighs! HELP PLEASE

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful


Since I haven't been around for quite some time I don't know if I have posted about this....

Anyway, ever since I entered the "years in between" I started putting on weight while my cravings and appetities for food (I Love to cook) ran wild and after being a skinny something all my life (I used to buy pants and skirts at the teens dept store...) I found myself with 22 pounds too many, of course all on the wrong places.... and with hardly anything to wear anymore.... LONG STORY SHORT: I found out about LEMON WATER and so I started to daily drink the juice of one lime/lemon with 1,5 liter of water - NO SUGAR!!!!! and after some three months I was down to my almost ideal weight of some 115 pounds which I don't find that hard to keep anymore.

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March 11, 20170 found this helpful

Look up lipedema. You may find it helpful.

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