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Old 09-17-2011, 06:16 AM
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I am posting here because I'm nearly at the end of my rope. I've been working out daily for the past year and 8 months. (I use a treadmill and toggle between running and walking) When I first started working out, I lost weight like gangbusters. I lost at least 20 lbs. But the weight started creeping back on and it WILL NOT GO AWAY! I need some advice. What to do?

I also changed my diet in January, forgoing all animal products. I eat a vegan diet now. WHY THE HELL won't this extra weight go away? I'm wondering if anyone might have some advice to help me out. Perhaps I am not balancing my food intake with the workout properly, or maybe I'm working out too much? I have no idea. I'm desperate for help!
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:36 AM
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Yeah, maybe you need to balance your calorie intake to be in line with your workouts. Maybe you are actually not getting enough calories?

And just sayin', I just saw you and I don't see where there was any weight to lose
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:41 AM
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If you have been doing one kind of work out only, you have probably plateaued. Your body has adjusted and different muscle groups are not being challenged. As we age, especially us women, fat gets harder and harder to keep off, so we constantly have to shock our bodies with different workouts. If you go to a gym, start by using a different cardio machine(I find the stair climber - the one where you walk up the stairs, not the one where you push the pedals up and down - best). You should also be using weights at least once a week. Building muscle helps burn fat - and low weight with high reps will make you sweat and not make you bullky.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:40 AM
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What are you incorporating in your diet for protein? I don't know much about vegan diets. I do know that protein is the main calorie that influences your metabolic rate. Are you doing any sort of weight training at all? I don't know what your reasons were for changing to a vegan diet but if it was for weight loss I think you need to go back to eating meat. It is very important to have protein in your diet. If you are weight training you should have at least 2 grams of protein for every kg of weight. For example, I weigh 115 which makes me 52 kg. I should eat at least 104 grams of protein a day. Even if you aren't doing weight training, in order to lose weight your body needs to metabolize protein.

If you start weight training as BabyJ said, do light weight with high reps to get lean muscles. Weight train a different muscle group each day and always lift before doing cardio.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:42 AM
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I agree, if I do not eat enough then I hold on to weight. I also add 2 "mix-up" workouts per week to trick my body. Last week I started a circuit with jump rope, short sprints, push-ups, lunges, jump squats, crunches with a med ball, tri-dips, and a major 7-8 min AB workout with a SPRI ball at the end. I do each station for 2 mins and after each station I run with 3lb weights in my hands. (Crazy, I know...but I am very sore today)

Jog warm-up 4-5 mins, jump rope, run w/weight, push-ups, run w/weights, lunges, run ect... for an hour.

It actually goes by pretty fast because there is zero down time.
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:25 PM
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First of all, thank you SO MUCH to those of you who replied... UGH. I honestly am going out of my FRIGGIN MIND. My clothes don't fit me. (cue the HYSTERIA!) Unfortunately, I am somewhat limited because I workout at home on a treadmill, and I work out at 5:00 am before I go to work and I can't make too much noise because of others who are still sleeping. (no, not my husband! He's up early too!) He does P90X but he goes out of the house to our local HS to work out with one of the PE teachers. I can't join him because I work 45 minutes from home and I'm usually showered, dressed, and running out the door by the time he gets home. I don't know what to do. I'm so upset.

Lynne, I turned to a vegan diet after doing much reading on the subject. I had been vegetarian for more than 2 years when I made the choice to switch my diet. The protein thing- that's a HUGE myth. All the protein needed for any given day can be easily obtained by eating vegetables. Truth be told, most people eat TOO MUCH protein. Our government and the USDA would love for everyone to believe that the only way to get the correct amount of protein is through meat, seafood, and dairy. But I will not get up on that soapbox right now. ;)

Becoming vegan is one of the things I am most proud of in my entire life. And the fact that my fully-carnist husband made the jump with me has humbled me. We've been eating a this way since January of this past year. My skin is clearer, the psoriasis that used to plague me is completely gone, I have not experienced any flares of my arthritis condition, and I feel great! If only I could work these few lbs back off, everything would be PERFECTO!!!

Pam: Thank you for saying that. I am feeling so badly about myself right now... I really needed that!!!
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:38 PM
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Melina, I just ordered a jump rope, spri 9" ball, fitness ball and a good mat. I normally go to the gym, but I have all I need now at home which makes me work out. I put on some great music and go go go! Sometimes just changing it up helps.
Make sure you are eating more than 1200 calories a day or your metabolism slows big time.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:32 PM
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I eat a paleo style diet that is based on organic meat, veggies and eggs (no processed items at all except for uncured bacon). I have lost a good amount of weight and have never felt better. I can't offer much advice to a vegan, but I can say that I totally feel your pain and frustration. I hated looking at all of my expensive ass jeans hanging in the closet that I couldn't fit in anymore.

I didn't have any progress with my weight loss until I started eating more fat and cut out most sugar (with the exception of fruit every few days). Have you thought about adding coconut oil or coconut butter to your diet?

Also, moving frequently at a slow pace will really help (in addition to regular workouts). I didn't realize how little activity I was getting until I bought a pedometer. I wore it for a few days just doing my normal routine and I was only getting about 5000 steps a day. That is considered to be sedentary and I was totally shocked because I didn't feel sedentary. I get at least 10,000 now on most days and have lost about 10 pounds.

You might just be doing chronic cardio and working out too hard which causes all kinds of problems.
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Melina, I think it's great you found a diet that works for you but honestly the amount of Protein the USDA recommends is still not enough protein, according to all weight training and weight loss magazines and books I've read as well as my nursing books. I'm sure you can get a great amount of protein from veggies and other things. It doesn't matter where you get the protein from as long as you are getting enough. I never kept track of my protein intake and once I started keeping track and taking in more protein, I began to lose body fat and gain lean muscles. It's all about balancing protein and complex carbs to lose and maintain weight loss. Do some research, I'm telling you, the protein has played a huge roll in my weight loss.
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Melina, I think it's great you found a diet that works for you but honestly the amount of Protein the USDA recommends is still not enough protein, according to all weight training and weight loss magazines and books I've read as well as my nursing books. I'm sure you can get a great amount of protein from veggies and other things. It doesn't matter where you get the protein from as long as you are getting enough. I never kept track of my protein intake and once I started keeping track and taking in more protein, I began to lose body fat and gain lean muscles. It's all about balancing protein and complex carbs to lose and maintain weight loss. Do some research, I'm telling you, the protein has played a huge roll in my weight loss.
I agree with you on the protein, but IMO the importance of fats cannot be overstated. We need a good amount of fat as well and since she is vegan saturated coconut fats are one of the only ones I can think of. Coconut oil helps make a damn good stir fry.
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I've been vegan most of my life, it is completely possible to get more than enough protein and fat. I would suggest varying your workouts and abstaining from processed foods if you're not already.
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Yeah, maybe you need to balance your calorie intake to be in line with your workouts. Maybe you are actually not getting enough calories?

And just sayin', I just saw you and I don't see where there was any weight to lose
i second this, i would suggest using a calorie tracker and input your foods and workouts, may help you see you are not eating enough. if youre working out everyday you may be needing a minimum of 1800-2000 calories. (just an example). i use calorie-count.com and it helped me lose 30 pounds by tracking my calorie output. hope that helps!
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Melina, I think it's great you found a diet that works for you but honestly the amount of Protein the USDA recommends is still not enough protein, according to all weight training and weight loss magazines and books I've read as well as my nursing books. I'm sure you can get a great amount of protein from veggies and other things. It doesn't matter where you get the protein from as long as you are getting enough. I never kept track of my protein intake and once I started keeping track and taking in more protein, I began to lose body fat and gain lean muscles. It's all about balancing protein and complex carbs to lose and maintain weight loss. Do some research, I'm telling you, the protein has played a huge roll in my weight loss.

melina, this was true for me, too. i lost a fair amount of weight over the summer by increasing my protein in relation to my fat/carbs, etc. and changing up my workouts, and really watching my calories.. all of this with some stress did the trick. lol! but really, i am not a huge meat eater, though i am not a vegetarian/vegan.. i do think you can meet your protein needs like what lynne was talking about with eggs/egg whites (a huge diet/weight loss helper for me), tofu, cottage cheese, 2% cheese, soy protein etc. which you are probably already doing. but maybe increase the protein in relationship to your other food groups based on your body weight, etc.

i know it's frustrating. i am sure you look great and we are all so hard on ourselves and see ourselves so differently/ are harder on ourselves than anyone else. you are doing some great things, especially w getting up so early to work out before work. that is dedication! i like doing it first thing to get it out of the way/over with before my kids are up/before work, too. the girls have offered so many great suggestions re muscle confusion, etc. which also really helped me. so i wont be redundant

the weight/weight training + cardio is key. i loved p90, insanity and when you are pressed for time i even think jillian michaels 321 and ripped in 30 days are decent.
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I agree with you on the protein, but IMO the importance of fats cannot be overstated. We need a good amount of fat as well and since she is vegan saturated coconut fats are one of the only ones I can think of. Coconut oil helps make a damn good stir fry.
i will have to try this!! sounds yummy
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melina, this was true for me, too. i lost a fair amount of weight over the summer by increasing my protein in relation to my fat/carbs, etc. and changing up my workouts, and really watching my calories.. all of this with some stress did the trick. lol! but really, i am not a huge meat eater, though i am not a vegetarian/vegan.. i do think you can meet your protein needs like what lynne was talking about with eggs/egg whites (a huge diet/weight loss helper for me), tofu, cottage cheese, 2% cheese, soy protein etc. which you are probably already doing. but maybe increase the protein in relationship to your other food groups based on your body weight, etc.
I don't think vegans eat these things or am I mistaken?


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i will have to try this!! sounds yummy
Just make sure to get virgin coconut oil.

I use it for most things that I have to cook at a high heat.
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i was just coming back to say that/ correct it!! thank you for pointing it out. i feel like a big jerk/so silly for suggesting those, melina. so sorry! i think i am still mixed up on the vegan/vegetarian thing.. . dont listen to any of my food suggestions LOL!
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Aww, thank you everyone for your suggestions! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. You guys are wonderful!
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