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Fluctuating Weight Gain

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  • Posted By: PaulaHildy
  • March 11, 2007
  • 03:49 AM

I am a 52 year very active female who has been struggling for the past 8 years with a 30 lb weight gain after quitting smoking. With the assistance of programs such as weight watchers I have succeeded to lose 20 of those initial pounds but if I turn my back for even a week and don't follow the program I have gained as much as 10 lbs in a week. It generally takes me anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to lose 10 to 12 lbs and only one week to gain it back. People keep saying it's water weight but if it was why does it take two months to lose what I gained in one week. Recently, I have been on a 1200 calorie a day diet which consists of food from the major food groups, no soda pop, no salt and 8 to 10 glasses of water. I exercise (Tae Bo) every other night for 40 minutes and lift weights on the other days. In two months I have not lost one pound and my measurments have not changed one inch. This is frustrating because I am probably 50 times more active than a lot of people my age and I cannot lose this weight. According to the charts I am about 25 pounds over weight with a BMI in the obese category. I'm 5'6" and weigh 170 lbs with a muscular build and a larger frame for a female. Before I quit smoking I weighed 139 for about 25 years. I'm at a loss here and am feeling depressed at my weight. Any help would be appreciated. P.S. I've had my thyroid checked withing the last year and apparently it is fine.

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  • I know you are frustrated but stop beating yourself up over it. I have a comment and a question. Do you walk? This may be an addition to your workouts that may help if you don't already do so. Remember, muscle mass is heavy the more muscular you are the heavier you are.
    totallyconfused 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think the body has a weight that it "likes". Have you noticed that you gain back the 10-20 but if you really slacked you don't gain much more that that?Also--please realize that the charts are NOT the best measure of BMI. Ask your doc for an actual measure of your fat ratio. And please realize that my sister who is 5'6" looked anorexic at 140lbs and healthy at 160. The charts are truly misleading for a woman with a more muscular build and curves (not rolls).Another thought is to go to an endocrinologist and request a metabolic rate test. They can give you the exact number of calories your body burns just to survive and you may find that your metabolism is a little on the slow side. (I should be burning 1800cals just breathing but I only burn about 1650cals so I have to cut a little deeper in my diet to make a dent in the last few lbs.) Good Luck and God Speed
    emsbabydoll 73 Replies Flag this Response
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