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.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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