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marjorie
Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 4:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Ok, so I am a little frustrated today. I have been eating very healthy, despite my portions..and today I weighed ALOT. Ridiculous.

I dont understand why the scale fluctuates so much.

I want to lose 10 pounds without starving myself. Any thoughts? I am not sure what I am doing wrong but something has got to change. I am eating the GF beef and fish and 95 percent compliant.

I know it is muscle because my clothes are bigger, but I feel uncomfortable at my weight.

How do I deal with this weight gain and look at it in a healthy way?

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don t go by the scale!!!
go by how you feel and how your clothes fit......


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Little fluctuations on the scale are normal!

I routinely weigh about 4-5 lbs more at bedtime than I do first thing in the morning after using the toilet, even in the same state of dress or undress. I presume that's water weight or the weight of food in my GI system. A few times in my life, I've gotten on the scale 5+ times in one day and proven this- it's fairly straightforward. If I weigh 160 lbs in the morning, that means 164-165 in the evening.

I also routinely gain 4-5 lbs of water weight right before my period, and lose it by day 2 of the next cycle. So that can mean a 10 lb gain from "early morning mid cycle" to "late at night, my period is due" without there being any weight gain or loss at all!

Also remember that our bodies change over time. It's perfectly normal to be 5 or 10 lbs heavier in your late 30's than you were in your early 20's. That's certainly not EVERYBODY'S experience, but it is a very common variation of normal.

If you can't lose  these last 10 pounds, and your body measurements have shrunk, then you probably don't have any extra weight to lose. This size and weight is healthy for you at age 37. You have a mature, strong body, with lots of muscle, strong bones, and just the right amount of fat to keep your hormones stable. Too little muscle or bone density would lower your weight, but not in a healthy way. And a certain amount of fat is needed for proper endocrine function.


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Marjorie...I don't rely on a scale.  My goal is to build muscle, burn fat....and a scale, like Ruthie
pointed out is really going to go up and down depending on body fluid.

If clothes feel bigger, that's a good thing. If you're exercising, you should continue to lose more
inches...If you're avoiding toxic foods (which often make your body hold onto excess fluids) then
long term, you're going to have benefits.  Just don't expect the scale to be your only guide to
success.  It's the long term benefits from the right foods and exercise that matters most.

Read what a blogger has to say on this subject.
http://amerrylife.com/2010/03/03/why-i-dont-pay-attention-to-the-scale-and-you-shouldnt-either/




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Chloe - great article. I haven't been on a scale in years. My clothes have let me know where I am at. Last year when I did a deep tissue detox and then was introduced to the GTD  I lost the weight I needed to lose. I fit into clothes from a few years ago, feel better & more energy overall when not detoxing or sick.

In the past when I've had to get on a scale at the doctor's office, I always prefaced it by telling them I don't want to know the number.

I've seen far too many people give a scale the power to torment them! It's like an addiction this thing with the scale.  
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 9:38pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Marjorie,
I agree with other comments.
In addition, perhaps take a look at what foods you aren't complying with?
If one is wheat,I've read in a Doctor article that wheat can cause "false fat" it makes a lot of people hold on to water. She said all the women who come to see her with weight issues she recommends getting off wheat or greatly reducing it as the protein which has been engineered greatly in past 50 years is very difficult to digest.
Lin


Gluten/Casein and Yeast sensitivity.
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Marjorie,
I agree with other comments.
In addition, perhaps take a look at what foods you aren't complying with?
If one is wheat,I've read in a Doctor article that wheat can cause "false fat" it makes a lot of people hold on to water. She said all the women who come to see her with weight issues she recommends getting off wheat or greatly reducing it as the protein which has been engineered greatly in past 50 years is very difficult to digest.
Lin


Thank you. I was diagnosed with Celiac 6 years ago, so wheat is not the issue. However, I need to look at how compliant I really have been.

Much Appreciated
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I've seen far too many people give a scale the power to torment them! It's like an addiction this thing with the scale.  

Dianne,
I could've of said it any better!.  

On that note, i gave up the scale years ago.  I too used to let it determine whether i was going to have a good day or bad day depending on what the number on the scale said.

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I am not sure what I am doing wrong but something has got to change.

Marjorie,
You don't need to change a thing except stop looking at the scale.  I don't care what the scale says if i've lost a size in clothing.  People can't see how much i way on a scale, but they can see that i have lost weight by how i look.  All that matters is that your clothes are getting loser and that you are healthier.  Muscle weighs more than fat and muscle is healthier than fat, so i'd rather weigh more on the scale, have loser clothes and be healthier.  


"Let food be thy medicine"

Dr. D has said many times that it's not about what you don't eat but what you do eat that makes the difference.  "Quoted by Jane"
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Little fluctuations on the scale are normal!

I routinely weigh about 4-5 lbs more at bedtime than I do first thing in the morning after using the toilet, even in the same state of dress or undress. I presume that's water weight or the weight of food in my GI system. A few times in my life, I've gotten on the scale 5+ times in one day and proven this- it's fairly straightforward. If I weigh 160 lbs in the morning, that means 164-165 in the evening.

I also routinely gain 4-5 lbs of water weight right before my period, and lose it by day 2 of the next cycle. So that can mean a 10 lb gain from "early morning mid cycle" to "late at night, my period is due" without there being any weight gain or loss at all!

Also remember that our bodies change over time. It's perfectly normal to be 5 or 10 lbs heavier in your late 30's than you were in your early 20's. That's certainly not EVERYBODY'S experience, but it is a very common variation of normal.

If you can't lose  these last 10 pounds, and your body measurements have shrunk, then you probably don't have any extra weight to lose. This size and weight is healthy for you at age 37. You have a mature, strong body, with lots of muscle, strong bones, and just the right amount of fat to keep your hormones stable. Too little muscle or bone density would lower your weight, but not in a healthy way. And a certain amount of fat is needed for proper endocrine function.


Hi
Thank you for your thoughts. I think I figured it out. I had a bag of skinny crisps which have dehydrated cane sugar-- HORRIBLE-- this week. Also, hummus, and I had larger portions of protein and I had some sugarfree candies-- well, no wonder my stomach was bloated.

Also, I weighed in the am, and it was well over my normal range...
No period for a long time now ( another topic necessary for the board)., so it is not water weight.

I am going to get rid of my scale at home, and try really hard to not get on the one at the gym. It is an addiction and very hard for me since I had an ED years ago. BTD has been my savior on this road. I weighed 90 lbs in high school and lived on carrots..

Now, I eat alot of protein, but sometimes I think am brainwashed to keep eating after 20 years of counseling to overcome my anorexia..

Scale means nothing, it is how I feel!!! Thank you for making me reframe.
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Quoted from Lola
don t go by the scale!!!
go by how you feel and how your clothes fit......


ok-- reframing a little now. You are right, scale means nothing. Interesting enough, I do not feel good about my portions so this needs to be addressed. Sometimes, I get home late and eat a huge salad with protein and go to bed. I wake up feeling GROSS!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure how to figure this out because I workout at night  and then I am famished when I get home.

I started taking a probiotic (over the counter) not Dr.D to help with digestion, and I feel as if it is doing the opposite affect for me and making me constipated. Should I stop?

Clothes are good. Mind is playing tricks on me. Thank you.
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marjorie - check the other ingredients in the probiotic - may have dairy, which can cause constipation Also some of them contain psyllium, which if you are not drinking enough extra to compensate for, can cause it to back up
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marjorie - check the other ingredients in the probiotic - may have dairy, which can cause constipation Also some of them contain psyllium, which if you are not drinking enough extra to compensate for, can cause it to back up


thanks! No dairy but I ate a bag of skinny crisps from wf which have psyllium.....yikes
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Marjorie - somewhere along the way, I read that Dr. D'Adamo said that psyllium for type O's is a big no-no. Makes us very gassy. So there you go, cane sugar and psyllim = a deadly combination for us type O's.  
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Marjorie - somewhere along the way, I read that Dr. D'Adamo said that psyllium for type O's is a big no-no. Makes us very gassy. So there you go, cane sugar and psyllim = a deadly combination for us type O's.  


WOO HOO!! I am happy I may have figured out what the issue was.. of course, it was a combo of other stuff, but I am so done with those crisps. Thankyou

also, flax seed is not digesting too well with me lately. Interesting, right?
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