I live near a forest and walk 6km daily, and agree it is a great stress relief. As for weight loss, it seems to not be a huge help.
Originally Posted by Annlee
Also, I don't worry about weight loss constantly, and have been patiently operating with the belief for almost 5 years that if I took care of my body in feeding it correctly, supplementing my food with good vitamins, exercising in ways that don't overstress my body, and trying to love myself - being as overweight as I am speaks to my thinking that I have something very wrong with me.
I have not been tested for leaky gut or hashimotos.
Originally Posted by Glenview
As for focusing on losing weight, I've assumed that if I ate correctly and exercised correctly my weight would correct itself. Thus, if I'm not losing weight despite the fact that I am in fact doing everything possible to be healthy then yes I do believe there is something wrong with me. I'm not "just trying to lose weight", but I am concerned that the fact that I'm not responding to things that objectively, scientifically, biologically I should be responding to is a problem that should be recognized.
How many calories are you eating? I know it sounds like you eat to satiety. But ummm, if some of us did that we'd be fat. For reference for me to lose weight, I need to be at about 1600 calories a day, macros not important for me. I am fairly active- now I do crossfit 4x a week and previously did HIIT 2-3 times a week, plus walking, riding etc.
Sometimes, above all, calories also matter and you may be the unfortunate side of the metabolism.
I recommend a high carb/low fat/medium protein 60/10/30~. Mostly fruit, potatoes, red meat, shellfish and dairy.
The diet you are on now is only going to exacerbate your issues, IMO.
Caloric reduction was a focus of mine for about a year a few years ago and I tested many protocols ranging from a 1800 calorie intakes, to 1500 calorie intakes, to a brief 700 per day intake on Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Protocol.
Originally Posted by magnolia1973
The most effective (without the mental health issues I experienced with 700 per week on the RFLP) was 1500 calories with a half pound of weight loss per week for 5 weeks before a plateau, and a further pound after 4 weeks, before stalling. I reduced my calories by 200 after that and experienced no weight loss for 3 months. I increased my caloric intake after that because of health reasons including relapse of depression, loss of menstrual cycles, and strength declines paired with the mathematically baffling weight loss. After that, I figured that weight loss would likely not come from obsessively tracking calories.
Occasionally I plug in a sample day of what I eat and I usually average around 1800 calories.
Have you tried alternate day intermittent fasting yet (ie JUDDD)? If not I'd highly recommend you looking into it. There's an ongoing support thread going on here, titled something like alternate day IF support thread. Otherwise there's an awesome section on low carb friends, devoted to it. There are several women over there who have lost 70, 80 and even over 100lbs doing this plan. I lost around 40 lbs myself. Two books-
The Alternate Day Diet by Dr. James Johnson
The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley
Where can I read about this type of approach? I have read some of Richard Nikoley's articles about the potato diet, but have been hesitant to follow it because of my blood lipid improvements once I eliminated starches.
Originally Posted by Zach
hi... I also have not lost weight before on Low Carb... until I started ADF... it took 2 weeks for it to kick in and i'm finally losing weight..
I really recommend trying it. Alternate Day Fasting... there is a thread dedicated to this! look into it. Worth a try...
I have done some research on intermittant fasting and have tried it before with little success. I thought there was some controversy on IF for women?
Originally Posted by mom23kids
yes! this is what you need to do.. I swear by it. because I was in your situation and this worked!! JUDDDD aka: Alternate day fast.... Inter fasting didn't work for me... but Alternate day fasting is currently work with great success!!!
Originally Posted by mom23kids
go do research on the internet read what you can and start! the great thing about it is you don't have to be Low Carb on it.. but its BETTER to be Primal and on it.