Feeling frustrated a bit

By lilleyheidi Latest Reply 2015-02-20 23:48:23 -0600
Started 2015-02-13 01:39:50 -0600

I've been eating low carb, 50-75grams a day, low calorie under 1000 calories a day, and I haven't lost a pound in 4 weeks. I'm feeling very frustrated right now. I've increased my exercise in past few weeks, but not enough that it would be causing muscle build up at this point, if anything it should be helping with the burn of fat. The only real change has been that I started eating a low fat french vanilla yogurt that I (stupidly) just found out has sugar as the third ingredient. I don't know why I never read the ingredients, but I didn't. I just read the calorie, protein, fat and carb content. It was within my limits and so I have been having this for breakfast each morning for the past several weeks, but then read the ingredients and discovered it has sugar ! It has not been affecting my BG at all, but, I've noticed that I seem to be craving other sugary type food a lot more recently, and have indulged more than i have in the past, not a lot, but more so than I had been before Christmas.
Anybody got ideas how to shake things up to lose more pounds?

24 replies

Spacy 2015-02-20 23:48:23 -0600 Report

Just read this thread. Great info Pegsy!! I take Melatonin just about every night.No more!!

Kabby52 2015-02-20 06:37:04 -0600 Report

I too am frustrated. I have been on a vegetarian/low carb diet for over three weeks and have not lost any weight. I don't eat meat, grain, or fruit (sometimes a few strawberries). I am on Glipizide and Farxgia. I also drink 8oz of water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar twice a day. It's suppose to help you burn fat. It hasn't yet. I hope you are not fooled by the food industry. Just because they might say "No Sugar Added" doesn't mean it doesn't have sugar in it. Also, FDA doesn't recognize dextrose as a sugar and there are many forms of dextrose. Dextrose is a dry form of glucose and will elevate your blood sugar very fast. Splenda usually contains 95% dextrose. The food industry uses this to their advantage and can legally claim that a product is sugar-free when it has Splenda, or dextrose, or Maltodextrin, or other forms of dextrose. Also, you might find something like sugar-free cookies. They might be sweeten with sorbitol or other forms of artificial sugar, but the grain will make it a high-carb. And besides, the sorbitol and most artificial sweeteners will usually give you the worst gas problems ever - tooting all night and your significant other might not like it. Best of luck.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-20 07:47:08 -0600 Report

Your doing all the right things keep it up it will come off… my dry spell finally broke and I've lost 3 lbs

lilleyheidi 2015-02-20 07:46:51 -0600 Report

Your doing all the right things keep it up it will come off… my dry spell finally broke and I've lost 3 lbs

GeekonBoard 2015-02-16 19:25:55 -0600 Report

Seems like 50-75 grams of carbs a day is low, but I'm no doctor. And, if that's what you choose as your meal plan - promise - I'm not dogging on it. I was told to start by eating 45-50 per meal & 15 for snacks. The healthy carbs vs bad carbs — do you think you might not be getting enough healthy carbs? Just a thought, but again, I'm SO new to this & know ppl also plateau too.

suecsdy 2015-02-14 09:05:29 -0600 Report

Went to the surgeon the other day to start process for my colostomy reversal. When he saw my belly, he asked if I had lost a lot of weight. I had to think a bit, because it has happened so gradually over the last 5-6 yrs that I didn't realize how much I have lost. Then I really got to thinking about it and looked up a few old pictures. I know I weighed probably 240…maybe more and now am at 187-188. It is just now that I am paying more attention that it seems to have stalled out. Maybe I am just a slow loser. Just have to keep working at it. Need to get the metabolism on board with the brain. I am going to win this!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-13 20:05:29 -0600 Report

You just need to shake things up a bit..maybe add an extra ten minutes of exercise somewhere during each day..and add 100 calories or so..your calorie intake is rather low..and if you add just a tiny bit of regular exercise everyday and add a extra snack it will shake up your metabolism and get it moving…

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-13 19:44:26 -0600 Report

gosh I wish I knew that answer to your question, Than I would know what to do too. for me I have decided to get back to eating more often. 3 meals and 2 snack. I will be cutting my carbs down at least 1/2 the carbs I was told to eat.

sweetslover 2015-02-13 21:37:51 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed, I asked my doctor if I should eat snacks between meals. His reply was "it depends on how fat you want to get." I thought that was pretty rude, but unless I am really hungry, I try not to snack. If I do feel the need to snack, I try to make it very low calorie and low carb. I think I am keeping the celery farmers in Florida in business.

suecsdy 2015-02-14 08:53:36 -0600 Report

I usually have an afternoon snack because that is when I seem to be the most hungry and a bedtime snack to keep the night-time insulin happy, but try to make it high protein at night. I usually have pretty good fasting bg in the AM. Dinner is mostly after 6 so I don't really want much else before bed.

suecsdy 2015-02-13 17:15:02 -0600 Report

If you find the solution,please let me know. All my clothes are getting looser, but the scale does not reflect it. I have made a ton of changes over the last 6 mos and what do I get? Nada

NewSong53 2015-02-15 16:16:35 -0600 Report

Many years ago, when my mother was still alive, I exclaimed on how much weight she had lost. She swore to me that she hadn't lost any weight and said she still weighed about 180. She was probably 5'4" and I thought she was just being modest. Since then, I've wondered if we just get denser as we get older.

sweetslover 2015-02-13 21:33:52 -0600 Report

I know that feeling, but you are doing something right if your clothes are getting big on you. The weight loss will come—that's what I keep telling myself.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-13 12:15:29 -0600 Report

Hi Heidi,
CONGRATULATIONS on such a great weight loss. I think you've probably hit a plateaus and if you keep going you'll break that full force…I too crave sugary foods from time to time. You need to eat some fruit, for the sweetness and suck it up. Least ways that's
what I do. Sugar can stop your weight loss for up to 5 days. That's
just one helping. Keep up the good work, your so worth it. Hugs. VL

NewSong53 2015-02-15 16:20:29 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing about the sugars. Before last week (when I caved in to sugars again) I was slowly losing weight from eliminating bread, pasta and rice. I limited my potatoes to almost a garnish — something to add a little pizzaz to the broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I caved during Valentine's Day and it was not pretty. I've heard that sugars are quickly turned into fat and that probably goes triple for diabetics.

denipink57 2015-02-13 09:14:24 -0600 Report

i suggest you just be more patient. keep up the exercises and maybe try to add a few more. i will be starting an exercise program myself so you and i can have at it. we can compare notes.

keep up the good work with watching what you eat and good for you for finding the sugar in your yoghurt. just buy a different kind.

please be very proud of yourself and how hard you are working at losing the weight. be patient my dear and this will pay off for you down the road.

sending lots of hugs and love and happy Valentines Day!


Nick1962 2015-02-13 09:01:55 -0600 Report

I’ll join in saying Pegsy is spot on with her advice, and congrats on all you’ve done so far. I might add that (for me at least) there were “plateaus” I’d reach when the weight loss just stopped. As in tune as I was, I just couldn’t find an explanation. But I also was visited by the “whoosh fairy” a couple times too. Seemed like nothing was happening then whoosh - almost 10 pounds overnight. Hard as I try now though, 120 pounds was my limit it seems. I’d like to drop another 10, but I’d probably have to get sick to do it.

Type1Lou 2015-02-13 08:04:56 -0600 Report

Pegsy has some good advice. As to yogurt, I only buy the plain greek yogurt. Besides adding fresh fruit to it, one way to flavor and sweeten it would be to add a few spoonfuls (to your taste) of sugar-free jello powder.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-13 08:26:04 -0600 Report

I do now eat unattended plain, and add my own fruit, I just made that change when I discovered the sugar in it. I like the idea of sugar free jello for a flavoring.

Pegsy 2015-02-13 06:42:44 -0600 Report

When we eat too few calories our bodies can go into what I call "starvation mode", It will hold on to and conserve everything it has. You might actually try increasing your calorie intake for a while and see what happens. Increasing protein and non starchy vegetables is what I would do. Just my opinion based on my own experience and seeing this happen to other women. I have successfully lost over 90 pounds through diet and exercise. I don't count calories at all. I only count starchy carbs and allow only 11-20 mg of those per meal or snack. I stay away from sugar as much as possible with the exception of a small piece of dark chocolate now and then. I never crave sugar as a result. I do eat yogurt but I buy plain, unsweetened, adding my own fruit or flavoring and Stevia. I hope this helps.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-13 08:21:24 -0600 Report

Like you, I've lost I've 95 lbs doing this eating plan. Low carb and low calorie. The only starchy vegetable I eat is once or twice a week I will eat a sweet potato with my dinner, usually only once a week. The yogurt was a recent change, and I now eat plain with berries, I didn't know about the sugar added stupidly. I will try adding a few hundred additional calories, but I am finding it extremely difficult to eat what I eat add it is now. Not sure how I'll get more in.

sweetslover 2015-02-13 21:28:40 -0600 Report

Your weight loss is fantastic. Sometimes our bodies "plateau" when loosing weight. It seems to take forever to get the loss started again. Be careful not to cut your calories too much, and try not to add too many. 1200 calories a day is the magic goal I have set for myself. Also, try changing your exercise if you can—something different may be just what you need. Hoping this helps some.

Pegsy 2015-02-13 08:40:10 -0600 Report

Congratulations on that weight loss! You and I have both lost nearly another person from our bodies! I don't know how much more you have to lose but my doctor told me not to lose any more. I think she is wrong. I am VERY small boned and built lean, underneath what I've done to myself over the years. If I lose another 10 lbs or so, I think it will be ideal. Weight loss is slower now, after having lost so much, but every single pound shows now.

One way to increase your calories without adding a lot of volume to your diet if you have trouble eating that much is to add more healthy fats such as olive oil during cooking, etc.

Please don't feel stupid about the added sugar in your yogurt. I started taking Melatonin to help with sleep and didn't research at all before starting it. I know better than that. Melatonin raises glucose in diabetics. I took it for about 2 weeks before I realized what was happening. I got pretty good sleep but at a high cost.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-13 08:50:57 -0600 Report

I still have close to one hundred more pound to lose, but I'm in not that big of a hurry, a pound our two a week is good. I'm on a medication for depression that takes my appetite away so I'm never hungry at all I have to set alarms to remind me to eat. It is very difficult.

Pegsy 2015-02-13 08:58:17 -0600 Report

I know you can do it and taking it slow is the healthiest approach. A pound or two per week is excellent! I set alarms to remind myself to eat as well. I rarely feel hungry and I get busy, forgetting to eat.

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