I was 135 before my last 3 back to back pregnancies I am now 180 and feel unhealthy and out of shape. I have had chronic back problems all my life but it has been WAY worse so I am thinking my weight has a lot to do with it ( which is why I don’t work out often ) I am committed to pushing through the pain and exercising everyday to drop the weight and help my back and overall health. I have maintained my weight with my current diet. I eat A traditional foods type diet but not sure what to do for weight loss on this type of diet. I know fat is good but do I cut the fat during weight loss or just cut carbs what types of percentages should I work with. I am tempted to do weight watchers and try do as much Traditional foods as I can and not ingest artificial sweeteners. Any advice would be appreciated
TF and weightloss help
Carbs, and specifically grains can really be the biggest problem with weight on a TF diet for most people (and also dietary intolerances). I would start by cutting down/cutting out grains. For a while, DP and I were starting to put on a bunch of weight, and we realized it was because we had really upped the amount of grain in our diet. With a more moderate grain, high veggie, moderate meat and fat diet, with plenty of beans rather than grains, we've been feeling healthier and losing that bit of weight we put on.
I just want to say that I have struggled with weight issues for a couple of years. I tried the low carb no grain ideas many times and always fail. It isn't what works for me. I need the carbs. I have lost 10 pounds with no real effort recently by just eating a whole foods diet most of the time which includes plenty of carbs like potatoes and whole grain sprouted bread. Sure eating lower carb and lower grain will cause weight loss over the short term, but can you do this for the rest of your life? Your own biochemical identity is what matters. One thing that I think helped me was taking 5-HTP to naturally boost serotonin levels and exercising for fun. I do Zumba. I eat plenty of carbs and plenty of protein. I eat according to what my body needs. If you eat a healthy, fresh and whole foods diet and take measures to get healthy like getting plenty of sleep and getting sleep during the hours of peak serotonin production from 10-6, that can go a long way for weight loss. That is what has helped me sooo much! Also, something like pilates can really help back pain. I eliminated my constant back pain which I had for years by doing Pilates. I am studying to be a nutrition consultant and I have learned that no one diet or weight loss program fits everyone's needs. You really have to figure out what works for you specifically. For me, eating fewer carbs means I would over indulge in them later on. Eating more protein will cut down on sugar cravings. Eating fresh, seasonal and whole foods offers you more nutrients with less calories and ultimately less hunger because you are meeting your bodies nutritional needs. Cutting out refined foods and sugars will go along way in helping you to regulate insulin levels, also you might want to check to see if your thyroid is function optimally.
For me eating enough carbs and protein was essential to lose weight!
I have been eating a TF diet for about two years. I did find, however, that I was gaining weight. Several months ago I began to read books by Raymond Francis (Ex: Never Be Sick Again) and incorporated a couple of his ideas. The result has been "effortless" weight loss: Eating raw foods as much as possible and watching how I combine my food. His theory is that it is difficult for the body to digest protein and starch at the same time, so his suggestion is to not combine these two things. Protein with veggies is fine, starch with veggies is fine, but protein with starch is not fine. When I do eat grains, they are whole and soaked or sprouted. Refined sugars and flours are not TF and definitely will put the weight on. I wouldn't concentrate on eliminating fats (good fats, of course, but I'm assuming you know the difference if you are a TF person.) So, my suggestion is to stick to whole foods and raw as much as possible, watch your food combining, stay away from anything refined. The pilates idea sounds good for exercise - or even just get out and walk half an hour a day (briskly). It will take some time, but, unless there are underlying problems, your weight should come down. Congratulations on your growing family. I hope you will get to a place where you feel healthy and that your back problems subside. With your children needing you, you have better things to occupy your thoughts and efforts!