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So I was never able to lose while breast feeding its been since July that I have stopped actually bfing...........I was on frucothing for awhile with a big diet change and really upped my water added in Tae bo no weight/inch loss........Well I added Herbalife into the mix yep 2 shakes a day and a steck with veggies for dinner plus a diet pill still no weight loss/inch loss...My clothes fit the same................My mind if seriously going crazy I am so depressed by this,And some I am sure will think this is silly but its affecting me being a good mom....All I obsesse on is if I am losing why I cant lose blah blah....I have no mo to go see a dr.I dont think its my thyroid.......I am 5,0 130lbs with a big old 38 inch waist......All I do is obsess over food and exercise...Not even a liver cleans could help just backed me up........<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'm sorry. I know that must be very frustrating. Maybe dropping the supplements and going for a tried and true weight loss program like Weight Watchers would help.
 

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Eat real food. Eat whole food. Cut out the supplements.<br><br>
Personally, low carb works for me. There are some great books that will provide research explaining why a low carb, high healthy fat, moderate protein diet works. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Taubes is one of the best.<br><br>
I would start by eating real, whole foods. Eggs with veggies cooked in coconut oil or butter for breakfast. A salad with tuna or chicken or other protein, veggies and olive oil or olive oil mayonnaise for lunch. Protein with roasted veggies for dinner.<br><br>
Also, for me, low carb isn't enough. I have issues with dairy. I cut out dairy and am just eating meat, eggs, veggies and healthy fats and the weight is coming off.<br><br>
Also, exercise. You must exercise. 30 minutes a day - no excuses. And weight training - strive for at least 2 times a week.<br><br>
It's hard, I know. My baby is 5 years old and I've been struggling for 5 years to get this weight off. It's so hard. If you want more information on low carb diets - and tons of support - check out <a href="http://lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/" target="_blank">http://lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/</a> This is the best site out there for all things weight loss related. And, if you really do have a thyroid issue, check out the "Health and Medical issues" forum. There are some amazingly knowledgeable people in there. They can help you understand the tests to ask your doctor for.
 

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I agree with Amcal.<br><br>
You might check out this site... <a href="http://www.breadandmoney.com/" target="_blank">http://www.breadandmoney.com/</a>. The man who owns it has personally been there, done that with dieting and has an amazing testimony on how he finally lost weight (150lbs.) and began to feel better by eating real foods and including healthy amounts of real fats in his diet which allowed him to eat less and not be hungry all the time.
 

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I have tried weight watchers,and as for healthy fats I have went down that road....I guess I am just going to be stuck being a fat spare tire hanging on my belly bitter witch for the rest of my life <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Your defeatist attitude is worrisome. When you say you went down the road of healthy fats, what does that mean? You can't eat high fat and high carb. Did you try low carb? Which plan did you try?
 

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Aquafina, I can relate to a lot of your posts. I am very slowly losing weight, too slow for the work/diet that I am putting in. But my stomch is actually getting bigger. For me, I know that hormones are playing a huge part. I am on my 3rd week of new thyroid meds, but I'm not sure if the dose is correct. I did drop 5 lbs in 1 week when I doubled up on my meds.<br><br>
I am in the middle of reading the insulin resistance diet, and I think a lot of that makes sense for me. Blood tests have shown that I do not have IR though.<br><br>
I also scheduled a full oxygen/calorie test at my gym next week. I'm hoping that this tells me how many calories I am supposed to eat, adn how intense I shoudl be working out.<br><br>
The 3rd thing that I am trying is that I am going to see an endorconoligist who specializes in hormonal issues and weight gain that is realted to hormones.<br><br>
For me, these are the last things that I can think of that might help me. I am thinking that I may never lose the weight in my stomach. And after I explore these options, if that is the case, then I will come to peace with it. But I owe it to myself and my family to not give up. Even if my good diet and exercise don;t result in stomach loss, I know it is good for my heart and has other benefits. So I have to keep pushing myself to get as healthy as possible, even if a "healthy" waist to hip ratio is not possible for my body.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aquafina, I can relate to a lot of your posts. I am very slowly losing weight, too slow for the work/diet that I am putting in. But my stomch is actually getting bigger. For me, I know that hormones are playing a huge part. I am on my 3rd week of new thyroid meds, but I'm not sure if the dose is correct. I did drop 5 lbs in 1 week when I doubled up on my meds.<br><br>
I am in the middle of reading the insulin resistance diet, and I think a lot of that makes sense for me. Blood tests have shown that I do not have IR though.<br><br>
I also scheduled a full oxygen/calorie test at my gym next week. I'm hoping that this tells me how many calories I am supposed to eat, adn how intense I shoudl be working out.<br><br>
The 3rd thing that I am trying is that I am going to see an endorconoligist who specializes in hormonal issues and weight gain that is realted to hormones.<br><br>
For me, these are the last things that I can think of that might help me. I am thinking that I may never lose the weight in my stomach. And after I explore these options, if that is the case, then I will come to peace with it. But I owe it to myself and my family to not give up. Even if my good diet and exercise don;t result in stomach loss, I know it is good for my heart and has other benefits. So I have to keep pushing myself to get as healthy as possible, even if a "healthy" waist to hip ratio is not possible for my body.</div>
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This is my life, every detail! I get really frustrated. I watch friends who just start walking and drop 15 pounds. My body does not work that way! Low carb is how I feel best and moving everyday to the point of losing my breath is the best way I find to get the scale moving. But for me 1-2 pounds a month is progress. I carry all my weight in my middle also. I wonder if that has something to do with the difficulty in losing the weight. Sometimes the peace knowing I am doing all I can is what I have to enjoy and not so much the actual weight loss.<br>
Don't give up keep moving and eating healthy, it is still good for your moral!
 

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Based on what you typed, you're not eating enough fats. Your body has likely gone into starvation mode and is hoarding any fat you might have.<br><br>
Cut out the supplements, they only set you up for rebound gaining.<br><br>
Eat whole foods, and a balanced diet. I like Mark Furhman's food pyramid. Lots of fruit and veggies on the bottom, some grains and dairy and protiens on the top.<br><br>
If you are able, hire a trainer who can set you on a balanced exercise routine that will provide strength and cardio.<br><br>
You could really mess your body up taking all those supplements though. Please stop.
 

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I don't have any advice but I want you to know that I understand where you're coming from. It's NOT silly. If it's a very important issue to you, it really can affect everything. Don't push aside your feelings. They are real and valid.
 

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Someone posted in one of the mommy tummy threads that they went to someone who found that their pelvic bones never settled back into place properly after giving birth. The person did something to fix that and several inches of belly poof just vanished.
 

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Low Carb is the way that I was able to burn off almost 23lbs and still losing. I find if I have meat for breakfast that it curbs my appetite for the whole day.<br><br>
Most of the weight loss has been in my belly. I have tried for years to get rid of this weight and I eat very clean. Stabilizing hormones was the only thing that has helped.
 

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Someone here recently suggested the book <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FUltrametabolism-Simple-Plan-Automatic-Weight%2Fdp%2F0743272560%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1224109736%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Ultrametabolism</a></i>. It looked interesting so I checked out a copy from our library. I thought I knew a lot about all this stuff; I realized reading this book just how little I knew. I highly recommend it.
 

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Leslie, that's Mark Hyman, right? He's been writing a 7 part series for my gym's monthly magazine, and I really have like what he has to say. I've been thinking of avoiding wheat, and I have started limiting it, based on his info about wheat (and dairy among others) causing imflamation. I need to get the book!
 

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Aquafina, struggling with weight is so frusterating. I've decided to try very hard to switch my focus to health and I am not so convinced being fat is as unhealthy as we are led to believe. That of course doesn't touch body image which is one hell of a thing to tackle.<br><br>
I went and found the website for Mark Hyman and was super excited to watch one of his videos and the info seemed pretty good (and ultimately health focused) but then when it got to the part that was actually going tell what his porgram is all about ect it ended. So then I signed up on the website and again thought great now I can read what this is all about. Nope, it gives some info but then you have to buy the book to find out more. Frankly that's off putting. I know he wants to sell books and all but if he really wanted this info known wouldn't he put it on his website especially for those who've signed up (although it is free). It makes me question his motives and his message. I am still very curious of what his food suggestions ect are so if anyone who has read the book doesn't mind either posting them here or pm'ing me I'd really appreciate it. Or starting a thread about it would be great too. Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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There are alot of reasons why your body would sequester fat in order to keep itself healthy. It may well be that your body is working perfectly, not failing you.<br><br>
That said there are always things you can do to improve your health. I would say that you may want to re-think the supplements. I really don't think any good can come of them.<br><br>
When you say your thyroid is fine, that says absolutely nothing except the person who read the results chose to look to further. Those results are really subjective and different people read them in different ways. There are also many ways to test the thyroid and I'd wonder just what tests were done and where you fell on the spectrum. Doc's don't generally diagnose thyroid "issues" until your thyroid is failing or in overdrive. There is alot of grey area in the middle there.<br><br>
I would wonder about your adrenals as early adrenal fatigue can cause weight gain and would prevent you from losing.<br><br>
Food allergies are another thing that could compound the problem. If you have even an intolerance you are unaware of it can create inflammation and prevent loss so long as you are consuming the offending substance.<br><br>
Different people have different dietary needs. One diet does NOT fit all. There are definitely avenues to pursue here and I would encourage you to do so if you want answers.<br><br>
Try to remember than your body WORKS. It is constantly seeking health. Whatever is going on now is your body's effort to communicate with you. It has your attention, now do what you can to listen so that you can find what you need to experience health.
 

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I agree with the low carb people. And lots of fat. What amcal said.<br><br>
Hanging onto weight around your middle is common for those with insulin resistance.<br><br>
Oh, and Herbalife -- man, that stuff is crackity. And I think, if you happen to have an insulin-resistant metabolism, it actually makes things worse.
 

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I have not bought Mark Hyman's books. But these were teh articles that I read in teh magazine, adn I really liked them. HTH<br><br><a href="http://www.experiencelifemag.com/issues/june-2008/health-wellness/functional-wellness-part-1-genes-and-the-environment.html" target="_blank">http://www.experiencelifemag.com/iss...vironment.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Different people have different dietary needs. One diet does NOT fit all. There are definitely avenues to pursue here and I would encourage you to do so if you want answers.<br><br>
Try to remember than your body WORKS. It is constantly seeking health. Whatever is going on now is your body's effort to communicate with you. It has your attention, now do what you can to listen so that you can find what you need to experience health.</div>
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I would definetelly see a doctor or nutritionist, and i wouldnt do low carb or anything you are not able to keep long term. what worked for me was eat everything i was eating before but small portions, I can do that for the rest of my life
 
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