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thanks! I am trying to lose about 15 lbs and so far i am not getting anywhere. A week ago i gave up sugar and bread/pasta/rice.<br><br>
Typical day<br><br>
Breakfast<br>
2 Eggs with sauteed veggies(use olive oil spray)<br><br>
Snack<br>
Mozzarella stick<br>
handful almonds<br><br>
Lunch<br>
chicken breast sauteed with veggies<br><br>
Snack<br>
handful nuts<br><br>
Dinner<br>
tofu sauteed with veggies<br>
salad<br><br>
I only drink water<br>
I nurse a baby all day and night<br>
I do moderate exercise but nothing with weight training or high cardiovascular activity<br><br>
In the 2 weeks of no bad carbs i am not losing weight. Any thoughts?
 

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are you eating any fruit at all?<br><br>
I don't know how tall you are, but with nursing AND exercise I honestly don't think you're getting enough to eat; sometimes that can explain an absence of weight loss because your body goes into "I'm starving and have to hang on to every little calorie" mode<br><br>
also, they say "eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and a pauper for dinner" so maybe rearranging your menu for big breakfasts and progressively less during the day would help<br><br>
lack of loss is SO frustrating!!
 

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I looks like enough calories at first glance - it does look like it could be a little high in fat. What if you cut out the eggs for breakfast and replaced it with a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and some fruit? Also, instead of a cheese stick and nuts for snack - what about something like hummus (also high in fat, but still healthy) with some cut up fresh veggies? Not saying there's necessarily anything wrong with your snack. It is high in calories and replacing it with the hummus and fresh veggies will cut the calories (unless you go overboard with the hummus!) and add some fresh veggies to your diet. Another suggestion would be to stir fry half the chicken with the veggies and serve it over some brown rice.
 

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LOTS more fruits, SALAD (with low-cal dressing), and beans. beans are a dieter's best friend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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How's your sleep? If you're nursing all night, are you getting any good solid sleep? Lack of REM sleep can prevent weight loss, IIRC.<br><br>
You said that you drink only water, but how much water are you drinking? If it's not enough, that can be an issue as well.<br><br>
Also, it's only been 2 weeks. Be patient with your body and yourself. I'm not sure how old your youngest is, but with all the hormonal changes that pregnancy/delivery/breastfeeding brings, it's not uncommon to not follow a traditional path of "change food, lose weight instantly"....
 

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I agree that your diet looks too high in fat. I second the oatmeal idea for breakfast (I like mine with a banana mashed in it and some cinnamon), and I'd suggest only eating one small handful of nuts a day and giving up the cheese like a pp mentioned. Tofu is also high fat, so maybe replacing that with some beans and brown rice would make a difference. In my experience, eating more potatoes (without fat like butter or sour cream added) has helped me lose weight. Remember that some of the leanest, healthiest populations on earth eat a diet of primarily carbs from whole foods. They're not as bad as you might think.
 

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Ok great ideas! Less cheese, less tofu, less nuts. More grains and fruit. I cut out fruit for a bit to get rid of my sugar cravings. But i will add it in for the fiber. I am so sick of eggs for breakfast so i will gladly switch to oatmeal. I will add in beans especially because i am getting sick of chicken. I drink about 64oz of water a day. Thanks for the thoughts and i will update in a couple of weeks and tell you where i am. Oh i am 5ft5 and 145lbs currently.My nursling is one year old.
 

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I don't think your diet looks too high in fat, but I am trying to follow more of a traditional foods lifestyle. There's a good book called "Eat Fat Lose Fat".
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok great ideas! Less cheese, less tofu, less nuts. More grains and fruit. I cut out fruit for a bit to get rid of my sugar cravings. But i will add it in for the fiber. I am so sick of eggs for breakfast so i will gladly switch to oatmeal. I will add in beans especially because i am getting sick of chicken. I drink about 64oz of water a day. Thanks for the thoughts and i will update in a couple of weeks and tell you where i am. Oh i am 5ft5 and 145lbs currently.My nursling is one year old.</div>
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Sounds like a good plan! Let us know how you're doing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Have you plugged your meals into a sort of diet calculator? I've done so on spark people.com but there are many places that have that capability.<br><br>
It tells me if my diet is low on any important vitamins/minerals/nutrients and also gives me the exact number of fat grams, protein and calories. I look at it as a continuous process, and 1 day isn't long enough to say you are deficient or vice versa, it's better to look at it over a weeks time or so (imo)
 

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If you want to loose weight you actually have to figure out how many calories you are eating. It has nothing to do with whether you eat tofu or "bad carbs" or more cheese or less cheese. (Those things will determine your overall health but the only thing that matters for pure weight loss is calories you eat vs. calories you burn.) Tofu is pretty low in calories so it's possible that you're really starving yourself by not eating enough, which is bad for weight loss. But if your servings are too big you could be eating too many calories. It's impossible to really know what's going on until you measure your servings and figure out the calories.<br><br>
Another thing is that you've only been doing it for 2 weeks and it is normal for some people not to see results immediately. Even if you were doing everything right, you might not see results for a few weeks.
 

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You just need to sweat. Your diet looks pretty good to me. Also - I think you mentioned that you are nursing - I would keep the fat in your diet.<br><br>
The fat you are getting isn't unhealthy fat.....<br><br>
You need to get your heart up until you sweat for 30 minutes. 30 minutes 3 times per week.<br><br>
Try it for 2 weeks and see.......<br><br>
I know it is hard with a baby - but you if just do jumping jacks for 3 minutes, then march in place to catch your breath - then jump again for 3 minutes - you can do this while the baby sleeps. I bet you can do this while you watch TV!
 

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You mean a sweet potato, right?<br><br>
eta - I didn't know what I was talking about!
 

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I gain weight so easily. Potatoes and rice tend to make me feel heavy. Pancakes too. This morning i had oatmeal with cinnamon and a few slivered almonds. No snack. Then for lunch i had stirfried tofu with black beans and broccoli. I will have a salad for dinner. I tried to eat rice yesterday but i couldn't do it. I really want to lose the weight and am trying to be strict on the bad carbs. My idea of a diet is no sugar and lots of turkey, chicken and fresh veggies. But i am not losing weight. Typically i would , maybe i have hit a plateau? I do need to work out, i will work on those jumping jacks. I wish i had a treadmill or jogger stroller.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I gain weight so easily. Potatoes and rice tend to make me feel heavy. Pancakes too. This morning i had oatmeal with cinnamon and a few slivered almonds. No snack. Then for lunch i had stirfried tofu with black beans and broccoli. I will have a salad for dinner. I tried to eat rice yesterday but i couldn't do it. I really want to lose the weight and am trying to be strict on the bad carbs. My idea of a diet is no sugar and lots of turkey, chicken and fresh veggies. But i am not losing weight. Typically i would , maybe i have hit a plateau? I do need to work out, i will work on those jumping jacks. I wish i had a treadmill or jogger stroller.</div>
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It sounds like you are doing something like SouthBeach.....<br><br>
I tried South Beach 3 years ago and am still doing it. Like you, I wasn't overweight - I just had added enough pounds to make me feel yucky<br><br>
My friend lost like 15 pounds the first week on South Beach (obviously she was larger than me) but I didn't have anything close to that success. I did feel great with the food I was eating. Mostly I enjoyed eating non-processed food... it made me feel so healthy!<br><br>
I lost a few pounds - not much - until I started working out in conjunction with the diet (I hate to say the word diet - because it is really more like a life style change). The weight literally started falling off! It was unreal. Not to mention that I was getting fit. Not just healthy - but fit. My body is toned and fit - and that is the best feeling.<br><br>
FYI - I am 5 ft 3 and started out at 130 lbs. I am now 116. I did actually get down to 109 - which is fine for me - but I started lifting weights and the muscle I gained pushed me back up.....<br><br>
I know that with a baby it is unrealistic for you to be able to jog around the neighborhood or something. But seriously - you would be surprised at how hard it is to do jumping jacks for 3 minutes. When you do them, squeeze your butt and legs and arms - it works! Make sure to stretch first<br><br>
Good Luck! Let me know if you need any help.....
 
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