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    04-07-2014, 01:10 PM
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Unusual weight fluctuations

So last year I set out on this journey to get healthy and lose weight. So I cut back on food and increased exercise. As expected I started to lose weight. I went from 149 in April 2013 to 132 in November 2013. Then my weight seemed to be stuck at the 132 pound mark. I changed my exercise routine but the weight wouldnít budge.

At the end of January 2014, I bought Ana, my first horse. Within a week I started dropping weight, without changing my diet; if anything I was eating more food and quite a bit of junk food as well. I thought I hit the weight loss jackpot: eat whatever I want, play with my horse, exercise a little bit here and there and still lose weight. I went all the way down to 126 pounds despite eating entire packages of almond ice cream, cookies, full sized sandwiches etc. and I was no longer working out except for riding a lot more (No joke, one week I ate 4 entire packages of almond ice cream and still lost weight).

Last week, I came down with a UTI and now Iím gaining a pound per day despite eating a lot less. I havenít been able to ride or exercise in a couple of days because Iím in too much pain.

I just donít get it. How can I eat 4 containers of almond ice cream one week and lose weight, and diet a few weeks later and gain a pound per day? What the heck is going on with my body? Is it the UTI, could that be causing me to retain water?
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    04-09-2014, 03:31 AM
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Yearling
Possibly. Talk to your doctors. In general though, your experience is consistent with the fact that exercise is way more effective than dieting for weight control. Combine exercise with healthy eating (rather than eating less), and you're laughing. It's just that healthy eating is quite difficult to do in a culture that promotes junk (and dieting, which is crazy - good nutrition is not). 95% of what is sold in supermarkets I would never buy.

I'm a healthy food freak and I find that if I don't eat processed convenience foods, and eat lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes, wholemeal things along with some red meat and fish and dairy products, and keep active, there is little fluctuation in my weight, and I've never had to restrict portion sizes or count calories. When you eat healthy you're not constantly hungry and trying to stop yourself from thinking about food. I have a Mediterranean cultural background and eat lots of Italian food. Home-made pizzas are NOT junk food if you use healthy ingredients, and I make my own ice-cream etc, but vegetables vegetables vegetables is really important. Have a look at some Mediterranean cookbooks, and try to substitute wholemeal instead of plain flour in your cooking, and cut back the sugar to 1/4 or so of what recipes say, and go crazy with nuts and nut meals and olive oil... My husband and I specialise in cooking delicious, healthy food from scratch, and making things like pancakes and fruit tarts into delicious health foods by substituting wholefood ingredients. It's a great hobby, and your body will thank you for it. I can recommend some great recipe books if you like. All the best with your health.
     
    04-09-2014, 07:15 AM
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Green Broke
Hey SueC, could you possibly let me know the names of the books?

My body is going through hell right now. I'm eating junk to get a sugar rush through the day. That combined with other things, I've lost a few kgs but I'm not at a happy weight or feeling healthy. I think I could help my body with some decent food in it! I just need recipes I can throw together for now. My energy levels are very depleted.

Frlsgirl, I found when I had a UTI I bloated and felt podgy and grim.
Are you taking anything? If you're on antibiotics, I'd advise some natural yoghurt to help boost healthy bacteria in your gut.
I was drinking loads.. so I had to measure how much I drank, then pee in a special bucket to make sure it was the same coming out. It pretty much was, but there was water retention.

If you aren't being as active around the horses as well, your body won't burn the calories. Also, your body is trying to get as much nutrition out of anything you eat to get you healthy again. It may just be slowing down your metabolish because you aren't well.
     
    04-09-2014, 08:42 AM
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Yearling
Hey DD, here's a few good ones that explain nutritional principles as well as provide really yummy recipes:

The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Bantam Books, 1994
(not about diet as in "dieting" but as in what people in the Mediterranean eat! - Recipes from all over the Mediterranean)

Healthy Food Fast, Department of Health, Perth, Western Australia, 2003
(Very good, but this book has limited distribution, for ease of tracking: ISBN 0-909699-91-7)

Immunity Foods for Healthy Kids, by Lucy Burney, Duncan Baird Publishers, 2004

Your local library may have similar things. Real, authentic Italian, Greek, Lebanese, etc foods all tend to have loads of good ingredients. Look for recipes with lots of vegetables included.
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    04-09-2014, 08:53 AM
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Yearling
...good depletion-fighting recipes include Minestrone, Thai Beef Salad, Tabbouleh (have with lamb and flatbread), Harira, Salad Nicoise, fresh salads made with lots of salad ingredients and a nice dressing like plain yoghurt or sour light cream with lemon juice and olive oil. Google those... the Harira is especially good, Muslims eat in during Ramadan, when they are having to fast in the daytime. It's delicious and keeps you going.

Also stop buying flavoured low-fat "fruit yoghurts" and buy a Greek pot-set yoghurt, and mix it with real berries, fruit, honey etc. Yes it's got fat in it, but it's far better for you than that industrial fake yoghurt, and will really keep you going, and you're actually going to eat real fruit. And make your own muesli, with plain oats that you can toast yourself in the oven with cinnamon, honey and almonds, for example. The commercial ones are mostly ridiculously high in added sugars and low in useful things like nuts.
     
    04-09-2014, 09:27 AM
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Yummy. Thanks for all the info.
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    04-09-2014, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
Hey SueC, could you possibly let me know the names of the books?

My body is going through hell right now. I'm eating junk to get a sugar rush through the day. That combined with other things, I've lost a few kgs but I'm not at a happy weight or feeling healthy. I think I could help my body with some decent food in it! I just need recipes I can throw together for now. My energy levels are very depleted.

Frlsgirl, I found when I had a UTI I bloated and felt podgy and grim.
Are you taking anything? If you're on antibiotics, I'd advise some natural yoghurt to help boost healthy bacteria in your gut.
I was drinking loads.. so I had to measure how much I drank, then pee in a special bucket to make sure it was the same coming out. It pretty much was, but there was water retention.

If you aren't being as active around the horses as well, your body won't burn the calories. Also, your body is trying to get as much nutrition out of anything you eat to get you healthy again. It may just be slowing down your metabolish because you aren't well.
Yes I'm on antibiotics and taking a probiotic supplement. I'm drinking plenty of fluids too. I'm starting to feel better and my weight is slowly starting to drop again so it's a good sign that I'm on the mend.
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    04-09-2014, 10:12 AM
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Yummy. Thanks for all the info.
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No problems. Hope you get well soon!

PS Cooking in bulk can save time, if anyone out there is new to cooking from scratch. When I make Harira or Minestrone, for example, I always make 4 litres or so, and some goes in the freezer for work lunches, and the rest in the fridge for eating more of. It would be a real chore to have to prepare several courses for every meal - this saves so much time...
     
    04-13-2014, 08:24 AM
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Weanling
I am not an expert by any means. To loose weight it is better to eat healthier not less. Eating less is bad for you. Try having a smoothie for breakfast, with banana, berries and even kale, super healthy! Also don't be down on yourself, stress can lead to weight gain too, you can do this! Happiness is a choice =) best of luck!
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    04-14-2014, 11:07 AM
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I am not an expert by any means. To loose weight it is better to eat healthier not less. Eating less is bad for you. Try having a smoothie for breakfast, with banana, berries and even kale, super healthy! Also don't be down on yourself, stress can lead to weight gain too, you can do this! Happiness is a choice =) best of luck!
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Thank you. I'm back on track to a skinnier and healthier me.
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