I am trying to see if there would be support for a new discussion thread for caregivers that are trying to diet. A place that they could immediately go to for emotional support when the will gets weak. So many of us seem to ruin our health as soon as mom/pop moves in. We forgo our own MD appts., forget to take our meds, never hear any words of encouragement,give up on our own appearance, simply cease to exist as an individual. I don't want to replace the "whine" thread, it is very important and I use it myself.Also it seems many of use due to our caregiving situation are prisoners in the house and can't go to weight watcher meetings, support groups, live in rural areas etc. This could be a place as close as your computer. I look at this site even late at night, I would love to be of help to someone that is trying to stay out of the refrigerator at 3 AM. Just thought I would throw this out there to see if there is any interest.
Once I get my pinched nerve issue taken care of, I will be walking more and exercising more. Right now I can't do much of that, but it's definitely on the list.
I'm giving myself 1 year from January 1, 2017 to lose at least 75% of the weight I need to lose before considering more drastic options (like surgery). If I am successful, surgery won't be necessary. I know I can do it, because I'm scared to have the surgery - so that's a pretty powerful motivator. I just go online and watch a few videos about the surgery and realize that candy bar, sweet treat or starchy food just isn't worth it.
What is working for you to lose weight, or stop smoking?
MOVE MORE, EAT LESS IN 2017
by Tony Schober ·
The majority of the time when you’re having a problem losing weight, it’s not because you aren’t making good food choices. The reason why your weight loss has stagnated is because you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.
What Happens When You’re Not Eating Enough Calories?
When most people start dieting, they slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine. That’s fine, but they usually cut their calories way too low. Add in the extra exercise, and all of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you.
Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. Your body is a smart machine and senses a large decrease in dietary energy. Your large calorie deficit might work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy.
It doesn’t want to just waste away. It needs that energy (fat) to survive. So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction? Not eating enough calories…
Slows down thyroid production – Your thyroid is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism, among other things. Your body has the ability to slow down thyroid output in an effort to maintain energy balance .
Decreases muscle mass – Muscle is highly calorie intensive to maintain. In a prolonged extreme calorie deficit, it is one of the first things that your body looks to get rid of, especially if you’re not providing a stimulus to keep it. Your body needs the fat, wants the fat, and the muscle can be spared. It breaks down the muscle tissue and uses it for energy.
Lowers testosterone levels – An important hormone for both men and women, testosterone is just one of many hormones that are affected with severe calorie restriction . Testosterone is anabolic to muscle tissue. Without it, it becomes that much harder to maintain, let alone put on muscle mass.
Decreases leptin levels – Leptin is one of many energy regulating hormones. More importantly, it’s a “hunger” hormone that tells you whether to eat or not. High leptin levels signal that it’s OK to stop eating, while low leptin levels are a signal to eat more energy. Because of this, leptin levels decrease in calorie restricted environments .
Decreases energy levels – There are many physical actions your body takes when you’re not eating enough calories, but there are also some mental ones. Neurotransmitter production is limited, which can lead to a lack of motivation. It’s your body’s way of telling you to “slow down” – conserve your energy.
How Many Calories Should You Be Eating?
Your goal should be to eat as many calories as possible and still lose weight. You always want to start high and then come down with your calorie intake. It’s much easier to do this than come up in calories after your weight loss has stalled and you’ve lost all your motivation.
How many calories should you eat? There is no perfect number. Each person’s metabolism is different. Someone who’s undereaten their entire life and is sedentary will need far fewer calories than the person who exercises a lot and has an active job.
i dont agree with that . many people have achieved phenomenal weight losses by stepping away from the fork .
my late 93 yr old aunt kept diabetes ! in check for 30 yrs by eating meals from a saucer .
If you are dieting and don't eat enough calories for that, you will not lose weight.
Not eating will not work. You will not lose fat, but something else.
Says me who also drinks far too much of the stuff
i think his formula is credible . you wont gain if you stay below your upper limit number . the bad part is , one fast food meal can go as high as 2 thousand calories so you f ' ed that particular day up . i dont eat fast food because of the economics . aint no dam hamburger worth an 8 dollar bill . they can cram it .
Anyone trying vegetables only?
Where is the best sale?
I am on a diet....
What did you eat?...
I ate eggs....
My husband was trying to tell me that refilling plastic water bottles was okay, -because (even though it is written on the bottles), there is already so many toxins since the water is transported through plastic. With his ability to rationalize, I told him to get back to me after his vitanins take effect.
So, here is my attempt at twisted rationale:
Since a small amount of chocolate satisfies, it is good for someone on a diet because it takes up the space that would be filled with more food and more calories if you had something else. lol.
I'm still within the normal BMI range so I lie to myself and say it doesn't really matter if I put on a few pounds. Of course both my parents had heart trouble by the age of 60.