Calories in and calories burned: is there a trick?
January 10, 2011 11:54 AM Subscribe
If it's as easy as move more and eat less, why aren't I losing weight?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (54 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
So the internet finally got to me. Seeing so many posts about how overweight people are that way by choice finally sent me spiralling. In the past I've tried to stick to various exercise regimes. Did freeweights, bought an expensive trampoline, subscribed to a weekly (organic) vegetable box and vowed to make every meal with the healthiest and purest ingredients possible. I cut sugar out of my diet. I cut alcohol. I cut anything sweet. Chose only low-fat milk and then no dairy at all. Cut out red meat. Started cutting out meat entirely. I thought I was doing everything right.
After three months and only losing 12 pounds, I got discouraged. I decided to read up on the internet again and get some advice. But all I found were more posts calling people who looked like me and weighed as much as I do lazy, ugly, worthless. Especially women. I was convinced that I had to be sabotaging myself somehow.
That's when I decided to stop eating. Not entirely. In the beginning I was eating only dinner. Then I started cutting the portion I gave myself at that meal in half. After two weeks and no progress, I decided to eat one portion of fruit and one of vegetable instead of any meals. Usually it's some broccoli and an apple. I partner this with a 45 minute walk every day.
I've been doing this for two months. I haven't gained that 12 pounds back, but the scale hasn't gone ANY lower. I feel depressed and broken. I'm always tired. I feel like I'm destined to be overweight and worthless forever. What am I doing wrong? I know I should consult my doctor, but I feel worse about my weight when I visit him than any other time. I weigh 288 (5'8'') and I get lectured about my BMI and interrogated about my lifestyle constantly.
I'm not looking for medical advice, but maybe some information on what I'm doing wrong. If it's as easy as calories in and calories burned, I should have lost something by now.
Are there any other ways to approach this?
(This is anonymous as it's pretty soul-baring and personal. Plus my username would be forever attached to my obesity.)