Why am I not losing weight?
February 2, 2014 9:46 AM Subscribe
YANMD but should I see one? Seemingly unable to lose weight with diet and exercise. Details within.
posted by arniec to Health & Fitness (40 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I am 39yo male and weigh 310lb.
History: in 2008 I weighed 400lb and joined Weight Watchers (tm). Over the course of a year I lost 100 lbs, primarily following the Weight Watchers program, with a little exercise (what i could do, some walks). Weight loss slowed, as it does, and by 2010 I weighed about 270.
But then it stopped. I was following the program as much as ever, but the plateau wouldn't break. So I got a personal trainer and increased workouts, doing strenuous muscle and cardio 4x per week and the weight slowly crept up.
I was frustrated, but then Weight Watchers (tm) unveiled their new, improved, Points PLUS system (TM, R) and I was excited hoping a new routine would shake up my body and restart my 6 month plateau. It didn't. I posted previously about this but I started to gain weight at a rate of about 1lb per week on average despite following the plan and exercising.
Now I will admit that in 2011 my frustration led to me not following the program as much, and I stopped tracking food after doing so faithfully for 3plus years. I started to miss meetings, etc. And, of course, I gained wight, creeping back up to about 300lbs.
In 2012 I recommitted myself. I started going to every meeting again, tracking every bite again, and did so for about 2 months. My weight continued to creep upwards slowly. I then used MyFitnesPal in conjunction with Weight Watchers and found that Weight Watchers had me eating about 2200 calories per day, and MyFitnessPal suggested 1700.
I started trying more MyFitnessPal than Weight Watchers, but again I admit that not seeing results after about a month frustrated me.
My wife knew fitness is a goal I really want to achieve, so for Christmas she got me one of the new FitBits. Starting in January I again recommitted myself to weight loss. Given that the PointsPlus(TM, R) wasn't working I have used MyFitnessPal. It took about a week to get in the routine, but as of today I have tracked every bite I have eaten, and every exercise routine I have done.
MyFitnessPal has me consuming about 1700 calories per day for a sedentary lifestyle (I'm a computer programmer, sit at a desk all day every day). My FitBit tells me I'm burning 2300 calories per day, 2600 average on days I work out (2-3 times per week)
But after 3 weeks of careful tracking, working out, I have not lost a god damed pound. I have gained and lost the same 1lb repeatedly. I keep bouncing between 310 and 311 for 3 weeks.
I do not want to have unrealistic expectations, but after 3 weeks to have not lost a single lb is frustrating, and more, frightening.
I'm wondering what the hell I do now... Do I see a doctor? (I have been on weight loss drugs previously to very ill effect...they turn me into a rageacholic). Is my FitBit and MyFitnessPal lying about my calories in saying I'm living with a 500-800 calorie per day defecit?
The worst part is yes, I have stopped and started, but even when wholly committed I seem to have not been able to lose a pound in about 3 years.
I know if I don't track and work out I gain weight but nothing I do seems to make me lose. So I turn to you MeFites for advice.