Why, body, why?
June 28, 2007 11:06 AM Subscribe
What am I doing wrong? Either I've got the worst metabolism in the world, or my body *likes* being fat.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 24-year-old woman, 5'8", generally healthy. I can't keep a scale in the house because of OCD issues, but I'm probably 150 pounds. At my most fit, I was 135. I'm trying to get back there, or at least feel healthy and fit into my clothes.
For the last 5+ months:
I eat 1100-1400 calories a day. Nothing artificial, no sugars, no processed or fast foods, no red meat, no soda. Only 1 cup of coffee in the morning and tons and tons of water. For breakfast, I'll have some kind of whole grains like GoLean oatmeal, for lunch a medium-sized salad with tofu (or lean chicken) and orange slices and light soy dressing, later a banana or kiwi for a snack, and for dinner a protein drink or more oatmeal. I run 4 miles a day, 4-5 times a week, and lift light weights for toning. I drink about 6-8 liters of water each day.
But the pudge will not go away. In fact, I am GAINING WEIGHT, mostly in my stomach and legs. It's definitely not muscle weight. My clothes don't fit well. I also feel tired and shaky all the time, but never hungry. It's baffling -- I'm taking in fewer calories than I expend, so where is the weight coming from?
Also, I'm thirsty constantly. I made a doctor's appointment to figure that out, but drinking lots of water can't make me gain weight like this, can it?
I thought maybe I was eating too few calories and depressing my metabolism, but if I add any more calories (usually via fruit or protein), I gain MORE weight almost instantly! I can actually feel my jeans get tighter.
I've always been athletic, and whenever I've put on extra pounds in the past, it's been because I've stopped exercising and eaten more (in the logical way). But for some reason now, trying to be healthy has made me look and feel worse, and I am demoralized.
There's got to be a logical explanation. Any advice? Thanks in advance.