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Losing last 5 pounds!!

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Created July 05, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I am trying to lose the last 5 pounds and havent been able to get the scale to budge. I eat 5 meals a day, lift 2 to 3 times a week, and vary my cardo 4 x week 45 min to 60..low intensity to one day high intesity.

I am 5 feet 2 inches and 26BF.. wanting to drop down to 23 or so.

I eat between 1250 to 1450 and am not sure what range is best. I cant seen to lose at higher calorie or lower. I am currently trying one high day of 1700 cal to see if that jump starts things. Also, I am not really ever hungry. I dont wake up hungry and have to force myself to eat some of my meals. Definately feel like my metabolism is off. I do have muscle definition, just a nice layer of fat too.

I did try low carb for couple of weeks. Got down to 10g of carbs per day.. but felt terrible. Major headaches and felt weird. Stayed on it for 2 to 3 weeks only lost .5 pound.. was eating around 1300.. upped my fat intake and protien was around 130g.

Has anyone had success getting last of weight off? Should i follow low fat like body builders, or high fat like paleo.. So confusing!! Thanks!

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24538 · July 06, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I remember Gary Taubes talking about this in Good Calories, Bad Calories, and little googling took me to this: http://rayharvey.org/index.php/2010/02/does-exercise-really-promote-weight-loss/

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 3:35 PM

whats CD-14-28? Thanks for book suggestion.. I will check it out. Thank you.

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32518 · July 06, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Alex~ I think they can be useful. I use Pro-gest cream 2 x a day from CD 14-28. How was your estrogen tested--saliva or blood test? Have you read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor Won't Tell you about Menopause"? It's been really helpful for me in understanding how to achieve hormone balance. So far, so good!

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Thanks Dragonfly! I will have to find my paperwork on my "D" and review. I did buy some Vit D last night. Curious.. were the same age... wondering what your thoughts are on BioIdentical Hormones? I have been working with a hormone doctor trying to get my Thryoid and perimenopause numbers back to "normal". She has me on 150 Progesterone, Testosterone (recently.. small dosage)and BiEst. My numbers all are in the tank. Estrogen was like 10. Do you think BiEst could be causing weight gain, or does it help?? TX

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 1:27 AM

ooohhh wouldnt that be nice :))))

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thank you for help. I will try lifting more.. I do think that does change your body. Also, i dont eat sugar or anything like paleo treats. Pretty much organic meats and veggies with occasional carbs. I wish I could get calories right.. feel like I am missing the boat there.

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1467 · July 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I only had to get 4 kilos off which technically should take a few weeks at most. It's taken months! You are right, the last few are really tough!

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32518 · July 05, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Magnesium Citrate is fine!

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32518 · July 05, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Cool. What was your D level? It's a good idea to check every 6 months.

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10 · July 05, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Thanks Dragonfly.... i do not eat dairy, except for Greek Yogurt and not always organic, though. Do eat only hormone free chicken and bison and most eggs. 75% organic I had a Vit D test done 1 1/2 years ago and it was good. I dont take vit D suppliments, but maybe I should? I also DO take 600MG Magnesium Citrate (not glycinate??) at night to help with sleep. (Lifetime brand) I do have Hashimotos.. so am on thryoid meds and my numbers T3 T4 are good. Will try not to stress. LOL Thank you again for suggestions!

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10 · July 05, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Thank you... I take 800 IU vit D with my magnesium as well as selenium. hope it kicks in soon :))) Just curious.. how much weight did you have to get off? Seems last few are tougher? Thank you!

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11683 · July 05, 2012 at 8:41 PM

what do you actually weigh?

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1467 · July 05, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I agree with Dragonfly. I started paleo and gained weight and for the life of me could not get the scale to budge.

Got some Vitamin D, calcium D, DIM and other supps as well as taking my thyroid tabs properly with selenium and after a few months the weight is just coming off effortlessly and i'm almost back to normal.

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10 · July 05, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Thank you... I take 800 IU vit D with my magnesium as well as selenium. hope it kicks in soon :))) Just curious.. how much weight did you have to get off? Seems last few are tougher? Thank you!

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1467 · July 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I only had to get 4 kilos off which technically should take a few weeks at most. It's taken months! You are right, the last few are really tough!

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32518 · July 05, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Sounds like your hormones need some help. Micronutrients can be the key.

Are you eating hormone-free meat (and dairy)?

I wouldn't worry about your macros so much, but you can probably dial back the protein to 70-100 g

Great sleep is also essential.

Get your Vitamin D level tested & dialed in. 50-60 ng/ml is the level to aim for from sun/supplements.

Do a Zinc Tally test and see if you are Zinc deficient, if so, supplement 50 mg Zinc Picolinate for 3 months & retest.

Supplement 200-600 mg Magnesium Glycinate in the evening.

Make sure you are getting sufficient Vitamin A, K2 and Selenium.

It may take 3-6 months for things to balance out, so be patient--too much stress will not help you drop the fat!

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Thanks Dragonfly! I will have to find my paperwork on my "D" and review. I did buy some Vit D last night. Curious.. were the same age... wondering what your thoughts are on BioIdentical Hormones? I have been working with a hormone doctor trying to get my Thryoid and perimenopause numbers back to "normal". She has me on 150 Progesterone, Testosterone (recently.. small dosage)and BiEst. My numbers all are in the tank. Estrogen was like 10. Do you think BiEst could be causing weight gain, or does it help?? TX

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 3:35 PM

whats CD-14-28? Thanks for book suggestion.. I will check it out. Thank you.

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32518 · July 05, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Cool. What was your D level? It's a good idea to check every 6 months.

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32518 · July 05, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Magnesium Citrate is fine!

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10 · July 05, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Thanks Dragonfly.... i do not eat dairy, except for Greek Yogurt and not always organic, though. Do eat only hormone free chicken and bison and most eggs. 75% organic I had a Vit D test done 1 1/2 years ago and it was good. I dont take vit D suppliments, but maybe I should? I also DO take 600MG Magnesium Citrate (not glycinate??) at night to help with sleep. (Lifetime brand) I do have Hashimotos.. so am on thryoid meds and my numbers T3 T4 are good. Will try not to stress. LOL Thank you again for suggestions!

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32518 · July 06, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Alex~ I think they can be useful. I use Pro-gest cream 2 x a day from CD 14-28. How was your estrogen tested--saliva or blood test? Have you read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor Won't Tell you about Menopause"? It's been really helpful for me in understanding how to achieve hormone balance. So far, so good!

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320 · July 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM

You might try lifting heavier.. just a thought. The weight should be heavy enough that you fail at 6 reps. I'm not saying that this IS going to work, but sometimes I find myself just coasting, even though I'm changing it up, I'm not working at my max. This kind of forces me to really bring it. The best advice I ever got as far as exercise goes is that you need to be lifting heavier or doing more reps so that you are improving your abilities and strength. You can do 6 reps at a certain weight? Up the weight the next set, or push yourself and do 7.

Also, despite number of calories, obviously quality counts. Nix the sugar and paleo treats... if start in on those, goodbye progress/lean stomach. Stick to grass-fed, organic meats, and vegetables mostly. I dropped the sugar from my coffee and my evening ice cream. I dont keep that stuff in my house. If I want something, I will go to the health food store and buy a coconut smoothie or have a LaraBar. But I can't have that stuff around.

Lastly, be patient! The slower it comes off, the more you will become accustomed to the lifestyle needed to sustain it.

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thank you for help. I will try lifting more.. I do think that does change your body. Also, i dont eat sugar or anything like paleo treats. Pretty much organic meats and veggies with occasional carbs. I wish I could get calories right.. feel like I am missing the boat there.

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24538 · July 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM

If you've tried everything else, you could try bed rest for a week or two. Zero stress, lying in bed reading or napping as much as possible can help if you think stress hormones could be playing a role.

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10 · July 06, 2012 at 1:27 AM

ooohhh wouldnt that be nice :))))

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24538 · July 06, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I remember Gary Taubes talking about this in Good Calories, Bad Calories, and little googling took me to this: http://rayharvey.org/index.php/2010/02/does-exercise-really-promote-weight-loss/

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