• over 1 year ago

    Why can't I lose weight?

    About a month ago I started an exercise and weight loss regimen. At the time I started I weighed 209 lbs. I STILL weigh that. I have been walking for at least 30 minutes a day and have given up desserts, except for fresh fruit or 2 squares of dark chocolate. I have been eating less fat and fewer carbs, but I'm not starving myself. I have not lost an ounce. About the time I began the diet I got a cortisone shot in my knees because the insurance company had not yet okayed Synvisc. Is it possible that the cortisone is keeping me from losing? When I look back on it I realized that after the first two shots, a year ago and six months ago, I started getting huge in the stomach. I have never had a huge stomach and the weight just came on suddenly. I am also bleeding and bruising very badly at just the slightest bump or scratch. Could that also be a side effect of the steroid shot?

Responses

  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Those shots will definitely make you gain weight. And are you actually tracking your intake? An app like my fitness pal is a good one
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    You should check out Emilia Hogan on Instagram. Or beyou2befit.com. She helped me lose weight and still be able to actually eat. Just a thought!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Hi, I lost 50+ pounds (233 -> 175) in six months and have kept it off for almost three years. I exercised in a very similar way - walking about 3 miles, at a brisk pace, five or more times a week. I used a free app called Runkeeper to keep track of exercise activity. Then, and more importantly, I downloaded and linked another free app, My Fitness Pal (MFP) to keep track of calorie intake. I say it is more important b/c the exercise burns about 320 cals...which I can undo with a single candy bar. So, the exercise was for cardio and general fitness...but the real "heavy lifting" of my weight loss journey was calorie counting. More specifically, I limited myself to 1500 cals/day - I arrived at the number by seeing what count caused me to lose and what count caused me to gain (I weigh and record in MFP app every morning). I also "eat my exercise burn calories", in other words, if I give myself 1500 and exercise 300, I have 1800 allowed for that day. Experts will tell you not to do that, but for me that was an incentive to exercise and...and it has to be a program that works for YOU. That is the only way it can be sustainable. In my opinion, somebody else's program that does not fit YOU becomes a "forced march" and will not pass the test of time...(might be a good point of departure, but adjust to make it work for you). I was so determined to lose that I decided I decided, if I had to count calories for the rest of my life, I'd do it! Three and a half years and I still believe I won't control self well without help...so, I am still counting - everything I eat and drink without fail. I don't miss the foods I gave up, because for the most part, they were bad for my health, in addition to their weight impact. Now, I eat simpler foods that are lower cal and chemical content and THAT I LIKE. My joints are way happier and ache less now that I am not hauling around 50# of extra weight, I am more active and have lowered risks for lots of health problems. In short, for me, the focus, effort and adjustments were worth it. That is MY recipe...good luck finding yours!
      • over 1 year ago
        Wow! Congratulations on your weight loss and maintaining that weight loss -- which I know can be its own battle! Thank you for sharing your story and everything that worked for you. When I counted calories was the only time I really saw significant weight loss. I've been thinking about getting back into the habit, and your post has given me the motivation to do just that :)
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    MAY 2, 2017 I SUFFERED A STROKE. AT THE TIME I WEIGHED 250. I AM 52 YRS, AND AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE. I HAVE SINCE REMOVED SALT AND CHANGED MY EATING HABITS. I'VE BEEN IN A WHEELCHAIR SINCE MAY AND HAVE GAINED 35LBS. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN GET THS WEIGHT OFF BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE?
      • over 1 year ago
        Hi sorry for your tragedy sounds like you're doing great with no salt my suggestion to you is the master cleanse it'll take all those pounds off
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Hello,

    First of all I appreciate that you tried to loose weight with your full efforts, but the sudden weight gain and bleeding is definitely a side effect of the steroids. The steroids should always be taken after consulting the doctor.

    But as it has already been done, you should consult the doctor now, he can provide you the medicines which can kill the steroids effect and you will be start losing weight too.

    And after that you can join some gym too, with a personal trainer.

    Thanks
    Evelyn
      • over 1 year ago
        Thanks! The shot is finally wearing off because the pain is definitely back in my hip. Now that I realize what kind of side effects it has, I will endure the pain rather than the bruising, bleeding, and weight gain!
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    I need to see a accurate food chart, go into google, print out a blank chart from now until friday document everything you consume, add if you add salt or if there is cheese or fried food, then let me know about your exercise plan n if so how many calories are you burning per workout.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Hi, I was having a lot of problems losing weight on my own and finally asked my doc for help. I was finally able to start losing weight by following a simpler rule, limit added sugar to 24 grams per day (32 for a man).
    It took a while before I could actually do this because sugar is a hard habit to kick. You have to be diligent in reading every label for added sugar, you will be surprised by some products that have sugar hiding in them.
    I did not count calories, we were already eating fairly healthy sensible portioned meals. Eventually I ruthlessly cut out anything that would take me over my limit and substituted something without sugar or just fruit.
    I lost 9 pounds in 3 months. I felt awful for a couple of weeks while my body went thru a sugar withdrawal but I am staying with this as a life change as I am currently over 20 pounds lost.
    Oh, the occasional "cheat" for something special is okay, just go straight back.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Has your doctor tested you for Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes? The rapid weight gain and easy bruising could well be because of this. Have your doc check your A1c and blood sugar levels. Many people have prediabetes or Type 2 and don't know it. If that's the case, metformin or another drug your doc recommends could help.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Has your doctor tested you for Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes? The rapid weight gain and easy bruising could well be because of this. Have your doc check your A1c and blood sugar levels. Many people have prediabetes or Type 2 and don't know it. If that's the case, metformin or another drug your doc recommends could help.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Has your doctor tested you for Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes? The rapid weight gain and easy bruising could well be because of this. Have your doc check your A1c and blood sugar levels. Many people have prediabetes or Type 2 and don't know it. If that's the case, metformin or another drug your doc recommends could help.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    I think your not loosing weight because your eating to much fruit most likely. I know people assume because its natural its healthy for you but to much fruit is the same as eating to much candy! Fruit is full of sugar! Try strawberries there the lowest carb fruit and no more then 1 1/4 cup a day. Ever heard of the Keto diet? I've lost 35 pounds already, remember if you go on it to take 2 Micro K extend tabs daily. There a type of water pill, they do help and make you loose weight fast. I guarantee you'll have results!! You don't have to exercise on this diet at all either! Its the only diet that has ever worked for me! You can eat all kinds of great tasting foods on Keto, basically your substituting carbs for fats. So less carbs more fats, but you should really follow a program. There easy to find on the net. Good luck!
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Why can't I lose weight?

    Hi there! I did not have cortisone shots but I can relate to the challenges of losing weight. I did not have an overweight body until I got into a job with very erratic schedule. Almost everything followed and became erratic, more so with my meal time and physical activities. My schedule extends up to dawn of the following day, wherein I almost never had the chance to eat on time and even a simple walking exercise is impossible. By the time I get the chance to have a bite, I'm already starving. I devour on food regardless of what's on the table just to fill my stomach. I read somewhere, they call it stress eating. That was when I started gaining weight. And it was a bigger challenge to lose! I desperately tried to observe proper meal time, but I cannot be munching in the middle of client engagements or run away from "war" room discussions. Exercise on weekends are elusive as I felt drained and wanted to just rest for the whole time. As I continue to battle with my job, my body continues to bring me down with more weights. Before I knew it, the weight gain has been adding to my depression. My clothes started to shrink - which means additional expenses to buy new ones. That was until I found out about a detox program which is proven to shrink fat fast and keep it that way. It guides me through the process without restricting me from any food that I have. I just started it and I am already feeling great as I feel much lighter than before. I paused buying new clothes and I no longer feel my body to be dragging me down even with the hectic schedule. You may want to know more details here: https://bit.ly/2JvtjdD .

    I hope it will help you as it is doing to me. Cheers!