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Anyone got any hints on losing weight? I'm still a lot thinner than when I was a meat eater but I've put on about 5 pounds I'd like to drop. I exercise 5 times a week (cardio and weight training). I'm also not eating in the evening, a bad time for snacking for me. Sigh! It's so much harder to keep weight off when you're not in your 20's (or 30's or 40's if truth be told!) anymore.
 

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I would recommend the classic "eat to lose" slogan.<br><br><br><br>
Don't skip the snack tonight. You've got to indulge yourself a little at a time so you don't over-binge later. Just have a healthy, low cal snack. Air popped popcorn, or a fresh fruit bowl.
 

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Try adding moderate weight lifting in your routine. It'll bust your plateau. Muscle burns fat. The more muscle you have the more fat you burn. Good Luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I feel your pain Wendy. Charity and Ruthie's suggestions worked like clockwork when I was younger but not anymore. These days I get up at 4:30am to "chug" (upper body running lower body power walking because of shin splints from running when younger) before going to work. I do yoga stretching and work with weights. I started this in February because my doc wanted to put me on blood pressure meds. I have been on a very strict diet, basic McDougal no salt, almost no oils, olives, avocados or tofu. The good news is my BP is down in the 112/60 area (been a long time since I have seen such nice numbers-- stress and anxiety attacks, long story, screwed up metabolism) and my cholesterol is down from 220 to 188. (No coffee, black or green tea either) The bad news is that my weight has not budged an ounce. So discouraging. I was sedentary as late as mid February. I feel so much better as long as I avoid mirrors and waistbands. I am told I should hang in there, that I have to start loosing soon, but I've got to tell you, cookies are looking good and since there is no weight change anyway I keep wondering why deny? It has to change soon, right?<br><br><br><br>
Hang in there girl.
 

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Kamila,<br><br><br><br>
A small treat is fine! In fact, many professional "lifestyle" changes groups (the ones that promote changes for life) recommend a 150 calorie treat daily or a 300 calorie treat every other...etc etc. That way, you know you can have it and won't be tempted as much. But portion control is important.<br><br><br><br>
I also worry that the strict no fat diet maybe causing you not to lose any weight. Our bodies need 15-30% fat in our diets. Avocados also have healthy fats; they help lower cholesterol.<br><br><br><br>
Also, you have made such great progress with your vital stats. Those are the ones that will keep you alive longer! You should be so proud of yourself.<br><br><br><br>
Make sure you're eating enough. If you're doing an ultra-low calorie diet, or if you work out a lot and barely eat, you won't lose much weight until your body begins full-fledge starving. It's one of the ironies of weight loss. Eating less doesn't always mean losing weight.
 

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Thanks K, you are an encouragement.<br><br><br><br>
I am definitely not starving; I am just staying close to the soil. I try to keep my treats in the fruit area and increase the amount and variety of veggies. I pay attention to getting enough grains and beans. I am very pleased with BP and C improvements. It is just annoying to me to be working so hard and not be dropping any weight. I think it is because I was so sick with anxiety about 4 years ago that I couldn't keep anything down and lost 30+ lbs without trying. Now I have gained that back (what a joy to just eat and keep it down!!!) and then some. I am disgusted with the way I look. I would really like to at least be at the weight I was before I got so sick but it just doesn't want to budge.... yet. I do not plan on getting stupid for the sake of a number between my toes. The prince never complains about the way I look, only about the way I feel about how I look, I'm a lucky girl.<br><br><br><br>
I can get PeeWee avocados at my local produce stand. They are tiny so if I were tempted to eat a whole one it wouldn't be that much. I season some foods with sesame oil just before serving since I don't use salt. I also add fresh ground flax seed to my AM food as well as popping Vita E daily so I am getting fats. I even occasionally have a few toasted nuts on salads. The occasional falafel is pan-fried like a burger in a small amount of oil, all of which disappears from the pan so I'm sure I get oil there. Then theres the tahini in the dressing and the sesame seeds on my bread. Thanks for patiently reading through while I think through where I get my fats.
 

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Glad to hear you haven't cut out everything.<br><br><br><br>
Do remember that muscle density is higher then fat. I'm trying to lose a tiny bit of weight, and while I gained 1 pound in the last month, I've actually lost 1/2 inch off my belly. Your idea about the number between your toes is correct - it isn't the most important thing.<br><br><br><br>
PeeWee avacados are great when you want one bad, but don't want a lot of calories.<br><br><br><br>
Oh! Remember to take your Vita E daily with a meal that has a little fat in it; it'll help you get the most of out the absorption process.<br><br><br><br>
And, if nothing else, remember what Sophie Loren said (who is argueable one of the most beautiful and sexy women ever) - "Ladies, sacrifice and have a little weight on the hips to fill out the face. No one cares if your hips are skinny if your face is gaunt." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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