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I've went from 257 to 203 but i've gained 7lbs over the last month....I am in a rut and everytime I keep trying to go back I mess up slightly.
I can't eat too early but I become so hungry that i have to eat my dinner at 2. blah someone help me!


Wed. Aug 2, 1:20pm

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Are you excercising? Sometimes you need to switch up your activity levels. If you are already working out then do new activiites or increase the length or intensity of your current workout. If you are not working out, add some activity. It doesn't mean you have to join a gym, but start walking or jogging.
What does your diet consist of? Try going back to old logs when you were losing weight and see what was working for you then...and try it again!
You can do it! Don't get discouraged!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 1:45 PM

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First, you've lost 54 pounds!!!! Congratulations! How are you doing it?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 3:12 PM

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why can't you eat too early?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 3:18 PM

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You shouldn't be hungry...

It is so difficult to feel that way and try to lose weight.

Can you:

Eat 6 mini-meals throughout the day instead of main meals and snacks?
Eat more protein?
Eat low-glycemic foods so you don't get the blood sugar highs and lows that make you hungry? I think the BFL and Curves diets, plus South Beach, have you eat this way.
Up your exercise to burn more calories?

It's okay to be in a rut, but putting on 7 pounds in a month is a whole lot and that sounds more like bingeing / overeating all the wrong things. (And if that's not true, then maybe it's time to check in with your doctor?) I'm not saying this to be harsh, but just pointing it out - and this comes from someone with probably very similar experiences to you in regards to weight loss.

You don't want to put any more weight on, so can you go back to when you were losing well and think about what was motivating you then? What has changed?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 3:42 PM

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What is your workouts like?
what are you eating, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner?

The answer might be adding some type of snack in the afternoon. How about some raw veggies, diped into some low soduim salsa, or some fruit and granola.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 4:02 PM

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there's a thread here called "why are we doing this anyway". Whenever I'm in a rut, I usually refer back to why I want to lose the weight. When you know the "why", the how becomes a lot easier and sometimes you get your motivation back. I also try on the jeans that I want to fit into.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 6:09 PM

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i love that everyone is responding by asking the OP questions about her diet and exercise habits. Sometimes being forced to answer those questions is just what we need to jumpstart us again, not just hearing that we should eat less or exercise more. bravo!

op: congrats on your first 54lbs! that is a lot of weight and it IS hard work! Don't give up-you WILL get back on track if you retrace your steps!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 9:51 PM

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When you're hungry at 2pm and feel the need to eat dinner, try eating a snack that's high in protein and fats, as those are the most filling, Then drink a big glass of water, and make yourself wait at least half an hour. If you're still hungry (you almost definitely won't be), then have some raw veggies, fruit, etc., and do it again.

Examples of high protein/fat snacks are:

eggs (hardboiled or poached or cooked with PAM, but I find hardboiled to be the most filling). one has 80 cals, 2 have 160 cals

raw almonds - 20 of them have about 180 cals

peanut butter (spread on something like celery)


Another alternative - try a fruit smoothie. Not the kind you buy at a store, b/c they're usually loaded with sugary syrup and/or ice cream. Buy a bag of frozen strawberries (without syrup) and whatever other frozen fruit you like. A handful or two of frozen berries, plus a banana, and add some ice and/or water, and blend. So yummy, and tastes like a treat! Throw in some protein powder if you want, or add some plain yogurt for added creaminess and some protein.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 10:10 AM

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If you're hungry for dinner at 2, you may not be eating enough for breakfast & lunch - try incorporating some protein (see last poster's suggestions) into your breakfast and lunch, or try the 6 small meals approach. I find that if I don't include some protein with my breakfast every day, I'm ravenous for lunch by 10:30 and then hungry again by 3:00.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:30 AM

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