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Metabolism and dieting

So, I've probably ruined my metabolism from years of on and off dieting, not eating right, etc. I've always been active, but it's nearly impossible to lose. I restrict calories and workout, but the weight never leaves. I've tried supplements - which work to a degree. Any suggestions to repair my metabolism and shed my weight forever? I don't mind if it is slow...as long as it does happen. I get frustrated when I work my butt off and eat well with no signs of improvement.

Mon. Nov 13, 8:48am

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What are you doing to track your success? Things get slow sometimes but you have to be honest with yourself - be sure you're logging every little morsel that enters your mouth. Also, track more than just scale pounds - try to track measurements with a tape measurer and pounds of fat with a body fat % reading.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 9:22 AM

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I had a frustrating year when, even writing down my exercise time and writing down my food intake was not taking off any weight at all. When I finally started totaling the actual net calorie values along with the food and exercise (caloriesperhour.com), then I could see what was happening and the weight has been consistently dropping since then. By net calories, I mean total calories eaten minus total calories burned in exercise = about 1200 calories per day.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 9:33 AM

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here's a link to a site you might find helpful.

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Monday, November 13, 2006, 9:36 AM

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That link above is spam spam spam. please remove.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:30 AM

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what are you talking about? the article linked to is NOT spam, nor am i the sort of person who would post something i thought to be spam. it has useful information regarding the very subject the OP asked about. why would you call it spam? please explain yourself and let me in on the information you have, because i would not want to be "fooled" again into posting that which is spam.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:45 AM

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The 10:30 poster is obviously a troublemaker, and quite possibly the person who has been rudely calling other posters idiotic and ridiculous for the past few days. Just ignore them.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:49 AM

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I'm not the OP or the "spammer" and I wasn't going to check out the link until that comment.

Thank you 10:30am. The article posted is a very helpful article with tips on weight loss. I don't see anything it's trying to sell or any 'bad advise' upon my quick skim of the article. It's very long and looks really good, Thank you 9:36am for posting this. Thank you 10:30am for making me read it.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:50 AM

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OP Here

Right now, my BMI is sitting about 30 - granted I don't see myself as obese. Yes, I am a overweight, and I know this. Obese to me is someone who can't get out of bed because they are so huge.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:50 AM

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Okay please don't take this wrong but a sign of our times is that most people today defined as obese don't see themselves as obese. According to your BMI of 30.0 you are technically obese (vary borderline 29.9 is simply overweight).

Starting writing down your calories you may be surprised how many there really are, watch portion sizes and remember ANYTHING that goes in your mouth has caloires, gum, liquids.. anything.

Also add weight training into your excercise routine. Read the article that was posted, it talks about how during these past diets you've probably lost a lot of muscle which was working to burn calories. The best way to increase your metabolism is to work at getting that muscle back.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 10:57 AM

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To the 10:30 halfwit - after reading that article, it's clear that you have no clue what spam is. Go back to your paranoid little world and leave the rest of us alone.

To the OP: I'm in the same state. My daily calorie deficit can be as high as 2000 calories on some days and it makes no difference. The only times I've seen significant sudden drops in weight were during unexpected times, like after having a bad cold (it was real weight - I was well-hydrated) or a week of cutting back by 200 calories (I don't stay there for long - body gets used to it too fast) or the week after a week of eating vegan (blech). So I suggest doing something very different for two weeks and see what happens.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 11:28 AM

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