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no matter what i do i keep gaining!

i've been actively tryin to loose weight for over 3 years, writing down everything i eat, trying to exersize enough, stay relitively low on calories, but not too low. i know off hand the calories in almost any food, i get enough sleep (well not quite but between 7and 8 hours a night) i've been doing everything right and i just keep gaining, and it's not muscle weight either, it's pure fat and over the course of the time i've been trying to loose i've gained almost 40lbs. what is wrong with me!? (oh and it's not a hormone problem, i went to the doctor and had blood tested for a number of things, all tests came back normal, i suppose i should be gratefull i don't have some desiese, but i just can't figure out what to do) any suggestions?

Wed. Dec 27, 9:28am

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Can you send us a link to your log? That might help us to give better suggestions.

If you're really pretty sure that you're doing everything "right," you should probably go see a nutritionist; they can do a comprehensive analysis of your body and help you to develop a program that is right for you.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 9:55 AM

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It seems to me that there are one of two things going on. Either, you believe that your'e doing everything right but in fact your calorie intake is still too high and/or you're not active enough in your everyday life. Or, there is some medical reason which hasn't yet been identified. For most people it's the former. I agree with the previous poster however, although we're not experts here, we are at least practiced at the business of weight loss. So, if you post a link to your log we might be able to give you some more informed advice.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 11:24 AM

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If you've been trying to lose for 3 years and have gained 40 pounds, I think its clear you are not doing something right or like another poster said you have some medical issue that hasn't been caught. Cutting calories and exercising more pretty much works for everybody so either you should go back and really study your logs and really be honest with yourself or talk to your doctor again. Maybe thyroid, maybe boarder line diabetes, maybe insulin resistant, but if you are really eating healthy and counting everything and being honest and exercising you need to find out what underlying problem you have. Good luck.

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 3:29 AM

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I can identify with the OP. I am careful with my diet, do cardio and lift weights and I continue to put on body fat. I am 49 years old and am expreiencing the slow down (read grinding halt) to my metabolism. In addition i have discovered I am inslin resistant. I avoid all simple carbohydrates and eat complex carbs sparingly, only a few servings a day. During the time that I have been gaining body fat, I am also gaining lean muscle, thanks to weight training. That is the only thing that continues to stoke my metabolism. Good luck.

Friday, December 29, 2006, 3:28 PM

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I am also over 40 and gaining weight

I have cut way down on cheese and milk products. I have cut bread, rice, potatoes out of my diet ( even though I ate whole grain higher fiber versions). I have cut way down on meat, pasta and have increased my fruits and veggies. I have increased my activity from 3 days of exercise to 4-5 days of exercise. I have switched to low glycemic foods. Yet I still gain and gain. I am so discussed, discouraged and frankly am ready to goback to a starvation diet even though I know it is not good for me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 8:57 PM

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Definitely see your doctor. It could be hypothyroidism, which will make it much more difficult to lose weight.

My mom had hyperthyroidism (the opposite) and no matter what she did she couldn't stop LOSING weight. She had to have radiation treatment for her thyroid, and now she's on daily medication to regulate her metabolism.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 9:56 AM

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Thursday, September 23, 2010, 10:46 PM

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Thursday, September 23, 2010, 10:48 PM

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you are probably going to need to start eating differently, not just eating better. Get off the "diet foods" that you probably eat when on a diet and start eating at least one massive salad per day.

This takes work- I heard someone recently say that eating healthy is a "par time job." But it is worth it. Focus on cleaning your body out over time. Make it a game to see how clean you can make your diet.

Friday, September 24, 2010, 1:26 PM

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I second that other poster, I want to see what's in your log. Then we can see what "no matter what I do" means!

Saturday, September 25, 2010, 3:23 PM

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