Define the difference between a good belly fat plan with no money vs. a good belly fat plan with money. If you say gym membership and healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food than why are there so many rich people with big bellies?
The point is this, jen, for those who are committed to healthier families & happier lives, not having money is the worst excuse. (Ref: Kevin Durant's, My Mom's the Real MVP" speech)View Thread
1. Water retention (the more water you drink, the less variation in weight. If you don't drink enough, weight can swing as much as 2-5 lbs/day) 2. Salt consumption. The more processed food you eat, the more salt in system and you will retain water. 3. Glycogen stores in Liver. Swings in carbs eaten can cause the liver to store or release depending on blood sugar levels throughout the day. 4. Weight gain from eating a meal. You can gain 3-5 lbs in weight of food and water after eating one meal. 5. Activity levels. I use a pedometer to estimate the distance I cover, daily. I average 6 miles. The avg adult in the US: 2.5 miles. On busy days, I can easily cover 7-8 miles (15,000-17,500 steps!). On slow days, 4-5. That 3 mile difference from busy to slow can easily subtract a half gallon of water from my system. That's 4.5 lbs in a single day!
6. Finally. we mustn't forget the #1 explanation from members, here: "Muscle weighs more than fat." lol
Depending on your activity level, how much water you drink and the kind (& quality) of "food" you eat, even, relative humidity in the air, you can observe wild weight swings from day to day, week to week. This is why the best measure for weight loss is always a old pair of jeans.
Doctor, aside, so, you acknowledge that you've encouraged and enabled soda consumption by your son, for most of his life, even though you know it's (A.) harmful, and (B.) extremely difficult to stop. Do you comprehend the next-to-impossible task health professionals are faced, today, with patients with childhood hypertension, childhood diabetes, childhood fatty liver disease and childhood obesity? Like swimming atop Niagara Falls.View Thread
It appears your trouble is not "tracking". Your problem is preventing your hand from putting bad food into your oral cavity. Everyone with a weight problem has difficulty controlling that "impulse". Myself, included...
My solution? Don't try to control it. I eat 80% fresh, whole foods then chase them with a few chips, a few cookies, a little pasta and, occasionally, mashed potatoes. According to the latest studies, seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Not seven servings of white starches, donuts, snickers and dollar meals from Del Taco. You eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables/day, walk 45 minutes, daily, (take the kids and dog with you) and make sleep the most important thing in your life, for now, you will lose weight and reduce your A1C, guaranteed (assuming you're Type 2, not, T1). I can't make it any simpler than that. View Thread
Congratulations on trying to lose weight the "right way". The "right way" has numerous benefits, weight loss being just one.
For example, plenty of rest and an active lifestyle promote relaxation and emotional balance, two of the best things you can do to reduce stress and anxiety. Obsessing about lack of weight loss runs counter-current to the "right way" in almost every way!
In many respects, the problem of insomnia is very similar to weight loss (and, significantly contributes to uncontrolled weight gain and other serious lifestyle diseases). Everyone knows someone who has difficulties sleeping. These people are, usually, in very bad shape. One of the contributing causes for insomnia is developing a fear and anxiety of going to sleep. Insomniacs dread bedtime. They obsess over their need for sleep. They know their bodies are being methodically destroyed by lack of sleep. And, it's this type of thinking, the obsessing, that drives them to sleeping pill addiction. How do you explain to someone who can't sleep that the best treatment is to "focus on the process" and stopobsessing about sleep? You don't!...You can't! Some things people just have to learn for themselves. View Thread
Do you notice how the vast majority of discussions on diet boards center on food? Proper food is critical, I agree, so you need to make good decisions, every time. But, food, alone, won't do the job. You need to integrate movement into your day. Movement. Not "exercise". Movement.
Every weight loss story that lasted, involved a significant increase in metabolism. This is why food is only half the equation. Sitting kills, everybody!
You believe what's real and true. You cap your capabilities and expectations based on what you believe. There is always hope provided your willing to open your mind...no matter what your age. If you have 90 minutes, some day, maybe you can learn something new about what you can and cannot do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDhXJGZJJd4View Thread