I'll answer your post in a Q&A style...see which Q&A fits your situation!
How long have you reduced calories to 1100? If it's been many months to a year, you may have slowed down your metabolism to a screeching halt. Consume enough calories to maintain your current weight, do that for a couple months or so, then reduce calories again to lose weight. Repeat whenever necessary.
Are you really consuming 1100 calories daily? Maybe you're consuming too many calories by licking that peanut butter spoon and not counting it in your log! Or you're eating out and underestimating the calories. If this is the case, then get more strict with yourself...count those "little tastes" and extra bites!
Are you lifting weights or doing resistance training? I'm sure you've heard, "muscles burn more calories at rest than fat." Build muscles and you can burn more calories at rest...in other words, build your metabolism. Do push ups, squats, use a resistance band, get 3-5 pound weights and a weight training DVD...no gym membership needed, unless you like the gym.
Are you drinking water? Water is a metabolism booster. If you're barely drinking any fluids, your body will retain water weight, plus your body isn't functioning at its peak, including your metabolism.
Are you stressed, not sleeping, drinking too much coffee or eating a lot of sugar, going through early menopause, underactive thyroid perhaps? All of the above have to do with hormone regulation. If you're hormones aren't balanced, you won't lose weight, or it is very hard to. Stress and not sleeping increase the hormone cortisol. Too much coffee or sugar put a strain on your adrenal glands. An underactive thyroid can make it hard to lose weight...doing yoga, making sure you get enough iodine in your diet can help...medication is a last resort in my opinion...
Finally, I don't believe that you have to work out super hard to lose weight, because overexercising is not good for you either, but how hard are you pushing yourself with cardio? Are you walking fast? Aerobics? I would say, work out to where you can still talk comfortably, but maybe you're slightly out of breath (like a 5-6 out of 10 when it comes to intensity), and add 60 more minutes per week...so 2 days of 60 minutes, and the rest of the days, 30 minutes. Maybe incorporate interval training, where you work out easy, then really hard, in 5 minute increments or so. What I'm trying to say is to up your exercise just a little bit more. Nothing crazy or extreme.
Yes, Greens Plus is a very good powder supplement, I don't know if any ingredient would cause your issues...I don't think that's it...the only way multivitamins could cause palpitations is if they have guarana extract, caffiene, or possibly ginseng or other herb someone may be sensitive to...
Not sure if you already searched the internet, but here's the Mayo Clinic's page on bradycardia (I copy and pasted the "causes" page, but you can look at all their other pages, like "prevention"):
Hmmm, I never said I had a weight problem or anything...are you sure you are replying to me? I eat some fat (nuts, avocados, flaxseed meal), plus lots of carbs (I'm a gluten-free vegan...I eat a whole food, plant-based diet), plus protein too, you are forgetting...you can't live without protein! Oh, and I drink 10-13 cups of water daily...any more than that, I'd be at risk for an electrolyte imbalance!View Thread
Checking all your hormone levels is essential, like estrogen, thyroid hormones, etc. If any are out of whack, then it may be why you're putting on weight/hard to lose weight.
If you are not sleeping well every night, your cortisol levels rise, which cause you to gain weight or makes it hard to lose weight.
If you are eating foods or drinks with sugar, or eat simple carbs like white flour, pretzels, cereal, pasta, etc., your insulin levels spike, causing you to put on weight/makes it hard to lose.
So hormones are the key to weight loss success!
1,000 calories for the past year and a half may be too low, based on the amount of exercise you do. You're body could be going into starvation mode, which means that your metabolism is...non-existent, which means your body is not burning calories efficiently, if at all! You want your metabolism to be fired up and working on all cylinders!
There are many calorie calculators on the net. Find one, and figure out how many calories you need to maintain your weight with the amount of exercise you do. I bet it's more than 1,200!
Then, stop "dieting," a.k.a. restricting calories, and recalibrate your metabolism by eating the number of calories to maintain your current weight.
Then, a few months later, you can try reducing a few hundred calories to lose weight, and this too, on a short-term basis!View Thread
A calorie is not a calorie! Foods containing sugar, or simple carbohydrates like white flour, spike insulin levels. Raised insulin levels creates body fat that is hard to lose, no matter what you do. So, the secret is to cut out all things sugar, and eat only complex carbohydrates with meals, thereby keeping your insulin levels in check 100% of the time.View Thread
I agree. The "secret" is no sugar, no added sodium (meaning, stay away from processed, fake foods!), and eat a diet full of fresh, whole foods found in nature. I haven't hit menopause yet, but losing weight in my 30's has been easy, just by doing the above mentioned! So I hope it will be a breeze...View Thread
Sorry to hear about your pain. I've had chronic neck pain for 12 years now! Helpful tips that have helped me manage over the years:
Try to sleep throughout the night on your back. Notice I italicized try, because it's a hard one for me to do!
Check out books on back pain from your local library. I have one at home right now, and I'm doing some of the neck stretches...and I'll try to make it a daily thing...
Find a good pair of supportive walking shoes...when your feet aren't comfortable or supported properly, low back pain ensues. And start out by walking slowly, like you're on a stroll.
Walking is good, because it increases endorphins, which will help with the perception of pain. But, you can do other activities that raise your heart rate...yoga, light dancing to music, find an easy exercise DVD that won't aggravate your back or knees, and my favorite: a rebounder...that's a mini-trampoline...you can find my post here from a few weeks ago called "Bounce your way to good health." I had posted a few links on the benefits of rebounding, and how it is a no-impact exercise that's great for people with injuries/pain/arthritis/etc.
I'm not sure about the low heart rate (a.k.a. bradycardia), but I do know a lot about fast heart rate (a.k.a. tachycardia...a.k.a. "palpitations!") from personal experience.
Here's the causes and what you can to to help your heart with any condition that you may have:
Not enough electrolytes (i.e., minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, etc.)
Stay away from caffiene. People who get palpitations are VERY SENSITIVE to caffiene. I can tolerate one cup of white tea, or one cup of very, very weak black tea per day.
Stay hydrated! Drink 8-13 cups of non-caffinated liquids per day.
Incorporate foods high in electrolytes...the following foods are high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium: avocados, tomatoes, kale, beans and soybeans, lentils, almonds, cashews, walnuts, bananas, melons, dates, spinach, other leafy greens, other fruits and vegetables.
Another thing that is great for your heart is to eat a plant-based, whole foods diet...and cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. ONLY after doing this have I not had one single racing heartbeat episode! Knock on wood!
I've been exercising on a rebounder (mini trampoline) for the past 3 months...and it's the most fun I've had getting fit, getting healthier, and losing weight. I lost 5 pounds effortlessly! Being 5'0" and 105 lbs, I didn't think I had 5 pounds to lose, but I'm more toned and trim now, all because of my mini trampoline!
You don't have to get anything fancy. I got the cheapest one on amazon.com. I think it cost me $30-$40. Very much worth it...I use it about 5 days a week...between 30 to 60 minutes per workout.
It's so much fun. I watch TV or listen to music and the time flies by. I jump, jog in place, sprint in place, do jumping jacks, or twist and dance on my rebounder.
I have mild flat feet and tarsal tunnel syndrome in my left foot. I need to wear custom-made orthotics for the rest of my life. I can't stand for long periods of time, and I can't do any high or medium impact exercises. In fact, I can only do short bouts of low impact exercises, like dancing. ReboundingcausesNOPAINwhatsoever. If I jogged or did jumping jacks on the ground, my foot would flare up and I'd be miserable. In fact, rebounding is a no-impact activity!
Here are some benefits of rebounding:
Stimulates the immune system of the body through the lymphatic system
Increases the amount of waste and toxins flushed from the body
Strengthens the musculoskeletal system
Strengthens the heart, reducing resting heart rate
A rebounder is probably around 6 inches off the ground, so that gives you a foot and a half with you standing on it. You don't have to jump that high, just enough to get both feet off the trampoline--probably 6 inches to a foot. So you may be in the clear if you don't get overzealous one day and bounce on it hard.
Jogging or stepping in place would not be a problem.
If you have the space outside, that might be safer (plus fresh air is always nice)...but you still don't want to jump too high for safety reasons: you may lose your balance and fall off, or based on your weight, the rebounder might break!
I don't have a problem. I have tall ceilings and I'm waaaay below the maximum weight limit.