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Initial post: Jul 8, 2012 2:19:13 PM PDT
I am new to dieting. I've always eaten nutritiously and rarely do I overeat, and have maintained my ideal weight that way (along with some light weight lifting and 1 mile walks 2 or 3 times a week)
But lo and behold, after hitting the age of 42, that isn't enough any more.
I gained 10 pounds in the past 2 years,
now I'm 44, and I've been trying to cut my calories a little,
but it's so hard because I start to lose energy and strength. Has anyone had this experience and what am I doing wrong?
I'm not being drastic with my calorie cutting, I'm not skipping meals, just trying to eat say, a small bowl of cereal instead of a large one, and a smaller helping of casserole at dinnertime. but then between meals I get tired and have no strength or energy. I try to have a little snack like carrot sticks, maybe yogurt or something, but it only makes me more hungry....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 11:02:07 PM PDT
You're not doing anything wrong. I've found that I need to cut my carb intake as I get older. I really only need one small serving per meal of healthy carbs. This means little/no cold cereal, casseroles, white bread potatoes, white rice, canned biscuits, pancakes, corn, pasta, soda crackers... Just cut them mostly out of your life and eat them only for treats. Cold cereal doesn't give me the energy I need so I never eat it. I don't snack on carbs either so it's about 3 small servings a day.

Oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat and other whole grains are OK as long as they are included in that small serving I suggested. 1 slice of bread is a serving, or 1/2 cup of brown rice.

I only eat sugar about 3x times a week and that includes those fruity yogurts. I do eat holiday treats in moderation & enjoy a cup of hot chocolate once in awhile. I am, (for comparison purposes) a 5'7'' female in her thirties.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 7:22:37 AM PDT
ok, thanks, sounds like good advice. so let me ask, what you DO eat?
because carbs have pretty much been a staple for me :P Potatoes are
my favorite! don't know how I can give them up!!

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 12:46:03 PM PDT
parker lewis says:
Switch beans for carbs. It'll be tough to get your calories otherwise.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 3:01:23 PM PDT
I eat protein, some diary, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, grains, honey and sometimes real sugar. I eat potatoes, pasta, crackers, etc as well I've just cut way down on the amounts.

For example, I will serve spaghetti sauce (with meat, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other veggies) over spaghetti squash rather than the traditional pasta spaghetti. I will cook a small amount of the pasta as my kids (and hub) need more carbs than I do. I'll eat a piece of french bread too, and instead load up on salad, sauce & squash.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 3:17:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2012 3:18:39 PM PDT
parker lewis says:
Spaghetti squash is delicious. I always forget about it.

Try smashing up cauliflower and white beans for faux mashed potatoes... also very yummy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 3:31:00 PM PDT
I will try that, thank you. I also steam cauliflower, puree it and freeze it in an icecube tray. I then drop the cauliflower into pasta dishes for my children. They like it as a side dish.

To the OP: I also make my omelets bigger by putting seasoned steamed broccoli (or sometimes spinach) in it along with the cauliflower and a bit of swiss cheese. It makes a great faux sauce. I then eat less bread with the meal.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:18:44 PM PDT
great suggestions. I appreciate them all!

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 7:41:09 PM PDT
parker lewis says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 5:23:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2012 5:24:51 AM PDT
Hi Wendy, just a couple of things to think about if you are trying to maintain a healthy body weight.

1. Our Resting Metabolic Rate drops about every ten years. Basically we require less calories. I don't want to bore you with the science.

2. In order to maintain a healthy weight we need to have a negative energy balance to lose weight and neutral to maintain current weight. Translation: to lose weight less calories then our bodies require.

3. As we get older strength training is very important in maintaining lean muscle. Doesn't mean you have to look like one of these freakish body builders, but lean muscle. This helps with burning calories.

4. Diets don't work..I've tried every one I swear. I used to weigh over 280lbs back in 2001 and now at 47 I'm a lean 189#'s. I suggest that you try to sticking to real food. If man made it don't eat it. IMHO, the cereal in the morning is an immediate red flag. It typically contains lots of carbs and sugar. Something we just don't need.

Hope this helps

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 9:35:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 11:51:14 PM PDT
Wendy,

I am only a health coach with Herbalife and not a health care professional (medical doctor) but from what you are writing it does not look like your getting enough of the good nutrition that you should. How fast do you want to loose weight? Also you should be eating ever 3 hours and eating no later than 1 hour after you wake up in the morning.

Here is what I recommend:

Breakfast: What type of cereal are you eating?
Snack 1: Greek Yogurt 10 am?
Lunch: Meal Replacement Shake or protein 1pm?
Snack: 2 Almonds, carrot sticks etc or protein bar 4 pm?
Dinner: Lean Fish or Chicken with fresh vegetables and greens and 1 complex carb: brown rice, rice pilaf, or quinoa for example 7pm
10 pm: Fruit if you have to eat anything at all.
Also you should be having throughout the day 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water something your doctor may never tell you.

Any questions? Please do not hesistate to ask!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 9:46:54 AM PDT
Wendy, I am in the wrong profession myself. I used to dream of being a writer. Then I realized, too late in life, I should have been a librarian. Oh, the opportunities to read, and to help others while getting paid!

I'm in the same boat, only worse. I've gained five pounds in two weeks, and cannot explain it. This is ongoing, and the rapidity of weight gain is increasing. It makes no sense to me. I, too, have cut my portion sizes and increased my exercise. Most of what I eat I make myself. Salads with my own dressing; my own bread - all whole wheat flour and no oil or butter; yogurt. Heck, I even grow my own sprouts!

I've startedt thinking maybe I need to cut out some of the fruits and vegetables. I only eat two or three servings of grains a day, always whole. I think I need more protein in my diet and yes, less carbs. I think the protein is important as we age because it's harder to maintain muscle. And trust me, I ain't no Atkins person. I don't diet. I've always eaten what I want. And I want vegetables.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 3:36:08 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 3:45:23 PM PDT
Don't bother dieting! They've been scientifically proven to fail in the long term. If you're stuck and can't seem to lose weight try a method called intermittent fasting and see how you go. I've got a book that's about intermittent fasting just for women. Intermittent Fasting for Women - How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off without Dieting It worked for me and many other women! Hope that helps.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 5:15:52 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2012 10:37:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2012 10:45:24 AM PDT
Rino Soriano says:
Hi Wendy,

My name is Rino and I am a Holistic Health Strategist and Youngevity Coach and I specialize in helping people to get slim in a natural and holistic way. From what you are saying it is quite possible that you are having some hormone issues that may be causing your metabolism to be off a bit which then burns calories slower so your weight gain may be from that.

I guess you require to learn about your body and how it functions so even though you think you are following healthy practices it may not be healthy for you and your body type and the timing in your life. Your body and hormones may be off because you are not ingesting the right quantities of nutrients and in the proper ratios.

Essentially, you require a holistic nutrition lifestyle makeover that honors you and where you are at. Look, I am here to be honest with people...and until everyone finally figures out that your health is fluid and changes throughout your life and your require to learn how to tap into your own inner body wisdom and intuition and follow what is being given by these. In case you haven't figured it out....there is no one way to health that serves everyone. This is a paradigm that is making people unhealthy and fat.

However, there are daily health habits of a holistic manner that do get you results in conjunction with listening to your inner body wisdom. This is so simple yet most miss it because of all the hype out there being posed as Truth. You require to simplify and begin to listen to your body.

If I were coaching you then I would start with a sound holistic nutrition lifestyle makeover and I would show you how to create the most fun, delicious and healthy meals and snacks and then I would create a structured fitness program for your body type and lifestyle.

I also would put you on a holistic detox program because what most people do not realize is that this society has gotten quite toxic and almost everyone is loaded with toxins, parasites and other body wastes because the food supply is devoid of solid nutrition composition. As such your body can not keep itself cleansed because it does not have the viable nutrients or energy to get these toxic compounds out via elimination. You require to get these things out of your body as they suppress your body system and do not allow for optimum functioning regardless of how healthy you eat.

Keep in mind that most detox programs and supplements out there are not going to get you results for various reasons but the main one is you require to know how to go about detoxing in a holistic manner that is safe and gets results. This can be done efficiently and low cost when you know how to do it and what to use.

You say you are eating cereal...well, cereal can actually put weight on quite quickly, you require to learn what happens in the body when you ingest a food. I would recommend to remove cereal from your daily nutrition if I were coaching you. There are more facts that I could reveal about this topic, just know that just because you think that you are doing healthy things for your health does not mean that they are. There are literally many things that people do that they think are healthy however they are actually doing the opposite. Again, if you Truly know the design of a human body and what it requires for optimum health then almost all the processes and daily so called health habits that people follow....then...these would be exposed for what they are. These health paradigms are the main reason why people are gaining weight and not optimally healthy. The proof is in the puddin my friend.

There is a simplistic and holistic manner for creating optimum health. you simply require shedding the illusions that are being presented as Truth and discover a Higher level of Truth that validates itself. The questions is....are you ready to do that?

If you require any more feedback do let me know Wendy.

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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 12:02:30 PM PST
Omar says:
I've gone through pretty much the same scenario as you.
Try increasing your walks to 3 miles per day, 4 days a week. You may also need to start taking some multi-vitamins.

Like you, I have certain things which I refuse to give up, like rice and cake. I've reduced my portion size during meals, and cut back on in-between snacks. The combination of those changes, with the increase in walking got me where I needed to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 7:57:36 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 20, 2012 2:22:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012 2:23:44 AM PST
Sunil Tanna says:
I'm 43. I lost 70 pounds in the last 3 years (I've lost only a small amount in the last year, as I'm pretty stable now, as I've basically kept the weight off for a year).

For me the trick was increasing the amount of exercise, and decreasing the number of calories. I had to reorganize a few aspects of my life to make possible and sustainable, but I did it.

In terms of food, I definitely found that cutting back on bread and potatoes helped tremendously. Increase greens, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit. And very carefully read the labels on everything. I basically tried to find filling foods that were less calories, and get in the habit of eating them.

I can't quit snacking, but what I did do is choose low calorie snacks. I'd be very surprised if the carrots or the yoghurt have contributed to your weight gain - I bet it's the main meals. Eating small portions is, and leaves you hungry, what I found was easier was to find filling foods with less calories - so I didn't feel hungry, and which wasn't nearly so hard.

Good luck

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