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Overweight with Arthritis

Jan 23, 2016 12:27 PM

Losing weight is so hard!! In the last few years Ive tried mutiple diets with moderate exercise but I just yo-yo. In the end I gain more than I intially started with and just get bigger!!

Its so overwhelming considering when I was younger I had no problems losing weight with the same diet and exercise routine. However, ephedra was legal back then and it helped accelerate the weight loss tremendously. Today it's not available and everything else just doesnt work or I havent found anything that works like it did in the the past.

I know that the extra weight puts pressure on my joints. But Losing weight seems impossible.

Jan 23, 2016 2:26 PM

I understand gabey.. I to have been trying to loss weight. Now my case is a little different I've got multiple tumors In my abdomen that I was not aware of. At last count 16 tumors 1 11lbs each . but I've still maintained a healthy eating lifestyle. I make my own sauces and dressing. I do detox waters everyday and green tea and herbal teas..
Keep in mind stress is also a weight adder and pain most likely means fluid. So all that factors in. Trust me I know its hard. But I've finally taken the mindset that I'm gonna just do me. Not gonna "diet" but I'm gonna eat well. Fruit veggies then proteins. Keep as healthy as possible and also keep on these Dr. Make sure they r doing there part to help u. Be mindful of the medicine u r on. Most all meds cause weight gain. And it's nothing u can do.. I'm not 100% concerned bout my weight now since my metabolic blood word come back fine. Not diabetic not pre diabetic no heart damage so I'm just gonna focus on my pain health and once I get that done then I'll see what's going on with weight. Hope this helps .

Jan 23, 2016 8:33 PM

Newfibrogirl, I couldn't have said that better myself. It is so true. I have switched my diet to organic everything,and lowered my carb intake. I am not thinking it as a diet but just watching everything I put in my mouth. So far it has been helping . When I do a strict diet I seem to stres myself out more, and then the stress causes pain, and then boom sugar cravings set in. I too make my own dressings.

Jan 24, 2016 1:23 PM

My biggest helper in losing weight was drinking more water. I grew up drinking "sulfur" water. Our water was not only nasty to drink, but you could smell it for hours after taking a shower. It smelled like rotten eggs. Between nasty water and not being allowed to use the restroom during classes in high school (except during the 3 mins between classes in a three story building without elevators) I unconsciously stopped drinking. I managed to get up to just over 300 pounds by not eating or drinking. This past year I learned what I had done to myself. I have lost 25 pounds by increasing what I was eating and drinking. I am still struggling with it every day as I have "lost" the desire to eat or drink. I now have to force myself to do both. I am slowly getting back my hungry feeling, but not the thirst so far.

Jan 24, 2016 1:28 PM

I drink three liters of water and/or plain seltzer a day. I've always drank a lot of water. The problem I have now is that I have no thyroid. It was removed back in 2000. After that, I gained a lot of weight with my immobility, pain meds and little exercise (except for the 20 or so times I go up and down the stairs to use the bathroom).

Jan 25, 2016 8:21 AM

I'm putting on the pounds every month, weighing more than ever now. It's frustrating to say the least. I saw a new GYN last week and he said a lot is due to hormone imbalance. So I'm going to be taking some hormones to see if it helps. He said my body is agreed like I'm in my 60's even though I'm only 54. The hormones are also to help stop me from losing bone mass as quickly (won't rebuild it), help with the body temp fluctuations. I've tried everything else, and my sister is using bio-identical hormone therapy and swears by it. As for diet, I'm strictly trying to reduce carbs and sugars, while changing what I eat to more healthy choices, including fruits & veggies, and lots of water (130+ oz daily). I'm not depriving myself, but cutting portion sizes as well. And I'm upping my treadmill walk by 5 minutes, from 3x a week to 4-5x a week. The nutritionist that calls me monthly (insurance benefit), has given me all these suggestions. She said protein is important to curb hunger and cravings. She also said if my weight is at a stalemate, i needed to increase my exercise and decrease my portion size. She said it takes between 2-6 weeks for my body t to adjust to the changes. The weight has come on over a 10 year period, and its not going away over night, so patience is key; not one of my strengths. Lol. Good luck to all! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

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