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Asta, is your weight stable now eating pretty much whatever you want in the quantity you desire? I think that’s a pretty important first step.July 5, 2013 at 1:47 am #7153
It has started to stable-ify (which is totally a word, look it up, it’s next to ‘gullible’). But I am still always gaining bit by bit.
I have -never- been a stable weight, my entire life. I started growing up and then I hit adrenal fatigue, go figure. Right now I am trying to focus on eating lots of FOOD and not so much chocolate and actively trying to re-train my brain to relax more and re-route stress.
Like a typical example, all of my major weight gains have occurred during periods of stress, and when I do something I do it all the way. Then inbetween I always have minor, underlying stress.
Does the underlying stress contribute? I have no idea, but I will get rid of it lest my head explodes one day.
I however work on my feet anywhere between 4-18 hours a day, every day. I am a self-employed ice cream maker. I very seldomly find time to ‘exercise’, that is, get some heart rate going and when I do have the time I feel rather like passing out.
I also have two children whom I very often have to hold both at the same time, adding at least 50 pounds to my already weight-stressed frame.
My life is a whimsy.July 5, 2013 at 1:50 am #7154
Stress certainly can trigger steadily-rising bodyweight in some individuals. It’s no doubt a factor for some – not everyone. The best solution would be to de-stress somehow, but that’s not a possibility for a hard-working mom of two I imagine. Still, if you can do anything to sleep better and eat consistent meals at regular mealtimes, it should go a long way in stabilizing your weight.July 5, 2013 at 2:03 am #7156
One question; Caffeine and metabolic effects? I have heard that caffeine is stressing on your adrenals, but whenever I have caffeine (I can not do a lot of caffeine, but a small amount is enough) my extremities warm up, my mood brightens and I have a bigger appetite.
One would thing these are good signs, yes?July 5, 2013 at 5:34 am #7148
My name is Asta and I am fat.
I wasn’t always fat. Once I had a beautiful girlish figure, although I didn’t think I did. After developing adrenal fatigue at the ripe old age of 13 and chronically dieting for 13 years afterwards, I have gained a lot of weight and I need to figure out how to stop yoyoing in weight.
To burgers and bacon!
AstaJuly 5, 2013 at 9:03 am #7173
Ray Peat is certainly a big advocate of caffeine. With all the good and bad information out there on caffeine, coffee, chocolate, etc. – it’s one of those things that really needs to be personalized. With those good signs, I’m not too worried about it at all.July 5, 2013 at 10:51 am #7189JonOParticipant
When I started to implement your Eat for HEAT recommendations back in January, I was able to get my body temps to increase from a low of 96.1 to a more regular 98.8 – 99F. I had gained some weight during first 30 DAYS (re-feed & eat for heat together). Since the end of February, I have pretty much eaten the same foods everyday, yet I experience constant fluctuations in my weight (read: overall weight has remained teh same), one week my clothes would feel loose but the following week they would feel tight, despite no change in my eating regimen. I don’t understand what will it take to lose weight if I don’t go on some hypo-caloric diet. Should I try Carb Cycling? If the leanest people on earth eat a high carbohydrate diet, why can’t I lose weight eating the same diet? Any suggestions?July 5, 2013 at 10:54 am #7190
Maintaining weight and losing weight are certainly not the same. The vast majority can become weight stable eating whatever they want, with or without exercise. Very few lose weight doing that though. Fewer still experience lasting weight loss from intentional measures, like carb cycling.July 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm #7417
When I was in refeeding mode last winter, I gained some weight over the holidays, and I was overjoyed to be eating carbs again, so I really indulged myself. At one point, I realized a lot of those processed foods had large amounts of vegetable oils in them, so I quit eating those.
Several times that winter I made chuck roast, pot roast style with lots of liquid, then cooked lots of angel hair pasta in the broth. So yeah, I was gaining on the combination of more than usual amounts of protein, fat and carbs.
I was trying to get more gelatin in my diet, but it was way too palatable. Came to my senses and just bought Great Lakes powdered gelatin. Also decided to cut back on eating so much in the evening and started eating more in the morning.
I made lots of pancakes, biscuits, brioche toast, and bought croissants and cinnamon rolls made with butter, etc for breakfast and ate them with one or two eggs and coffee with half and half. Sometimes have veg frittata. Did not gain but did not lose, either. I’m only walking, but I’ve rinsed off my exercise mat and will resume moderate work outs.
Started drinking oj and eating more fruit and dairy (ricotta, cottage cheese, sour cream, cheese) and less flour products. Still eating one or two eggs. I have gotten addicted to coffee ice cream. May have to break it off eventually, but I’ve started losing a pound or so a day when I walk and exercise and I don’t drink any alcohol. I’m eating about 3-4 oz meat and at least an equal amount of carb for lunch. Eating salad and cooked veg with butter in the evening, with cheese and rye crackers. I usually have some ice cream with milk afterwards. I need to lose about 15 pounds at least to look decent because I’m short. I’m 62.
I’ve noticed that I tend to gain when eating too much food made with wheat especially or when I overdo it with too many starchy foods in one day. Angel hair pasta used to make me gain until I got the pasta made with jerusalem artichokes. Probably still need to watch portion size. With my current routine, I usually eat the same amount of protein every day, so now it tends to be carbs, and the fat that goes with them, that make me gain. That just makes sense when the amount of protein you eat remains the same. So keeping the amount of protein stable is a good anchor for me. I suppose I could cut down more on fat (ice cream, butter, cheese), but those things are hard to give up. Cutting down on alcohol for sure.July 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm #7451saisriceParticipant
Moonflower, do you think that eating more in the morning and less in the evening resulted in some weight loss? It seems like from your post that then you didn’t gain but didn’t loose either… guess I’m just hoping that by eating bigger breakfasts and smaller dinners that I won’t gain so much weight.July 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #7452
Salsrice, my eating schedule is still not exactly right. I did stop gorging on too much fatty meat and pasta in the evening, but I’m still eating way too late at night, sometimes as late as midnight for dinner. That’s way too much of a strain on my liver, but I do that because I’m not getting off the computer soon enough. I really have to change that and eat dinner early in the evening for the sake of my liver. I will probably still have ice cream before bed, though, to keep blood sugar stable.
I definitely think that eating more food earlier and less food later helps prevent weight gain. I don’t think I could have added as much food as I added for breakfast later in the day without gaining weight. I added a lot of fruit, juice, syrup, pancakes, ice cream and all kinds of carbs to my breakfast and did not gain.
But there is a limit. When I ate lots of biscuits several days in a row I would gain. I think it’s the wheat. Plus biscuits need lots of butter and syrup. May have to try other kinds of flour to experiment, but not till I lose a few pounds. Too many variables to keep track of.July 7, 2013 at 12:22 am #7461CathyLParticipant
My weight is finally stable eating between 2700 and 3300 calories per day. My am temp is stable at 98.4, gets up to 99.5 later in the day. Now I would like to loose some weight and keep it off. I do not work out but I do throw hay to horse in the mornings and evenings, groom my horse and do light housework so about 2 hours of intentional movement each day. Should I add some weight training? Should I add more walking? Should I decrease my calories slightly? I am female, 56 years old, 5’6″ and now weigh 270.July 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm #7792
If I knew the answer to those questions, Cathy, I wouldn’t still need to lose weight myself. I keep stalling because of one thing or another, either eating too much or not exercising enough, I guess.
Congratulations on getting your temp up and stabilizing your weight. Looks like you’re primed for weight loss, if only we could crack the code.July 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm #7794
And still eating way too late. My schedule is still terrible.
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