Someone help! My son is 18 mos old now and I cannot lose a pound. I have tried everything.

Cheresa - posted on 12/01/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have exercised, cut calories etc but still gain weight. I am still breastfeeding and thinking that is causing me to hold on to weight. Anyone else have this problem?

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Hope - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have lost 18lbs with in the last six weeks. :) I go to the gym every morning but at about four weeks it seemed that I stopped and could not get rid of any more. Then after talking to a good friend (thanks jess) she told me to try and eat every few hrs. I now will eat an apple or some veg. every two to three hrs. I have lost more doing this then watching my calorie intake. If you are only eating so much your body will keep the fat because it is thinking your starving. By eating every few hrs your body will give more energy and burn more fat. You must however not eat fast food or junk every few hrs. lol but eat good foods and good fats. I also do not drink pop but I do drink my coffee. And well with kids its hard to go without.



I had thyroid issue's when I was breast feeding. It went away after I stopped, but that is something that would effect the weight also. And I would go up and down all depending on how full I was. (up and down with my weight) lol

But Thyroid is one of two things. Over active or under active. One makes you put weight on and the other makes you lose it. Most of the females in my family have thyroid issues but its something that its manageable and nothing to worry about. I went and got it tested because I was sleepy all the time and was finding my head hurting almost every day. Then my mom told me that was what happened to her.

Good luck and what ever you do, don't stop eating for you may take some pounds off but it will come back later and weigh more the next time around. Go and talk to your doc and see what she/he has to say. I also do not eat chicken or beef and the only red meats I eat would be deer.

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What Hope said is true. Cut your calories, and the body will hold on to ANY sugar for the energy it needs to function properly. The body converts all food to sugar, so follow the glycemic index and yes, eat every 3-4 hours.

seems like a lot of eating....but it's smaller portions, more frequently. by keeping your body continually fueled in the right manner, you are keeping it working = proper metabolism = maintaining weight. I had gestational diabetes with my last 2 pregnancy and I gained under 15 pounds both pregnancies by following a strict diet such as this:
(The goal is to always have a protein, a carb, and a veggie in the meal/snack. Fruits are for after lunch and never after supper.)

Breakfast (small meal so you don't overload your body first thing in the morning): I piece of ww toast and 1 egg. no milk (except small amount in coffee/tea) and no fruit at breakfast.

1st snack: usually something like cheese - a portion is the size of your thumb - & some grain crackers like Triscuit. OR some humus and pita bread.

Lunch: ww/rye/pumperknickel sandwhich with tuna, or turkey, or ham ...then lettuce/tomato/cucumbers to get those veggies in -- sprouts are really good!, glass of milk, and a piece of fruit. (berries are the best - watermelon and pineapple have most sugar). If you absolutely feel like some kind of treat after lunch gingersnaps are good. One thing to really watch at lunch is soups.....they can high in sugar, high in salt, high in fat, etc. etc. If you are bored of sandwhichs, salads that have nuts, cheese, or best - chickpeas and beans are really healthy and very filling.

2nd snack (remember small portion): again cheese/crackers, or handful of nuts/seeds/dried fruit (go easy!), yogurt and some veggies to dip, cottage cheese with melba toast and some small fruit, Kashi granola bars are good -- high in protein which cuts down on the carb amount

Supper: main thing is portion size -- there really isn't anything you Can't have -- just make sure your plate is divided as such: veggies are half the plate - yes half! then your protein and carb are each a 1/3. Pasta -- tricky -- can be healthy if it is ww, has veggies in the sauce and lean meat -- but 1 serving is a lot less than people think. better used as a side dish mostly, and main dish rarely. Your last fruit will be at this meal. And probably milk too.

3rd Snack: due to breastfeeding, you might need this, especially if you are still feeding in the night. Or some people skip the afternoon snack and have this one instead. Same principle, balance the protein and the carb. With breastfeeding you could have 2 pieces of toast with PB, or some nacho chips w. salsa, popcorn, cereal with 1/2 cup milk. Someone not breastfeeding or pregnant would choose smaller portions and probably not have milk.
You can go to the Cdn. or American diabetes websites for more information, like, how much a serving of protein etc. But I swear by this manner of eating.....you rarely feel hungry because you are fueled. And your energy level will surely increase. Only other thing is water, water, water.

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Alexis - posted on 12/03/2010

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Same thing! as I continue to bake cookies once a week and keep ice cream in the fridge. LOL. Im not sure but I think breastfeeding helps to lose weight, however I also think that pregnancy\birth can cause your metabolism to slow. Maybe just eating healthy, only drinking water and exercising, but then again im no role model.

Rebekah - posted on 12/03/2010

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I did not lose any weight until I weaned both of my children. I weaned my daughter 3 months ago and I've lost 15lbs... and didn't change a thing... I've been basically working out since my daughter was born. So, weaning really could solve the problem.

Another thing you might consider is your birth control. If you are on a birth control pill it might be keeping you from losing too. I've found that any time I get off of birth control to try for a baby, or use condoms for a while, I almost always drop 10lbs.

Cheresa - posted on 12/02/2010

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Breastfeeding actually makes some women such as myself hold on to weight. Also my thyroid is normal.

Ramona - posted on 12/02/2010

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Breatfeeding should actually help you loose the weight. Talk to your doctor? Also, ZUMBA is awesome and it comes on a lot of "gaming consoles" so it's easy to do at home with your toddlers.

Erin - posted on 12/02/2010

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Read "Skinny b***h" It's about going vegan/vegetarian, but even if you're not into that, it has a lot of very good tips and suggestions on positive eating habits. Like in the morning don't eat until you're very hungry, since as soon as you put food in your mouth you're stopping your bodies cleasing process from overnight. Doing this and drinking a lot of water will help release toxins. Also only eat fruit in the morning or on an empty stomach. As soon as you mix it with other food groups it just sits and rots in your stomach. I personally haven't tried losing much weight. I'm going to wait till after I'm done bfing.

Ashley - posted on 12/02/2010

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I hear ya I have a 18 month old also and have not lost any weight for a while i hadnt gained any extra weight either i stayed weighting what i did the day she was born.. I also have tried everything I do not drink pop i eat pretty healthy but just havent been able to get rid of this .. so i guess i can say i wish i could help you but im not sure sorry to say im just glad im not the only one

Bethany - posted on 12/01/2010

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Don't add sugar or salt to anything, read the nutritional panel on all food packages, and don't buy anything with more than 10%sugar and 10% fat.



Use butter sparingly and sometimes substitute with cream cheese or avocado.



Don't eat anything with your cuppa, just enjoy the cuppa. Drink a half glass of water everytime you make a cuppa or use a tap.



Healthy snacks between sensible meals, like piece of cheese, apple, etc, to keep metabolism up, or body will think it's starving and hold onto fat harder.



Go for a brisk walk every day only skipping one or two days a week. Pushing the pram is even better, as are little hills.



Don't set any weight goals, just do the basic work. Only weigh yourself once a month and give yourself a year.



Dress for your current weight, stand up straight, chin up, shoulders back, you'll look and feel better straight away.

Sunshine - posted on 12/01/2010

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Hmmm. I wonder what that could be..
I know they say if you breast feed you lose & my Friend BF & she hasn't lost anything. But she found out she has Thyroid so maybe you can be checked for that? She is supposed to be takin meds which I think helps lose a lil but maybe check into that..
My friend Misty is a dietian maybe I could ask her or have her come here & give you advice?

Cheresa - posted on 12/01/2010

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I did also quit drinking soda a few mos ago but didn't lose weight w/ that either.

Sunshine - posted on 12/01/2010

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I am sorry to hear.. SO you drink POP?
I know I lost 30 pounds in 6 months just by eating better NO FAST FOOD & NO POP.. :) MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES..
Since I had my son I have lost some weight but I haven't really been trying.. I don't eat that much so thats probably why I am losing(Doesn't help my husband is deployed)

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