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    Really tired of trying to do this
    An_239932 posted:
    I hate the fact I cannot lose weight. I really don't know what more I can do to achieve weight loss. I have been trying for at least 3 or 4 years and have lost a little so I decided to try a support group. When I state what I do you will really wonder why I cannot do it. I am 5' 3". and weigh 163. My BMI is 33. I just recently upped my exercise routine in a real effort to reduce. I ride my bike 1 hour 5 times a week. I do a machine called true slider at a gym (Shapes) and floor exercise for 1 hour 5 days a week. Then I go into the pool and do water exercise for another hour 5 days a week. I do this faithfully and have been for close to 6 months. Ok, so what do I eat. I eat practically nothing. I really like the Zone diet check it out at if you like. The premise is every meal consists of protein, fat and carbs in a proportional amount. I try to make an omelet (egg whites only) every morning. If not I make a Yoplait smoothy (check it out they are great) with some chicken for protein. After that I barely eat. I really like Kashi Chicken Florentine tvdinner for lunch. and eat a small dinner of chicken and vegetables. I do snack and my big treat is a Starbuck Chocolate smoothy. I know it has 300 calories. I am older over 50 and under a moderate amount of stress but I wouldn't call it excessive. I am willing to try almost anything including medication if you can tell me what I should ask my doctor for. I would love to lose 25 pounds but if I could 10 pounds I would be estatic.
    Tomato05 responded:
    Maybe try to pinpoint how many calories you consume every day - try to count them daily for about a week. It is important to know how many calories your body require to maintain your weight (different for everyone, that's why you have to calculate it "individually"); then you can work out how many to take in to lose weight.

    After that you can take further steps, e.g. pick a level like 1200 cal and spread them out throughout the day, focusing your food intake on lean protein, vegetables, a little fruit and skim dairy, healthy fats.
    vicpen1 responded:
    I can definitely understand how you feel. I've been trying to lose about 20 pounds for about 3 years without much success. I exercise at least 5 times a week but I know where I go wrong. I tend to binge eat, sabotoging my diet. In the last 2 weeks, I joined WebMD and have been calculating my daily caloric intake and physical activity. This has really helped me tremendously. I am forced to be accountable for everything I consume. Just knowing that I have to report my food intake has helped me stop binge eating. I've lost 4 hounds in the last 2 weeks as a result! Part of my weight loss plan is that I only consume 1200 calories per day. I'm so excited and hope I can keep this up. I signed up for daily e-mail reminders to help me log all of my activities and foods. Perhaps this could help you too..
    elegantgem replied to vicpen1's response:

    Thanks for your thoughts. It nice to know others are willing to help. Just wondering how you figure out your calorie count for different food items. I do journal but don't put a calorie count. I keep a book in my car and journal before I go into Shapes for my workouts. I am moving towards being a vegetarian making a vegetarian dish from the Vegetarian Magazine once a week. The zone diet is so big on protein though I will not eliminate it totally but minimize it to eating just 1 oz to 3 oz a day.

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