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Recipes for additional allowances are really nice and varied and Optifast Aust Forum members are always posting good food allowance recipes. I seriously just could not at the time afford to join Weight Watchers in a formal way. I have to ask… in your exercise history, where were those hiking pictures taken? I think this is a scam to get people to by your products…. Is it vital that I use all of my points? You are honest with yourself and here on your blog. When I finally decided to sign on with Nutrisystem , my health was not in good shape.

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Stress can also make the stomach get larger. And Preg of course. Stress seems to go straight to the Gut. Probiotics will help a lot in getting stomach down. But stress is a ruling factor if you are stressed.

I am so small I am losing weight so much I eat I sweat at night alot I urine a lot sometimes I have bad leg cramps joint pain vision not good sometimes I feel my heart fluttering what happening with my body.

At my smallest size with flat stomach and in shape, I weighed lbs. My goal is to get back to to that. May I eat calories a day and still do my 6 days a week workouts that are zumba, aerobics and treadmill?

I also do not eat bread, rice, or potatoes except for 2 cheat meals a week. I also may have something sweet days a week in small moderation. Last year I was constipated due to my bad diet of pizza and mars bars until I saw a dietician. She told me to eat fruit and veg, I also still have an anal fissure.

But since then I lost 3 and a half stone, I eat Weetabix for breakfast, an egg sandwich for lunch and 6 peanut butter sandwiches and 4 granola squares for tea time.

I also make 2 protein shakes 37 grams per shake each day. I literally cannot fit anything else in my stomach till at least 11am the next day usually after my 1st BM. I have tried everything to gain weight but since the undiagnosed abdomen pain and rib pain I feel like I am struggling with weight gain.

I am worried if this carries on my body will go into shutdown or anorexic mode. I believe because I eat so poorly my muscle fat is eating itself up inside as how can I remain the same weight eating so little and so poorly?

I had a CT Scan, an Endoscopy and the usual tests and all came back negative. So if anyone has any idea to what I could try I would be grateful please. Note that I do not drink milk or eat cheese as it causes my bowels to go crazy.

I have had enough now and I am a litte scared that I am becoming anorexic, but I feel no matter what I eat I just end up in the toilet all the time note that my BMs are 3 — 4 a day but always the next day not that night so my digestive system is working roughly on time. Sorry for going on but I just need someone who has heard of similar conditions and learn how to battle this.

Any male or female adult eating 1,, calories per day and doing crossfit days per week is guaranteed to lose weight, no exception. You have NO right making such an ignorant, umbrella statement like that, especially being a man. I am not overweight and am a decent eater, though I could definitely eat more vegetables. My problem is under-eating and disturbed sleep. It can take me time to fall asleep and I can sometimes wake up early.

I have and am in recovery severe anxiety, GAD and health anxiety. I often worry hunger will wake me up and cause my own cycle. I can be starving and be okay without food and then that hunger feeling fades. I am not trying to lose weight, I just forget to eat. And now I am hungry and nauseous and I have had similar things like this before and food always helps because sometimes I revert back.

Can eating more fix this problem? I seem to suffer with the same issue. I do so good all day. I eat low carb which I know people that are against but it has worked for me over the last 4 years but here lately with personal problems in life anxiety has caused me to not sleep very well. I will end up snacking after midnight unlike you, I EAT!

I will feel guilty about it and usually toss it moments later. I think Xanax will increase hunger or maybe not. It almost acts like Ambien, in that aspect. I guess I need not take that drug either and just stick to Melatonin 10mg and perhaps some Benadryl. At least this combination will eventually get you back to sleep… No scripts, no guilt!

Hope things get better for all. I want to feel and look awesome for years? Good luck on your weight loss journey! I am a 48 year old mom of 3. I was low carb, low calorie and high exercise for 4 years.

During that time, I gained 35 pounds, and started waking up between 2 and 4 almost every night. Before that, I had never had weight, or sleep issues. Although the weight gain and sleeping issues were frustrating, I felt that giving up grains and sugar, adding free range organ meats and bone broth, and continuing to eat lots of whole foods—mainly plants which I was already doing was a good idea, and so I kept on the same path, mystified by the constant weight gain.

One day I realized that I had stayed in a hungry state for the entire 4 years, and I decided to never let myself be hungry again and see what happened. In addition, it just felt really good to not be constantly hungry.

I could not believe that doubling my calories was the cure to my issues! It was VERY frustrating to be so misunderstood—folks just assumed that I was overeating and under exercising. More importantly, it was frustrating to be working so hard to have good health and instead achieve poor results! I am very happy to find this article! Thanks for getting the word out!!! I hope others who are struggling find this article before they give up.

I feel like I am in the same boat. Knowing how much is too much is hard though! I have been struggling to find a happy medium to lose weight. I was puffy swollen and very irratabile.

Beings my thyroid was out of sync it threw my body for a loop. I switched from levothyroxin to nature thyroid in October a year later after my diagnosis. At my dr appointment in March my dr suggested I eliminate gluten and eat low carb high fat. When I say high fat I am not talking the bad for you fats but good fats olive oil, coconut oil etc. I have lost 7. Works for me I am 61 years young and am getting my life back. I use my fitness pal to log my food and it helps with keeping track of my nutrition protein, fats, fiber etc.

I also belong to a FB page that is amazing for low carb living. It will be my way of eating for life. My husband has also followed me and he has lost 20 pounds in 7 weeks seems men lose so much quicker.

We do not restrict our calories either. Restricting calories and under eating is not the solution I can attest to that. I eat more calorie wise than I ever have and am losing weight getting healthy and feeling great. One other perk for me I was always cold and very tired and I know this is all part of my thyroid disorder but since adapting this way of eating I have pretty much eliminated this all together. I try to keep my carbs around 40 per day. My daily diet consists of lean proteins, eggs, vegetables, healthy fats, and I eat berries for fruit.

Raspberries I had found are the best for low carbs. Unfortunately a lot of fruits and vegetables are high in carbs. I try to get the bulk of my carbs from vegetables.

I wish you luck as I know all too well how hard it is when you have thruoid problems. Kiwi I am under the care of dr and I am following her instructions.

Not sure what your referring to about fat and water…. Not everything works for all but I am very happy with how I feel and being able to feel good is even more important than the weight loss.

This works for me. I think we all have our opinions on different eating styles I am only sharing what has worked for me. I am a 70 year old female. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism many years ago and take.

I am gluten and lactose intolerant and eat a very restricted low fodmaps diet as I had colon cancer 15 months ago and had 30cms of my colon removed which caused a lot of diarrhoea. I now find that I am cold all the time, cannot get to sleep and if I do sleep it is only for 3 hours or so. I am never tired in the day either. I am losing weight now weigh 60kgs and wonder if anyone has any suggestions as my concern is lack of sleep. It completely suppresses my appetite to the point that I feel sick even trying to eat anything.

The medication is necessary and a last resort after several others tried and failed. I have the same problem. Hi My name is Brittany. I am currently In September I started at I eat 6times a day. I workout at least 2 or 3 times a week. But I have not lost a pound. Especially in my midsection. Then the weird thing is I start my morning with a flat stomach and by lunch I look pregnant lol. Have you had your thyroid checked.

All the symptoms sound like you could have Hypothyroidisum. I have it and all the symptoms you mentioned go along with it. I recently started a low carb diet which has helped me lose weight but you need to also be on medication if you have thyroid problems. Good luck to you. Hi Brittany, First of all—good on you to have not gained, and to have lost some weight! I encourage you to get the following numbers about your health: You can google around and find the meaning of those numbers and what level they should ideally be.

It sounds like you are struggling with insulin resistance. If your fasting insulin is higher than 5, then this is most likely your issue…. Brittany, I was in your boat a year ago. I weighed more though: I got up to lbs before I decided that I needed a lifestyle change. My problem was portion sizes. Without realizing it, I was eating twice as much as someone my height and age should eat! And I had to eat that much, just to feel full!

It has taken almost a year, but I am now down to , and all that I did was use a calorie counting app loseit some of my friends used fitness pal. I started logging all of my foods, and I realized that my portion sizes were causing me to overeat. I used the app to help control how much I was eating, and I would exercise to pull my calories back down to my goal if I over-ate during the day.

Running a calorie deficit works. Having little rewards every 5 or 10 pounds is important, and having someone who keeps you accountable besides just you is important as well. My husband will purchase and play a new board game with me, every time I hit my 10 lb goal!

I do not eat paleo, but I stumbled across this article while trying to find help. I started losing weight with diet pills and exercise and gradually losing through the years. The last 5 years I have focused on just eating lower calories and have made it as low as lbs. This has become all consuming. I was happier teetering around I do exercise ever single day for an hour and a half and keep my calories at ish.

I have binges about every 8 days that easily go into the calorie mark. I have been living this way for far too long. I obsess over food to a grand scale and constantly think about it. When I am done with a meal I am actually sad.

All I want to do is eat. I never ever want to be fat again and find myself trying to get back and keep telling myself I will live normal when I get there, but I cannot get there. I am miserable and hate social gatherings and will cancel and avoid at all costs. God bless my husband who has been with me for 21 years, he loves me so much and I am making him miserable too.

I never leave the house EVER! I go to the grocery store on saturday morning and thats it. I dont want to be fat again, I cannot lose weight so therefore I cannot eat more cause when I do I gain. There is a great online community for Intuitive Eating as well.

Please buy the book. I am rooting for you! Are you saying at lbs. Be lucky you are only a couple pounds overweight. I am a 58 year old male that always weighed about lbs.

After 2 back surgeries and heart surgery I was bed ridden for 3 years. I am finally going to lose that lbs. I am SICK of being a prisoner in my own body. Please Google Overeaters Anonymous. I completely relate to every word that you wrote. I was pounds last month and now currently im Amorah I recommend that you eat a little more or add another snack you are feeling the way you are because you need more fuel to give your body more energy and since your young you burn calories faster because you are more active.

I promise you will feel a lot better. Girls your age should eat no fewer than calories a day. That means you have even less muscle to help you lose fat in the future muscle is hard to get back! Over the long term, under eating can be very harmful to your health. I am a 15 year old girl and I have been a good restricter for myself since third grade. I typically eat around calories per day and it seems like enough to me but I am and whenever I try lowering my calorie intake to lose weight which is always I can never lose any weight.

I realize now that I am not nearly eating enough along with excercising 5 days a week and I want to start eating more but I am afraid of gaining weight. I try to eat very healthy and protein packed food but no matter what I eat I still feel overweight and unable to lose weight. What should i do?

What does your typical menu look like? You could be underestimating how much you are eating. Eat more plant based foods. Peanut butter almond butter flaxseeds healthy fats.

During the course of 2 and a half months, I went from pounds to The way I lost weight was very unhealthy, each day I lowered my calorie intake and now I only eat a few snacks a day. I splurged on junk food and chocolate during my last period. My skin is loose and the muscles in my legs are not as firm anymore. You should definitely speak tp tour doctor about it. Gabriella can you speak with a parent to make an appointment with a primary care physician? Most health plans will make an allowance to see a nutritionist.

I would recommend you start there. Your weight loss is impressive and shows discipline but is not healthy. At your young age you have years of growth ahead of you and need to eat more.

A progressive physician should be able to refer you to a nutritionist for your diet and a therapist for your depression. Growing up is very hard. Good for you for seeking advice on this site…but seeking out medical in person help is the best advice i or anyone else can give you right now.

So soooo glad I found this. Exercise at least 4 times a week and I am on my feet all day. I upped my fibre intake, had more protein when I could and avoided more carbs than normal and was reaching cals a day, if even some days. Could not figure out where I was going wrong.

After Reading this and agreeing with at least 5 things I realised that I was having the right things but no where near enough for the amount I do. People are so obsessed with losing weight that they go so low on calories and it can cause a lot of harm to your body. PS what has helped me as well is eating small meals and snacks every coup,e hours. If your an active person you need to eat more frequently! Stop letting tv advertisements and crash diets control your life! Your better than that!

I eat around calories a day. Am I not eating enough? I am 16 years old and I do gymnastics 4 days a week from 4: I recently lost about 20 pounds because I cut down on how much I was eating.

I have just started to increase the amount I eat in a day because I am not having a period and I have no energy to do the sport that I love. For example, this is basically what I eat everyday. I think that sounds very healthy, minus the chocolate in the milk lol.

I will try to eat more, though often, no desire to. I know something is wrong, but doctors have been dismissive. But even after all that, I still feel terrible, like something is still wrong. Will I ever wake up and feel well and strong? If someone out there can help, I implore you. This is positively depressing.

Like you, I struggle from many symptoms no doctor has taken seriously. Do your own research. I am convinced after years of this and no help from the medical industry that we have to trust ourselves and look into any and all options. See a naturopath, see an syrveduc practitioner, see a Chinese herbalist, see a nutritionist. Anyone who says diet does affect your health is mad. Trust your gut and keep searching. I wish you the best! Hi, I just recently weighed myself and I use to be lbs and now im only lbs.

I lost this in a week. I dont use the bathroom very often. And I only eat breakfast and lunch on the weekends. I have more stress than an average teen because of the college prep classes I have. Im also late for my period. Could me being underweight be the cause of all this? While lbs is perfectly healthy for your age and height, it is a little alarming that you seem to have lost this in a week. The chills and constipation should set off an alarm too.

I hope you start feeling better. I was always known as having the clearest of skin, and I have suffered with abyss acne for the last few years. I never thought it was a case of under eating because of how big, bloated and fat I became, it seemed the less I ate the bigger I got. I am almost 16, 5,5 ft and I weight about pounds. I think You may want to eat a little more than what you are currently at.

Think about how much you walk in a day and how many calories that consumes on its own. All of your symptoms can be caused by not eating enough, even anxiety.

What are you doing for exercise 5 days a week? Do you walk a lot throughout the day? Your best bet would be to buy some sort of fitness tracker, preferably one with a heart rate monitor.

You could also use a calorie tracker like My Fitness Pal and track how much you eat. I use the app on my phone and I also use My Fitness Pal to track my calories.

The best part about the two apps is that you can sync them together. Your parents may be willing to help you buy one. You also want to make sure you eat enough protein. Muscle burns fat, the only way to get rid of fat is to build muscle. Cardio alone may help you lose weight, but lifting weights and building muscle is the only way to keep it off.

Also, if you are not eating enough protein, your body will eat your muscles. And as I said earlier, muscle burns fat, without any muscle you can not lose fat. On another note, tennis burns a crazy amount of calories, make sure you eat enough to cover those calories.

How does your weight affect your ability as a tennis player? For many years my only exercise was walking on my treadmill and that worked well for me.

About 7 years ago I started doing workout videos and doing some weights and have progressed but over the last 3 years things have been sorta a struggle. I feel I have fallen into the exercise more and more and eat less.

So, fast forward, I did a new Beachbody program, pushed myself hard and at the end of 60 days, I was no further than the day I started, I NEED to turn to diet, I think I need to eat more but telling someone that used to be over lbs over weight to eat more when I want to lose a few pounds is not easy.

I WANT to fix this and have been upping my calories the last few days and reading and researching. I would love to know if I am in the right direction? Can you help me? Do cardio twice a week but never on a treadmill…walk in a park or beach or whatever… Keep it natural.

What Tami described above is exactly me. I also am doing a 60 day challenge by beach body… My measurements are going up! I have had all my blood work done in the past and I am healthy! Hi , im 16 and 17 on 17 march Im cm and weight 42,5 kg I eat around kcal a day for 4 months and i struggel to get all my meals in body and feel extremely bloated event After eating a piece of brocolie and 30g meat My legs and arms are skinny bit my belly gets fatter and fatter and when i eat only 50 above kcal i gain weight what must i do?

Is my huge belly due to undereating? Hi Jeanique It sounds like you are definitely under eating. You are very light in weight for your height and the reason you are putting on weight when you eat is most probably because your body is not happy at the weight you are at.

The body is an amazing machine that will tell you when it is not happy. You will feel so much better if you eat more food. To keep healthy make sure you are eating real food eg cooked meat, eggs if you are not intolerant vegetables and fruit. Some vegetables may not suit you. Broccoli and other sulphur producing foods like cabbage can cause bloating.

At your age you may still be growing so it is important that you support your body during this time and give it the additional calories to make sure your body can grow. Healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil and eating almonds will all help. Stay away from processed foods and soda drinks as although they may taste nice they are not good for you. If you are only eating 1, calories it is best if they are packed full of nutrients and not just empty sugary calories. Anna has some good advice above on the types of healthy foods you should be eating.

One tablespoon of oilive oil drizzled over your meat or on a piece of bread will give you more calories. It goes down like nothing and can help you reach a healthy calorie target for the day. Some of the things you described in your post were extremely concerning to me because it sounded as if you might have an eating disorder and severe malnutrition.

There is no way you should feel bloated after one piece of broccoli and one ounce of meat. One ounce is about two bites. I did some Googling and a symptom of starvation is that you feel full really quick.

Another symptom of severe malnutrition and protein deficiency is a very thin body with a bloated belly. The skinny body, bloated belly look is well known among starving children in Africa. It seems that your body has lost the ability to properly judge its food intake.

Talk to your parents and a doctor and tell them you have a problem with eating. Eat with others and take in as much food as they do. Trust in science, which has established that normal people need to be eating closer to 2, calories a day instead of a mere Remember that you are NOT fat. Seek help, and remember that you NEED to eat. This is your own health and your own life on the line. Thank you so much , what you said really opened my eyes you reallly gave me the advice i searched for a long time , thanks to you i finnaly felt free to talk about my eating dissordr with my dad amd we will as soon as possible be searching for a professional to help me with my nutrition recovery as well as my self esteem recovery and i know its going to be tough But i don t know how to thank you enough because i tried to ask so many people , had no response and my own ex dietitiam said that my belly problem was impossible to come from malnutrition thanks again for opening my eyes and saving me from even more severe health problems.

I sometimes eat dinner. How are my eating habits guys? Maybe try thinking about what you will eat for breakfast or even make a meal the evening before? Maybe that way you would be more motivated to eat the breakfast. The less you eat the more your stomach will shrink so you may not feel hungry but your body still needs to be nourished. Most people say that you should have at least two meals per day so breakfast is most probably a good one if you can have it on your own.

Then make sure you have a really healthy and plentiful evening meal. Could you take some nuts such as almonds and walnuts with you so that you can snack on them when you are alone? As you eat more you will find your appetite returning and you will begin to enjoy food more. This was an interesting read and the comments even more so!

I was just wondering if since I have been on a calorie diet for two weeks it would cause a loss of menses that quickly? I am not underweight -more on the other end at Aiming for around Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Im 15 years old female, cm and 52 kgs. And i wanted to eat healthier, so i used a calculator to find out how many calories i should eat per day and i got calories a day. So i start tracking how much i eat a day and i only come to about calories a day. I workout for an hour and 20 minutes a day, 1 hour of HIIT and 2o minutes of squats, pushups and stuff. Also my older brother is about 45kgs and cm tall and needs to gain muscle weight i wanna help him out, anyone know what to do about that?

Vanilla, at 15 years old your body is still doing a great amount of growing and developing. But in truth, the more deprived you are of calories and nutrients, the worse and worse your anxiety will become. You will only become sicker if you continue to eat so little. I have some things the website describes. Remember that skinny girls can feel the same way as you do!

If you do not consume what your body needs to meet basic functions and meet your energy needs you will lose weight the entire time until you either eat more or die. So if your statement as true, I should be pouring off the weight, correct? It actually is true.. If you are at a deficit you will lose weight. If your maintenance calories are truly and you are eating then you would be losing weight, but bear in mind that as you get lighter, your maintenance calories decrease as well.

It could also be that your maintenance is not truly I could plug my I information into every calculator in the world and they would all say my TDEE is calories a day but in reality my BMR is just much too low for that. Weight could also be things other than fat.

I am trying to wrap my head around this. My calorie intake always is at and normal carb days g carbs and on low carb 50g carbs days as I try to carb cycle my always keep my fat and protein high. Could my diet really be the cause of me not losing weight or toning? I am a competitive swimmer on a team for about 7 years. We workout 2 hours each day. I eat around 1,, calories each day. I have noticed that my menstrual cycle has stopped for almost a year and lots of hair is falling out.

For the past month I have been trying to eat more, and the calculator says I should eat more and I could maintain the same weight. I am still missing my period, but i think I have gained weight. Hi this article really caught my eye and made me realize just how much I under eat! A lot of the symptoms describe me: I am also constantly craving food but I had always chalked this up to my high metabolism, not under eating. I am looking for foods to increase my calorie intake as well as stop the symptoms.

Some healthy foods to boost that: Also try some muscle building exercises. Hi, this is a bit weird for me, seeing as im not on a diet, nor have i ever had a problem with undereating. Anyways i noticed a large number of these apply to me not the pregnant, or insomnia one, which was actually the opposite for me. I was hoping for maybe an answer from you that isnt something i know, or whether its exactly what i think it is.

Eating should be pleasurable. If you are only eating simple carbs I presume you mean sugary snacks your body may be asking for healthier food and you will feel better if you could eat some healthier foods.

Try a couple of good meals and see how you feel. I know my issue is food and anxiety-related, because when I do eat more, I sleep much better. My main disruption is waking up sometimes hungry.

It sounds as though you are doing well with your anxiety. As you most probably know anxiety can ebb and flow and can pop up in different places. At least you understand what you should be doing so hopefully by eating healthily, when you remember, will help with the anxiety too. I hope you can help this make a little more since to me, thanks.

Try eating lunch with a friend. Perhaps your heart needs to be fed in the middle of the day, as well as your body! I will go a whole day without eating most of the time or some days I will only eat once. I made myself eat today but I still felt sick.

What should I do about this? You might try sipping a glass of water slowly before eating. Take your time, sit down and sip. Enjoy the company of a friend as you sit and sip water. I have all of these symtoms but have reverse dieted my way to calories. Or will it just take time as I continue at this level? Try adding some more calories. You could potentially stand to gain pounds. That might help kick start your hormonal function and improve your symptoms. Of course this is a complete guess, there may be other things going on that you need more one-on-one help with.

Every time I do, I just puke it up. I know this may sound as to much information to some, but I started my period yesterday as well, I am bleeding a lot more than I ever have. Call your doctor as soon as you can. It may be something serious and is better to outrule that first. To me it does not sound like a consequence of chronic undereating and even trying to add to your caloric intake can be challenging at the state you are now. My blood levels were at a 4.

I stayed for a week and a half got three blood transfusions and got more sleep than I ever remember. He gave me iron pills and frolic acid and it worked wonders.

Although I still have trouble with under eating and I get killer migraines my period only last 5 days and barely any blood. Your situation may be different than mine but when I lived with my ex I started to gain a lot of weight, I went from to in just a few months.

If you are unhappy or stressed get out now bc it will only get worse. Everyone deserves to be happy and no one needs to live with stress bc it just wears you down. Good luck, hope everything works out for you. I have celiac disease and a dairy allergy, and there is a long list of foods that seem to bother me due to a leaky gut.

I wondered if you found any food options? I am 32 with celiac and a dairy allergy, as well as soy, egg, nuts, and beef. Have you tried adding some good fats into your diet. Try olive oil dressing on your salad or eating avocado.

I recently discovered I was undereating for what I would assume was years due to medications Celexa, Topamax. Each time I started one of these medications I lost some weight.

About 5 lbs with Celexa, 10 with Topamax the first time I took it. I calculated the food I ate that day and it was just over calories! I remember being completely stuffed that day. I kept track the next few days too and each time it was still around calories.

First in my abdomen for a week or so after the initial increase and then it moves to my thighs. What should I do, eat or between ?

Is this true or would I still be able to do light exercise because I enjoy it. Sorry again for all the questions! She did recommend I go up to calories though for a few months to level out while doing some lifting at the gym and then come down to for maintenance. I have been under eating for a while and I apply to many of these symptoms. My parents said this might be a doctor situation. But before we do that I will show them this website and hope for the best.

I started not eating when I ate almost nothing for a whole week because I got very sick and all my mom would give me was nasty tea and soup. Not eating can become a habit-a bad one. You possibly also starved many of your microbes. More fat will warm you up. Coconut oil will actually make you leaner, as it does work on changing the microbe levels. You can add more fiber, resistant starches, sweet potatoes, root vegetables,.

Certain microbes will help make us fat, and you may want some fat on you, except for belly fat. As for grains, that is up to you. Sometimes very skinny people have celiac or grain intolerance.

Try an egg drink with eggs, butter, some sweet potatoes, berries, avocados along with some spices mixed in a blender along with some hot water, and drink it. You can read some of my other replies also about my size. That was a great read! I have been under eating since the past five years. When I started cutting out on my food, I weighed around pounds.

However, I shed weight drastically and have got stuck at pounds for the last three years. I try to go for long, brisk walks for an hour and a half on weekdays and prefer doing yoga on weekends. I am struggling with getting on to start eating properly. Lately, I have been having irregular periods also. My hands remain cold most of the time and I tend to get anxious and peeved easily. All I can say is that I need help with correcting my diet.

Any suggestions regarding how to go about it would be appreciated. I am 44 years old, for the past 20 years I have tried every diet known to man or woman with no luck. I am a chronic under eater. I can go an entire day without eating a thing. I dont get hungry. I have a high stress life as well, not job so much as life stress.

I started dating a body builder and he has made me start to follow an eat every few hours type of diet, and at first it seemed to work, but now I am eating every few hours and gaining instead of losing.

I have had my thyroid tested- its normal although I have all of the symptoms of low thyroid function. I am currently at pounds. I eat oatmeal with honey for breakfast, then i have a hand full of nuts, and a protein shake, I have a salad with either chicken breast meat or tuna, and a little dressing. I have a cup of what ever I made for dinner the night before which is usually meat beef chicken breast or fish , and veggies zucchini, mushrooms, celery, broccoli, onions, peppers at some point in the day I have a cup of brown rice, a sweet potato or white potato.

I drink 2 ltrs of water a day or close to that as some days I cant drink it, and nothing else. I try to stay away from sugars and bread but once in a while i treat myself to a croissant or a piece of cinnamon toast or cereal with almond milk instead of oatmeal. If i eat bread its multigrain. I occasionally eat fruit. But my issue is that i feel that i have gone from one extreme to another and now I eat too much food. I eat small portions, but I am still struggling and I cant lose the pounds.

I try to take walks, but I have 0 energy. I also try to keep up with the bedroom but its also hard when you have no drive and hate your body. I am not a morning person, but I work almost every day- days off i could stay in bed all day if i didnt have stuff to do. By eating throughout the day you will be constantly raising your insulin levels. This will prevent you from losing weight. You would be better having three good meals per day with about 4 hours between each one.

Try and avoid having too much carbs — either rice or potatoes in a day but not both. If you can leave 12 hours between your evening meal and your breakfast your body will release glucose overnight and lower your levels ready for the next day. My issue is almost never talked about.

I have trouble gaining weight. I hover around lbs. Eating Paleo, without grains, beans and dairy, high calorie foods are hard to come by. I lift weights but gain very little muscle, in part because of my low post-menopausal hormone levels. But it feels impossible to eat enough calories to gain weight. I know about healthy fats and root vegetables, but how many sweet potatoes with coconut oil can I eat in one day?

But I do have osteoporosis in the lumbar spine even with the weightlifting. Somebody said to just eat more of what I already eat. Anyway, one day at lunch, when I ate a large bowl of white rice and red lentils red lentil: Hey, I went the sweet potato route. Keep seeking, and watch your expectations.

Hi Johnny, Thanks for sharing your experience. A Paleo approach is best for me overall. My body loves meat. Glad you found what works for you! We could not afford a lot of meat when my sisters and I were growing up. Sweets were rare, and beans and rice along with maybe some neck bones were a large part of our diets. My parents and their parents probably did not get enough nourishment.

My mom was slim, but did not have a large pelvic and was told not to eat much when pregnant with me I was the middle one. Her mom was my size, and my dad was short, although my mom and her farher were tall. I weighed 5 lb and was not premature. At least as we got older we could afford more meat. I tried for some years to cut down on meat. That did not work out well. I could not control my blood sugar. I need more meat and fat, other wise, I stay hungry and shaky, and in pain.

I am about your age, am 5 feet at about lb. I am small boned though, and look thin only in my rib cage. I want to look small around my waist. I can add some potatoes and nuts though. Can you handle macadamia nuts? Have you tried goat cheese or whey? Butter and ghee never gave me any problems.

I was very thin as a teenager. My mom was put on a diet so not to have a big baby. Epigenetics affect your weight, and you may never be able to gain weight without it being a unhealthy weight. Audrey Hepburn was very thin all her life, but she underwent starvation when she was growing up.

Hope this helps some. Hi Cindy, I appreciate your response. Macadamia nuts — love them! What you say about epigenetics is very interesting. We seem to be an invisible population. But there are a lot of us! Thanks for your comments. I am 5 3 and weigh pounds. Can anyone offer any advice to lose weight with a thyroid condition, I am monitored closely by my dr and my tsh is in the Normal range.

I have been struggling for a year and am so discouraged. I eat around calories a day and have a moderate exercise level walking steps a day. The TSH is irrelevant. Find a doctor who will test Free T3 and Free T4s, and will prescribe desiccated thyroid. Join the natural thyroid hormone group on yahoo and you will get a lot of info.

I had severe anxiety, religious obsessions I am a practicing Catholic, and these were not anything consistent with my religion , obsessions with food and weight, depression, crying spells, exhaustion, trouble sleeping, and noticing that my weight and water weight would change super easily.

Not all of them right away, but eventually. I also had to eat a lot more for a while to make up for weight loss, and my weight increased and settled to a healthy weight. I eat a ton, or so I think, but I have sometimes calculated my intake out of curiosity and if my calculations are correct, I eat at MAX about calories.

I always think I am eating a ton but perhaps I am actually not? This is a very complicated issue, and certainly NOT one size fits all… Also, that being said, I am actually not frequently cold, I am actually quite HOT on the regular… But the one symptom I definitely have, infertility.

My hands and feet are, but rest of my body is pretty warm. Altho the coldness I had a couple months ago too. To toy my daily calories up or down, exercise more? I already do about hours a week?!

I really want and need to stop and get better. I am hoping you can steer me in the right direction, maybe have some answers for me, maybe a new way of handling the way i eat … btw.. Hi my name is Melanie. I a under eater. My recommendation would be to check out some of the links above like SkinnyTaste and the like. Um, I need help with the second link to calculating the points of your food. What info do you enter here?

Is it food label info? If so, how do you get the points of chicken, pork, etc? I would really like to lose about 15lbs just for health reasons. Thanks for your help. Yes, you enter the food label info into the food point calculator.

For foods without a label like meats, fruit, etc. I knew that as long as I made healthy choices, I was on plan. The points were more of a jumping off point: Googling something is never my first thought!!!

Guess my age is showing! Does anyone have a list of all kinds of foods, their point value and serving size? I did ww along time ago and their books of food really helped. Does anyone have access to the charts we would use to keep track of our daily and weekly intake, also the weigh on charts? Thank you so much for this info! I joined WW last year and lost 26 lbs in 5 months.

I then got pregnant with my 2nd babe and had to stop. I know how it all works but needed to know the extra points for breastfeeding. She is still nursing pretty full time but she does get formula and has currently started on rice cereal. I am going to start with the 7 points and add the other if needed. I wanted to let those know who are looking into this that it is all pretty accurate. I found when I was on the system last year and attending meetings I was still eating what I normally ate but was eating less and the weight started to come off.

I entered my info on the link Ashley provided, it gave me 26 points. But again, portion control as well as moving more, you will see a difference in the scale! Would you happen to have a link or something with the recipe builder. I make this killer granola and want to know how many points it will cost me!

Not sure I can give it up just yet: I really appreciate this page. Hopefully reading these comments will keep me encouraged. I cant afford weight watchers and I thought I could do this by myself but Im extremely inconsistant when dieting and working out. You can so do it! I had success twice with WW many years ago and would love to do it again but have a couple of questions please. I checked and my points are 39 per day but another link on here said 26 for daily target what is that?

Also how do you know how many points the foods are for example a cup of mashed pot or a chicken breast etc. Thank you for any help you could provide.

I wanted to ask if you know of a place that has a free recipe builder that will either calculate the points plus value, or provide you with the combined nutritional info so you can then find the points plus value? I googled, and this is what I came up with: I would always just calculate each ingredient separately, then add them together: It is so customizable and the options are endless.

FYI — I have nothing to do with the company. I just love the software. I can use in a day etc…I much prefer to have a set amount of numbers to work with…easy peasy!!! Sue, There is a website which you can access on your smartphone browser namely: I use it all the time and I think you will find it useful! Thanks for sharing as I just had my 2nd baby and cannot afford the program.

I calculated my points based on the old program and it is How can iI find out how much would it be now with the new program. Is this even possible at all? Also, if I follow the older version with the older point system, is the points for the food now the same? When I was on the program, is used this nifty site when eating out.

I just bookmarked it on my smartphone. I just started last week and have not seen any changes as of yet: I have been going over my daily allowance but use the extra points from exercising to go back to my allowance… Thoughts? You can do it: If you have an iPad there are some great apps for free or very inexpensive that will do all that for you, they even have scanners to scan bar codes that give you the points right at the store before you even buy the food, that has been truly valuable.

Now if only someone would come up with an electronic tracker that is free life would be so awesome!!! It tracks your daily, weekly and activity points.

You can even search foods and their pp values on there and look for restaurants. I was bouncing between three different android apps trying to keep it all together. My thumbs also thank you: Hi I would also like to get a pp value for foods. Is there an app I can purchase. Can I down load it on to my PC?

Or does it have to be on downloaded on to a phone. What about the additional 49 points each week? I worked for WW for 18 years. It works great, if you stick to it!

I too lost 60lbs in on WW, I had all the supplies and I knew someone that went to the meetings, so she bought me the calculator, however, that was for the regular pts. WW is such a great program!! So, when figuring out how many Points Plus you are allowed daily, do you put in your current weight or do you put in your target weight?

You enter your current weight. With each 10 pounds you lose, reconfigure your daily Points Plus allowance: I have a couple of questions though! Now if you work out then do you get extra points for working off so many calories? Now the only way to caculate the food is with the points calculator right?

For instance if I had small spinch salad and turkey burger for lunch how do i know how many points that was all together? Once again thanks so much: Yes, you do get activity points for working out. Also, for calculating points in recipes, I would always calculate the point value of each ingredient, then tally them up. Hi Ashley, How do you calculate homemade items.

I just made some vegetable beef soup? Also how do you go about figuring out points on earned and what type of things does that include. I calculate home made foods by first calculating the individual ingredients, then totaling them all up at the end: I have a question on the points calculator do I put in my current weight or my goal weight? Thank you sooo much for posting! I am super excited! I am confused on one thing though. I used the calculator above and it says I need 39 points a day.

I used a calculator from another website WW calculator claim and It says I need 32 a day. I would like to do it the right way. I was on WW in and my daily points allowance for my same weight was 24points according to your calculations I should be eating 27points??

Why is their a major difference now? When the plan changed to Points Plus, the daily targets went up, so did many points values especially higher carb foods. The new plan gently pushes you in the direction of making more healthy and satisfying choices.

Mine went from 21 to There is an actual calculator that you could buy through Weight Watchers, or possibly eBay or Amazon. Just gotta search around: You can find a location close to you on weightwatchers.

As a life time member of weight watchers there are some things that you need to know before embarking on this journey without the help of the weight watcher staff. The daily point value that you are supposed to eat is not acurate. The minimum daily point value for everyone regardless of the amount of weight to loose is No one should be eating less than 26 points per day.

You need to make sure you have 2 tsp of healthy oils as well and eat from the 4 food groups every day plus lots of water. Weight Watchers is an awesome program that helps you loose weight the healthy, safe way. I recommend it for everyone and you can eat everything you want just calculate the point values. Its not a diet but a life style.

Good luck on your journey! Thank you so much for posting these tools! I lost 30lbs on weight watchers a couple of years ago and am excited to get started again! Do you happen to know of a recipe builder like tool so that you can put in a recipe and find the point value?

Calorie count will let you build a recipe and give you the nutritional info, which you can then enter into the points calculator. Some that do have points are potatoes, corn, peas….

Comment if you have other questions. Without that , how would you know how much to eat a day? Happy to find your site. A few years back I lost with the old Points system by just following through online resources and some friends. I wanted to find out about Points Plus and you gave me the info. I am currently doing WW online and have lost 40 lbs in 6 months.

Was worried about not having access to the restaraunts, calculater, etc. YOU are a lifesaver. You do get 49 extra points each week to use as you see fit. And exercise, exercise, exercise! Thanks so very much for posting this. I usually follow the meal plan fairly closely, but I was concerned I would miss the tools when I went out to eat and when I occasionally choose a different meal. These tools will fill in that gap nicely. I will also say that, based on what I have seen with online tools over the past year, these tools suggested in this article are accurate for the most part.

Any ideas for how I can follow this successfully? Just do your best to make fresh choices. Stock up on those steam-in-bag single serve frozen veggies if you have a freezer. Keep fruit in your room. A big thing is portion sizing, as well. Protein the size of a deck of cards, tons of veggies, etc.

Whole wheat, whole grain, low fat dressing. Do you have a way to figure out excersize points? Thanks for this awesome post! Fruits and veggies are FREE! But I eat one every day. It definitely helps with the afternoon munchies…. Fruits are not FREE, they are 0 points plus values. Fruit is 0 points. You should get the recommended fruits and vegetables in a day which is servings a day I believe.

Be smart…measure out one portion and then evaluate whether you are still hungry. Is there a pre-existing list of basic foods anywhere? I would also recommend this points plus calculator at http: I also lost a lot of weight with WW a few years ago, then after a long year with two foot surgeries, etc. WW is a great program, when you follow it: There is another free program that is just as good, with added options for your whole health, etc. How many points do you add if you are nursing mom on the Points Plus?

OK… was starting to type and see you found it. I have been looking for something like this I am a new nursing mom: She said it was too expensive to join. In 15 weeks I have lost 30 pounds. I lost about 6 pounds the first week and then after that I averaged pounds. When i exercised I didnt add in any points. I just stuck to my point allowance and the weight came off. Is the points calculator on this site accurate or not?

Thank you so much!!! Now I can hopefully start!!! So you lost Thanks to whoever it was who told me about Shrinking On A Budget. Thanks to Freckleberry Finds for this post too! If I am allowed 26 daily points on points plus, how do I fill out the log? You are such a star for this! All I wonder is if you have a preference for a friendly weight loss forum?

Like a nice community of people helping each other out? Your blog is amazing! Thank you so much. I would suggest checking out http: It gives free points values for foods weight watchers plus as well as restaurant dishes and their point values. Does anyone know it there is a points plus food companion floating around anywhere?

Thanks for the links! I wanted to add that if you go to foodfacts. At the bottom of each product page they tell you how many WW point are in that product. Not sure of to follow please help….. What a great article. You can also add single items to the grocery list. I was looking into WW myself yesterday and thought the same thing.

I was gonna do more research today but you just saved my time. This is a good site to let people know they can do on their own without paying the amount they charge. Keep up the support! Here is my problem. If PointsPlus is now saying that fruit is 0 points, then why when you put the info into the calculator, do they not come up at 0 but more like 2?

Works out better for me. Ty ty ty ty!!! I am a lifetime member to Ww. I made a huge move away from my family and gained 50 s. So its back on Ww. This has been ablessing. Ty so much for all the great info. I lost and maintained for 7 yrs. I just started and I have a long way to go but I will get it done before my vacation in Oct. Thanks heaps for this.

The computer tells me I am severely obese, and i weigh lbs 85kg and am cm tall. I will give your ideas a go and see how I go. How bout where is a list of foods grouped by pyramid categories and measured amounts? I am so glad I found this! I exercise 6 days out of the week so I hope weight watchers will help! Hi any suggestions on how to figure points for the meals you cook at home with your own recipes? Is there a calculator that will allow you to enter the ingredients?

Use this recipe calculator: I am trying to loose about 50lbs by May if possible. I have only lost 4lbs in 2 weeks. Does anyone have any tips for me on what I should eat on a daily basis?? I was thinking about just doing the frozen Weight Watchers dinners is that okay?

Can I ask your opinion? I am a nursing mom; however, my nursling is 15 months old and only nurses once in the morning and once before bed with the occasional daytime feeding. Im not producing enough milk to feel engorged in the slightest, nor enough to make them even a tiny bit firm, even if he skips a session.

Would you even count that as nursing at all? I would count that as part time. I bet someone at La Leche League or another nursing program could give you calorie recommendations for that amount of nursing.

Thak you so much!! D you have saved my life really. Not knowing the difference i went with the old points program. I was allowed 39 points. I found your site, wish I would have found it at the beginning, and it is a great help. I put my numbers in the points plus calculator and I get 56 points. I had to quit when I got pregnant and circumstances do not allow me to rejoin when the baby is born. I have points sliders and such but for the older plan.

Before fruits were free and points values changed. This was a fantastic find. Thank you so much for putting this together. It told me my points should be I played around with the numbers and by adding weight it gave me higher points. I would think the more you had to lose the lower your points would be, not the opposite. Does 26 points for my info sound right? So I just used the formula to calculate my points and I come up with 20 points.

I need all the help I can get…. Thank you for this: However I just wanted to make sure, is the point allowance calculator up to date?

Because on other calculators online I am only getting 26 points as opposed to 33? I did weight watchers before and it was great just need to get motivated to do so again Ifind as you get older harder to loose thanks for posting this you are an angel. I have a question. I am allowed 29 points a day, plus I work out intensely for an hour every day. Is it vital that I use all of my points? Whats your thoughts on this? I have been doing points plus for three weeks now and lost 4 pounds.

I really need to have something on my phone because I will not track if I have to sit down at a computer every day. You are an inspiration!! I have been roaming your blog all morning and have printed out your food log!

So excited to get back on track! A year ago I was right where I wanted to be, I also have Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and it helped me get where I wanted to be but somewhere between summer and holidays I let everything slide and gain everything back! I was so angry at myself and also determined to get back in shape! So thank you for your bravery in letting us see your journey and to follow along in your footsteps!!

Is there a point system for prepared food i. I am so very happy that you posted this! My aunt is in the weight watchers program, and she looks fabulous after doing it for a year.

Thank you so very much for posting this. No need to keep paying out for a service, and with WW you can maintain your healthy weight because you know how to make the right choices. I was on WW back in I lost 40 pounds on it. I maintained that weight until when we became unemployed.

Stress certainly does contribute to weight gain!! I was able to get back to my goal weight in by using the myfitnesspal app. But over the last 3 years I have gain about another 20 pounds My goal weight through ww was I actually got down to So when I went up to I used the fitnesspal to get back down to my goal.

I actually gained about 3 pounds on it. Now, to be fair, I have not be able to exercise for the last 3 years. We changed jobs, had to sell our house and move.

All contributed to the stress of weight gain. I dispise exercising but I would force myself on our treadmil. Since we moved in May of I have put on another 15 pounds bringing my weight up to or so. I refuse to get on the scale. The program that I used in was fantastic. I would love to find that plan again. The points plus just did not work for me. The surger was a failure and I am looking at another surgery in a week to repair a severed ligament and hopefully remove the stump neuroma.

I am looking into doing water areobics but cant do that until I get the knee high cast off in weeks. My thyroid is fine, no other health problems except some major acid reflux that I had back before I originally started WW. It went away after I lost weight. Help me find that please.

I swear I saw it on your page, but now can not find it. Sorry about the novel here. I really like your site but I think you are mistaken about the old Weight Watchers plan and how to calculate the daily points. I believe there was a at the very least, a minimum amount for everyone which was 21 point s a day. Actually you are entitled to 21 points- anything less is very difficult to maintain. I would check with some past members about the old plan to verify your data. Thanks for all the info!

Once you do your homework and create a list of frequently eaten items, this is way too easy. I love your sight and use the activity points link and pt plus calculator link a ton. Today the pt plus calculator does not have the calculator on it!! Did WW get rid of it — argh! Is there another link to it? I have a quick question about how to calculate activity points in a different kind of situation. We were there for 8 hours, and my pedometer says I walked 5.

But if it IS there, let me know! Here is a web site that gives you the points you are supposed to have per day by your age, weight and height, http: I did the old plan before and it worked but im curious about others results with the new program. Thanks Ashley — you are so beautiful and wonderful! I just found your awesomely-helpful site and am sure I can lose this pesky 20 pounds without skipping any mortgage payments: This keeps me Dave Ramsey-intense!

How do I go about getting a points plus calculator? Always wanted to try the weight watchers program just never could afford the program and meeting prices ty for making it where everyone has the chace to get healthy!!!!!! Make sure you bookmark this blog post to refer back! I am so grateful for you right now!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I was going to head out to WW today but, I found you instead. I need that weekly check-in to stay conscious and on track. I also the support of other people. I have lost weight in the past doing WW, but now can not attend meetings and would love to follow the program. I used both the online calculator and the old WW Plan to figure my points and got 43 with the online calculator and 34 with the old WW plan.

Which should I use? I am so happy that I found your website. I am finally facing up to how bad I look and feel about myself because of it. I started at the top and have read down all the comments and everything, and have written down quite a few recommended websites. I find people asking the same questions over and over again, and you are very patient about that.

Your website is awesome, and has really inspired me to get going with this. Going to start this on Sunday! Food has always been an issue for me. There is a way to calculate your weight watchers points ON myfitnesspal! You go to your food diary, click settings, and under nutrients tracked, you put in THIS order: Carbs — Fat — Fiber — Protein — None. Then you just download the plugin http: Then you click the plug in, click edit, change line 10 and 11 to true where it says false.

Thank you for your site… You are right I have not joined weight watchers because of the cost. I participated about 6 years ago and lost weight. I wanted to join again but the prices are kind of high. If you miss a meeting you still have to pay for that meeting you missed. I want to lose 30 lbs. I just want to start off by saying thank you for making this page: Ive gained a total of 50 pounds between my two pregnancys and am having a lot of trouble loosing the weight.

Ive started the WW diet, this will be day 4. So you said all fruits and veg are 0pp with the exception of avocado, but what about potatoes? I am greatful for your information. Stumbled across your web page, briefly read the information and am really impressed. He travels a lot, hence the restaurant food is putting on the pounds. Connie T — Lititz PA. I have browsed your site several times in the last year and finally decided to take the plunge. It was very easy to follow the plan that you have posted here.

I did go to attend weight watchers years ago and was somewhat successful — but you are right, the money is definitely a deterrent. We are going to Hawaii, for our 30th Anniversary, in about 6 weeks and find that is a big incentive for me to stick to this plan. The fact that I can eat fruit or veggies at 0 points when I am feeling hungry really helps.

So after week 1 I am down 4 pounds.

What you should know: I believe in balancing health and happiness.