Five Pounds


Posted by Zutphen on 3 months ago It seems very difficult to lose just 5 pounds. I have a 16 oz glass of juice, way more veggie than fruit, twice a day and a sensible salad for lunch. Do I really have to switch to 4 glasses of juice and no salad in order to get results? I have one mug of coffee in the morning and drink water and coconut water throughout the day. So far I've only lost one pound in one week. My Fitbit shows that I average over 10,000 steps / day and average 7.5 hrs sleep / night. I exercise at the gym 4x/week. I'm 72, am 5'9, and weighed in at 135.4 this morning. That is a healthy weight for my height but I'm sick of all my clothes feeling tight in the hips. Is there any special advice to people who only have 5 pounds to lose?

This topic contains 5 replies, has 1 voices, and was last updated by Zutphen 1 month ago.

Replies To Five Pounds

  • Midnight

    3 months ago

    You have my utmost sympathy. I have to lose 10-15 pounds and I think it takes longer if you only have a small amount. I have heard that not eating enough could be a problem or not getting enough fat so the body tends to hang onto the weight.

    I was on the keto diet for 2 months and never lost a pound which is frustrating to go on a program and read about all the success stories and not get anywhere. I hope you have found some answers by now. I am tired of my clothes being tight and having clothes i can't fit into. good luck to us.

  • Zootal

    3 months ago

    At our age it seems to be harder to loose weight. Not sure why, maybe our metabolism is just slowing down compared to the younger generation? Also, that last five pounds of fat may not really be fat. If it does not come off fairly easily, you might have run out of fat to burn. That is a dangerous place to be, because when we run out of fat to burn, our body turns to muscles and organs. Very dangerous.

    In the end, I found that with me it all comes down to calorie input and activity level. If I am not active, then two quarts of juice a day plus some coconut water and a protein supplement, and I do not loose weight. At all. The juice and coconut water and protein supplement adds up to enough calories to keep me from burning fat.

    The standard answer is to drink more juice and drink more water, but all that did for me was cause me to gain weight and have to go pee 3 or 4 times an hour.

    YMMV - what works for me may not work for you, but this is what I do to loose weight:

    Breakfast - fruit with home made yogurt (keeps gut bacteria alive and healthy)
    Lunch/snack - two pints of juice.
    Dinner - pint of juice with protein supplement, sometimes a bowl of broth.

    Any more than this, and I do not loose weight.

  • WalterDuke

    1 month ago

    I think you can try detox tea. Recently one of friends told me about this magical drink which is very much effective to lose weight in less time. It clears out the excess waste from your body and allows your system to function more efficiently. Overall, your health will increase when you commit to detoxing your system. Detox is also available to shop online.

  • Zutphen

    1 month ago

    Update: I started this thread 2 months ago. Not that it's popular. Not that most folks have sympathy for a 5 pound struggle. But, for what it's worth, to record that I'm still on this thing. I still juice all mornings and all evenings and have a very sensible lunch that includes a protein, usually lean meat such as turkey or fish. My Fitbit shows a very slow downward trend of little two tenth increments and finally I'm down another two pounds. That's 3 out of 5 and months in the making. It's been long and slow. Cheats are only the routine morning coffee and an occasional glass of red wine before my evening juice. No desserts. No bagels. No pizza. I can't help being disappointed. And we are about to begin what for us is the entertainment season. We have concert tickets, opera tickets, theater tickets spaced out over the academic year and each one spells dinner in an upscale restaurant. On those days I switch my two juices to breakfast and lunch but restaurant dinners almost always set me back. I was in Nashville over the summer and ordered shrimp and grits. They were the most delicious grits ever. I asked the secret and the waitress told me every portion had at least a tablespoon of butter but the real secret was lots of heavy cream. I stopped eating them.

    Walter, I'm going to look into detox tea and how to use that to advantage.

    Zootal, our personal plans are similar. I agree to metabolism slowdown. Until age 50 or so I could eat anything I wanted (I had healthy wants by any standards) and not gain weight. But I maintain that this is fat to lose. I can pinch an inch just below navel, and as I go down in these tiny increments the clothes are gradually less and less tight around hips and abdomen. Meanwhile I cook 3 normal meals a day for my husband who can still eat these plus beer and chips and ice cream when he pleases and stay skinny. At least he is properly sympathetic.

  • Zutphen

    1 month ago

    So, Midnight, are you another cat person? I love my cat but the one I had before her I rescued before he had his eyes open and he became the cat-love of my life. 4 years ago he died age 19.

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