Sugar free, and still not much change

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Sugar free, and still not much change
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Sat, 04-27-2013 - 9:00am

I'm feeling really frustrated. I want to lose about 10 pounds, and I decided to go ahead and make a huge change in order to do it. 6 weeks ago I cut refined sugar out of my diet. I don't eat dessert, and I even avoid ingredients with sugar in them (like ketchup). One day a week, I do have a cheat day on which I eat dessert with my family after dinner, but that's all. It's been very, very hard, especially the first couple weeks. I also started exercising 30 minutes 3 days a week, mostly body-weight exercises, like push-ups and squats. I've been a huge sugar addict for years, and I thought for sure those 10 pounds would come right off without it. I weigh myself once a week, and this is what it's looked like so far: 

Week 1: -1.5 lbs

Week 2: +0.2

Week 3: -0.2

Week 4: -0.2

Week 5: -0.7

Week 6: +0.7

Six weeks of dedicated diet and exercise (seriously, I've been good), and I've lost less than 2lbs? I haven't noticed any changes in body shape either. I'm starting to question whether I should just go back to my sugar-scarfing ways and assume those 10 lbs will always be with me, but it was so hard to make the diet change that I'm reluctant to give up. But I'm so frustrated. I just want to see some actual progress to make me feel like the sacrifice is worth it. Any suggestions?

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Sat, 04-27-2013 - 4:06pm

Hi, I saw your post's title on the main page "hot topics" and decided to give it a stab.

How much has your calorie intake and expenditure changed? And if you lost that 10 pounds would you still have excess weight? When you are close to your ideal weight it can be very hard to lose the last few pounds.

You said you were a sugar addict but didn't indicate how many calories a day you were previously consuming from refined sugar. Or if you are making up those calories with other foods that don't have refined sugar.

Also the exercise may not be enough to make a difference. It sounds like you are doing strength training types of exercises which is good for increasing your muscle mass but to really burn calories you need to do aerobic exercise like jogging, fast cycling, zumba, etc, something that gets your heart rate up for a sustained period.

Health wise its great that you have cut out the sugar! Don't go back. My suggestions are to log everything you eat for several days to see how many calories you are taking in. Then you can see if you need to cut back, or make some changes to the types of foods you are eating. There are lots of websites and apps to help you track calories, figure out how many calories you should eat per day to achieve a certain weight loss, and estimate how many calories you are burning from your exercise. Sparkpeople and Fitday are two suggestions.

Good job on cutting out the refined sugar, I know how hard that must have been. 

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Registered: 02-13-2007
Sun, 04-28-2013 - 3:23pm

Thanks, Elc11. Sorry this might be long, but I'll try to answer your questions.

I really was quite crazy about sugar, especially chocolate milk. I averaged 2-3 glasses a day. I snacked on chocolate chips once or twice a day (a small handful each time). I made cookies/cupcakes/brownies with my kids a couple times a week, and ate a number of those. And in the evening I would have a bowl of ice cream with my husband several times a week. If there was candy or anything in the house (especially chocolate), it just called to me until I ate it, and I almost always grabbed a candybar or donut from the grocery store when I went shopping alone (only once or twice a month).

Even with all of that, I've been 5'7" and 135-140lbs for years, which isn't bad. I haven't been very good about exercising since my son was born in 2010, but I take the kids on walks or swimming several times a week. It's not exactly aerobic exercise, since I go at their pace. DH and I decided to start working out together, which is mostly why I do body weight and some free weight exercises. I like them, but DH has seen a nice change and I haven't seen anything. I'd like to see my leftover pregnancy belly and saddlebags go away. I just decided on 10 lbs, figuring that would do the trick. If they go but the scale doesn't budge, I'll still be thrilled.

That's the main reason I decided to drop the sugar. I knew I was eating way too much of it, and I figured it would make a big difference if I cut it out. I still snack a couple times a day, but I have a piece of string cheese or a small handful of almonds. At night, sometimes I have a bowl of low-fat cottage cheese and a few prunes, or some unbuttered popcorn. I feel like my snacking has gone way down, although I haven't kept a list.

I don't usually make a big effort to cook low-fat. I use olive and canola oil, butter, cream, etc. when they're called for. However, I cook everything from scratch. I've been out to eat twice in the last year. I don't like vegetables much, so I don't always eat them. I've been eating more fruit since I stopped the sugar, but I could definitely do better.

I don't think I'll go back to eating sugar again, at least not for the forseeable future. I wavered most of the day yesterday (it was weigh-day, and I was so discouraged), but I held on. I'm feeling better today, though I'm still frustrated. I guess my expectations were off. I just thought that since I didn't have a lot to lose, and since I ate so much sugar, cutting it out would just melt off those problem areas without any other effort.

I'll try keeping a log of what I eat, and adding in some cardio with my exercises. Those are some good ideas. Maybe something will finally get rid of those last few pounds!

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Wed, 05-08-2013 - 12:17pm
Hi Winter_Glitter! I'm new here, but I totally relate to what your are saying.. I LOVE sugar. Mostly chocolate- seems like that is how you are too. I have seriously tried to cut down myself and it's so hard! I have been doing more cardio than weight training and I haven't seen much change on the scale, but I do see a change in the way my clothes fit, and my belly is getting smaller. Maybe you should try that? Incorporating more cardio- like mentioned above. Even if you feel like the scale isn't moving I would really advise you to not give up and start eating all the sugar again- even if the weight isn't coming off you are doing a lot of good for the inside of your body. Sugar can have a lot of adverse effects on the body. I read this really good article (http://healthdivas.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/shortcut-to-stop-sugar-and-starch.html ) that kind of helped me understand what the sugar addiction was all about. Maybe you can see if that helps you too! Good luck :)