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Weight loss advice?

Discussion in 'Self Care and Healthy Lifestyles' started by Artinnio, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Artinnio

    Artinnio Member

    Hello everyone, I haven't been on here for a while but I need weight loss help.

    So, I'm a 20 year old man, 5ft7 tall and I weigh in at about 83kg, I only eat 2 meals a day (lunch and tea) but some days I might have an occasional snack. I go to the gym every day, but I can't loose any of the weight I gained from antidepressants. I've also started up a new job so I am exhausted when I get back home. Does anyone have any advice? Tips? Antidepressants are supposed to make you feel better, not give you another reason to hate your body. My regime and meals are down below:

    My meals tend to be soup for lunch and whatever the family prepares for tea, usually a vegetable dinner.

    This is my regime:
    Rowing machine (1000m), Treadmill (1-2 alternate, medium jog for 15 minutes), Adaptive Motion Trainer (light intensity, long stride for 15 minutes)
    Chest press, Lat pulldown, Seated row, cattlebell, standing dumbbell triceps extension, leg pushes and leg curls (all 3 sets and 10 reps on highest weight I can lift) with a 5 minute cooldown on a bike.
  2. Cicada 3301

    Cicada 3301 Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I'm close to your age, height and weight. Firstly if it is causing you to put on weight and you are finding that healthy eating and regular exercise (as you are doing) is not working then I would mention it to your doc to see if there is alternative medication for you. Is it mirtazapine by any chance?

    I would have said it's possible your workouts are not strenuous enough but if you are doing weights as well as rowing/jogging that's well above what the average person would do. The only thing I can think is that your food intake is too low and your metabolism is very low as a result. I still doubt that no results would show. You are working out on a very small amount of food which may be causing your exhaustion.

    If you feel you are eating enough and working out moderately record your daily food and drink intake plus any workouts, medications, etc and include the times you did this for a week. You can then show it your doctor or another healthcare professional. If there are trainers at the gym ask them if there is any reason you are not seeing results given your workout regime and eating habits (plus medication if you feel comfortable). They are normally very helpful if not up themself.
  3. Freya

    Freya Loves SF Staff Member ADMIN SF Author

    It sounds counter intuitive but I think any doctor would tell you that you are not eating nearly enough and it is messing with your metabolism. Speak to your doctor anyway because if you are that tired chances are that it is lack of nutrition but it could also be a thyroid issue.

    Remember that as you build muscle from weights your body fat percentage may go down but your weight may not as muscle weighs more than fat.
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  4. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Can y ou get your doctor to send you to a nutritionist specialist one that can set you up on a proper diet that will help your metabolism not slow it down Like said if you eat less sometimes that will cause more harm You have to eat three proper meals to keep your metabolism working not slowing down.
  5. Try looking into digestive enzymes that might help break down unwanted fat that is being stored elsewhere. Perhaps a supplement that has a lipotrophic agent in it. Good luck!
  6. Gergin

    Gergin Well-Known Member

    Hi, six months ago I was 180lbs. I lost 30lbs and gained 10 pounds in muscle. I actually just did a lot of strength training and ran a mile everyday.

    As for the meals I ate every 3 hours which added up to 2000 calories a day. I replaced my lunch with a gainer drink then transitioned to a protein meal shake. Which was high in calories.
    Also I would avoid eating soups cause they tend to have a lot of carbs.

    Since we're close to each other measurements, I recommend eating around 2000 calories a day and maybe add some strength training into your routine. You would lose a pound every week if so. Cut the calories by 500 and you would lose 2 lbs a week.
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  7. Gergin

    Gergin Well-Known Member

    Also I was on Prozac ,to help control my anger and depression, while transitioning into my healthy lifestyle. So I believe you can lose weight and become a healthier better version of yourself too. Good luck. I'll keep you I my prayers.
  8. ThePhantomLady

    ThePhantomLady Safety and Support SF Supporter

    My dietary knowledge stems from working at a CHILDREN's Obesity clinic, so bear in mind that child and adult weight loss is very different.

    But the clinic I worked with was world famous for their results with their regiments.

    A key stone was to eat 6 meals every day. If your body is hungry it counteracts the weightloss, several systems in your body might think there's a famine on and will start to stock up on fat and energy, and rather lose muscle mass.

    Obviously the food should be healthy, wholegrain, low fat, lots of fiber, but I am sure you already know that.

    Sugary drinks are pretty much banned, limited to one glass per week, provided you eat no sweets.

    Even dried fruit is off the table, as it contains just as much sugar as most varieties of candy. Nuts are fatty too, and should be moderated.

    I can't remember all of it, but these are the key points... I was 'only' a secretary after all.
  9. stream26

    stream26 New Member

    For fat loss goals your priorities are:
    1. Diet
    2. Diet
    3. Weight training
    4. Cardio (a distant 4th)
    Best piece of equipment to lose stomach fat: vegetables.. Forget about snacks , drink beer only on weekends in reasonable quantities.
    Bottom line is that you're concentrating on the least important factor in achieving your goals. And unless you're willing to invest a amount of money for a home gym your best bet is to start off at a commercial gym. Saying you don't have time is an excuse. If it's not important enough then save yourself a lot of time and stay overweight/out of shape.
  10. Frances M

    Frances M Mountain Woman

    I gained nearly 100 pounds on anti-psychotics back in 2003/2005. I was simply unable to lose the weight until I got off them because they slowed my metabolism down so much that even eating a normal diet for my age/weight/gender caused me to gain. When I started to lose, I had to do everything possible to increase my metabolism, and I was still taking anti-d's. In my case, I made sure to eat three good meals a day, drink lots of water, do cardio and weights (daily). I would alternate, one day upper body weights, next day lower body weights but I never skipped a day. Unfortunately though I continued to have a metabolic disorder and the only way I could lose was over two hours a day of working out. I did manage it and lost 97 of those pounds over a 3 years period. Now, I've gained back about 30 pounds, but I've reached a spot where I'm not gaining anymore and I can keep the same weight with my diet and greatly reduced exercise regime. I eat twice a day now with a snack before bed, and do maybe 30 minutes of walking or biking each day with stretching. I'm 48. Good luck on the weight loss, just be patient with yourself. One thing though, I only weighed myself once a month because the fluctuations were too erratic. I just needed to see a loss, even if it was just one pound a month!
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  11. draws

    draws Well-Known Member

    You have AMAZING perseverance! Would you consider yourself self-disciplined?
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  12. Frances M

    Frances M Mountain Woman

    Absolutely NOT lol...well, okay, I DID have a lot of self-discipline during those years when I lost it all. Now though...I'm just careful. I still eat sweets, pizza, lots of cheese...but I counter that with having a salad-dinner twice a week, having a light breakfast, being active, like walking the dogs and doing a morning cardio and stretch routine, but it's not more than half an hour and I only do it 'most' days I'd say. I weigh myself occasionally, but I know just from the way I feel if I'm gaining again. When that happens, I cut out the fats for a while until I'm back on track. It doesn't mean all that much to me as it used to, but my goal now is to stay healthy, not thin!
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  13. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Seeing is Believing Forum Pro SF Supporter

    Eh I don't stick with my diet enough those days but am searching for that happy medium where I eat whatever I wanna just in moderation