Has Anyone Lost Lots Of Weight And Kept It Off?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
January 13, 2010 5:45pm CST
I ask this question because I have read many times that there are people who may lose (as an example) a couple of stones in weight.. it makes no difference if that weight is lost over a short or longer period of time the end result is always the same...the weight comes back eventually, or (worse still) the weight gain is more than it was before the diet started. Is this true? Is there anyone out there that has lost lots of weight, whether it be due to illness, Diet Pills, a new healthy regime...anything...and the weight has stayed off? I am due for a blood test on Monday to see if I have an under-active thyroid (or I may even be diabetic as it runs in the family). If I have nothing wrong with me then I will HAVE to go on a diet as my love handles are now becoming love boulders and I worry about my weight from a health perspective. I once took Diet Pills about 3 years ago and they did work as they suppressed my appetite. After a while they didn't agree with my bowels (if you get my drift) so I stopped using them after a month or so. Unfortunately, I don't have any weighing scales so I have no idea how much I lost and how much I have gained...but one thing I do know, I am bigger than I was before I started the diet. I do admit that I am not as active as I used to be due to unemployment but my weight usually levels out whatever I do. I don't try to worry too much about it but I will worry more if the blood test doesn't tell me anything. What I need is some encouraging stories from fellow MyLotters, any takers?
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• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Jan 10
Hi Jane, i am in the process of losing weight this year. when i reached my ideal weight i will try my best to maintain it. my blood tests were normal. i'm worried too about having any diabetes of hypertension since it runs in the family. but thanks god i am fine. that's why i am being so conscious now with my intakes. good luck.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Jan 10
Thanks very much. I will let you know how I get on. The blood test itself will be on Monday, then I shall ring up to find out the results. Even if nothing shows up I will still book another appointment with the doctor as that is what he has told me to.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
In my case in lose weight then I gain that weight again. It always temporary and it is hard for me to maintain it. This year I'm motivated to lose weight again because I'm bit worried about my hormonal imbalance. I need to lose weight because last holidays I gained weight again because of the overflowing of flood it hard not to eat.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 Jan 10
I know what you mean about eating on holiday. We tend to go a bit overboard don't we? I have found out recently that I do not have a hormonal imbalance (as far as the reproductive area is concerned) so the fasting blood test I'm having on Monday will determine if I have anything else wrong with me instead..possibly an under-active thyroid or diabetes. Whatever happens, (as another poster said) a lifestyle change is probably called for.
14 Jan 10
Well I did lose about 20Kg in weight and managed to keep it off for a whole two years, done through basically taking up cycling. I would still eat as much as I did before but because I really got into cycling everywhere, building up from struggling to ride just a couple of miles to regularly doing 50 miles or more bike rides just for fun, the weight stayed off. I did say that I kept it off for two years and the only reason it returned with avenagence was that a back injury forced me to give up cycling and any form of impact exercise. So to encourage you I would say if you can find some sort of activity which you can really get into and enjoy, such as bike riding, power walking or even gardening I am sure you will be able to lose any weight and keep it off without it feeling like you are having to do something unwanted just to achieve it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Jan 10
Your response is very interesting as I used to cycle A LOT myself. It all started in the 1990s when I had to take the bus to work, which was about 3-4 miles away..no great distance but the bus was taking sooo long that I thought to myself, "surely it would be quicker riding a bike to work" so I bought a decent one that was fairly easy to ride..and became hooked on bike-riding! Besides riding to and from work I would also ride my bike again after my tea, usually along the Promenade (in Blackpool) as it's flat and an absolute joy to fly down there fast! The roads have always been good in Blackpool because of the many tourists that descend on the place. However, since coming to Carlisle in July 2005 I can honestly say that I've only been out on my bike twice. The reasons? Apathy and the state of the roads, they are really bad in Cumbria and the traffic is appalling everywhere. At least in Blackpool I knew where the quieter roads were, here there aren't any...and so many cobbles as well, they do my head in. I would dearly love to ride my bike again but the roads would have to improve 100% from the state they are in now. As far as my weight goes; I was still big but nowhere near as big as I am now...but there again it was over 10 years ago. It's a shame you have had to give up because of your back, it's such a great exercise to do because it's fun and the freedom associated with it is awesome!
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15 Jan 10
That's what I miss the most the freedom of it all, just getting on my bike and heading off, often not knowing where I was going and stopping off somewhere and having a drink before heading home. I remember once ending up cycling about 70 - 80 miles one day as I just kept on cycling without a care in the world, one of the best days of my life. Something which I use to do and maybe you could do with the roads round your way being so poor, is to strap the bike to the car head off somewhere and go cycling round somewhere different. For me I use to take the trip upto Rutland Water once a month to take in the different scenery and the quieter roads were a joy to cycle on.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
14 Jan 10
well, don't think of it as a DIET, that is a temporary thing, think of it as a life style change. I've lost, since the first of June, 45 lbs. This is the most I've ever lost - previous record was 40. The food changes I've made has been the choices that the dietitian gave the roomie before she had the gastric bypass done last month. They wanted her to lose 35-40 lbs. She lost 50 before they did the surgery and has now lost almost 20 more. I've just stuck to the diet, but I need to increase my exercise to get me over the "hump" of only going down a pound at a time lately. Still, I just have to say, this is how I will eat for the rest of my life, and live with it - I can do it, and if I can get down another 50-70 lbs it would be great. So, tell me, how much IS a "stone." I've heard its like 14 lbs...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Jan 10
Yes, you are quite right, there are 14 lbs to a stone and I reckon I'm at least 3 stone overweight but will find out if that is down to an under-active thyroid (or other factors) next week. Either way I shall see the doc and probably pluck the courage up to weigh myself as I always talk myself out of it if I'm ever at the in-laws' house (they have scales in the bathroom). Yes, you are right, it would be a lifestyle change whatever I choose to do and i'm glad you are doing well with your new regime.
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
14 Jan 10
The most weight I have ever lost is 13 pounds. I kept about half of it off. I did the Atkins diet to achieve that weight loss. Right now I am on Weight Watchers. I have lost 1 1/2 pounds so far, I have been on it for a week and 2 days so that is not bad. The plan is so flexible too that I am certain that I can stick to this diet more than I have any other diet. I can basically eat what I want but everyting is worth points so you have to stay under a certain amount of points every day. The first couple of days were hard, but now I know what to do to keep from being hungery. I am hoping to lose 15 to 20 pounds total.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Jan 10
Is it a "group" thing with Weight Watchers or can you do it by yourself, sorry for being so ignorant on the subject. Good luck!
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
25 Jul 10
I am gaining weight as i am lean.