View Full Version : Unable to lose weight, even while fasting
05-04-2008, 03:46 PM
Hi there. Has anyone else out there had this problem? After many years of eating "high-raw," about two years ago I think I messed up my metabolism by eating some commercial sweets every day for a couple of months while doing some heavy business traveling.
Within about 2-3 months I put on 30 pounds, and ever since then the weight simply will not come off, no matter what I do. Even when I don't eat at all, I don't lose anything!
I'm at my wit's end. I'm also concerned that my body's refusal to take off weight could signal a serious health problem. Does anyone have any experience with this?
05-04-2008, 04:11 PM
I personally have not had issues with this, but it sounds like something is wrong. It may be that your body is not burning off the way it should. Keep in mind that I am pretty new to all of this as well, and would wait until some of the others here give their own advice as to what to do.
05-04-2008, 04:23 PM
I have the same problem, and some days (like today) I get very depressed about it, and just want to give up - I was this weight pre-raw, eating crap.
But other days I'm fine. it's disheartening, especially since I've tried everything. My blood-work results are coming in a couple days, so maybe I'll get some clues then....
Beyond that, I have no advice. Just keep eating healthfully, exercise and pray.
05-04-2008, 04:55 PM
hmm... it sounds very similiar to my situation. I was really high raw for about 7 months and maintaining my 10 lb weight loss from raw despite my new found sedentary lifestyle due to grad school. Then over the holidays I strayed from raw and gained about 10-12 lbs. I didn't panick because I thought oh well I will go back to my healthy way of eating and it will fall right off like it did the first time. Well, I went back to high raw in Feb. and have had no success at taking it off. So I have been tweaking my diet here and there to see if I can get this weight off and nothing seems to be working. This month I am trying to be 100% raw (by my standards including tea, vinegars, nama and a few other condiments), as well as cutting out alcohol, and getting at least 30 minutes of excercise EVERY DAY (I hope I can make that goal, my grad program is CRAZY). I began the month with a 1 1/2 day liquid fast. So far I have still not lost an ounce, and my face is breaking out like crazy and all I want to do is sleep. So I don't know, I think that going off and on of raw does mess up metabolisms, but that is a little worrysome because I have a lot of travel coming up this summer and it will be impossible to be 100% raw. But I am hoping to at least get the weight off before I start my trips. I know this probly doesn't help, but sometimes it is nice to just hear other peoples experiences. I for one am starting to get desperate, all of my clothes are too tight and I feel awful about myself. 10/12 lbs does not seem like a lot, but on my frame it really is and my ultimate goal is actually a total loss of 20lbs. Good Luck, I hope you find some resoultion.
05-04-2008, 05:03 PM
I have the same issues - my acne is worse than ever, I'm emotional, I'm always fatigued/tired, sometimes I feel worse when I've actually slept.
I've been getting sunshine, b12, 30 min of exercise a day....
I for one am starting to get desperate, all of my clothes are too tight and I feel awful about myself.
Amen. I feel awful, and none of my clothes fit.
05-04-2008, 09:15 PM
In my own personal experience, when my liver and colon were full of toxins and unhealthy it greatly impacted my metabolism and ability to release weight. It could be eating the commercial sweets taxed your liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys. Especially if it was chocolate. What you may need to do is rejuvenate, detox and then rejuvenate again. What I mean by this is...
#1 work on your emotions and visualize yourself releasing weight and increase your water intake
#2, juice feast and get lots of green juices in...research liver cleansing foods (i'm thinking if you like...lots of ginger root and coconut oil added to green smoothies)
#3 your choice of juicing fast for however long you think you need to be on it or just continue to eat raw
#4 if you fast, then continue getting as many greens and nourishing foods post fast into your body as possible (experiment with what seems to work for you - after fasting your body will be a highly tuned instrument as you probably already know from experience)
#5 acupuncture is a great way to move stuck physical/emotional energy in the body and re-energize devitalized organs
#6 exercise...walking, yoga, dance to your favorite tunes....get moving! If you're already moving, move some more! :-)
#7 grapefruit, lemons and limes are great sugar/sweet habit busters!
these are just some suggestions...listen to your body of course and best wishes to you on your journey.
05-04-2008, 10:05 PM
My friend had this problem and she went to get blood work and it came back she was hypothroid. Maybe get some blood work done just to see. Also uping your exercise for 2 weeks straight might help.It is so annoying when it is so hard to lose weight.
05-04-2008, 10:28 PM
I dunno about the OP, but I was worried for awhile that I was exercising "too much" - meaning that I was over exerting, and just releasing too much cortisol from the bodily stress, and thus "holding on to everything". So my new thing right now is trying longer but less exerting exercises, like walking and biking at lower intensity.
05-05-2008, 01:03 AM
We are not medical professionals and therefore cannot really offer advice, but our opinions only.
As I was reading this, the first thing that I got was ...
you need to fast and get you bowels and colon moving. And exercise... vitally important to get some exercise. Now I know that SRD - has exercised a lot and still had difficulty losing weight but... if you are not getting any exercise... it really is important to get the lymphatic fluids moving in your body again.
If you do choose to fast.... regardless of whether you chooose to juice feast or do the Master Cleanse... is a decision you would have to make based on your own personal research.
I completely agree with everything RawHeaven said. It sits right with my spirit and makes total sense.
Fasting is a wonderful way to 'reset' the body's clock so to speak...
blessings and good luck.
05-05-2008, 07:00 AM
I have tried absolutely everything - even when i loose few pounds i gain it quickly , can not keep weight off. My thyroid and years of dieting slow metabolism and nasty fat cells! I am on MC fast now - will see what this can do. I am loosing weight and hoping to switch the "weight gain"off
05-05-2008, 07:09 AM
Liver clogged up maybe? Maybe a liver/gallbladder cleanse would help.
05-08-2008, 04:41 PM
remember it's possible to not eat enough and have that make you keep the weight on. your body goes into starvation mode. also be patient. it takes longer to detox than to tox... remember to move, especially walking your activity level will have a lot to do with your ability to burn calories. and be patient. i know this society is instant gratification, but weightloss takes time!
05-09-2008, 07:18 AM
The constant going on and off fasting can't be helping your metabolism. Your body actually lowers its metabolism when you fast, and there's no guarantee you'll get it back up to normal, especially if you're not ultra-careful with your transition back to food. The yo-yo diet phenomenon works in a similar way, and those people never lose weight either.
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