Can't Lose The Weight- Possible Portion Control Issues?

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Feb 16, 2011 9:57am

PeterJLyons PeterJLyons
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I have been trying to lose weight now for a good 2 years. I’d consider myself overall pretty athletic and active. In addition, I eat fairly healthy throughout the week- Chicken and Brocolli, Protein shakes, a good amount of water, etc. That said, I tend to “fall off the wagon” towards the end of the week and eat poorly- 4 slices of pizza will get into the mix, possibly a big portion of pasta, and in addition beer/wine/some other type of alcohol. Is this what has kept me from losing the weight? I guess I’m surprised that 4-5 days of rigorous activity and good eating is so easily negated by the weekend gluttony. Thanks.

Feb 16, 2011 12:24pm

hawkeyejw hawkeyejw
69 posts

I’ve been stuck in that same rut before, and I know how frustrating it can be! When it comes down to it, Friday-Sunday of undisciplined eating can definitely offset the rest of the week.

i didn’t start to really see results until I got a plan and stuck to it. I can’t stress enough to people how much having a plan helps in getting the progress you’re looking for. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Slow Carb Diet by Tim Ferris. It’s very easy to follow and provides results. It also has the added benefits of providing nice, steady energy and it’s CHEAP!

Good Luck!

Feb 16, 2011 12:30pm

oliver_k oliver_k
79 posts

I Burned 50K Calories! I Lost 5% I Burned 25K Calories! I Ran 100 Miles! I Lost 10% I Lost 35 Lbs! I Lost 20 Lbs! I Burned 5,000 Calories! I Lost 10 Lbs!

Hi Peter,

the “weekend binge” is always a dangerous event to undertake. I am completely leaving this out (of course, I do go on a binge from time to time, but not in a weekly “planned” matter). This takes a lot of discipline I know. This is why I leave the real good stuff, which is still inside the diet plan (like steak etc.) for the weekend. A gratification without regret so to say. On top, reducing alcohol helps a lot, since alcohol (specially beer) tends to make you hungry and thirsty. leading to more fluid input (even if it is just water), but naturally your scale does not know anything about how much water you drank sunday night…

My 2 cents,


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Feb 16, 2011 4:37pm

ThriveFit ThriveFit
1015 posts

I Ran 100 Miles! I Walked 100 Miles! I Did 1,000 Pushups! I Lost 5 Lbs! Conqueror I Burned 50K Calories! Queen of upper body fitness! Elliptiqueen I Burned 25K Calories! Conqueror I Biked 100 Miles! Got Fit W/Adrianna!!! I Burned 5,000 Calories!

You can easily erase your progress during the week with 4 slices of pizza and a few beers. If you do this every weekend you’re not going to hit your weight loss goals.

Do the math:4 slices of a large Meat Lover’s pizza equals 1560 calories. 2 regular beers 300 calories. That’s what a person should eat in one day gone in one meal. Not to mention calories from alcohol cannot be stored and must be utilized first by the body. So if your body needs only those 300 calories, it’s going to store the rest-as fat.

No one is saying you can never have beer and pizza again, but you have to have them not as often and in smaller portions if you are going to be successful in losing weight and keeping it


Feb 16, 2011 5:16pm

hollyruns hollyruns
35 posts

for me its the nightly binge….good throughout the day and then after dinner when the kids are asleep i just want an endless bottle of wine or snacks a plenty! and yes it does undo all the hard works I have done earlier that day! so try to find a way to fit your evil foods in, light beer and thin crust veggie pizza perhaps?

Feb 17, 2011 11:58am

cbibbs cbibbs
26 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs!

One of the key components of programs like weight watchers is accurate logging. The reason being that if you’re just keeping a running tally in your head you’ll inevitably over estimate your exercise and underestimate your consumption. Want proof? Did you intend to put on the weight in the first place?

Log it and you’ll see if you’re really going too far overboard.

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