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Old 01-14-2017, 12:17 PM
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Not losing weight :(

I am a little over 3 weeks sober and have not lost any weight except the bloating water weight. That was the first week. I am exercising(cardio and weights) 4 days a week, eating MUCH better, and sleeping well. My BP is way down as well. The scale will not budge. I was averaging 3 bottles of wine a night. At 500 calories a bottle that is over 10,000 calories a week. How can you cut that out and NOT lose any weight?
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Yah. Early in sobriety, I was talking to someone at a meeting. "Well," I said. "Now that I am not drinking, I will finally lose some weight." He smiled, laughed a little and just said, "Maybe.
He was right. I didn't lose weight until I got into a weight loss program about a year later. You'd think it would just drop off, wouldn't you?
Keep at it. Sometimes when we stop smoking or drinking, food just tastes better, and we eat more. Watch your portions and keep doing the cardio. Peace.
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I exercise a lot and still gained weight over the holidays. I know I'm healthier for exercising and being sober, so I stay the course
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just keep it up. remember you could be gaining muscle and losing fat...check your inches. also make sure your diet has changed
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I started weight watchers last year simultaneously with getting sober. O lost 43 pounds, and have managed to keep it off. I am now just sticking to a fairly healthy eating routine, and exercising.

I know that giving up wine helped to lose that weight, but I think paying attention to what I was eating helped as well.

Great job on three weeks sober!!
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:36 PM
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My personal belief is that when I was drinking I was malnourished. How could I not be?

When I quit drinking my body had a lot of repairing to do. My take on it is that my body was saying, "Holy moly, actual food. Store the nutrients! Repair the cells, who knows how long this will last? That last famine was a doozy."

I concentrated on eating a very nutritious diet and I also ate a lot more carbs than I used to - it took me nearly a year to start to lose again. I was about 10-12 pounds above my healthy BMI range when I quit, so it is slow going to lose when there isn't much to lose anyway.

It's gone now. Patience, lola. I know that's not something that comes easily to a newly sober person.
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Old 01-17-2017, 01:59 PM
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This nursing student is going to apologize in advance.... I can't help myself.

You won't burn fat as long as you still have carbohydrate stores to burn through.

We stopped drinking, so we decreased our intake of carbs. But we drank a lot, and we drank for a long time, so we have stored up a metric butt ton of carbs...

When you eat a carb, your body breaks it down in to glucose which stays in the blood for immediate energy and converts the rest to glycogen which gets stored in the liver. After a while, we run out of room in there, too. The excess glycogen gets stored as fat throughout your body and so that is why we have put on weight.

Okay so we quit drinking and then maybe we limit our carbs from food, too. And we start exercising. We are expending more calories than we are consuming and intuitively we should be losing weight.

For one thing, you probably went from no exercise to now exercising and you're putting on muscle. Even if you're just walking on the treadmill, you're building muscle, so you may even gain a little bit, which makes it look on the scale like nothing's happening. But some weight probably did come off.. just muscle got put on.

Your body needs energy to exercise, so it's going through any glucose you have readily available and then turning to your liver for backup, glycogen. Only once your glycogen stores are depleted will your body then start to burn up the glycogen it stored as fat.

You can make this happen by completely eliminating carbs from your diet, and eating mostly protein and FAT. Your have nothing for immediate energy, it has to pull it out of storage.

We also might have developed some insulin resistance, meaning we overloaded our system with carbs so much for so long that the pancreas gave up throwing insulin at it... it goes "crap, this is exhausting, breaking all this down in to glucose and glycogen when she's not even using the glucose part, she's not DOING ANYTHING, let's just save energy and throw it all in storage".. that's like my cartoon version of what happens with insulin resistance.. lol..
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Brenda, We need you to have your own thread so we can gain info on how to lose weight! I loved what you wrote! Thank you!!!
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I was having the same frustration because I was going to the gym a lot.. but I was still eating spaghetti and drinking soda! I completely cut those two things, and in fact I stopped going to the gym out of sheer laziness, and I have now lost twenty pounds. I need to lose 35 more. I just had to be patient for fat burn to kick in, but also had to give up my "I deserve it because I quit drinking" indulgences. Don't rush to do that. lol
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I think I actually gain a few pounds. Then it seems to drop again after awhile.
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:39 PM
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thanks Brenda- I was wondering why I reach a plateau and then I start loosing again.

Anytime I go on a diet it takes 4-6 weeks to start seeing any results and then I have a big drop all at once. It's weird.

congrats on 3 weeks Ustacallmelola.
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First year of sobriety (last year), I gained 25#. I was binge eating candy and ice cream every Friday and Saturday night. Used the "at least I am not drinking" excuse for 10 months. So far this year (18 days), I have lost 14#. I am switching to a ketogenic diet (Adkins/High fat low carb). Basically along the lines of what Brenda described. I need to give my pancreas a break.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:45 AM
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I too thought I'd lose weight when I quit drinking gargan-shee-en amounts of wine. Unfortunately I switched to sugar and thus my eating disorder went into full gear.

I'm happy to report that with the help of HP and the Steps, I am now in recovery in every area of my life. No easy task, but worth it!

Ustacallmelola, congrats on getting sober. Please stay with it. Be gentle with yourself about weight loss/gain for now. Your body will adjust.
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Originally Posted by BrendaChenowyth View Post
This nursing student is going to apologize in advance.... I can't help myself.

You won't burn fat as long as you still have carbohydrate stores to burn through.

We stopped drinking, so we decreased our intake of carbs. But we drank a lot, and we drank for a long time, so we have stored up a metric butt ton of carbs...

When you eat a carb, your body breaks it down in to glucose which stays in the blood for immediate energy and converts the rest to glycogen which gets stored in the liver. After a while, we run out of room in there, too. The excess glycogen gets stored as fat throughout your body and so that is why we have put on weight.

Okay so we quit drinking and then maybe we limit our carbs from food, too. And we start exercising. We are expending more calories than we are consuming and intuitively we should be losing weight.

For one thing, you probably went from no exercise to now exercising and you're putting on muscle. Even if you're just walking on the treadmill, you're building muscle, so you may even gain a little bit, which makes it look on the scale like nothing's happening. But some weight probably did come off.. just muscle got put on.

Your body needs energy to exercise, so it's going through any glucose you have readily available and then turning to your liver for backup, glycogen. Only once your glycogen stores are depleted will your body then start to burn up the glycogen it stored as fat.

You can make this happen by completely eliminating carbs from your diet, and eating mostly protein and FAT. Your have nothing for immediate energy, it has to pull it out of storage.

We also might have developed some insulin resistance, meaning we overloaded our system with carbs so much for so long that the pancreas gave up throwing insulin at it... it goes "crap, this is exhausting, breaking all this down in to glucose and glycogen when she's not even using the glucose part, she's not DOING ANYTHING, let's just save energy and throw it all in storage".. that's like my cartoon version of what happens with insulin resistance.. lol..

I love learning about the science. Feel free to break it down more.
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It takes time. I asked myself the same questions as you. I stated walking more for exercise and started losing. I have lost 9 pounds since I stopped drinking last June. Hang in there, watch your carbs.
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Hey there I would advice you to change your diet and follow a fitness guide which will help you to loose weight.
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Hey what are you doing right now to lose weight? Are you using any products which helps to lose weight? For me, I worked hard and get up early from bed. And then walk at least 2 hours at a time.
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it really depends on what you are eating now?

a lot of alcoholics are malnourished while drinking. and while removing the calories of the drink they are usually replaced by food.
also alcohol has a lot of sugar in it which can create sugar cravings which is a common alignment of early sobriety

be patient. a month is no time really for the transition your body has just started
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Originally Posted by Ustacallmelola View Post
I am a little over 3 weeks sober and have not lost any weight except the bloating water weight. That was the first week. I am exercising(cardio and weights) 4 days a week, eating MUCH better, and sleeping well. My BP is way down as well. The scale will not budge. I was averaging 3 bottles of wine a night. At 500 calories a bottle that is over 10,000 calories a week. How can you cut that out and NOT lose any weight?
Truth is that most people that sober up put a little weight on. A trip to a 28 day treatment hospital proves the point.

Noted -- you are now doing many good things for your mind, body and soul -- keep up the good work.

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Thanks for sharing all the info.....I've been experiencing the same frustration....but then I can be a bit impatient!

I try not to pay too much attention to the scale, as it can be really discouraging. It sucks, but the feeling from not going to the gym sucks even more....then it just gives my AV more ammunition to slip again. Thanks everyone for being here
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