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Am I too thin for this to work?

I started this diet 6 weeks ago and so far have lost a measly 1lb - which is really ridiculous. I do thoroughly enjoy my cheat days and don't do PAGG or the whole grape/lemon juice thing or the exercises. If you have to do all that then to me it's really not a cheat day.

Anyway, I'm completely strict the rest of the week and eat only protein, beans and veggies for every meal (even snacks) but the weight just isn't coming off. I am 5'4" and 128 lbs and really just want to lose ~5lbs to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Is this not working b/c I'm too close to my goal already? I hate the idea of having to starve to lose weight but sadly I'm afraid that's all that seems to work for me. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Beorn86 commented Dec 8th 2011:

    Post sample meals/exercise regime please

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Hi @4hbwoman. You may be too close to your goal for SCD to give you big numbers, although you will get all of the other health and metabolic benefits regardless. One thing you might want to think about is how you are measuring your progress. If you are only looking at a number on a scale, you won't be able to detect other changes, like fat loss and simultaneous muscle gain. Also, if you are still in estrus, changes in water weight could mask changes in body weight. If you're only going to use a scale, it could take you a couple of months to detect any differences. You can think about taking body measurements as well, or using calipers. But you probably ought to read the "Last Mile" chapter and alter your diet accordingly. You're much more likely to see results with that protocol. Best of luck. E

  • 4hbwoman commented Dec 8th 2011:

    Thanks elquent. I just can't bring myself to do the 'Last Mile' chapter - too regimented for me. I doubt I'm below 15% body fat anyway as I really don't exercise much (besides from 10 mins each morning of ab and leg strength exercises). What is estrus?

  • elquent commented Dec 8th 2011:

    I totally get it - I don't know if I'd want to do Last Mile either. I bet you'll lose those 5 lbs if you persist on SCD a bit longer. If you're only going to use a scale, be patient. This really does work, but like most diets it works most impressively for those of us with more to lose. Consider using kettlebells - they are awesome and help to keep me losing. Also, make sure you're eating enough and drinking enough water. Estrus (estrous, oestrous) refers to the periodic physiological changes induced by reproductive hormones in placental female mammals. In humans it results in the menstrual cycle.

  • 4hbwoman commented Dec 12th 2011:

    Oh - LOL. Well I actually have not really had my estrus lately since I have a four month old baby girl. I'm not breast feeding but I still haven't gotten my period yet. I'm increasing my water, which makes me feel better and I think caused me to lose another pound. Then last week I gained that pound back plus another. It's all over the place really. I guess I'll try not eating beans on my snacks - but I don't want to cut them out all together b/c it isn't healthy to no eat any carbs plus when I eventually stop this I will gain everything back.

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I'm 5'4" too and started at 131.5 pounds on May 16. (I had been averaging 128 for the last few years, but had a weekend of eating and drinking prior to my weigh in) I am now 122. It has taken me 6 months to get here. I have never done the last mile- way too regimented eating for me. I did Atkins once and it totally screwed me up.

This is what I eat: breakfast-3 whole eggs, a meat like bison or Cannadian bacon and 1/2 cup of beans. Lunch: 25 grams of protein, a salad with oil and vinegar and sometimes beans, sometimes more veggies. Dinner is chicken, steak, fish, or whatever, grilled veggies, salad, sometimes beans if I didnt have them at lunch. Sometimes I have a protein shake after I work out but mostly just the 3 meals. I also have some nuts occasionally and have 1-2 or 3 :) glasses of red wine about 4 days per week. I eat whatever I want on cheat day and usually don't do the damage control.

It took me about 2 months to notice any significant weight loss. And even then it was only 4 or so pounds. What I've really noticed is the fat loss I've had. My goal was 118 or 120. And even though I'm not there yet, I feel like my body is better than when I used to weigh 115. This diet has helped me lose weight in the right places. Oh, and I used to be a cardio junkie (5 days of aerobics) along with working out with a trainer 2-3 days a week. The week I got sick and didn't exercise, I broke through to 122. I now weight train 2 days per week, do 1 or 2 step classes and plan tennis on Fridays. I never work out when I'm sore anymore.

Are you exercising too much?

Don't give up and go back to deprivation. If you starve your body, you will lose pounds but not fat.

Give it another few weeks. Take measurements and get your BF tested. This eating plan works and is sustainable fir life. Oh and I'm 51 with thyroid issues and don't eat until 1 hour after waking because og my meds. It will work- just hang in there. Best to you.

  • 4hbwoman commented Dec 8th 2011:

    This is really helpful - thanks for answering. I don't exercise much at all...just a few strength training things for abs and thighs each morning (only about 10mins). I just started drinking much more water - maybe that will help. Maybe it just takes longer for us woman. My BF lost 9lbs in the same six weeks - LOL

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wow @srvinceinteriors your story is pretty damn motivating!! I too am 5'4" !!! haha..... simialr weight!!! I started SCD at about 134lb...currently weighing in between 129-131 ....goal has been 125 and i havent made it there!!! ( one time in April i was at 127lb after a weekend of some drinking ONLY scd foods besides a juicy burger WITH bun one night , an lots of snowboarding, interestingly enough)

anyhow, it's been about 9 months of SCD for me and only 5 lb!! anyhow, it's because for our height and weight we are too damn close to goal weight...and for us it is less about weight than about body recomp. in my opinion..... so ya I also believe that in that time I have lost 4-6 % bodyfat... not entirely sure, going to be weighing myself and measuring my bf this week ( first bf% measurement in a LONG time for me so i am a bit nervous! hahaha)

anyhow- i have stuck with it despite not amazing results... i simply keep experimenting, trying to increase the days between cheatday...and also gonna do last mile for 7-10 days or so and see how that goes before my beach vacation... a bit terrified of last mile but I'll try my best!!! :D

  • Lexi dogon commented Dec 9th 2011:

    i did NOT lose bf.... sigh....26% right now... :(

  • 4hbwoman commented Dec 22nd 2011:

    how do you determine your bf %?

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I am 'reasonably thin' as well. 5'9 and 145lbs, my goal is 133. The difference though is that I'm young, male and active. I've lost 20lbs in 7 weeks.

But I do more of 'the last mile' type of diet ( keto) instead, only eating legumes after workouts 3x a week and I limit cheat days to every 10-14 days because of ketosis and takes supplements (PAGG, cissus on cheat days, l-carnitine) and do ALL damage control when I do take a cheat day.

It might be better for you to do this too, to see results faster. The less carbohydrate you eat, the more bodyfat your body burns (that being as long as your not eating too much to offset this).

You say you eat protein, beans and veggies for every meal as well as snacks. there should be no need to snack on this diet. This means you could be eating too much as well. You only need 3 meals a day, especially as your female.

I say you track your calories and carbs- keep the calories 1200-1600 and carbs below 40, and try extending the time between diet and cheat days a few more days. This will guarantee faster weight loss, I promise. Keep the water intake high, avoid wine and sweeteners and you'll start seeing results sooner :D

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I was wondering the same thing too! But @srvincentinteriors, your story really is motivating. I've been on this since Sept 2011, so over 3 months.

I'm 5"3' and about 120 pounds, and I don't care so much about the number but I'd really like my pants to fit as loosely as when I bought them! I just want to lose a few inches, but I haven't really seen results, though I think I eat a lot healthier on the whole. Anyone who sees me thinks I'm crazy to be on any kind of diet, but I've always had this belly that my pants cut uncomfortably into when I sit, and I'd really love to get rid of it and have a flatter stomach... I'm not aiming for 6 pack or anything. After the first month my pants were slightly looser, but now my stomach is definitely no flatter. :(

I wonder if I'm eating too much in general... I am very strict and eat a lot of veggies, salads and beans, and I have an omelette with 2 eggs, green onion/cilantro/red peppers/etc almost every morning. I get hungry within about 2-3 hours after a meal so I always have almonds or pistachios to munch on, but it seems like having a 3 egg breakfast would be too much for a small person like me. I go pretty crazy on cheat day - I have a normal omelette breakfast but then I go all out and eat all kinds of bread and other carbs for the rest of the day and don't stop until bedtime. I do the damage control to some extent (squats at some point through the day).

Maybe I don't get enough protein? I'm realizing I don't eat much meat - I didn't think it was that critical seeing as how beans have protein. Or maybe I have dinner or snacks too late... sometimes I eat around 9 and go to bed around 10.

Any ideas would be helpful. All the best!

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