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Nutella 10-01-2013 04:47 PM

Slow losses - feeling discouraged
Hi, I am 3 months in to this woe and I have got it down. I count, I eat all of my dd calories and most of the ud cals too. I have been walking/hiking at least 45 mins-1hr 3x week. My hunger is totally gone and I feel in control of myself, BUT the losses are sooo slooowww. I only lost 2lbs this month which is disheartening.

Is there anything I can do to speed up losses? I am thinking JUDDD may be further damaging my metabolism. Trying to hold on, but considering calorie cycling as a method to speed up losses a bit. I am not looking for super fast losses, but 2 lbs just won't cut it for me...I lose motivation.

Advice? Would love to hear from other slow losers!


Carly 10-01-2013 05:01 PM

What are your UD and DD calories? I always did lower than 20% DD. I felt that helped me, but let's hear the numbers you are currently using.

Oh, can we have your age, height and gender?

Nutella 10-01-2013 05:18 PM


Currently I keep UD around 1900 and this is a challenge for me daily. DD is max 400 and I eat all of those calories. I do not feel I can go lower on DD...I eat only dinner.

Nutella 10-01-2013 05:19 PM

To clarify...I struggle to get all of my UD cals, not from going over.

ravenrose 10-01-2013 07:38 PM

of course it's always mentioned to have your thyroid function checked, not just TSH but also Free T3 and Free T4. can be hard to find a doc to deal with these things though if that's your issue.

LoCarbGal 10-01-2013 10:14 PM

Nutella, your weight is pretty near mine, and the calories you're eating are almost exactly what I'm trying to stick to, and I've been losing pretty well. But I'm 5'4" and almost 47, so your numbers may differ.

I'm sorry you're feeling frustrated and that your losses feel slow. I do have stints of weeks where I don't lose anything too. Once you find your sweet spot on calories and what to eat that works best for you (it takes time but is totally worth it) you will likely be sold for life. Especially since you're enjoying all the other aspects of this WOE. I sure hope you'll keep experimenting so you can find your perfect form of JUDDD.

Sirtain 10-02-2013 06:25 AM

What were your losses in the first two months? Your body may just be stabilizing before it is ready to let go of some more weight. here's how my pattern went over the first 7 months:

As you can see, I've had slow months, too, including a two-pound month. But the total is 33 pounds. If your body acted similarly, you'll be almost at your goal in spring time. Then you'll look back and laugh at that 2-pound month. Hang in there!

elphie124 10-02-2013 06:37 AM

I'm not sure how strenuous your exercise is, but you may consider adding calories to see of that helps. You never know! Tweak until you find what works for you.

adillenal 10-02-2013 07:32 AM

I lost about 1/2 pound or less per week on my weight loss journey. And some months I did not lose at all. I am now at goal and perfectly happy. Yes, it took me a long time but I have been on maintenance for 6 months at least now. Slow and steady wins the race. Us turtles are as happy being slender as those hares that ran all the way to the finish line.

piratejenny 10-04-2013 02:10 PM


Originally Posted by Nutella (Post 16626510)
I am not looking for super fast losses, but 2 lbs just won't cut it for me...I lose motivation.

Unless you know another WOE on which you definitely lose weight faster and would prefer for maintenance (possibly for the rest of your life)--my advice is STICK WITH 2LBS PER MONTH!!!

If you go off this diet and mess around, experiment, etc, you could gain back all you've lost + more.

I found JUDDD very very difficult--dizzy, grumpy, miserable trying stick to rotations--but you say you've got it down, not hungry, feeling in control. 2lbs a month is still 24lbs a year. Think of this date, 2014: imagine weighing more, or the same, or 24lbs less. Which would you prefer? :)

I'm about where I was a year ago. I recently started losing weight again, but I wish I hadn't gained any back! :doh:

Also, check out HIIT (high intensity interval training).
The body can interpret long steady cardio (especially when combined with calorie restriction) as stress, and will try harder to hold onto bodyfat.
For inspiration, do a Google image search of "marathoners vs sprinters"....marathon runners are scrawnier but actually have higher bodyfat than sprinters!

(Maybe you could add a few 20-30 second sprints to your hikes.)

Good luck!!!

PS--you never know when a whoosh will come along. :D

KeirasMom 10-04-2013 02:14 PM

:hiya: PJ!!

Librarygirl 10-04-2013 03:33 PM

Nutella, you started in July at 207 and you're now at 188? That's 19 lbs in 3 months! Of course depending on what day in July you started it might be less than 3 months. So you're averaging over 6 lbs a month! That's excellent, really.:up:

ETA: I'm at 34 lbs after a year, and only 25 in 11 months JUDDDing. However, I stayed over 200 lbs for 10+ years, and I can't tell you how thankful I am to be where I am right now, slow losses or not!

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