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Michaelar1

772d

Out of curiosity, has anyone been able to lose weight with FM? I've tried keto and IF...even OMAD... but I'm still gaining because I don't get a lot of exercise. Tips would be helpful.

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    • pianochick

      766d

      I ended up with IBS, so my doctor put me on a FODMAP diet. I've just fine-tuned it to eat what I like, and found I eat really healthy, and I love it! Fruit (especially berries) have become my go-to dessert. I eat blueberries with pumpkin seeds and almond milk, and it's yummy. I also walk my dogs in the morning (1 1/2 miles), and lift light weights. I also walk 3 miles in the afternoon on the treadmill at a moderate pace. My weight stays pretty consistent...and I think eating "clean" with no processed food does help me feel better. I wish you well.❤️❤️❤️

    • pianochick

      766d

      I ended up with IBS, so my doctor put me on a FODMAP diet. I've just fine-tuned it to eat what I like, and found I eat really healthy, and I love it! Fruit (especially berries) have become my go-to dessert. I eat blueberries with pumpkin seeds and almond milk, and it's yummy. I also walk my dogs in the morning (1 1/2 miles), and lift light weights. I also walk 3 miles in the afternoon on the treadmill at a moderate pace. My weight stays pretty consistent...and I think eating "clean" with no processed food does help me feel better. I wish you well.❤️❤️❤️

    • NotCrazy

      766d

      Paleo

    • Belugabear

      770d

      Are you on any meds? If so that makes it extremely difficult! I’m on lyrica and it doesn’t matter if I eat well and count calories and work out, I still gain weight. Don’t beat yourself up too badly! People don’t seem to understand how hard it can be

    • MystikMandy

      770d

      Not enough to make it count

    • CrazyJackLady

      771d

      Have u tried the Bye Bye Belly.. it can b expensive BUT it DEF works

    • MystikMandy

      772d

      I'm having a heck of a time losing weight especially since I'm on the weight gaining spectrum of gastroparesis. For me it's lack of appetite/malabsorption. Could also be contributing to my fibromyalgia.

    • DrowningQueen21

      772d

      I'm on my feet all day so it's the opposite for me I can't seem to gain any weight only lose

    • NotCrazy

      772d

      I'm getting to the point where even walking hurts so I am doing it with food. I have had some success so far by cutting bread and junk food

    • Michaelar1

      772d

      I wish I could edit this post but it doesn't seem to be an option. @DirtPup and @dollipop I've tried counting calories and I also have a smart scale and I've been basing my BMR off of that. Nothing seems to help. I used to walk 10 minutes 3x daily but we just got a puppy so until he's leash trained that walk has been postponed. Even then, no change in weight. Before I got sick I used to be SUPER active as well, so I think it's possible that any light activity is still seen as sedentary by my body. Yoga causes flare-ups

      • dollipop

        771d

        @Michaelar1 how were you counting calories? Counting by a labels serving size can be inaccurate by up to 40% which could lead to unknowingly going over your calorie limit by 20-40% a day. What was your macro ratio? Some people will lose weight slower on a high carb/low fat ratio and vice versa. I know through genetic testing I lose weight faster on high fat/low carb. How large of a caloric deficit were striving for? Even though the safe .5 lb to 1 lb a week is usually between the 10-25% decrease in calories from BMR+activities, a 30-35% decrease may be necessary. Have you tried doing activities that aren't cardio? Weight lifting or even weight pulling if you have the resources is low impact and even recommended for those with issues that can be made worse with cardio or higher impact exercises. It also has the least risk of injury when done properly. Personally it's been one one of the very few workouts that are manageable for me.

        • Michaelar1

          771d

          @dollipop I honestly have neither the spoons nor the resources for almost all of that. I was using several calorie counting apps. My Fitness Pal and Carb Manager. I strive for under 20g carbs. I don't have a gallbladder anymore so I shoot for balanced protein and fat rather than high fat moderate protein. My calorie deficit was usually 500 cal/day. I don't have the funds to see what my genes say about my diet, but I also have PCOS which puts me at increased risk of insulin resistance so I prefer lower-carb diets. I can't lift weights. Or anything. Right after diagnosis, I moved. Lifting all those boxes gave me such a bad flare-up, I could barely move for a week or so. Weights are totally out of the question.

    • dollipop

      772d

      If you're not losing weight, you are still consuming too many calories. Some people are also sensitive to macro balances which can slow weight loss if they are only in a small calorie deficit. Personally I didn't start losing weight till I got the arboleaf body composition scale that gave me a lower BMR than online calculators did. I also started weighing everything I ate and learned how to properly track it by making all of my servings of food one gram/ounce and having x amount of servings to equal the amount I'm eating. The Facebook group Macros Inc has been extremely helpful on how to count calories and macros properly. Just to give a disclosure that group is ran by paid health coaches but asking for help in the group doesnt require you to be one of their clients. If that is something you may be interested in though they are some of the more affordable coaches I have seen for how much one on one support you get. Also if your activity level is low a good way to increase it even slightly is a low impact body meditation exercise such as Qigong and Tai Chi if it is something you are comfortable with. It has helped me a ton and is a great warmup mentally and physically for more intense stretching and moderate resistance training or weightlifting sessions.

    • DirtPup

      772d

      Calorie counting works for me to lose or maintain my weight.

    • CoffeeAndDogs

      772d

      Personally, I don't feel like OMAD or IF are very conducive to the needs of Fibromyalgia. Not sure how you've gone about your keto journey, but I'd suspect that either your macros aren't calculated properly or your micros are not being met.

      • Michaelar1

        772d

        @CoffeeAndDogs I've tried tracking macros and calories and take multivitamins.

        • CoffeeAndDogs

          772d

          @Michaelar1 Did you use a macro calculator to determine your individual macros? I find a lot of people either try to be too restrictive on calories which can prevent weight loss or too much by not accounting for sedentary lifestyle. But could be that your body isn't dealing with insulin resistance weight gain. Perhaps low fat vs low carb might be a better fit.

    • Heatsponge

      772d

      I gain in the winter and completely lose my appetite and in result weight in the summer. I have found it hard to keep the weight off in the winter. I've started taking walks, it's good light exercise.

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