In 2012 I posted about my Challenge to myself to get back to my “fighting weight”. My goal was to feel like myself again and bottom line to be more healthy, i.e. blood pressure down, cholesterol lower and weight down to take off pressure on my bad knees… This is my weight loss saga, how I got there and now how I am slowing getting back to where I want to be.
So, what helped me and what did I do? Well yes, eating right and I did find out that I had IBS and needed to go gluten-free, didn’t lose weight just felt better. Watching my calories did take off a few pounds, I am personally good at 1500 a day. I love the apps on your phone that help you tract your calories and your activities. I like My Fitness Pal. I found that really helped. I also have had some notable success with the Green Coffee Been Extract that Doctor Oz talked about on his TV show. Here is the link to that segment and all the information on the amount of extract you should have in the supplement you take, Dr Oz, Green Coffee Bean. Dr. Oz does not recommend any one brand but does recommend doses and lists those on his official site. He also warns not to believe any site that says he is recommending their product because he doesn’t endorse any product. I found a Green Coffee Bean Extract supplement at my local compounding pharmacy that also has 5-HTP and Glucomannan two supplements that I was already taking that are good for energy, joints and mood. I choose that brand because it had the doses that Dr. Oz recommended and it also had the additional products I was already taking so that allowed me to take 2 less pills.
The results I gained from taking the supplement was a loss of about 5 pounds initially. I have subsequently loss 20 pounds but it has not been only due to the green coffee bean so I don’t want anyone to have false hope that you could lose 20 pounds from it. I don’t know maybe you could, if you combined exercise and a smart diet with it. I suffer from Migraines and my neurologist switched my medicine to Topamax which is one of the components in the new weight loss drugs, Qsymia, that the FDA just approved that should be available in early 2013. It is my guess that since weight loss is a side effect of Topamax that when I switch my migraine medication to Topamax and I saw my weight loss jump start to the fast tract, it was the Topamax that facilitated that. That is not to take away from the first 5 pounds I lost with the Green Coffee Bean Extract, before I made the medication switch, I just want to be accurate on when and how I lost my weight.
I also want to add, I have not ever tried Qsymia, I am taking migraine medication that has one of the components of Qsymia (Topamax) and it has weight loss as a side effect. I am sure this is one of the reasons that they are using Topamax in Qsymia. I also want to mention that it does work really well for about 15 to 20% of your body weight loss and for me that was about 20 pounds. Now I have slowed down in my rapid weight loss with no exercise and little diet. If I want to continue to lose weight I am going to have to do what everyone else has to do; I will have to eat a well-balanced diet and keep active. The one nice thing about both the Green Coffee Extract and what I have experienced with Topamax, and can then assume the same will hold true with Qsymia, is that for those of us that seem to be struggling with stubborn weight loss this kick starts that and really motivates you to keep going. Well, the Green Coffee Been seems to help lessen the effort needed to see results. It also really helps with appetite suppression. I also get an even bigger result from my healthy eating and increased activity now that I am taking Topamax; so again, I would imagine that if you are a candidate to take Qsymia you would also find it helpful.
I don’t think any diet medication or supplement is a “magic cure” for weight loss. I think that the only true fix for being overweight is lifestyle change. I think finding an eating/exercise and size that works for you is probably one of if not the most personal plan anyone can ever have. What keeps your body at its ideal weight, your mind at its happy place, your organs at their health state, and your physique at its best shape is different for every person. It always dumbfounds me why doctors just don’t seem to get that and always want to lump us into averages and groups like little sheep. I get there has to be a “general norm” for a starting point; but if you are not working and you still fall into the “norm” then it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that is clearly not your “norm” and something is wrong! But more times than not, it seems to me, doctors are clearly far below the genius level, because they don’t get it, and they pat you on the head, send you on your way, and tell you that you are just find… Then 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 hours later you are rushed to the ER with a catastrophic issue stemming from that same concern you had and they come in with a big dumb look on their face and an apologetic “Ooops”.
OK, I digress, you can tell I have issues with doctors that run a lot deeper than them passing my rapid 60 pound weight gain as an unfortunate side effect of my medical issues that they couldn’t seem to reverse and since I “looked OK” in their minds they didn’t care to figure it out. Even after high blood pressure, serious knee issues, starting of heart disease (family history), and all my other medical issues that brought on the weight gain, none of them thought to focus on helping me loose except to say eat less and exercise. I was eating 900 calories a day and working out 6 days a week for 2 to 3 hours a day and still not losing and they still didn’t think anything was wrong??? I was 42 when it started and 47 when it started to change back. The entire time I told every last doctor I had I thought it was chemical, my hormones. They said I was nowhere near Menopause that I was too regular and I guess structurally very fertile but if you ask me, I still, to this day, think I was out of whack metabolically. All my life I had been very slender, around 120 pounds and just under 5’ 8” tall; my entire family is slender. In a very short period of time, about 6 months, with no lifestyle change, I gained 60 pounds. Even after they put me on thyroid medication I never lost a pound. Then as suddenly as it came on, about midway into my 47th year I started to lose, with the help of the Green Coffee Bean Extract and Topamax, I also started to feel like myself again. Can’t really explain it other than; I was back, more alert, more energy, more alive, if that makes sense?
I still have 20 to 30 pounds to lose. I am really going more by the way I feel and how I fit in my clothes more than my weight because that seems to have redistributed now that I am older. I weigh more but I still fit into the size I want to and look the way I want to so I really am not going to get hung up on “how much I weigh” and focus more on how I feel and how I look. If my muscle mass is good, blood pressure is low and I am fit I really don’t care if I weigh 140 pounds instead of my normal 123 pounds of the first 42 years of my life. It’s just a number, right! Just like your age it is all about how you feel and how you act. If I look awesome at 48 and weigh 140 pounds then I will celebrate that and be happy that I am healthy and doing all the right things to keep myself that way. So, that is my story; not the worst weight loss story in the world but it sure was a long one and it is mine.