Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
I've always been 5'3" 105lbs, but ever since I started taking birth control I've managed to gain 10 lbs that isn't going away. It's a known side effect of the drug but still a bummer that my jeans don't fit quite as well any more. I can't say that puts me in quite the same boat as others, but for those of you who just don't feel right when you eat less, the problem is that you're probably not eating the right things and you're depriving yourself of nutrition.
Cutting calories in the form of junk food and sweets and sugary drinks like soda is important, but if that was a major part of your diet, you need to replace them with something healthier rather than just completely cut out snacks altogether. A big problem is also that most salads in restaurants are actually more fattening than a lot of the meat entrees. Granola bars are more fattening than say, cheese and crackers. I found the Eat This, Not That material was very very helpful in determining whether what I thought was "diet food" was actually less fattening. In reality, most of the diet food we see on the restaurant menu and in grocery aisles are loaded with sugar and salt.
Migranes, mood swings, dizziness, fatigue and food cravings are all possible symptoms of poor nutrition. When you're dieting, you still need to eat plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables or you're just going to feel like crap all the time. Things like drinking sugar free 100% fruit juice, eating a sweet potato instead of a baking potato, ditching the iceberg lettuce and eating a salad full of mixed greens instead, and choosing lean meats like turkey/chicken/fish, and wrapping that burger in a lettuce leaf instead of a bun all add up, and you can see the results without feeling awful every day.
Do your research before you go on a diet--when you're budgeting your calories, it's not just about subtraction, you also have to add more calorie/nutrient efficient foods so that you don't skip out on valuable nutrition.
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