View Full Version : Help please! Anyone try stackers?
Michelle and Curtis
12-05-2006, 06:17 PM
About 4 months ago I was at my heaviest and decided to diet. I weighed 264lbs. then and I'm no down to about 224lbs. I've lost 40lbs. and I'm so proud of myself but it seems that I have nearly stopped loosing even though I am still dieting like I was. :( My goal is to be under 200lbs. Anything under 200lbs. What would be really nice is to be a size 16. I never want to be any skinnier than a 14 for sure. I just don't want to be that thin and I don't think I ever could be...I never was anyways.
A friend at work said I should try stackers. Not too sure what this is. I'm guessing it's a diet pill but is it safe?
12-06-2006, 05:44 AM
First off congratulations on your weight loss! 40lbs in 4 months is an awesome achievement. Don't let the weight plateau discourage you - everyone hits these plateaus. Your body is just adjusting to the weight change and the reduced calorie intake. Before you try diet pills, I would consider trying to add moderate exercise into your routine. You'd be amazed at what adding 30 minutes a day can do for your body. It doesn't even need to be anything more than a 30 min walk. I think adding some exercise in would definitely help you boost your metabolism and break through that plateau.
I think diet pills should always be a last resort. I am wary of diet pills in general, so I can't give you any advice on those. Maybe some other posters will have experiences they can share.
Good luck with your goals!
Michelle and Curtis
12-09-2006, 10:04 AM
Thank you very much for the info...walking everyday for 30 minutes might be really difficult since the weather here right now is 20 degrees though....but maybe I can come up with something.
12-09-2006, 11:20 AM
Congrats on the weight! You definitely need to add exercise to your weight loss plan. Dieting alone is not nearly enough. That is probably why you stopped losing.
Maybe join a gym (one with a daycare/playroom for kids) or buy some exercise DVDs that look like fun to you. Training with some weights at home will really make a big difference.
It is a lot of work but once you really get into a routine with them, you will feel much better.
I would not take diet pills. You never know how your body will react to them and as soon as you stop, any weight that was lost you will quickly gain back- of not more. It is a temporary solution and if you work on dieting and an exercise routine that includes weight training and light cardio- you will be building habits that will last a lifetime. And you will feel so much better!
12-10-2006, 07:30 AM
Michelle - funny you mention this right now. I am almost 3 weeks into a plateau right now and I am getting such a new perspective on plateaus. I started off at 285 pounds, and now I am 228.2.
In 1998-99, I went from around 265 to 225... I can't remember exactly what happened there, but I stopped losing, got busy with life and discouraged and returned to my old eating habits. In 1994-96, I went from around 260 to 220 and I stopped losing, got busy, back to my old habits. I have always felt bad about all of that, kept yo-yoing, and between 99 and earlier this year, went back up to 285. I used to think plateaus were bullshit, that people were just eating badly... I mean, that's how I saw my own experience. I guess I really dismissed recognizing that there was a period of time, somewhere around 220-230 pounds, where my weight loss halted and I gave up each time.
The things is... this plateau is making me look at plateaus quite differently. I *can't* give up this time, I had weight loss surgery on September 13th, that's how I have lost all this weight. I only consume 600-900 calories and my stomach is so small that I can't really eat more than that. I will get past this plateau, it's pretty much guaranteed.
It just blows my mind, to think that almost 3 weeks of 800 calories-ish/day... and I am *still* am not losing weight. I can't help but think, how in the world could I have beat a plateau in my earlier attempts... if this is what I am seeing on this diet? No wonder I failed all those other times. I really wish I knew then, what I know now and that I hadn't lost confidence in myself. I might have been able to lose that weight and might have kept it off. Without surgery.
Not sure if I am making much sense... just trying to offer some perspective on how these plateaus can be, even for someone whose stomach has been altered. Everything I read says 1 or 2 to 4 weeks for a plateau, to up protein (some recommend eating *only* good sources of proteins, no carbs or anything else at all) and to up exercise.
HTH! Good luck, I'll be thinking of you.
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