I could stand to lose up to twenty pounds.  I follow a vegan, gluten free diet.  I eat mostly raw foods, almost all vegetables, no heavy starches, no sugars (I use stevia if necessary but I usually am fine just eating fruit) and limit the number of calories I intake.  I pay close attention to getting proper nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, healthy fats, etc) and I am very active.  I live in a very hilly, heavily forested area and I'm constantly hiking; I also run 5 times a week, do yoga almost daily and pilates about 4 times a week.  I don't understand why I am carrying this extra 20 pounds and I was curious if any other healthy, active women have overcome this dilemma?

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According to the activities you've listed, has it occurred to you that the extra 20lbs could possibly be from muscle weight? 

Each of us carry weight differently and I have had weight issues since I was a teenager.  I've been anorexic then obese, but now I'm 'comfortable' because I accept myself for what I'm supposed to be.  I do not weigh myself anymore and, depending on the manufacturer, my jeans are size 8, 10 or 12 (I'm 5' 7", approximately 173cm tall).  I only eat when I'm hungry, I eat slowly and stop when I begin to feel satisfied.  If you wait until you actually feel 'full', you've eaten too much.  I also drink a lot of water, practice Yoga, hike and weight train.  I throw kick boxing in a couple times a week to work off energy and/or aggression. 

If you stop focusing on your weight and start focusing on how you feel, you'll be much happier. :0)

I have crazy trouble losing weight. I want to lose at least another 40 lbs (I've lost 55 lbs) but I have hypothyroidism, so my metabolism is reallllyyy slow, and my pills make me really, crazy hungry. By switching to a vegan diet, I noticed that I have lost very few lbs, but many inches. When I first switched, I gained weight- which was concerning, lol.

It's like Lillianna said, you might be gaining muscle weight- go by those inches :)

Sorry to but in, I know I'm not a woman. Have you tried drinking green tea, or eating flax-seeds?  I heard it helps with weight.

Thanks for the input, guys.  I don't think I was very clear in my original statement by using the term "weight".  I actually haven't weighed myself in over a year.  I am thick around the waist more than anything and it definitely isn't muscle.  I eat such a healthy diet and I'm very active; I've really increased the amount of movement I do and I started running in the past several months.  I do a combination of strengthening and cardio, hoping that I would build muscle and burn fat.  I would like to say that I don't care at all about how my body looks, but I would be lying.  I do feel healthy and energetic, but from a purely physical stand point I don't think anyone would ever guess by my body type that I do the amount of exercise that I do or that I'm vegan.  I'm 31 now; in the past it was very easy for me to drop weight but it seems to have gotten very difficult.

I'll keep up what I'm doing and hope that I just haven't given it enough time.  I started taking kelp supplements recently thinking that I may have a subclinical thyroid problem.  I don't know if it will help, but it definitely makes me feel better.  Thanks again for the advice.

It sounds like you're on point with everything. You could possibly just tweak a couple things. You've probably heard of interval training, but if u haven't look into that. That guy Urie, i think his name is, has some you tube vids on it that are short, sweet and informative. Too much distance or endurance type of exercise can actually cause the body to hold on to fat and create a softer look in general, for some people. Look at a sprinter's body compared to a marathon runner. Intervals are a killer, but you can work your way up based o your fitness level, which sounds great. Everyone's goals are different and body types as well, but for pure fat-burning and the longest afterburn, which can increase your metabolism hours and hours post-work-out, intervals rock!

Try calculating your metabolism needs and see how many callories you're getting, if you eat more than what you burn you'll get weight regardless if it's healthy food or not.

I have dieted, walked miles for years, swam, rode bikes , did yoga, did gluten free am now a vegetarian I have now worm out my joints. My Docter asked me if I had been an athlete. I have mostly walked my dogs for years. I have had six giant breeds and always religiously walked them. I now have small and giant breeds. I walked and ran to ward off a history of family diabetes. Still became a diabetic, has a slow thyroid, joints are wearing away. Would appreciate just a 5 pound loss. Have been a vegatarian for 4 months. Lost five pounds at first, gained five pounds back. Blood sugar lowered in the beginning about 100 points now blood sugar going back up. If you know the secret of weight loss please share because in 54 years I still can't find it.

I have lost over 35 pounds since I posted this.  I actually believe I was over exercising.  Outside of the cardio/strengthening I was doing, my daily activities alone seem to suffice.  I live in a hilly part of Ohio in the woods and hike 3+ hours daily with my dog.  I do this because I love it and to be outdoors.  I also work long hours as a distribution center supervisor, and my work days are spent running around a huge facility, up and down stairs, etc.

I also believe I was eating too much fat.  I was already vegan, as well as gluten and soy free, but I was eating avocado almost daily and nuts as well.  Once I began eating more closely to Dr. McDougall and 80/10/10, as well as giving up the exercising, everything has fallen into place.  I do eat avocado, nuts and coconut oil but VERY rarely, once a week in small amounts at most.  My diet consists of mainly fruit, the rest being either vegetables or beans, and less often rice, potatoes and quinoa.  I can say that I was never thin when I was just vegetarian.  Have you tried going vegan?

You might want to check in with a doctor just to be safe.. Might be a simple issue that can be corrected. 

If it is an issue of a thicker waist you need to target those muscles and change it up every couple of days.  Doing only crunches everyday isn't going to help, you have to address the fact that your stomach has layers of muscles that respond differently to different exercises.  Leg lifts work the lower abs, crunches work the bulk of the upper muscles and side crunches work the waist.  If you are interested in targeting each muscle properly you should look up how the trunk is structured for better understanding.

You can't point-diet like that. You can't just decide to lose weight in specific places. If you do lots of muscle training around your waist, it's gonna get BIGGER.

However, it is very good to do strength exercises, cause muscles makes you burn more calories in general.

I have lost over 35 pounds since I posted this.  I actually believe I was over exercising.  Outside of the cardio/strengthening I was doing, my daily activities alone seem to suffice.  I live in a hilly part of Ohio in the woods and hike 3+ hours daily with my dog.  I do this because I love it and to be outdoors.  I also work long hours as a distribution center supervisor, and my work days are spent running around a huge facility, up and down stairs, etc.

I also believe I was eating too much fat.  I was already gluten and soy free, but I was eating avocado almost daily and nuts as well.  Once I began eating more closely to Dr. McDougall and 80/10/10, as well as giving up the exercising, everything has fallen into place.  I do eat avocado, nuts and coconut oil but VERY rarely, once a week in small amounts at most.  My diet consists of mainly fruit, the rest being mainly either vegetables or beans, and less often rice, potatoes and quinoa.  

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