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Then the number on the scale was not what they were focusing on, but rather the fact that you were underweight, and seemingly suffering because of it. The point is you should not aim for a specific number, but aim for what makes you feel most comfortable and let's you live a healthy life.
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Then the number on the scale was not what they were focusing on, but rather the fact that you were underweight, and seemingly suffering because of it. The point is you should not aim for a specific number, but aim for what makes you feel most comfortable and let's you live a healthy life.


i wasn't suffering because i was underweight, i was born like this, they were blaming what i was born with with being "underweight" then said it was because i was "overweight"
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Quite frankly if you work out then you end up eating to make up for it later. If you want to become thin you have to start looking at your calorie intake. How much is the portion you're eating for each meal? Eat the most in the morning and eat light at night.
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I have been chubby pretty much all of my life. I am exactly five feet tall and am a full figured woman now who weighs 235 pounds. Ever since late middle school/early high school I was told that I should lose weight because of being overweight according to my height requirements. While yes, I could stand to lose some weight, and I probably could, especially if I actually exercised, I've always been fairly healthy otherwise. I have a slight heart murmur that I've had since birth which will act up now if I do too much physical activity all at once, asthma that's mostly triggered by environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, some perfumes, car exhaust and such things, and a skin allergy to a chemical that's commonly used as a preservative in anything from shampoos, body washes and soaps to cosmetics, all of which wouldn't go away if I lost weight. I actually eat fairly healthy and try not to overeat or eat a lot of junk food, and I actually don't eat large portion meals most of the time. I feel healthy and fine and am comfortable in my body, which it took me a long time to feel like I was because of self esteem issues. And according to my doctors that I've been to, other than the slight medical issues that I listed, I'm in fine health with no major medical issues. Oh, and I also used to work in retail, so I was on my feet all day and doing other physical activities while at work and to and from work since I don't drive, I take the city buses where I live, so I was doing some physical activity then.
My point is, while I could stand to lose some weight, I'm healthy and fine and feel comfortable in my body, so it's up to you how you want to approach how you lose weight and how you do it according to your own comfort zone. I'd say that since you were 120 pounds before that you could get down to that weight again, but don't lose it too fast, and don't become underweight again. Because once you do lose weight and you might have to gain some back if you lose too much, it's easier to over gain again. You also need to take into account your medications and their side affects and everything, and your own medical conditions. Only do what you're physically able to do and build from there, but slowly. Don't pay attention to the numbers on the scale, like someone else said, but give yourself a realistic goal instead. Maybe buy a shirt that you really like that's a size smaller than you are now and make it your goal to be able to fit into it. But make sure that you actually can make that goal realistically. Sometimes things like breasts and hips won't get smaller even if you lose weight. I used to be a smaller pants size, but I know that I'll never get down to that exact one again, because after two pregnancies my pelvic bones are wider than they used to be, and those won't move.
Also, I know exactly what you mean by the doctors not listening to you or ignoring the true cause of what you have going on medically because I've had it happen to me before. I had two hernias in the front of my body that I got repaired at the beginning of April last year, and I'd been in and out of the ER for almost a year before that because of the stomach and gut issues they were causing me. When one of the ER doctors finally suggested that I talk to a doctor in the surgeon's office at the hospital there and I made an appointment, I went, and after he examined me and took a look at all the MRIs and everything, the first thing out of his mouth was, "Have you ever considered having stomach reducing surgery?". I was like, "What!? Why are you asking me that?", since I had been sent for the consultation because my lower hernia could have turned into an emergency surgery situation if it got twisted or turned into a larger hole. Turned out he was the doctor who actually cuts into a person to fix things and said that he wanted me to lose weight before having surgery, but I couldn't wait four to six months to have the surgery while I lost the weight because of the hernia possibly turning into an emergency at any time, not to mention the fact that the lower one I had in my abdomen severely limited my physical activity at the time. He wasn't the one I was suggested to see though, so I got an appointment with the right doctor, who does surgery laparoscopicly, and they wanted to do the surgery as soon as possible. I did and I feel soooo much better now that they're repaired. And this isn't the only incident that I've had in my adult life where a doctor didn't want to listen to me and what I was going through. Luckily, because I spoke up, I was referred to the right person and had the proper procedure done. My point is, if you feel like something's wrong and your doctor isn't listening to you, speak up about your concerns, because you know your body better than anyone else does, since you live in it 24/7 and no one else does. And if you do speak up and your doctor still doesn't want to listen to you, then it's time to get a new one.
Sorry for the wall of text, but I hope that this helps you on your quest to lose weight and feel better about yourself, and healthier.
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Of course it's possible, as absurd as it may sound exercise multiple times a day, for short session and make sure your body can sweat things out, between that just go with healthier choices of foods, indeed it may seem a bit pointless if the physical activity is brief, but if your body can already begin to sweat, it will already begin to process food at a faster rate because of the energy that was invested in having you bust a sweat in the first place, so little sessions (Really, just a bit) of exercise multiple times a day with some decent eating habits should have you good in no time, this way also you're able to make sure you don't overwork yourself and can have plenty of time to rest.
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Not sure if your methods are the most effective, and I don't know how your health conditions affect you, but this is what I do:

Drink cold/chilled water (actually increases metabolism because your body has to bring the temp up).

Drink a shot of lemon water THE VERY FIRST THING in the morning. It boosts your metabolism and digestive system.

Cut all meat. Not forever, but start off with a full week. Eggs and veggies can fill you up.

I eat a crap ton of seaweed. It flushes out toxins and digestive buildup so you absorb more nutrients properly.

Coconut water/milk is good stuff, if you're OK with the flavor. It goes well as a drink or in soups/curries.

Cardio to bring your heart rate up. You have to bring your heart rate up in order to lose weight. Doing exercises mildly or leisurely is about as effective as not doing it.

I still eat whatever I want a lot of the time, yet I've been losing weight. Of course I work out too. :P

Doing the above has also helped me with the possible PCOS, and overall health.


I could never do that I would starve myself since I can't eat veggies o.o jealous...
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stop looking at the numbers, vie actually lost inches but gained weight from muscle. don't worry about diets, focus on healthy eating, and excersize. then focus on eating less.
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You can do it, I believe in you.
I'll believe in you if you believe in me that we can lose weight together.
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I could never do that I would starve myself since I can't eat veggies o.o jealous...


Why can't you eat vegetables? Is it because you just don't like them, or is it because of some other reason?
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Since you have spoken with doctors I will assume you speak with at least your primary care, so keep in contact and discuss options with them.

Now to answer your question.

Yes and No.

To keep it short let's go over a couple things.

#1 Frame size
Weight charts aren't always helpful because they don't account for muscle mass or the way you carry fatty tissue.
Also, side note, it's not as simple as fat = bad, muscle = good. Your body requires both to serve their purpose.

I suggest looking up how to measure your frame size and seeing what the ideal weight range is for your specific body type.
The weight range for a 5'1" female varies from around 105 to 140 pounds, with small frames weighing less, medium in the middle, and large frames covering the top of that spectrum.

#2 Overall health/maintenance
With your back injury and heart condition lifting (glad to hear you have strengthened your back) and cardio are items you would want to discuss with your primary care, however, your brisk walking should be fine. A stationary cycle also offers an excellent calorie burning exercise with the ability to easily adjust the intensity/speed and manage your heart rate for your POTS and breathing for your asthma as well as provide a low impact workout to save your knees. Also, it involves not getting up and down so you can avoid fainting.

Your diet is important but it doesn't have to be an actual "diet".

You're already avoiding pop and junk food which is a smart move considering your goals and PCOS so my suggestion is simply to eat some veggies, fruit, and something higher in protein. I also think cheat meals 2-3 times a week are okay as long as you control your portions, this also helps to avoid binging. The heart surgeons I work with are big fans of the Mediterranean diet, or at least the premise of it.

You also need to think about maintaining eating healthy and exercise long-term, so make sure it's meeting your dietary needs.

#3 Conclusion
With your health conditions look at what ability, stamina, flexibility, strength, etc. you have and assess if you feel as healthy as YOU can be.
I don't mean olympian fit but are you, in general, healthy.


I mean i have fat no doubt, on my thighs stomach and arms, but you can def see the muscle, i can flex good lol, its like, i really have toned up but i cant get the excess fat off the thighs and underneath arm part , and stomach


As a woman your hormones cause fat to deposit in your problem areas so it isn't uncommon however you also admit to being toned/muscular. You were small, gained weight, and have lost some so continue your healthy lifestyle and you should burn it off eventually.

So 120lbs may or may not be possible in the end, but picking a number or a size doesn't mean it's right for YOU.

Aim to be healthy and be happy with that.

Just keep your head up, keep working at it, and remember you are beautiful regardless of what issues you may find with your body.

-Alex
Surgical Assistant I
2 years CV, Ortho, ENT, General

PS just reading a few other replies
You don't have to get your heart rate up to burn fat, and for you that might be dangerous.
While High-intensity workouts do make you loose weight so do moderate and light intensity ones.
Here is a link to the Harvard Medical School article on walking and its benefits, so if you like pokemon, keep going out and catching them.
Fun fact, someone 160lbs burns about 105 calories per mile walked.
Deffinately check it out.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Walking-Your-steps-to-health
Also as I have operated on patients over 600lbs weight shouldn't bar you from surgery unless the hospital doesn't have the equipment to handle a patient that size.


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You didn't say how long it would take so I'll say it is realistic.
It might be a good idea to hire a personal trainer for a while so you can work out a good routine and get used to it especially when you already have back problems..
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I could never do that I would starve myself since I can't eat veggies o.o jealous...


Why can't you eat vegetables? Is it because you just don't like them, or is it because of some other reason?


Sensory issues I vomit and get very sick
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A doctor would be better qualified to tell you if it is possible. However, given your height I would say that it is possible. So then, 5 months to lose 4 lbs... you are doing something wrong. Chances are it is with your diet. So first things first I want you to think about how much you eat. Fact, you should only eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full. I bet if you take every meal you eat, and cut that serving in half you will lose weight. Get rid of all your junk food, if you want to be really hardcore cut out fruit.

Exercise is just a bonus. What you eat will do most of the work for weight loss. That being said the less fat you have the less weight you will lose. I bet you will start Plateauing around 145 because the body wants to have body fat. However, you just have to commit.
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I have been chubby pretty much all of my life. I am exactly five feet tall and am a full figured woman now who weighs 235 pounds. Ever since late middle school/early high school I was told that I should lose weight because of being overweight according to my height requirements. While yes, I could stand to lose some weight, and I probably could, especially if I actually exercised, I've always been fairly healthy otherwise. I have a slight heart murmur that I've had since birth which will act up now if I do too much physical activity all at once, asthma that's mostly triggered by environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, some perfumes, car exhaust and such things, and a skin allergy to a chemical that's commonly used as a preservative in anything from shampoos, body washes and soaps to cosmetics, all of which wouldn't go away if I lost weight. I actually eat fairly healthy and try not to overeat or eat a lot of junk food, and I actually don't eat large portion meals most of the time. I feel healthy and fine and am comfortable in my body, which it took me a long time to feel like I was because of self esteem issues. And according to my doctors that I've been to, other than the slight medical issues that I listed, I'm in fine health with no major medical issues. Oh, and I also used to work in retail, so I was on my feet all day and doing other physical activities while at work and to and from work since I don't drive, I take the city buses where I live, so I was doing some physical activity then.
My point is, while I could stand to lose some weight, I'm healthy and fine and feel comfortable in my body, so it's up to you how you want to approach how you lose weight and how you do it according to your own comfort zone. I'd say that since you were 120 pounds before that you could get down to that weight again, but don't lose it too fast, and don't become underweight again. Because once you do lose weight and you might have to gain some back if you lose too much, it's easier to over gain again. You also need to take into account your medications and their side affects and everything, and your own medical conditions. Only do what you're physically able to do and build from there, but slowly. Don't pay attention to the numbers on the scale, like someone else said, but give yourself a realistic goal instead. Maybe buy a shirt that you really like that's a size smaller than you are now and make it your goal to be able to fit into it. But make sure that you actually can make that goal realistically. Sometimes things like breasts and hips won't get smaller even if you lose weight. I used to be a smaller pants size, but I know that I'll never get down to that exact one again, because after two pregnancies my pelvic bones are wider than they used to be, and those won't move.
Also, I know exactly what you mean by the doctors not listening to you or ignoring the true cause of what you have going on medically because I've had it happen to me before. I had two hernias in the front of my body that I got repaired at the beginning of April last year, and I'd been in and out of the ER for almost a year before that because of the stomach and gut issues they were causing me. When one of the ER doctors finally suggested that I talk to a doctor in the surgeon's office at the hospital there and I made an appointment, I went, and after he examined me and took a look at all the MRIs and everything, the first thing out of his mouth was, "Have you ever considered having stomach reducing surgery?". I was like, "What!? Why are you asking me that?", since I had been sent for the consultation because my lower hernia could have turned into an emergency surgery situation if it got twisted or turned into a larger hole. Turned out he was the doctor who actually cuts into a person to fix things and said that he wanted me to lose weight before having surgery, but I couldn't wait four to six months to have the surgery while I lost the weight because of the hernia possibly turning into an emergency at any time, not to mention the fact that the lower one I had in my abdomen severely limited my physical activity at the time. He wasn't the one I was suggested to see though, so I got an appointment with the right doctor, who does surgery laparoscopicly, and they wanted to do the surgery as soon as possible. I did and I feel soooo much better now that they're repaired. And this isn't the only incident that I've had in my adult life where a doctor didn't want to listen to me and what I was going through. Luckily, because I spoke up, I was referred to the right person and had the proper procedure done. My point is, if you feel like something's wrong and your doctor isn't listening to you, speak up about your concerns, because you know your body better than anyone else does, since you live in it 24/7 and no one else does. And if you do speak up and your doctor still doesn't want to listen to you, then it's time to get a new one.
Sorry for the wall of text, but I hope that this helps you on your quest to lose weight and feel better about yourself, and healthier.


def a big wall of text lol
but thank you, im feeling a little better about myself since I have lost 25 pounds, but I also need to lose more because I need surgery, breast surgery, im at risk for paralzys because of my back with these things , according to my therapist
it is absurd the stigma there is in America about weight and actually being healthy
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A doctor would be better qualified to tell you if it is possible. However, given your height I would say that it is possible. So then, 5 months to lose 4 lbs... you are doing something wrong. Chances are it is with your diet. So first things first I want you to think about how much you eat. Fact, you should only eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full. I bet if you take every meal you eat, and cut that serving in half you will lose weight. Get rid of all your junk food, if you want to be really hardcore cut out fruit.

Exercise is just a bonus. What you eat will do most of the work for weight loss. That being said the less fat you have the less weight you will lose. I bet you will start Plateauing around 145 because the body wants to have body fat. However, you just have to commit.


I am pretty sure it is not my diet, considering I have had 4 years to test different diets and excersise out, since u know I gained it all when I was 18
it is my pcos, I literally can work my ass off eat veggies fruit and small portions but if I don't have my metformin I wont lose a single pound, its stupid
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