Lose weight with lipedema
Sometimes I get praised for my slim legs and great figure. Every woman likes to hear such dear compliments, but today I would like to tell you about the effort behind losing weight with lipedema and that I am still 20 kilos away from normal weight. I have to write a separate article about my diagnosis history, otherwise it will be too much all at once.
... one evening after taking a shower I looked in the mirror and saw what my conscience had been ignoring for several years. I didn't like what I saw there and didn't correspond to what I wanted to be. I used to be athletic, played volleyball, skated inline all day and still got fat because of my eating habits. The less I moved, the fatter I got. Logical consequence. And there I was, at the height of my obesity and heartbroken. I was finally so unhappy that the will to change something was greater than the laziness to just keep going. I am 1,81 m tall and weighed 126,6 kg at the time. I will never forget this number on the scales in my life.
There had to be a plan, a routine. Because without a plan, I just eat too much. So I started a soup with a cup of muesli in the morning and at noon and in the evening I don't even know anymore. It definitely helped to consciously rein in myself and give the body a go-ahead. After a few months and 10 pounds less, I signed up at the gym and started doing sports there.
... I got to know my current husband, who should accompany me on the next 10 kilos less. Basically, my concept was to lose 10 pounds and hold them for a while until the next motivation boost came. That year I was diagnosed with lipedema and started wearing compression tights.
At that time I didn't know what kind of diet to look out for as a person affected, I still find an incredibly confused terrain to this day. I have the slightest fear that there is no perfect lipedema diet other than the old story of eating a balanced and healthy diet.
... I started following the principle Not more than 30g of fat a day to eat, whether carbohydrates or protein-containing food. So sometime in 2012 I finally made it below the 100 kg limit, which did not last long and I quickly hiked to these cruel 102-104 kg, which should haunt me to this day.
... I went to rehab and went back to my roots, because again I lost weight best when I simply ate half of what I would actually eat. And that's exactly what will likely sound familiar to many women. I have the feeling that our metabolism is simply so bad and slow that we should be able to eat significantly less in order to lose weight or at least maintain the weight.
Normally, eating little is actually the surefire way to get into the yo-yo effect. Theoretically, the trick is to stick to the small amounts or simply to consume a large amount of food that is as low in calories as possible, but who's going to enjoy that? What has been strongly advised against by many sides is the protein diet to a large extent. That means, it can't hurt to boost your metabolism for a week. But if you run it for months, there is a great risk that the protein that is not removed by the lymphatic fluid will stick the cells together and cause even worse symptoms.
An important lesson
One of the most important lessons from my rehab that I really wanted to implement was that fruit is not infinitely healthy. The rule of thumb that you should stick to is also easy to internalize: Two portions of fruit a day that fit in the palm of your hand. So you are on the safe side of not getting through 6 peaches with the daily sugar content at the end of a beautiful summer day.
In summary, you always need a concept for losing weight with lipedema. Make a note of which dishes work best for you for which time of day. For some, smoothies are a welcome change, others need a slice of bread or a cup of muesli. For lunch, for example, I really like to eat red lentils with avocado and goat cheese, a bowl of whole wheat pasta would also be very easy. In the evening, the protein-rich dish is good because it can be better utilized in sleep. So if you like, you can eat the yogurt, low-fat quark or fish in the evening and then go to bed with a good, light feeling. So much for the theory.
Lose weight with lipedema - conclusion
And now we all take a deep breath, because it took me no less than 30 years for the first 5 kilos. That took some time, because I simply didn't feel like giving up everything and foregoing enjoyment. Neither of us is on the run, so take your time with your health.
Probably the most uncomfortable truth about it all is that the easiest way to lose weight is to exercise. Because you can eat anything if you want. You just have to ensure a sporty balance accordingly. And when the small muscles grow, you can feel the tension in the body, then you understand these athletic people too. Because as soon as the weights go up, you can see and feel that you have come closer to your goal.
Oldie but Goldie
There she was. The age-old lyre that nobody really likes to hear, but has always valued itself. A balanced diet, routine and regular exercise. No magic, no magic bullets, no shakes. Motivation, fun with the results and a good friend for the weaker self, that was my sense of achievement. To the next 20 kilos! Because then I would finally have my long-awaited normal weight. And if it doesn't work, I'm happy with 10 kilos less. And if I can't get there, I'll just stay where I am and enjoy my life. I don't let the ideals of beauty spoil me.
So that's it, my story about weight loss with lipedema. Have you already managed to lose weight despite lipedema and if so, how much and how?