Post # 1
I know this is a common concern in general but especially as a wedding approaches. I am a very healthy person and not a couch potato but also not athletic. I have been trying to hard to eat well and work out and I haven’t lost very much. I am looking for some solid advice especially from anyone that has managed to buckle down and lose the extra flub. I don’t mind the work it is just a bummer that what I have been doing hasn’t worked. Thanks for any candid advice.
Post # 3
Do you run? About a year ago I started running, (a couch to 25k) and in the process, I lost 60 pounds. I still run everyday in order to maintain, but now it is more enjoyable and I do it for stress relief as well. I find that when I am running consistently, I eat less and am generally happier and have more energy.
Post # 4
What do you consider “eating healthy”? Have you looked into a low-carb lifestyle like paleo/primal?
Post # 5
my fiance and his father do the mcdoogle diet.. i totally butchered that name. but its no fat no dairy no oils.. he usually just eats a bag of frozen veggies steamed and with some sort of hot sauce on it to flavor it.. his dads been doing the diet for couple years i think 4 years, and lost over 100 pounds probably more… i think he weighs 195.. his heaviest was 360..
fiance been doing it for 2/3 years but since he met me its hard to stick to that diet. lol so he claims.. lol
Post # 6
My FI and I have been doing the Dukan Diet for the last 4 weeks, and it’s been great. It’s a low carb, low fat eating plan, but they give you many options of food you can eat, so I never feel deprived. It basically involves cutting out refined carbs. My FI has lost 15 pounds and I’ve lost 9 (down to 113 from 122) in 4 weeks, and we feel really healthy. The diet has 4 phases, and the last 2 involve introducing refined carbs back into your life so you don’t just gain the weight all back when you start eating normal again. Just throwing it out there as something that is working for us! You can google it for info if you’re interested.
Post # 7
I’ve heard wonderful things about the 30 day shred (but haven’t actually tried it yet).
Post # 8
I have lots of advice, but not much that I’m good at following. 🙂 I pretty much just work out twice as hard to work off the booze and food calories that I’m not paying attention to.
That said, this program is pretty amazing. It takes some discipline, but I’ve seen SO many people get amazing results. I’ve also run through the workouts myself and within weeks saw some great changes in muscle tone.
Post # 9
Oh, thanks for the input everyone.
My healthy eating involves a vegetarian diet about 1400 cals a day with very little processed food. I get veggies and fruit and about 100g of protein a day and try to stay away from pastries, pastas, breads (white or wheat), desserts, etc though I have a bit of chocolate each day to help me with my major sweet tooth.
I have been doing lots of yoga (the power kind so my heart is pumping and I end up sore the next day).
Tried JM 30 Day shred last year and didn’t lose an inch (some say because I wasn’t consuming enough cals).
Also have tried running-kept it up for about 5-6 months until I could run without getting severely winded. Also no inches/weight lost.
I am not trying to make excuses I know that if I cut out all sugar that would be something, it is just super tricky. I also know that I have to find the right balance with calories and carbs and protein and excercise. Will look into some of the suggestions! Thank you so much.
Post # 10
@goldendreams: metabolic research center…. seriously! its a high protein diet (they have a vegetarian menu too) – you eat your own food following their menu and take protein supplements…. i have lost 15 lbs so far! if you have one near you they do free consults
Post # 11
You may be doing too much for what you’re taking in. It took me nearly 2 years to go from 210 to 129 and for a while, I was stupidly putting myself in starvation mode because I was working out too much and not eating enough of what my body needed. Fancy diets are pretty useless–skip them and eat well, in reasonable portions. I’d also look into lifting weights. Cardio isn’t really that great for weight loss–weight lifting burns the same amount of calories while you’re doing it and then you burn throughout the day also. You won’t get all bulky and muscular unless you try to get bulky and muscular. Women just tend to get really lean and toned.
Post # 12
Honestly I would try lifting and interval training. I would say my diet was pretty similar to yours before starting using the book The New Rules of Lifting. It’s the book Mrs. Mole used to get in shape. There are 7 phases….I’m doing the progress on my blog.
Also, there is a healthy weight for everyone’s body and you may have just hit that. If that’s the case then you can just start toning up.
Post # 13
Maybe you are already pretty close to a healthy weight and your body is hanging on to fat longer? Have you tried upping your calories some? Check out myfitnesspal.com. It’s a great way to track calories or talk to people on forums.
Post # 14
Sounds to me like you are missing ONE big thing that never fails to make me lose the inches (as of now, down from a 14 to an 8/10!) which is: WEIGHT LIFTING. Just do it. At least 2-3 times a week, for at least 40 minutes. I bet you will be amazed after 4-6 weeks! Make sure to lift heavy enough, too (but obviously not so heavy you cannot perform the exercises.) I got a trainer to get me into it. I was not sure what the heck to do so she super helped me!
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)
try the 17 day diet…. Im going to get going on it soon…but when i did it a year ago the weight just fell off…and it ia a healthy approach to dieting…you just have to retrain your body how to work with what you eat… for example the first 17 days you give up carbs to clean out your blood and jumpstart your metabolism…you are allowed to eat pretty much everyhitng else that isnt sugary….. then you slowly add carbs back in ….. the book you buy off the interent (which was also on The Doctors and Dr Phil) has menu options and includes all the rules on how to be successful
I will say although I struggled (im a coca-cola addict) I had so much energy after a few weeks and the weight just melted off….. I think I lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks (and that is with no exercise too) and I wasn’t hungry at the end of the day…
Post # 16
- Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)
oh fyi: follow my grandmothers rule about eating well…. shop around the perimeter of the grocery store… fruits veggies…fresh meats…. dairy….. these things arn’t “packaged”… these will keep your waist slim
the processed packaged foods are what makes us fat… if it has a label and lasts longer than a week- it probably isn’t good for you.