Post # 1
sooo I have never had to diet in my life.
I am normally around 125-130 pounds and pretty thin
I am now about 140 and freaking out.
I am starting my first diet and I have been working out for awhile but I am going to push myself harder to loose the weight before my wedding in just under 5 months!!
what are your best tips for dieting and weight loss?
what are your best work out tips?
Post # 3
Cut out the junk food, everything in moderation, and exercise! Losing weight is 80% what you eat, so eat well!
Post # 4
@abbie017: ditto, but OP, keep in mind that “everything in moderation” is a slippery slope when you’re trying to lose weight. Moderation does not mean one “cheat” at each meal, and it probably doesn’t even mean one cheat food per day.
Stop drinking your calories (cut alcohol, juice, sodas, creamer in coffee, etc), focus on foods with a low calorie density like fruits/vegetables/whole grains, decrease the amount of added sugars/oils/fats in your diet, and get at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise 4-5 times per week.
Post # 5
@mrsrecon: I never really like dieting, too much pressure to keep up with, but i’ve tried meal replacements shakes (its like dieting i guess) and they worked wonders for me. A real good one is Shakeology, from beachbody.com … and with regard to exercise, whatever you like doing, don’t try things that you know it might get boring, b/c then its hard to keep up….i personally do Zumba and kickboxing…that’s fun for me and it gave me results. GL
Post # 6
thanks everyone! I have never dieted before, and don’t really like all the crazy diet trends people do. I just cut out all snacking/junk food and all alcohol (i really only drink wine every once in awhile) . If I really want something between meals I am sticking to almonds or fruit. I am only going to allow myself 1 cheat every couple of weeks. I only drink water or coffee so that is no problem. my biggest problem is going to be not putting hazlenut creamer in my coffee every morning!! And I am going to work with a trainer at my new gym who will help me come up with a workout plan
Post # 7
You can also try to cut out the majority of wheat. Bread, pasta, etc. It will help a lot!
Post # 8
Do you do much cooking? We usually make a big (huge!) meal once a week and eat the leftovers (often with salad or freshly cooked veggies) all week long. It’s the only way we can avoid eating lots of crap for dinner when we have no time to cook — we work long hours. I’ve found that eating lighter, veggie-filled soups and chilis makes me lose weight fast without feeling like I’m starving.
Post # 9
The best way is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, not just a diet plan for a finite duration. Make sure you do things that you can maintain..well…forever!
I just started competition prep for my second fitness contest and here is what my diet looks like. I do a meal prep on Sunday so I don’t have to think about what to eat next it’s already there for me.
6am: one egg, 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/4 avocado, 1/3 cup oats with water, cinnamon and small amount of fruit
8am: green tea
10am: 8 almonds, raw chopped carrots and cucumber
12pm: 1/2 baked chicken breast, 1/4 baked sweet potato, 2/3 cup steamed veggies
2pm: hard boiled egg, 175g cherry tomatoes
pre-workout: banana or apple or both 🙂
post workout: 1 scoop protein powder in water
supper: stirfry – 1 chicken breast, bean sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, cabbage, red curry paste
And lots of water!!!
Hopefully that gives you a little insight as to how you may want to structure your meals.
You want to eat every 2-3 hours but make sure your meal portions are small enough so that you want to eat that often. Meats and veggies, nuts and seed, small amount of fruit, no wheat and no sugar.
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
@mrsrecon: Try not to think of it as a “diet.” Diets make people think of deprivation, hunger, and just plain no fun-ness!
Think of this as a lifestyle change instead. You’re going to think about what you’re putting into your body, and only taking in stuff that’s good fuel. Would you put 87 octane gas in a race car? No way!
There is a wealth of great blogs out there on healthy, creative recipes that are actually delicious. Find food you enjoy that’s also good for you – trust me, there’s a LOT out there! If you force yourself to eat healthy foods that you hate, you’re more likely to just give up and go back to old habits. Cook more at home – moderate what’s going in, and pack your lunch for work. Snack when you want to, but make good decisions – almonds, hummus, fruits, veggies, kale chips, greek yogurt, etc.
When it comes to working out, the key is to find something you enjoy. If you hate Zumba (like me) then don’t go! Find yourself attracted to yoga? Grab a buddy and hit up a new studio. If you want to run, why not join a club? It’s all about finding what works for you. It sounds like you’re already on track, just amp up your gym time – grab a heavier weight, take a new class, or hire a trainer.
Post # 11
islandlily84 gave a great sample menu! See the protien, some fruit, but carbs from veggies and healthy fats (nuts). And it’s a lot of food so you’re not deprived!
Post # 12
@BlondeBee: thanks for the advice! I am doing good so far sticking to all healthy food! Proud of myself, because my biggest problem is when my Fiance eats, I eat!! I have an orientation with a trainer at my new gym next week!
Post # 13
Good luck to you, I have no discipline when it comes to dieting.