(Closed) Fitness/Weight loss tips

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

It depends on what you currently weight, but 15 lbs sounds a little unrealistic.  If you want to lose it and actually keep it off, I’d lower it to 8-10.  I’m sure you *could* lose that amount in that time period, but I think you’d most likely be miserable.  

I think a big part of weight loss is setting realistic goals.  If it’s too high and you aren’t doing as well as you think you should be doing, you are more likely to give up.  Also, not saying you cant/wont lose MORE than 8-10.

As far as actually losing the weight, I recommend keeping track of everything you eat/drink.  Myfitnesspal.com is a wonderful tool for this.  You can even use your phone to take pictures of the barcode of foods you eat and it will pull up all of the nutrition info.  I’d probably set it to lose 1lb per week, it will allow you to set it to 2 lbs, but that’s usually a 1200 calorie limit and that really not enough if you are exercising.

Also, make sure you are eating enough, if you don’t not only will you feel crappy, but it might stall weight loss.

I also really like the mapmyrun/mapmywalk apps.  Always nice to know how many calories you burned.  

Good luck!

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I had major success by combining daily cardio and weight bearing excercises. You need both of those to burn fat. I kept the weights light but did more repititions. I agree to write down a food journal  and keep it mostly protein and fruit and vegetable enriched. I also did not eat after 5pm at night.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As far as exercise goes, I think PUMP and RPM burn the most amount of calories. Don’t do what I did though and do pump as the first session. I couldn’t walk for the next 3 days llol myfitnesspal is a great tool for your diet. If you are exercising, eat lots of protein (about 50-100g) every 2-3 hours up to 6 times a day. No carbs after lunch. If you are strict with it, you WILL lose weight, Guaranteed

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lots and lots of water and keep the sodium minimal. I can lose a good 6 pounds just in water weight.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@jenefer:  LOL good point!!!!..

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Depending on how much you have to loose, I don’t think 15lbs in 8 weeks is unreasonable. It’s common for 1-2lbs of weight loss per week so 15lbs may be in that category. I’m doing the Advocare products. I started at 125lbs and now I’m 118lbs yet. I started the first of November and I’ve had probably a handful of cheat meals since – yes, even during the holidays. I’m very petite so I’d like to be around 112lbs for my wedding in June which would be sickly on some people. It’s all about how your body is shaped.

Anyways, my recommendation is to look into the Paleo diet. It’s pretty much what I am doing now and I love it. Also, a lot of women that I work with are following this plan:http://www.amazon.com/It-Starts-Food-Discover-Unexpected/dp/1936608898/ref=pd_sim_b_4 

They love it and it’s very similar to Paleo. The key is looking for a lifestyle changer, not a diet. With a diet you will go back to old habits once you reach your goals. Life style changers are the ones that will stick around and keep you in good health for years to come. Also, I drink about a gallon of water a day. I used to hate water and now I crave it!

Good luck!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t think 15lbs is too unreasonable as long as you plan to stick with it. But maybe setting weekly goals may help to keep you motivated. Eating more protein is a definate must, and make sure to eat breakfast within the first hour of waking up(30 minutes is better) unless you plan to do morning cardio(this should be done on an empty stomach)!

posting your progress on here may also keep you more motivated and accountable 🙂

Post # 14
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1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jenefer:  I’m not sure what your definition of work is but the David kirsch cleanse is fantastic. I use it to reset my system, clear out my cravings (I’m a sucker for carbs and chocolate), and help me stay eating clean. It’s so important to stick to healthy eating after the cleanse. FH’s friend once said that cleanses don’t work- she finally admitted that she juiced for few days and then resumed her crappy diet… Uhh, yeah, that’s not the way it works, ha ha!

i also second the pp who said weights and cardio combined! Super important! I lost the most amount of weight when I did 45 mins of hard cardio 3x a week and barre 2x a week.

 

re: your goal, it is high But possible if you’re strict and smart about it. Normal weight loss is btwn 1-2 lbs a week. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t lose your first week, Or lose less one week. Also, don’t do anything dangerous to lose weight quicker! 

 

excuse iphone weirdness

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@jenefer:  15lbs in 8 weeks is approximately 2lbs a week and I do not think it’s unrealistic because if you haven’t been dieting, the first week you should lose more than 2lbs because of water weight.  2lbs a week is healthy.  1lb=3500 calories, so cut out 500 calories a day from food and burn 500 calories more a day and you’ll lose 2lbs. 

Do you own a jump rope?  That’s some great cardio right there.

Drink lots of water and green tea.  Don’t eat carbs for dinner.  Don’t eat too close to when you go to sleep. 

Good luck!

ETA:  I’m going to vote AGAINST weights and here’s why – if you want to win this competition in 8 weeks, weight training isn’t going to help you.  It doesn’t burn enough calories and you won’t gain enough muscle mass to make a difference in caloric burn the rest of your day and if you do gain any muscle, then you’re just gaining weight, which is FINE because it’s good weight to put on – but not fine if you want to win a competition based on how much weight you’ve lost.  I would say to stick with cardio for the first 8 weeks and then add weights after the competition is over.  🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ImaStarr:  I have watched tons of people have success doing 5 things: 1) starting a couch to 5k program. Running intervals (which the program is) gets your heart going and has great effects, 2) weight lifting 2 days a week (I cannot recommend body pump classes enough), 3) Eating at least 35 grams of fiber from food (beans, veggies, and fruit are great sources), 4) Cooking whole foods– nothing with more than 5 ingredients, and 5) Limiting yourself to one non-water beverage a day (this could be coffee, diet coke, wine, whatever).

My normal diet is oatmeal with milk and fruit in the morning; black beans, cheese, salsa, tortilla chips, and vegetables for lunch; and then some type of carb, veggie, cheese combo for dinner.

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