Having a hard time losing a few pounds….

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think a juice cleanse/fast or cutting carbs are going to do anything at all in the long run, at least, I haven’t ever seen those work for anyone long-term.

Honestly, my advice is that our bodies are partially predetermined by our genes. If you are a healthy weight, and you are having trouble losing weight despite eating healthy and in the right portions and working out, you might be where your body is most comfortable at. Changing it might require extreme changes like seriously cutting calories or working out extensively. In my opinion, and having had this exact problem, it is rarely worth it.

Life is too short to constantly worry about an extra five pounds. If you are healthy, you’ll likely be happier if you accept yourself for what your body wants to look like, rather than fighting it every day for the rest of your life.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you up’d your water intake? I find green tea or hot water with lemon to be especially good for flushing out water weight. I’ve also heard that adding a new type of exercise can help as it forces you to use new muscles. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Do you have weight to lose?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I was asking to see if your goal is realistic. 110 is not a lot, unless you are rather short. I weighed 110 in high school, and had to diet constantly to keep that. I’m 5’3″. My happy weight is 135 or so, and I’m a little over that.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Idealy to lose weight at your proportion you should be on a 1200 cal diet…1600 cal would be your total daily intake to maintain weight as opposed to lose

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Cutting carbs helped me lose a little less than forty pounds seven years back. I still haven’t regained them, so it does work for some! I did Atkins, which is actually pretty healthy — people who believe otherwise usually have skipped the part in the book that’s all about how you add back foods as time goes on. Actually, even at the beginning, it’s not “steak and butter all the time” – it’s mostly that all your carbs are coming from green leafy vegetables, not from grain or sugar or starchy stuff like potatoes and beans. If you’re a vegetarian, though, you might want to try South Beach, I think it’s easier for non-meat eaters to follow.

Anyway, if you’ve tried everything else, definitely give Atkins a look! I tracked my intake very carefully during my weight loss, and I was averaging about 1900 calories a day — never felt hungry at all, which had always been my downfall on other diets.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lady chatterley Most diet plans stick to a 1200 cal a day plan…and 1 treat day a week where your cal intake is up to you, this day is also usually your big workout day where you push yourself extra (maybe tag on an extra 1/2 hr or something)…1200 cal is fine per day as long as you’re getting all your nutrients…think lots of fresh fruit and veg as these are high in all the nutrients you need but low in cal

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kaylee26:  I’m 5’4, and if i went down to 110 pounds i would be wayyy too skinny. My weight was normally around 120pounds. i now weigh 135 after putting on weight, i really want to get back down to about 120, but juts be careful about being too skinny, a girls gotta have some curves!

 

I’m sorry i’m not much help coz i’m fighting a losing battle to lose this weight i just put on but i wish you luck!

ETA Sorry Kaylee i replied to you instead of OP

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ladychatterley:  1200 totally is too low, ignore whoever said that. I’m a 5’2 lb recover(ed/ing, depending on the day!) anoretic and I can tell you with absolute certainty 1200 will mess up your metabolism. However, 1600 might be a little high. I aim for 1200 on days I don’t exercise and 1500 when I do.

1. Calculate your BMR. That’s how many calories your body needs to do its basic functions. If you sat in bed all day and did nothing, you’d burn this many calories. You have to eat that much! Always! Period! My number is 1400.

2. Incorporate more weight lifting. You will not get bulky. You will build muscle which takes more calories to maintain, thus making your BMR ^^^^^ higher.

3. Do look into “slow carbs” diets. Consider it a guideline, not a diet. Try to replace carbs like bread and pasta with veggies, even “carb-y” veggies because they real ease energy more slowly.

4. Eat breakfast. Always. Forever. Eat a small snack in between small meals. Carrots or an apple, etc. Try to eat your “fast” carbs early in the day, like breakfast or dinner.

5. Figure out a few staple meals and be open to eating them (with variations) several times a week. My go-to meals are: an egg scrambled with tomato/spinach/peppers, grilled chicken with pepper jack on a salad, and black beans with diced chicken and veggies.

6. Use myfitnesspal. Don’t worry about the calories as much as making sure your pie chart of nutrient breakdowns (protein, fat, carbs) is well balanced. I have mine set to 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats but I am really meticulous and picky about my intake because of my history.

What are you doing for exercise? I don’t know tooooo much about that topic, but whoever said to mix it up and try new things is spot on!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Missystar – I haven’t seen 120 since early in college. 135 is my goal.

ii think 1200 is too low also.

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