Help on losing weight!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Drink a ton of water.  Join Nutrisystem’s free forum and use that as a support group and guide.  Add cardio and weight training :). Lean proteins and vegetables are your friends.  Also, I’d suggest a rice or soy protein powder shake as snacks/meal supplements once in a while. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a big fan of going low carb instead of calorie counting (I just couldn’t stick with calrie counting – I was always bitchy and hungry) and I run like hell from any diet that encourages you to eat “fake” food (what the hell is in low fat cheese anyway?).

Paleo works for me.  You can pick up a book or two from the library and subscribe to a few blogs to get started.  For me, the book “Why we get fat” pretty much changed my thinking about diet and nutrition.  I recomend it to anyone who struggles with this stuff.  

I encourage you to decide what works for you, but it’s worth a read.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@2beemrs:  

This is just what worked for me when I wanted to drop weight quickly. (In 3 months I dropped 20 lbs and since then another 10lb for a total of 30lbs). 

This is what I always followed:

Breakfast- 1-1.5 serving of a fruit + english muffin or nuts

Snack- fruit or veggie snack (My favs: grape tomatoes, baby carrots, grapes, strawberries)

Lunch- salad (with a nuts and a low calorie dressing) and a soup (any variety under 200 calories)

Snack- another fruit/veggie and this time with a “processed carb” no more than 100-150 calories 

Dinner- lean protein (grilled chicken, thin trim chicken sauage, fish etc) and veggies (usually steamed or simmered in veggie broth). 

Snack- I always had to have a sweet. So this is when I could have any snack but only 1 portion of it. 

 

AND remember it is important to have a cheat day-( as long as you really stick to your diet during the week) having a cheat day or cheat meal 1x a week will boost your metabolism. 

 

 

Side note:Im not someone who thinks working out and dieting mix well. I think its too many changes to handle at once. Plus it is counter intuitive in some ways. When trying to shed pounds you need to restrict calories. To build muscles and tone up you need to increase calories…  MOST people have a very difficult time finding the perfect ratio of calories to support your body while working out AND trying lose weight. I would suggest starting 1 for a month and slowing introducing the other. Working out also makes your hungrier and can make it much harder to stick to a diet. IMO and experience. not saying it isnt possible. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Cut out carbs- white flour, white rice, white potatoes, bread, candy, etc. Eat lots of healthy proteins and fats, vegetables, and some fruit (bananas have tons of sugar). If you have a slow cooker, you can make something that will last you a few days. Roast chicken is easy and you can get a few meals out of it. I’d personally stay away from soy products, or anything that has more than 5-7 ingredients on the label, if you must buy packaged products. You’ll drop a ton of weight just by doing this, without even exercising. Endless amounts of cardio won’t help you lose weight, but start with what you’re comfortable with and mix it up. As a PP suggested, weights are crucial. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been using MyFitnessPal to track everything I eat.  I’m not much smaller than you and want to get healthier before/if we have kids.

I was STARVING the first week, but since then I struggle to actually eat as many calories as I’m supposed to.  I’m not that good about eating super healthy food, but I’m doing better, and eating less is the first step. 

If you want to be my MFP friend, PM me and I’ll give you my name there – it’s really easy to use and has helped me a lot just to make better decision with what I eat, even on days I don’t log every single bite.  It makes you realize that a piece of garlic bread has as many calories as a huge bowl of salad – stuff like that.  120 calories for 1 cookie or 1.5 cups of fruit? 

I have been frustrated that I’m not losing weight quickly, but I’m sticking with it and my husband swears he can see a difference (I’m down 8.5lbs in a month – was down 9, gained 4.5, and lost 4).  Even if it’s slow, I’m just changing my lifestyle – I had some really bad habits.

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