Post # 1
of course as the year has gone one, I have only managed to lose 12 lbs. I have not been totally committed, but now, 5 months away, and putting off engagement pictures until June 30th hoping to be thinner by then I am still just as heavy as i started. I have 5 months and a total of 50-60 lbs to loose. Unrealistic as it may be I have to try. the reason for my rant is for any advice you ladies have. I have signed up for a 5k in June, I am on the couch to 5k plan so this gives me guidance with exercise. I am also thinking about working out 2 times a day. Now the diet, I am going to an all protein diet, this mean pretty much vitamins, protein shakes, meat and veggies. Thats it… ( similar to the Ideal protein diet just less expensive) I am also contemplating Ali the supplement. It seems to have good reviews. Now again this may seem unhealthy and unrealistic. But I have to try. I will not be happy on my wedding day at my weight. Now that I have just been able to rant to anyone who will listen I just need some guidance, suggestions, fellow brides struggling with similar issues… thanks embarrassed bride
Post # 3
@newenglandbride24: Don’t be embarrassed! It’s hard to lose weight! I would be careful with Ali, it’s been in the news for a class action suit recently.
One of my favorite low-carb snacks is fresh radishes or cucumbers dipped in a little salt and pepper. Something about the crunchiness really helps. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m new here, this is my first post but I wanted to reply. I want to lose 50-60# also, and I know what I have to do it’s just a matter of me DOING IT.
One thing that has worked very well for me in the past is the Body Type Diet by Dr. Abravanel (sp?). It’s a book. It’s based on the science of not everyone’s bodies reacting to diets the same way. Atkins may work great for one person but not so much for another. It focuses on what will work for YOUR body. I lost 14# in only a couple weeks last time I went on it. Amazon.com should have it pretty cheap.
I’ve used Alli as well. I had only one negative experience with it and it really wasn’t that bad. As long as you follow the guidelines of it you should be fine.
I’m not officially engaged yet, we just picked out my ring setting on Saturday (YAY!) but you can bet I’ll be cracking down and pushing myself to lose the weight for my engagement pictures and wedding.
You’re not alone!! 🙂
Post # 5
Be careful with protein as well. Many people eat protein but eat protein that isn’t ideal- red meat, salami, sausage.
The easiest way for me to loose weight is to restrict myself to 1200 calories a day- which is actually pretty easy to do, it just means you eat many more veggies. I do an hour at the gym a day but vary my activity- go to yoga one day, then zumba class, one day I run, another I am on the elliptical. I try and go with friends as well… so it becomes much more fun. I also find that keeping track of everything on I eat and the exercise I do is a great way to keep track of things- I use calorie king because it is free and then I feel that I have something to report to.
Post # 6
@newenglandbride24:12 lbs in one year is not an easy thing to do! Losing weight is not easy and I totally understand the need to try whatever will work. Keep in mind though, that maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will help you keep the weight off for longer than just the wedding day. Every little bit counts, walk whenever you can or even better, run! Eat two meals a day loading up on veggies and protein. You don’t need to deprive yourself certainly, but don’t eat unnecessarily. If you can, talk to a doctor about supplements before starting one.
Post # 7
Oh, I thought of another trick! Drink a TON of water. Use lots of ice, straws, whatever works for you, but once you start drinking it, you’ll definitely snack less.
Post # 8
I use Fitness Pal that keeps track of my food intake as well as my workout. Through them I’ve lost a couple of lbs which has made a huge difference in my dress fitting. I have 2 months to get to my target weight since I’m 2 cheap to pay for additional alterations.
One of my gf had to lose weight quickly for health reasons, she hired a trainer. Lost 30lbs in 3 months. Another gf used Lindora because her doctor threatened her. My Mom who has diabetes changed her diet and exercises 3x a wk due to doctor orders. There’s a ton of options out there. You will definitely need to change your calorie intake as well. as work out. Exercise can be walking for an hour @ lunch or dancing in front of your tv. Get some weights from WalMart or Target and follow a trainer via internet. My FI and I will take evening walks/rides 3x a wk/ I’m starting yoga again and have purchased class packets to various studios via LivingSocial and Groupon.
Remember muscles weighs more than fat so work on toning yourself. You’ll be amazed how little changes will get you to your target look.
Post # 9
I have signed up for weight watchers online and that seems to keep me pretty accountable. I used dailyplate.com for 3 years to track calories and didnt lose anything so I was surprised to see WW work. One tip for WW online is that if you sign up for a free week (if its still available) you can cancel before you are billed then they ask you why, you check the box that says too expensive and you will see a an email the next day for free enrollment waived (think $30) and just $17/month, not too bad. As far as two a day workouts, you’ll probably get burned out pretty fast. I do that one day a week, on Mondays after my rest day Sunday and it feels like a lot, and I have been working out consistently for 8 years, 6 hours a week. I have learned that even though I burn 600 calories per day during my workouts (I wear a heart rate monitor) my weight does not change unless I diet. I do think diet is key, and for me its the hardest part. Its kinda sad to think I burn 600 calories a day just so I can maintain my weight (I eat a lot haha). Ig I diet the weight will come off, I just need to be better at it.
As far as Alli goes, the FDA is invesitigating it b/c it has been linked to liver disease. In addition, Alli only really works if you’re eating a diet with fat, b/c all it does is not allow about 40% of the fat you eat to be absorbed through your intestines, so you poop it out (don’t mean to be gross). So if you are eating a low fat diet full of veggies and protein then I would not take Alli. You will need some fat so that your body can absorb the vitamins and minerals that you are getting from your food. Alli does do a good job of making you think twice about eating fatty foods though, if you eat them you will pay lol. So, I guess in my OP if you are good at following diets then Alli would just be more strain on your liver and not worth it. If you are a junk food eater and have a hard time following the diet then I guess Alli would be worth it (though the liver damage part really scares me if it turns out to be true)? If you do decide to go on Alli, remember that some healthy fats will pass thru your system like the bad fats, ie, avacados, olive oil, nuts, almond butter etc. If you are looking for a more natural way to discard some of the fat from your diet pick up some Metamucil form your local drug/grocery store and drink it with a fatty meal. The type of fiber in metamucil absorbs fat and allows it to be discarded when you go to the bathroom. I take it when I eat a peanut beuuter & jelly sandwich on whole grain. I get extra fiber and its not allowing my body to get all the fat form the PB. I saw this demonstrated on Dr. Phil and it makes so much sense! Mind you its not a magic pill, but its a natural healthy alternative =)
Hope that helps, I’m really into nutrition and exercise, I should have went into that for my job 😉
Post # 10
Opps I met Dr. Oz, not Dr. Phil in my post above, silly me.
Post # 11
ive said this a million times on other posts…. but weight watchers… i have lost 51 lbs… and thats just eating right and moderate exercise… if you plan to hit it hard with the exercise and cardio and weights…. you could lose pretty quickly. plain and simple it works and its a healthy lifestyle change (key word being lifestyle… not diet) 🙂
Post # 12
Strength training! Having more muscle will burn more fat. I am a total cardio addict but have been on rest because of overuse injuries, and I’ve been able to maintain my weight by maintaining my muscles. And, before I hurt myself, I dropped a good chunk of weight very quickly just by becoming more serious about lifting weights.
Post # 13
I think you need to do more than couch to 5K. See if there are any Crossfit type gyms in your area – some high intensity interval training (cardio and weight resistance) will be your best friend. I lost 40 pounds from March to October of last year working out 3 days a week for 45 minutes a day and following the Paleo Diet (no sugars, grains, dairy) – loads of veggies, lean protein, healthy fats, minimal fruit. I wasn’t 100% strict on the diet, but I tried to be… and when I was, it paid off – when I wasn’t, I didn’t lose as much. I was losing at least 5 pounds a month WITH the cheats. I’d think if you stayed strict to it, you could easily lose 2 pounds a week and get closer to your goal.
What is your current height/weight?
And – can you identify what the issues were this past year (with wanting to lose weight and only losing a little)? I think if you can identify your personal pitfalls and PLAN on ways to avoid them, you’ll be ahead of the game.
YOU CAN DO IT! But, be healthy about it!!!!
Post # 14
I have a hard time with work planning my meals a head of time in turn grabbing somethign quick. I am also a pizza junky. So no pizza or drinking until the bach party. I am currenly 5″1 180
Thank you all for your advice, bridal boot camp starts monday… will keep u all posted
Post # 15
@newenglandbride24: You can definitely do this! Planning ahead is KEY… it will take a little bit of time and effort at first, but you’ll get so good at it, it will become second nature. I find that if I don’t plan out what I’m eating for the day, I’m WAY more prone to grabbing whatever is there and eating WAY too much of bad things. If you work, take you lunch and pack it the night before. Plan to eat b’fast. Make sure you know how you are going to fit dinner in your day. Make yourself the priority and carve time out for this. The little bit of effort will go a LONG way in helping you reach your goals!
Post # 16
@newenglandbride24: Alli on a high protein diet may be a bad idea. Alli doesn’t let your body process fat. Which means if you eat too much fat it pretty muhc just leaks out if you know wha I mean. Most proteins have a decent amount of fat, so I second.. just be careful (you don’t have to ruin your sheets).
I started trying to lose weight for my wedding about a year in advance as well (I had put one some weight since college and dating my FI), with hopes of being able to drop 12 lbs in 3months like I did when I was 18 (it didn’t quite work as well). If you need to lose weigth quickly, I’m all for crash dieting, but your wedding is 4 months away… will you be able to stick to this routine for that long?
Also, I would recommend working out at least 3x/week. Have you thought about going to a personal trainer. They can be expensive but you can always just do like 2-4 sessions with them so they can set you up with a routine and a good dietary plan. Curves (if you have one by you) is also really good to help you get the most out of your workout (my mother LOVES it). I just switched to WW (from counting calories) and stopped eating complex carbs after 5pm. I work out 6-7 days a week (about 1-2hrs each time) with cardio and strength training. I found the carb thing and really pushing myself in my workouts have really helped up my weight loss.