(Closed) Losing weight question?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It depends what you do…  I started at 150 in may and I hit 130 in july.  It can be done, you just need to really really focus. Eat well, work out hard, and do not crash diet.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You can do it if you follow th PP’s advice, and it will make a difference!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Crash diets are basically eating nothing, or eating very little variety. Example would be a grapefruit diet or cranberry juice diet.

There’s a HUGE difference between eating right, and eating nothing at all. Eating right can be delicious, and it’s not all rabbit food. Try portioning, lots of whole, fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and reasonable amounts of carbs – i personally love quinoa, but a side of brown rice or other grain can work.

And do not neglect working out. You may lose weight, but working out will give you the tone and lean look that diet alone can’t achieve. It’s what we call “skinny fat.”

Try Cooking Light magazine, or their website. They even have 30 minute dinners that are so easy.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When is your final dress fitting? You don’t want to lose or gain after that date. Even a corset-backed dress won’t fit after 20 lbs loss. 

Aim to lose 1.5-2 lbs a week. You may lose more week 1-2 if you’re carrying water weight. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I worked out for no less than one hour a day (mon-fri)

I worked my way up to running 20 minutes (OUTSIDE!) and then I did a turbo jam video.

If you do this you MUST MUST MUST up your protein intake… you will not bulk up but you will lose weight doing it.

I would eat eggs for breakfast (protein)- around 7am

I would eat a luna bar for snack (protein) -around 10am

I would eat salad with chicken or tuna (protein) -around 12pm

I would have a grapefruit or veggies for snack -around 3pm

For dinner I would stick to a lean meat and veggies –around 6pm

Dark chocolate and a glass of red wine for dessert –around 8pm

 

Drink a lot of water… you will see results

 

And yes, a lot of people lose weight in their face first…

before

 

after (in center)

i’m just trying to show you the difference in faces… i can show you others if you can’t see what i mean (i think it’s pretty obvious though!)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

actually i love quinoa too.. you should try soba noodles if you’re craving pasta! delicious and nutritious 😉

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

OP, do you really want Bees to have your personal email address (user name)? Anything on here would be searchable.  That limits a number of topics for you…which is hardly very fun.  😉

o.O

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You need to eat a healthy diet of real food. Skip the diet/low fat/low carb crap. It’s not healthy, even though the diet industry would like you to believe it. 

Read the book “Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food”. It will really open your eyes to what is healthy and also to what the food manufacturers do to “food” that kill your diet and make you over eat.

I lost 15 pounds and have not touched one protein bar or meal replacement drink. I eat between the hours of 10am to 8pm, and the rest of the time I fast. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Loribeth:  wouldn’t suggest a protein bar as a meal replacement either… it’s just a good snack, an alternative to a granola bar. it’s hard to take in as much protein as you should if you’re working out. so protein shakes and bars aide to make that a little easier. and they keep you feeling fuller while you fight the cravings the first week or so of limiting bad foods. they have worked wonders for me… i like feeling like i’m eating a candy bar but knowing it’s actually beneficial 😉

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Aim for 1-2 lbs per week.

I would say strength training with (heavy) weights 2-3x per week to build muscle and 35-40 minutes of cardio 4-5x per week. (ETA: this is a goal to work toward, not  necessarily where you start, depending on your current fitness.) Building muscle will slim you down because muscle is leaner than fat, even if it weighs more, and it also burns more calories to maintain.

Set yourself a hard limit for calories. For cutting, I like 1800 on lift days and 1600 on non-lift days, and I would start out there — you can adjust them later if you aren’t getting results, but you don’t want to go too low. Anything below 1400 is probably too low.

Get a food scale and measuring cups and weigh/measure/record everything you eat. Read labels. Do math. It’s annoying. Mr E calls it “diet by bureaucracy.” But it works. I aim for a 30% protein/20% fat/50% carb balance in my calories. Base your diet around lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh veg. Stop eating out, or anywhere where you don’t control exactly what is going into your food. (Even “healthy” options can be so loaded with hidden fats and sugars.)

Always eat breakfast. Always. Protein for breakfast is your friend. Hard boiled eggs are your bff. Milk is also your friend. 

Skip the “meal replacement” crap. Seriously, if you only get 1600-1800 calories a day, you want make every single one count. There’s no point in wasting calories on things that aren’t DELICIOUS.

Drink water. Lots and lots of water. (If you drink coffee, drink it black.)

Sleep. Aim for 8 or 9 hours a night. This is when most of the important muscle building and recovery stuff happens. Also, if you are tired during the day, your body may send you hunger signals when you are low on energy, and when you are tired, it’s more likely you’ll make poor food choices, overeat, skip workouts, etc. 

Also, there is some really good information here: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/07/21/meet-staci-your-new-powerlifting-super-hero/

and here: http://www.stumptuous.com/

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It really depends. You can lose a whole bunch of weight by then if you do it in an unhealthy way. I agree that around 2lbs per week should be your target which would be around 14lbs (give or take depending on how your body adapts). 

Keep in mind though you probably won’t want to lose anything after your final fitting!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh. And nuts are a really good snack, half a dozen almonds *before* you get really hungry will help a *lot*.

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