Post # 1
Hi all! I just joined this site. We just planned our wedding for January 2014 out at sea on a cruise ship. i have already bought the dress (because I have to pay it off) and I want to lose more weight. I was in weight watchers awhile back and lost about 20 pounds but got stuck at 173. So now I am hovering between 173 and 177 give or take. I dont know what eles to do. I have been watching what i am eating and have been drinking alot of water instead of the diet cokes i would drink. I am also taking red raspberry ketones. But it is so stressful. This morning I was 174 now tonight I am 178 and I just want to cry. Water weight maybe because i am watching what i am eating (the best I can with my hectic schedule). Have any of you had this problem and if so what worked best for you?
Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
Can you give us an idea of what you’re eating day-to-day? Are you exercising?
Without knowing any of that, I would say cut out all carbs. Meat, vegetables, and water are your friends. Also, don’t weigh yourself in the morning and compare it to the weight at night. Pick a time and stick to it — everyone’s weight fluctuates throughout the day.
Post # 4
My FI is currently dieting for the wedding, and I’m helping him since I’m a dance teacher and know a thing or two about maintaining a healthy weight. The first thing you need to do is drink nothing but water, and A LOT of it. The recommended is 8 glasses of water a day, so that should be your minimum water intake. My FI uses My Fitness Pal on his iPhone which helps him track calories. The app has you put in your current weight and your goal weight and then gives you the number of calories you should eat per day. I also recommend eating a BIG breakfast, a medium sized lunch, and a small dinner. Also, NO starches for dinner (pasta, bread, potatoes, etc.) Since you are most likely not working out after dinner, you don’t want to eat anything that you can’t work off. If you feel the urge to snack. . . drink water! It curbs your cravings. I hope this helps. Stick with it!
Post # 5
The problem with my diet is that I am not consistant with my eating. Some days I’ll snack most of the day, some days i won’t eat much at all, and some days i eat 3 meals a day. Almost every night though we have a simple salad with spinach leaves, tomatoes and broccoli. I don;t eat breakfast but i will make it a point to and i am trying to find my phone now to DL Fitness Pal. Its just so frustrating >.< Thanks for the replies 🙂
Post # 6
I recommend the book “4 Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss. Even if you don’t agree with everything he says, it’s an interesting read. I still don’t have a good idea what you’re eating, but it sounds like you might not be getting enough protein. If you eat a protein-rich breakfast first thing in the morning, it gets your metabolism going and curbs your hunger all day. It really works. It seems like the two classes of diets that work for people are 1. low carb and 2. low cal. So I’d recommend either downloading MyFitnessPal and eating only as many calories as they recommend for weight loss, or cutting out all carbs.
Post # 7
@cmbr: yea…i eat probably too many carbs. I’m italian lol. I will definitly try that. Thank you. You made me feel better 🙂
Post # 8
If you have an android smartphone, I highly recommend “Libra”. It is a daily weight chart that’s really easy to use (it will remind you to weigh yourself). Your weight will fluctuate a lot, and Libra calculates a weighted average to take out the noise of those fluctuations. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your weight yo yo up and down. It will tell you what your “actual” (stable, average) weight is, and show a trend line for your current rate of change. It’s a great app!
Post # 9
A diet that I know works is low carb high fat. I’ve lost 6kg since new years. Also used it once before and lost 15kg in 6 months. It is however very very important to know what contains carbohydrates and what doesn’t. And there are no good carbs, they all become glucose in your body, which highers the bloodsugar, which triggers the insulin production, which makes the body store fat. It doesnt matter if the carb comes from an apple or a cookie, they both result in the same. An apple contains nutrition though so it is considered healthier in that way, but for the weight theyre all the same.
Check http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf (no registrations or costs or anything, just info and a blog)
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
Don’t weigh yourself at the end of the day! Do it first thing in the morning after you go to the toilet, if you weigh yourself at the end of the day you’ve still got all that undigested food etc. in you and it’s not an accurate measurement! everyone’s weight fluctuates throughout the day 🙂
Post # 11
I follow a really simple rule – if it does not grow, it is not edible. If I cannot produce it myself, I cannot eat it.
For me this means –
– Vegetables (including potatoes – reasonable amounts though).
– Everything else.
Basically, it’s an almost paleo diet.
I also aim to work out 3-4 times a week. I mean really work out, not just move around and chat about how “hard” it is.
I also find serious goal setting works. Not just “I will be toned and lose ten kilos by my wedding”, but “by the 1st of April I will have lost 2kg and will be drinking 2l of water per day”, “by the 1st of May I will have lost a further 2kg, lost 2cm off my waist, and will be using setting ten now on the elliptical trainer”.
Post # 12
I’ve lost 100 pounds in the past year and a 1/2 despite dealing with PCOS, Hashimotos (thyroid), and 6 miscarriages. Like @QueenofCups: does, I pretty much don’t eat it unless I make it from scratch. I have a few more yes foods on my list then she does (like honey for instance), but cutting out processed sugar, simple carbs (white bread, white potatoes, white rice), and cutting out gluten has helped me lose the vast majority of the 100 pounds. The last 30 or so have been definitely helped by adding in exercise – my husband and I walk together around 2 or more miles per day.
Post # 13
@QueenofCups: do you ladies eat cheese or yogurt? What about soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey etc? I make quite a few stir fries so would rather not cut those things out. What about ham? I often have a scrambled egg with some ham (to keep the carbs low) for breakfast.
My friggn weight fluctuates so bad. I have to eat 1200 calories of healthy food to maintain. If I go up to say 1500 I rapidly gain weight. It’s so exhausting to have to control everything I eat all the time. Its such a mental challange.
Post # 14
I will eat cheese at times, but rarely and only grass fed. I don’t eat yogurt anymore, and avoid things with soy in them. I DO eat raw honey.
Post # 15
@hallpants: I am doing little things to help. Living a hectic schedule is rough on the body, and stress can cause Cortisol build up which triggers your body to hold on to fat. Figure for most of our species’ history, our days were structured around finding food, water, and reproduction. Thus, the most common stress that we experienced was when we couldn’t find enough food. So, when our bodies recognize elevated stress hormones, their natural reaction is to protect us from starvation because they don’t understand what a TPS report or financial concerns are! Try to find yourself a little time to unwind and meditate or do yoga, or just be quiet. The morning is typically best. Also try to get enough sleep (7-8 hours).
As far as food is concerned, the more natural you can go, the better. Try to make simple conversions at first like buying organic dairy and meats. Cutting the antibiotics and hormones from those sources is great. You can get organic poultry and dairy at Walmart and Kroger, so I’m sure there’s options in most stores. If you can afford to, you can also switch your veggies to organic, but my doc says it is not as necessary. Really try very hard to limit sodium intake, up fiber, iron, and zinc. The fiber will really do wonders in helping you to absorb less of the calories you take in, encourage nutrient absorption, and keep your system moving. Sodium causes the body to hold on to water weight and ups your blood pressure. Obviously limiting your calorie intake is very important. Remember that it takes 3500 overeatten calories to gain 1lb of fat. It also takes 3500 undereatten calories to lose 1lb of fat. So if you calculate YOUR true daily caloric need based on your lifestyle, then eat just 500 less calories per day, you should lose about 1lb of fat every 5 days.
You are very likely to plateau at some point, especially if you are not exercising. Even with exercise, you can reach a point where you are gaining more muscle than losing fat. This is ok. Are you most concerned about the number on the scale, or the way you look in the mirror? As far as weighing, you are best to do it first thing in the morning. Get up, use the restroom, weigh, then shower or whatever. For most people, the morning, before you have anything in your stomach or get dressed is the most accurate picture of your weight. I also highly recommend that you take your measurements. Upper arms, upper thighs, waist, chest, and hips (I also measure my lower waist below my belly button because I’m obsessed with my pooch). Try to write down your starting place and your goals. If you have an ideal pant or dress size, then look up the industry standard (or your favorite manufacturer) measurements for that size. I like concerning myself with measurements more than weight because that is a true reflection. Hope maybe something in all that helps!
Post # 16
@fauxboho I do eat honey (I forgot about that one).there’s probably plenty of other little things that I eat that I have forgotten about, but they are all natural in origin.
I don’t eat fish sauce, oyster sauce etc, because of allergy, not because of my diet. I’m not a strict paleo, I just follow paleo-like principles for a vast majority of my diet, so I do occasionally use things like a small amount of chilli sauce or pesto in my cooking for flavour. If you are only using a small amount for flavouring I don’t see a problem with them. It’s when people smother their food with processed cr*p that it becomes a problem (i.e. A teaspoon of oyster sauce with some fresh chilli and garlic over an all natural vegetable stir fry sounds like a great healthy meal, but a huge jar of processed stir-fry sauce over the same vegetables would be awfully unhealthy).
I eat dairy as a treat occasionally, it is not a regular thing. I get most of my calcium from leafy, green vegetables.
I have completely cut out caffeine. It is my biggest no-no. I would sooner eat sugar than caffeine (research what it does to your immune system, you will be horrified).
I do have regular, small treats. I do not deprive myself, but I do not go overboard. I probably have 2-3 small treats a week (and by small I mean one exact serving, not as much as I please, and it has to have a reasonable calorie limit, it can’t be a huge 1000cal pizza feast – that would equal five treats in my books).
I’m thinking maybe I should start a healthy habits thread. Kind of like the “waiting bees” thread where anyone who’s interested can jump on board and work on whichever healthy habit us bees have decided for the week (and it will stay balanced, simple and achievable, nothing ridiculous – things like “this week I will learn one new recipe using only natural ingredients” and “this week I will commit to half an hour of meditation because my mental health works in tandem with my physical health”)….. Who would be interested?