Weight Loss:I want to do it right, but I don't know how to start. (Long!)

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@alt_bride:  I do Weight Watchers and I can’t say enough good things about it. I don’t feel deprived, I eat real, delicious food, I can fit in “splurges” here and there and I am losing weight consistently every week. It’s awesome.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would recommend seeing a nutritionist, dietician, or physician.

Short term weight loss is easy but so is putting the pounds back on.  There’s probably an association with food ro diet that causes us to bounce back so fast.  After the wedding I’m going to get a consultation wiht a registered dietician.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also reccommend WW. I think it’s a good place to start to learn how to make choices that will result in weight loss without giving up all the foods you enjoy.

I lost 75# on WW 8 years ago. I kept it off for several years. I’ve slowly gained about 30 back over the past 4-5 years, but those learning tools have never left me. I don’t do WW now. I’m using My Fitness Pal to track.

I used to hate exercise, too, but I’ve actually grown to LOVE it. I don’t think you need to do p90x to be successful, maybe just try to incorporate more movement in your daily life. Take a 20 minute walk every day or maybe find an organized sport you might enjoy.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@alt_bride:  I think you need to shift your focus, honestly, from “lose X pounds” to “eat right and find some exercise I enjoy because I will feel better and be healthier if I make those changes.” I think diets fail because they are about the number on the scale going down and obviously that can’t happen forever (nor should it!) I would take an honest look at the amount of exercise you get – maybe consider a pedometer for a couple of weeks to see how many steps you take in a day – and then try to bump that up by a few hundred steps one week, a few hundred more the next, etc. And again, an honest look at what you are eating, keeping a truthful food diary and then making a few slow changes at a time. If you drink a lot of soda, replace X sodas per week with glasses of water. If you eat snacks at night, try replacing them with something healthier a few nights a week. I think it’s key to make these changes gradually, and to find “replacement” foods that are healthy and that you actually like.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@alt_bride:  The keys really are portion control, minimising junk food and working out. What you do needs to be sustainable so that it’s something you can keep up for the rest of your life and keep the weight off.  I found educating myself on how much energy is in the food I eat was key so I knew how big a portion I really needed to serve myself. I watch my intake of refined carbs (stick to wholemeal/grains, not too much sugar etc.) as this in particular was an issue for me and caused me to stack on the weight. High intensity interval training combined with lifting weights was what worked for me at the gym.  If you feel self conscious you could start with something like RPM classes (doesn’t require any co-ordination and people don’t really gaze around the room at others) or just going on the cross trainer/treadmill etc. If you’ve never lifted weights before it is definitely important to learn correct technique so you may want to get a trainer for a few sessions to show you this.

 

 I also found during my weight loss period having a weekly check in in on the scales kept me honest and on track – but do not put all your emphasis on this. It’s important to realise our weight will fluctuate some weeks so take measurements too of your waist, bust, hips etc. to track your progess evey month or so. I lost over 50 pounds and I’ve been maintaining/building muscle for about 9 months now. So far so good!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@alt_bride:  another WW endorsement. I lost a ton of weight on it and like PP said, it really taught me how to look at food with a much healthier approach than restrictive diets. Even when I’m not tracking, I now understand how to build a plate to maintain my weight.  And I still eat pizza, froyo, thai food, and well, everything.  Just only when I’ve budgeted for it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Do you have any friends who workout that you could go with a few times and get some pointers? When I started, I worked out with my best friend (only on the elliptical and walking on the treadmill). Once I got comfortable with the machines, it was much easier to go alone. You can watch TV or read magazines and it makes tie go by so quickly.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@alt_bride:  This is what I *hate* about fad diets. Including weightwatchers (which is better than most). They are great to kick start a diet, or to reach short term goals, but very hard to sustain. They teach you to lose weight by following their meal plan. Versus making better options with real-life eating. You don’t need to learn a point system, you need to learn what is actually healthy (vs. things that are unhealthy under the guise of being healthy), and when to eat those things. What happens when you are finished with the diet and have reached your goals? Where do you go from there? Just like you said, most people don’t know and tend to put the weight back on.

I would recommend seeing a good nutritionist in order to get the basics, along with a realistic longterm plan, goals, etc.

Then, do lots of self research. Books, internet, blogs, etc. You will find a lot of contradictory information, and will have a lot of trial and error whole you find what works (and is sustainable) for YOU. Start with the very boring basics of healthy eating and branch out, as you get more comfortable. Meats and veggies. Research proper macro-nutrients. Read ALL nutrtional content prior to putting something in your mouth. Once you get all of that, you can add more variety, and it will eventually become a lifestyle.

Then, start excercise. Walk 20 minutes a day. Then bump it up to jogging for 1 min, walking briskly for 2, until 30 min have passed, etc. You will loathe it at first until your body adjusts. However, once it does, your body will crave it and you will feel better. I’m sorry you are going through this. : ( I’ve been there, and once I figured out what a truly healthy lifestyle is, I will *never* go back.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I like a smart phone app called lose it! It’s basically a food and exercise journal. The basics of weight loss are calories in less than calories out! However, it’s easier to eat less when you eat real food that keeps you fell like lean protein, whole grains etc ( Greek yogurt is a godsend!) when I was trying, I realize however, if I got to restrive I was more likely to quit, so some 100 calorie ice cream sandwiches helped me lose the 15lbs I wanted to lose! Good luck 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@alt_bride:  I do Weight Watchers online. I like that it still allows me to eat out and drink with friends and there’s no guess work. EVERYTHING has a point value. As long as you are honest with your computer, the scale goes down. Those crash diets with boxed meals (Ideal Protein, Nutrisystem) where you lose a ton of weight fast are great but they don’t teach you how to eat better — so you put it all back on (and then some) after you’re done with the ‘diet.’

I’ve been on it for three weeks (as of today!) and have lost 10 lbs.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I lost ALL my weight with only walking. I didn’t start doing other things until I was at goal. I upped my distance as I advanced, but you don’t have to move mountains, you just need to get some heart healthy movement in there.

Walking is easy and essentially free. I started with walking 1-2 miles, then upped it to 3 then 5, eventually when that was boring to me, i started adding in some jogging. Let me tell you, I HATED running. I always SWORE I would never run for fun, and now I run marathons. I’ll never win one, but I finish them. You’d be amazed what you are capable of.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Also, the healthy and sustainable goal for weightloss is no more than 2lbs a week. You will lose more at first due to water weight and such. However, that is the best goal to have if you intend on keeping your losses.

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