Post # 1
Usually, my posts/questions are cheerful. However, in the past two days, I have had THREE people take food out of my hands or tell me that I need to lose weight for my dress. I’m not saying that I’m stick thin, but I’m also not huge either. So, needless to say, my feelings are incredibly hurt. But apparently I should take note and lose some weight.
So. What are y’alls diet/exercise tricks and secrets? I’m a picky eater, so dieting is very hard for me. Picky to the point that I gag if I keep trying to eat things I don’t enjoy. Any and all tips are welcome.
Post # 3
@Bben2009: First of all, I don’t know why people assume that anyone getting married regardless of size is trying to lose weight. Anyway…
My best *trick* is to prepare meals ahead of time. Have the preparation and cooking time already done so I won’t feel like “grabbing something quick” because I’ll already have some healthy that can be quick.
Having a plan makes it soooo easy and likewise NOT having a plan is where I always fail.
Post # 4
@Bben2009: -Use My Fitness Pal to track your calories or a program like weight watchers.
-Do it slowly. Don’t crash diet. Start eating better (maybe eliminate one bad thing you eat a week – chips, soda, etc.) and start working out. If you crash diet, sure you may lose quickly, but you want to keep it off.
-If you think you want a snack, drink a glass of water. If you’re still hungry afterwards – that means you are actually hungry. If not- you might have just needed some water!
-Allow yourself a cheat day. If you want that cheeseburger on a Saturday night…have it. Just eat healthy for the rest of the weekend and work out! Or have a salad on the side instead of french fries!
Post # 5
You don’t need to change the foods you eat to lose weight, you just have to eat less of it. Calculate how many calories you burn in a day using this calculator http://www.fitnessfrog.com/calculators/tdee-calculator.html
and subtract 500 calories from that to lose weight. If you subtract 500 calories and you are under 1200 calories, then keep it at 1200.
Post # 6
@Bben2009: i definitely plan everything ahead of time, and always have snacks pre-portioned so i don’t have to go for something that’s worse for me. i’m on a paleo diet as well, and its helped tremendously…and i feel amazing. i’ve lost 15 lbs since jan. 6!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton
@Bben2009: Every time someone tells me to lose weight for my dress, I want to eat a bunch of cookies and cake, so they’re really hurting more than helping!
My big diet tricks/tips are drinking a lot of water, keeping healthy snacks on hand (I bring apples to work for the days when there is free dessert sitting out!), not carrying any change for vending machines or money for eating out, logging everything I eat before I eat it so I know I’ve thought about it and can make informed decisions, and letting myself have treats in moderation.
Post # 8
I’m with you, @Miss Milk Cow. Makes me want to shove bad food in my mouth even more!
Thanks for the advice everyone.
Post # 9
I often think of living a healthy life similar to having a part-time job. It takes time to do it well. I spend a lot of time doing it and I’m still not very efficient at it. However, echoing PP, I find it helpful to have good food on hand and at the ready. To help me do this, I cook on Sunday afternoons, even if it’s just vegetables, so that we can have a healthy side or meal for lunch or dinner throughout the next week. This past Sunday, I roasted a head of cauliflower and a head of broccoli. In a separate pan, I roasted 3 sweet potatoes. Meanwhile, I was chopping up pears and kiwifruits for snacks. When all was said and done, I had lots of cooked veggies and prepared fruit on standby for FH and I. It works!
Post # 10
@Bben2009: “I’m ordering my dress so it will fit me. If I lose weight, it won’t fit! Also, don’t take food away from me, that’s fucking rude.” I’d be way more concerned with interacting with the people around you so they realize that what they’re doing is not okay than worried about losing weight. That’s messed up!
Post # 11
These are a few key things that help me stay slim. And I am not picky, and love food, just for reference. Also, I find that while the gym helps me look better, I don’t workout hard enough for weight loss. Weight loss, for me, is directly tied to diet.
Drink lots of water.
If I notice I’m looking a bit pudge, I’ll skip lunch for a couple days without adding any extra food to the other meals. Simple, quick fix. And before anyone jumps on me for this, I’m not advocating never eating, but if you’re going to eat a dessert that’s equal in calories to three meals, skipping the equivalent # of meals to make up for it isn’t the end of the world if done once in a while.
For longer-term dieting, I try to think high protien, low carb. Carbs stick to me like glue, so much as I detest not having them, cutting them out works wonders.
Also, not eating in between meals and not eating leftover dessert when DH’s away at work definitely help! That last one has been killing me this week lol.
@iceland_bride: This. Portion control makes a HUGE difference!
Post # 12
@Bben2009: Oh, and tell those mean people that the dress is made to fit you, not you made to fit the dress! Your weight is your business, and you’ll look gorgeously happy regardless of whether you’re fat, skinny, or anything in between. 😉
Post # 13
@Bben2009: Lots and lots of water!! I stopped drinking soda and juice throughout the work day and I couldn’t believe how much better I feel. I have a 20oz plastic cup with a straw I started trying to drink half threw out the day. then slowly worked my way up now I drink 2-3 full a day. I haven’t changed my diet too much just tried to portion control. (like dont eat the whole pizza!! haha!) and I’m down about 5lbs over the course of 2 months.
Also who pulls food out of people’s hands? take my pizza I’m going to freak!! You will look gorgeous no matter what!