(Closed) Your weight loss techniques? I give up!

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What method has given you the best weight loss results?
    Dieting : (13 votes)
    16 %
    Cardio : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Running/Walking : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Weight-workouts : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Combo of some of these - explain : (41 votes)
    52 %
    Special diet plan (Weight watchers, south beach, etc.) : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Other - explain : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    75 posts
    Worker bee

    I’ve been doing weight watchers for the past 8 months and have successfully lost 32 lbs. It’s a very slow process but it works. I’d suggest that.

    I am no health nut. I am the opposite. To me, it looks like  you’re doing the right things. It may just be portion size and how much you are actually eating. And weight watchers would definetely help on this.

    Post # 5
    Member
    484 posts
    Helper bee

    I think you need to see a nutrionist. This may sound crazy, but you actually aren’t eating enough. You need to feed your metabolism numerous times a day with the right foods (protein, lean meats, dairy). Your breakfast and lunch aren’t as healthy as you think b/c you aren’t eating enough.

    Post # 6
    Member
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I did weight watchers prior to my wedding and lost over 50 lbs, and exercised very little (just didn’t have the time).  After the wedding I went back on weight watchers this time with working out (3x a week weights and 6x a week cardio).  The numbers on the scale didn’t budge one bit. 

    So I traded in WW for the F-Factor diet and have had amazing results, 6 lbs in one week! I discovered that even on WW I wasn’t eating as much fiber or vegetables as I should be and thats something F-Factor forces on you.  I was even able to easily follow the plan on travel for work.  I am going to stick to this for a while and see what else is to come.  I should note that the first two weeks on F-Factor are very restrictive food wise, but it eases up in the Phase 2 portion.

    I suggest tracking your food and exercise. I have used Fit Day (http://fitday.com/) in the past and recently a Live Strong Daily Plate Convert (http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/) because they have a bb/iphone application for frequent travelers for just $2.99!

    Good Luck, I think you will find many supportive ladies on these boards!

    Post # 8
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    I don’t know how old you are, but once I reached my late 20s, I started losing muscle tone and this slowed my metabolism waaaayyyy down. I did tons of cardio and ate very healthy but nothing came off. In the past, I had been able to lose weight easily with weight watchers and a little cardio, but this time, nada.

    Finally, I starting taking a pilates class once a week and going to a total body workout class twice a week (it’s sort of like a step aerobics class combined with weight training). Finally five pounds has come off over the course of a month and a half. This is the first time I’ve been able to lose weight in months, so I think I  had to build some muscles and get my metabolism going again. In fact, I look like I’ve lost more because my stomach is flatter and my arms are smaller.

    I know a lot of women are scared of weight training because they think they will develop giant muscles, but trust me, this in unlikely to happen unless you are doing a super intense routine and downing protein shakes. So, my advice is to definately tone your muscles while continuing to eat healthy and getting some cardio in. It’s hard to balance all of it and find the time, but once you see it working, you’ll want to keep going.

     

    PS: 1000-1300 calories is not very much, particularly if you’re working out almost everyday. Your body might think it is starving and is trying to hold onto the weight. Definately get some advice from a nutritionist about how much and what you should be eating per day. I was told to eat at least 4 cups of vegetables, 8 oz of lean protein, 2 servings of non-fat dairy, 4 servings of carbs, 6 servings of healthy fats and 4 servings of fruit. Basically, I am eating an egg and toast for breakfast, non-fat yogurt as a morning snack, a big salad with protein and some fats and carbs for lunch, crackers and string cheese in the early afternoon, a piece of fruit before I work out, salmon or chicken with veggies for dinner with a side of rice/bread and more fruit for dessert.

    Post # 9
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    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I do south beach.  Since 1/1/09, I’ve lost about 15 pounds, which is about 10.5% of my original body weight. 

     I’m much more relaxed on the rules now (but not for the first 2.5 months), and definitely eat carbs (though I try to stick to whole grains as much as possible).  

     Then to kick up my metabolism, I did Jillian’s Shred workout, which is amazing.

    Good luck!

    Post # 11
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    If you’re new to weight training, I would take a class– usually they’re called something like total body fitness. Or hire a personal trainer for a couple of sessions to introduce you to that part of the gym.

    Also, pilates works wonders. It can be expensive, but I was lucky to find a studio that only charges $13/ class.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think the biggest difference is made by a combination of cardio and weight training.  A great resource is Body for Life.

    http://bodyforlife.com/

    Post # 13
    Member
    398 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I am 25 as well, and second Jillians the Shred (it incorporates weights and cardio).  She kicks my but everytime!  I can see definite difference in tone in my arms from her workout.

    Post # 15
    Member
    380 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve been doing weight watchers for 9 weeks now and am down 11.6lbs. It works for me… i’m forced to really take a second look at what i am about to put in my mouth. There are days when I indulge in somethings like pizza and ice cream. But, i hold myself accountable and I don’t eat more than I am supposed to. It is really teaching me to make better meals at home and choices when I go out. Am now starting to incorporate some walking and taking out my bike to ride on the weekends. I am also going to start the shred.

    I agree that maybe you are eating too little. Try a nutritionist or a program like weight watchers.

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