Post # 1
Hello, Bees! My wedding is January 28, 2012, and I would really love to lose at least 15 pounds by then. I know I have a while, but I am very out of shape and currently weigh 150. I have never been smaller than 130, but I would just like to get back to my “high school weight”. I recently order Jillan Michael’s 30 day shred, so we will see how that goes. Any diet suggestions? Anyone else done the 30 day shred? What were your results?
Post # 3
The best thing for me has been the age old working out more and eating less. Find whatever work out you like and go for it. I know a lot of bees like the 30 day shred. After that, I found counting my calories helped so I can hold myself accountable. I personally use myfitnesspal.com to track but I know a lot of bees have a lot of luck with weight watchers. Good luck!
Post # 4
I am a Weight Watchers fan too… but for my body its more about the exercise/water intake along WITH the food. If you have a group of friends who would all like to improve their fitness/weight I HIGHLY recommend the Game On Diet. It’s a book written by the writers from Grey’s Anatomy, my friends and I have been playing since May and most of us are down 20-30 pounds. There is a diet you can follow in the book, but you can also do WW (which is what we did). It’s all about making it a game, you divide yourselves in teams and earn points each day for things like exercise, drinking your water, staying within your WW points, keeping a good habit, etc. It has been a TON of FUN, and the competition makes it really motivating! 🙂
I apologize for sounding like a commercial… ha. It has just been a really life-changing few months! I bought my book on amazon to get it for cheaper – but they have a website too I believe. Good Luck! 15lbs is totally do-able by your wedding date!
Post # 5
What Mui said. Eat less, and exercise more. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week.
Keep a food journal and write down what you eat; use that information to see where you are making bad food choices and to help you be more aware of what you’re eating and how much. Use a smaller plate; there’ve been studies showing that people increase portion size based on plate size.
Remember that when you start exercising more, you’ll build muscle, whiich weighs more than fat. (You’ll look better, your measurements will change, but the number on the scale may stay the same, or even go up occasionally.)
Eat several small meals; don’t eat until you’re stuffed. Don’t wait to eat until you are starving; that’s when you’re more likely to overeat or make bad choices.
Get a good night’s rest; if you aren’t getting enough sleep, two things happen. Your body tells you that you need energy, which can feel like hunger, and you are more likely to make bad food choices. (Need energy… must drink Coke! for instance)
Post # 6
Portion control, not eating after 7pm, drinking lots of water, and waiting until you’re actually HUNGRY to eat…. if you do those things plus you’re working out you’ll definitely lose weight.
After I had my baby I realized I was so used to snacking all day long (because I did that during pregnancy and while breast feeding) so I’ve had to train my brain that I don’t have to eat constantly anymore. I need to wait until I’m hungry to eat. That ALONE helped me lose about 5 pounds.
Post # 7
Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Eat fewer calories than you burn. That’s pretty much it. Everything else is just a yo-yo fad diet that will cause you to have rebound weight gain.
Post # 8
That sounds fun! I will have to look into it. Thanks for sharing! One of my biggest problems is not being able to drink enough water because I will be a full time student teacher this starting at the end of August and I won’t have many opportunities to make bathroom breaks or drink water all day, but I will try my hardest!
Post # 9
@Elvis: Thanks for the advice! I just signed up on myfitnesspal.com so we will see how that goes!