Post # 1
I’m wondering if there are any bees who have had huge weight transformations and how they did it?
Most people who I meet that have huge weight loss don’t really like to share their secrets. I would love to know how it’s done. I will be getting married next October and I just HATE who I am right now and I need to loose 80 pounds. I don’t want to get married like this and I don’t want to live like this.
So, any real life weight loss success stories would be a great motivation to know it can be done.
Post # 3
I also need to lose about 70-80lbs. so thanks for posting this thread, hopefully you’ll get a lot of cool, inspirational stories!
Post # 4
I lost 40 pounds. I know, not a HUGE transformation, but I’ve been able to maintain it for 3 years, which I’m pretty proud of. Honestly, I don’t have any secrets. I try to eat in moderation, and I try to work out a few times a week. I would love to lose 40 more pounds, but for some reason I have just been hanging out here for 3 years. It’s better than gaining any weight back, but still a bit frustrating.
Counting weight watchers points has worked for me, and I also saw a personal trainer for a little while.
Post # 5
I lost about 50-60 lbs. I’m 5′, so that was a lot. I’ve maintained it for about 5 years now.
Honestly, my answer is boring! I lost it gradually by making a lifestyle change rather than dieting. I realized what my serious problem areas were – soda (I drank lots of Diet Coke!), simple carbs, too many sweets, processed foods, and not enough fruits and veggies.
For my body, I feel like diet is 75% of the battle and exercise is an (albeit important) 25%. I’ve had times in my life where I just couldn’t exercise, and maybe only gained 5 lbs or so because I kept my eating in check. I do feel a lot better when I’m exercising, though.
The biggest help to me was learning about real nutrition. If you understand nutrition, you can better find a diet that suits your needs. Be willing to make compromises – if I didn’t let myself splurge sometimes (vegan cupcakes!) I think I would have given up a long time ago.
We only keep healthy foods and a few baking staples around the apartment now. Something sweet for me in a day might be as simple as a small glass of lemonade (and real lemonade, not the Minute Maid stuff!) or some fruit. You might find it helpful to count calories until you have a better idea of what you’re eating and what you really need.
Take one step at a time. If you can only cut out simple things (excessive meat, cheese, sweets) and focus on adding fresh fruits and veggies, that’s a great start. Don’t worry so much about something having X grams of fat or carbs, because if you’re eating real foods in moderation, fats are carbs are good things, just like protein.
Post # 6
@lilyfaith: I think not knowing about nutrition is one of my big problems. What steps did you take to learn more on it?
Post # 7
I lost over 30 pounds in grad school…. because of one of my migraine meds. Since then I’ve gained it back, and then some, so now I’m on weight watchers. It’s my second week, and it seems to be working so far!
Post # 8
I need to lose 26 pounds to get down to 125 and ill be a lot happier! I just downloaded the Myfitnesspal app on my iPhone and its really great so far. For the first few days I could see that I was going over my calories and eating too many sugars. so it is very helpful! Good luck to us!
Post # 9
@FutureMrsChaney: oh wow! “There’s an ap for that” lol … I’m going to look for that!
Post # 10
@tranquility: I would highly recommend reading the China study.
Whole Foods also has some great free seminars with nutritionists, your local branch should have it on the calendar. And when in doubt, a simple rule of thumb is that the more fresh or simple the food is, the better for you it will be. I would always choose the higher calorie option (think whole wheat spaghetti with mushrooms and marinara vs. a lean cuisine) because when it comes down to it, the fillers and artificial ingredients will not keep you full, and are loaded with sodium and other unhealthy things.
Post # 11
@tranquility: Lol ya its really great so far and helping me keep in check!
Post # 12
Weight watchers is good for support, learning about portion sizes, etc. However, they also encourage a lot of processed foods which I think is unhealthy. I would recommend making an appointment with a registered nutritionist. Your insurance company may pay for this.
There are no secrets–exercise that gets the heart rate up, a good balanced diet, no processed foods, no artificial sweetners, no sodas/lattes/other fat-filled drinks will all make a difference.
Post # 13
I lost 75# following Weight Watchers. The only secret is you have to be aware of what you’re eating. Weight loss is just a matter of calories in vs. calories out. To lose weight you have to burn more than you eat. The only way to do that is to limit your caloric intake and increase your activity. WW worked for me because there’s structure, but you also have some freedom to eat the things you love that aren’t so low calorie every once in a while. It’s not easy. You have to make the choice to follow the plan every day, just like you would on any diet plan. There is no mystery that people aren’t sharing, I just think that most people aren’t satisfied hearing that weight loss comes though work.
Post # 14
I’ve lost 10kg (about 20 lb’s I think) in the last twelve months and have so far managed to keep it off (I had put on 20kg in four years – ouch!).
I walk for about an hour every day (I have a dog so do 20 minutes before work and about 40 in the evening), I also have some handweights and spend 20 minutes about three times a week lifting my hand weights and doing situps, pressups, squats etc which is great for muscle tone.
In terms of diet, I stopped eating all the crap I was eating like chips, candy and coke (basically all the processed stuff) and I feel heaps better when I eat better food! I also don’t drink on a regular basis (lots of empty calories in alcohol) and don’t eat as much cheese as I used to (oh how I miss cheese).
To be honest, losing the weight has on the whole not been that difficult because this time I was ready to make the changes and do it. If you want it enough you’ll just make it part of your routine and it will happen – good luck!
Edit – As missrobots says – there really isn’t a secret it’s just about doing the work!
Post # 15
I’ve lost around 50lbs. I still want to loose around 20 more. I just watch what I eat (still splurge and eat my favs…just in moderation) and I work out. I start out small with changing my eating habits by cutting out small stuff gradually. It has helped with keeping it off.
Post # 16
I lost 30 lbs in 2 months, which I know isn’t huge, but I went to a diet doctor who I know a lot of people have lost major pounds with. Unfortunately, it wasn’t cheap, but it was pretty easy. His basic setup was a lower carb diet (the first 5 days was ONLY protein), a B12 shot once a week, Calcium Pyruvate supplements and a multivitamin. The reason it was so easy, though, was that he prescribed an appetite suppressant (Bontril) which was awesome. I know a few people who couldn’t afford to go to the doctor I saw, so they just talked to their regular doctor about getting a prescription. With 80lbs to lose, I think it could at least be worth asking your doctor about.