I’m like 5’4 and some change and I was like 170lbs. Totally know where you’re coming from. A big deal is how many calories you eat and you have to find a way to keep track of it. You can do like Weight Watcher’s points, Medifast or other prepared meals, there are phone apps, or you can just check nutrition facts like crazy which was what did. I was able to keep track what I had every day. I ate veggie bowls from Chipotle, some Subay (but that wasn’t filling), and some other things like Morningstar chili bowls (SUPER FILLING and like 270 calories total, and good with some grated cheese and fat free sour cream or whatnot). You need to find out your BMR and RMR and go from there.
I hated working out in public and stuff because I was self-conscious, but if joining a club works for you, it’s a great way to help keep you on it. If you’re doing it by yourself, it’s easy to quit or get busy or whatever.
I still hate exercising. Always have, every time. People say you start enjoying it, but I NEVER did. So don’t do it expecting that you’ll start to like it and get discouraged, because I certainly never got to that point and it was frustrating thinking how other people “enjoy” it.
DON’T drink sugar free drinks. There’s several reasons why, but really, it’s not a good substitute. If you can drink tea, use Stevia to sweeten your tea. It can be used in lieu of sugar, is natural, and your body doesn’t get “confused” with stevia like it does with artificial sweeteners. I use a lemonade/stevia water flavor that I’ve really liked. It’s called True Lemon and comes in box. I hate drinking water with food for some reason. If water works for you with food then go for it.
Try to stay away from processed things as much as possible. Fat free/low calorie things are USUALLY worse just because they’re loaded with chemicals that will slow your process. Some dairy products aren’t too bad. Veggies are awesome, but it’s easy to get tons of calories if you add butter or dressings. Salt/pepper, herbs, some vinegar are good, or you can do some sour cream with taco seasonings or whatnot if you don’t go crazy with it. Fruits are also good, but they have a lot of sugar so keep that in mind.
Try to stay away from white breads and simple carbs as much as possible. Their calories easily turn into fat if you’re not burning that quick energy off. Brown rice and complex carbs are better, but still keep an eye on the calories there.
Beans are very filling.
CHECK NUTRITION FACTS. And when you do, make sure you check the serving size at the top. VERY misleading sometimes. When all else fails with serving size comparisons, look at the grams to see where you get your most calories.
Fiber is filling. Drink tons and tons of water. Get a glass container and try to refill itseveral times a day.
Alcohol and coffee drinks (like frappuccinos) have a crazy high amount of calories in them, so keep an eye out.
Invest in a rowing machine or check craigslist for ellipticals. We got a Schwinn 420, it’s compact and smooth and was like $250. Barey used. Or check amazon for some DVDs you can buy, or even like youtube. Or if you like running, that’s excellent. I hate running. Swimming and running are two of the best things you can do. Whatever you do, you have to do it consistently.
Try to eventually start incorporating weight training into cardio. Just having muscle burns fat, and you’ll start ending up looking more toned and in shape rather than “skinny fat”
Take a good multi. REALLY. It helps your body in many ways and will help you lose weight. Nature’s awy Alive are really good, but they’re nasty to take. I might’ve seen them in a gummy version at WalMart but I’m not sure. However, all multivitamins are NOT created equal, so you should check their content.
I was a stable 118 for a while, and now I’m like 108, which isn’t the best… I need to get back some muscle = I lost 10lbs by a diet change. No gluten, sugar, white breads. I lost like 10lbs in 2 weeks without lifting a finger o_O But I also lost my appeitite and the food I COULD eat wasn’t appetizing. So sometimes I just went hungry because nothing sounded good. I wanted like pastas and stuff. If you cut out sugar and white breads and stuff, it’ll probably suck hard for like a week or a bit more, but you start adjusting to it and it’s not so bad after a while. It stabilizes your appetite. I’m eating smaller amounts as well too.
The big recommendation is to eat small meals throughout the day. I couldn’t do that. I ate one big meal and was satisfied. The other way I either was just hungry all the time which sucked, or I’d overeat. So… I had one meal that I’d fill up on, and usually just drank water or something throughout the day. But it’s not ideal. And my sleep schedule is whack, so my biggest meal was dinner, around 8pm. But I didn’t go to bed till 4am, and I exercised around 1 or 2am, so… a big dinner isn’t normally the best, because most people are quick to go to bed afterwards. And big meals just aren’t ideal. If you can do several smaller meals, like “graze” on food, you’ll lose weight faster.
But I’m still soft around the middle and stuff, so that’s why I say you need to weight train also.
There’s tons of ways to do it, but you have to find out what you can do and what you can’t. I definitely suggest you analyze your calorie intake, and what kind of food. You might be surprised how quickly those calorie suckers add up. lol Feel free to pm me if you have any questions or anything ^_^