(Closed) How did YOU lose your lbs ?!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I needed to lose about 7 lbs last summer (I’m short and my clothes was getting very tight).  I did the Dukan diet and it worked fantastic for me.  It took me exactly 4 weeks to lose the 7 lbs. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I lost 20+ pounds a modified Atkins type program. For the first week, I tracked my carbs and tried to keep them under 25 net. I ate “paleo” style (no grains, legumes or sugars, no industrial oils, high fat/protein). After the first week, since I had an idea of what foods were high/low in carbohydrates, I just tried to keep my diet low/moderate carbohydrate. Overall, it was pretty easy. The hardest part was the first day or two, I had massive sugar cravings!

After I lost all the weight I wanted to, I just transitioned to a paleo diet without the emphasis on avoiding carbohydrates. It’s naturally still pretty low in carbs, but I now eat sweet potatoes, squash, honey, dark chocolate and red wine.

My favorite non-cheat “cheat” is dark chocolate dipped in nut butter. 

ETA: I didn’t weigh myself often, so I’m not sure when I reached my goal weight (may have been sooner than my “weigh in”), but I was “dieting” for 60 days. I would guess I lost most of the weight in the first month.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The skinniest I ever was…I was on the worst diet ever….beer and chicken wings and cardio like crazy. I was lke 95 lbs and toned as hell.  Mind you, this wasn’t on purpose, I was just working crazy hours at work, and bars were like the only thing open. And after working like 30 hours, man that beer looks good!! LOL

But seriously, my grown-up diets are low carb with a nutritionist (yes, my insurance covers it for free…so if you have it, ask if they have a “wellness program”)!!! They work! But you MUST watch your saturated fat and cholesterol!!! Dukan and Atkins are best. Diabetes Today reccommends cutting your carbs below 100 grams if you want to lose weight quickly. On Dukan and Atkins, your carb intake is under 20 in the first few weeks. Dukan takes off water weight quickly, but that does start to creep back on once you get to the core weight loss. I would say if you want to lose weight fast, do Dukan for 3-5 days to pull off some water weight, then switch to Atkins. Then for long term maintenence, South Beach all the way.

Basically, in order of severity and pros/cons:

  • Dukan: Most limiting, but the lowest in saturated fats. If you don’t vary your food enough, it can cause nutritional deficiencies, so you MUST eat a wide variety of the allowed foods (which is very hard). Gets boring. Not good for maintence–you’ll have to modify it. Good for insulin resistance.
  • Atkins: Great for loss and okay for maintenence, but horrible for cholesterol and fats. If you can’t lose on Atkins, try Dukan. You’ll also need to tweak if you are insulin resisitant.
  • South Beach: Great if you need to cut down your portions and learn to eat healthier. Not great for weight loss really, but amazing for maintenence. Just stay away from the packaged foods.

Other diets:

  • Weight Watchers: Okay, but I gained weight on this. It just had me eating too may calories, and tracking the food was such a pain that I just started eating the power foods, which were full of carbs and sugar. Not a good fit.
  • Slim Fast: Full of sugar and processed junk. Plus, the meal “replacements” don’t actually replace anything…you just end up eating snacks, then having WAY more than your daily limit of sugar.

By far, the nutritionist and eating low carb has been helpful. I eat low carb, but the nutritionist from my insurance’s FREE wellness program reminds me to keep my saturated fats low, keep my sugar low, and to try new foods (like pomegranates and things). We set food goals like “try this” or “prepare one vegetarian meal”. They call me once a month for like 20 minutes and ask about what I am eating, how I am feeling, and if I am getting my 20 mins a day of exercise.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I tracked my calories and exercised more…that’s really it. People always ask me what diet I used or what pill I took, but it was just boring old eating right and exercise. I used sparkpeople.com to track my food and worked out 3-4 times a week. It took about 6-7 months, but I went from 210lbs to 165, a size 16 to size 8/10 (fluctuates a bit)…oh and I’m 5’10 btw to put it in perspective. I ultimately want to get down to 150 or at least to a size 6, so we’ll see. As I get closer to the goal, it’s harder to get the scale to move!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Eat less, exercise more.  That’s all you need to do.  No fancy diets, no special products.  When you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll lose weight.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I lost 75# several years ago following WW and kept it off four about 4-5 years. I stopped smoking around the same time I met Darling Husband, and got happy and let myself eat what I wanted for far too long….and found myself up about 20#. I’ve struggled a lot with trying to get rid of it. WW changed their program and it just wasn’t working for me. I’m currently using MyFitnessPal.com to track calories. I’ve really only been “hardcore” for about 5 weeks now. I’m not really weighing myself at the moment, but I’d definitely lost inches.

The hardest part for me is that I am a QUANTITY eater. I love that feeling of full…I want to feel that way all the time. The first few weeks are usually the hardest for me, I just have to retrain my stomach AND brain to accept that sometimes I’m going to feel hungry.  The other hard part is that my husband is a picky eater who has the palate of a toddler, so I am usually just cooking for me. I stopped trying to please us both.

The easist part? I guess exercise. I actually like it and so I stay active even when I’m eating for four. 🙂 I also really vegetables.

I try to focus on real food as much as possible. I avoid soda and artificial sweetners, but I have my weak moments. Snacks are usually bananas, apples with PB, some snack bars ( I like cliff mojo bars). But, when I first started weight loss, I wasn’t as much focused on the type of food. I ate a lot of diet foods until I learned what worked for me and what didn’t. I also found that those diet foods were not as filling, which is how I started to wean off them.

Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@abbie017:  Sorry, but that’s a tautology, an absolute over simplification. Sure, energy is preserved, that’s simple physics. That still doesn’t account for what happens to that energy. Is it stored in the form of fat, is it burned to fuel the body, etc? That’s the rub. Also, your body strives for homeostatis, so it will slow down or speed up metabolism in order to acheive this. Hormones also play a part.

Sure, calorie counting diets can help to lose some weight, but they almost never work to the capacity that they’re “supposed to”. 3500 calorie deficiency rarely leads to exactly 1 lb of weight loss, and this is because of all the factors I’ve mentioned.

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler”

(And before anyone tells me I don’t understand simple science, there are plenty of scientists, like Gary Taubes, who argue that the statements like these about the first law of thermodynamics as it applies to weight loss completely ignore the second law)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

myfitnesspal.com, I use it to track my calorie consumption and try to stick to about 1200 cals/day. I think diet is absolutely key, but you also need to exercise (but activity is secondary). I don’t do the whole “fad” diet thing. The reality of watching calorie consumption, everything in moderation and exercise is key.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@les105:  Sure, it’s an oversimplification.  But generally people who need to lose weight need to eat less and exercise more.  Miss Orchard said it perfectly:  “The reality of watching calorie consumption, everything in moderation and exercise is key.”

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@abbie017:  Again, I disagree that it’s all about calorie consumption, or “moderation” for that matter. I think that’s a silly concept. What is “moderation”, anyway? 

Your body will unquestionably do something different with 1200 calories of chocolate or 1200 calories of whole wheat pasta or 1200 calories of steak & broccoli, and this will inevitably be tied to weight loss, satiety and energy.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I’m still in the process, but I’ve lost about 35 lb. so far. What I’ve done:

– Cut out all soda/sugary drinks and cut down on alcohol and caffeine. Soda was actually easier than I thought, alcohol the easiest because I wasn’t a big drinker to start with. Giving up my Starbucks habit was HARD, but I finally broke that as one of my 2012 New Year’s resolutions.

– Drink 60 – 80 oz. of water a day. Sometimes I drink more depending on how hard I work out, but I try to get at least 60 oz. in (approximately 3 refills of my water bottle – I fill it up in the morning and drink water throughout breakfast and my commute, refill when I get to work and try to finish that by lunch, then refill after. Normally I get closer to 80-100 oz. a day if I stick to this. If I have tea or coffee, sometimes I don’t get more than 20 oz. until after lunch.

– Calorie counting! I know it’s not for everyone, but whether you do points via Weight Watchers or use a strict calorie counting tool like MyFitnessPal or even just keep a written diary, it is SO important to know how much you’re eating and how often! I had no clue how much sugar I was getting nor how many calories I was eating for snacks. I now eat 5-6 times a day (3 meals, 2-3 snacks that I keep under 200 calories each) and shoot for a balance of nutrients. I also cut out almost all fast food and try to make my meals and have at least 3-5 different fruits/vegetables a day.

– Exercise, exercise, exercise. I think a balance of cardio and strength training is key. I do cardio 3 days a week, strength training 3 days and rest 1 day. For strength, I alternate upper body, lower body and core so I’m not working too many muscles at once (and also so I can give each muscle group enough weekly attention). I vary my cardio: walking, elliptical, Zumba, pilates, yoga and try to push myself and set new goals.

Of course, I haven’t been perfect. I still have about 140 lb. I’d like to lose, and I’ve recently hit a major plateau and even gained a couple pounds back – but as long as you accept bad days (or even weeks) will happen and get back up on the proverbial horse, you’ll be able to meet your goals.

 

Honestly, it IS simple when you get down to it. As abbie017 said, eat less and exercise more. It’s the getting there that can be difficult because we have so many bad habits and tendencies ingrained in us. It took me MONTHS to break some of my bad eating habits, and even after more than a year I’m still struggling with others. It’s a lot of willpower, a lot of want, but if you commit to it and take small steps every single day you will get there.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@les105:  I don’t think anyone is saying 1200 calories of chocolate is moderation, so obviously the body will process eating 1200 calories of crap different than 1200 calories of good, clean food.  We have to agree to disagree.  I have had an enormous amount of success counting calories and exercising, as have a lot of other people.  It’s basic math; I’m not saying you don’t get it, I’m just saying we think differently.  If you’ve had success other ways, that’s great.  We’ve actually talked about this before in a different thread, I think diets like Dukan and Atrkins are ineffective in the long run, while you disagree.  To-mat-o, to-mah-to.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I use My Fitness pal to track my calories every day and log my exercise. There isn’t a magic formula, you just have to stick to it. I’ve lost 28 pounds since October 2011, simply counting my calories and working out 3-4 times per week.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with abbie017, eating less and exercising more is always how I lose weight, Get a buddy who can keep you motivated.

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