Post # 1
Since my last post, it’s confirmed I’m not pregnant
So onto another dilemma of mine, how do I lose 15-20lbs in a realistic way? Any bees been successful? I am in a healthy weight range for my height, but I feel comfortable being slightly thinner than I am now. I’m 5’3, 120 and petite build. I am so lost about what to eat (since carbs are in like everything). I never had to worry about gaining weight before I started my job where I’m at a desk all day.
During the week it’s easy to eat healthy and pack my lunches, but weekends are soooo hard to stay on track (I also like wine,that doesn’t help). Thank you
Post # 2
I’ve lost 15 pounds a couple times before, but it took about 6 months (and I lost a few more after that). I used an app to track calories, and I was a student, so I got a lot of walking and going up/down stairs naturally throughout the day. I hardly ever drink soda or caffeine, so that helped. I was really strict about not eating anything after 8PM. You can absolutely do it!
Post # 3
I would look into IF or intermittent fasting, especially if giving up carbs is hard.
Post # 4
thunderbee : would unsweetened black iced tea be bad for weight loss? I have to have some kind of caffeine. Was able to let go of coffee
Post # 5
At 5’3 120 lbs why do you want to lose 15-20 lbs? That’s going to put you at the very bottom of a healthy BMI, if not underweight.
I would suggest looking into a strength training program which can really change the way you look.
Post # 6
alexaj12 : Hey Bee. I’m down 11 kgs (which is about 20-25lbs). Still have about 5-8kgs to go.
Literally diet and exercise. Hard work and saying no more than saying yes to treats.
We also follow a vegan/vegetarian diet 6 days a week which made a huuge difference.
But at the end of the day, it just comes down to calories in v calories out. Eat less than you burn, but not too much less as restriction leads to binging.
I’m at the gym 4 hours a week. I walk the dog 7 days a week. I eat 1800 calories a day and am losing about .75kgs (1.5 pounds) a week.
Post # 7
hikingbride : I was at 103-105 for years with little effort. I feel like at 120 I just look bloated.. seeing pics of me sometimes makes me feel like I’m even bigger. Still fit in most of my clothes though
Post # 8
alexaj12 : Do you already have dedicated exercise built into your daily routine several days a week? If you’ve gained weight because of your new sedentary position and not changing anything to make up for it just going for a brisk 2-4 mile walk before or after work (or during lunch hour) on weekdays will off set the desk job and make you shed weight gradually if you keep eating well on week days. If you lack muscle mass building that up will benefit your metabolism.
I lost 10 pounds a few summers ago by running nearly all my errands on a heavy ass beach cruiser bike. Random way to get it done but it worked. And was a lot less stressful than driving too.
Post # 9
alexaj12 : I think I had iced tea occasionally. But definitely brewed, not bottled, because bottled has a lot of calories. I remember drinking mostly skim and soy milk when I was losing weight because I wanted a good source of protein.
I basically lived on cereal, fruit, and soup (1700 calories a day when I started, to about 1300 in the later months). I know that won’t work for everyone, LOL.
Post # 10
How much wine are you drinking? No judgement at all but alcohol is 7 calories per gram x 14 grams per glass of wine… ALL of which is burned and used for energy immediately after consumption. This process disrupts your body’s normal metabolic function, to prefer fats and carbs from the foods you eat, causing those calories to be stored as excess fat in your body while using the empty alcohol calories instead.
Post # 11
hikingbride : Her goal doesn’t seem unreasonable. People have different body types – it’s a bit presumptive to suggest she would be unhealthy at her goal weight.
Post # 12
Do you exercise? It’s pretty hard to lose weight with food alone. I recommend strength training like Pilates 3-4 times a week because the more lean muscle you build, the more calories you’ll burn all day long. You may not lose much weight but you will lose inches as you slim down all over.
Other than that, you need to track everything you eat to make sure you’re eating less than you burn. It’s entirely possible to ourdo your Monday-Friday progress by going overboard every weekend. You need to make sure the only carbs you’re eating are quality ones like brown rice and sweet potatoes instead of bread and pasta. If you’re drinking wine, no other carbs with that meal. Caffeine is fine as long as you’re not drowning it in sugar, fake sugar, or dairy.
Post # 13
I’m 5’3” and I totally understand what you mean. My preferred weight is 104-107. Over the last year I had what I consider a somewhat major weight gain for my size (up to 117) and I looked very bloated. I’ve lost half of it over the past few months by tracking my calories on MyFitnessPal. I try to stay at 1200 calories, but I do go up to 1400 quite a bit which is probably why the weight loss has been so slow haha. I don’t avoid carbs at all, I just make sure I track them. It really doesn’t matter what you eat for weight loss, only how many calories it is. Good luck!
Post # 14
I’m 5’2 and weigh 108 and I think it’s a perfect size 🙂 So I hear you!
It’s all about calories and where those calories come from. Drop bread, dairy, and gluten from your diet and the weight will shoot off in a healthy way. I lost 20 pounds in three months doing that.
Do NOT eat less than 1200 calories a day, especially since you are already so small. Your body will freak out lol