Post # 1
The bridal salon where my dress is called me today to have me make an appointment for my first fitting. As of now (I may be taking the dress to a private seamstress instead), my appointment is August 8th. After hanging up, I realized that this is 2 MONTHS AWAY. And, I have yet to lose the weight that I wanted to..well, that’s a lie..I’ve lost like maybe 5 pounds (woo..)
I need to lose 20 lbs in 2 months. I know this is more than what doctors would reccommend, but I don’t think it’s SO much more that it would be absolutely, utterly unhealthy?
So, how can I do it bees?! Help me!! Share your secrets!!
My Fiance knows a personal trainer and offered to get me set up with him but in order to do that I’d have to drive to a gym that is an hour away. I think I am much more likely to work out at home than I am to do that. I have my bike, a stationary bike, and a treadmill.
I’m not a horrible eater, but I am thinking step one is going to be completely eliminating sweets and fried foods..also, I drink a lot of water but I also drink diet coke so I’ll probably get rid of that and try to switch to 95%-100% water.. and doing at least 30 minutes of cardio a day? Will this do it?
Help whip me into shape!
Post # 3
low carb (under 100 grams a day) is my advice, but be ready to pile it all back on when you stop doing it!
Post # 4
I think it’s a good idea to cut out all the junk food including soda. Just think of it this way – it’s only for two months! I think going to a trainer an hour away is a waste of time, and it sounds like you are willing to work out at home. Good luck!
Post # 5
I always lose fastest with super low carb (<30 g/day), but you will gain it back if you start eating average American intake for carbs after (300 g/day). I maintain at around 100 g with moderate activity.
Post # 6
What’s your current height/weight, level of physical activity, eating habits?
Post # 7
I lost 28 lbs. in 6 weeks on the HCG diet. It’s not hard if you can follow a strict diet. Good luck!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies!! It sounds like low carb is the way to go! Would a Paleo diet be a good one to follow?
I know this is completely awful the way I am going about doing this, and I will probably gain a bit back after the wedding..but hopefully it will motivate me to keep working out and I’ll be able to re-lose it in a healthier, more long lasting way afterwards. :/
You’re absolutely right! I just need to keep telling myself “it’s only 2 months!”
Diets are so hard but really it’s not the end of the world to not be able to go across the street and get a homemade frozen custard every weekend (mm..) lol. I’ve been fooling myself by saying it’s ok if I get the “kiddie cone” haha
Post # 9
You need to do some strength training along with cardio. That will help to increase your resting metabolism so you burn more just sitting around. You also need to look at your caloric intake versus your caloric needs. In order to lose 2.5 lb a week, you need to cut out over 1,000 calories a day. Do not go below 1,200 or so, that is what your body needs to keep functioning.
Good luck and I’m sure you will be beautiful whether or not you lose 20 pounds!
PS – Is there any way you can move your fitting a little? I had mine only about a month before the wedding.
Post # 10
the only way i’ve ever lost weight that quickly is to calorie count and stay between 800-1000 a day. perhaps not the healthiest choice, but will definitely help you lose weight quickly. oh, and exercise. i did a spin class, or even just walking or jogging will be beneficial.
Post # 11
I would limit yourself to around 70-90 g protein; 30-35 g fat; and 100-120 g carbs per day. 6 ‘meals’ a day- 3 main meals and 3 snacks with 2.5-3 hours inbetween each. Don’t munch between them. Drink water only. Try to cut out caffine or at least drink less of it. Eat things which are low glycemic (can be found all over google).
‘Low’ has many meanings but for the amount of time you want to do it, it could cause you to gain more weight and see the bad side effects (extremely moody, troubled memory, etc)
Post # 12
Thought you might wanna read up this similar thread..
I feel diet plays a huge part in weight loss, so you really need to watch what you eat and portion them. Have a digital scale so you also see how you weigh in with the food you take. For eg, I get heavier from eating pasta so this is one food I’ll avoid when I’m watching my weight. Steam/grilled foods are definitely healthier, along with clear veggie soups/ salads. (If you need some healthy but tasty food recipes, let me know) Exercise works hand in hand with a healthy diet to boost weight loss. When you eat healthy, you will lose weight. Sorry, I don’t know how to advise on exercises but I’m sure some bees can!
Post # 13
Do NOT count calories and eat 800 a day. This will screw up your metabolism and your body will go into starvation mode and retain fat and burn muscle! Eat a paleo diet. I lost 20 pounds in the first two months with minimal exercise. It’s difficult to sustain long term but two months is not bad. Fat should fuel your energy, not carbs. If you go back to your regular eating habits you will likely gain some back but you can deal with that later if your goal is 20 lbs in 2 months. And cut out the diet coke…I’m guilty of that too but it’s a lot easier to eat well without it I think.
Post # 14
I have recently tried to change my lifestyle to help lose weight and being trained by a trainer 3x per week really helps. Though I don’t think I would be willing to drive an hour for it. Another thing I have changed is basically drinking exclusively water and trying to drink about 7 glasses a day of it. I’m really awful at drinking anything during the day so this has been a huge change for me. Also, I no longer eat in between meals or after dinner, which is after about 7pm. If necessary I will eat in between meals but only fruits or veggies or crackers high in fiber. I have also been going to the gym 6 days a week, which includes my 3 days of training, and additionally go for a 5K walk every evening. I am fortunate to be in between college and my first job so I know that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to keep up this kind of schedule but if you could incorporate some of these ideas I think it will help! Good luck!
Post # 15
The SO and I did Crossfit (pretty sure they have that where you live) and ate Paleo, and we saw results QUICKLY! It’s not not an easy diet, but it’s amazing how you will see your body change.You don’t have to even follow it that strictly, but as close to it as possible.
Here’s a GREAT website that helps explain the diet: http://everydaypaleo.com/
Post # 16
This is what works for me…low carb does work, but the weight doesn’t really stay off. After I made a personal lifestyle change to eat more veggies and fruit, all-natural, and non-processed items I lost weight and felt sooo much better.
Lean and green – make sure you eating plenty of vegetables. Make big salads with lots of goodies. My favorite is a kale and spinach salad with bell pepper, green beans, tomatoes, cucumber, sunflower seeds, tofu, shredded carrots, beets, and zuchinni, raw almonds. Make your own dressing with lemon juice, garlic, and tahini.
Drink lots of water, and definitely kick the diet coke habit. Try to drink herbal tea instead of coffee. Eat minimal meat and animal products. If you do eat meat, make sure it is organic. Choose grass-fed beef over regular. When I stopped eating so much meat, I found myself craving less carbs, sugar, etc. I found myself craving vegetables!
I call myself a part-time vegan. I stopped eating cheese and yogurt, and I don’t even miss it (although I thought I would). Yogurt is really good for you, but dairy never really agreed with me. I am obssessed with almond milk now. I choose fish over beef and chicken, and make sure it is coming from a good source.