Post # 1
So I am really frustrated. I am approximately 5″8 (more like 5″7 and a half) and weigh about 158. In high school I weighed 182 (at my heaviest) and in college my thinnest was about 134. So,needless to say-over the years my weight has gone up and down. I was a solid 143-148 from about 23-26 (I am 29 now) and from about 27 on my weight was like 155. And THEN a couple months ago I actually let myself get up to 166! But I’ve lost about 8 pounds. I would LOVE to weigh 135 again, but I would even settle for 145. I feel like it is getting way harder to lose weight the closer I get to 30….I have had struggles with eating disorders in the past so the idea of going on a “diet” makes me nervous. Does anyone have any weight loss/work out tips that are realistic? I work 40 hours a week, 9-5 so any workout that fits in that schedule!!!
Post # 2
If you dont keep a food journal, start doing so for a week. Myfitnesspal app is great, but there are other apps as well. It can be really eye opening to see how many calories we actually consume a day, especially if you aren’t very active. From there, try to eliminate 300-500 calories per day. It doesn’t mean going on a diet. Most of the time it’s just making healthier choices and substitutions. I’m a bit of a hypocrite though because even though I know I should follow this logic..sometimes picking up dinner on the way home sounds a lot more satsifying than going home and cooking. I’ve definitely got to start making healthier choices as well.
Post # 3
I count calories and took up running. No diet. I still eat all the things I like, I just make sure I’m not eating too much of everything. I use MFP to track all my food. Since I started about 10 weeks ago I’ve lost 19 lbs, it definitely works but it takes time.
But I’m overweight so the weight comes off easier for me than it will for you. Weight loss is a slow process, since you are already at a healthy BMI you should probably aim for 0.5 – 1 lb a week. It takes a lot of time and patience, you won’t lose the weight overnight or even in a month.
Post # 4
Thank you!!! I will take that advice, it seems a lot less stressful than total deprivation.
Post # 6
Yeah, weightloss has really stalled for me too but I am older than you. If you have had an eating disorder then tread really carefully here.
I feel I should mention: When you’re not really overweight it’s really hard to loose those last pounds. I was up about 20 pounds since I turned 40 (I’m 46 now) and it was so hard to lose 15 of those and quite honestly, those last 5 pounds are not shifting at all. I think it’s natural to start gaining a little bit with age (even if you really REALLY don’t want to) I have come to terms that I am going to never be the weight I was in my lowest again (in my thirties while running after my 3 kids I was pretty athletic in build and my lowest weight since middle school hahah) because quite frankly it’s so hard to loose those 5 pounds my quality of life is more important to me and I feel like I would rather just stabilize my current weight and see how that goes.
But do keep in mind, all bodies are different (and mine is much older than yours) Just be sensible with your diet and activities and be kind to yourself about gaining a few pounds and about what is realistic for your body.
Post # 7
Through calorie counting alone (although I also do cardio), my husband and I have lost 75 lbs combined since spring. It’s the only thing that has ever worked for me.
Post # 8
Don’t count calories, do low carb (lifestyle change) or keto (short term) for faster results. Its amazing how quickly you can lose weight without extra exercise or feeling too deprived. If you can manage a work out do the high intensity interval training only 3 days a week. Saves time and quickly triggers the body’s hormonal system to make fat burning enzymes. Even without exercise I can drop 15lbs in 1 month. I’m not saying its easy. I love my baked goods. Thinking of them now actually. This works for a lot of people. Diabetics are encouraged to do low carb. Bariatric patients do low carb, higher protein. My Father-In-Law, who was a newly diagnosed diabetic has lost over 35lbs in 4 months by cutting out sugar and walking daily. He now believes sugar is the devil, LOL!
Post # 9
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Meal planning and finding an activity you enjoy like yoga, walking/hiking is super helpful! Having something reasonable calorically planned can really save you when you’re very hungry!
Post # 10
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And for the record we are about the same size with the same fluctuations in weight. I find at my heaviest I was paying no attention to and even knowingly over eating, and at my smallest (also about 134) I was obsessively dieting and exercising. I fell chubby now at 145 but it’s really the weight I maintain healthiest. I don’t feel like I’m restricting but I’m also rarely indulging. It’s a great balance!
Post # 11
I’m 30 (31 next month) and my son is 15 months. I hear you on the weight loss getting harder as you get older thing.
I really would avoid counting calories, low carb, or anything that seems too close to a diet. Part of the solution probably depends on your habits right now. Are you a creature of habit? Do you tend to have the same drinks, snacks, etc? If so, swap some for healthier or lower calorie options.
What works well for me is to focus on what I should ADD. Trying to eat X servings of fruits and vegetables a day takes a lot of space. Come up with healthy, easy, and portioned snacks. Meal planning if that’s your thing. Pick a few exercises that are easy to sneak in during the day and aim to get in a certain amount of reps. If it’s working well, add more.
Do very small adds to start with and it’ll be much easier to stick with and more natural to ease into, especially if you’re wary of diets. When I think of going on a diet I just freeze up and get scared of food.
Post # 12
What do you typically eat? That’s 80% of the battle. If you can eat mostly fruits, veggies, healthy starch carbs (like a sweet potato or quinoa or brown rice), lean meats and fish, and include healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, grass fed butter) with every meal, the weight will fall off. It’s not a “diet” it’s just eating healthy. Limit or eliminate sugar, alcohol, dairy, flour, & wheat as they are inflammatory. Drink lots and lots of water. Little bit of red wine is ok.
And find an activity you like to do whether it’s walking or taking a yoga class and do it 3-5 times a week.
Your weight will go down some but even better you’ll lose a ton of inches especially if you’re not currently active and eat a lot of processed, sugary, inflammatory foods.
Post # 13
I always laughed at Keto. It’s all about burning more calories, ppl! But as my last resort, I tried it…and it has worked!! I got on medication a few years ago and gained 10 lbs in a month. Never could lose it, even though I didn’t eat much. I was so frustrated. It’s been 2 months on Keto and I’ve lost about 6 lbs but my clothes fit great!! And I’ve lost inches. You really have to plan out meals and prep. The only times I feel hungry is when I haven’t prepped and eating fast things like tuna, almonds or turkey bacon at work. But nooo cravings! (Except around my period like this week!)
Post # 14
haha. I used to think it was crazy too. Keto is not for long term but its a great kick start if you don’t have major heart/artery issues. Contrary to popular belief, fats don’t make you fat. And a carb calorie vs a fat or protein calorie causes a very different response from the body. If insulin is triggered (fastest with simple carbs, proteins in high amounts) it blankets your access to burning fat stored for fuel. So keeping the carbs down and the insulin levels low will make exercise more effective and weight loss quicker than just counting calories.
Post # 15
I’m another keto lover. Yeah, it sucks at first, but I think if you slowly wean yourself off of carbs its better than going cold turkey.