(Closed) Losing Weight

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
9076 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Count calories. Drop sugar. No soda. Lots of water.

Wraps are a gimmick, you’re only losing water weight.

Post # 4
2798 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Low carb or low fat will do nothing except make you crave carbs or fat. Count calories (I use MyFitnessPal), weigh or measure everything you eat, and eat a balanced diet.  I lost twenty pounds easily doing this – didn’t stop eating chocolate or drinking cider, just had to fit it into my daily calorie goal.

Post # 5
3423 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve had the best luck with eating clean (No processed anything), lots of veggies, lean protein, no sugar or alcohol. Then you can eat a lot and feel full and you are filling your body with vitamins and minerals instead of empty calories and chemicals.

Post # 6
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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KiwiDerbyBride:  I totally disagree! Since starting keto, I rarely crave carbs. When I do, there are so many substitutes (cauliflower mash, zucchini noodles, that sort of thing) that it’s really easy to get over those cravings. I would advocate a keto diet to lose weight for anyone who makes it through the first week. Some peoples’ bodies just can’t hack it (FI lasted less than two days before completely freaking out), but for those that can it’s kind of amazing. Even during the summer when I was doing so much travelling, visiting, etc. and therefore not counting calories nor even trying to stay low carb, I didn’t gain anything back that I had lost during the spring. Very low carb dieting is definitely a sustainable weight loss plan for me.

Post # 7
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Striving to lead a healthier lifestyle is the best because you want to continue to eat healthier once you’ve lost the weight. I don’t think there is a set system because everybody is different but from personal experience I slowly started to incorporate healthier foods to my meal.I found that telling myself I couldn’t have something made me want to eat it even more so I didn’t tell myself I couldn’t eat it,

I simply told myself that there are other healthier options that would still sati my taste buds. Having a balance is key to success. Making sure you have lots of fruits and vegetables goes a long way. I started by pre packing lunches, having breakfast, drinking lots of water and have some sort of cardio at least every other day. You need to play around until you find what works for you. Good luck! 

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I second low carb. We eat too many calories in the West anyway, and lots of our empty calories come from processed carbs. I wouldn’t cut fats (especially healthy fats) because so many vitamins are fat soluble, so you’ll probably end up denying yourself proper nutrition.

To cut processed carbs, a general rule of thumb is “if it’s white, it’s not right”. Cut out bread, pasta, crisps, chips etc etc… you’ll still need to count calories though. Cutting out toast won’t help if you’re eating chocolate instead!

Post # 9
1321 posts
Bumble bee

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jrousseau221:  What I hate about “low carb” or “low fat” is that they demonize a certain nutrient group for no reason. If you cut out processed white carbs of course you are going to lose weight, becuase you are cutting out those calories. Nobody was meant to eat pasta everyday. On a low carb diet you could have pork rinds as a snack (my mother does this, bothers me to no end) and you are technically sticking to a diet. Like what?! Nevermind that these diets tend to be way to high in protein, which eventually causes kidney damage. 

You need a healthy ratio of everything, and a minimum of 1200 calories a day. I’ve lost over 60 pounds eating brown rice and whole grain toast every single day, eating 1200 calories a day and no processed foods. 

1. Get enough lean protein (plant sources are healthiest, beans, lentils, etc.)

2. Eat only minimally processed healthy carbs in the right proporitions (read: brown whole grain breads and rice, vegetables)

3. Get a small amout of healthy fats as well. Do not justify eating half of the peanut butter jar because it is a healthy fat. You will get plenty for the day in a handful of almonds, or drizzling a small amount of olive oil on a salad.

Sample of what I’m eating today:

Plant based protein powder in the morning with coconut milk ~200 cals, 34g protein

Curried chickpeas on brown rice for lunch ~400 cals, 10g protein

Good quality veggie burger (beans and veggies, no funny stuff) on whole grain toast with organic ketchup ~400 cals, 12g protein 

Another shake post-workout. ~200 cals, 34g protein

Total: 1200 calories, 90g protein. Plenty for my 145lb, 5’10” self on a work-out plan. 

Recommendations are anywhere between .5-1 g protein per pound. You don’t need anything over that. Extra protein gets fed into the biomolecular pathways and stored as fat, just as extra fats and carbs do

Post # 10
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’ve started doing yoga and weight lifting. I’m also starting to take the dog for a walk at least 3 times a week. So I’m not just focusing on the food I’m eating but I’m also adding in some healthy and doable exercise. I didn’t want to do a crash diet and I didn’t want to do any exercises that I knew I was going to get sick of or hate. It’s not a lot of high impact but it’s stuff that I know I can sustain for a long time and keep doing.

Post # 11
1452 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Calorie counting on MyFitnessPal (google: If It Fits In Your Macros)

Following a powerlifting program


I lost 28 pounds doing those 3 things.


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Post # 12
22 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Marina Village Bayview Room

jrousseau221 : 

Running and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I’ve lost 25 pounds this year alternating between strength training/HIIT workouts and running 3 miles with sprint intervals a few times a week. I also ate a balanced diet and counted calories. Now I’m less than 3 weeks away from the wedding, I feel fabulous, and my dress fits perfectly. You can do it! 

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