Post # 1
Hi everyone! I won’t spill my entire story here, but just to give a little background, I am about 40 lbs heavier than my normal, comfortable weight. I gained this weight over the course of this year after suffering through depression. I believe it was a combo of the antidepressants I was on and the depression itself that caused my weight gain. I’ve had such a hard time getting any weight off. I’d lost about 8 lbs a couple months ago and have gained that back. I need help! I don’t want a quick fix and I want to do this a healthy way. Does anyone have any advice on how to lose this weight before April? I’ve heard that 8 lbs is about the most you can lose per month safely. Anybody have any tips and tricks to get there by my deadline, yet safely and healthfully?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Calories in less than calories out. MyFitnessPal, weigh and measure EVERYTHING you eat, stay within your calorie goal. 2 pounds a week is doable but you need to be dedicated and committed to it.
Post # 3
Cut back on carbs (still have them, just limit them), focus on lean meats and fruit and vegetables. Drink heaps of water. Alternate your exercise between cardio and weightlifting as it helps speed the metabolism up. As PP said, track how many calories you take in and how much you use.
Post # 4
I always recommend getting a personal trainer and buying a package of sessions when possible. It absolutely holds you accountable to show up to your workouts and put in the maximum effort, plus it helps to have encouragement! Your body will begin to show you what nutrient-dense and energy-dense foods it needs to make it through the day – bad foods will simply not get you through a workout. If your depression involved bad eating habits, you may need to really focus on re-training those, but if you were a healthy weight before with an average diet and low-to-average amount of exercise, you may do just fine with exercise and no serious diet modification, just don’t treat yourself too much.
Note: personal training can seem expensive compared to a gym membership or just doing it on your own, but it is a great investment in your health and the rest of your life! and don’t be afraid to have consultations with a few different trainers to make sure it’s a good fit before committing to one.
Post # 5
1000% this. MyFitnessPal is the only thing that has ever worked for me because it is SCIENCE, not a fad diet. Lost 25 lbs in a few months and have kept it off for 3 years now.
Post # 6
Agreed. I love myfitnesspal, I lost about 15 lbs using it before I got pregnant.
Post # 7
Have you ordered your dress yet? Losing weight is awesome but if you’ve spent a ton on a dress, I wouldn’t go overboard with it. Weight is wonderful that way. It will stick around until you’re ready.
Post # 8
I totally agree with PPs who said MyFitnessPal. If you set a calorie goal with that and stick to it truthfully (no cheating or guessing!) you WILL lose weight. With other diets, they may or may not work for you and your body, or they’re crazy restrictive with certain foods (i.e. no carbs). Some people can stick to restrictive diets like that (I can’t, haha), but for a 40 lb weight loss, I’d strongly encourage you to stick with something that you can maintain for a while and something that can help re-vamp your eating habits long term.
Post # 9
Weight watchers. And if money is a concern, weight weighters online. It’s fleixible, it works, without feeling deprived.
They have an an online community that is an app and it’s similar to Instagram. There is a TON of support there.
Ive lost over 100lbs with weight watchers, I’m about 25 pounds up from my lowest since my dad passed away but I know the program works and I’ve recommitted.
If you want to do it on it on your own, I suggest doing research on higher protein meals.
You can do it! Good luck.
Post # 10
Have you thought about what physical activities you enjoy? It will be easier to be active if it’s something you enjoy. Do you have an accountability partner? When do you usually go for unhealthy food? During grocery shopping? At lunch?
Post # 11
Do some research on the Ketogenic Diet. Essentially, it is a high-fat/low carb diet that focuses on putting the right foods into your body that your system is biologically built to burn and not store. I used this diet to lose an extra 10lbs (came off in two weeks) that I’ve been carrying and have continued to follow this to maintain my healthy weight. It is easy, delicious and I never feel as though I am restricting or starving.
Post # 12
I know it’s kinda annoying to answer this by sending you towards another site, but I highly recommend you check out https://www.reddit.com/r/xxfitness/
! It’s a subreddit for women interested in fitness and/or weight loss, and it’s great. Their FAQ (https://www.reddit.com/r/xxfitness/wiki/main
) is full of great information.
You might be particularly interested in their guide to losing weight (https://www.reddit.com/r/xxfitness/wiki/lose_weight). It basically goes through how to effectively count calories, which is what others have suggested, but does a great job explaining how to do it most effectively while staying healthy.
Best of luck! 🙂
Post # 13
My go to is keto. I use it to maintain weight when I am gaining from laziness to track food and portions.
Post # 14
Thank you ladies! Downloaded MyFitnessPal and I’m going to start eating 1200 calories a day! Looking into 1200 cal meal plans on Pinterest. It’s about to get real!!! 😬
Unfortunately I can’t afford a gym membership or personal trainer. I would LOVE to have a personal trainer – I feel like that would motivate me. Alas, money is a thing.
Thanks again, everyone. Great suggestions. ❤️
Post # 15
I did the 10 day green smoothie cleanse 3 times & list 20 lbs in 3 months this time last year in time for my April 2016 wedding. Google it.