(Closed) Weight Loss Secrets? What has worked for you?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
13079 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Pay attention to what you eat, and exercise (strength and cardio).  I use a calorie counter (myfitnesspal.com) and I’ve lost 35 pounds, and kept it all off.

Post # 4
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@88whitney:  It’s not healthy to lose that much weight in a short time.  However, to feel good, stop eating junk food, stop drinking alcohol and soda, start drinking water (NOW!), and start exercising.   Start small – park as far away from the store as possible and walk those extra few steps.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator (within reason — if you work in the Empire State Building I take it back!!!).  Start eating more vegetables.  

Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also use MFP, it’s easy and FREE!  Definitely get into some weight lifting.  Lifting will tone your muscles, and cardio will burn the fat off of those muscles.  The rule of thumb for safe & sustainable weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week, so 4 months is 12 weeks, you could expect to drop between 12 and 24 pounds.

Drink lots of water

Increase protein

Lift weights

Do interval training (bursts of high intensity with intervals of lower intensity)

Do cardio 3-5 times a week

Set small goals

Eat clean (reduce/eliminate processed and pre-packaged foods)

Good luck!!

Post # 6
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There are hundreds of tricks and tips to lose weight fast.  If you want to lose it and keep it off, though, you need to make a proper lifestyle change.  What it comes down to is to eat healthier (which doesn’t always mean eat less, and sometimes means eat more) and get more exercise (which can be a proper workout, or trying to find ways to incorporate more movement into each day).

The MyFitnessPal.com website and app are great for tracking calories but I’ve noticed it over-estimates on the exercise pretty frequently, and it does a re-adjustment with every 10lb lost, which may take your suggested calorie range too low to sustain steady weight loss.  They also make no distinction between “good” sugars and “bad” sugars, so if I have a banana and some strawberries with my cereal in the morning, I’m technically “over” on sugars for the day.  It’s a handy tool, no doubt, but it’s not as scientific as people think, and it should be used as a general guideline and not a bible.

I have had on-and-off struggles with my weight all my life and the one thing that was most effective in getting it under control FOR GOOD was talking to a nutritionist. Learning about the science of food takes a lot of things off of the “bad” food list, shows you about proper balance, and gets you into habits that you can maintain for your whole life. Well worth the cost of a visit!

 PS one downside of rapid weight loss is that your skin does not have time to shrink back into shape as your body gets smaller. You really want to keep your weight loss to about 1-2 pounds per week, no more, or risk having dangly bits of skin that never seem to look nice, no matter how hard you try to tone or exercise. 

Post # 7
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly, there are no secrets or tricks to sustained, healthy weight loss. Eat less, exercise more. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Don’t eat processed, energy-poor foods. Don’t drink your calories in soda and alcohol. All that good stuff. 

Post # 8
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have lost 20lbs and hope to lose another 20 by mid-August. I could not lose weight unless I tracked my calories. I use myfitnesspal.com to track my calories and exercise. I make sure to exercise every day….even if it’s just 2, 30-minute walks. I also drink lots of water.

Take measurements! The scale can be very deceiving…especially if you are working with weights.

Post # 9
1320 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

@88whitney:  You could probably lose about a pound and a half per week (so about 25 lbs in 4 months) by just restricting calories.  In the past 10 weeks I have lost 11 lbs by staying under 1200 calories (i use loseit.com, which is similar to myfitness pal).  However, my friend is on the same calorie restiction as me and lost over 20 lbs in the same amount of time because she worked out more often than I did and she didn’t “cheat” as much as I do.  If you put your mind to it, you can definitely lose the weight.  I eat three meals a day and 2 snacks a day.  Here are some examples:

Breakfast: instant oatmeal with chopped almonds added in and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed

snack 1:  1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese with 1 tbs of sunflower seeds

lunch: green salad with non-fat dressing, or sometime’s I’ll have a frozen meal from Amy’s or Kashi

snack 2: sliced bell pepper with hummus

dinner: lean meat and veggies, with 1/2 cup brown rice


As mentioned above, drink LOTS of water.  I weigh in every Monday and track it on loseit.com.  You can do it!!  If you are new to working out, I would suggest just getting walks in whenver possible.   Maybe after work or before work, just walk for about 30-40 minutes at a brisk pace.  Then whenever you are watching tv in the afternoons maybe just lift some handweights, leg lifts, lunges, etc.  instead of just sitting on the couch.  Just remember:  food is for fuel, not for fun.  Good luck!!

Post # 10
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I liked http://www.sparkpeople.com/ but honestly you might be best off going to your doctor and laying it on the line and asking for a plan to follow. Dieting is fraught with danger in many ways, including the development of eating disorders, so do as much to change your mind and the way you think about your weight/appearance/health/exercise as you do to change your body. Be cautious, focus on the foods that make your body feel good, drink lots of water, cut back on sugars, walk walk WALK. You will feel much better on your wedding day if you’ve lost 20 pounds sensibly than if you’ve lost 40 on a crash diet.

Post # 11
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Signed up for a 5k and insisted on getting there since I paid for it, and I’ve kept that up for years. Going vegetarian and eating little to no processed food. Cutting out artificial sweateners, HFCS, all sodas.

Post # 12
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would first think about what you eat- because that is something that you can control more easily, and something that is going to occur, needs to occur- I think it is the first and most important step.  Really think about what you eat, what your body needs and start giving it those things.  I try to stay at XXXX number of calories a day and my weight follows whatever I chose.

Exercise is something I do because it -puts me in a better mood -is healthy for my body and my mind.  And, I have a dog, and it really helps because she HAS TO go for a long walk everyday.  It is amazing how much it helps!

I like sweet stuff so I keep frozen mangos in the freezer for late-night snacking when I used to eat ice cream.  I also cook now.  I also eat a HUGE handmade smoothie every morning that really helps- I use this non-soy veg protein, handmade rice milk (wild rice), frozen fruits and veggies, walnuts, ginger.  Breakfast is the MOST important!  You need fiber, protein, calcium.

Post # 13
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There are no secrets–diet and exercise are the only way to get and keep weight off.  Make small sustainable lifestyle changes.  If you change everything all at once and/or do some insane fad/crash diet, you will fail.  You can’t go from not exercising and eating like crap to working out every day and eating only lettuce.  You will cheat, you will fail and the moment you go back to real life, any progress you have made will go away.  Also losing weight for your wedding is a bad idea.  You will get to your wedding day and be like “ok done” and your weight will come right back.  You should be losing weight because you want to be healthy and feel great forever.

It took me 2 years to get 80 lbs gone but it’s been nearly 2 years since and they are still off with little effort on my part.  Exercising and eating right are habits for me because I made them into habits.  I started working out 3 days a week, until I was at the point where if I skipped a day, I felt bad.  I didn’t really diet but I ate what my body wanted, so I did stop eating fast food and junk because it just wasn’t appetizing after a while.  Then I focused on the diet–I cut portions and counted calories.  I did that until I couldn’t eat as much as I used to because my stomach shrank back to normal.  Then I changed what I ate for real.  Now I can’t really eat bad food because it makes me ill.  I had Jack in the Box 6 months ago and it tore me up.  Ugh.  

The bad news is, this won’t make you lose 40 lbs in time for your wedding.  The good news is, you can start now and be feeling a lot better in time for your wedding and you can keep going so you can have a long and healthy life with your new husband.  

Post # 14
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wanted to lose about 10 lbs, and finally pulled it off (YAY!!).  First dress fitting is Saturday 🙂  I started with a crazy exercise regimen, but all it did is make me gain 2 pounds (and took nothing off my waist, which is where I was looking to lose an inch).  I saw too many informercials and during an ad for Shaun T.’s Hip Hop Abs, there was mention of a 6 day slimdown plan.  I didn’t buy it, but I googled the plan and followed the diet, while keeping up with my regular workouts.  I was amazed how quickly it came off.  I lost almost 5 pounds in a week.  This after months and months of exercise with only a 2 pound GAIN.  The plan is basically 3 meals plus 2 snacks  (so you won’t be hungry), and no grains.  So no bread, pasta, rice, etc.  But lots of veggies and fruit and lean meats.  I’m done with the 6 days, but am keeping up with much of the philosophy (though I eat some carbs now, but am smart about it).  I was eating healthy before, and eat whole foods, no red meat, and no soda, so I only focused on the exercise portion at first.  But it really was the diet change that made the pounds fall off. 

Post # 15
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I recently lost 30 lbs last year by going vegetarian. All I did was switch from animal meats, to good quality vegetarian foods. I completely avoided dairy and switched to RAW goats cheese from whole foods. I look fantastic now and Fiance always compliments how great of a difference this dietary change has done to my skin, hair, nails, stomach, legs, etc. I feel much better, too. I worked out once per week, due to busy college life. I would do 60 minutes of walking/jogging, and some yoga for 30-60minutes. It took 6 months to loose 30 lbs. I’m a Nutritionist also, thus, meal planning is part of my job.

Example of Daily Diet plan:

Breakfast– 2 organic range-free eggs prepared over easy to ensure nutrition, 1 organic orange (vitamin C helps with absorption of iron)1 teacup size of organic allegro coffee w/ 1 tsp raw turbinado sugar.

Now, when I say free-range vegetarian fed eggs, this means there isn’t as much cholesterol and the chickens have a suitable environment which means a better quality of egg = more nutrients. Cage-free doesn’t always mean that the chickens are not in a cage or locked up which depresses the chickens=poor quality of eggs, low nutrition.   Remember, 9 out of 10 conventional chickens have UTI causing bacteria and many other microbial diseases.

Brunch: 2 organic, spotted bananas in a shake with almond milk, RAW protein powder (garden of life brand). Pre workout meal!

Spotted bananas, have the leats amount of starches, and this means theres more glucose = fuel for cells and tissues. Only eat bananas when spotted. These little tricks will help you loose weight.

OOLONG TEA– It’s been widely used by dieters to help the boyd not store fat.

Lunch: Sushi(w/ brown rice or wild rice instead of white), organic meso soup-low sodium

Snack: fresh fruit w/ red kale, organic beets, org shredded carrots, org raw goat cheese.

Red kale is PACKED full of nutrients and amino acids=protein. It has one of the highest amounts of minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants than other dark leafy greens. Become BFF’s with dark leafy greens. Steaming them slightly does help to break it down.

Dinner: Creamy Kale salad (recipe: steamed kale, roasted garlic, pepper, salt- cream is made w/ raw cashews grounded up w/ coffee grinder and almond milk added to it). KALE!! lol

Veggie Pizza– Raw goats cheese whole-grain pizza dough with fresh spinach, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, pepper, fresh basil!

Post # 16
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mrsSonthebeach:  I’m also vegetarian, and that’s how I lost 30lbs! Awesome! Did you do the 5k yet?

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