(Closed) Weight Loss Tips!

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I think you’re on the right track. Calorie counters always help me lose weight beucase I usually never track what I’m putting in my mouth. You could also try going vegan. Not meat or dairy really helped me focus on eating more veggies. Cutting simple cards might help to as that just gets turned into glucose if it’s not ‘used’.  Just make sure you are getting adequate protien, that will help you feel full and promote muscle recovery.

Do you have an exercise band? My UP band has been great in getting me motivated to get off the couch, count my steps and log my work outs.

Drink more water! When I’m hungry, a lot of the time I’m actually thirtsty, but my body registers it as hunger for some reason.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

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ucsadie:  I am using weight watchers online and LOVE IT. I have lost 11 lbs in 6 weeks. I am shooting for 50 lbs by December. Drink lots of water! I have also been using a FitBit which synchs with the WW Ap and helps me count steps, calories, etc.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

A friend of mine has had great success with weight watchers! Drink lots of water every day, and try to cut out processed foods as much as possible. Store-bought and premade foods have so much sugar, salt, and preservatives that you don’t need– by making it all from scratch, you control how much of that stuff actually goes into your body. I’ve been doing a sort of part-time caveman diet for ages now (full on isn’t the greatest, you do need carbs!) and it’s made me feel healthier and more energetic in addition to helping me lose some weight.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I was going to suggest myfitnesspal 🙂 I started doing zumba and am burning way more calories than I was on the treadmill! Try using measuring tape to see results in addition to the scale. Measure your waist, arm, thigh and chest. 

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Helper bee

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freebird:  i think weight watchers is awesome. The new system gives foods different point values and you are allotted a certain amount of points per day. heavily processed foods, foods high in sugar, cards, and fat equal more points. The concept is to eat low point point values or 0 point value foods like fruits, veggies, etc to fill up. I am glad your friend has been so successful on the program!

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Helper bee

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artdecogal:  Very neat to see how they’ve changed it up! I remember my grandma doing weight watchers when I was a kid– she was very proud of hitting all of her milestones and made sure to show us the celebratory stickers she stuck up on the refrigerator after she got them at meetings.

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Helper bee

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honeybee1234:  OMG ZUMBA. You seriously don’t even realize you’re working out. I always feel so happy after making it to a class because they’re just so fun!

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Blushing bee

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artdecogal:  Yep, +1 for weight watchers online.   I’ve counted calories on my own on and off for YEARS.  it never worked for me long term and i would always just revert back to old habit.  i just started weight watchers last month – so, granted, I can’t say that it’s worked for me long term yet, but – it really feels different to me.  I feel like it’s gently guiding me into healthier choices and building habits I can keep for life.   I’ve lost 10lbs in the past 4 weeks, but I don’t even really feel like I’m on a diet.  I just feel like I’m making better choices, and it feels wonderful. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I think step one is a trip to the doctor.   If you are excersizing and eating 1400-1600 cals  a day and the scale is not moving you may have a hormone in balance or something like that.   Next step might be a nutritionist.   If you have insurance the nutritionist is the same as ww,  but tailored just for you. I’m on the same journey,  but I’m trying to loose 60 pounds instead of 30.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

You sound like you’re doing everything right – make sure you’re weighing & measuring your food also – but when I was losing weight, I would retain a lot of water so the scale wouldn’t move for two weeks but when it did, bam, I was down 5 lbs. Maybe that’s what’s happening to you!!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The scale might not be moving because you’re working out. Exercise does encourage the body to retain water (muscle DOES take up less space than fat, so you very well could be the same weight, but getting smaller with added muscle mass, but it depends on how long you’ve been working out–if only for a couple weeeks, I think something like water retention is more than likely the culprit), for example, and it’s not uncommon for people who start working out (and changing eating patterns) to not see a change in the scale for 4-6 weeks.

For most women, weight loss happens in the kitchen moreso than the gym. That doesn’t mean you stop exercising, but exercise should be more like a daily habit that you just do–like brushing your teeth and making your bed. Then you can really focus your attention on your diet–although, if you’re already using a journaling-type app and keeping track of calories, you should be okay here. But the reason they say “kitchen over gym” is that most people DO tend to focus on exercise–because that’s new for them and they have to make time for it–and see their food as a kind of “compensation” for exercising (so, “I ran an extra mile; I can have a few more…”). For a lot of reasons, this isn’t a great mentality to have. Conceive of both areas sort of separately, like being back in school–just because you got an ‘A’ in English doesn’t mean that you can slack off on studying Chemistry, right?

And last but not least, try your best to think of achievement beyond the scale and the measuring tape. You said you’re going to train for the marathon–I think that’s a great goal! I think that the people I know who lost weight and were actually happy doing it really did each have a more “nurturing” reason for embarking on their new lifestyle besides “I want to look X way”–for example, “I feel passionately about animal welfare, and I’m ready to go vegan,” or “I want to see if I can hike Machu Picchu in 6 months” or “I want to teach my kids to enjoy and love their bodies.” These goals tend to fuel the process much better and stronger than “I hate my thighs.”

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

You mentioned a lot of cardio but are you lifting any weights?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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ucsadie:  Aaah – THAT’S your problem.  It needs to be the opposite if you want to lose weight.  For every pound of muscle, you burn an additional 50 calories.  If you only do cardio you’re weight isn’t going to budge.  If you want to lose more weight, start lifting light weights, with lots of reps (i.e., 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps).  And I don’t mean a 5 lb dumbbell – your purse probably weighs more than that LOL.  Follow your weightlifting with cardio (30-45 min) you will drop the weight fast.  Also, workout 5 days a week if you really want to see some results fast.

Your cal intake is fine at 1400 but if you’re eating white bread, white rice, foods high in sugar, etc. it won’t make a difference.  If you really want to see that weight drop, try what I suggested above and then start changing WHAT you’re eating.  Cut back on sodium (that alone will help you get rid of water weight – I lost 7 lbs in one week by cutting out sodium).  Stick to eating fruit ONLY in the morning so you can use the rest of the day to burn it off.  Eat 4-5 small meals every 4 hours or 5-6 every 3 hours.  Cut out carbs after 7pm.  Do not eat processed food.  When you season your food, add some cayenne pepper (it helps burn fat).  Add lemon to your water to help aid in the weight loss as well as drinking lots of water in general (to help you feel full).

Up those greens for nutrients – you don’t want to pass out due to low iron, especially as a woman.

Lastly, DON’T OBSESS.  Between this and your centerpieces you’re going to drive yourself nuts! 

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