What has helped you lose weight?

posted 2 months ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’ve lost and maintained for awhile now. I tipped the scales around 210 in summer 2017, and started making some small changes. I got down to around 195 without any issues. I downloaded MyFitnessPal and sort of loosely tracked, and got down to 180. I was running 3-4x a week and just practicing moderation…on the weekends I tended to indulge in pizza or ice cream, but during the week I ate healthily (yogurt, veggies, complex carbs, meat, beans). Then, I battled a stress fracture for what felt like forever (I was in a boot for 4-5 months, and wasn’t normal for about 10 months). I loosened up a little bit, and slowly got down to 175 by late summer 2018. And…I’ve sort of stayed there.

I’m tall, so it puts me in the barely-overweight category. But, I’ve been more motivated lately so I’m focusing on it again. After a year of maintaining between 175-180, it’s hard to get back at it even when you know what to do. Which brings me back to what helps: consistency. You don’t gain weight in a week. You don’t lose it in a week. Making mostly good decisions over a long period of time is what will get you where you want to go. I clocked in at 183 when we got back from our honeymoon two weeks ago, and I was down just under 178 this morning. HappyScale is a great app, you weigh daily and it smooths any fluctuations. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

I used to do Atkins – worked great and had all the food I love. As I got older, it stopped working, so I advanced to Keto. I’ve been eating this way for over 2 years, have lost 45#, and kept it off. I don’t really miss any carbs except basmati rice. I don’t use any “keto” products other than low carb tortillas, and basically eat protein, veggies, salad, and all the delicious fats I love, like butter, sour cream, cream cheese, cheese and heavy cream. With keto you still have to mind calories, but your appetite drops greatly, so calorie counting takes care of itself.

If you decide to try it, stay off of facebook and most keto blogs – they’re full of misinformation. Best solid info I’ve found is on reddit… r/keto.

 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Meal prep is the number one thing for me. I have CRAZY hours, so I have to plan my meals on Sunday or I will just get fast food when I’m starving. Also I focus on lifestyle things. Walking my dog everyday is much more sustainable for me than an intense workout plan, find exercise you enjoy!! Find healthy meals you enjoy, and allow yourself your vice peeiodically so w erything is in moderation. Don’t commit to anything you can’t do the rest of your life. Also focus on one change at a time. I focus on adding a veggie every day and adding the dog walk everyday. Once that’s easy, I’ll add the gym twice a week or something. Add healthy foods/behaviors rather than subtracting “unhealthy” ones. 

that was jumbled but I hope it’s helpfil

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

slomotion :  

Meth is a bargain.  I just hate having to drive to the boonies for it.

Post # 20
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490 posts
Helper bee

motherbee33 :  what do you eat? Thank you 😊 bread is so hard for me to cut out

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

This sounds dumb and possibly condescending, but for me, I have figured out what I like to do and not do.  For example, I know for a fact I’m not going to lose weight doing Whole 30, weight watchers, low carb, etc. I will break anything with rules immediately. I know that if my weight is creeping up too high, I need to start having green smoothies for breakfast, smaller portions, less junk. Same thing for exercise. Doing a couch to 5k isn’t going to work for me because I freaking hate running. Same for signing up with a yoga studio. Over the years, I’ve figured out I like hiking, spinnign and pilates. I know I need to do those things and eat a certain way. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

I’ve had good success with intermittent fasting.  I have good control over my portions now and my food quality choices. And I never snack outside my window.  I fast 18:6, 19:5 or 20:4 flexing as needed.  I’ve done a few 24 hour fasts.  

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario

Watching portions has helped me the most. Also I bus it to work so I get off a few stops earlier and walk to work after dinner I make it a point to walk 15000 steps , that’s been helping

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario

Watching portions has helped me the most. Also I bus it to work so I get off a few stops earlier and walk to work after dinner I make it a point to walk 15000 steps , that’s been helping

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I count macros and have had such good results since having my baby 7 months ago. I’d even say I’m in better shape now than I was before the baby. Got me from a size 6 (pre-baby) to a size 2 now. 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee

I lost 17 pounds in 2 months doing ZERO exercise and eating ~200-250 carbs a day. We stopped eating animals products and added oil. I was a normal BMI to start with, just lost the fat. 

The fat you eat is the fat you wear.

-John McDougall

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

smashleykat :  rolled oats and a banana  for Breakfast 

Lunch IL have salad possibly a half chicken breastfeeding with salt pepper and garlic powder bbqd ( left over from dinner)

Mixed nuts unsalted from bulk barn and or fruit banana or apple or pear ( snack) 

Dinner bbqd chicken boiled or steamed veggies  ( broccoli califlower carrots that kinda thing) small serving of pasta or potatoes 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

I lost 35lbs since Sept. by eating smaller meals, cutting out fast foods, began exercising {also gave up liquor/wine} at least two/3 times a week.

I believe getting your metabolism up is important and helps you burn calories.  I’ll have a slice of pizza {usually on Friday} and breakfast with another couple  Sunday–but other than that I am careful about what I eat.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

MsPlucky :  I don’t know if that’s true. People have lost absolutely insan amounts of weight on the Keto diet and that’s 70% fat, 5% carbs.

I think if you eliminate an entire food group, you can lose weight no matter which group it is

gthgv :  The best advice for someone who is “busy” (lol aren’t we all) is to just do it. Like, you can always make excuses as to why you can’t stay in shape. “I’m too tired” “I’ve got too much on” “xyz hurts and thus I can’t do anything”. Short of havng some actual chronic medical condition (physical or mental) there is no reason to be inactive. And I say Mental with a small asterix – as it’s widely recognised that exercise is a vastly underutilised medicine for mental health disorders like mild-mid severity depression and anxiety.

I have a super busy day. 45 min commute. 9+ hour day. I pick up my niece 2-3 days a week. So I get up at 4am 3x a week for the gym, and 5am 2x a week to take the dog for a run. It never gets easier, getting up at 4am, but I am used to it and I never, ever regret a workout. But I know I will regret it if I don’t get up. Though I don’t really know, I’ve never ignored an alarm before. I’ve been doing it for almost 3 years.

The absolute best advice I can give you when it comes to eating well and exercising is this (and yes I have said it before)

Don’t wait for motivation. Motivation hates you, and wants to burn down your house. JUST DO IT.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Whole food is your friend.  Pre processed food (anything that comes in a box or a bag with a list of ingredients) is the enemy of healthy weight loss, including those weight loss meals and shakes. 

Aside from most raw veggies, fruits and nuts, EVERYTHING we eat is processed in some way.  Cooking is a process.  Peeling is a process.  Blending, chopping, shredding is a process.  CHEWING is a process!  When we eat overly processed food, our bodies don’t have to work as hard to digest it and it is more easily converted to fat.  When we eat whole, unprocessed food our body has to work harder to digest it.  This raises our metabolism and we burn calories more efficiently. 

It is unrealistic to expect to eat only unprocessed, raw food for the rest of our lives.  But if you build a menu that consists of food that is as close to its natural state as you can find, then prepare it with minimal process, you will have weight loss. 

Start with whole veggies, fruits and nuts.  Add lean meats.  Avoid ground meat, even if they are marketed as healthy (ground turkey comes to mind).  Grains like rice, oats, quinoa are great but not the instant variety. Eat dairy (designed in its natural state to nourish and grow baby cows to maturity) very sparingly.  If you must have bread, whole grain is ok in moderation. 

And of course remember that it takes time and effort, but if you make yourself and your health a priority it will become second nature.  If you have an off day, an off week, even an off month you just regroup and get back on track.  You only lose when you stop trying. 

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