What has helped you lose weight?

posted 1 month ago in Wellness
Post # 61
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

A few months ago I started eating and working out for a calorie deficit per week instead of per day. During the work week I have a very structured eating schedule but during the weekend I recognize that many times I won’t hit that deficit because I like trying different types of food and having a few drinks when we go out. Now I’m sure if I put my mind to it I could hit it on the weekend but I would simply rather not.

Prior to this I would get discouraged after an indulgent day and just keep indulging because “I already ruined my week.” Now if I have an indulgent day I just make sure it’s tracked and I cut back slightly on a different day if needed.

For working out, I walk and occasionally run. I aim for 20+ miles a week and am hoping to get more now that I’ve started running. At some point I will start strength training to build muscle but I’m just trying to do everything slowly.

With this routine I went from 150 at the beginning of July to 131. I’m at the point where I’m not actively trying to lose anymore (actually hit that at 135) but if it happens it happens. 

Post # 63
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Well, I’ve found what works for me, but struggle maintaining it for more than about 6 months at a time… For me the answer is low-carb. It’s the only thing that keeps me not hungry and less likely to binge eat, and the weight melts off when I’m living the low carb life. But I have to work at it and not only subsist on cottage cheese and pepperoni, because that gets depressing real quick. That and what others have mentioned, finding a kind of fitness that you actually enjoy. I won’t workout unless it is enjoyable.

Post # 63
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

I have no idea why but my last comment was deleted.  Anyway, I do weekly sometimes, too.  Like if it want a Dairy Queen blizzard (600 calories) and I only have 200 left for the day, I’ll eat 200 less for the next two days to make up for it.  Calorie counting has changed my life.  I gained 22 pounds in my mid 20s after being told my whole life that I had a “fast metabolism” and just blindly believing that.  I thought my metabolism was ruined.  Once I understood CICO, I was able to reverse the weight gain and have maintained it for about 8 years now.

Post # 65
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

gthgv :  have you tried calorie counting and sticking to it?  You truly don’t even have to spend time meal prepping and cooking for it to work.  You can eat literally anything you want as long as you’re in a caloric deficit and it will work.  I wouldn’t say it’s “easy,” but it is simple.  A pound is approximately 3500 calories.  If you have a caloric deficit every day of 500 calories, you will lose 1 pound a week.

Post # 66
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

gthgv :  I don’t think you need to have a ton of time to do calorie in calorie out. You don’t even have to work out, you just need to make sure your calories in are fewer than what your body uses up. 

Everyone is busy in their own way. I have a couple big weeks coming up in terms of work and I know I won’t be able to get as much exercise in so I plan on smaller portions for those weeks.

When I don’t have time for meal prep I eat a lot of canned soup with veggies in it and frozen meals or salads from fast food restaurants. I’m not saying it’s easy but it can be done with a busy schedule.

Have you tried meticulously counting calories? I recommend MyFitnessPal.

Post # 67
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Busy bee

 

I have not tried it yet (though I was planning to start today but you know… embarassed) ANYWAY…. I will start tomorrow.

So basically, not to eat at all after a certain time in the evening until the next 14-15 hours. If you do get hungry, try some teas or very light items in moderation. So it is almost like fasting for that much time then eating. Of course watch what you eat but you don’t have to watch it too closely because you wouldn’t have eaten for a while.

In the past I have used MyFitnessPal religiously. I also work(ed) out 3-4 times a week. I haven’t for the last 3 weeks due to an injury. But what helped me the most was counting calories.

I have been EXTREMELY STRESSED over some life events as of late which for some reason made me put on a good 35 pounds. Aaaaah! So now trying to get that down. It hurts my heels!

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