(Closed) What is the right/healthy way to lose weight?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Umm get a new doctor. Seriously.

The best way to lose weight is to eat natural, clean (unprocessed) foods in small portions throughout the day. This keeps your metabolism running and makes sure your blood sugar stays at normal levels, reducing the likelihood that he will end up binging.

He is on the right track by reducing his portions. Many people can keep eating the same things they have been but lose weight just by eating less. 

I would honestly have your guy talk to a real nutritionist who will put him on the right track.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hi Ms Scarlet– I’m certainly not a Dr, and I know that different things work for different people. But I used to be very heavy and lost 100lbs… it took just about 13 months. For me it was all about eating healthy and exercise, exercise, exercise. Is there anyone that your SO knows that could start him on an exercise routine? I was fortunate to know someone thru work who used to be a personal trainer and he gave me a plan to follow and to this day I still use it. I started balls to the wall….exercising 5 days a week. It SUCKED, and was a major SHOCK to my body, but its what I needed. I still am very active, try to workout 4-5 days a week. If he doesnt know anyone feel free to PM me and I can give a few pointers but I’m by no means a professional.

As far as eating, I truely believe in lifestyle change. When you have had bad eating habits your whole life (like I did) you have to reach a point where you say enough is enough I am not going to do this to myself and my body. I recommend lean proteins (chicken, fish, low fat content red meats), vegtables….vegatables….vegtables…, and being carb concious. I personally didnt do the whole low carb route, but I made sure when I was going to have carbs, it was whole wheat or high in fiber so not as many net carbs were consumed into my system. I also ate (and still do) every few hrs, to keep my metabolism up. Just a little pick me up snack, in the beginning when I was really strict, I would snack on raw veggies or low fat yogurt, but now there are some protein snack bars I have, handful of almonds, etc. Its all about burning off more calories than you consume. And my biggest tip is make sure your SO chooses foods that taste good to him so it really can be a lifestyle change. Of course nothing is gonna taste as good as pizza, burgers, or sweets, but there are healthy ways to make those food. But I have found if when you are trying to loose, you choose to eat foods that you cant stand, once you hit your goal weight you go back to what you ate before and gain it all back. I wish your SO the best of luck, its a long and hard journey but anyone can do it. I hope I was some help!

Post # 7
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Try Walden Farms dressings to get him to eat raw veggies. I’m normally not a fan of processed foods, however their ranch dressing is essentially water and spices. It tastes JUST LIKE RANCH minus al the nasty fat! The sodium is a little high but if used in moderation not too bad.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

After my daughter died in 2001, I stopped exercising and did a lot of emotional eating and gained around 60 lbs. Then I lost 50 lbs. in 2006. Everybody kept asking what diet I was on, what pilll I was taking, etc. Most didn’t like the answer I gave, which was “exercise more, eat less” (saw that once in a Doonesbury cartoon). But’s ultimately, it is true. You can lose weight on almost ANY diet, and can speed it up by adding exercise. SO the Dr. is incorrect in that there is only way to go about it.

To be successful (and not immediately gain all the weight back after going off the diet) – one must find a strategy that works for them.Portion-control is a HUGE part of it, and one of my biggest problems. I can out-eat most men, easily. My current strategy is to eat as light as possible on “normal” days and allow myself “modest splurging” on holidays and vacations. Try to make the bulk of the food high-quality. Switch out white flour/corn for whole grain and multi-grain for breads and pasta. I am not particularly fond of most veggies, but I try to find ways to incorporate them into diet so I can tolerate more of them. Roasting and seasoning veggies does wonders for many. Just about any decent diet will have a slew of fruit and veggies. Sigh!  Lean proteins, and fish, fish, fish (if you like). Find lower calorie/lower fat versions of staples. Exercising speeds things up considerably, even if it is fitness walking (alternating fast and lesuirely walking). Eating smaller meals and modest, healthy snacks in-between revs the metabolism. Drink more water!!!

Unless the Dr. is a nutritionist, I would seek a second opinion.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

About the raw veggies…does your man like hummus?  It’s delicious, and very healthy and great for dipping.  Try different brands; I haven’t met too many people who don’t like it.  Just avoid Sabra as it’s full of oil, much more so than a typical hummus.

Good luck…I think it’s pretty clear that the Dr. has given him some bad advice.  I hope you can find a good doctor who will help you guys closely monitor your guy’s progress, and that he will get to a healthy body in no time!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also, make sure he has ENOUGH calories a day.  If your body does not get the right amount of food, it will go into starvation mode. When your body is in starvation mode, it eats itself, but it eats muscle first.  (maybe this was what the doctor was talking to you about… you could lose a lot of weight this way, but you’d be totally unhealthy and lose all muscle mass first).  A good amount of calories per day is ideal weight times 10.  So, if your boy wants to weigh say, 200 pounds, he should eat around 1900-2100 calories per day.  He could probably go down to 1600, but no lower than that, or it is starvation mode.

As for eating, try to alter things, one step at a time. 

-Instead of buying pizza, make your own with lowfat cheese, and veggie topping.

-Make a spicy baked chicken breast instead of having fried chicken

-Instead of iced cream, use frozen berries and blend them into a sorbet.

-Cutting out alcohol (if he drinks) will be helpful!

Also.. find fun things you can do together to get active.  It is a lot easier to stay on track when you have someone who is holding your hand.  Take short walks and make them longer each time, do some low impact bicycling, or swim together.  Making it fun will be so much easier!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also… sorry if this is innapropriate or tmi.  But a healthy sex life and reaching climax daily is also a help to the weight loss process (height racing, adrenaline, and all that).  That’s definitely fun!

And if that is out of the question, I also think you could try DDR (dance dance revolution) once he loses a little weight (want to have a little less to move around so it is lower impact).

 

And REALLY important… is the pyschology of weight loss.  It is very difficult to be motivated to lose weight, and REALLY easy to get down on yourself.  Make sure that you are encouraging all the time.  And when he slips up, help him back on track, don’t berate him.  Tell him you are proud of him (that means a lot to people).  Also remember… weight loss and lifestyle changes are not all measured on a scale.  You might want to help him measure certain body parts or note how his clothing fits.  He may actually lose fat but gain muscle (so no “weight” change persay).

Oh and if you want a good tracker, you can use nutrisytem’s webpage for free (without ordering the food).  And it will help you with calories, exercise, and water consumption.

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