DON'T take any pills. I did and when I was in my 20's and lost a bunch of weight, and put it on plus 20 lbs. Fad diets don't work either. I lost weight on every fad diet I tried, but have always gained it back. I recenlty started watching my portions and exercising (thank God the dog needs to walk!) and am SLOWLY losing weight. I want to lose a total of 50 lbs. Right now I am focused on losing 10. It is hard. You have to change the way you think about food. Our lives here in the US are centered around food. You have a party, you have food. You and your husband want a night on the town, you have dinner....I am working on changing my thinking about food. I eat to live, not live to eat. I don't know how long it will take me to lose 50 and I am not worried about that, I just want to see my weight go down, however slowly.
Also, my sister-in-law had gastric bypass and I would not wish that on my worst enemy. It is horrible.
I hate the word diet, it invokes an image of a work colleague eating two ryvitas for lunch with two slices of tomato on top, obviously before long she relapsed - who can possibly survive on that. I think the general consensus is a healthy eating plan together with moderate exercise, try to pick something that you enjoy doing, there is nothing worse than being stuck in an aerobics class that you would really not rather be in, long term you will start to find reasons why you shouldn't go, maybe walking or swimming appeals more. When I put on a bit of weight many years ago I decided to follow the Hay's Diet, I think my mum actually bought me the books, it was amazing, I lost 8 kilos in 2 months and had daily bowel movements. It really works, also for those wanting to increase their weight. It works on the basis that you should not combine protein with carbohydrates and also refined foods, sugar etc are strictly no no. The hardest part was having to give up potatoes with meat, but its just a question of putting a little thought into what you eat, I had 3 different recipe books providing some very good recipes apt for the hays diet and what I liked about it was that you can have 3 meals a day with real food instead of milkshares, pills or other dietry products that I do no think can be good for anyone
for jennifer8055 - i've just ordered the tea - hopefully it works for me too! Am getting married in 5 weeks and done lighterlife (milkshakes) last year and lost 4 stone in 3 months now on cambridge diet (same thing but cheaper) and can't stick to! am binging inbetween being good! i've got a lot to lose to be healthy weight but would like to lose 14 lb for the wedding. life is for living an its a miserable business being on these awful diets! bev
Diet = Die + a "t" at the end. I hate diets. I recently gained some weight when I quit smoking. I have to loose it because I feel so sluggish and tired all the time.
I think there is a lot of things to consider in weight loss. First, you need to find your "happy weight", which has a lot to do with just loving yourself. Am I any happier at 125 pounds than I am at 131 pounds? No. If you can't love yourself at 131, you won't love yourself at 125. So first, you have to love yourself, no matter how much you weigh. Then you are ready to loose weight.
My happy weight is at 141 pounds. (I am 5'6", medium frame). That is the weight where I just feel my best. I still have some curves, but I also have energy and spunk. If I get too heavy, I feel tired. If I get too thin, I feel tired. I currently weigh 153 pounds, down from 157. I'm not dieting. I don't have some crazy workout regimine, and wouldn't have time for it if I wanted to. I go to gym once a week with my aunt. I play with my son, and I walk tons at work. I eat what i want when I want. I just watch my portions, drink lots of water, and have sacraficed a few small vises. I cut down on soda, mayonaise, salad dressing, etc.
Power dieting for a special occasion, like a wedding, is fine, but you have to remember that all that weight will probably come right back on as soon as you stop the diet you are on. The slower you loose weight, to more likely it is to stay off, and it will only stay off if you MAINTAIN a healthy lifestyle.
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I would not suggest using any kind of pills/diets to lose weight, they don't work. I know some people lose a lot of weight by only drinking redbull and other energy drinks but it speeds up your heart. Also, if you don't eat when your hungry your body will eat any muscle you have and it will turn to fat. so i vote diet and exercise!
My entire family booked a cruise last year at Christmas for this past summer (2008). My Mom, Stepdad, Husband and I decided we were going to lose weight before our trip. We made a chart and weighed in every Friday afternoon at the same time, wearing the same clothes. We cut out all fried foods, fast food, sodas, etc. My husband and I started walking 2-3 miles daily. We would allow ourselves one guilt-free meal per week on Friday nights. That meal pretty much saved me on many occasions. We just made a decision to change our lifestyle. When we went on our trip, we ate like idiots! It was wonderful! But, when we came back we knew we had to go back to our healthier ways. It hasn't been easy but it has been sooooo worth it! I have lost 45 lbs. and my husband has lost 70 lbs. We are much happier and healthier. I joke that our mattress is certainly happier too! Ha, ha! Good luck!
i cant wait unitl I graduate in a month. Im joining the gym again as my present to myself (yeah a car woud be nicer...) and it is just too cold already to be outside! I've lived in MN my whole life and i am still a pansy about the cold
The hardest years are those between 10 and 70. -- Helen Hayes
I was 130 about a year ago, and I am 102 today. Wore a pair of size 1 slacks to work today, and it felt nice. I was wearing 8/10.
When I was 120, in June, I started utilizing a website called caloriecount.com, learned about proper nutrition, and added exercise to my daily routine. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in. Since I started using that site, I lost 1-2 pounds a week, up until recently. Now I am losing about a pound every other week because once you get smaller, you burn less calories just living life. Plus, I'm pretty comfortable and not in a big hurry to lose the last few pounds.
Extremely restrictive diets are not only unhealthy, but they don't work in the long term because not one of us wants to live our entire lives eating only cabbage and watermelons. LOL Or eating hamburgers without buns. I'd rather be overweight. I try to choose my foods more carefully. I know how many calories are in everything by now! LOL But if I want to have a whopper junior one day (not every day!) I will have one, and adjust my intake for the rest of the day so that I do not go over my calorie limit for the day. Or I will throw in some extra exercise.
Jumping rope has been a blessing. Fun to do, doesn't take long to burn a lot of calories, and can be done inside because I am very short.
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/17/2008 9:50:54 PM*** Reason: paragraphed my way too long post
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I swear by weight watchers. After my first child, I joined and lost 22 pounds and then just recently I lost 35 pounds. All of this was done in about a 5-6 month period. and then one of my friends had really good success with WW also. Good luck to you. All of it is really difficult.
The best way to lose weight isn't just diet and exercise. It does take alot of discipline though. My husband was having chest pains and I worried about him and his heart. His diet was terrible. He would go hours without eating and then eat junk, like chips and cheese or really unhealthy food, fatty fried quick food. I told him I wanted us to start eating better. It wasn't a diet, it was a balance of food, a healthy lifestyle. We basically made sure that anything we ate had nutritional value. Like eating spinach for salads instead of iceberg lettuce, limiting the dressing to a certain amount. We ate yogurt, veggies, fruit and meat at every meal, and every meal being smaller. Stop eating before you felt full. Portion size is a big factor. It will boost your metabolism eating more smaller meals. I know it may sound hard, but the key is to pack lunches if you work, and make sure that you break that lunch into two meals in an eight hour period. My husband lost 20lbs in 4 weeks, without exercise or diet gimmicks. He started eating healthier, better. Now, 20lbs in four weeks is alot, and most nutritionists will say that 2 lbs a week is ideal, but he did it the right way, meaning, he didn't starve himself or overexercise. He just ate better. After the first week of adapting to smaller portion sizes at sittings, he was never hungry either. I wish you the best of luck, with whatever you decide but just imagine, if you did start eating healthier and then began and exercise routine, how much weight you could lose and keep off. The healthy eating stopped his chest pains too and helped him feel better overall. Again, good luck.
I am in the same boat as shiny, except I wish I could say I started out at 130 I am 5'4" and I have no clue what I weighed 2 1/2 years ago, but I am guessing 200? (I won't burn your retinas with before and after pictures) Now I weigh mid 120's which is good for my height and build.
I used the same site as shiny too. After so long of using it, I don't really need to refer to it anymore. I still use the weight watchers scale I got at the thrift store lol Try to make protein fit in the palm of your hand. Important to have some every day. Veggies double that size, try eating it on a smaller plate.
Little low cal snacks throughout the day. I love 90 or 100 calorie packs.
Save your calories for food, unless it is something like milk. Drink a lot of reduced fat milk it helps you lose weight. I also buy wheat bread that is 35 calories a slice instead of the 70 normal white bread is. Cutting corners here and there and finding something you are into, is key. For me, I like Suhaila Salimpours DVDs. It is a mixture of belly dancing, jazz, yoga and pilates. I also got myself weights for the arms.
Never really understood the pills. If you loose weight by diet and exercise, and they say if you take the pills you have to diet and exercise, why bother taking the pills. But then again I am 5'10" and 130 pounds. And a fairly active person. And I have a treadmill in my house that I spend 30 minutes a day on. If I do start to feel like I am picking up weight(like the up coming holidays and I love to bake). I just do a modified Atkins, with lots of salads and chicken breasts. But last night was pizza and cinnastix. Oppps. Going for a bicycle ride first, then the Harley. LOL
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