Many people would list "Losing a few pounds" as one of their top priorities. However, most of us struggle to get down to our ideal weight. This is a guide to losing weight.
I'm not sure it this is the appropriate place to ask, but I see so many good suggestions and ideas on this website.. I thought I'd give this a try. I'm 50 years old, overweight and need help. I know there are many of you out there who have the same issue as myself. About 50 pounds overweight and as I get older, the weight continues to creep. I've been on every diet imaginable in the last 15 years. I've always succeeded in losing, but then gain it all back and then some!
Here is part of my problem, I have a long commute each day (3 hours total), and have a desk job. So I'm tired by the time I get home. I do walk when I can, and have changed my eating habits. I don't eat after 8:00 pm and have cut way back on my sugar intake. Problem is, I'm always hungry, and it's a struggle! I think about food all the time. I just joined up with my local community center and will take yoga classes for one hour on the weekend. Also, aqua aerobics in the evening. Honestly, I'm not sure I have the energy to go to evening classes, but I'm going to try.
Does anyone out there have any useful suggestions? Or, tell me how you lost weight.
Have learned that AM exercise is more beneficial than at the end of the day exercise.
YOU are on the right track, but you do not need a DIET. I was overweight and 49yrs old with a very stressfull job and little energy. I lost 50lb so I know of what i speak. YOU NEED a lifestyle of eating, food is our disease just like anyother only worse. It is tough to stop drinking but you do not have to face it 3 times a day, you HAVE to eat you can not avoid it, so it is harder to control. Same type of weakness in both diseases, need for comfort, lack of control, being a gentle sensitive person etc. Do weight watchers if you can and do it right not your own version. They give you support, they encourage you, other people are going through it with you, AND they want you to eat so you can feel like exercising. You must have oil in your diet, you must have dairy products, etc. If you get the right foods you WILL NOT BE HUNGRY or feel deprived. You can live your life, you can stop at MICKY D's and have a burger. You will learn portion control and they will support you for a life time, cause some people need the support for a lifetime. You will learn how to eat anything youwant, you just have to learn PORtiON control and limit setting. Cost 11.00 a week right now or 15.00 if you just want to attend one meet a month, (I suggest the weekly ones) but getting your life back is well worth the cost. DO NOT DIET. I wish you all the best.
I am overweight, even though many people think I look 130, I'm 165. I am 18 years old and I hate the idea of becoming fat. I've watched too many people in my family gain weight through their lives. I'm not very coordinated, so Zumba didn't work for me. I can't run or I'll have an asthma attack. I have no upper body strength, none, I haven't even when I was skinny. I have really really bad circulation, super bad. I stand for a minute and my feet are all swollen and red. It's been that way since 8th grade, I don't know why. Anyways I don't have a lot of money; I barely eat as it is. I have two jobs and still barely make enough for my rent. I wanna lose weight and get fit. Can someone please help?
By Savannah K.
I've struggled with this all my life and I'm currently in Weight Watcher's. There are a couple of web sites that are free if you don't want to or can't afford a paid program. Spark People is a great FREE site, Hungry Girl has an excellent diet out, but you have to purchase the book. Perhaps you can get the book used on Amazon or from the library. Skinny Taste is another great book. My philosophy is to do something that you can live with for the rest of your life. If you restrict yourself, the "diet" is guaranteed to fail. I've used the word "diet" here, but I don't like the word. "A way of life" is a much better way for me to look at it. And, you're still young, so get used to that dreaded "e" word... exercise. Keeping active is so important, not only in weight loss, but for your overall health. You don't have to join a gym; walk, walk, walk.
Measure and weigh your portions and get used to what a "portion" looks like. There's a ton of information out there. There is no one size fits all way to do it. Do what works for you and you'll be successful. For me, I have to stay busy and not sit and just watch TV. If you like to dance, that's a great way to burn calories. I went out dancing last Saturday night and burned a ton of calories and had a great time. Hope this helps. Try to not let the scale rule you. You are more than a number on the scale.
Best of luck to you.
You are smart to get fit while you are young because it is much more difficult to lose weight when you are older. My family has had a lot of success with the G.I. diet books by Rick Gallop. We all lost weight and never felt hungry. When you say that you barely eat, it may be WHAT you are eating, not how much you are eating. You can read about the diet and books here: http://gidiet.com/us/about.html The express book is a condensed down version of the full book. Check your library or I checked on Amazon and they sell used for as low as 1 cent.
My husband reached his goal weight without exercising and has kept it off for a few years now. This diet isn't really a diet. It is a way of eating. It is easy to understand using a stoplight method. Red foods you avoid while losing weight, Yellow you eat sparingly, and green you can eat more than enough of. When my husband notices that he is gaining a pound or two back, he just avoids the red foods again.
I have also lost weight with this method and liked it because I didn't have to count calories, points, etc. I tried Weight Watchers, but found that it made me think about food constantly. I was hungry all the time, and always had to be thinking about how many points everything was.
I also have a 20 year old son, and an 18 year old son. They, too have benefited from this way of eating. Also, they both had symptoms like you describe with your feet turning red and swelling up when you are on them. My oldest was really bothered by this so we took him to the doctor about it. They ran tests and determined that he had Raynaud's syndrome. Both my son's started exercising and the symptoms seem to have resolved themselves. I am not suggesting that this is what your diagnosis would be, but you should go get checked out before changing your diet and beginning to exercise, anyway.
The form of exercise that works for me is bicycling. We used a regular bike and turned it into a stationary bike with a bike trainer stand. My husband found this stand very cheap on Craigslist. (You could put in a request on Freecyclers in your area. I have seen people give away bikes all the time on there. Also after new years, people give away exercise equipment when they get new stuff or during Spring cleaning, they give away the new stuff when they decide they aren't going to use it.)
With my asthma, I had to start out using the bike for only 5 minutes at a time - that was all I could do. But now I am up to 32 minutes on low tension. I listen to music so it doesn't feel so undo-able. Also, if I do the inhaler about ten minutes before getting on the bike, I think it helps. Still, I have to make sure that I am breathing deeply enough while exercising, or I get really out of breath.
The walking idea is also good for people with asthma. You might even find someone who would pay you to walk their dog while you are walking for exercise. This would also make it a commitment and more of a motivation to follow through. Here is a place where you can read more about exercising with asthma:
Good luck and don't give up--the more fit you become, the better you will feel!
There are three basics to losing weight:
Being more active can be as simple as taking a walk every day around the block or up the street and back. If every day is too much, start off slow and walk every other day. Take good strides and swing your arms. This will increase your circulation. If you can jog then jog, if you run then run; it depends on how active you are now.
If you are already very active, then maybe you need to add an activity that gives your body variety. The best form of "walking" exercise is to walk in a pool. It creates resistance to all your muscles as you walk, and the water helps keep you cool. It can be very exhausting.
Eating in moderation can be as simple as eating the same amount of food, but spreading it out over more meals a day. If you normally eat three meals a day, try to eat less in each meal, or eat four or even five times a day. Your body can process smaller amounts of food over the available time.
Another option would be to eat the same amount of food you normally would for your first meal, skip your second meal and then eat the same amount you normally would for your third. For your second meal, drink a glass of water and maybe eat a carrot, apple, orange or some other little morsel to help hold you over.
Fibers, whole grain, fruit are all easier to break down and flush through the system. If you drink a lot of sodas, try lemonade (like Crystal light). Most diet drinks don't taste like their fully endowed counterparts, with the exception of Diet Dr. Pepper (it actually tastes like Dr. Pepper).
You can try drinking fruit juices. I have come to realize that V8 Splash actually tastes pretty good. I like fruits but not vegetables, and this way I supplement my diet in a good way. Personally I eat two meals a day and drink the Splash as my hold over treat in the middle of the day.
The weight doesn't melt off over night, but it didn't jump on over night either. Just make your adjustments to your current way of life and you'll see the weight disappear over time.
By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN
I agree with Lilac. Also, perhaps best to avoid pure fruit juices too... because according to a recent article in the New York Times (Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated; by Jane Brody, July 18, 2011), pure fruit juice is on a list of foods that contribute to the greatest weight gain.
"The foods that contributed to the greatest weight gain were not surprising. French fries led the list: Increased consumption of this food alone was linked to an average weight gain of 3.4 pounds in each four-year period. Other important contributors were potato chips (1.7 pounds), sugar-sweetened drinks (1 pound), red meats and processed meats (0.95 and 0.93 pound, respectively), other forms of potatoes (0.57 pound), sweets and desserts (0.41 pound), refined grains (0.39 pound), other fried foods (0.32 pound), 100-percent fruit juice (0.31 pound) and butter (0.3 pound)."
Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/health/19brody.html?pagewanted=
For quite some time I've wanted to own a tortilla pan because I love, love, love taco salads in those deep fried tortilla bowls (shells). I see the pans all over but was too stubborn to pay $9.99 for them, plus I really don't need 4 pans which is how they're packaged. It just so happened that our area box store had them featured in their sale add for $4.99, so I broke down and bought them. And as luck would have it, another store just happened to have large flour tortillas marked down to half price, thus both confirming and giving me permission to make the pan set purchase.
Last Saturday, I baked my first shell for dinner and added just a pinch of garlic power, (shaking it all around the inside of the shell) after it came out of the oven. Because it wasn't deep fried, I thought maybe it would taste like something was missing, so I figured that adding a little garlic powder might help.
It's now Saturday again, and last night I enjoyed my fourth salad in the baked tortilla shell. Usually my salads fill the bottom of the 10 inch paper plates I use, but on Thursday night, I noticed something. That night, I put everything on the paper plate first instead of waiting until the shell was done and then filling. I could only fit half of the amount of lettuce and fixings, (not just taco salad fixings, but chef salad fixings and chicken salad fixings too) in the shell. I had no choice other than to wrap up the remaining half of salad and put it back in the fridge, which I finished up last night.
On the weekends, I work at a shelter that just happens to have a donated physicians' scale in one of the bathrooms. Because I can never resist the temptation to step on the scale, this morning, just like every Saturday, I did my usual "weigh in". To my surprise, I've lost three pounds since last Saturday. That may not seem like a big deal but I'd rather lose it than gain it. I couldnt help thinking was it because of the salad bowls? I've had four of them in six days, and they're so good and so filling. So is it a visual thing? Is it because I'm seeing that the tortilla shells are filled to the brim but in actuality I'm only eating half as much as I normally would? I don't know but I like it!
I just push the flour tortilla into the pan, bake it for thirteen minutes while I'm pulling together the lettuce and other goodies, and eat until I'm falling out of the chair full, but I lost weight? How nice is that!
Thanks for posting this entry! What great "happy accident" discovery.
I do think presentation and portion control have a lot of effect on a persons weight loss or gain. I live low-carb, (no sugar, very few starchy veggies, no white flour, etc.), but I could easily do this with a low-carb whole wheat flour tortilla. Think I will too - tonight!
My daughter likes chicken and peppers in hers fried in oil. I will buy her this pan when on sale and get the tor... from walmart on sale.
My girlfriends and I were discussing how we'd like to lose some weight for our friend's wedding in February. I've been using a free website to keep track of what I eat and what exercises I accomplish.
For my weight control, I have found a way for me to help share with you. I buy two or three boxes of cereal at a time. Sometimes I get up too late to cook breakfast.
The best advice I can give for losing weight, is that diets don't work; losing weight is a lifestyle issue. Weight has to do with what you put in your mouth and how many calories you are able to burn.
I was planning on taking a two week fast. On my fast I'm basically only going to have water, tea, chicken or beef broth, sugar free ice pops, and every couple of days have a fat/sugar free yogurt. I also will be jogging two miles everyday. I was wondering how much weight I can lose on this two week fast?
I agree with Cyinda. Fasting is a good way to clean out your system, but it's not a good way to lose weight. I've never heard of a gradual fast, but I definitely wouldn't recommend eating nothing but yogurt, broth, and ice pops for two weeks. You would be depriving your body of essential nutrients needed to maintain good health. If you are set on fasting, you could do the gradual fast, but I wouldn't truly fast for more than three days. And if weight loss is your goal, I suggest you look for other ways to achieve it.
How much weight do you want to lose? If you are in reasonable shape, you could try P90X. All of the advanced ranks in my martial arts class were required to do this workout/diet program at the beginning of the year, and I know from experience that it gives you results. It will teach you proper nutrition and good eating habits while improving your strength, stamina, and flexibility.
When you don't eat, your body thinks you are starving and begins to slow down it's metabolism. When you do eat, it stores everything in case there is no more. You might lose weight for the two weeks, but then you will gain it back and then some. It's the rebound effect.
I'm a teenager and I'm very active; I play a lot of sports. I'm not overweight, but I can never seem to be able lose weight if I want to. Why?
It may be because your body is happy where it is at. It sounds like you are healthy, and if you are not overweight, then just be happy at the weight you are.
You should really talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your weight. As a teenager, your body is doing a lot of growing and changing. It is easy to develop a poor body image during this time, which can follow you around your whole life. Your doctor can discuss your diet and exercise and give you the best advice.
As for not losing weight even though you are exercising, it might be because you aren't eating ENOUGH food or the right types of foods. A lot of weight loss and fitness experts say that your body will store extra fats if you are increasing your exercise. Frustrating but true. I would make sure that you are eating enough protein, veggies and healthy fiber (whole grains), especially after you work out. And don't forget that water!
I've been on Weight Watchers for a couple of years now and have lost over 60 pounds. If your doctor feels that you could benefit by a structured weight loss plan, I highly recommend it.
Good luck and don't beat yourself up about it. Trust me, in years to come, you will probably wonder what you were complaining about. Be kind to yourself and your body.