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Old 11-04-2009, 10:17 PM
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HELP! I just don't know where to start :(

I've had a personal goal of losing about 10lbs and just getting healthier in general for quite a while now but I have absolutely NO idea where to even start here. I don't know how to figure out which type of nutrition/diet plan would be best for me, what exercises to do, or ANYTHING!

I try to work out occasionally but it's nothing too extreme, and i never stick with it long enough to show results. I'm at a point now where i'm more determined and want to tone up and get beach-ready for next year.

So my question is... can anyone give me a push in the right direction? What do I need to know and what do I start with!?

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Old 11-04-2009, 10:23 PM
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I like pilates

and eating non-processed foods.. I started by eliminating high fructose corn syrup (its in more than youd think!) then slowly working up from there.

I joined sparkpeople.com and started tracking what i was eating and made a goal to get 1200-1500 calories a day (it differs for everyone) and once I was aware of what I was eating, it really helped.
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I'm not an expert on weights/toning, but you should be doing cardio anyway (just for the health of your heart, endurance, etc)...I'll just start plugging away on the elliptical and bring my ipod and a couple trashy tabloids with me (hey I'm ADD...) a half hour should be sufficient, though I go for an hour, since genetics is not on my side for the whole weight loss/maintenance thing. If you enjoy the outdoors, find a park in your area and run around the trails there (I'm just a wuss about weather and won't run unless it's perfect out--I also have no endurance for cross-country running)

As for diet...there are many small tweaks you can make to your normal diet that will add up over time...even using smaller plates (which will prevent you from filling said plates with as much food as your normal plate could hold). Allow yourself to give in to cravings so you don't deprive yourself and then pig out later. If you've been feeling sluggish lately, or especially if you have skin issues and undereye shadows in addition to stubborn weight gain, you might have a dairy allergy you didn't know about. (Wheat is a common culprit as well, but that takes almost a year to get out of your system; I think dairy takes like 3 days) If you look up information on gluten and casein allergies that'll explain a lot more than I can here.

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I am a big fan of Oxygen magazine for good information. If you send it back to them, they will even refund your money (in case money is tight). How awesome is that?

The basic idea of eating clean is to eat natural foods - foods that existed when your great grand-parents were alive. Whole grains, lean meats, no artificial sweeteners, no high-fructose corn syrup, TONS of delicious veg and fruits.

For exercise, choose what you like. Do you like team sports? Fast-paced like kick-boxing, or slower like yoga? It's okay to change with the seasons too. A lot of people like to bike in the summer but give it up in the winter. I'm personally a huge fan of weight lifting. It won't make you big! But I know not everyone likes it.
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Diet is the larger part of the equation. Avoiding processed foods is a good start...it keeps most of the "secretly" unhealthy stuff at bay.

As far as your diet is concerned, try this:

If you aren't already, try taking a multivitamin every day. Whats more, try to take a fish oil, or flax seed oil supplement every day (truth told, though, fish oil is the better option). Multivitamins fill in any potential deficiencies, and the fish oil is a great source of omega 3's...so-called "healthy" fats that are good for your heart, and can help in stimulating your metabolism.

When you wake up in the morning, have at least 16 oz of water. You've been water-fasting for 8 hours, so start off your day by re-hydrating yourself. This is a simple, easy metabolism booster.

Breakfast is very important as well. Try to cap it under 600 calories, and it's best to have a balanced breakfast with plenty of complex carbs, (oatmeal, whole wheat bread, certain cereals), protein, and a somewhat restrained fat content. Don't completely ignore fat in your diet, though! It's not the villain that it's made out to be! Well...saturated fat, maybe. Most nuts are a great source of unsaturated fats, as well as fiber and protein...almonds are my favorites.

What I, personally, do is this: I'll check out the nutrition label, and if something has more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, I'll usually skip it. I look for high fiber, high protein, and low sugar in the nutrition labels. Fiber has the added benefit of helping you feel fuller longer...less cravings. Keep some fruit around for the inevitable sugar cravings.

Try to keep your protein sources lean (poultry, fish, soy, and I'm a big fan of certain whey protein powders). And try to stay away from simple carbs...like white bread, or white rice, or pasta. You don't have to completely ignore the simple carbs...but moderation is key.

As for exercise, if you're looking to lose weight I'd suggest trying a cardio/strength training routine. Cardio burns calories fast, but strength training keeps your metabolism boosted for about 24 hours after the last rep. Both are equally valuable when it comes to weight loss. I noticed that somebody mentioned Pilates...that's a good one right there. You just have to make sure that you work at your threshold, though. That is...It's really easy to cheat on a Pilates workout...if you choose this route, I'd highly suggest taking a class.

Basic weight training is also very useful...try to work out the bigger muscle groups, like the legs, core, and back. You don't have to go body builder status, what with 400 pound squats and all, just keep good form and work at toning those muscles.

As for cardio...it's a good idea not to go overboard with cardio. Anything more than 45 minutes is overkill. I'd shoot for 20-30 minutes of cardio a day, and strength training every other day if you can swing it. Beware of overtraining though...don't work out so hard that you're completely wiped out for the next few days, as this is counterproductive.

If you've got access to a gym, GREAT! If not, bodyweight exercises are more than sufficient...I can look around for a few examples but I'm really...really tired right now and need to sign off.

Anywho, best of luck! The hardest part is the changing of the habits...after that, it's a whole lotta fun!
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:00 AM
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Thanks so much for the tips everyone! I really need to wrap my head around this. When I hear people talking about carbs, calories, etc. I tend to get overwhelmed lol.

I'm totally fine with the breakfast stuff and figuring out what's healthy and what's not (i love breakfast food!), but when it comes around to dinner time I'm completely lost. What are some good examples of dinner foods.... that aren't boring? I'm pretty much a take-out kinda girl with limited cooking skills haha. I eat sushi probably way more than I should :S

As for exercise, what are some good cardio and weight training workouts I can do at home? Is there a website or place I can get this info? I did used to do pilates actually, but only stuck with it for a few months . Is pilates considered cardio?

Running for me is kind of tough considering I have asthma .. i know i know it sounds like an excuse and i hate it, but it's tough for me to consistantly run without not being able to breathe properly/feeling like my lungs will explode!

Another question I had was about working out... not sure what to start with and what to end with. All I know is that you should stretch first and do some sort of cool-down thing afterwards..? LOL I'm such a newb at this.
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If you are interested in cooking (which is the best way to make sure you eat healthy), I'd recommend a college cookbook. A basic idea for portions is 1/2 of your plate is salad or veg (use oil and vinegar for dressing, or a natural one if you prefer to buy it), 1/4 protein, 1/4 whole grains or starch. If you like pasta (which I do!), make it whole wheat pasta, and you could do a sauce with onions, ground turkey, perhaps some other veg, a bottled sauce, and have a salad on the side. Those bbq chickens you can get at the grocery store are good too - you could eat some chicken with brown rice and salad, or put it in a sandwich (with w.w. bread). Stir-fries if you go easy on the oil, heavy on the veg. I used to do a fake "pizza" a lot - a whole grain pita, some pasta sauce, some peppers, a cut up tofu dog as "pepperoni" and a bit of cheese. Pretty tasty for something that takes 4 minutes and is so, so easy.

Pilates is not cardio. Don't worry about not being able to run - lots of people can't.

If you want to do home exercises, a lot of people here have liked P90X. I haven't done it but I tried the Jillian Michael's 30 day thread. It did get me sweating and if you're a beginner, doing those shorter periods of time is probably fine. Oh, and you don't really need to stretch first, and in fact, you shouldn't do a static stretch, where you hold the stretch in place for a long time, before warming up! Stretch after cooling down at the end.

If you're new to this, any exercise and any improvements to your eating will be really helpful, so don't get discouraged! No one is born knowing perfect eating and exercise!
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:40 AM
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I really try to keep what I'm doing simple to avoid confusion and keep up the motivation as far as food goes. When I've lost weight, I don't care about carb/protein/fat ratios, I just try to get the right amount of calories and nutrition for the weight loss I want to achieve. I mean, it's like everyone says, diets don't work, lifestyle changes do. There is no reason to cut out or avoid certain types of food. If you are eating low calories, you are not going to want to waste them on empty foods, so you will naturally eat heathier to ensure that you are full and satisfied after a meal.

As far as exercise goes, you will want to do cardio, but toning and some weight training will up your metabolism in the long run and help you keep weight off that you lose. Also, keep in mind, you will have to lower your caloric intake once you lose the weight unless you work out enough to make up for it.
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There is no reason to cut out or avoid certain types of food. If you are eating low calories, you are not going to want to waste them on empty foods, so you will naturally eat heathier to ensure that you are full and satisfied after a meal.
While I can see a bit of what you're trying to get across here, I think it's important to clarify that there is reason to avoid certain types of food from your regular diet.

Example...Let's say somebody has a breakfast every morning consisting of six strips of bacon, two eggs, and a cup of hash browns. Sure, they're eating breakfast, and it's better than nothing, but with a few tweaks it can be a whole lot better. Replace the bacon with a half a cup of kidney beans, the hash browns with a cup of brown rice. Sprinkle a little cheese on top, and BAM! Much better breakfast!

Sodas are another one to avoid...and a lot of fruit juices as well. They tend to pack a HUGE caloric punch consisting mostly of sugars. DEFINITELY not the kind of thing that somebody would want to drink if they're looking to lose weight.

That's not to say that somebody can never enjoy A soda, or some bacon every now and then, but that it shouldn't be a staple in a person's diet if they're trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

Another thing to remember: Many "reduced-fat" products are little more than a bait and switch. They'll reduce the fat content against the normal variety, but up the sugar content...in an attempt to make up for what's been lost in "taste".

I'm appalled at the number of so-called "healthy" products out there that might as well be candy. Marketers are clever. Thus:



If you can read and decipher the nutritional label and ingredients list on pre-packaged goods, that's half the battle right there.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:17 PM
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I agree that some foods are better choices than others, but Steph was saying that you will naturally choose foods that keep you full (ie. more protein and fiber) if you are restricting your calories.

If someone had the breakfast you mentioned, it would be more than half of their daily calories (assuming a 1200-1500 day). Why would someone want to do that and then starve the rest of the day?

WW simply restricts calories and encourages foods with more fiber (they have a lower point value) and it is the most successful weight loss plan in America.

I personally feel better when I limit sugar and white flour products, but everyone is different.
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^Yes, Kelly said exactly what I was trying to say. No reason to never, ever have bacon, but if you are restricting your calories and eat what mesalomaniac mentioned first, you are going to be hungry later.

I usually eat Kashi Golean with skim milk for breakfast because it's easy and filling. I don't think I would ever be down with kidney beans and brown rice for breakfast though.
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I have done scrambled eggs with black beans, salsa, and low fat cheese. It's pretty good! Wrap it in a whole wheat tortilla and it makes a pretty healthy breakfast burrito.

I've been into shredded wheat lately.
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I don't know how people can eat so much in the morning! haha... My breakfast usually only consists of one thing.. cereal or something. I can't imagine eating beans, rice, etc. in the morning, it would make me feel so sick.

What is P90X? And what is the difference between doing something like pilates or yoga vs. some type of cardio? Should they be done together?
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If you're eating cereal and milk, make sure you are choosing a whole grain cereal that's fairly high in protein. You might have better luck switching to oatmeal (not instant). You can cook it on the stove, or mix it with milk, nuts, dried fruits, and refridgerate it, then stir in fresh fruit/yogurt in the morning. (You can make a week's worth like this so it's convenient). Boxed cereal is often really, really high in sugar.

There's a massive thread on P90X somewhere in this section. It's just a thing of DVDs that has cardio, strength, and flexibility (depending on the day). It's about an hour per day. But again, I haven't used it.

Cardio gets your heart rate up and really works your cardiovascular system (hence its name). Yoga will depend on the style - some are only flexibility, but some have a strength component. It's unlikely that you'll move fast enough to really work your cardiovascular system in yoga, even though you can build strength and flexibility. Pilates also builds strength and flexibility, but neither yoga nor pilates will build the kind of muscle you can with weights. (Muscle boosts metabolism like crazy, so even if you have a week where you slip up, you would be much less likely to gain if you have been doing weights). Doing both is good but it does'nt have to be on the same day.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:58 AM
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I don't know how people can eat so much in the morning! haha... My breakfast usually only consists of one thing.. cereal or something. I can't imagine eating beans, rice, etc. in the morning, it would make me feel so sick.

What is P90X? And what is the difference between doing something like pilates or yoga vs. some type of cardio? Should they be done together?
I know what you mean, I often have a simple breakfast too. I'm not usually hungry first thing in the morning, so I usually only have coffee and then I eat my breakfast between 9-10 at work. By then, I'm hungry enough for something more substantial than cereal. But I never make something super in-depth unless it's the weekend and I'm making it for hubby and me, and then I wouldn't be cooking it until 10am or so b/c we like to sleep in.

It sounds like you may just need something simple. You can log in to sparkpeople.com and set up your weight loss goal and when you want to reach it. It will tell you a calorie range that you should shoot for each day and it will also give you a range for your protein, carbs, fiber, etc. You can track your calories there to make sure you are staying within your range. It's super easy and FREE!
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^Yes, Kelly said exactly what I was trying to say. No reason to never, ever have bacon, but if you are restricting your calories and eat what mesalomaniac mentioned first, you are going to be hungry later.

I usually eat Kashi Golean with skim milk for breakfast because it's easy and filling. I don't think I would ever be down with kidney beans and brown rice for breakfast though.
I get the impression that you misunderstood my post as well...I was just trying to clarify the difference between "don't avoid these" and "use in moderation"

As far as being hungry later...of course you're always going to be hungry later..it just depends how much later ! And I now realize that I left out something pretty important:

The "3 square meals a day" rule is no longer, having been overturned in favor of 6 smaller meals a day. So, a daily meal plan would go like this

Breakfast
Snack
Lunch
Snack
Dinner
Snack

The snacks are just there to get you through to the next meal, and to give you the extra energy as you need it. Whats more, is it keeps your metabolism humming along at a continuous pace throughout the entire day. It's also not a good idea to not skip any meals...I used to do this one a lot myself. The train of thought is "oh, well, those are just calories that I'd have to exercise off anyways". But the truth is you need 'em to keep your body running, and if you don't eat enough you won't have enough energy to exercise later on. Plus skipping a meal sets your metabolism to "slo-mo".

I know kidney beans and brown rice sounds a little..."odd" for breakfast, but it can actually be pretty tasty! I make two eggs over-easy, add a half or a third of a cup of red kidney beans, three quarters to a whole cup of brown rice, sprinkle some cheese and cilantro over the top, and mix em together as I chow down.

Rivkah made a good point concerning cereals. Cereals are a real "gotcha" item when it comes to nutritional content...many profess "100% of your daily value of vitamins and minerals!", but have barely any fiber or protein, and cover up the taste of artificially added vitamins with sugar.

You can get vitamins elsewhere, but make sure that if you choose a cereal, that it's got a high fiber content. After that, make sure that it's got a decent amount of protein (you're adding more with milk), and a low sugar content (anything more than 10 grams is overkill). Thus why I love Kashi's original Go Lean cereal with some cut-up banana and a scoop of whey protein in the morning.

BUT...your best bet is to stick with something like oatmeal. Not flavored oatmeal, just the plain stuff. Rivkah had some great suggestions for preparation.

Pilates and Yoga can be quite a workout, and they're great flexibility boosters, and can really help you get in touch with your mind/body connection and breathing patterns (these skills transfer over very well to cardio and strength training!)...but they shouldn't be the cornerstone of a weight loss plan. They're a great addition, though! I like Yoga a bit more than Pilates, personally.

A'ite, lemmie see if I can find some good at-home exercises.
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^ thanks for the tips!
The breakfast cereals I like are things like Raisin Bran, Special K with bananas on top... things like that. I once even did the 2 week Special K diet thing where you eat Special K for two of your meals per day (for dinner you can eat whatever you want... healthy obviously), and only eat fruit/veggies or granola bars in between for snacks. I swear it felt like it worked, but again that's not something you can really stick with forever.

I also just joined that sparkpeople site and found out i've already reached my daily cardio goal lol... I guess vigorous cleaning, jumping jacks, and situps do pay off haha.

Naturally, I have a high metabolism and have always been really thin... in fact the weight I'm at now is the highest I've ever been. I used to be grossly skinny at about 102 lbs and 5'9". And i ate, believe me! haha. So I've never really had a problem with what I eat before... I believe now I've just gained some extra weight because I don't get enough exercise at ALL anymore. I'm pretty much stuck in front of my desk all day and get limited activity in. :\
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Find an Adventure boot camp (google Adventure boot camp Toronto, or similar). I think it is much better than a gym. It is interval with cardio and because it is a group setting, you push each other. Adventure boot camps are all women too.

I have lost 20 lbs since starting boot camp locally in August. I am also doing Weight Watchers but trying to using my points on whole foods, lean meats and whole grains. If I eat processed food, I read the ingredients and try to buy minimally preserved, limited fillers.
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Before starting a new diet/exercise plan take measurements of your waist, hips, thighs, etc. I find this to be a much more accurate way of measuring "fat loss" (or gain) than a scale that tells you just how much you weigh.

Also, with the economy the way it is..many gyms have great deals on memberships. I live in the sacramento area and I have heard of gym memberships for $15 a month at Gold's and 24hour. Both these gyms offer group exercise classes which can be really fun AND keep you motivated.

Finally, having another goal in addition to losing weight might keep you motivated. For example, if you hope to run one mile in less than 9 minutes...you'll probably work out harder and more consistently in order to attain this goal. (I know running poses a bit of a difficulty for you, but maybe power walking could be something you could do without putting to much of a strain on your breathing).

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I am a guy and a little bit of a gym head but hopefully I can give you some advice. I usually lift weights 4 times a week to relax from a days of hard college classes and I battle to gain weight. I also have a terrible metabolism but I believe weight training is the engine that keeps my metabolism going.

As far as what I would recommend to shred 10 lbs is to join a gym and find a program that you can do 3 times a week with about 1 hour sessions. I would recommend going to bodybuilding.com and looking into some of the beginning female articles for lifting programs. Don't be afraid of turning into a muscular and masculine figure, this takes years of work and crazy dieting.

As far as the diet is concerned, all of the crazy commercialized stuff that you see on TV is pretty much nonsense. Your weight loss will depend on one thing, and that is the amount of calories that your body burns throughout the day and the amount of calories that you consume during the day. You have to eat less energy than you use for a day to lose weight.

Some tips I could give you is to avoid junk food, usually stuff that is packed with hidden calories that make it taste so good. Avoid things with sugar (candy, chocolate, pop, juice, etc). Try to eat lean meat like chicken and fish and turkey tommorow :P. Substitute sugar snacks with healthier snacks like mixed nuts and such. I also find that drinking lots of water can suppress hunger, and drinking lots of water is always a good idea.
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Dana, I love the "slim in 6" videos when I was getting in shape after having the boys. There's also a 10 minute abs routine on the video that I mostly used because it was short, but definitely worked. I need to get back to using it, even though its below freezing I know summer will be here when I blink. I also walk a lot when the weather permits.
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I am one of the last people who should be giving diet and exercise advice but I just want to emphasize that unhealthy stuff (particularly high fructose corn syrup and lots of regular sugar) are in things that claim to be healthy, like Special K. Have you ever read the ingredient list on the box? You'd almost be better off eating Cocoa Puffs or something. Sorry if that's not particularly helpful, but I guess I just want to say read ingredients because the packaging itself will often lie.
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^ I'm a HUGE fan of Kashi cereals/granola bars Nutritious AND delicous
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^I love Kashi too. Sadly, it never seems to go on sale around here and I can't afford to pay $5 for a box of cereal...
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