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Old 02-15-2010, 12:28 PM
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Want to lose weight but dont know where to start...

I am wanting to lose weight and I am really not sure where to start. I am wanting to lose between 10-20lbs and would really like to get in better shape before even thinking about wearing a bathing suit this summer. I also have to be a bridesmaid in my brother-in-law's wedding on May 29th and would like to have lost weight by then (maybe not all but some). I dont do the whole weight watchers thing so I did not think I should post in there but I did not know what to do otherwise. I really would like to have someone to hold me accountable (some ecouragement) for some weight loss because I seem to not do well myself. I feel like I am already a pretty healthy eater and workout pretty regularly (have not been doing it as much as I should and not enough strenous cardio) but I have been stuck at the same weight for a while. I feel like I am not at a weight that I am happy. Anyways....... Any help would be greatly apprectiated. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:26 PM
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You can post in the WW thread. It's really just a nice place to go to chat about what you're eating and doing to lose weight.

My advice is always to do both cardio and strength training because you will look better if you get stronger. Sometimes you need to change things up to get results when you hit a plateau. Although I don't have much advice on that because I'm in the same boat right now.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:33 PM
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Why not post up what your diet is like and your avg workouts consist of? General lifestyle in general could help also. After that I can see if there might be any suggestions I have for you. Also anything you have tried in the past or might be interested in in the future for weightloss. What the area you live in might help also. Just to get an idea of activities available to you.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:55 AM
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^ Good idea! Also, what Steph said about mixing things up when you get to a plateau is sooooo true. Even mixing up little things or adding different foods can give you the little boost you need.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:49 AM
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During the week, I typically my day starts with some kind of fruit (usually banana or apple) and yogurt with at least a couple cups of coffee and sugar free creamer. Lunch is usually either fruit (grapes or canteloupe) or veggies (carrots with FF ranch) and sometimes both and either a small sandwich or some light soup with some diet lipton green tea. Dinner often varies but always consists of some type of protein (fish, chicken, or turkey) about 4 oz or so, some type of veggies, a slice of wheat toast, and usually a small salad with some type of light dressing. I dont eat any red meat at all and usually drink at the very least 50oz of plain water a day (not including tea or flavored waters).
My regular meals arent usually the problem. I have a huge problem with mindless snacking especially when I get home from work and on the weekends. My husband and I both do it and we really want to stop but it has become such a habit it is hard.
In terms of working out, lately I have fallen off the workout wagon because my husband is a basketball coach and he just finished the season so I spend time with him when I get off work because he gets off before me. When he was in season I was working out a lot more. This is what I was doing before and what I really need to get back in to doing again. I would only get to the gym a few times a week so I would try to get in everything when I am there. I will usually do about 50-60 minutes on the elliptical and then about 30-40 minutes of weights. I have a ton of exercise DVD's at home, the Wii Ea sports active, and exercise stuff on On Demand through our cable company. I really like to do them as well but just cant seem to find the motivation lately.

My main concern is that I need to lose weight before the summer because I have to be in a wedding and we go to the beach. I also dont want to find myself getting obsessed because I have struggled with eating disorder when I was in high school and beginning of college. I feel like I have gone the total opposite of that now.
This is also the first time I have really tried to lose a good amount of weight since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in May of 09 and I dont know what to expect with that.

Anyway....wow that was a lot of typing...sorry so long. Thanks for the help Sephanie, VSswim 09 (dont know your name), and Christina.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:41 AM
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I think you should talk to an Registered Dietitian, especially since you have MS. One of my BFs is both (RD with MS) and I know fish oils are especially important with maintenance of your disease and relapse prevention. There are other nutritional considerations as well and it is important to maintain a healthy weight with an MS diagnosis (as you know). However, because of your diagnosis, I think that you should have professional guidance when undergoing a weight loss regimen.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:24 PM
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^^ I agree

Normally I would love to give diet and exercise help to someone that asks but with the MS I could not in good conscience give you advice. My uncles significant other has MS and needs to follow a special diet and can only perform certain types of exercise.

I will say forget anything to do with your Wii as far as fitness goes though. It does sound like you have a really healthy diet when it comes to your main meals. It doesn't seem like quite enough to me but once you start exercising you may find you will need to eat more. When exercising do not be surprised if loss of weight is a little slow. Depending on fitness level there is a change in the ratio of fat:muscle. Since muscle weighs more you might find you are sizing down but remaining somewhat static in weight. Keep that in mind and do not fret! On the other hand, if you find the right exercises it may just fall off. I helped a friend of mine start training for triathlon and eating healthy and he lost 20+ lbs in the first month. He eventually got out of the habit and has put it back on now though..plus some. Dedication and routine is paramount!

Mindless snacking: Find something healthy to snack on. Personally, my snacks consist of nuts (honey roasted peanuts, almonds), fruits (banana, apple, pear), yogurt, eggs, nutrigrain bars, clif bars, arrow root cookies in swim season, crackers in general (bretoncrackers are pretty good). Just need to get your mind away from junk food=snack food. Sometimes the craving for sweetness can signify a lack somewhere else in your diet. Dehydration can also mask itself as hunger so be certain to stay hydrated, I always have a water bottle with me. Try for 3 litres a day if you can. It will become subconscious eventually to drink water but you will need to force yourself initially. It's all about getting into a good routine.

Sleep is huge!! There are hormones released in your sleep which go to work repairing your body and if you throw off your sleep pattern this process will be interupted. Everyone is different in the amount of sleep they need and this can also be something you change. Do it enough and your body will adapt. A freak of nature I know but just to illustrate this point. Dean karnazes sleeps 4 hours a night and runs ultra marathons.

If you want anything more specific......RD that knows of MS will be the safest bet!
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I was wondering if you told your husband about how you feel about your weight right now I think a workout buddy would help, and definitely the support of your significant other should be a booster on your journey towards your goal weight. Maybe you two can spend time together a few times a week in an active way, like biking or walking in a park. As long as both of you are having fun and enjoying yourselves, getting the endorphins kicking while also getting more fit

Also changing the environment might help. Like what type of environment are you usually in when you do the snacking? I had a problem with snacking while watching tv. I wouldn't be hungry but I would reach for the snacks and munch on them while watching the telly. To break the cycle, I put the snacks in a further, less accessible place (out of sight and on a high annoying shelf xD) and arranged the furniture in the room so it was more of a visual sign of change in habit.
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It's hard to go wrong with a hunter-gatherer-type diet, if one wants to keep things simple. It's easy: a person just eats things that occur naturally. Nuts(!!!!), meat, beans, veggies, fruit, eggs, etc.

Personally I add things like cottage cheese and yogurt to the mix, as they're great sources of protein. Just not the flavored ones that are soaked in high fructose corn syrup.

Your meals don't sound too bad...except that lunch doesn't sound very satiating. Fruit/veggies are a great snack, but make for an unbalanced meal on their own. I'd suggest making sure you get some (mostly unsaturated) fat, some protein, and some (naturally-occurring) carbs in every meal. Make an apple a cut-up apple with some peanut butter, BOOM! Peanut butter. There's your source of protein and fat. Balance is important. Fat is important too...a person's gotta eat fat to burn fat.

The carb-laden snack foods are where people get in the most trouble. Refined sugars, corn-flavored snacks, even cereals. See if you can cut these out of your cupboard, like, gone. In the trash and out of the grocery cart...because that alone is a HUGE step in the right direction. There's a shit-ton of foods out there that call themselves "all natural" and "heart-healthy" that are little better for a person than a candy bar. All marketing. Make Dan angry, Dan smash.

From wikipedia:

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The effect of diet on MS is unclear, with studies unable to show whether diet contributes to MS or can alter its course.
It would still be wise to confer with your doctor before starting any sort of plan, of course. Trusting wikipedia with serious medical decisions is sorta like...I dunno, it's 3 am and I'm too tired to come up with a simile.

Good luck.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:51 AM
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For weight loss with exercise to maintain diet plan is also very important. When we increase diet with exercise we gain more weight. To maintain your weight control both aspects. In morning jogging and swimming are best to fit all body muscles.
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Well there are many ways to reduce the weight,people want more discussion due to the fact that
most of them are facing overweight issue. So they have to eat low fat foods such as fruits, and
vegetables and get physical activity for optimal fitness as well as losing weight.Drink Seven to
eight glass of water every day.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:24 AM
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You gotta do a few things that can actually help you in getting rid of this issue,Most of the people just like you they do wanna lose weight but without some effort mostly that sort of of ways are completely inappropriate i mean which we call supplements or pills,I suggest you to keep yourself away from fried food and food that has a lot of calories or amount of fats.

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Old 06-10-2014, 01:03 PM
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This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions that exist in the fitness world.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:30 AM
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Hi...!
Everyone can easily lose weight just by a little effort and workout. Balance contribution of diet and exercise will help to achieve your goal . Eat raw veggies and more organic food for this.

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I think starting with Pure Green Coffee Beans Extracts because it's made up of pure coffee beans and lose weight within weeks, You can buy it anywhere from Australia!
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:20 AM
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If you wanna loss weight than you should have to follow two ponit
1 take a proper diet (minimize calories intake )
2 do regular exercises
Both point are equally important and by following these point you can loss weight as much as want
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Old 02-16-2015, 05:11 AM
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Weight loss is not a big deal. First of all make a workout plan and must go for a morning walk. Drink water early in the morning.

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Absolutely its not a big deal and first and foremost thing is to make plan and follow that plan and never think of quitting that plan. Stick to the schedule and consult with a specialist who can guide you well in losing weight.
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