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Old 06-25-2007, 08:00 PM
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Is it possible?

Is it possible to lose 5-10 lbs in one month if you are not extremely overweight? And doing so in a healthy way? If it is, tips on how to do it would be appreciated If not, what's a better goal? I'm carrying all my fat in the worst places possible, my arms and stomach.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:19 PM
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If you really want to lose fast I say hardcore Atkins + cardio min. 5 days a week + upper body strength training min. 3 days a week in addition to the cardio. You will definitely notice a difference in 30 days. The most difficult part is sticking to the no carb thing for a month straight. Bleh.

I did it once summer when I had WAY more will power and better motivation and easily lost 10 lbs in about a month. It works. The diet just gets so darn monotonous.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:55 PM
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I think you can definitely lose 5, like 1.25 pound a week, in a healthy way. If I cut out snacking (especially the one before I go to bed) and eat 3 healthy meals a day, I always notice my weight drop. And if I do need something before bed, I like pickles or olives - so full of flavor and low in calories.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:00 PM
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Yup you can safely lose 5- 10 pounds; I think the most you are supposed to lose in a week is 2 pounds. The forums over at calorie-count.com are really helpful and there are some great tips about fitness/food, etc. I read them daily but don't have the willpower to stick to a clean diet or exercise regimen!!
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:46 PM
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I was dropping 16 pounds a month before I got down to my weight.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:48 PM
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if you start eating really healthy and cut snacking (i.e. no processed foods, low sodium, more fibre and veggies), i think you will notice an immediate difference in a month
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:51 AM
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If you eat 500 calories less a day (or burn at least that much more) then you should lose a pound a week.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:25 AM
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I was dropping 16 pounds a month before I got down to my weight.
Yes, but she is not overweight to begin with. These are Vanity pounds.

BabyJ I think you look lovely and do not need to lose weight. But exercising and eating healthy are always good.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:32 AM
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BabyJ, you should already know what I'm going to say...Sign up at sparkpeople.com! They will give you a diet plan and even tell you exactly what to eat and how much to exercise.
You can definitely healthily lose 5 lbs in a month without doing anything crazy, either. Stick to around 1500 calories a day and get 30-45 minutes of cardio 5-6x a week, 2-3 sessions of strength training. But seriously, spark people rocks!
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:26 AM
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Def. possible. In fact, I have to do this soon because I packed on nearly 10 (!) in my vacation weeks and my jeans don't fit!

What I did last time (when I had 20 lbs to lose) was cut down meat and dairy, but eat as much fruit and veg as I could pack in a day. It really wasn't like a diet for me because I'm not a huge meat or dairy eater anyway. But I did have to make an effort to add veg to everything and get a good variety of fruit.

I've done protein diets before and was constantly sick on them-- this worked better for me.

ETA: I walk a lot because I live in the city and don't have a car, but I don't really work out.

ETA again: losing 5 lbs.in two weeks when you first start eating healthier is normal. More than 1-2 lb. a week after that isn't healthy or wise. Also, I used the Eat to Live Plan modified (see other thread).
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:42 AM
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a) you shouldn't loose any weight at all, you're hot.
b) I loose even more with Eat To Live. And it's the healthiest way to eat anyway (it's not a diet). I can't stay on it in stressful times though.
It's almost the way to eat princess_eab describes above.
Edit! LOL! I just saw your edit, princess_eab!
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:32 PM
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I'll definitely check out sparkpeople and eat to live Thank you everyone for your help! The hardest part for me is going to be cutting back the amount of food I eat(I tend to keep eating even though I'm full), and to cut out a lot of the carbs - I'm part Italian, so breads and pastas are a huge part of my diet.

This dieting thing is very new to me. I'd always been a rail, one of those people where people would ask if I ate(and of course I ate too much!). I was always very active though - I did dance for 9 years and after that I worked in a restaraunt. Now I sit on my ass all day in front of a computer and then go home and sit in front of the TV, so I'm in major need of a lifestyle change! I was almost in tears when I was trying on swimsuits the other day
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:40 PM
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^Jess, a lifestyle change will do it. I was also very thin without really having to put much effort into it, just because I was walking a TON every day on my huge college campus, didn't have a car, and had a lot of activities. My first year teaching I put on weight really fast because I didn't exercise, and was stuck in a classroom all day. By the time I got home I'd be too tired to do anything. And I ate like a good 200 lb teacher, so it caught up to me fast.
I've finally accepted that I can't eat like I used to without weighing more than i want to. I have to exercise 5 days a week and eat pretty healthily 5 out of 7 days to maintain my weight at 108-110. Earlier this school year I was hovering around (sometimes above) 117 and I kind of flipped out about it and made a bunch of changes (joining spark people in Jan is really what kicked my ass though).
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:23 PM
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The hardest part for me is going to be cutting back the amount of food I eat(I tend to keep eating even though I'm full), and to cut out a lot of the carbs - I'm part Italian, so breads and pastas are a huge part of my diet.
No need to cut back on the amount of food. You can eat until you burst on Eat to Live. Only certain kinds of course.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:28 PM
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Snacking did it to me. When I got married I was 122. My husband doesn't snack and now I am 113.
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:33 PM
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you are a hottie..and if you lost weight you'd swim in all your jeans that fit you amazingly!
but i'm in the same boat as you..i would like to lose another 5pounds maybe 10 if i could..but it's hard..i try to exercise but i do lke junk food and it's really hard when your partner isn't on the same page so you have a hard time sticking to something when the other person is eating food you want..hahaa..but i think that if you at least add 4-5 days of exercise..even walking fast for 30-45 minutes, that would help a little..=) and slowly take out one junk food a week or something...not sure if that was much help hahaha =)
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Old 06-28-2007, 06:43 PM
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I was always very active though - I did dance for 9 years and after that I worked in a restaraunt. Now I sit on my ass all day in front of a computer and then go home and sit in front of the TV, so I'm in major need of a lifestyle change! I was almost in tears when I was trying on swimsuits the other day
Sounds like me! I worked retail for 10 years, so was basically walking around and moving/lifting for 42ish hours per week. I've had to start watching what I eat, cus I've put on like 10ish lbs in the last year on my ass sitting in a chair.

I plan on starting the Couch to 5K, as alot of people here like it, and I think it's a good plan.

If you find something that works, feel free to share!
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:32 AM
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If you find something that works, feel free to share!
And good luck!
Sure, check the Eat to Live thread, and this thread.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:02 PM
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Man, I checked out Eat to Live, and I'm sorry - but there's no way I would be able to do that. I know we're supposed to eat lots of veggies and they're great for us and yadda yadda, but the only veggies I can eat without gagging down and/or possibly throwing up after are corn, pototatoes, and lettuce...Are those even really veggies? lol. Just the smell alone of broccoli, spinach, asparagas, etc. is enough to make my eyes water and bile rise. I've tried time and time again to get over it, but nothing works
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:28 PM
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Man, I checked out Eat to Live, and I'm sorry - but there's no way I would be able to do that. I know we're supposed to eat lots of veggies and they're great for us and yadda yadda, but the only veggies I can eat without gagging down and/or possibly throwing up after are corn, pototatoes, and lettuce...Are those even really veggies? lol. Just the smell alone of broccoli, spinach, asparagas, etc. is enough to make my eyes water and bile rise. I've tried time and time again to get over it, but nothing works
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Man, I checked out Eat to Live, and I'm sorry - but there's no way I would be able to do that. I know we're supposed to eat lots of veggies and they're great for us and yadda yadda, but the only veggies I can eat without gagging down and/or possibly throwing up after are corn, pototatoes, and lettuce...Are those even really veggies? lol. Just the smell alone of broccoli, spinach, asparagas, etc. is enough to make my eyes water and bile rise. I've tried time and time again to get over it, but nothing works
LOL. I am the same way except I don't eat lettuce either. I can't physically swallow most vegetables because of their texture. My veggie intake consists of peas, butterbeans, potatoes, tomatoes (fruit, I know), peppers, onions and anything else in Italian food! I also like some types of squash and I like carrots but not raw.

I know. Horrible. Its never going to change I am afraid! I am all about some protein in my diet, a complete meat eater.
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That's what I'm having a problem with too. I'm very selective about which veggies I eat, and I love chicken. I can do without red meat for the most part, except maybe a filet mignon every once in a while.
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Hehe, sad but true

Liz, I'm a total carnivore as well! I feel like I'm gonna go insane if I don't get red meat in me at least 3 times a week. ::sigh::
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I agree with Jenn, the Eat To Live plan is awesome, your body will thank you for it. I understand where you're coming from with the veggies - I used to joke that "I don't believe in vegetables"...huge bread freak, never met a candy bar or pasta I didn't like, and I detested every vegetable ever. When I wanted to get back where I was weight-wise (before the 'roids ...I just lost weight about a year ago that I had gained from being on steroids for a medical issue) the doc advised me to just start with what I knew I could handle eating - if it was corn, it was corn, then try to introduce 1 veggie every week, prepared different ways, and just experiment. Started trying cold veggies, discovered I actually LIKED baby carrots (this was a SHOCK), added squash, asparagus, couple others, mixed stuff with stuff I knew I liked. I'll be honest, I still can't stand the sight or smell of broccoli though. When I ate them consistently, I stopped craving pasta and bread and when I did eat processed carbs I would put it with good protein like hummus or beans or natural cheeses. It came off pretty quick and I never felt like I was on a "diet" and I feel SO much healthier now, the weight benefit is way secondary to the way I FEEL. Good luck!
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i have been totally converted to weight training for weight loss. about 6 weeks ago, i invested in a trainer because i really wanted to amp up my lean muscle. although i am thin too, a lot of it was this high percentage of body fat event though i play recreational soccer 3x per week.

i added weight training 2x a week for 1 hour with a trainer and he kicks my ass. he also put together a nutrition plan for me that actually amped by carbs up, but the same amount of calories that i was eating before!!! it was also advised that i take a multivitamin and this supplement called pyruvate (sp?). i take it without the added stimulants.

the end result is that after about 4 weeks, i didn't drop any weight, but i went down a whole jean size and most of the "jiggle" went away.

i also think that for me, because i was paying for a trainer and putting that much effort forth, the candy and sweets just look a little less interesting. summetime helps too...all that fresh fruit is a great substitute for sweets that are loaded with processed sugars.

i think it is totally possible to loss the inches (focus on inches) in a healthy way.

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