Re: how have you lost weight?
Originally Posted by girl507
since college i have added weight. I want to lose it desperately. What are things you have done that have helped you to lose weight and work?
These are things that work for me going from 128 lbs to 113 lbs in about 3 months, while putting on muscle and eating and living healthy.
I'm not sure if this pertains to you, but the number one thing that made me lose weight was getting off the pill. I lost ten pounds in a month & half. So if you take bc and do not want to get off, you may want to switch to one with a lower estrogen level...I heard that Yaz is good.
The number one thing you should take into consideration when trying to lose weight is your diet. You really need to be eating healthy and taking vitamins (multiB, A, C, E...) and essential oils (I like salmon oil). Taking oils and vitamins daily is awesome for your bod, hair, nails and skin. You should eat four to five smaller meals or snacks a day and you can throw in a 6th if you are very active or have long days.
Eating breakfast is a must! You really need to kick start your metabolism early. You also need to cut back on processed foods and fillers that have no nutritional value (fastfood!) and foods that have a lot of preservatives in them. Foods with preservatives do not digest well and those foods will stay in your stomach longer, feeding your body fat and poor nutrition. Eat foods high in fiber (apples, bananas, avacados, fiber cereal...) to help your digestive track and intestines out. Def. need to be eating the five food groups, as cheezy as that sounds. I take enzymes as well, this helps digest things that are nomally harder for our bodies to do on their own. This is gross, but work to get you digestive track up to par...so you can take healthy and frequent #2s (once a day at least). I would not recommend doing a colon cleanse, doing so could remove a lot of helpful bacteria in your colon and lead to infections.
Sushi is awesome, fish in general is soooo good for you, just make sure it IS wild and not farmed, because much of farmed fish are like farmed chickens with poor diet and pesticide contamination. They put them in huge nets and they eat waste, live in pollution, and are more than likely fed growth hormones. Beef is good every now and then, it is somewhat dificult to digest especially the more rare it is. Chicken has good protien, easy on the fried chicken...thats one of those once a week things too.
drink LOTS of water!! drink green tea!! it helps digestion and boosts your metabolism. Brew some of your own at home and put some honey in it, yum. I never drink soda, maybe once a month, but I drink tea, every juice, wine, ocassional gatorade.
Eat as much organic as you can! A lot of foods you get at the grocery store have preservatives and pesticides on them. This is very important with dairy! I only buy Horizons or Trader Joes, because so many dairy farms use antibiotics, growth hormones and cloning! Sick. Horizons even put on their lable "no cloning" lol. Go to your farmers markets or really read the ingrediants at the grocery. They are seriously putting the worst stuff in our foods these days. Everyone needs to be aware and research that. For instance, Coca Cola was caught like a week ago with 300 times more pesticides in their orange Fanta than the legal limit in a bottle of water!!! WTF? I'm getting off topic now, but everyone needs to check this health website out...I read it religiously Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water Promotes Diabetes
. This guy knows whats up in the food and health world. Another good thing about knowing what is in your food, is you will NEVER want to eat McDonalds or Totino rolls or tysons chicken wings etcetc again. You would be disgusted, so educate yourself and you will not be near as tempted.
Back to what we were talking about...
Eat Slower too, it helps you to realize when you truly are full, so you do not over eat. Keep in mind, you do not have to give up sweets and junk food, just slow your role when it comes to it. I will allow myself once a week to eat at In N Out or Sonic and I get the works, lol.
I know this seems like a lot to take on, but people do not understand that you cannot just do "something" for a few months to lose weight and actually keep it off. You have to change your lifestyle and probably your pallet. A lot of people do not like to eat vegetables, fish, fruit, granola, but you know what? Suck it up and learn to like it!!! It's not that hard to change your eating habits and it is soooo worth it. And no one take this the hard way, but IMO there is no reason food should have power of someone to the point they are battling their weight. Like I said, eat what you crave, just limit it! A lot of times after a few bites you're over it anyways.
Last, but not least
Exercise for sure. Sure cardio is good, but toning is a must too. People that only run and do not do any sort of weights are selling themselves out. I hate running, absolutely hate it, so I do other things to do cardio. Basketball, roller skating, take the dog out, even walking is good! Palates works really well for me, it tones and lifts everything. I like to lift light weights and do a bunch of circut training. Even though I like to be thin and healthy, I still like to have a booty and curves. So I do exercises that help accentuate my assets...lots of hamstring, quads, inner thighs and booty. These are the things I want a little juicer so I work out with light weights and focus on these target areas. For abs, calfs, and arms I just tone, I do not really focus on building muscle here. Swimming is also awesome, it puts an equally amout of pressure and resistance over your whole body and works every muscle. Really push yourself, when you want to give up just picture how you want to look in a bikini or hot, tight dress and you will keep pushing, lol. I do this all the time. People think that when they go to the gym they have to go for hour and run for like 30 minutes on the treadmill....NOT. I get in and out in thrity minutes. Just stick to your target areas for that day (do legs and butt one day and abs and arms the next) and work hard and you are in and out. Then the days you don't feel like going to the gym go for a hike or walk. Take the dog out or play volleyball or what have you. Roller skating is awesome and you can wear cute little things when roller skating, lol.
I love junk food, but I am lucky and also love healthy organic foods.
Things I like to snack on that taste really good...
Natures Valley Granola Bars- OMG their sweet and salty almond bars are AMAZING!
Hummus and Crackers
Apples and Peanut Butter
Whole grain english muffins and light cream cheese
Greek Yogurt and Granola
Turkey and bacon sandwiches
BASICALLY EVERYTHING AT TRADER JOES!
Also, when I have a sweet tooth, I will drink some chocolate milk (horizon only) or apple juice and that will fix it sometimes...sometimes it doesnt lol. I really like english muffins and jelly for something sweet as well. And if you splurge on your once a week or twice a week munch out, make it up to yourself in the gym. Do an extra 50 crunches and 50 lunges.
Sorry to rant on but these are things Americans really need to take seriously! There is no reason for young children or teens or young adults to be obese or battling weight. I'm not claiming to be a professional, I am just stating what I know personally, as well as the obvious. If I come off harsh, it's all out of LOVE
. So for those of you that say "I want to lose weight but don't have time to work out and do not like eating healthy, like I said, SUCK IT UP! If it is important to you to lose weight and be healthy then make time and find healthy foods you like. They are out there, just expand your horizons and try things and make sacrifices. Just say no to crash dieting and say yes to living healthy and happy, dude.
**Also if anyone is having pimple problems use Tea Tree Oil directly on your pimple, It has worked sooooo good for me, better than ProActive or anything else out there and it is not harmful to your skin like Pro and Benzo. It stings a little, and really drys out the area, so use plenty of moisturizer. I on my face and shoulders and am thanking God everyday I started.**
PEACE OUT xoxo