How to lose weight

Nanoulila

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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. My name is Nanou. what is the best way to lose weight? How to have motivation?
 

shellygrrl

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:wavey:

You need a "why". Why do you need/want to lose weight? That will provide some motivation.

Eighty to ninety percent of weight loss is how you eat. The rest is how you work out and your genetics. For both, you need to change your habits. Making eating well (I hate the phrase "eating clean") and exercise a habit will get your further than motivation (and it may even take care of itself).
 

Nanoulila

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:wavey:

You need a "why". Why do you need/want to lose weight? That will provide some motivation.

Eighty to ninety percent of weight loss is how you eat. The rest is how you work out and your genetics. For both, you need to change your habits. Making eating well (I hate the phrase "eating clean") and exercise a habit will get your further than motivation (and it may even take care of itself).
Hello, thank you very much for your advice. I'll take care of my diet and try to get back into sport.
 

toupeemoor

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Hello Nanou the best way to lose weight is to set your mind to the goal. Next is to find the best program that is suitable for you and work hard to achieve it. That's all I can share and good luck!!!
 

BeautyMood

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The way to lose weight and being healthy is 70% nutrition and 30% exercise.This percentage can vary but more or less, eating habit is the key.
 

SheriGoddart33

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I often lose motivate, so I set myself a specific goal and try to fulfill it even without motivation. Be sure to consult your doctor
 

Sydneycl

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I agree with toupeemoor that you need the right mind-set. For me the first thing I do is get a waist trainer or lower belly shapewear because if gets me in the mood of desiring the new shape and I don’t have to be forced. On exercises, you don’t need to start hard on yourself with weight training because you’ll give up too soon. A cardio workout involving jumping jacks, squats, push ups, lateral shuffles stretches and so on will burn tons of calories.

A good idea on dieting is to keep a diary of everything you’re taking per day, to make an estimate of how many calories you’re consuming and an idea of which foods have the high calories. You also need to drink lots of water.
 
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shellygrrl

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I agree with toupeemoor that you need the right mind-set. For me the first thing I do is get a waist trainer or lower belly shapewear because if gets me in the mood of desiring the new shape and I don’t have to be forced. On exercises, you don’t need to start hard on yourself with weight training because you’ll give up too soon. A cardio workout involving jumping jacks, squats, push ups, lateral shuffles stretches and so on will burn tons of calories.

A good idea on dieting is to keep a diary of everything you’re taking per day, to make an estimate of how many calories you’re consuming and an idea of which foods have the high calories. You also need to drink lots of water.

While cardio (including high intensity interval training, or HIIT) can burn calories and fat, strength training is one of the best ways to transform your body, and I wish women in general would embrace it and get over this idea that they're going to bulk up if they lift heavy (it won't happen). It has so many benefits.

And also? If you're going to work out, please don't do it for some aesthetic goal. Vanity will only get you so far. Do it for your long-term health, to feel better in your body. If you're a parent to young children, do it to set an example for them. If you're a grandparent, do it for your grandchildren.
 

shellygrrl

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Where to find motivation?

What's your "why"? Does it still serve you? If it doesn't, find out what your new one is.

That said, don't rely on motivation alone. Make working out and eating well (not "clean") habitual. If you need to habit track, do that. If you need to work out with someone, do that. If you need to meal plan, do that. If you need to block out time on your calendar to work out, do that.
 
Weight loss is a process it takes time, exercise with a good diet are important though. But have a detox routine, like having Apple cider vinegar or lemon & lukewarm water helps too. Keep a track on your calorie intake and consult a dietician to get your diet chart.
 

elkaknits

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As a big girl {and I mean big big} I hesitate to reply to this however I did lose 40 lbs one year in an effort to help my back pain. At the time I was on reddit and I remember a gal who was sad she only lost 60 lbs in a year of her weight loss journey. I replied that she should be proud she had done a slow sustainable healthy weight loss rate and should be proud of herself so here it goes-- my advice:

meal plan and prep. Having preplanned breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners that you enjoy and that stay within your calorie target helps prevent being starving and eating high calorie for low nutrition pay off foods

find an exercise you enjoy. I agree with @shellygirl that weight training is the best because as you lose weight you will lose muscle mass unless you exercise and muscles burn more calories than fat does--plus muscles are best for reshaping your body even if you are overweight. I do not weight train myself tho I enjoyed it when I was younger. My personal easy to fit into daily exercise when I lost 40 lbs was walking... I did not need to go to gym, could do it at any time, didn't need a membership to anything etc etc. For a while I did go to a gym for weight training and walked to and from to get in my steps. I will add this was an excuse. You can do body weight workouts such as pushups and lunges that will help build some muscles without needing a membership to a club or expensive/fancy equipment.

Take it slowly. I realize we look in the mirror and self hate on our bodies and want immediate changes. It is healthier to lose weight at a rate of 1/2-2 lbs per week depending upon how overweight you are. If you are only needing to lose 20 lbs {and by need I mean statistically overweight not just thinking you are fat because you are a size 10 instead of 2} then 1/2 lb a week is good. If you are statistically obese aiming for 2 lbs a week is okay. I take this from reading such oldie but goodie books like volumetrics which recommend losing 10% of your weight over 6 months then maintaining the weight loss for next 6 months. So if you weigh 200 lbs you would lose 20 lbs over 6 months or @3 lbs per month aka 3/4 lb per week. If you are obese the author does state a rate of 20% of your weight over 6 months is okay. Several books recommend slow and steady for winning the weight loss game. Personally I would rather lose 4 lbs a month over 12 months than 10 in a week and gain it all back as soon as I pick up a piece of toast.

Be kind to yourself. You will eat something not on your plan. You will go for periods of not losing weight {plateau}. Just stick to your plan. You may need to adjust how quickly you are losing as you lose that is to say that 1500-1800 calories per day {standard diet calorie goals} will cause a slower weight loss the less you weigh so increasing exercise or decreasing calories will help. I caution you not to drop below a certain calorie intake as your body needs certain nutrients that are difficult to get if you are too low in calories. You will lose muscle mass if you go too low and that will only bit you in the ass. Also if you go too low your body will cling to your fat thinking it is starvation mode. My daughter dieted after her babies and had to up her calories from 1200-1500 to lose weight. I know that sounds backwards but at 1200 she was starving herself and her body resisted losing weight. Your physician can easily give you a calorie target as can several websites that talk about how many calories to lose weight slowly.

Be realistic about how overweight you are I particularly like https://halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm because it deep dives into how people your age and your weight would feel is ideal. Its a very interesting site for setting a realistic weight goal. There are also many articles on the site about healthy weight loss rates, BMI etc. https://halls.md/weight-loss-percentage-calculator/

Love yourself. You are beautiful at 120 as you are at 300. Treat your body with respect. Feed it healthy foods {and your body does need carbs and fats and proteins they are macronutrients for a reason} and exercise and give yourself plenty of rest and try to keep yourself stress free {I use meditation and or breathing exercises}.
 

elkaknits

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and why a thread over 2 years old showed up on posts I have missed recently email is beyond meeeee. Ugh
 

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