This question is to someone who’s lost at LEAST 30 – 150 lbs.
I’m quite overweight, always have been, ever since I can even remember. What was your motivation in losing weight? What did you do? How did you work it into a busy schedule? I’ve done lots of different things ever since I was 10 years old to lose weight but I can’t ever do anything right it seems.
In before “Do it for the ladies!” : I’m 22 with a beautiful girlfriend with my first child on the way.
If you want to lose weight, you need to two things: eat less and exercise more. Weight gain happens when you create a calorie surplus (eat more than you burn). Your body takes the excess calories and converts them to fat which get stored around your stomach, arms and thighs. The longer you remain in a calorie surplus, the more weight you’ll gain. To lose that weight, you need to do the opposite. You need to create a calorie deficit (start eating less than you burn).
Your first step is to figure out how many calories you burn on a daily basis. Use acalorie calculator – http://calorieneedscalculator.com The number you get from this tool is what your body burns on a daily basis. To lose weight, simply eat less. It sounds a lot easier than it is but making small changes helps you adjust to a new lifestyle. Don’t think of this as a diet, think of it as a new life. Instead of eating foods high in sugars, white flour and saturated fat, go with fruits, vegetables, whole wheats, fish, lean meats, nuts and beans. In addition to eating less, you also need to exercise more. Start off at 1-2 times per week and work your way up to 3-5 times per week.
Don’t make all of these changes at once or you won’t be able to properly adjust to them. Generally, eating healthier foods will decrease your calorie intake. Compare a doughnut to an apple and you’ll see that healthy foods are lower in calories. You can find some more information at the Straight Health Forum
First off, the heavier you are the easier it is to lose. What I mean by that is it will come off quicker on a heavier person then a random person who’s just trying to to lose 5 pounds.
What a lot of people don’t realize is when it comes to losing weight, diet is 90% of the battle! 10% of it is exercise.
I started counting calories. I set my goal for 1100-1200 a day, 1200 a day is actually the lowest you should go but I lost 10lbs in the first month. And I still allowed myself the odd cheat day for pizza. You just need to learn to eat better. Read read read what is in the food! How many calories, how much sugar, how many carbs, etc.
Sometimes I’ll go get a snack to eat, an apple turnover for example… grab the box, look at the calories and think “Yikes!!” and put it down. When one apple turnover is 350 calories and I’m trying to stay around 1200 that’s about 1/3 of my total food for the day. Checking calories really puts things into perspective. There were some days I actually hard a hard time trying to make it to 1200 calories for the day. One day I had some toast for breakfast, a banana and some crackers with low fat cream cheese for lunch and a large salad with some pickled cucumbers for dinner, and when I totaled it up it came to 700 calories. Lol! I was like “Oh geeze I’m so full and I still need to stuff 500 more calories into me”. It’s easy if you have the willpower.
Don’t kill yourself trying to exercise. For me running is a challenge… and if I run or speed walk 30 minutes on my treadmill I burn about 100-130 calories… do you know what that equals up to? One banana. Yep, one freaking banana. Big deal eh? People that lose large amounts of weight through exercise almost kill themselves doing it. Now I’m not saying don’t exercise at all… exercise is good for you. Go for a walk each day or a swim or something relaxing but enjoyable.
You can use website to count calories such as www.sparkpeople.com or www.myfitnesspal.com. They’re both free and have loads of useful things on them.
If you find it hard doing it on your own you can always try a weight loss program like Weight Watchers. But with those you have to consider money. Herbal Magic is a good program but it’s insanely expensive. Those deliver food to your door programs work too but they’re about $400 a month. That’s too much for me.
If you have a large amount to lose you could always consider weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass. But honestly I don’t reccomend it. I have a friend that had that done and she’s been to h*e*l*l and back because of it. She’s constantly sick. In pain. Can’t eat regular meals ever again! And it’s made her intolerable to a lot of things such as dairy. Which sucks considering her favorite food is ice cream.
Anywho, hope I’ve helped! Best of luck to you and congrats on the baby!
I have lost 80 lbs in the last 11 months. I went on a variation of the Atkins diet. I am basically watching my carb intake, but I never went to quite the same um, extreme isn’t really the word that I want to use, but it seems appropriate, as the traditional Atkins diet. I plan to work on adding more carbs to my diet, but absolutely do not intend to start eating a “normal” diet again. I really like the changes that I am seeing in my body, and I feel stronger and sexier everyday!
My motivation was the desire to not get Type 2 Diabetes- Im terrified of having a chronic disease that Im going to have to treat every day that will cause me pain, and nerve, eye, or kidney damage and immune system damage before it eventually kills me. And additionally, I wanted my ex to see what he was missing when I wear my bikini! But mostly I did it because I just wanted to feel better.
I am a full time student and I have a full time job also, so I understand what your saying about the time difficulties it can be really hard. That’s one reason the I like the low carb diets, even without working out you will lose weight- if you can have the willpower! But, if you manage to lose some of the weight you will find that you will feel more motivated, and the increased energy will help you to feel like you have more time!