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Can someone give me some weightloss tips that have worked for them?

I was wondering if a few people could provdie some WL tips that have worked for them.. I know about drinking water and not eating after 8 or so and stuff like that... I would appreciate any insight! Thanks!!

Mon. Jun 26, 10:54am

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clean out your kitchen of any tempting foods, and only buy these foods when the craving is so bad you have to make a special trip to the store to get it, then you might think twice, drink water/teas, do a little extra exercise everyday, small steps to bigger accomplishments, think about how much better you will feel later with every smart decision you make in the present moment.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:01 AM

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you can also type "weightloss" into the search box on the lounge page and several past threads may provide some tips for you...

i try to approach this goal as a way to become more respectful of myself and my body-it's not as daunting as the attempt to lose weight, somehow...

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:03 AM

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for me, my weight was tied into emotional issues. i used food to medicate myself when i felt bad or stressed out. i think there was a combination of getting older, settling down, and getting on antidepressants to help me deal with stress without eating that finally helped me. That, in addition to finding a fitness goal to focus on. If I'm just focused on eating, it's easy for me to get off track. I need a fitness goal to supplement the eating changes.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:37 AM

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11:37 poster follow up...

I guess that is all to say there was not *one* thing...it was a combination of things. I'm finally ready to let go of old habits and form new ones.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:38 AM

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-Exercise 6 days/week. Take one day off for rest. Atleast 30 minutes everytime. Break it up in to 10 minute chunks if you have to. Walk, climb stairs, anything to be active.
-If you don't feel like exercising follow the 15 minute rule. Make yourself go for 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes you are still miserable and want to go home then go home guilt free. I've been following this plan since September and I can count on 1 hand the number of times I actually left after only 15 minutes.
-Only eat something if it's REALLY good. If I take a bite of a cookie and it doesn't instantly make me say "YUM!" I throw the rest of it out. Same thing for non-sweets like pasta or bread at a restaurant. Make sure the "bad" foods you eat are worth it.
-Experiment. Try different plans. Some people have 1 free day/week where they eat what they want, some people have 1 "cheat" meal a week, some people only eat dessert 2 times/week...find what works for you and what you can live with FOREVER...this is a lifestlye change not a diet.

Hope this helps! You can do it.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:55 AM

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The best thing I've done is actually post everything I eat on here, and make an effort to find out how many calories are in everything. Then, limit my number of calories by time of day - i.e. 300 calories at breakfast, 500 during work including lunch, 500 after work, including dinner. If I go over in one, I have to make it up in another.

At first, I was constantly hungry, and couldn't understand how to cut more calories. Then, I learned what keeps me full and what doesn't. I'll never snack on crackers, for example, now, even though they're "low-cal," b/c I'll still be just as hungry 20 minutes later, and want to eat more. Instead, I'll snack on higher-cal foods with protein and fat, like nuts or cheese, etc. But I'll watch the portion size and keep track of the calories. It makes me much fuller!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:02 PM

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this guy lost 30 lbs...

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Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:18 PM

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For me it was measuring my portions, planning my food in advance and sticking to my plan. Every Sunday i planned my meals and snacks. I had not other food in the house besides what I planned to eat and knew exactly how much of it I was eating. Want to go out to dinner or have a treat? I can do that, but it needs to fit into my plan. Friday nights were 'off' by my husband's request since that's our date night and he was very happy to live with my meal planning and restricting food in the house, but he didn't want me to be sitting in a romantic restaurant counting calories or agonizing over which menu entree was healthiest. So, Friday night I order what I would like and focus on him and not food and I look forward to it.

I walk 3-4 miles most days (at a very good clip), do some stretching and love to hike on the weekends. So far I have lost ~30 pounds and am keeping it off with very little effort. I no longer measure portions or count calories but I am very aware of what I am putting in my body. I am truly amazed at how much I enjoy my new lifestyle (which I would have thought was a punishment before I discovered how much I like eating healthy and exercising), and I cannot imagine living the way I used to.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:20 PM

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I have three things that I just recently found work for me (I lost 4 pounds this week). 1. I eat a full serving of protein at breakfast rather than toast or yogurt or fruit. I also always eat my serving of starch with my protein, so my breakfast is now looks like two hard boiled eggs, slice of wheat toast and an orange... or 5oz turkey, half a wheat bagel and tomato juice. 2. I've been eating 5 small meals rather than breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. So, something like 1/2cup cottage cheese, 1 slice wheat bread with butter, 1cup sliced green peppers... or 3/4cup berries, yogurt, half a banana. 3. I started working out. I go to a Pilates class on Tuesday mornings, Kickboxing on Wednesday evenings, and on Mondays and Thursdays I walk on the treadmill, lift weights, and stretch. Anyway, I hope you can take something from what I've discovered and use it to help yourself in your quest for weightloss and better health.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:56 PM

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The big change for me that's helped me lose weight (about 45 pounds now) was to stop making excuses and not say "just this one time"- in the past I'd give myself all sorts of outs and excuses for not eating healthy- "I'm sad. I need ice cream, but just this one time." followed the next day by "I'm tired. I should skip my workout, but just this one time."- all those "one times" added up to me not making any progress.

At first, it was kind of like having a drill instructor in my head- "you want ice cream? tough luck!" and at first it was really hard, but the weight started coming off and I'm now in better shape than I've ever been.

Don't be afraid to be hard on yourself- you can take it, and you can really gain strength.

my 2cents.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 6:02 PM

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