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If someone needed advice losing weight, what are the top three things you would tell them?

I need some direction.

Sat. Jan 5, 7:21pm

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Number 1: You have to exercise!!!

2: At first write down everything you eat and count calories to see about how much you're eating in day.
3: Make a few food adjustments at a time, don't go from all junk and crap to only 1200 calories of carrots and rice cakes. Concentrate on lean proteins, fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 7:26 PM

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It would depend upon where the person is starting. My advice would be different for someone who has a lot of weight to lose vs. 10 pounds. Generally, though -

1) Become aware of calories and portion sizes
2) Include resistance training in your exercise
3) Drink lots of water (for lots of reasons, among them to avoid liquid calories!)

What's your story, OP? Where are you starting? Are you brand new to this? Have you been spinning your wheels for awhile? Where do you need direction?

I find a good weight loss book to be quite helpful and motivating, too. What kind of approach do you like - no excuses? (Business Plan for the Body by Jim Karas) direct but gentle? (anything by Bob Greene)

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 7:42 PM

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For someone who's fairly resistant to dieting but still says she wants to lose weight, I'd recommend the following to get them started on the right road. These are the things that made the biggest impact on my ability to stick to a diet, because they truly work at shoring up self-control and staying focused:

1) Eat breakfast: Cereal w/skim milk or yoghurt, plus a piece of fruit
2) Preceed lunch or dinner (or better yet, both) with vegetable soup or salad
3) Walk once a day for 20 minutes, building up to twice a day for 15-20 mins each

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 8:52 PM

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Though I agree that exercise is VERY important if you are in a place where you cannot exercise don't let it stop you . You can make healthy changes and lose weight without exercise.

That said, for me,
1 Add veggies to everything. It makes a more filling meal and adds very little calories and they are good calories.
Find foods that you like and make them healthy.
Make it a lifestyle to eat healthy and take care of yourself. Your body will thank you for it.

2 Do what you can to find why you eat as much as you do, assuming that is the problem. For example I am a emotional eater. So I have to watch it really closely when I am under stress and find new things to fill my time and energy to keep my mind off of food.
Find something to motivate you.

3 Log everything you eat. It makes you more aware of what is going in your mouth and in a situation like peertrainer you are more accountable. For me, I don't like to look like I am not eating right and so I then eat better knowing I have to be honest and in turn I am honest with myself.

4 I have to add one more. Visualization.
I find it very helpful to visualize what my life will be like when I lose the weight. Or what I will look like. when I get to a place where it is really difficult and I want to eat something that is not healthy I think, which do I want more? The food or the life that I have lost out on up to this date. The answer is always, I want to have a life. It makes it that much easier to not have what sounds so good.

Good luck

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 8:56 PM

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People ask me this all the time. I tell them...

1. Cut out regular soda and juice. Stop drinking your calories.
2. Write down everything you eat and count calories. Its all about calories in and calories out.
3. The most important thing is to make the decision you are going to change and never look back. You might have little setbacks but its not about how quickly your journey goes but just that you are headed in the right direction.

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 10:20 PM

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My advice would depend on....

whether or not you have just a little to lose or if you're dealing with a bigger problem (no pun intended). Assuming that it's the latter, I would say...

1. Don't diet. Diets are very hard to stick with long term. Learn to use portion control, and enjoy all foods in moderation.

2. Exercise. I don't personally love getting all sweaty, but I know that it's a necessary ingredient in losing weight and staying healthy.

3. Find materials that continue to motivate you. Since this is a problem I've had for most of my life, I find that reading great books that are encouraging in a living healthy life are great. Don't limit yourself to just diet books, read books that will inspire you spiritually and emotionally as well.

4. (You said only three, but this one is very important) If you've struggled with losing weight for a long time like I have, it's important to know that we need strength far greater than we possess on our own. Turn to God and allow Him to help you.

I wish you much success in your journey.

Saturday, January 05, 2008, 10:55 PM

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OP here. I feel like I have been struggling with my weight since about 9 years old (I'm 26 now). I've been able to lose 1/2 my extra weight with PT over this last year, but I've been almost stalled for the last 6 months (I would only lose or gain a lb. or two), and I still have 18 lbs. to lose. I was wondering if I was overlooking something. If there was advice that I had never heard/tried/or read. Thank you so much for posting on here.

Since "staring over" a week ago, I have lowered my calories, am working out 5 days per week, and have written down all the reasons I want to lose the rest of this weight. It seems to be working so far.

Maybe I was scared of reaching my goal for some reason? I think I'm over that now. I think I've found my direction.

Thank you so much for previous advice and any advice given in the future. I will refer back to this thread if and when I'm feeling lost again. It's like my mind plays tricks on me, ya know?

Sunday, January 06, 2008, 9:45 AM

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weight loss tips

I think the most important things have been covered but I woud add-stay away from man-made processed foods as much as you can. many of us will not overeat sweet potatoes, veggies, lean protein but eperience no sense of satiation with chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels, we're not done til the food is all eaten.
being in a supportive group on PT also helped me because by reading their logs and posting, I saw how much less my fellow group members were eating than I was and it did "keep it real" for me what I need to do to see the scale go down.

Sunday, January 06, 2008, 1:48 PM

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1) Start writing - what you eat, when you eat, why you eat = It puts things into perspective even when you aren't ready to get hungry...
2) Drink more water - if you do this, weight will come off the first week
3) Start moving - you will become aware of how much TV you were watching

Sunday, January 06, 2008, 1:56 PM

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Amen on the TV watching! When I start to make excuses now for not going to the gym (i.e., "I don't have the time") I think about the 2-3 hours I spend almost every night in front of the boob tube. I know that will continue to help me. Thank you for saying that out loud! :)

Sunday, January 06, 2008, 2:55 PM

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