Weight Loss Support - What are your best tips for weight loss success?
11-10-2010, 11:37 AM
I'm looking for some new weight loss tips, I work out regularly and I've cut out excess white sugar and complex carbs, how have you successfully lost weight?
Please, no advice if it hasn't worked for you or someone you personally know :)
Thanks ahead of time for your answers, and I'll be sure to pick a best answer to give those points!
11-10-2010, 11:45 AM
Consistency and Discipline is what worked for me. Drinking a lot of water, AT LEAST 64 oz a day. No sweets, nothing fried. Also cardio 5 times a week. :) Good luck!
11-10-2010, 12:03 PM
My best advice is really very simple. Stick with it and give it time. Weight loss is more about patience for me than anything else.
Truly...I have quit multiple times. This time I took a look at what my problem was and realized it was commitment. So I made a commitment to do this for one year and see where it got me. It got me to a near 80 pound loss. ;)
11-10-2010, 12:26 PM
Keeping at it, realising that messing up one day doesn't mean I've failed unless I actually give up, counting calories strictly, and exercising every day. Even if it's something small and only 20 minutes. Also learning about the calories I'm putting into my body, and what they do and how they do it, and being ACCOUNTABLE for what I'm eating.
It's hard not to blame it on others or situations, but I'm learning to be accountable.
11-10-2010, 12:49 PM
11-10-2010, 01:22 PM
I truly believe that the only reason I'm succeeding this time, is because I've redefined success and failure. Failure is no longer "not losing" it's only choosing not to try. Success is no longer "only losing" it's also maintaining weight loss acheived so far, and not letting a pound gain become a five pound gain because "I screwed up a little, so if I can't succeed big, I might as well fail with a big bang."
I started seeing weight loss as climbing a mountain. No matter how slow I'm going I will eventually reach the top if I keep climbing. If I slip or stumble, throwing myself to the bottom of the canyon would be ridiculous, and so is turning one off-plan bite into a full-blown binge.
11-10-2010, 01:28 PM
11-10-2010, 01:37 PM
Keep going even when you think you can't last another second.
11-10-2010, 01:39 PM
focus and not putting any bad food in my house to avoid temptation
11-10-2010, 01:51 PM
Realize that weight loss isnt always a linear process. My weight fluctuates from day to day and this used to upset me and cause me to emotionally eat. Now I just look at the number every morning and, when it is up, i think: oh! guess im retaining water today! I guess I'll just drink an extra 16 ozs today to flush it out.
I am definitely learning patience from this process.
I also agree that lots of water and veggies is useful. And I know this isnt the most healthy suggestion but, when I get that feeling like I've gotta eat everything in the house even though I just ate a couple hours ago, I drink flavored coffee. It feels like I'm having a treat and suppresses my appetite.
Another thing that suppresses my appetite is MODERATE exercise. If I do too much I get hungrier but if I just go for a brisk walk it takes away the desire to eat.
11-10-2010, 01:53 PM
Something I tell my kids applies to this final weight loss journey I'm on. Good choices, good things happen. Bad choices, bad things happen. So, I'm making good choices all around in my life. Includes the foods I eat, the time I spend during a day and how to make the most of it. I try to drink over 64 oz water daily, although I seem to forget on weekends. I walk 10000 steps 5 days a week and I keep track of what I eat by writing it down. Planning my menus has been one of the things that when I take the time to do it...simplifies my life and really helps me succeed with my goals and healthy eating. That way I don't have to make the choices each day...only when I make the plan then I just have to follow the plan. Great thread! Love seeing what everyone has to say.
11-10-2010, 01:53 PM
I also had to learn the hard way that too much of a good thing is, well, not so good. Measure, weigh, and count your veggies!!
11-10-2010, 01:55 PM
Experimenting and finding what works for me, just because it might not work for others that doesn't mean that it wont work for you. So my advice is experiment, tweak, don't be afraid of wasting a week, month, or year on finding something you can stick with. Never give up!
11-10-2010, 03:19 PM
11-10-2010, 08:35 PM
Pick a plan you can stick to.
Seriously. That's it. Any diet WILL WORK if it creates a calorie deficit (even the Twinkie Diet, as the health professor on the news just proved :lol: ), but NO diet will work if you don't follow it consistently.
For me, it's calorie counting and then logging those calories, along with recording my weight daily. Basic, simple, effective as long as I measure my food and am honest with myself. If I stick to a calorie budget, I will lose weight. No two ways about it.
11-10-2010, 08:49 PM
As long as you are at a calorie deficit most of the time you'll lose. Some people find low carb works better, others just count calories and eat whatever they want as long as it's below their daily limit, and some switch entirely to a "clean" diet of fresh nonprocessed foods. What Arctic Mama said, essentially.
11-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Yes to everything people have said, and I would add, eating things that I enjoy eating.
This doesn't really mean just eating the things that I enjoyed before I started my journey, but less of them (although there are things that I still eat or have modified). Rather, its about making good food choices that make me happy and satisfied, and actually look forward to eating.
For me, this meant trying a lot of new foods (especially veggies) AND teaching myself to cook. I actively look for recipes and methods of cooking that I'd never done or even heard of before. Now, instead of giving up on a veggie if I didn't like it the first way I cook it, I give it a second chance with another recipe.
Healthy food can taste so good and be so filling, it just might take some work and research to figure out how.
11-10-2010, 09:08 PM
It's so much easier to eat crap when you haven't planned.
Plan your day's meals and snacks the night before.
If you're going to be out of the house running errands or whatever, take a snack with you. You won't get caught somewhere hungry and find yourself only able to buy junk.
Plan, plan, plan.
11-13-2010, 02:30 PM
Any diet will work temporarily.....but until you can commit to making a real lifestyle change, the weight will never stay off permanently. I know from experience!!! :)
11-13-2010, 02:37 PM
Motivation is overrated. Don't wait for it - or use the lack thereof as an excuse if it lags (and it will).
11-13-2010, 08:51 PM
Start the day with a lean protein. I start the day with Think Thin Bars.
I only eat three meals a day. If I am hungry in between I drink 16.9 ounces of water or crystal light.
Press the interval button on the treadmill or elliptical.
Use every resource available.
11-13-2010, 09:02 PM
Follow my plan. (Meaning both "the plan"1 and what I plan)
Log what I eat.
1 Which plan you follow is not as important as following the plan. And in the end game, most plans seem extremely similar: lean protein, lots of vegetables, some fruit, water, portion control, minimal processed foods, whole grains, legumes, exercise, real food.
11-14-2010, 04:27 AM
Stop eating processed foods, drink water, take it one day at a time.
You need to look at it as a lifestyle change. You're not going to lose 25 pounds and be "done". You have to watch your weight for the rest of your life, even after hitting goal weight. It sounds scary but it's the key to keeping weight off. If you eat 1500 calories for a year, lose tons of weight, and then start eating 5000 calories, you're going to gain it all back. (Keep in mind these are example numbers. The amount of calories needed to lose/maintain/gain are different for each person/weight/height). Therefore, you need to keep a plan that you can stick to for life. For most people this is calorie counting because it allows you to eat anything you want in moderation. I am on a very low carb (about 20 carbs per day) high fat (100+ grams a day) diet, and I find that I end up eating less calories because the fat leaves me feeling fuller. However, some people can't handle the bread/pasta/candy/dairy/etc restriction. This restriction doesn't last forever, though, you start adding dairy, nuts, fruit, and whole grains in later phases. Whatever you think will work for YOUR life, do that.
11-14-2010, 05:19 AM
I started accepting my hunger at night (after a good dinner) as being psychological. I sleep better, I wake up now feeling hungry and energized. But, this was SO hard at first. Sort of like when you start jogging outside - you think you are going to die - but its all in your mind.
No more 'drinking' calories - no juice, no alcoholic beverages (only on very special occasions).
Getting rid of extra condiments- butter, mayo, ketchup, sauces.
Weighing everything - I find it is so much more reliable to weigh food to find the calorie count than to measure it by the cup - or look at it is see if it qualifies as small/ medium/ large.