Weight Loss Support - One Thing for a New Person???

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11-07-2006, 05:17 PM
What if you had time to quickly tell a new uninitiated person one thing about getting slim? What would it be?

11-07-2006, 05:24 PM
Make a plan. Do you aim to get healthier? Run a mile? or two? Set a goal that not's weight related but that improves your overall wellbeing.

I focused too much on the weight and it's really hard for me to lose those 3 lbs I gained because I'm intensely focused on the scale. Now I'm changing my goal to running 2 miles without breaks and not bingeing when I get home from work. Seems better than "MUST lost 2 lbs this week!"

11-07-2006, 05:31 PM
Do what you can and then do a little bit more. Small changes lead to big results.

11-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Look at making small changes that can be permanent rather than making large changes that can only be termporary.

11-07-2006, 05:47 PM
Exercise: start off with a short amount of exercise then add time each week. Be comfortable with your workout and most of all HAVE FUN!

11-07-2006, 05:49 PM
Have patience. That weight wasn't gained overnight, and it won't be lost that way either.

11-07-2006, 05:53 PM
Pick a plan that you can comfortably do for the rest of your life.

11-07-2006, 05:57 PM
I'd tell a new person to lose the "all or nothing" mentality. I carried that around for years, and it kept me on the wrong track. I thought if I ate a particular food or went a day without exercising, I'd "ruined everything" and might as well give up. This is why I can't do any diet that forbids certain foods -- I have to count overall calories or WW points. If I tell myself anything is forbidden, I fall back into the "all or nothing" trap, where I'm either on a certain diet or I'm off it and I'm eating whatever I want.

Like everyone else said, those small changes add up, and when you see your progress, you'll want to keep at it. It takes a daily commitment and an awareness that you are NOT perfect, but that if you keep working at it, you WILL lose the weight and get healthy and meet your goals.

11-07-2006, 06:03 PM
Think long term.

11-07-2006, 06:25 PM
Give yourself time. You can't expect to lose it miraculously fast and the best course of action is to give yourself at least a year. That way, your "diet" will be a lifestyle change and you will be better equipped to keep the weight off in the long run.

11-07-2006, 07:45 PM
I would tell them that it gets easier the more you do it. The first 2 - 3 weeks are the hardest. Just get past that anyway that you can. After 2 -3 weeks, you will start seeing results and that propels you to keep on going. After 2 -3 weeks the cravings will slow down drastically. After 2 -3 weeks it will almost become second nature to you. After 2 -3 weeks you will be obsessed.

11-07-2006, 09:34 PM
I would tell them to treat themselves lovingly, most especially when something difficult happens.. as we're not perfect all the time and can be quite hard on ourselves if we gain a pound, don't lose a pound, miss a workout, have food that's unhealthy or counterproductive, etc... I would tell them to be kind to themselves and treat all experiences as a useful part of a learning process that they can learn from because they deserve to feel good about themselves and love themselves.

good luck! ;)

11-07-2006, 10:37 PM
Find non-food rewards!! That has killed me in the past. "If I go for a run, I can have a cookie." "If I lose 20 lbs, I can have a cookie."

Now it's "When I lose 20 lbs, I'll treat myself to a manicure/buy a new CD/get my hair highlighted/etc."

I agree with thinking longterm, but you can't think too long term either. This may only apply if you're a mere babe though. I'm 20 years old, and if I think about doing this for any more than 5 years, I get overwhelmed and depressed.

11-08-2006, 12:27 AM
Be consistent and stay the course. If you have a bad meal or a bad day, dust yourself off and keep on going.

11-08-2006, 09:56 PM
Lean proteins and veggies.

11-08-2006, 10:49 PM
Focus upon becoming FIT instead of becoming THIN

My experience has been that after I discovered the joy of a really good workout and made that my priority, my food selections became much healthier. I began to eat to improve the quality of my workouts. Together these allowed me to become slimmer.

I also want to add the importance of strength training. I think sometimes that is overlooked as well. In my case, I could do cardio like it was nobody's business but it was the weight training that really made a difference in how my shape has changed.

11-08-2006, 10:59 PM
Like many of you, I used to eat something unhealthy and then think "well I've screwed it up now so I might as well just give up." But eventually I realized that whenever that happened, the fact was that eventually I was gonna have to get back on the weight loss wagon. Be it that day, be it a year from then, whatever... since I could never give up the dream completely, I was always gonna eventually make another effort to lose weight. So now, when I eat something off my plan I just think "you're gonna have to get back on the wagon eventually so you might as well just do it now!"

11-09-2006, 05:39 PM
These are fantastic. Thank you!

I think my advice would be to find what works for you; we're all different, and we all lose weight our own way. That might mean a total lifestyle makeover or a series of little changes. Try something, and if it doesn't work for you try something else! You'll figure out what works best for you.

11-09-2006, 06:27 PM
Diets (an eating plan you go on to lose weight & go off after you've lost what you want to lose) do NOT work! If you want to be successful, your eating plan MUST be a total lifestyle change.