Originally Posted by tomievaldez26
Hello, wow that's amazing you lost 21 pound since Feb. can you tell me how you did it; I just joined today.
I have MS, so I try to eat well, but my portion control was dreadful. I was also a little bit too keen on biscuits. So, I went cold turkey on the sugary snacks, and had none at all. I also started to count calories, and am on 1200 a day. On a sunday I allow myself to eat as much as I like of healthy food, which for me is usually fruit. I am not sure it is good for me to be on a restricted calorie intake everyday. Interestingly when I have a free hand on Sundays I normally only eat about 1500 calories, so I don't seem to go overboard.
In terms of food, there is no process food at all, it is all cooked from scratch. It is organic as far as we can manage too, but that is more about controlling my MS than weightloss.
On top of the diet, there was exercise. I do cardio three times a week and weight training twice a week. For cardio I am mostly doing interval training as I really like it. The weights have made a massive difference to my body shape. As I said earlier, I am starting to look athletic. I do pilates too, and that is starting to make my muscles sleek. I am quite well built and and quite tall at 5'6", so am never going to be petite, but I like athletic!
However, the thing that I think has made the biggest difference is something called NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). If you Google it, you will find lots of info, and a book called Move A Little Loose A Lot by James Levine is really helpful.
It is a theory that to keep your body and metabolism ticking over you should try and move around as much as you can. Now, I have an office job and am effectively glued to my desk all day. So, I started to stand to take telephone calls, to pace around when reading papers, walk up and down the stairs instead of take the lift etc. It all sounds like peanuts in comparison to an hour in the gym, but over a day it makes a huge difference. Recently I realised how big a difference. I spent 2 weeks in all day meetings, so I couldn't do any NEAT activity at all.... I lost no weight at all. Despite doing everything else that I normally do.
I also weigh everyday. There is another thread on the pros and cons of this, but for me it seems to keep me on track and I can adjust as I go along of I need to.
I hope this helps. I think the main things it to give something a go, if it doesn't work or is making you anxious, try something different until you feel comfortable.
I hope this helps & good luck, let me know how you get on, I'd love to hear your progress!