Nothing appears to work for me!!!

  • doobee

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    Feb 08, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    I have tried a few different diets/pills, and I just can't seem to lose the weight, my whole family is overweight, and I want to be healthy and fit, it is depressing seeing all these hot guys on here, and I am seeking help from anyone who is willing to help me with some advice or anything like that to lose this weight and keep it off.....anything would be appreciated

    Thanx Dan
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    Feb 08, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Diet pills are a scam. Healthy food is not.
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    Feb 08, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    If your family is overweight, then there is the possibility that there is a genetic factor connected to your condition.
    But don't throw in the towel and think,
    "Oh that's it then!"
    Pills and dieting alone will not cause you to lose weight. If you under-eat, your body will sense an emergency and begin to store up fat cells for its own survival. And furthermore, you will have that constant feeling of hunger, which will eventually drive you to your kitchen, no matter how determined or strong willed you may think you are.
    For the last two years I have been assigned a program by the nurse I have consulted about a matter of concern - I was obese.
    First she asked me about me eating habits.

    What I was doing wrong:

    Far too big a breakfast in the morning, large dinner in the evening, a large bowl of cereal late at night, high sugar intake in coffee, tea, cookies, cakes and confectionery.

    Correction

    Smaller breakfast and evening meal, snack during the day, intake of grapefruit juice and cottage cheese. Reduction of sugar intake in all foods and beverages, increase of fresh fruit and yogurt. Reduction of confectionery, cookies, cakes and chocolate, instead go for fresh fruit for desserts, not puddings or custard. When hungry, go for a cottage cheese sandwich (brown bread, not white), a yogurt and/or fresh fruit. Avoid fried stuff, including fries which is saturated with fat. Also avoid packet of salted crisps/chips, whatever.

    Exercise!

    The nurse gave me a progressive series of daily exercises before breakfast, at home.

    1. Lie on your back with your feet under a heavy piece of furniture such as a sideboard or chest of drawers, yet remaining comfortable. With your hands by your side, lift your upper body about two or three inches, then lower and repeat about ten times, gradually increasing to 60. You should feel the tension at your lower belly muscles.

    2. Again with your feet under a heavy piece of furniture, lie down and hold your arms straight out horizontally, that is parallel to the floor, and lift your upper body until its upright while keeping your extended arms straight and horizontal. Lower to lying down position and repeat up to 20 times. Again, the tension will hit your lower abdomen.

    3. With the feet under the furniture, lie on the floor with your fingers behind each ear and your elbows extending out. Raise your upper body to sitting position and as you do so bring your right elbow as near to your left knee. Lower to resting position then lift again, this time bring your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat each alternately 10 times, making 20 lifts altogether.
    Strengthens your waistline.

    Gym

    The Elliptical cross trainer is perhaps the best equipment for weight loss.
    I started with a low resistant 30 minute workout, progressing up to cardio level, 50 minute workout which I can burn up to 1,120 calories per session. Due to a tight timetable, I can only manage this about twice a week, but it's effective.

    Outside

    Running with a partner is very beneficial to weight loss. Up to twice a week, starting with a short distance and increasing. My first run was only 20 minutes long, increasing to an hour. It depends where you live, but I'm fortunate enough to use the trail passing through the woods.

    Result:
    Over 18 months I lost about five stone. But you'll need stickability and determination, along with a good dose of patience. The weight will come off slowly, but once off it should stay off.
    Good luck.
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Simply put: If you want to lose weight, burn more calories than you consume.

    Consume fewer calories by:
    eating more fruits and veggies
    choosing cooked whole grains
    choosing lowfat dairy
    eating smaller portions/meals
    limiting sugars/sweets
    limiting fatty foods
    track the amount of calories you consume per day

    Burn more calories by:
    exercising an hour a day on most days
    being more active
    sitting less
    no more than 1 hour of TV per day
    limit time on computer
    lift weights several times per week


    Most people sabotage their weight by:
    eating too much
    using food as a crutch (comfort food)
    eating unhealthy/junk food
    watching too much TV
    spending too much time in front of computer
    leading a sedentary lifestyle
    not engaging in daily exercise
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    catfish5 saidSimply put: If you want to lose weight, burn more calories than you consume.

    Bingo!
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    For some people it's not always as easy as that... I spent a year working out 4-5 days a week consuming only 1300 calories a day and still I didn't lose anything. I didn't gain anything either. Measurements through skin folds showed no improvement either... What do you do in that case?
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    Feb 09, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    drgnphnx1980 saidFor some people it's not always as easy as that... I spent a year working out 4-5 days a week consuming only 1300 calories a day and still I didn't lose anything. I didn't gain anything either. Measurements through skin folds showed no improvement either... What do you do in that case?


    You consumed 1300 calories per day. How many calories did you burn per day? Did you lift weights for 1 hour 5-6 days per week and perform aggressive cardio 30-45 minutes 3-4x per week? If so, you should have lost weight.
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    Feb 09, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    It's not dieting. It's life style changing. You have to go from your current eating habits to new healthier eating habits. But you cant make the change all at once. That would be too stressful. You have to transition to the new healthier you. Realize that weight didnt go on all at once; it's not going to come off all at once. Be patient with yourself.

    Let me just address eating, I recommend that you eliminate all foods that you eat that have a label on them. Does it come in a can, a box, or some package with a label and a list of ingredients? Stop eating it. But, dont do this all at once, transition into this new eating behavior.

    Maybe start with eliminating those products that have the most fat or sugar content. Eliminate those products from your dieting and substitute some fresh food in their place. Here are the two hurdles are you going to have to overcome. 1) You are going to miss the labeled foods your are eliminating, and 2) Preparing fresh foods will likely take more time. That is why you must transition to your new eating life style. If you try to eliminate all packaged foods at once and take up cooking, it will be too stressful and you quit and backslide.

    Only when the change of the first few foods have become a routine eating habit, repeat. Eliminate more foods with labels and replace with fresh foods. Do this until you are off foods with a label and on a diet for fresh foods.

    The problem with processed foods, those with a label, is that they are made with too much fat, salt, and sugar. These ingredients are crack cocaine to the brain. And the manufacturers know this. So they laden their processed food with it.. Just eliminating these foods will help you a lot.

    Good book: You On A Diet, Roizen and Oz
    Good website: www.whfoods.org