Diet or no diet ??

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    May 10, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Hi , so I'm trying to lose weight. I've been on it for almost two months and I think I have shed a few pounds ( I don't keep track) , but it's going very slowly. I think the reason is that I don't follow a specific diet , I just switched to eating healthy foods that I try to eat in reasonable portions.

    I also added cardio , started by running 6 km 3-4 times a week for about 6 weeks.The last two weeks, I've done 8km runs 5-6 times a week .

    Problem is , we're getting close to the summer and there's still a long way to go. So do you think it's better to be patient and the results will show eventually ? Or should I follow a specific diet, and by that I mean reduce my calorie intake to a number I can only stick to for a limited amount of time ? ( which means I would start worrying about gaining the weight back as soon as the diet is over).




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    May 10, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    OK, First off, you've bene on the new diet two whole months...that's nothing in terms of weight loss. You dind't pack on the pounds over night, and they are not goign to come off over night. Example: a female friend of mine last 50 pounds...she did taht over 18 months, or rought 2.5 to 3 pounds PER MONTH. Still, in the end when people noticed, non of them wanted to hear that she had done this thourgh disciplione with her eating habits and exercise (cardio type stuff); they all kept wanting to know waht pills she took so they could them too. She was understandably annoyed with all of them.

    So, you have been at it two months, check back in nine months and then we can talk if it's not working. Diets are not something you do to lose weight and then go back to what you were doing before (see Biggest Loser contestents who did just that and blimped back out in no time. So keep your diet balanced. Have SMALL desserts on occasion. Have pizza, (two or three slices) on occasion. Much of diet isn't about just eating healthy but knowing you can still enjoy the on-healthy stuff, just not constantly like most people do. It takes your body time to adapt to waht you are doing and respond to it. And that will NOT happen in 60 days or even 90 days.

    As long as you are burning more calories than you take in, and you are eating clean foods (e.g. chicken, fish, lean steak (all non-fried), deli meat from thea ctual deli, wheat bread, REAL peanut butter (e.g. the Smucker's kind only), wheat pasta and so forth, and eating several medium meals throughout the day, (as opposed to one to three large ones) you will see excellent results in the long term.

    Weigh yourself no more than one time everyweek on the same day and leave it at that. If you are obsessing over daily fluctuattions you aren't going to accomplish anything.
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    May 12, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Right, so I guess I'll just have to patiently wait as the fat slooowly goes away haha But seriously thanks a lot for your advice muscledhorse and yourname8000 , even though I hate still having the unwanted fat , I can totally see how getting good habits is better than just mindless dieting.

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    May 13, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Do your shirts feel more lose? Do your pants feel less snug? That's a good indication that you're doing is probably working.