When someone asks you "how do I lose weight?"

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    It is a compliment of sorts when someone asks this question. They are implying that you must know what you're doing and that you're in good shape. What they don't realize is that this question is way too large in scope for a simple answer. Consider how many books have been written on the topic of weight loss.

    It is akin to asking "how do I have a successful relationship?"

    I could write 50 pages on either topic. My response to those questions is to recommend several good books... or hire a personal trainer.


  • TexanMan82

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    People ask me all the time. I tell them it's not that simple. It's a lifestyle. I can tell you what you can and can't eat, but you won't like it--and probably won't carry it through.

    I tell them I work out very hard. Not many people could keep up with me and others who are pretty hard core.

    It's not like they would listen anyway.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    I used to be asked that a lot a couple of years ago.

    People used to ask me how ot lose weight, so I'd start talking about what form of physical activity they did but then they'd tell me that they didn't like any type of sport.

    Then I'd talk about their diet, but they wouldn't want to do without their cheese/chocolate/butter-dipped-butter.

    So I'd end up popping them one in the nose and stealing their wallets. Made enough to buy a car.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    We have a gal at work who's apparently on a diet.

    The only diet I can think of that supports what she eats is the "See food at eat it" diet.

    At first I tried to help coworkers with losing weight... anymore it's not worth the effort, because they throw everything that you suggest out the window as soon as you stop talking.
  • Salubrious

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    Aug 04, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    I'd say the simplistic answer I tell people (and myself) is that you need to figure out why you are overweight, and then address the problems. I don't mean "eating too much and not exercising enough" but something along the lines of your own relationship with food.
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    It is great when they ask, however I always make sure if they really want to know or just making conversation...
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:35 AM GMT
    I get asked this alot, as most people I work with and have met, even briefly, notice the changes I've made. My response is diet and exercise. They hate that answer. But in reality, it is all about self control and structure. Pills, etc...don't work long term and wont really change someone's mental health as dedicated diet and exercise will.
  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 04, 2008 2:45 AM GMT
    At first I was flattered to be asked. I quickly noticed people were irritated to hear me respond with diet & exercise. I think they want to hear about some pill I have in my possesion that they have yet to hear about. Now I tell everyone that after each meal, I vomit.
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:58 AM GMT
    I say "Join Weight Watchers."

    It's the only thing that works. And everyone who's followed this advice has lost weight and kept it off.

    I encourage everyone to answer the same. It's the only sensible diet. Just portion control, conservative, based on simple calories in versus calories burned.

    Thing is, most people who ask this question don't really want it bad enough to do anything, which is another bonus of answering this way. It's only 3 words.

    And no, I don't work for them, or own their stock. I just respect rationality.
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:19 AM GMT
    P90-X is the way to go...It's an amazing program that lines out everything you will need to fulfill your goals...when someone asks me how to lose weight I initially tell them "Eat less, move more."...then I tell them to give P90-X a shot.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 04, 2008 10:55 AM GMT
    The answer is easy but the actual doing it is hard
    It's a mathematical equation
    Calories in need to be less than the calories out

    If that's the case you'll lose weight
    whether its a question of restricting what goes in or increasing the output or both the weight will come off

    the being healthy and adding muscle ... THAT'S where the hard stuff comes in
    There you need to begin to change lifestyle choices and really commit to changing the way you think
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    Aug 04, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    yep its all down to maths and finding a diet system that suits your current eating style.

    Off the shelf diets are all ok and well and good but if they dont fit your current eating style chances are you wont stick to them.

    As for people asking, be flattered and take it as a compliment that you look good and that person aspires to resemble you