Help, need to lose weight!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sep 18, 2013 10:58 AM GMT
    how the hell does one start losing weight, i have no clue what to do. I have tried doing pushups and a bit of sit up. Mind u that i have a stomach as big as kilimanjaro (still look cute though) and have no upper strength to speak of. Advise please where to start and what sort of exercise can i try beside running.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 18, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    Stop eating so much. Eat healthy. No snacks. Less beer. Join a gym. Start with the bikes. Get blood flow going. Start using the equipment. (You might want to get a doctor's OK first.)
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Sep 18, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    Proper diet, which means healthy foods. No fast food. No soda. No beer. No smoking.
    Exercise is huge. Run, lift weights. RealJock has tons of advice on weight programs so check those out.
    http://www.realjock.com/workout/1057/
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    Sep 18, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    I lost over 100 pounds when I was 20. Maybe what worked for me won't work for you, but it's a start.

    First, realize it's a long-but-short battle. It is long, because you won't see improvements overnight, and because you will have setbacks all the time. But it's also short, because if it takes 6 months, it seems long while it's happening, but in hindsight it's just a blip in your memory.

    Second, make changes gradually. Obviously, you are eating too much and exercising too little. So start changing your habits gradually. What worked for me was to focus on one and only one thing at a time until I had changed my habits there, and then move on to the next worst offender. As an example, I made it a rule not to eat any sweets after 6p: knowing that I could eat them in the morning made it easier for me to give up on them in the evening, but it was only in the evening that I really craved them.

    Third, get informed. Learn about nutrition, learn about exercise, be conscious of what you do. I recall when Starbucks started posting calorie counts and people were shocked at how many calories that healthy-sounding zucchini-carrot muffin packed.

    Fourth, monitor. Create an account on a calorie-tracking site (myfitnesspal.com just won best of award) and write down everything you eat for a month. Learn when you eat the most, what are the worst offenders for you, and how you can improve your habits.

    Finally, focus on having fun. If you exercise, do things you like. Try group exercise, which can be highly motivating. Don't do pushups if you hate them. Same with food: replace things you like with healthier things you also like. Don't go from fried chicken to raw cauliflower. Unless you like raw cauliflower!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Sep 18, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidStop eating so much. Eat healthy. No snacks. Less beer. Join a gym. Start with the bikes. Get blood flow going. Start using the equipment. (You might want to get a doctor's OK first.)
    the best advice ever! if you can afford it get a trainer
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    hahahahaahaha, u dnt ply dnt u. Well im not a big eater, im a shity eater (suger, suger, oil, oil, suger suger etc). And i know i need to stop, i have already started, but the thing is, i have no idea, how to go about it or how to exercise when im by myself. Do u have any training tips u can give me to use at home or tell me a site where i can find helpful tips. ill appreciate it.
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    Sep 18, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    Overhauling your diet is an absolute MUST. No processed foods, simple sugars or starches (bread, rice, potatoes etc!), fried foods, junk/fast foods, fatty meats or dairy.

    Then, get your ass out of bed every morning before work and do 45 minutes high intensity cardio ON AN EMPTY STOMACH--- no food before you do this, but drink at least 2 cups black coffee or take a thermogenic supplement like Hydroxycut. Caffeine and cardio are a great combo.

    Then eat 300-500 cal/day CLEAN FOOD ONLY below your base metabolic rate. If you can do this, you will lose about 2-4 lbs fat per week depending on your body size and base metabolic rate.

    It only works if you don't whine about the food you're giving up and have the self-discipline to do this for as long as it takes to get results.

    Now as they say, JUST DO IT!!!
  • NHLFAN

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    Sep 18, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    You should try weight watchers. They will teach you how to eat and how to modify foods into healthier options. Diet and exercise is what it's going to take. When I lost my weight I started with watching what I ate and walked. It was hard to walk a mile, but eventually got up to 4 miles in an hour and did that every day.

    Take it a day at a time. You'll have set backs, but get back on the train. You didn't gain the weight overnight and won't lose it overnight. Set a realistic timeframe. If you lose 2 lbs a week divide that by the amount of weight you want to lose.

    Get used to saying no to friends and family. lol. When they offer stuff you shouldn't eat it's best to say no. Planning is another way to stay on track, so plan what you're going to eat that day.
  • LJay

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    Sep 18, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    Walk.

    Learn to substitute fruits with fiber in them for sweets.

    My old doctor once gave me a diet:

    Eat all you want of

    lean meat
    fresh fruit
    fresh vegetables
    skim milk
    1% cottage cheese (i. e., Light & Lively)

    Walk for half an hour a day.




    Water, of course, is OK, but notice the lack of pasta, soda, desserts, bread, starchy stuff, fats, junk food...

    I would add that you should learn to steam veggies and use just a few drops of lemon juice and some herbs to season. They taste great and you avoid tons and tons of starch and fats from not frying and saucing them.
  • MikeW

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    Sep 19, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    Loosing fat is mostly diet. You can NOT exercise yourself thin IF you are also eating crap. "Crap" is "sugar" -- understanding that means all the stuff companies put in processed food that *are* sugar but they don't call it sugar to fool you, such as HFCS. It also includes simple carbs like fructose and wheat flour that spike your insulin. General rule of thumb: If it comes in a bottle or a box or a package of any kind, don't buy it and don't eat it.

    You can eat ALL the vegetables you want. You can eat all the meat and and most of the dairy you want. It is better to NOT eat 'white' stuff (breads especially, even whole wheat).

    Now, being a sugar addict myself, I know this is NOT easy. You can NOT do it all at once. It took me two years to loose 50 lbs and then another year to loose the next 10 lbs. During this time I also began working out and gaining muscle weight while loosing fat weight so there was a balancing point there. I'd still like to loose another 20 or so lbs of fat but I know it is a long process.

    So, going in, know that eating healthier is a percentage deal. Obviously you want to aim for 100% but don't be surprised if you don't make it. It is better to aim for that and fall short than to not aim for anything at all. The latter guarantees nothing will ever change.

    Yes it does help (a little) to be working out but, trust us, you can NOT exercise enough on a daily basis to burn off the amount of fat you want to loose. It just doesn't work that way. Instead what will happen is, you'll make yourself hungry working out and then BINGE on crap to fill yourself up again. NOT GOOD. What you need to 'binge' on is good stuff. Meat, fresh vegetables, fruits, some nuts, some dairy. That is it. NO SUGAR in any of its forms AT ALL.

    Then walk, workout, etc., drink lots of water get lots of sleep and little by little the fat will begin to burn off.
  • run26

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    Sep 19, 2013 1:18 PM GMT
    SKM2 saidhahahahaahaha, u dnt ply dnt u. Well im not a big eater, im a shity eater (suger, suger, oil, oil, suger suger etc). And i know i need to stop, i have already started, but the thing is, i have no idea, how to go about it or how to exercise when im by myself. Do u have any training tips u can give me to use at home or tell me a site where i can find helpful tips. ill appreciate it.


    okay ... so you have got some insight on the eating part
    now can you put that insight into ACTION?

    insight is the easy part, action is way harder
    but insight without action = no change / no weight loss

    okay - so you do not have any insight in exercise
    for me, running was how i lost weight - i started walking, then adding a bit a running. there are lots of good programs "learn to run" (e.g., runner's world).

    and again, once you've got some insight about exercise, you've got to put it into action

    running & walking are pretty easy: left foot, then right foot, repeat. OR, right foot, then left foot, then repeat. you can do it any time, anywhere. there are also clubs / groups (e.g., front runners). you do need some decent shoes.

    best wishes,
    peter
  • musclejames

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    Sep 19, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    SKM2 saidhow the hell does one start losing weight, i have no clue what to do. I have tried doing pushups and a bit of sit up. Mind u that i have a stomach as big as kilimanjaro (still look cute though) and have no upper strength to speak of. Advise please where to start and what sort of exercise can i try beside running.


    I was just going to suggest running!

    Perhaps you just need to change your diet and eat less simple carbs. Count your calories.

    Running is great though!
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    Sep 19, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    Im dealing with straight talker hee! thanks again for the advise but it clear that the thing i dread the most is the one that will help me. I should start running. I have good shoes so that part is covered, now it time to use them. Eish, but this mountain has to go, i dnt know why i was carrying it to begin with.
  • ndsu36

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    Sep 19, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    Walk longer!! Bike, diet!! Lifestyle change!! Yes it will be hard but you asked us for advice. A physical or check up is good to do before this journey. We are hear for support!! Good luck!!
  • SkyMiles

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    Sep 19, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    I hate even to suggest this since I don't do it myself BUT...the really, really lean people at the gym I go to, especially if they're older, do cardio TWICE a day -- in the mornings and evenings.
    Both the P90X and RushFit dvd workout programs at their advanced or 'lean' levels have some workouts twice a day.

    I'll just admit that I don't have the dedication to do this :/.

    Other than that, everyone else here is right in that 70%+ of weight loss is in the diet, and that it's impossible to out-exercise a poor diet. Go all natural, no processed foods, high protein and fiber, eat more often but less, drink lots of water.
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    Sep 19, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    Simple. Cut out sugar and refined food. No soda no cookies or cakes. Take a run every day. If you drink, do vodka with flavored water instead of beer or wine (and no mixers).

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    Sep 20, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    themachine saidI lost over 100 pounds when I was 20. Maybe what worked for me won't work for you, but it's a start.

    First, realize it's a long-but-short battle. It is long, because you won't see improvements overnight, and because you will have setbacks all the time. But it's also short, because if it takes 6 months, it seems long while it's happening, but in hindsight it's just a blip in your memory.

    Second, make changes gradually. Obviously, you are eating too much and exercising too little. So start changing your habits gradually. What worked for me was to focus on one and only one thing at a time until I had changed my habits there, and then move on to the next worst offender. As an example, I made it a rule not to eat any sweets after 6p: knowing that I could eat them in the morning made it easier for me to give up on them in the evening, but it was only in the evening that I really craved them.

    Third, get informed. Learn about nutrition, learn about exercise, be conscious of what you do. I recall when Starbucks started posting calorie counts and people were shocked at how many calories that healthy-sounding zucchini-carrot muffin packed.

    Fourth, monitor. Create an account on a calorie-tracking site (myfitnesspal.com just won best of award) and write down everything you eat for a month. Learn when you eat the most, what are the worst offenders for you, and how you can improve your habits.

    Finally, focus on having fun. If you exercise, do things you like. Try group exercise, which can be highly motivating. Don't do pushups if you hate them. Same with food: replace things you like with healthier things you also like. Don't go from fried chicken to raw cauliflower. Unless you like raw cauliflower!


    Great answer.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 21, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    Okay .... you wanna lose weight? Good for you
    But I'm gonna tell you now that doing a few push ups and sit ups here and there isn't gonna cut it
    You said that you were a shitty eater?
    Well that's gotta change too

    Losing weight or fat has got to do and only do to calories
    Either you takein less by changing your diet otburn more through exercise
    Thebest way is both at the same time
    Get to a gym set yourself up with a three day week full body riutine and cardio training on the other days and that will be your first stepintoa change of life style that will sums you a thinner healthier you