Diet or Exercise - tried and tested surefire way to loose weight fast needed!
August 9, 2007 5:21am CST
I need to loose weight. I've always been a chunky person. I lost alot of weight with diet pills when I was younger. But now I'm 38, have had a child and just can't seem to shift it. I started low carbing over a year ago with some success but it came to a grinding halt and I've been fluctuating up and down a few kilo's ever since. I am at my wits end, I don't have a huge amount of motivation or will power until I start to have success and just need something that is going to kick start me again into the right way of thinking. I joined a gym early this year, started to go 3 times a week but last term stopped and have not been back since, I've had quite a few colds and even gastro so wasn't 100% but really probably could of gone since I last went, this is really a lame excuse. Any advice would be appreciated.
15 Aug 07
I too tried a lot of things but didnt suceed but now i have actually lost weight by a homeopathic medicine lema forte. I have used this for the past 20 days and would continue to use it and am hoping for excellent results. I would also like to see it actually making a marked differnce in my figure.This medicine is based on the concept of changing the basic metabolism rate.
• United States
9 Aug 07
My best advice would be to start off simple 1. Eat 6 small meals a day instead of the tradional 3 meals 2. Drink a half a gallon to a gallon of water a day 3. Exercise Regularly 4. Eat salads whenever possible with lemon juice or light dressing 5. Stay away from all fast foods (no exceptions) 6. Green Tea does wonders for increasing your metabolism 7. Check out www.bodybuilding.com for many weight loss plans (they arent just for body builders) Hope this helps ! :-)
15 Aug 07
All this sounds great. I had been following Low Carb which did help me to loose weight last year, but this year I've just stagnated and gone up a few kilos and down a few and up and down and up :( Will have to get back into going to the gym, but I hate winter - too cold to wanna do anything!
• United States
15 Aug 07
The major thing that you need to do for sustained weight loss is find a daily plan that is sustainable for life. That is very important; any crazy diet plan can make you lose weight, but if it isn't sustainable or psychologically satisfying, you will usually put back on all the weight and then some. I actually did a LOT of research on this topic last spring, because I was in the same stinkin' boat as you--I have a tendency to be heavier, fleshy; I'd lost a lot of weight when I was in my late teens/early 20s with diet pills and starving myself (but that wasn't healthy AND wasn't sustainable) and then yo-yo'd around, losing weight and gaining weight but slowly over the last five years put on 30 - 35 pounds. The laws of thermodynamics are basically infalliable, and, in a nutshell, you want to burn more calories than you consume. If you do that, you WILL lose weight. There is no way you can't lose weight if you do that. And the good news is that everything you do burns calories. Even when you are laying there sleeping, you are burning calories, because your body is doing things like moving blood, breathing, digesting, etc. Anyway, the amount of calories you burn while you are totally at rest is called your basal metabolic rate or BMR. Everyone's BMR is different, but in general, the more you weigh the higher your BMR is and the more muscle you have, the higher your BMR is. So, one way to lose weight is to increase your BMR by putting on muscle. This will ensure that you are burning calories even when you are not doing anything. You don't have to do much, you don't even have to buy weights. Things like squats, push-ups, crunches, calf lifts, leg lifts, etc. all put on muscle. It takes something like 50 times the calories to sustain a pound of muscle than to sustain a pound of fat. So, it is a good idea to incorporate some muscle-building exercises into your daily routine. Also, someone already mentioned that green tea helps boost your metabolism, and this is true. It can boost it as much as 4%, which is great! Of course it's not as much as diet pills boost your metabolism, BUT again, it's sustainable and totally good for you over long, long periods of time (even a lifetime). Diet pills aren't. Some things that I have found really useful is getting a pedometer, something that counts the steps you take. They are really cheap--you can get them on ebay for about 10 bucks a pop (including shipping). In general, every 20 steps burns 1 calorie. Walking is a supergreat way to burn lots of calories, and it's real easy to do. And once you buy a pedometer, you feel motivated to walk more. I usually take a walk around the block every morning, which burns about 60 calories and helps wake me up. It's a good way to start the day, and then I feel like I am in a good calorie-burning mindset. Another thing that has been really helpful to me is the website fitday.com. This website is totally free and you can track the calories you burn and consume every day. And you can log in pretty much any activity you can think of. Because it's not just "exercise" that burns calories. Any time you are moving at all, you are burning calories. Even sitting and typing is burning some calories, and yes, you can enter "typing" and the amount of time you spent typing, and fitday will tell you how many calories you've burned. For example, I have been on here for about 15 minutes, and if I enter that info in, i have burned about 7 calories. It's really neat to see how many calories you are burning, because you're probably burning more than you think. They have everything on there, putting on make-up, taking a shower, washing dishes, etc. And once you start tracking stuff, you feel more motivated to do stuff because you want to burn more calories, then it almost becomes like a fun game! Also, something important to note that I learned. Going long periods of time without eating slows the metabolism, which is not good. Men should never go more than 2 hours without eating, and women no more than 3. If more than 3 hours does go by--like when you go to sleep obviously and wake up, more than 3 hours has gone by, you want to make sure that you eat some protein, as this will start your metabolism going again and can't easily be converted to fat. After you eat this protein, an hour later or so, you can eat whatever else you want. I have been following this basic plan now since spring, and I have felt better than I have in years, literally. I have a really nice body that I can proudly show off in little outfits (like I used to!), I pretty much eat whatever I want (I love fast food and candy), as long as I keep up a 500 deficit at least, I just watch the weight keep coming off.
9 Aug 07
Diet is also a good way of loosing weight but soon after you start eating habit you will also gain weight. But if you loose through exercise then you will lose weight slowly but effectively with the less chance of getting it back unless you start to eat more and do the less exercise.