Trying to lose a little weight.

July 26, 2008 4:05am CST
I'm not seriously over weight but I have put on quite a lot and want to lose it, I found a great site telling you about all the different diets there are (only ones that work not fad ones) And I'm thinking of doing either the natural foods diet or a macrobiotic diet. I also do Yoga and am going to start doing at least half an hour a day to help get the weight off. Has anyone else found a diet and exercise plan that really works if you just want to lose a small amount of weight?
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@Elixiress (3893)
26 Jul 08
I find calorie counting is the best diet to loosing weight. The main reason people gain weight is by eating too many calories. So try and eat the recommended amount of calories per day (2000) and hopefully this will help. The more exercise that you do the more calories you will burn and this will help you to loose weight faster. It is also easy today as you can eat anything you want, you are not limited to certain foods or food groups.
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27 Jul 08
I find calorie counting quite tedious but I suppose you quickly learn what is in different foods so you don't have to keep checking.
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@Elixiress (3893)
27 Jul 08
I find it quite easy, you can get a book that contains many basic foods and then get the calories for other stuff off the packaging. I tend to do mine at the end of the day or when I think I am nearing my limit.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I eat only fruit in the morning and then get moving... and keep moving. I drink ice water several times throughout the day. It cools you down so that your body burns more calories warming itself back up. I eat less of everything. Smaller servings of everything allows you to eat more of what you like and to cheat every now and then. (I adore strawberry short cake. LOL) Celery and apples burn more calories eating them than they actually contain! I eat them every day, and add them to salads. Grapefruit BURNS calories when you eat it. Also, moving around as much as possible. I have health issues which prevent me from doing any kind of formal exercise plan, so I just get up and move whenever I can, with short rests in-between. I've lost 15 pounds doing this. Good luck to you with yours!
26 Jul 08
I've got some celery and apples in I'll have to try grapefruit, I could never handle the taste of it before though and putting sugar on kind of defeats the object doesn't it?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Yep! I had that same problem! LOL Luckily, I found Splenda. It's made from sugar, but it has no calories at all. I find that it's not quite as sweet as sugar so I just add a little more. Tastes great on grapefruit!
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@LimoChang (193)
• China
27 Jul 08
I was once in almost the same situation as you do,but i wasn't really planing on losing weight because there is some difference between losing weight and fitness beauty.Fitness beauty doesn't necessarily mean to lose weight but to gain a good figure in a healthy way. I've been doing yoga for 20mins or so everyday and personlly i think morning time is the best to do yoga exercise as well as meditation. I eat healthy food(mostly vegetables and fish,beaf occasionally)and never eat full.I usually stand up for 30 mins after the meal. This really worked for me and i lost some extra weight at the same time.I am not a big fun of those diets that you mentioned, i am not sure about the contents so i can't tell you whether it will work or not.However,if it's some kind of diet that keep the food monotonous,it's not a good choice. Often harvest very small, and be loosened a little, appear likely weight rebounds.
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28 Jul 08
i don't know if I will stick to one diet in particular I'm just generally trying to eat healthier and burn off more calories by exercising more.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Jul 08
We are moving and I'm starting a diet in the new place. What has worked for me before is just eating healthy. So when the refrigerator is bare here, I m going to restock after the move with good stuff. No more bags of candy on sale, more fruits and vegetables in light dressings. It's worked for me in the past, but I get in the habit of cooking those wonderful rich and fatty foods and snacking. I walk every day to get my metabolism going and do some hand weights. It will work. Good luck on whatever dieting plan you choose.
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27 Jul 08
I've filled the cupboards with more healthy food and am starting to exercise more hopefully it will work for me too.
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@GardenGerty (101839)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I have not tried seriously to lose weight for a while. Two years ago I took care of two dogs and walked them twice a day. I eat pretty sensibly anyway, and I cut out pop, and reduced how often I ate out. I lost ten pounds in about three months. Currently I am just beginning to do a wellness tracking website that gives me health info, health newsletters, and encourages/plans diet and exercise for me. A nice touch is that by using it, I earn money as well. I hope it helps me monitor what I am doing and lose.
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27 Jul 08
I'm starting to eat more sensibly and exercise every day so hopefully the two combined will help.
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@roque20 (518)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
I am not really over weight too but i am really conscious of my weight and figure. i want to discipline myself but its really hard for me to control myself,but i will try my best. i always go to gymn and aerobics because i hardly lose weight right now because of my eating habits.hehe. well,its much better to have natural food diet instead of gymn.
27 Jul 08
I can't afford a gym so I just have to stick with my yoga, and I've just had got an exercise bike so I'll add that to my routine that will hopefully help.
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• Philippines
26 Jul 08
I've gained a lot of weight after giving birth. Now, my son is already 2 1/2 yrs old and I still can't bring back my weight before I got pregnant. I've tried several diet methods and all seemed not working for me. I am not saying that those are not effective, it's just that I was never consistent. I am a good starter but never a finisher. Right now, I am trying another method. I only eat oatmeal during meal time. I no longer eat rice. And, it seems to be working for me. I hope I could be able to achieve my goal this time, lol!
27 Jul 08
I'm eating rye crisp breads and rice cakes instead of bread, hopefully that will help as I normally eat tons of bread.
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@AmbiePam (49887)
• United States
26 Jul 08
A couple years ago I decided to just count my calories, even in what I drank. I limited myself to 1200 calories a day and lost twenty pounds in a month and a half. Now if I did that again, I would up the amount of calories to 1500. My doctor said that is more fitting if I really want to lose weight. I know people have had great success with www.sparkpeople.com as well. Since it is all free that makes it better.
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27 Jul 08
Thanks I'll take look at that site.
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@MizukiZHR (611)
• China
27 Jul 08
Hi,nancyrowina.I am not over weight but I can imagine how hard it is to lose weight.Now I have a diet method to lose weight: 1.Don't eat the food contains much starch. 2.Eat enough vegetables every meal. 3.Don't eat fruit. You may ask whether you can eat meat,Then my answer is yes.But don't use too much cooking oil to cook meat,like fry.Because too much oil will put on weight. Wish your success!
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@AshleyHasan (1024)
• India
27 Jul 08
I want to loose weight and I have set out a goal plan for this I am doing exercise workout program I have purchased exercise DVD from www.beachbody.com I have purchase program called Slim in 6 in six weeks you can slim down, the workout program is really good and I am enjoying every bit of it!You can check that out.
@bookworms (351)
• Pasig, Philippines
27 Jul 08
hmm well eat veggie and to to gym ^_^
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
4 Aug 08
Cutting out dairy and junk food worked for me as I lost about a half a stone in weight. Educating your stomach to expect less food helps, as the sooner you feel full the less you eat. Whatever you chose make sure the diet is one that you feel happy eating for the rest of your life as short term diets get the weight off but then you go back to your normal diet and it all goes back on. Remember as well that it takes time to put weight on so don't get discouraged if it takes some time to get it off again.
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5 Aug 08
I wish I could give up cheese but I just love it too much, I've started buying cottage cheese which is step forward I suppose.
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5 Aug 08
I love cheese too but as long as you don't eat too much you'll be okay. Even though I've re-introduced dairy back into my diet, I've not gained weight but then I've cut it back quite a lot.
• United States
3 Aug 08
I'm wanting to lose some too :) Could you send me that site??
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