Losing Weight Without Dieting

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
August 28, 2008 12:51am CST
I know this sounds crazy, but I'm trying to lose weight without dieting. So far, very unsuccessfully. I've been exercising a lot (over 5 hours per week). But I have not lost one pound in 3 months (I haven't gained one either though, which is pretty good for me lately). Is it possible to lose weight without dieting or am I going to have to diet? I'm bad at dieting. I am a healthy eater generally, but I get mad if I'm hungry. I can go completely hungry no problem. But if I tease myself by letting myself have a half serving, my stomach growls at me. So I'm really not good at dieting. So far I am swimming, biking, and playing with the Wii. What else should I try before I try a diet?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Having recently learned that I can't go completely hungry without the body objecting, with severe headaches, I don't know. I haven't ever really TRIED to diet either. What they say works is that if you eat a LOT of small meals during the day. 5 or 6 at least. When my mother became borderline diabetic in 68/69, they put her on this diet. She complained that she felt like she was eating all the time. Breakfast, 10 o'clock snack, lunch, 3 o'clock snack, dinner, bedtime snack, and she lost weight. Of course she wasn't eating cookies or lots of carbs, but she was drinking skim milk and cheese, fruit, etc. So, rather than make your stomach think its deprived, keep it fueled with food that take time to digest, proteins, complex carbs, veggies, etc.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I love eating all the time. I think I did that today, without trying to. In the morning I had two low fat soy ice cream sandwiches since I was running late. I got back and had chips and salsa. Then at work I had a few peanuts from a coworker. At home I had more peanuts later from my table. Then I had green beans. And then a piece of dark chocolate a bit later. Not my healthiest day, but it was small meals. I also had a few containers of apple sauce and some orange juice in there somewhere too.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
3 Sep 08
soy ice cream sandwiches - hummmm I LOVE ice cream sandwiches - but these days those wafers all seem to have corn starch in them
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hmm, I don't remember seeing corn starch in the ingredients on the soy ones. I'll have to check. Is corn starch bad or you just have an allergy?
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@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
29 Aug 08
I'm sure you have noticed that your clothes are a little looser. Exercising helps with the building of muscles. Muscles weight much more than fats so it's possible that you weigh the same but are already a size smaller. Also, losing weight is all about ensuring that output is greater than input. You can choose to increase output by increasing physical activities. You can choose to reduce input by keeping a lookout for calorie laden food. Maybe your input had been greater than your output all along so the additional exercise just balanced it out. See if you can increase your activities to help up the output. Also go for food that are nutritious and prepared with less oil. Skip the sauces and gravies if you can. Keep it up and looking forward to your success story. ;)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
31 Aug 08
That's the thing, I had expected that my clothes would be looser and they are not. I have not lost half an inch off my waist. I don't eat sauces on most things and hardly anything cooked in oil. I am already a healthy eater I don't know why I can't lose weight.
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• Singapore
1 Sep 08
Awww that doesn't sound too good does it? Were you putting on weight before starting your exercise regime? If yes it could be that you are exercising just enough to stop putting on, but not enough to start losing weight. Another reason could be you are losing inches somewhere else. It might be your thigh or your arms. It takes a while to see the effects of exercising. Give it six months before deciding on your next move. You might want to consider reducing input as well. Cheers ;)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I wasn't gaining weight before I started exercising. However, I do normally gain weight in the summer and I have only gained 5 pounds this summer so I am not doing too bad. In the winter I normally lose weight, so hopefully I will be able to lose some.
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• United States
28 Aug 08
You don't have to diet to lose weight. Just change your habits a little. If you are drinking sodas, give those up. It makes a huge difference and if you can't just cut back. If you aren't eating enough your body thinks your are starving yourself and won't let go of the fat. So, don't skip any meals and eat a couple of healthy snakes in between. Just think of your body as a machine if you aren't fueling it then it isn't going anywhere. Good luck.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Would giving up 5 sodas a week make much of a difference? That's about all I drink right now. I used to drink at least 5 per day and didn't lose weight when I stopped, but I had to stop at that point. Currently I usually go for fruit juice which is probably worse for you than soda, but I love it. Either way, I only have one fruit juice per day at the most. I mostly drink water at work because it is free or sometimes black coffee because that is also free.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Thanks. Sometimes I put a bit of grape juice in it and it doesn't taste as bad. I'll see if I can boil a quart or so to have some ready for the week.
@marina321 (4561)
30 Aug 08
Hey Pigglies, Looks like you're doing really great with the swimming, biking and playing the WiiAt least you are keeping the pounds at bay.. It is better not to go hungry. The dietician at my clinic gave me a meal plan of three meals a day (watching portions and ingredients) that seems to be working for me and I am losing weight without any exercise (as there's very little time in my day for exercise in between a full time job and my daughter). I have breakfast at 8, a midday meal and dinner at 6, then if I really must (stomach growls and depending on how active in the evening) and if I'm still up, a cup of tea late in the evening with toast.. The theory behind it is that your body adapts to regular small meals and will not hold onto calories or fat in preparation for the times you starve or skip meals and it helps your metabolism. You will find you are less hungry and snack less or not at all. Also with the portions of meals, it's a good idea to watch the carbs and to fill your plate with more vegetables and lentils. And to also drink plenty of water. I was skeptical but it has worked for me in the last couple of months and I've shed 6lbs and that is with no exercise so looking forward to the results when I get my treadmill in Good Luck
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Hmm, that sounds easy enough. These past few days I've been really bad and haven't even eaten meals, just snacks. Enough snacks to equal meals though.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
If you do more than 30 minutes of sustained exercise every day, you are supposed to lose weight if you do not increase the amount of food you are eating to compensate. If you exercise more, but keep your food the same, you will lose weight. The problem there is the "if" conditional. That is where the trouble lies.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
31 Aug 08
Maybe I should keep better track of my food, I don't think I've increased it but maybe I have.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
Hi pigglies, Yes it is possible if you exercise a lot, especially walking. Of course if you are eating a lot of sweets and junk food you will have to cut back, you can still eat regular meals, as long as you don't overdo it. Blessings.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I don't get how people have it in their heads that walking is good exercise. You hardly burn any calories walking unless you already weigh 400 pounds and walking is a challenge for you. I could walk 10 miles a day and I wouldn't lose any weight because I don't even feel it after I've gone hiking for 10 miles. And that's up a hill. Imagine flat land. I don't eat much junk food. Occasionally sweets, but rarely.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, it is possible to lose weight with out sticking to a structured diet. It does mean making a few conscious choices, such as eating less meat and more vegetables. I am limiting the amount of bread I eat as well. I have done away with drinking soda of any kind and am working towards drinking more water and less other stuff, but I am still drinking green tea. If and when I snack, I will eat string cheese or a fresh fruit or vegetable. It also takes a conscious decision to eat only when you're hungry and not just because it's "dinner time".
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I don't eat any meat at all, but I haven't for the past 8 years. I don't eat much bread, just occasionally. I can't buy bread since it would go bad too quickly. But if I am out, sometimes I will eat things with bread. I should try green tea. Drinking water all the time is really boring for me. My snack lately is usually a cup of apple sauce. I am bad and I eat whenever I am hungry, despite the time. But I do eat healthy foods.
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@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
I used to be fat before but when i started to go on diet, i have lost 20 pounds. You really have to control yourself and watch your diet. Cut down glucose intake and avoid eating fatty foods.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Thanks, I will try. I have lost 40 pounds once before, but I don't have that kind of self control anymore. It's all gained back and then some. I don't eat a whole lot of sugary foods generally at least. But maybe I should keep better track of it.
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@razor123 (979)
• India
29 Aug 08
Well its nice to hear that your exercising and that is the best way to lose weight and reduce. Dieting is not a choice for losing weight. I meant a crash diet as it will later on affect ones health in the long run leading to nerve problems, gidiness sleep problems etc. If you wish to diet you could just cut down on eating a lot of fatty foods and maybe eat just a little bit less that what you eat now. That would be the best i feel in addition to your exercising. I have also put on a lot of weight recently and have gone on a very very low scale diet. I need to go walking out everyday now onwards and burn out some of my energy too. As I'm on holidays i mostly sit at home on the compute only.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
If I was on holiday I would be exercising all day long. I'm at work 9 hours a day and then 30 more minute commuting. And then I'm studying for the GRE on top of all that so I can't be exercising constantly. But I do as much as I can. Tonight I played for 1 hour on the Wii until I was good and sweaty. I like the Wii a lot sometimes... especially tonight when I got 256 on bowling!
@Cannonball (3636)
• France
28 Aug 08
What I know about it is that its good to have meal regularly and not eating in between. You can take off some fat and sugar in your alimentation and eat colorful. Then of course the undispensable thing is exercising and for it I suggest wii fit,its very funny and kinda serious actually about losing weight
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I still haven't been able to find a Wii fit, but I'll look around some more. I guess the regular one really only exercises your arms. Although, I jump around a lot playing tennis and run for bowling, lol. I am bad sometimes about regular meals. For breakfast I feel sick if I eat too much. So I'll eat something small usually, and then around 10am or so I'll have some type of a snack. And then for lunch I'll eat something that is only about 500 calories or maybe a little less. So then awhile after that I'll have a snack. I tend to kind of eat small amounts throughout the day. After dinner I don't normally have a snack though, that's just the final meal. So I normally have 5 meals a day, not 3.
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@Robin55 (225)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Dieting per se is hard. I would just keep eating healthy foods that are low in fat and low sugar. Do you notice a difference in how your clothes are fitting? Because you are exercising so much you may be gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. You might just be trading in your fat for muscle which is a good thing. Keep at it for about another 2 weeks and see if you start to see a change in your clothes.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
28 Aug 08
There is no difference in how my clothes are fitting or my waist measurements either. I do notice that my arms and legs have gotten a bit bigger though from muscle, which is cool. But I'd like to lose a clothing size or two.
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• Philippines
30 Aug 08
I'm not good at diets too. But I did lose some weight before without dieting. I got into sports, I take trainings in Taekwondo. I think the hot weather here in the Philippines helped a lot too with losing weight.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
30 Aug 08
Personally, I believe it is still possible to lose weight without dieting. Firstly, dieting slows down the metabolic rate, which makes it harder to lose weight. Secondly, with dieting, one might eat more the next meal. Thirdly, dieting requires discipline and determination. It is often the excess calories that make us fat. One way is to ensure that the energy consumed is more than the energy taken in. This can take place with less oil, less fat and less seasoning. For sure, one will lose the necessary and even the urge to eat. Just my two cents worth.
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@acegirl (127)
• China
29 Aug 08
Don't go on a diet. That's gonna hurt you.You just need to do sports.The best sport for losing weight is swimming. Trust me. Once i swam, you know..just for fun. And i don't need to lose weight. But after swimming, i found out that i lost 1 kg, It's tough to imagine,right? however, it just happened. So i became 48 kg then. And i kept that weight till now. I think you should swim. And according to a survey, after 800m swim journey, you can lose around 3kg. That day, i just swam not too much, but i lose 1kg.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I already go swimming. It hasn't done a thing for my weight. You are skinny! I hope you are short you are making me look bad, lol. Maybe I'm not going far enough in my swimming. But I've been swimming an hour a day doing different strokes.
@acegirl (127)
• China
29 Aug 08
LOL,to be honest, i'm not too short, i'm 167.5cm... I think you have to keep swimming. Don't give up only because it's no use, it will just last a short moment. I belive you are gonna manage to lose weight after a long time of insisting. Swimming does good to anyone.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular activity, and you stay cool. It helps you tone up your whole body if you swim enough.
28 Aug 08
As long as you are not eating differently but you've suddenly started to do all this excersise then you should be dropping the pounds - I know you said you have not put any on but, with all that stuff I really am surprised you haven't lost any and mayeb you should see your doctor in case you have a slow metabolism. x
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I'm not eating any differently than I was before. I am amazed too that I haven't lost any weight. I forgot to mention not only am I doing exercise, but I also volunteer and it has been extra busy so I've been getting a bunch of exercise there too for about 6 straight hours. I haven't been to a doctor in a long time so I don't really know one who would know what my metabolism was like before. I'm not obese or anything, but I would like to shed some pounds. Probably like 10 pounds or so would be great.
• United States
29 Aug 08
You need to focus on weight training, I know its something I dread first of all because I cant even get to the weight machines I want to at my gym because of all the meatheads and if you want it you have to come in like 5am or be there like an hour before close. It sounds like your getting plenty of cardio but muscle is what burns the fat even while your not exercising and increases your metabolism. I suggest you use angle and wrist weights to start with and I even did this at my previous work but then again it was third shift. I think a more entertaining way to get strength training is to combine it with basic step workouts, you can get these at the gym or On Demand if you have Comcast (Exercise channel) and in my opinion you can get a real thourough all body workout (the more muscles you hit through movement the better) and if you master basic then your ready for more intense strength through intermediate stepping which is a faster pace and more step intervals. To me I think this is the easiest exercise to do and beneficial because its easy on your joints so you dont have to worry about injuries (like running) and it really can be fun moving all around there on your step, doing the hops going up and the side to side, forward back, I think Billy Blanks mastered it but even basic stepping can set you off on the right foot. Another thing is to make sure you get the right protein after workouts because a lot of free radicals are released during workouts and this can cause stress when your body does not recieve the adequate nutrients to rid the body of them. They say that if your overweight your body can go into a kind of 'panic-mode' supposedly because of how we evolved but I think it has more to do with the free radicals, and I also think this is what leads to overeating because it can be easy to eat away your whole workout just trying to satisfy your body after you workout, so its important to get the right nutrients--try a Whey shake before or after,and use whole shakes from your local Whole food cooperative, its just a shake you mix up in the blender with a broad spectrum of fruits and veggies. For me Im not keen on shakes and rather have an Advantage bar (adkins) but they run for 2.59 a bar but theres so much to pick from and average price for them is 1.50 like Cliff bars. Just keep your blood sugar index leveled throughout the day.
• United States
29 Aug 08
cannot stress enough the importance of flushing your body with water throughout the day
• United States
28 Aug 08
Since you are already exercising regularly, why not try just drinking water and not eating anything after 6:00PM. You can drink after 6, just don't eat anything. You will be surprised, because you will lose weight just by doing these two things.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I sure would lose a lot of weight if I didn't eat dinner! But how am I supposed to get work done on an empty stomach?
• United States
29 Aug 08
Try eating something before 6. I'm telling you it really helps.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I have a job and can't really eat during work. Maybe the time doesn't really matter it's just how many hours before you go to sleep that you last eat. One of my friends has a mom that swears by this no food after 6 thing and I went over there and I was dying of hunger because she refused to have any food. I don't think she does this anymore now that she too has a job and cannot just sit around all day eating before 6.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Sep 08
yes i had that.coz i was sick so thats why i lost weight.and also now i am not on diet but i lost 1 kilo only.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I've lost a lot of weight before once when I was sick. But I don't want to get sick to lose weight, I'd rather be fat!
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
11 Dec 08
everybody dont want to get sick.mine was not on purposed.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I believe you, lol. I wasn't saying you got sick on purpose. Some people want to get sick to lose weight though, what about bulimics? Or one of my friends said since chemotherapy made her lose some weight maybe she should just get some more of that. Obviously she must have forgotten how it made her feel. I would seriously rather be 400 pounds than have to go through something like that.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
2 Sep 08
Dieting is hard because one considers it temporary. I've always found if i deit i lose the weight but as soon as the diet is over i gain it back. I have changed how i eat permanently rather than temporarily as well as adding exercise into my life. Its a lifestyle change not a diet.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
3 Sep 08
The only permanent change I have made to my diet is being a vegan. Other than that, I have no more willpower. I will try to permanently keep the exercising, but I know sometime in the future I will once again be too busy for exercise. For now even though I am very busy, exercising keeps me sane. Sort of.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
3 Sep 08
I got a dog a couple years ago and I've found im way more active even when im busy because of her. I HAVE to take her for a walk. I recently added a second dog and he needs alot more walking and playing than she does so i end up carrying her home with me after walking them both. If it wasnt for them i could spend a full day doing absolutely nothign at times.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I don't have a problem of sitting around doing nothing, it's just that I don't actually have that time. I do have pets, but not the type I am forced to exercise with. I don't have the room for a dog and I know I wouldn't constantly have time to exercise so I haven't really thought about getting a dog lately since I just know I can't do it. My rabbits give me a good workout when I need to catch them to do something (they're house rabbits and the younger one especially can be all over the place like a bratty cat, lol).
• United States
29 Aug 08
This is not really possible. You have to do some kind of dieting or reassessment of your diet in order to truly lose the weight that you want to lose. The way that I lost a lot of weight was through diet and exercies, and trust me I went through a heck of a lot of diets to get to where I am at now.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
29 Aug 08
What if I went totally insane on exercising? Then I could probably get away with it. But I don't have 5 spare hours a day like an Olympic athlete to work out. ;) I guess I'd better try some dieting. I have been able to diet in the past. Once I lost 40 pounds. Unfortunately, I have since gained it all back (and then some). But I know I can do it since I did it before.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
No one on here is Michael Phelps (at least I do not think anyone is), to just strictly exercise without dieting is a rare thing to do. A lot of times in order to really get the results that you want when it comes to losing weight, dieting and exercising is the only real way to go. You can try some of the other unconventional means of losing weight, like diet pills, diet drinks, gastric by-pass and lipo-suction, but those end up doing more bad than good majority of the time. I was at 220lbs and I am now at 174lbs, and I did it by dieting and exercising. I am still doing my best to get to my ideal weight of 150lbs, and I will do it, but again, I have to keep exercising and dieting.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I would never go through weight loss surgery even if I was over 300 pounds. So I guess I'm stuck with adding some dieting in.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
4 Sep 08
My hubby's cousin eat alot but he was wondering why he is losing weight instead of gaining.My husband told him that hes been working real hard that made him lose weight inspite of the food he eats alot.I noticed that also.I eat every meal and never restrict myself from eating any food but when i weigh myself i lose weight.So probably because i was working hard too just like my hubby.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Probably if I had a more physical job I could lose some weight. I work in an office. But I weekends I volunteer with seals so that is very physical and it keeps me in shape aside from the exercising I do.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
17 Sep 08
That would help you stay in shape.Good luck!