What's A Good Eating Plan For A 52 Year Old Who Is Really Overweight

United States
August 1, 2012 11:29pm CST
I have a friend who is very overweight and she really wants to change, but, I'm not sure how to help her. I do know that a "diet" is not the answer. I think she needs a healthy lifestyle change. Does anybody have any ideas? Any suggestions would be welcome.
4 responses
@lampar (7597)
• United States
2 Aug 12
There is no good eating plan that will possibly help her out, the only way out of her very overweight problem is not to eat too much, or even go on fasting if possible to lose those extra pound, at the same time, she need to get her but* out to do some exercise daily, no matter how tough it sound at the beginning of the regimen. It is better for her to feel the pain from exercise than die prematurely beyond her natural life.
• United States
3 Aug 12
lampar, Thanks for your comments, however, please remember that compassion is something that you won't fully understand until you are in need of it. I totally disagree with you when you say that there is no good eating plan that will possible help her out. Many people have been able to lose mountains of weight with diet alone. Yes, exercise is important and for sure she will increase her exercise as she loses weight. In addition, fasting is the worst possible thing that she could do because her metabolism is already slower than molasses so if she stops eating altogether it will all but stop and then it won't matter what she eats, she won't be able to lose weight. Thanks again for your comments.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
5 Aug 12
I am sure your GOOD eating plan is going to help her lose several hundred of pound soon, with your compassion alongside, her MOUNTAIN of weight with diet alone will melt away easily. If that's the case you have in mind, good luck, Pal!!
@katcarneo (1442)
• Philippines
2 Aug 12
Aside from those already mentioned, I suppose seeing a doctor or a nutritionist wouldn't hurt. They of all people would be able to give the best advice and the best method to go about losing weight in the safest ways.
• United States
3 Aug 12
Thank you Katcarneo, I did mention that to her but because she doesn't have insurance she hasn't been able to go the doctor yet. Plus, she has issues about going outside, because of her weight. But we are working on getting her into a clinic as soon as possible.
@GemmaR (8526)
2 Aug 12
The trick to losing weight is to burn more calories that you're eating, however many that might be. You can find a lot of websites on the internet which will help you to find out how many calories each exercise burns, so this should be an easy way of finding how much you have to do. You will burn around 1,300 calories per day by doing nothing but existing, so this is a good number to eat if you're not too sure. Eat that number, do some exercise, and then there is no way that you wouldn't be losing weight. Exercise is very important though, as you will not get a great body unless you're conditioning it as well as burning the fat from just changing things about your diet.
• United States
3 Aug 12
Thanks GemmaR! That's something that I thought would help to, but, I didn't know that your body burns 1300 calories just by existing that's good information to have.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
2 Aug 12
No, a diet is not the answer. She should gradually make changes: stop drinking (or at least limit) soda, cut our (or down) on high fat foods, add at least a serving of fruit or vegetables at every meal, increase her fiber intake, drink more water. If she is really over weight there is a diet called the ketogenic diet. It was originally created for people who have seizures however, it helps people who are extremely overweight loose weight super quickly. On this diet, your body adjusts to burning fat first over sugars or carbs, so fat comes over quickly. It's not a long terms diet but something you do to help the processes along. Then switch over to eating a healthy regular diet without the junk.
• United States
3 Aug 12
Thanks for the information and the suggestions, how do I find out more about the Ketogenic diet?