weight loss

@ljcapps (1926)
United States
December 26, 2006 12:32am CST
My wife and I are seriously starting on a diet, and I am looking for meight loss tips. We have recently started walking, But I am looking for ways other than excercise to help with the weight loss.
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6 responses
• Ireland
6 Jan 07
I was reading your post and responses and thinking about what I would reply, when I got to the bit where you said you're struggling with caffeine. Yes - caffeine is not healthy - but at the moment while you're trying to lose weight you can use it to your advantage and then slowly cut down on it. Have you tried green tea? Also has caffeine, but it also has compounds which increse the metabolism, apart from all the antioxidents its known for which are an added bonus! I am a coffee-aholic I have to admit. I'm also trying to lose weight though - mostly through low carb / low GI. Anyway at the moment I just don't feel ready to give up the 3 strong cups of morning coffee (hangs head in shame...!), so I'm adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to each one. Tastes quite nice, and also boosts the metabolism. Also, another thing, I read recently that people who don't have a certain probiotic in the gut gain twice as much weight from the same amount of consumption as people that do. I'm still trying to find out which probiotic this is, but for the moment I'm just eating probiotic yoghurt (great for low GI!) in the hope that it's got the right one in! I'm sure I have more weight loss info somewhere in my head, but that's all I can think of for now. If I remember any more tips I'll put them here too! Keep us updated, and good luck from a fellow hopeful weight loser!
@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have tried green tea once... and ewww! it was disgusting! Now It may have been made wrong or it could have been the fact I thought that cup was my Chai, Hell of a suprise that it wasn't. But I will give it one last chance. That is unless you find a way you think makes it taste better.
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• Ireland
9 Jan 07
lol it definately i an acquired taste! You love Chai tea too?! I ondly discovered it last week in the coffe shop - wonderful! Anyway, as for your question, have you tried white tea? Its the new 'green tea', apparently with even more of the same properties as green, and you can get it with all sorts of yummy added flavours like raspberry or strawberry. I definately prefer it to green tea!
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Good suggestion, I 'll have to try. I think I saw something about the white tea, doesn't lipton make it? Yes, I have fallen head over heels for chai. My wife introduced my to it on one of our trips to Barnes & Noble. Whenever we go we always have to stop at the Starbucks inside, our trips to almost any book store can take hours. About the only thing that hurries us out of there is when my son starts acting up because he is bored. We are still having problems reading. He has my attention span.
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• United States
26 Dec 06
Aside from what you are doing above, which is fantastic, I found that using salad plates instead of regular dinner plates helps cut your portions. Only one plate per meal. Reading the package labels helps when shopping for groceries and variety. Try not to eat or drink anything cold- even raw veggies- warm to take out the chill! When you do eat or drink something cold, your body gets the message to conserve energy- which we know as fat. Good luck!
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I really appreciate the advice. I will be trying the plate thing to see if it helps. Oh, and I have no idea what that was with the first response.
• United States
27 Dec 06
You are welcome. I forgot to add: use children's forks/spoons = smaller bites n longer to eat. My rule is, no portion bigger than the palm of your hand. I agree, keep us updated - I lost 17 pounds in the last six months (I'm shooting for the 30 I gained in 2005 - over half way there!) using these tricks.
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I will try to keep everyone updated, although I have to buy a scale first.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Try cutting your carbs some. Instead of potatoes, eat a veggie in place. I was just suggested not too long ago to boil califlower and then to mix it up with butter, salt, and pepper to mashed potatoes. Then throw it into the oven with cheese on top and it does really take the place of the wonderful carb filling mashed potatoes. I have found that with my change in eating (due to diabetes risk) cutting my carbs makes one drop weight of fast! Just be sure you are changing you eating habits and not dieting. Because it is too easy to fall into the old ways. Best of luck and keep us informed!!!!
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
28 Dec 06
That is an interesting change instead of mashed potatoes, so do you mash up the califlower like the potatoes?
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Wanna try it? :) OK....boil califlower until soft. Then add butter, salt, and pepper and then mash like you would potatos. Then, lightly coat a casserole dish with butter and pour the califlower in this to bake. Top off with some cheese and bake in 425 degrees for about 25 minutes. This helps to burn off excess water and turns it to be a great substitute for mashed potatoes!!! And anything left over can be used in the morning along with eggs and bacon as grits. :) If you decided to try it, let me know what you think. And if you are wanting any other low carb ideas, I am working on it and willing to share! :)
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I am willing to try anything that will help us loose weight. While I am not so concerned about me I want my wife to be around for a LONG LONG time. Her problems with weight can seriously hamper that plan of mine. So, anything you think will help we will try. Besides I could stand to drop a couple pants sizes as well. I will get back to you on the califlower thing. I might try it tonight.
@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Congrats! It's easier when your partner is involved so you can try to keep the motivation up for each other. Eventually fitness will have to play a part in your weight loss but for right now I'd suggest eating right and in appropriate proportions for your size. Also drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (makes your digestion smoother) and eating no later than 3 hours from your bedtime. In the long run with exercise, find something you enjoy doing. Don't look at it as a job. That's what I do and I've kept extra weight off. Good luck.
@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
6 Jan 07
One more thing I wanted to add. You should try using some free weights (when you start to exercise) to build muscle. Muscle burns fat faster.
@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I appreciate the advice but right now I am not looking to build muscle. I just need to trim a bit of the insulation off. ;) The hardest thing I am having to deal with right now is caffine. I am addicted to the stuff. Hell I am buzzing around on my third pot of coffee. I also forgot to go to bed last night. I got sucked into mylot.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
im glad you are starting the diet with your wife. i mean it will help more if you have someone to work out with. you have tried walking you might want to try other exercises, like doing it on a threadmill, a few sit ups, maybe... and of course low fat diet.
@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I had tried to find a low impact cardio vascular exercise and I am not having much success. Any tips?
@Serjas (2328)
• India
22 Jan 07
Step 1 Once you reach target, add 250 calories a day to your existing daily calorie intake. This means if you’ve been having 1,250 calories each day, you should now have 1,500 calories a day. Step 2 After a week, weigh yourself on your usual scales. You’ll probably have lost a little more weight. If so, add another 250 calories to last week’s daily allowance. So, if you were having 1,500 calories a day, now have 1,750 calories daily. Step 3 After a week, weigh yourself again. If you’ve lost more weight, add an extra 250 calories to your daily intake, for example from 1,750 calories to 2,000 calories each day. Step 4 After a week, if your weight has stabilised that’s the amount of calories you need each day to keep your new slim shape. If you’ve gained a tiny amount, drop your daily calorie intake by 100 calories, for example, from 2,000 calories to 1,900 calories daily. After a week, weigh yourself again. If your weight has stayed the same, that’s the amount of calories you need each day for weight maintenance. If your weight has gone up or down, juggle your daily calorie intake by 50 calories a day until your weight eventually stabilises. Step 5 Weigh yourself once a week on your usual scales until you are confident that you’re maintaining your healthy weight.