Will my new health plan help me lose weight?
January 25, 2007 1:16pm CST
Lately I have started eating healthier. Like now for breakfast I will have fruit and then lunch is fruit or some kind of veggies. and then dinner I might have a small peice of meat (natural/organic meat) and fruits and veggies. and if I wanted a snack later (before 7:30pm) I would have some fruit. But I only exercise a little bit. so with my healthier eating will I still be able to lose weight even if I am not doing a whole lot of exercising? I cut out all pop and junk foods and am just drinking water and once in a while I might have a fruit smoothie.. so I have given up all the bad foods. I just hate exercise so when I do exercise its not much.
• United States
25 Jan 07
Jennifer... you need to consume 500 calories less a day than you normally would in order to lose 1 pound a week. Each pound is equal to 3500 calories. I don't know what you used to eat, but there's no way you can't lose weight if you cut out 500 calories a day... Another option is to cut out 300 calories a day and exercise enough to burn 200 more calories than you normally would. If you cut out 500 calories and exercise to burn 200 calories, you'll lose more than a pound a week. Hope that helps!
• United States
25 Jan 07
I try to exercize at night before I go to bed every night and walk a little out side but with my diability it is hard to walk on the ice and snow my biggest problem is my stomach it never went back to normal after haveing my boys about 26 years ago but I will keep trying to work on it one day it will pay off....but I will still be old and ugly LOL
8 Mar 07
1. Drink water Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off longer term. Water acts as an appetite suppressant by keeping your stomach full and fending off dehydration which can lead to false cravings/hunger. Water also helps your body metabolize stored fat by helping the kidneys flush out waste. When you don't drink enough water the liver which works to provide stored fat for energy helps the kidneys eliminate waste and becomes less effective at metabolizing fat. Drinking water ice cold burns about 62 calories a day. Your body has to work to raise that waters temperature to your body's temperature. This equals around 430 calories per week. 2. Eat regularly This means eating 5 times a day and the most important meal is breakfast. Make sure you fuel your body first thing in the morning to avoid hunger pangs later in the day. When you eat 5 times a day you will never feel hungry, make sure the total calories consumed are sensible and don't over eat in any of the meals learn portion size control! 3. Eat lots of fibre Eating adequate fiber foods to help keep things moving through your bowel. And like water, fiber rich foods bulk you up and make you feel fuller for longer. Fibre is found only in plant foods our bodies cant digest it to so it simply goes through the body. During the elimination process it cuts calories consumed by attaching to protein and fat that you eat along with it removes that as well In addition, high fiber foods are typically low in calories and filling, so you are reducing your calorie intake overall. Good fibre foods include: strawberries, apples, figs, chickpeas, potatoes, (with skins) broccoli, brown rice, beans, bran and nuts. 4. Consume more good fats There are good fats and bad fats Good fats provide you with essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids) needed for normal reproduction and growth, as well as for production of prostoglandin, a hormone like compound that regulates blood pressure, prevents blood clotting and lowers the risk of heart disease. For example, the reason oily fish is a great food stems from the fact that the essential fatty acids which it contains can actually help your body burn fat more efficiently and protect against disease. Get at least three portions of oily fish a week with Salmon, mackerel, herrings and sardines being good choices. 5. Get plenty of quality protein Quality protein is an effective weight control tool because of the satiety factor and its ability to keep you full for longer periods. It also balances out carbohydrates by preventing insulin spikes that cause energy loss and sugar cravings Protein helps to maintain muscle mass which is important in the fat burning process. Good choices include: Fish, shrimps, Low fat cottage cheese, low fat yogurt, skimmed milk, egg whites, s Weight gain is caused by consuming too many calories, whether they are from carbohydrate, protein or fat. 6. Carbohydrates can help you lose weight Don't believe what you read about carbohydrates being bad for you, they can actually help you lose weight! A diet containing good carbohydrates such fruits and vegetables, wholegrains and moderate in fat and calories, will result in weight loss Good carbohydrates will also help you combat hunger pangs as they are slowly realized into the body. When eating carbohydrates eat them "from the earth" with no refining or processing. These include whole grains, vegetables; fruits and beans. Sensible weight loss If you have read the above you will see that it is not the food group, but the quality of the food in it that's important for fast weight loss.
• United States
25 Jan 07
You should but it doesn't sound all that healthy. You need some fiber I love Kellogg's "Big K" cereal bars I try and have fish (salmon) at least once a week and some white meat (chicken). Every day I take a "One a Day" vitamin pill and for breakfast, or as a replacement for dinner or supper, I drink a bottle of cold "Ensure" it's delcious. My doctor say I am eating really healthily because I also have lots of salads, fruit and veggies. I have lost a lot of weight and kept it off.