Inexpensive way to lose weight

Weight loss - Skinny B****.. a really good book to read.. It gives a lot of truth to many aspects about weight loss and how the USA's meat industries work!
United States
July 29, 2008 12:19pm CST
Okay here's the deal.. I've been trying to loose weight for a year now and have only dropped like 5 lbs.. So my husband and i decided to go vegitarian and only have meat once or twice a week. So far it's been going pretty good, but trying to eat healthier is so much more expensive. How do i loose weight when I go to school 2-3 days in the evening during the week, Work full time, and take care of a famliy of four.. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
Isn't meat supposed to be more expensive than veggies? So by going vegetarian, you don't need to spend as much. But I'm sure food prep takes a lot longer and you'll have to eat less delicious food. I guess you can snack on fruits throughout the day. Nuts are a little expensive. But fruits and milk are cheap and easy to carry around right? You might also want to have vegetable soup for dinner. It makes you full plus it's cheap and easy to make.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Meat is more expensive, but we also buy tofu and vegetarian meat to make up for the eating meat feeling and that's where it gets expensive, plus the fact that all the food such as rice, bread, flour and noodles have to be whole wheat and those can get a bit pricy too.
@Bugsey (775)
• United States
30 Jul 08
A pedometer is a motivator. You walk and it counts your steps and the calories comsumed!
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@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
29 Jul 08
I don't know if you can still get them anymore,but in my youth,my sister bought a plastic workout set,you just put it on under your regular cloths and work or walk around for a few hours a day,or sleep in it at night,and you sweat the weight off. depending on where you most want to loose it,that is the piece you wear. she lost 10 lbs in one week,when she got to her right weight,the set was stored till she needed it again. hope this helps.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Thankz I actually have one of those waist trimmers that i haven't used yet because i feel yucky after sweating in it and i didn't think it was working but i'll have to try to deal with it for awhile and see if it works!
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
31 Jul 08
the main thing she always said,was that to make it work,and like you,she did not find it to cumfy,was to make sure you took a long walk away from home,so you could not cheat and take the cloths off before you got home. you say yours is only the waist belt,hers biggest problem was the butt and thighs,so you can see where this was a bit hard. I used to kid her no end as well,so I guess being a big brother can be both fun and scary.lol but it did work for her. good luck. Many Blessings.
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1 Aug 08
DO you drink sodas?? Cut those. Water is a better substitue, or juices!! You must need energy with a family and school :) Fruits give you more energy overall, also (HEALTHY)carbs. My across the street nighboor has a 1 year old baby, and she holds him, and makes a rule to walk a certain number of laps around her house a day. She says it's the best exercise!! Especially using her child as a weight :)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I def.. need to carry my kids more lol.. i used to not try to hold them so much because i didn't want to spoil them, but i guess it's worth it! lol
• Nigeria
1 Aug 08
okay here it it is simple tips that ae inexpensive and i know it works cos iuse them ,it is working for me cos iam currently over weighed my self .alwys make sure you take a walk no matter how short. if you dont have the time ,easy you can make do with what you have ,just make adjustments .play games with with your kids, serious you will be surprised what a,game of catch,football or b ball thrice a week will do to your weight .if you a faced with a choice of lift or stairs,choice stairs. after shopping you want to move thing from your car in make sure you do that alone make the trip as many time as possible.watching tv dont use that remote walk to it and make the change manually . you wil be amazed@ the distance you will cover daily if you keep to this little tips .best of all look for people around you with the same problem form a club meet to compare note and suggestion .make your you walk to meetings .
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• United States
1 Aug 08
you know i never thought about all those lil things like that that could give me the exercise! thankz so much.
• India
30 Jul 08
well the weight loss program that u r gonna adopt to depends on the actual intensity of overweight that u r right now. If severely overweight you may do any light exercise like walking,doing light yogasanas ,playing some kinda games like table tennis,badminton etc. It will help u reduce ur weight effectively to a certain level. but if ur body is in quite the required shape and u r only lightly overweight then u better try some thing more severe like jogging, going to gym(thatsexpensive),doing a few heavy exercises like squats . this will help u get to the next level of ur body shape.............so it all depends on how much overweight u r!! have a nice day!
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Thankz.. I'd love to play softball again it's just trying to find the time.
@karagala (447)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
Lessen your carbohydrates, but then you'll need it because you're in school. It's food for the brain. Well maybe you can eat your usual carbo in the morning at breakfast and then as the day ends, dinner should have little or no carbohydrates. Do brisk walks for an hour or any repetitive activities for one hour. I say one hour because when you're repeating actions for 30 minutes, It is only on the 30th minute that the oxygen centers of the body are opening (aerobic centers). This is when oxygen burns fats. So if you extend a bit for another 30 minutes (like you're doing the whole thing for an hour), then you'll be burning fat for 30 minutes on your 2nd 30 minutes. But I guess your hectic schedule can pretty much loose weight already.
• United States
30 Jul 08
lol thankz! i love to walk and that's so far what most of everyone is telling me.. I guess i'm going to have to try and find a way to walk.
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
I found online that the simplest exercise for busy people like us is walking. You have to set a goal like on how many steps per day and increase gradually. I also want to lose weight, i work at night and can't help but put on pounds. I walk when i go to the laundry. During breaks, i walk to the nearest convenience store even if i don't have anything to buy. Scrubbing the floor, window shopping, or when you buy grocery you can also use it as weights. When you feel hungry you can drink water first, a doctor (dr. oz from oprah)said that our body may interpret thirst as hunger. He also said we can eat walnut before eating a meal so we won't eat as much. Walnuts are good for the brain too.
• United States
29 Jul 08
I never knew that water could be a cure for some hunger! see that's how i see it too is that every lil effort that i make i burn calories but i just want a lil something more..
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
29 Jul 08
do you have time for a walk a couple of times a week? i think you hit the nail on the head though, eating healthier (and less food) is the best idea. i am unable to walk alot due to severe arthritis but i do a lot of stretches (i am planning to do this with weights eventually) and that helps keep me fit.
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• United States
29 Jul 08
in a way i do but where i live i don't really want to walk around, ecspeally with my young children and with the way gas prices are i don't want to have to drive somewhere nice to walk.
• India
30 Jul 08
diet really matters a lot ............. and i think u r already doing the diet part.....however u must take care of the work out part.
• United States
30 Jul 08
What type of work out should i do with my busy schedule?
@AshleyHasan (1024)
• India
30 Jul 08
Very nice idea! I think you also should do some exercise daily atleast 15 to 20 minutes and I am sure that is going to help u a lot. All the best for your fitness levels!