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Losing Weight

Question Posted Tuesday March 20 2012, 2:30 pm

19/f I'm looking for suggestions and/or tips on how to lose weight. I'm 5'10 and the 230lbs (the last time I was weighed at the doctors which was months ago) I would really like to lose weight in my stomach area, my thighs, and my arms. I eat fruit everyday and water and pineapple juice is really all I drink. I attempted to start the Special K diet, but I've kind of given up on that. I also consume sweets all the time, its like a constant need, so any tips on how to curb my appetite would also be helpful. And exercises that I could do at home, I do go walking on the trail with my friend 2-4 times a week for about an hour. Thanks all suggestions and comments will be helpful

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Ignatz answered Saturday March 31 2012, 10:28 am:
Just to add on to the other comments: crash diets like Special K don't work because they're hard to maintain. You can't get by eating two bowls of cereal and one regular meal every day; your body will eventually shut down. That being said, diet programs can be helpful tools for structuring meals and developing good eating habits. (For example, I lost 60 pounds on the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet.) South Beach and the Zone diets are also good, if a bit restrictive. The big thing is to make sure you get enough calories, otherwise your body will go into starvation mode and you won't lose weight. Start with incremental changes, like no more fruit juice or white bread. Use whole-wheat pasta and bread, sweet potatoes instead of white ones, etc. If you can, start doing your own cooking and menu planning. Carry food with you during the day. If you have something healthy with you when you start getting the munchies, you'll be less likely to get junk food.

As far as exercise goes, there's a lot you can do at home. Walking is good, but by itself it won't do much. is a great site with a lot of information on bodyweight exercises. Pushups, isometrics, squats, and jumping rope will give you a really good workout within about 30 minutes. The big thing is to find something you enjoy and do it regularly. When you lose weight, you'll lose it everywhere. Once you start seeing results, exercise can become addictive.

Good luck, and I hope this helps.

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blr51697 answered Wednesday March 21 2012, 2:01 pm:
really the only thing I can saw is start out small. Don't start your diet on 1 day at like this instant or you will get lightheaded. First cut out something that has alot of sugar like soda. Drink green tea, or water. I know this does ot make any sense but if you will be drinking green tea that is a power make a bottle of it the day before and let it sit in the fridge over night because it tats better even though that does not matter. Once you think you can stay off the pop start cutting the sugary sweets like candy and chocolate. switch to dark chocolate which is really good for you. Once you do this start eating more veggies and LESS fruits. Fruits are sugary and not alot of people know that. Try to eat 1-2 a day. Eat alot of berries. they are really good for you. Exercise for at least 60 minutes a day but don't over-work yourself. If you do this and watch your calories and carbs everyday you will loosing weight and i more thing.. Don't let people discourage you.
Hope I helped.

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Pook answered Wednesday March 21 2012, 11:31 am:
Don't start any special diets. Start to eat as you would if you were the weight you'd like to be, i.e. lots of vegetables (green leafy ones, not potatoes!), lean proteins (chicken, fish, turkey etc), good fats (avocado, nuts, olive oil) and complex carbs (beans, parsnips, carrots, quinoa, buckwheat etc). The more you eat to keep your blood sugar stable, the less likely you are to crave sweets all the time. Try to eat protein + fat in the morning to set you up for the day and curb those cravings.

Don't eat so much fruit - stick to 1-2 pieces of fruit a day max, and aim to eat darker skinned fruits like berries rather than things like apples or bananas. Aim to eliminate calories from your fluid intake, i.e. no more pineapple juice! Drink water and green tea or coffee instead.

You can exercise if you like but make sure it is something you enjoy so that you keep doing it. Your weight is based much more on your diet than your exercise. Walking with your friend sounds great. Try to keep your general activity up if you don't have a gym habit or a regular sport. That means "why drive when I can walk? Why take the elevator when I can use the stairs?" and all that other common sense stuff that will keep you moving throughout the day.

Remember that you can't spot-reduce fat, but losing fat overall will reduce the fat in your problem areas also. If you want to keep your muscle you can look into starting a weights program, but you will probably have to join a gym for this (unless you have the right equipment at home).

Hope this helps.

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Sweet_LiL_Angel answered Wednesday March 21 2012, 9:37 am:
You have to have will power to want to do this and maybe a support system. You are going to have to cut out sweet weather you like it or no. I first cut out soda, then sweets, then I started watching my carbs and calories. You have to exercise at least an hour a day while doing this it takes time dont get discouraged

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