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How to lose 60 pounds in 3 months?

Question Posted Monday May 21 2012, 11:53 pm

Is this possible? I'm 165 pounds and want to be 105 pounds. What do I have to do? How many calories should I eat each day? And what can I do to curb sugar and salt cravings (especially around "that time of the month") so that I don't binge eat? What sorts of foods should I be eating? Is it healthy to eat plain oatmeal everyday (with bananas) and occasionally omelette? What work out plan should I do, too? If I ran for 30 mins before breakfast and 30 minutes after dinner would that be good enough to produce the results I want? I just want to be skinny, not buffed out! Thanks for the help! And btw, for my height, 105 pounds would just be slightly underweight. How do I discipline myself to not give up, too, like when I want to pig out on Pizza Hut after a bad day, or drink soda at a party? How exactly do I moderate these impulses? I'm doing this for health (so I don't get type 2 diabetes, or other illnesses from eating too much processed foods) as well as for looks. I've always wanted that skinny look. Not anorexic, just skinny. Thanks so much if you can help!

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Additional info, added Monday May 21 2012, 11:55 pm:
*if this is impossible, then 4 months.

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pollux answered Tuesday June 26 2012, 10:53 pm:
I started off a bit heavier than you - 180 lbs, and I'm down to 145 lbs in 3 months. My goal is a muscular 125 lbs, so I'm going for the muscular look rather than the skinny look.

I don't think you're going to be able to do 60 lbs in 2 months. 4 seems a bit more reasonable, but keep in mind that at first the weight is going to come off faster, but when you get down to having just 10-15 lbs to lose you're going to have to work for every ounce. It's so much harder when you don't have much.

Here's what I can tell you, at least from my experience. I read "The Paleo Answer" and "The Primal Blueprint" and it changed my life entirely. These aren't really diets at all, they're lifetime ways of eating for optimal health and nutrition. I won't go through why they say to eat what I suggest, but I'll give you some websites for more information and I would highly recommend reading those two books. I changed my diet to align with this way of eating and in 3 weeks I dropped 20 lbs, and then it slowed down but I'm steadily dropping. In addition to weight loss I no longer have sugar cravings or feel the need to binge eat ... I just eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. After two weeks willpower wasn't necessary, it was effortless -- my body actually craved healthy food. Plus I have no more allergies and the irritable bowel syndrome I had been dealing with disappeared. Okay enough about me.

Eat primarily meats and fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. The goal is to go with a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet. Cut out all grains entirely. Pasta, rice, bread, oatmeal, everything. Restrict beans and legumes. Dairy's okay if you tolerate it well. Don't eat any processed food ... if you can't find it in nature, put it down!

Of course, that's a bit difficult to do all the time, I probably do it 90% of the time and then if I'm at a party or something I relax a bit. But if you follow this, I would suggest not cheating at all for the first 2 weeks, until your body's had time to adjust to the healthy eating and you won't be tempted to binge.

Here's a really good website:

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and another one:

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or, if you're more into watching something than reading, check out the documentary "Fat Head" on Netflix.

On the first one you can use the search function to find anything you're looking for, and start on the page where it says "Start Here." =)

I would suggest walking, cycling, swimming, light jogging, etc at an easy pace for 30-45 minutes most days, resistance training (bodyweight exercises or weight lifting) once or twice a week but not more, and once or twice a week do a concentrated, high-intensity effort for 20-30 minutes. For example, if you like cycling, warm up and then go as fast as you can for 20-30 seconds, then go easy and recover for 2-3 minutes, and repeat this 8-10 times.

You won't get "buffed out" from just a moderate resistance training program, either ... actually, if you're going for that skinny look, weight training will just make you toned and sleek. It takes a LOT to actually put on muscle mass, particularly for a woman.

Oh, last thing, and I can't repeat this enough: it's NOT fat that makes you fat! It's sugar. And grains and wheat products are just plain sugar.

Good luck, with some hard work, I think you'll be able to come close to your goal in 4 months. I tried to keep this brief and not delve into science, but if you want more information feel free to message me!

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alexisgirlie answered Tuesday May 22 2012, 5:06 pm:
I was at the threshhold of diabetes two years ago, and I went to see a nutritionist. She told me to be mindful not to eat more than 40 grams of carbohydrates during a meal. It really helped me, and that together with exercise I lost tons of weight, and I'm healthy again! Here are some great weight loss tips: Rule #1: READ NUTRITION LABELS! You'll be surprised at how the same foods vary in their caloric content. Rule #2: fill yourself up with lean protein and vegetables before you tackle the starches. Protein builds your muscle mass, which in turn burns more calories throughout the day, and melts fat. A bowl of vegetable soup before a meal will fill you up with very little calories. Rule #3: when you crave sugars, try to have a "power" smoothie made of fruits. You can add some nuts for protein. (A personal sized blender which sells for about $20 is a great choice for on-the-go easy preparation.) Having one of these shakes before an event will help stop cravings. The idea of execising before breakfast is great, it will stroke up your metabolism, and help you burn more calories. Go for it! Exercise plays a key role in weight loss, and in spiking energy levels. You can try working out on the the eliptical at the gym, which burns almost twice as many calories as a treadmill, with much less impact on your joints. Exercising after a meal can cause nausea and indigestion, so you're better off exercising before a meal. If not possible, than just opt for a walk afterwards. I just started on the Herbalife program because of it's ease of use in getting high quality protein. The stuff is so good, it crushes my cravings. For more info about Herbalife and getting a couch, you can contact me at I cannot promise how much weight you will lose, because each person's metabolism is so different. But hey! You never know! Just keep doing it, and you'll be surprised! Caution: when starting an exercise regimen, you might see an increase on the scale, because muscle weighs more than fat. But once your muscle mass is build up, you will be burning more calories throughout your day, even while doing nothing, and your fat will start to melt away. If you have access to a fat measuring scale, you can actually see amazing results even before you start dropping pounds. If you see that all efforts fail, have your thyroid checked. It might even be something you would want to do right now if you've been battling weight for a long time without results. Wishing you lots of luck! Been there, done that... Always believe in yourself that you can do anything if you put your heart to it :-)

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coconutcatastrophe answered Tuesday May 22 2012, 2:43 pm:
The only way you can lose that amount of weight in that time is to starve yourself, which obviously I don't recommend since you will gain it back super quick and if not you will gain even more. The healthiest and best way to lose weight and keep it off is by aiming for 1-3 pounds per week. I know it's not much, but anymore is unhealthy and you will gain it back real quick and easily. Your workout isn't really the best. I wouldn't recommend anymore than 30 minutes of cardio per day because then you will start burning your muscle as well which will make your skin flabby and not attractive. I would recommend doing 4-5 days of cardio (running, biking, jogging..) and 2-3 days of weight training per week. This isn't going to get you "buffed" out, but if you don't weight train and just do cardio it will take much longer to see results and your body will also lose alot of muscle (which means flabby lose skin). Just obviously use light weights. Aim for a high protein diet. Fruits and veggies are also always good. I also wanna tell you that alot of people's bodies are not designed to be underweight. After awhile if you aren't losing as much weights your body is trying to tell you that its at its normal. You didn't mention your height but 105 is too underweight for anyone who is over about 5'2"-5'3".

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