Originally posted by B_Matt
Ok.. Ever since I quit smoking earlier this year, my metabolism has just about quit! No actually is is non-existent. I have gained 10lbs..
Although, I am drinking my water, walking... NOTHING..has made those lbs come off. I have even given up my comfort foods!
We have a big family reunion Labor day weekend. and we are going to be taking a family portrait.
I NEED TO LOSE THESE 10 LBS!
Does anybody have any suggesstions or hints that have worked for them?
It would be appreciated!
It won't be quick but, I can tell you what I did. I was in the same situation. I was a bit overweight before I quit smoking but gained quite a bit afterward. Rather than try any of these specialized diets (Atkin's, etc) I simply went back to basics.
I changed what I eat and started going to the gym 3 times a week. I didn't signifigantly cut my caloric intake but I DID change what I ate. I was a convenience food junkie. I ate fast food 3-5 times per week, etc and ate anything that tasted good that i could cook quickly. I changed to eating a more balanced diet, lean meats (skinless chicken breast. Boca burger & tuna mostly), more veggies, and cut back my carbs a bit in the latter part of the day. I also started snacking on fruits, nuts and rice cakes instead of chips, cookies, etc. BTW, before you say "Yuk" to rice cakes, try the Quaker Rice Cakes - in particular the Cinnamon Strudel or Apple Cinnamon, almost like eating a cookie!
Also, one of my dietary tricks to keep me from "cheating" is to allow myself one guilt free meal per pay-period (2 weeks), usually the day after payday. I eat whatever I want, be damned with the fat content or calories. It really keeps you from feeling like you're giving up things.
I didn't FEEL like I was dieting because I was eating all day, several small meals rather than a few large ones. I was also eating lots of new foods I'd never liked before. When you quit smoking, you're tastebuds change a bit. Before I quit smoking, I had literally eaten maybe a dozen salads in my life (at age 33!) and now I eat salads 3 maybe 4 meals a week. I love 'em!
At the gym, I combined cardio/fat burning on the execrcise bike (I have bum knees so running isn't an option) with weight training. Even if you're not trying to get big muscles, you should still use the weights. Muscle burns more calories than fat. You can cut your body fat percentage, up your muscle percentage and weigh the same yet burn more calories for a given activity. When I first started on the cardio equipment in March, 10 mins on the bike had me out of breath. Now I do 40 mins on the Eliptical without a hitch. It doesn;t take long to get past those first barriers of fatigue and a poor cardovascular system.
I dropped from 221lbs with a 35" waist to 185lbs with a 32" waist in the first 3 months. I'm actually gaining a few pounds now as I am still building muscle. For the first time in my life I am wearing tight jeans, tank tops and am not embarassed to go shirtless (I'm male) in public.
The studies I've read show that these fad diets that make you lose weight quickly usually fail in the long run. People regain the weight in a very short time. People who lose it at a rate of 1-3lbs per week are much more likely to keep it off.
After seeing myself in the mirror now, no way I'll ever let myself gain back the flab. Personal image is a great motivator.
Geez, I sound like a fitness infomercial, huh?
Sorry, its just such a liberating feeling! Just the other day I had to pop into the clinic on my day off and our gorgeous receptionist said something to me nobody has EVER said - "Nice tush!"