Need A Weight Loss Plan

  1. Hi everyone, with summer just around the corner, I'd really like to tone up & drop about 20#. Anyone have any advice on how to do this without spending time at a gym?????
    I lost 30 plus pounds just before my wedding 2 yrs. ago, but I went to the gym failthfully three times a week, didn't drink any soda at all, and I used diet pills, they really worked well, but because I am trying to get pregnant, I don't want to use the diet pills again.
    I don't feel like joining the gym again, any other suggestions for exercise that will take the weight off? Any special things you guys cut out of your diets?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've lost over 40# since Christmas by cutting out sugar and most baked goods, and limiting breaded products, fried foods, starches, and refined "whites". I started out on an Atkins induction program, and while my program is still pretty much low-carb overall, I do eat fruit and veggies. I've also become something of a fitness freak for the first time in my adult life....I have a stationary cycle, a Fast Track, some weights, an ab roller, and a Thighmaster, and I alternate aerobic exercise with weight training to keep from getting bored. Some days I play badminton with my kids in the front yard, and I do heavy gardening as well (weeding, hoeing, chopping, shoveling etc.) at least once a week. Four months ago I was a dedicated sofa spud; now I'm up to 5-6 days of 30-minute exercise sessions per week, and I've been at it long enough at this point that I don't feel right when I DON'T exercise. I'm 45 and still considered morbidly obese, but I no longer feel like it.......I've already regained some grace, and I feel younger than I have in years!

    Back in November, I'd made a promise to myself to lose 100# in one year; while I still have 8 months to go on the original vow, I know I'm in this for the long haul. I have too many weight-related health problems to keep doing the yo-yo thing I did for 20+ years, and I think this is pretty much my last chance to get it right.......hence my motivation. I wish you the best of luck in your quest for health; please let me know how you're doing.
  4. by   KBnursestudent
    My nursing instructors and other health professionals suppot Atkins and I started it on Tuesday and have lost 9 lbs in almost a week. I know the weight loss slows to only .5# per week after the initial 2 weeks but at least youo are losing. I feel better and my headaches are gone and I i have a few friends taht are doing it and have wonderful results. Thier cholesterol went down NOT up and they are healthier. Exercise also helps you to lsoe more on Atkins. :hatparty:
  5. by   dansamy
    I lost 47 pounds doing Atkins last year. I've kept that weight off. I'm going to go back on Induction after my semester ends as I still have 30 pounds to lose. Definitely cut out ALL the refined, processed foods in your diet. If you just gotta have bread, can't live without it, choose wisely. Whole-grain is best, whole wheat is still pretty good.

    I also exercise at home with the FIRM tapes. You can buy them at Collage Video, FIRM Direct, or at Target. I have both the Body Sculpting System with Fanny Lifter and the Body Sculpting System 2 with Sculpting Stick. I also attend martial arts classes. (You could go jogging/walking/swimming, instead. Those are good cardio activities.)

    Amelia
  6. by   suzanne4
    NO SUGAR and walking as much as possible.
    The sugar will make a significant difference in how you feel once you remove it from your diet. No diet soft drinks, either.

  7. by   rebel_red
    Quote from suzanne4
    NO SUGAR
    The sugar will make a significant difference in how you feel once you remove it from your diet. No diet soft drinks, either.

    For those of you like suzanne4: How hard was it to stop the sugar and carbs? I am a confirmed caffiene addict, love sugar and will gladly live on bread alone. Did you have what would be akin to withdrawals when you stopped eating these items? I've gained 18# during school and would love to take at least some of it off by graduation. (8 weeks)

    Thanks and congrats on your weight loss!
    Tres
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, yeah, I went through withdrawal all right. It was like the DTs for sugar addicts---I had a terrible headache, got the shakes, and felt like something the dog dug up under the house.......for about 3 days. Then I started feeling progressively better, and by the end of the first week I was over the worst of it. No more hypoglycemic episodes, no more irritability, no more panicking if I didn't have food easily available at all times.

    I haven't had a single piece of cake, candy, cookies, pie, or regular ice cream in almost four months, and with the exception of a few occasions (Easter was REALLY tough, no jelly beans or marshmallow eggs!) I don't miss it like I did at first. I especially don't miss the way I used to feel when I ate sweets. I've found some low-carb items that are really tasty, like HomePride's Carb Action bread---it's a hearty, whole grain bread that has only 8 grams CHO per slice, and it's especially good toasted---and Carb Countdown chocolate milk, as well as those Atkins Endulge ice-cream bars. But I stick with whole foods most of the time and save these items for treats; they're too expensive to have very often, and I don't crave bread or sweets everyday anyway.

    Hope this is helpful to you.
  9. by   Energizer Bunny
    Healthy eating and exercise. I'm a big advocate of doing it the natural way!
  10. by   scrubs70
    Quote from CNM2B
    Healthy eating and exercise. I'm a big advocate of doing it the natural way!
    I agree, everything in moderation and plenty of excercise.
  11. by   rebel_red
    Thanks mjlrn!

    I was trying to find a way to time things so to speak.....Now would be a good time to start since we are on holiday and I won't be back to school/clinicals till next Monday. So I can quietly go insane in the privacy of my own home......Someone may want to call and check on my family though!!!!!

    All things in moderation is a fabulous way to live, I however tend to be extreme. Not Axis I extreme, but extreme none the less. I want to jump start and change behaviors cognitively as I go, for me that means initially deleting everything....(and unless I change my thinking about food as a coping mechanism and develop replacement/healthier ways I'm sure something else will manifest.)

    Thanks for the advice all!
    Tres
  12. by   KBnursestudent
    Quote from rebel_red
    For those of you like suzanne4: How hard was it to stop the sugar and carbs? I am a confirmed caffiene addict, love sugar and will gladly live on bread alone. Did you have what would be akin to withdrawals when you stopped eating these items? I've gained 18# during school and would love to take at least some of it off by graduation. (8 weeks)

    Thanks and congrats on your weight loss!
    Tres
    Yes!! I had withdrawls. that is why you do induction on atkins and why it is so strict the first 2 weeks. It is getting you over the cravings. My cravings are gone by the end of week 2 usually. (when i cheat I go back on induction even if I cheated once as the cravings come back) So wait a couple weeks after stopping sugar and/or carbs and you should see a huge difference in the way you crave them and feel. it's like an addiction and you just have to work through the cravings until they are gone.
  13. by   morr4336
    Ive been on the moderation diet and it has worked wonders for me. I have not changed what I eat, just the amount. Its not that hard, I like carbonated beverages, but instead of drinking the whole can, I only drink half, and I have cut my portion size in half. I dont feel hungry and there are no cravings for diet restricted foods.

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