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Shana Williams (0 posts)
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Oct 31, 2011

How can I lose weight without giving up the food I love?

My weight bounces up and down. The fastest way I've lost weight is by fasting, due to stress. I feel like I am gaining my weight back but I don't want to be 140lbs. I am 30yrs old, 5'1ft and in Sept. I weighed 130lbs. I would really like to remain between 125-130lbs. What can I do, cause I love food?
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Roberta Baxter (60 posts  +154 likes)
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Nov 11, 2011

Try only having half of your usual food portion. There won't be waste and you will not be totally deprived. Work on selecting a smaller plate for your meal. Think about smaller meals more often during the day to keep energy and metabolic rate going well too. Double your exercise routine with only  small steps at a time so you don't feel hungry because you stepped that up. Eat the foods that have meaningful calories and not empty ones. Begin each meal with a soup or salad that will fill you up better than just eating your entree.

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Michelle Aguirre (1 posts  +2 likes)
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Nov 11, 2011

Hi there! From my own experience, I used to crave for sweets and eat foods in big portions. I've engaged myself with all the diet plans possible but I still failed. I have read one article that explains how our metabolism works. According to this article, we should eat 5 small frequent meals a day. Also, it says that we should drink water more often because sometimes, people think they're hungry when in fact they're just thirsty. In addition to this, try to do some 15-minute exercise a day, so that when yo already lose weight you won't suffer from flabby arms and legs. Hope this helps!

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em isc (1 posts  +2 likes)
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Nov 11, 2011

1) Kickstart the body's metabolic rate first thing on waking up with a fibre filled breakfast. This will get the digestive system to work harder, does equate to more energy required by the body. Fibre cannot be broken down(not easily if any at all), but the body will try its hardest up to the point of giving it up eventually. When you start the metabolism going this manner, the momentum has already begun to start the day's "work".(unless you also add to it some form of exercise which will further add to the metabolic rate of a body for the day, always a good thing.)

2) Reduce fat content in food intake. Hate to say it but fat(especially saturated) is what goes in and stays, unfortunately. So where possible, reduce the amount of intake and not cut it out completely because some nutrients require fat to work with, so that the body can absorb. So if you cut out fat content completely from your food intake, you'll also be cutting out the useful nutrients like Vitamin A which aids for example, in maintaining good skin and hair. Think about it, do you need to have a slab of butter on your toast? Do you need a thick layer of peanut butter on your bread? Will you not compromise a little with a thin layer? Cakes and donuts are tasty, but would one need to have it everytime it's offered? No. once in a while is fine.

3) MODERATION is the key. You shouldn't need to give up food that you love at all. Just have it in moderation. It is easier said than done. But it's how prepared one is to discipline their food consumption behaviour that will also ultimately dictate which way their weight goes.

4) Unless one is absolutely advised medically not to, there should not be any reason why some form of exercise is not incorporated into their daily lives. Brisk walks are good. For every tasty cookie you've chosen to consume, think of the consequences. Would you want to walk it off eventually? If you're really that concerned about your weight, yes you would. Alternatively, if you are very sure you'd NEVER want to exercise to burn off that extra you've chosen to consume, then you'll just have to give in to the inconsistency of weight fluctuations unfortunately. :(

Your stats do not sound out of control. You are still at the stage whereby a little more attention to what you eat(in moderation!!) and do will help put you where you are! If you want a consistent weight, you need a consistent eating pattern and energy expenditure routine. Obviously if for some reason your circumstances do not permit a consistent eating pattern and energy outlet routine, then you might not have much choice but to have alot less unhealthy foodstuff. So don't delay! :D

Good luck!

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Sandy Shannon (395 posts  +257 likes)
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Nov 1, 2011

Although fasting may help you get started on weight loss and may have other health benefits when done properly, it is not a long-term solution to a weight problem. The bottom line is that to lose weight you must consumer fewer calories than you expend on a daily basis. However, that is also somewhat simplistic because food of any kind causes chemical reactions in our bodies, just as any drug will do. We may all be basically similar in our physiology but we are also different, so you have to find the right combination for you. Some people are sensitive to carbohydrates, especially simple carbs and sugars, and may have developed insulin resistance. Others have metabolic problems that may be caused by thyroid conditions. And there is a host of other possibilities. I suggest you begin by getting a thorough checkup, including panels for cholesterol, lypids, etc. and possibly thyroid function tests if they are indicated. Discuss frankly with your doctor what your goal is, whether it is realistic, and how you have attempted to reach that goal previously and the results both during the weight loss period and after. He/she may want you to meet with a nutritionist to look closely at what you eat and to teach you how to eat more appropriately for your goal. Most of the time you will not have to give up favorite foods, although you may have to restrict your portions. Be sure you develop an appropriate exercise routine to accompany your diet. Exercise, both aerobic and strength training, will help burn calories faster and help to reboot your metabolic function. Be realistic in your goal. Aim for 1-2 pounds per week. Remember that each meal or snack is a chance to begin your diet. If you mess up at lunch, you are not doomed. Reset your attitude and start with dinner. Developing a habit of eating healthily is not easily accomplished in our society of fast foods and high carb-high fat diets. Set mini goals and celebrate your achievement with any enjoyable nonfood activtity.

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Cheryl Murphy (4 posts  +1 likes)
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Feb 5, 2012

I would suggest writing a journal for 3 days of everything you eat and drink. Then, take a look at what your diet truly consists of and start tweaking a few things. Change your mindset from losing weight "real fast" to changing "your lifestyle."

Cheryl Murphy, www.flyingwithhealthysolutions.com

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Anjelene Lugtu (11 posts  +8 likes)
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Feb 5, 2012

http://healthy-recipes-healthy-eating.factoidz.com/easy-tips-for-planning-a-healthy-diet/

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qin zhong (4 posts  +1 likes)
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Nov 8, 2011

Excercise is necessary, but keep healthy and regular diet.

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Iram Danish (23 posts  +5 likes)
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Nov 4, 2011

Loving food is good but gluttony is not. We are living and so we eat food. It is not that we were made to eat food. Eat your meal slowly and don't hog. A glass of water in between will help by giving a feeling of fullness. Eat what you love but decrease the quantity. Don't binge. Keep the foodies you love far away from you and everytime you go to them eat just a little bit. You will tired and stop moving in that direction.

Lastly remember those people who don't even get the leftovers.

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Martin Woods-Foster (14 posts  +2 likes)
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Feb 14, 2012

You can consult dietician, medical science has improved a lot and now there are ways to lose weight even without getting away from delicious foods,even you can have oily fast foods...but there are some condition for which you need to consult a dietician.

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Iris McCammon (26 posts  +5 likes)
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Feb 12, 2012

Shana,

Everyone's given great advice, they are right. It's about changing your lifestyle of eating habits.

I don't believe in going without because I love chocolate (dark) so I keep small bites around and have learned to eat one to two not the whole box:), moderation. I could live on bread and butter, but we all know what that does to a diet. We all have stress like it or not in our lives, exercising helps to release that pressure so don't meditation to relax your body and mind.

As for fasting it's not a healthy quick weight loss, but juicing can be used to help cleanse and a few pounds are loss combined with healthy foods. The smaller portions help, just be sure that you get the nutrients. I wrote content for a client on this: here's a menu item I wrote. I try to follow this, and like everyone there are days that it isn't exact, but days I stick with it.... At the end of the it's exercise and a balanced diet that will remove and keep the weight off.

  • One serving of protein – chicken or fish
  • One serving of grains – whole grain roll or slice of bread, tortilla or pasta
  • One serving of dairy – cheese, milk, low fat sour cream
  • One serving of vegetables – green and leafy are best but any fresh vegetable is terrific.
  • One serving of fruits – fresh berries, watermelon, apples and pears

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ViLuz (1 posts  +0 likes)
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Feb 12, 2012

Hello there! Before you do anything, just ask yourself: "What is my priority? To lose weight but I'll have to make some sacrifice? or not to give up the food I love, and gain weight in the process."  If you choose the first one, then, you must practice some self control.  You may take a heavy breakfast, then light meals for lunch and dinner.  You should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and no in-between meals. Do a twenty minute exercise daily, be it walking or aerobics.  Subsist on fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts and complex carbohydrates only, such as, soy proteins, beans, bran, apples, and brown rice.  Eliminate soft drinks in your diet and lastly, avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, such as red meat.

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malina martis (1 posts  +0 likes)
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Feb 9, 2012

Healthy eating and exercise are more important for losing weight. You should try to develop healthier habits to protect your general health. Reduce the amount of meal you eat regularly and Regular exercise is good for you.

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Bill Vertard (101 posts  +33 likes)
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Feb 6, 2012

Get off the couch and start exercising. If you burn enough calories and fat, you can eat what you want in moderation.

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Brian Marsh (4 posts  +0 likes)
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Feb 6, 2012

I agree fat loss is the key. Stop looking down at the scale to make your day or break your spirit. Don't ever let a number break your habit. Would you stop brushing your teeth daily if you ran out of toothpaste. Hell no you find a way to get it in. That's how cardio is for me. No matter what I find a way to get it in. Brush your teeth and do your 30mins!

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