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 lucidness
Joined: 10/21/2006
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One little tip also, protein fills you up faster and for longer than carbs. So the more protein you eat the quicker and longer you will be full, so lets say you have a hamburger and fries, eat the burger first adn you will be full before you are done your fires for instance, also another tip would be to take longer eating, after about 20 minutes your brain sends signals telling you that you are full, so if you take 20 min or so to eat your meal you wont be able to eat as much. Also carbs tend to make you hungry 20-45 minutes later, not so good, but carbs are essential so dont cut them out all together.

In regards to above^^^^^ I find mind-muscle connection to be very important to my workouts, my pecs are very nice because of it lol.
 angelab
Joined: 2/16/2006
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Posted: 11/20/2006 8:29:14 PM
Yep, I'm going to agree with those who have said that you should raise your protein intake and be careful with your carbs and sugar.

Today I started with this eating plan that goes along with "The Abs Diet" (this thing that appears to be geared toward men, but I'm doing it anyway to get rid of the little bit of pudge around my midsection that won't go away no matter what).

Anyway, I track my food six out of seven days per week (I'm maintaining a 50 pound weight loss and I'm still new at this maintenance thing), and normally I eat about 100g of sugar per day and 75% of my diet was carbs, about 10 would be fats, and about 15 woudl be protein.

Today I managed to eat 21g of sugar, and my balance between carbs/fat/protein was about 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat (not saturated).

For the first time in YEARS I wasn't hungry all freaking day, I wasn't aching for candy, and I actually felt full. It's *amazing*
 lucidness
Joined: 10/21/2006
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Posted: 11/20/2006 8:33:41 PM
A good way to keep track of your diet and is motivating also, is www.fitday.com, I keep a log there, gives you an idea of what your doing, figure out your BMR (basic metabolic rate)
http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ go here for a calculator, once you did whats on that page go here http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/ to figure out your activity levels requirements of calories.


Fat loss = 12 - 13 calories per lb. of bodyweight
Maintenance (TDEE) = 15 - 16 calories per lb. of bodyweight
Weight gain: = 18 - 19 calories per lb. of bodyweight
 e is for erica
Joined: 6/27/2006
Msg: 29
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Posted: 11/21/2006 7:37:00 AM
WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Thanks SO much you guys!!

I now have a notepad filled with great ideas, and cannot wait to apply them to my life.

I'm tired of people in "real" life telling me that I would be stunning if I just "slimmed down a little".

Now I'm ready to become that stunning woman everyone always tells me I can be!

Thanks!
 angelab
Joined: 2/16/2006
Msg: 30
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Posted: 11/21/2006 7:50:59 AM
Good luck. :)

I will say this... Make sure you're doing this for the right reasons. When you do lose weight, some people will just find other things about your looks to throw thinly veiled insults at you about. Some of the people who used to tell me that I was too fat now tell me that I'm too skinny and I need to gain weight.

Do it for YOU and don't worry about what other people think of you.
 techguy
Joined: 5/13/2006
Msg: 31
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Posted: 11/21/2006 8:12:22 AM
I've been slim for most of my life, but even I notice how easy it is to put weight on and how difficult it is to take it off.

I could EASILY gain 5-10 pounds of weight in a single week, yet it takes the better part of a month to get that kind of weight off for good.

Perhaps the biggest problem people have today is overeating. Food is so readily available that people tend to eat more than they need to. People eat when they're bored, etc.

The only weight loss solution (and people don't want to hear it) is:

1.) Exercise
2.) Eat less

(Note that I didn't say "eat right". I said eat LESS food.) That means everything, no matter how healthy you think it is for you. All food has calories in it and calories = energy which if it isn't used = fat. In fact, healthy foods often have as many calories as junk foods!!!

So basically the more the eat, the more you are FORCING yourself to exercise in order to maintain your existing body weight. If you forget about food during that initial hunger wave, you'll find that you can go many more hours before it hits again and you actually do need to eat.

If I ate all the food I wanted to in a day whenever I had the slight urge to eat something, I'd gain a pound a day.


 angelab
Joined: 2/16/2006
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Posted: 11/21/2006 9:11:08 AM
I actually ate more when I was losing weight than I did when I was steadily gaining. Before I'd never eat breakfast, would eat something like a chicken sandwich and a few french fries for lunch, and I'd eat an enormous dinner with a bag full of cookies and an entire 2 liter coke for dinner.

Now I'm pretty much eating all day... I eat three meals and like four snacks, and it's rare to see me without some kind of food in my hands.
 techguy
Joined: 5/13/2006
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Posted: 11/21/2006 7:32:32 PM
"I actually ate more when I was losing weight than I did when I was steadily gaining. Before I'd never eat breakfast, would eat something like a chicken sandwich and a few french fries for lunch, and I'd eat an enormous dinner with a bag full of cookies and an entire 2 liter coke for dinner."

A 2 litre bottle of coke??? Holy crap.

"Now I'm pretty much eating all day... I eat three meals and like four snacks, and it's rare to see me without some kind of food in my hands."

You look like you're sad in your picture. Cheer up!


Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to see a bunch of slim girls talking about using diet pills. Everybody wants the quick fix and it doesn't exist. Or maybe people can't accept that the truth is so simple. They have to complicate it by purchasing expensive books on weight loss and taking special programs.

The body behaves in a very simplistic way. Anything that isn't burned off is stored as fat. If someone eats more calories in a day than they burn off, they will slowly gain weight. Eating junk food isn't good (because it has no food value to it), but healthy foods have roughly the same amount of calories in them, despite being good for you.

 betterlate
Joined: 12/22/2006
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Posted: 1/31/2007 9:03:52 PM
You may want to try going to the health food store and get this stuff, I have just been on a different post and it brought it all back to me, it is called Super Blue Green Algae and Natural Raw Guarana they will give you energy and reduce the appetite, also remember that working out will increase your appetite and if you reduce your food intake you will feel hungry and deprived on shakes... so eat the fruit and vegetables and try these natural foods, read up on how to start off slow, dont take it after noon... and see if it helps..

I am going to go and get some in the morning, I am so glad I found the other post, it reminded me about it, I wonder why I ever stopped taking it?
Good Luck!!!
BL
 whitestarmama
Joined: 1/27/2007
Msg: 35
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Posted: 2/1/2007 9:47:10 PM
you might want to look at what type of food you're eating. you have to eat "good fats" (monounsaturated fats), "good carbs" (lots of fibre, low glycemic index), and lean protein options. for some of us we become very sensitive to spikes in blood sugar - in my case it's genetic - and it can cause a roller coaster of cravings, gorging, cravings again. if i eat too many carbs at one time or have a meal that has a very high glycemic index.. i end up feeling weak and dizzy soon after and need to eat again. if however i eat less sugar, less refined carbs, and combine lower-GI carbs with fibre, protein, and a little bit of good fat (all of which blunt the effect on blood sugar plus slow digestion down thereby making me feel full longer) i end up eating much less in total, plus i feel better while i'm at it, because i don't end up with the blood sugar swings. if you happen to have a lot of type 2 diabetes in your extended family, it might be a red flag that you're prone to the same effect i've described here. a rule of thumb is - the closer it is to nature, the better it is. the more refined/processed it is, the more you have to restrict it.
 hydrogen
Joined: 10/29/2006
Msg: 36
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Posted: 2/2/2007 1:26:30 PM
"The body behaves in a very simplistic way. Anything that isn't burned off is stored as fat. If someone eats more calories in a day than they burn off, they will slowly gain weight. Eating junk food isn't good (because it has no food value to it), but healthy foods have roughly the same amount of calories in them, despite being good for you."

Yep. Most people just can't handle the truth.

Eating one EXTRA large apple a day will put one pound of fat on you in a month.
 Whatbleep?
Joined: 1/26/2007
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Posted: 2/3/2007 10:47:02 AM
Hi Erica,

I would have to disagree with some of the comments that weight loss is a question of simple mathematics. This is not true. A lot of women have suboptimal thyroid issues and they are unable to gain weight by simply reducing calories, etc. If you find that your hands and feet are always cold alot of the time and your weight is unaffected by your weightloss efforts, these could be symptoms of suboptimal thyroid and math isn't going to help you with that.

To look into suboptimal thyroid, I would suggest you look at nutitional expert, Lorna Vanderhaghe's website. http://healthyimmunity.com/ Put "thyroid" in the search bar and you will get three articles, one which will explain a home test you can do to see if you have suboptimal thyroid and two others explaining symptoms and how the thyroid works in your body. You can also just google thyroid symptoms and you can find many other resources. There are also other hormones that if out of balance will affect weight.

Stress can seriously effect your body's hormonal balance and this will also cause you to gain weight so if you are experiencing alot of stress you will probably have to find ways of getting your stress level down if you want to lose weight.

If you aren't getting sore after exercising it may be because you are quite fit and you aren't changing up your routine. Another reason simple math doesn't really cover off the weight loss equation is because everyone's metabolic rate is not the same. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism will be at rest. Therefore, adding muscle mass through weight training will help you lose weight and give you a leaner and more defined physique.

Also, I would like to say that having a healthy appetite is a good thing. The more you exercise the more calories your body needs but I would agree with many people who talked about protein and sugar (hormonal) balancing and considering the types of fats you are eating and being sure to have some monounsaturated fats with each meal (almonds, peanut butter, olives or olive oil, etc). I would be careful about eating too little through low calorie diets, which is counterproductive because it will lower your metabolism and your body will start to store everything instead of burning it. If you have done this in the past, it may take time for your body to get the message that you are not going to starve it again.

Too much sugar sets up cravings and will increase your appetite and throws off your body's hormonal balance. Eating balanced protein/carb meals will resolve that issue

It is also very important that your digestive tract is efficient to eliminate what your eating. Poor digestion will result in weight gain. For one thing, if you are not eliminating what you eat efficiently, your body will be storing toxins. Alot of processed foods contain harmful chemicals which emulate estrogen and too much estrogen or pseudo estrogens in your body will cause you to gain weight especially around the stomach area. Also if your digestion is poor then you are not absorbing the nutritional content of food. This will result in food cravings (hunger) as your body tries to get the nutrition it needs. Poor nutrition your body's capacity to function properly and heal itself and will contribute to weight gain. Therefore, avoiding too many processed foods and eating lots of veggies and fruits for fibre and nutrition is important to keep your digestive system efficient.

I also want to echo the comments others made that it is possible that your weight is ok as it is. I can't tell from looking at your profile photos either but some people (especially women) think they are overweight when they aren't and some healthy body types have more fat in certain areas than others. Again, if you want a leaner physique, weight training will help.
 Whatbleep?
Joined: 1/26/2007
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Posted: 2/3/2007 11:11:40 AM
Oh! And I forgot to add one more thing for the mathematicians out there. Fat itself is a vicious cycle because the more fat you have in your body, the more fat-producing hormones your body produces. So weight loss is not an equal battle for all.

Women have a different ball field to deal with than men do because we are supposed to have a slightly higher percentage of fat than men to begin with and because of our different hormonal make up overall required for childbearing. Of course, hormones effect men as well. After 30 both men and women stop producing as much of the hormones that promote a lean physique and alot of men start to grow breasts and large stomachs because of too much estrogen and pseudo estrogens accumulating in their system.
 meeeeouch
Joined: 5/4/2007
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JPitalian
Posted: 5/30/2007 8:07:30 PM
you're smokin' hot -- what about your friend in your pictures -- is he single??
 PHK
Joined: 12/14/2006
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Posted: 5/30/2007 8:09:10 PM
80% of results are from what you eat
 mystifiedu
Joined: 2/17/2007
Msg: 41
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Posted: 7/10/2007 8:05:35 PM
Well the best things to do are cut out the wheat products especially bread and sweet desserts like cake, cookies , pies ect. Cut out the sugar ,try to cut out the food you buy in a package and if you can't do that than read the ingredients and don't buy anything with any kind of sugar in it this includes any sucrose , dextrose, fructose ,ect. and something you may want to research on the internet is ----Super amino acids suppliment by SON FORMULA . Works great kills the cravings. Also try to keep your body on a more alkalyn level. Organic sulphur is good for this (MSM ) Try to find a good pure MSM if you deside to try this out and research it on the internet and find out more about it there first before you start taking anything whether it be a suppliment or medication or what ever so you know the pluses and minuses of the product and so you also know how the product works and what other people have to say about it.
 breezydays
Joined: 5/27/2007
Msg: 42
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Posted: 7/11/2007 8:38:43 AM
absolutley do not skip meals if you eat protiene at every meal you can beat the hunger bug
i take green tea extract
and now im never hungry the old fashion advice eat breakfast is the one thing besides working out that has helped me shed pounds and inches!
that an adequate water intake
if you fall off the wagon diet wize you just get backon it!
a trainertold me that stalls and plateaus are your bodys way of telling you to switch up your programe maybe up theweights you are lifting split your cardio from all of it before you start to workout to atl east10 minutes post workout!
just whats working for me i guess
 lhunt29
Joined: 1/23/2006
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Posted: 7/11/2007 8:57:40 AM
When i was on a major cleans a few years ago i ate lots but only certain foods. The diet was a bit boring but i lost lots. The foods I ate were brown rice and steamed or blendered vegetables. I had to eliminate wheat, meat and dairy. The hardest part of this diet is meals are only available at home.
 Paprikash!
Joined: 1/18/2007
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Posted: 7/12/2007 11:04:39 AM
I have to agree with d-rock - I think you may be pushing your body too hard and it is going into stress mode, where you will not lose weight. Your body needs a chance to recharge the batteries after a hard workout, so you might lay off the hard sessions and do them every other day. Are you getting enough sleep? That will also stall your progress. If these things don't work, then maybe check with a doctor re: thyroid function.
 Kitelnine
Joined: 7/6/2007
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Posted: 7/14/2007 7:08:32 PM
I think that everyone is right. The same happened to me, I had what I thought was an intense workout regiment. Untill one day I trained with a trainer, usually I train for three hours and go home a little sore. I trained with this trainer for 30 minutes and limped all the way home. Today, I am seeing terrific results, alot of males are complimenting me and saying that I am thick instead of fat. However, I still am a plus size woman, it's just more shapely and tight.
 A Cinnamon Girl
Joined: 3/31/2007
Msg: 46
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Posted: 7/15/2007 8:04:27 AM
Something a lot of people forget that many people do not consider is how well do you sleep? If you are stressed (full time job /kids / work stress) and don't get a proper amount of sleep, you will always look "puffy." Your body can not wind down and properly flush your system out, and reenergize / repair your body. Extra weight hanging around your middle is usually a sign of stress. Maybe a bit of yoga or meditation even just 5 minutes before bed time may give you a quality rest. You should be getting about 7 to 8 hours of GOOD sleep.

Also, if you find you have successfully written down everything you eat, look at the portion sized, calorie count, etc. and it looks okay, you may have food allergies you don't know about and that will give you a bit of weight gain. I found out I have wheat and dairy allergies. When I changed my diet over, I had no bloating in my stomach anymore and dropped 7 pounds.

Good Luck!!
Carol
 manofoar
Joined: 6/28/2006
Msg: 47
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Posted: 7/21/2007 6:35:39 PM
One thing that helped me reduce my appetite was actually by drinking more water (not sugary drinks, just water). Right now I drink about a gallon of water a day. Since my job's a desk job, all I did to make it convenient was to get a small 2 gallon water dispenser, and then I fill it up every other day. When I feel thirsty or feel like I want a sweet snack or something, I first drink some water and that usually eliminates the tendancy, to the point where NOW I actually know when I'm truly hungry as opposed to just thirsty.

Thirsty = general restlessness, the kinda feeling where you open the fridge, stare at everything, and figure that you're not hungry enough to eat it.

Hungry = an actual sensation localized in my stomach.

One thing I like is to drink my water at room temp, unless it's hot out. So, at the office, I don't worry about refrigerating my water

Also, from the sound of your workout, it may be time to change things up a bit. The body is amazingly good at adapting, and you need to stay ahead of the game and make sure that your workout takes that into account. If you do the same thing every day, the effect it produces will go from a lot (at first), to the same small amount every time. If you switch up exercises, swap out cardio for weights, do heavy weights a few times, cross train, etc. You keep your body on its toes and force it to get out of its comfort zone.


Finally, the really tough thing to do is to not just go on a diet, but truly change your eating habits, forever. This doesn't have to mean eliminating your favorite foods, just eating less of them, and incorporating those "horrible" veggies :). One thing I found is that once I started maintaining hydration, stopped eating fast food, and reduced my sugar intake, vegetables actually tasted very good again.

All that "easy" flavour (sugar, salt, high spice stuff) kinda numbed my taste sense. Once I reduced it, fruits became almost overpowering in their taste and richness, and vegetables stopped tasting like sawdust, and started tasting like food.
 Lauroo
Joined: 7/19/2007
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Posted: 7/23/2007 4:05:14 PM
My advice is stop doing so much bloody cardio and start lifting heavy, or heavier at least. High reps with low resistance isn't going to do much. Build some muscle and your body begins burning more calories naturally because of increased metabolism.

Eat 6 smaller meals a day, every 2-3 hours, instead of 3 squares.

Reduce calories but don't do anything drastic. Common problem, especially with women, is they start eating 1200 calories per day and their body reacts by going into starvation mode, just like a bear in hibernation. Calculate your BMR, times that by your activity level and you have your daily caloric requirements. Then try reducing that by 20% max for weight loss and keep your cardio going. You are better off eating more and exercising more rather than reducing calories too low.

Try looking into a fitness program rather than trying to problem solve on your own. Something like Body For Life is a good beginner's program and it works!

Lauren
 littledana
Joined: 10/8/2006
Msg: 49
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Posted: 7/23/2007 9:01:18 PM
I'm not sure how long you have been trying to loose weight, but I'm talk to your doctor. Maybe get your thyroid checked. You thyroid test can come back "normal", but if it is the low side of normal then you might still benefit from a small amount of medication.

This is difficult to say without seeing you in person, and knowing exactly what you are doing. I carry my weight in my stomach area too. It sucks!!!! So try watching your glysemic (SP?) levels. Fruit can contain alot of sugars. I'd still eat carbs, but eat complex ones. I think balance is best. Also, I have found that I cannot eat beef, it makes me bloated and I don't have a bowel movement for like a week... Oh and vitamins are good, as our foods don't contain the same amount of nutrients as they did at one time. You could also not be eating enough of the right foods. There are soooo many factors to consider.

So go to your doctor first and see what s/he says. Everyone has their own opinion, doctors often know best. And if nothing comes from that talk to a natural path. But shop for a good one in your area.

Hope this helps. Oh and you are a pretty woman and you should change your body type to average. To me a few extra pounds is the nice wayof saying obese.

D
 ___James___
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Posted: 1/29/2011 10:14:13 PM
If you're still around to read this thread:

Weight gain is primarily caused by hormone imbalance, despite what all of the "experts" tell you. So that said, you may want to see a naturopathic doctor who can help you to balance your hormone levels.

After that, get off all sugars and starches. [Careful, they put high fructose corn syrup (i.e. "corn sugar") in just about everything these days!] Sugars and starches spike your insulin levels which is what causes your body to store fat. Not to mention the fact that spikes in insulin levels lead to an unbelievable number of diseases. The "experts" will tell you that weight gain is caused by eating too many calories or by a high fat diet -- but this is an absolutely FALSE.

Lastly, dump the cardio and choose interval training instead. Studies show that interval training is far more beneficial than cardio. (Example: Sprint hard for 10 seconds, rest for 2 minutes, then repeat).

On a side note, you may want to search the internet for a video titled, "Sugar: The bitter truth". It explains the problems with sugar -- especially fructose -- in great detail.

Hope this helps! (I know that it will).
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