Tips to help lose weight

By silvcort89 Latest Reply 2012-08-02 04:53:42 -0500
Started 2012-07-27 07:32:52 -0500

Tried to lose weight but its just impossible.


36 replies

MoeGig 2012-07-30 21:34:16 -0500 Report

Low carb is the answer, but here's why: You have to force your body to burn fat (to get rid of it) to supply energy to your body. Your body will use any available carbs first, or turn it into fat if you don't use it immediately. The good news is, if you eat only protein and fat, you won't be hungry. This diet is the only one that works for me…and it's not hard to stay on. Just minimize the carbs if you can't eliminate them altogether. It works every time. Carbs spur hunger…protein satisfies. Eat eggs, steak, fish, salads, veggies, (not potatoes or corn), a martini, wine (red or white), nuts, bacon, sausage, etc. Avoid, or minimize drastically, bread, desserts, cereals,etc. Not really that hard to do. You're not starving yourself…eat till you're not hungry any more. Ultimately, this is your permanent diet you should live on…not temporary.

Nick1962 2012-07-27 11:00:31 -0500 Report

Along with what everyone else has posted, I'll just add it's not impossible.
However, I'm always a little apprehensive in offering advice to someone who wants to lose weight without knowing just how overweight they are. Some folks only think they need to lose weight. If you're within 10-20 lbs of ideal weight (for you) and trying to get into that swimsuit, then my advice would be far different than if you were 60 lbs over and trying to stay healthy.
In general, cutting carbs is a more haelthy option because we've been trained to eat poorly - eating has become a habit, and almost as bad a habit as smoking, so it may take some "mental" work as well depending on your situation.
What others have said so far is dead on and good starting point. If we knew more about you, we could probably get you some more tailored advice.

Type1Lou 2012-07-27 09:32:58 -0500 Report

Are you counting your carbs? How many do you eat per day? Accurately counting my carbs and reducing my daily carb intake to no more than 120 grams per day has helped me keep my weight at around 120 pounds. My last A1c was 6.9 and I'd like to get it lower which means I'll most likely have to cut down on my daily carbs and/or increase my exercise level…living with diabetes is a constant challenge and balancing act.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-27 08:57:33 -0500 Report

Like jigsaw said you have to eat a healthy balanced meal and control the portions. You also have to exercise. The two go hand in hand. Stay away from processed foods as they can be both high in calories and sodium. This includes meals that are supposed to be diet friendly. Read labels. Look at the calories and carbs per serving and eat half that amount. This is what I do all the time.

Talk to your doctor about the problem and a nutritionist and work out a meal plan that will help you. I can have 1200 calories per day. I usually eat less than that. Foods high in fiber make you feel full longer so you don't eat as much.

You have to find something that works for you. Good luck

jigsaw 2012-07-27 07:53:26 -0500 Report

Aside from eating healthy balanced meals, portion control does help many. The right kind of calories as well as the correct amount for your body would probably work. Adjusting ones eating habits can be difficult, but it gets easier with patience and time.
I started gaining weight rapidly when I began taking insulin. With a healthy food plan and portion contol, I had no problem losing weight. It's been a year and I have not gained weight.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-27 21:56:47 -0500 Report

Good advice, but don't forget to get the activity in whatever it might be to get the heart rate pumping.

jigsaw 2012-07-28 03:43:22 -0500 Report

Absolutely ! I either walk a couple of miles, or ride a bike about 5 miles almost every day. It's as imprtant as eating properly!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-28 14:36:11 -0500 Report

Oh, I didn't mean you sorry, I know you are great at getting your daily exercise in from previous posts:) I was trying to say along with your advice, exercise needs to be added. It sounded better in my head then at my fingertips, I guess.

Great article, it still surprises me that people think they can be healthy by food changes alone and don't want to get the physical activity in when it can be done in so many ways. My husband and I were just talking with a friend who has been complaining that they can't get their weight under control. Well, this person really hasn't altered the eating plan ( junk food, fattening food, portions) and won't exercise most of the time, and if it is done will not take it seriously and just kind of does the motion and quits as soon as it hurts or alittle out of breath. Says it doesn't work so why do it? We explain if it hurts or you get out of breath so fast, then your body is saying you need to get more active, please!! This seems to be hard for so many to understand, but hopeful they will get it:)

jigsaw 2012-07-28 15:20:25 -0500 Report

I understood, and I thought your comment was so appropriate that I decided to emphasize it. (-;

Nicholuch 2012-07-27 07:44:27 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. Are there any experts out there to help us?

Nick1962 2012-07-27 11:25:16 -0500 Report

I don't know about "experts", but there are a few of us here who have lost significant amounts who would be more than willing to share.

Nicholuch 2012-07-27 11:29:59 -0500 Report

Can you let me know how you went about loosing weight?

Nick1962 2012-07-27 12:17:49 -0500 Report

I was about 100 lbs. overweight and had to seriously look at and adjust my eating habits. I’ve got 90 off so far. I adopted a sort of modified “Paleo” diet which cut my carbs drastically. I try to eat only whole foods – nothing processed or pre-packaged, and the few times now I do indulge in things like pasta, rice, or breads (about 1x/week); it’s in servings small enough to just satisfy my cravings for them.
I also stopped eating “by the clock” or simply out of habit. I don’t need a foot-long Subway sandwich at noon if I’m just sitting at a computer even though media tells us otherwise. I discovered that the calories I needed to live/was burning each day were about 1/5 of the amount of food I was consuming. Now I eat (well, snack is more accurate) when I feel hungry, and come meal time I’m not interested in much more than a salad most nights. I eat to my caloric needs basically. Much of the stuff I cut I have no more taste for any more either.
I could go on (and will if you ask), but eating was a bad habit for me just like smoking (and is for most people these days). I went cold turkey (pun intended) and it really worked. I didn’t starve either, just became way pickier about what I put in my mouth. Age and other health issues may prevent someone else from using my plan, so I don’t “publish” it generically, but for many of us carb cutting was the baseline answer. If I knew more about you I could probably be more help (or direct you to someone in a similar situation that has been successful).

Oh and as an edit. My A1c went from over 10 to 5.2 and i rarely wake up to a number over 80

bearladylee 2012-07-28 05:15:12 -0500 Report

That is wonderful. That is something for me to try. I have been cutting back the amount I eat. my email is small. If would would send a a sample of what you eat in a day Ii would appreciate it. Just to give me an idea. Thank you so much for your response. Lee

Nick1962 2012-07-28 16:48:47 -0500 Report

Tell you what, we can communicate through the DC email here. I'd be glad to share some of my diet with you. It might be for you, might not.
i did send you a follow request, so respond to that. I'm not sure I'd be comfirtable putting my home e-mail on the boards here (too much visibility can get you all sorts of unwanted e-mail), so if you want, you can go back and edit that out. We'll be in touch!