How to lose weight?

By Ginlea Latest Reply 2008-12-08 17:06:11 -0600
Started 2008-12-08 08:04:27 -0600

I am 5'7 and I weigh 197 lbs. I want to lose weight to feel healthy again,plus I do not want to become a Type 2.My daughter is a Type 1.I see what she goes through and I know the cost of keeping her healthy.I want to lose weight by counting carbs or something but I do not want to live on salads and meat only.I lost 40 lbs last year by being on a no carb and no sugar diet.I can eat the same foods as her and tain my weight but I do not want to maintain I want to lose.Can anyone help me.Type 2 runs on my dads side of the family.My grandmother and her brothers have Type 2 and my dad has pre diabetes.

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2008-12-08 09:20:00 -0600 Report

Hi there,
Losing weight is a struggle isn't it? So many temptations out there. My doctor and I had a discussion about this last month. Keep it simple, there is no need to follow a strict diet plan or take pills, use lots of spices and seasonings to make your food taste good and you'll be more satisfied.
The 'plate' method of eating is very easy. Always use a smaller plate not a huge dinner plate, they are much too big these days. 1/2 of your plate should be reserved for vegetables which on a carb counting meal plan are free foods, eat as much as you like. I call them 'wet' vegetables like green or yellow beans, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, salads, etc.. Corn, starchy beans and peas are considered carbohydrates/starches and should be included in that category. 1/4 of your plate for lean meat or other protein, and the other 1/4 for carbs/starches such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, corn, beans, peas etc. You need to include some fat in your diet or you'll never feel full but make sure it's good fat like olive oil to saute foods, to make your own salad dressings etc, nuts in small quantities for a snack (watch serving size). I'm sure with your daughter being Type 1 you know how to read labels so remember to do that. I've lost 55 lbs in the last 10 months doing this and plan to do it the rest of my life. Serving size is the biggest thing. I eat three meals and 3 healthy snacks a day. Exercise is also important and it can be as simple as walking every day. Start out for 5 minutes if you haven't exercised in a long time and increase the time by 5 minutes every week, once you get to 30-45 min of brisk walking you can stay there but remember to keep up the pace. Also drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your system running smoothly. With this type of healthy eating you should lose weight slowly and keep it off. Don't fall for all the gimmicks and promises out there, it's best to change the way you eat for life so that you keep it off. Also stick to whole foods as much as possible, prepacked processed foods aren't good for anyone, too many chemicals and preservatives in them. I also have a treat on occasion so that I don't feel deprived. I love ice cream and have learned that a 1/2 cup serving of very good ice cream a few times a week is just the ticket to keep me on target. If you slip and have something that you shouldn't (cake,cookies etc…) don't bail on the healthy eating just consider it a treat for that moment and get back to it. Sorry this is so long but it's a 'Judy's soap box' issue. LOL I always give myself a K.I.S.S every day to remind me of all this. That stands for 'Keep It Simple Stupid!!' (not calling you stupid, I say that to myself lol)

Good Luck

Anonymous 2008-12-08 17:06:11 -0600 Report

One trick to think about is shop the perimeter or outside aisles of the grocery store. If you notice the dairy, produce, meat are on the outside aisles. all the bad stuff, high carbs, and processed foods are in the middle. And what Judy said about everything else is so true. Make it a lifestyle change, no gimmicks. You will just gain it back plus some. Good luck to you.

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