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Hey Girls,

I really want to lose some extra pounds and am wondering what you guys do to stay in shape. Exercise? What exercise and how many times a week? What do you eat or not eat? Do you have any tips or tricks? :) :)

Not only will that give me (and other readers i'm sure) ideas on stuff to try, but its also motivational so please share :)
Nov 28, 2008 @ 03:09 pm

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Need more info

I've been trying different things for years now and am just finding
something that works for me. I like to do exercises that I enjoy and
see results. I've done some exercises where I wouldn't see any results
and so I'd switch to something else. It all depends on what you like
and what your goals are. How old are you? How tall are you? How much do you currently
weigh? Where on your body are you trying to lose fat? Are you more
muscular or fatty or inbetween? What are your current eating habits
like? What do you currently do for exercise and how often?

If you have no idea where to start I might suggest a personal trainer
if you can afford one just to get you started. I've never had one
myself but my sister does.

My goals are a little different from yours. I'm not trying to lose
weight as opposed to becoming more toned which might actually increase
my mass by gaining more muscle. I try to go to the gym at least 3 times
a week but it anywhere from 1-4. I have different workouts I rotate
through and sometimes I'll go to a class or go rock climbing. My
sessions at the gym last anywhere from 1 to almost 2hrs depending on
how much time I have and what I'm doing.

Give me some more info and I'll give some suggestions but remember that
you'll really have to find what works for you and that's where a
personal trainer would really help. That's my opinion anyway.
Nov 30, 2008 @ 01:31 am
Ali de Bold

You have to be really serious

I agree with tigerlilly about the personal trainer. That is the only way I have ever seen true results. My body doesn't fluctuate a lot and I am naturally thin, but I prefer to be in really good shape. The reason the trainer works is because they push you at least 50% further than you ever would by yourself. If you can't afford a trainer, you need to find a friend who is in good shape and knows what they are doing at the gym.

You need to make a serious plan. This is what works for me:

1. Go to the gym 3 times a week for 1 hour and push yourself hard. It should be a challenge and you should be sweating a lot. You should feel a bit sore the next day.

2. Cut out the crap from your diet. Throw out anything that contains artificial flavours, colours, hydrogenated oils, aspartame, unnecessary preservatives and anything that is not natural. Chances are if it is from the frozen food section or comes in a box you should not be eating it. The best way to eat healthy is to cook for yourself. It's not that hard and there are many easy recipes that are very nutritious.

3. Walk whenever possible. Walk before bed for 30 min outside. It is so refreshing and you will feel good going to bed. If you can't do that, park further away if you drive to work or if possible, walk or bike.

4. Drink lots of water but pop and sugary drinks are the devil. "Diet" drinks are the biggest joke ever. They are terrible for you. Give it up!

5. If you have a sweet tooth, allow yourself some desert but limit it to once a day at the most and make sure the treat you are having is the real thing and not a chemical substitution. A cheap candy bar has nothing of value in it for you, whereas a pure chocolate bar with quality dark chocolate of 75% or higher, can actually be good because of the antioxidants. It is richer so you will be full faster.

Another point about desert, is to have it right after a meal. I learned this from my first trainer who said that the worst time to have a treat is several hours after a meal because you are spiking your insulin levels and storing fat. If you have a piece of cake immediately following your lunch, it will digest nicely with the rest of your food and you will eat less since you are already getting full.
Dec 01, 2008 @ 03:12 pm

more details...

thanks so much for your responses!

Ok I am 5ft tall, I weight about maybe 120 lbs. I want to loose weight, my ideal I consider to be 100 lbs. I can't really afford a personal trainer :( also my schedule makes it hard for me to have one (work full time and school in the evenings).

In general i don't exercise - i know thats very bad :(

In the past I've lost a lot of weight... I used to always be skinny, then i went through some stress and managed to balloon up to 160 lbs (i was as wide as i was tall ..lol!) but then dropped it to 110 lbs. Now i'm at 120 lbs.

I've heard ppl say that if you loose weight fast you gain it back fast - I don't personally agree, and I know exactly why and how and where the extra pounds come from :)

when I want to serious loose weight (like now) I replace one meal with Slimfast and just lower my calorie intake, and so far it seems to work.

Do you guys have any tips? I know drinking water is supposed to make you loose weight - how true is that? Also why?

Wow i never knew that - so if you eat dessert by itself or way after your meal you're actually storing more fat than if you eat it with your meal? and here's me thinking I'll eat it after so it'll affect me less (i'll have that instead of another meal).

Dec 18, 2008 @ 10:48 am
Anonymous 3546

Weight loss

You may want to go over things with your Dr. They can do a blood test and make sure nothing hormonal is going on. In addition, a one time visit to a naturopathic Dr. may be helpful to with regard to diet etc. I agree with Ali about exercising at least three times a week, cutting out all but natural foods and drinking lots of water. Keep your fat intake low - even the good kinds.
Dec 20, 2008 @ 02:54 am

Just a little more

1) Do you just want to lose weight overall or lose fat in a particular area of your body? If you're targeting specific areas, what are they?

2) Do you want to tone up and/or gain muscle (by which you will might gain weight by gaining muscle) or just lose fat?

Some people want to lose fat in specific areas of their body - arms,
butt, abs, etc and should do exercises to target those areas. Some
people don't care and just want their net weight to decrease and do
overall body workouts or rotate through targeting specific areas.

If you're not exercising at all right not, even ignoring weight loss,
you should just for health reasons. So start doing ANYTHING. An easy
way to start is to go to an aerobics class a few times a week. If you
can't fit that in right away do your own cardio for half an hour that
raises your heart rate then do another half hour of some strength
training - sit ups/crunches, push-ups, weight lifting, planks, squats,
lunges, whatever you want. And just rotate through them.

Personally I rotate through 3 different types of workouts - Cardio
abs, upper body and lower body. I always just rotate through those 3
and then if I randomly go to an aerobics class or go rock climbing or
something like that I'll put it in and continue where I left off in my
rotation. My workouts can last from 1-2hrs depending on how much time I

As for it being easier to gain weight after you have lost that weight,
that is true, or at least that's what I learned in school. What happens
is that your fat cells store your fat and when they can no longer store
your fat they divide to create more storage space. When you lose fat
the fat leaves those cells but most of the cells won't die thus all
that fat storage remains. When you gain weight again most of the old
cells are still present and the fat can easily fill up those cells that
you had last time. Hopefully that makes sense. To make an analogy, if
you have a bunch of stuff you're storing in a baskets and you run out
of space you'll but more baskets. After a few years you might clean the
baskets out and throw things away so there's less clutter. But since
you already have those baskets it's easier to gain more items because
they're already there to fill up. You'd be less likely to get more
items if you didn't have all those empty baskets to being with.
Dec 21, 2008 @ 09:04 am

good point!!

wow very good points there .. i like the analogy of the baskets. *sigh* I wish there was some magic pill by which I could loose all this excess weight ..but I guess until thats discovered I'll keep up my slimfast and walking regime (i try to walk everywhere, take stairs instead of elevators or escalators, etc).

maybe i'll try Dr Bernstein .... has anyone tried it already?
Dec 23, 2008 @ 10:33 am
Andrea Grace

Intensive slimming program

Well, at Beautips there is an intensive program of slimming, read it and if you think it suits you, give it a try!


But remember, none of the diet programs won't work unless sport!
Jun 22, 2009 @ 05:07 pm

thank you!!

thanks for the link!! I'm definitely checking it out!

I came across another weightloss program that's supposedly covered by OHIP: www.weightcare.ca

I'm checking that out too .... I'll post back and let you guys know how it goes :)
Jun 23, 2009 @ 08:15 pm

just checked out weightcare...

becky...just a word of caution...it says your 'consultation' is covered by OHIP. it goes on to say that it may be covered in an 'extended plan'. it also has cleverly worded the fact that you will probably be paying for your personal training sessions too.

it looks like a good program, just be leary of the terminology they use. the fitness/health 'industry' is full of scams...don't want you to get sucked in.
Jun 24, 2009 @ 09:24 pm


good point!!! i didn't even read that closely...thanks girl! :) they emailed me giving me their # and asking if i want to call in to book a free consultantion, i think i'll wait and see before I book anything ... thanks so much for taking the time to look closer and warning me!! You're right, this industry is full of scams :-/
Jun 25, 2009 @ 12:54 am

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