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I find it extremely hard to lose weight...


I normally eat really healthy (with occasional junk food snacks) and I go to the gym from time to time. Work keeps me on my feet and although I don't run marathons everyday I would never call myself a couch potato. With all of this I just can't seem to lose weight. I have cut out all soft drinks and pretty much all alcohol and live off of run-of-the-mill filtered, unflavoured, water. I portion-control my meals and I still have the squishy arms and belly. I'm tired of my pants always being on the tight side and my belly roll over when I sit.

What weight-loss or diet tips work for you?
Anyone try diet pills or fasting? (this isn't something I think I can do but I am interested to see if this works for people)
Aug 31, 2009 @ 12:09 am

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I hear ya!

misslissa, you are not the only one. I have the same problem. :( The post-baby fat is particularly hard for me to lose.

From what you've described, I think you need to get into a regular exercise program and stick with it. Start with an hour a day, 3 times a week and then increase frequency and/or duration of your exercise regime.

When I was trying to lose weight for my wedding, my husband put me on a running schedule: 5 days a week, running time range from 30-60 min each day. I stuck to that schedule for a few months. I will be honest with you, I didn't lose any weight; instead, my leg muscles toned up and I had fab legs for the wedding. However, I stopped running about 2 months before my wedding because I started a full time job. My job kept me on my feet for about 8 hours a day and I just didn't have time/energy to keep up with the running. But I lost 10 lbs in 1 month!! I think even though I wasn't running, my food consumption went down since I couldn't snack during the day (even healthy snacks) and I was on a strict 3 meal diet everyday b/c that's all I had time for. At the same time, my running increased my metabolism. So in essence, my metabolism was high but consumption was low. I was quite happy about the results but I don't think this will work for me again.

My husband, who was an avid running throughout his school years, told me the only way for me to lose weigh was to keep up the exercise, increase the heart rate and slowly increase the duration. I needed to exercise everyday and don't take more than 1 day for rest, unless you have injuries. For him, he said in the past, he was able to lose 10 lbs in 1 month but running an hour everyday and cut out all the alcohol.
Aug 31, 2009 @ 09:02 am

its tough all right.....

I have battled my weight for most of my life...I am not one to beat the 'its a lifestyle' drum but it really has a lot to do with making changes. When I say changes, its mostly diet.

From my past experience as a personal trainer, I will tell you that the majority of the 'hurdles' are nutrition related. I do applaud you cutting out soft-drinks and alcohol, but what about your carbs? Do you love bread, bagels, pasta, cake? Are you one of the people that think if you switch to whole-wheat that it will make a huge difference? You also have to watch things like sodium, sugar, fat, cholesterol...its a lot to think about.

Exercise is key too...but not to the point where you are exhausting yourself. Start off slow and remember that you have to weight train! Cardio is not going to help you feel 'not squishy'. 3 times a week, 45 minutes-an hour each time. I also like the P90X and Turbo Jam exercise videos.

It is really difficult for me to generalize because everyone is different. Certain diets, exercises may work for me, but they may not work for you. May I suggest a book that I like? Its called, 'The Eat-Clean Diet' by Tosca Reno. It really helped me make 'better' nutrition decisions.

Fasting can work-but it can also be dangerous. I have done it, lost weight, and eventually gained it back and then some. Diet pills did work for me, but then ephedrine got banned and they didn't work for me any longer. The ones that are on the market now are not worth the amount of money they cost.

I recently started working at a 'wellness' clinic and have learned a ton from the colonic hydrotherapist there about good nutrition. She would know too (she sees what comes out of people). I am slowly making changes and have seen a big difference when I cut bread (to include muffins, pasta, and pie-my favorites) out of my life.

Ultimately its about balance-but I guess you have to get to where you want to be first right?
Aug 31, 2009 @ 06:18 pm

reinforcing my point

meredithk115 was absolutely right in saying that you shouldn't exercise until you are exhausted. I didn't start off my running at 60 min per day, 5 days a week. It took several weeks to even able to run 30 min without stopping. The first few weeks was the hardest b/c I was so out of shape and I kept wanting to quit. I couldn't see myself going from having to stop every 2-3 min to running 30 min straight. But my husband wouldn't let me stop and he went with me everyday. That really helped.

Once I got into a routine of running everyday, I followed the schedule my husband set out for me. I push myself to achieve my goal on the hard days and I look forward to (and even enjoy) the easy days. Let me tell ya, on the easy day when I can easily run my 30 min without sweating a drop, I was proud and I was motivated. It felt good to think that only a few weeks ago, I can barely make it down the street!!

Also, I only did the 60 min runs once a week. The other 5 days, I ran between 30-45 min tops. And my husband scheduled my rest day to maximize the advantages from my exercises program and give me the best chance to recover.
Aug 31, 2009 @ 07:53 pm


I think weight loss can sometimes take a lot of time, especially if you're already relatively near your ideal weight. I've been working out regularly since January. My goal was to lose 5 lbs. Finally, in July, my goal was achieved.

In my eyes, it wasn't for lack of effort or a bad diet. But I had to work at it for a long time b/c my body was already more or less at a comfortable weight.

I think the biggest problem w/ diet and exercise is that people do not give their regimen long enough. After one month, maybe two, if they don't see results, they give up. Some bodies take a lot longer to respond.

Depending on how athletic you are or how inclined you are to be active, I would recommend some strength and resistance training to firm up any flab. I don't mean weights in a gym, per se, either. Try some cardio kick boxing, or rock climbing, or even pole dancing. Those are all fun and effective all at the same time!!

Good luck!! Keep at it!
Sep 01, 2009 @ 11:35 am

I think...

..your diets fine and all you need in toning up. As mentioned earlier, try running..if not running, you can walk on the treadmill for 20 mins (every other day) at a speed of 3.7 mph at varying inclines. If you don't have access to a treadmill or a park to run, do walking lunges around the house or run up and doing the stairs :| That'd give ur legs good toning. Do some hand weights (eg: 2/5 pounds..not too heavy, if u dont have weights at home, try using pasta sauce or bean cans) . Also, if you have the Yoga/Pilates ball, try doing ur daily stomach crunches on it..doesn't hurt the back and quite easy to accomplish.

Thats abt it..haha, easier said than done ;) good luck :D
Sep 03, 2009 @ 06:05 pm


I'm making up an exercise plan tonight and I'm going to keep on it. I'm starting slow at first but I know that I need to focus. It's an attainable goal, which are the best ones to set.
As for diet I have switched everything over to whole grains for my carbs and I really don't want to cut them out. I figure portion control mixed with exercise should get me down to a healthy and attractive goal if I just keep at it. I'm pretty much looking to fit into some sexy cocktail dresses this Christmas and New Years while being able to chase after my nieces and nephews without having to "take a break and catch my breath".

Thanks for all the good advice ladies!! Every single one of your suggestions will be put in my "Sexy Dress Goal". I will let you all know how it goes ;)
Sep 03, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

Random Sit-Ups

This will sound, well, random, but doing sit-ups and squats throughout the day whenever you find yourself with a few extra minutes, can be quite helpful. 

As I mentioned in a previous thread, I like doing ab exercises and/or squats and planks during commercial breaks when I'm watching T.V. You don't have to be in your exercise clothing to do any of this. Just something comfortable that allows you to move. 

Now that I'm in a foreign land and don't watch television, I'll just do these exercises either as part of my morning routine when I wake up, or every time I get up from my computer I'll do a few sets. Though you aren't breaking a huge sweat, it does help over time to tone stomach and leg muscles. 

Seriously, next time you watch your favourite TV show, try doing reps during commercial breaks and see if you can last the entire break! This is especially challenging when doing planks - those I have yet to conquer. 

Anyhow - have fun! I think people sometimes quit because they look at working out as a chore rather than a favour that you are doing for your body and health. Turn up some great music and just dance around for a good 30 minutes! When you go running, pretend you're racing for a million dollars and if you just go that extra mile, you win! The same can apply for reps - pretend that the first to reach 50 sit-ups wins HOH (if you watch Big Brother). Do anything to psyche yourself up. Stick to it - because you'll be kicking yourself in a few months thinking 'what if I had just stayed on course?'. 

Sorry if I just babbled. Perhaps I'm trying to convince myself to get off my own butt right this second.
Sep 04, 2009 @ 09:34 am

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