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Getting ready to start a diet... any tips?

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June 16, 2019 / By Annabel
Question: Ok due to lots of changes in my life I've packed on about 20 lbs. I am 155 currently and look/feel my best at 135. I am tired of living in sweatpants the past few months because my old jeans just don't fit, and I want to feel good and healthy again. So... I've decided to go on a diet! So far I think I should eat about 12-1400 calories and work out 5 days a week. Any other tips? I could really use them especially regarding social situations (I don't want to stay in and not have fun with friends because there'll be food there.) So any tips from people who've been there and done that are welcome :)
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Winfred Winfred | 4 days ago
A healthy wieght to lose is 1 to 2 pounds a week. I have been doing that for 3 months now. In between meals I snack on almonds, apples, and drink plenty of water, so when it comes time to eat a meal, I am not starving, and eat less. Try to prepare meals ahead of time, and eat almost the same thing everyday. I eat the same things for breakfast, and lunch, but cook different dinners. Remember to eat smaller servings, and eat on a 8 or 9 inch plate, so you don't fill up on too much. Do not eat anything after 7 pm, and if you do snack after dinner, make sure it is healthly, like un buttered popcorn, nuts or fruits. As for going out to eat, if you know in advance where your going, look up nutritional info on the internet, and chose what to eat ahead of time. Also order half servings, or share the meal with someone, so your not getting too many calories.
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Winfred Originally Answered: I want to start a diet this summer; What are some tips?
CARDINAL RULE OF "DIETING": Any eating or exercise plan that you intend to do for just a while until you lose the weight you want to lose is doomed to fail. Why? Simple. There are two reasons you weigh more than you want to: (1) You don't exercise enough, and (2) Your don't eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Doesn't mean your lazy or a glutton; it simply means you have learned bad habits over time. If you put those bad habits on hold until you lose weight, you'll gain it all right back -- usually with interest -- once you stop your "diet." The key is to make permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits. Do a temporary diet and you'll be forever on the weight-loss/weight-gain roller coaster. Change the way you eat and exercise permanently and you'll be slim and trim for life. Here are a few tips: 1. You MUST exercise if you want to lose weight and keep it off, so do something every day, even if it’s just a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood. Don’t say you don’t have time for exercise; you have to MAKE time. Yes, it takes time and effort, but you’re worth it, right? 2. Walk as much as you want, but don’t do cardio for more than 40 minutes at a time. If you do, you risk burning muscle instead of fat. Walking burns almost as many calories per hour as jogging (with less pounding on your joints), so walking is the preferred fat-burner. The more you walk, the more fat you'll burn, but brisk walks as short as 10 minutes have been shown to have a positive effect. So sneak in brisk walks whenever you can, and try to devote at least 30 minutes a day six times a week to brisk walking. 3. If you do strength training, use light weights and do lots of repetitions. That’ll really help you “tone up.” Limit strength training to three times a week, and never do strength training two days in a row. You may also want to add abdominal exercises. They don't burn many calories, but they tone up your midsection and they'll eventually give you that "suck in your gut" look 24/7 if you do them on a regular basis. 4. Your diet will make you or break you. You have probably learned bad eating habits over time (most people do). That’s not your fault, but now you have to deal with it. Make a commitment to yourself to unlearn those bad habits and re-learn better habits. 5. Eat breakfast every day within an hour of getting up. It kick-starts your metabolism. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are 450% more likely to be overweight than those who eat breakfast every day. 6. Eat six small meals or snacks per day instead of three squares per day or one big meal per day. If you eat too much at one sitting, your body stores the extra calories as fat. Go too long between meals and your metabolism slows down. Your body expends energy digesting your food, so eating smaller portions more often keeps your metabolism running high because you’re constantly digesting food. 7. Avoid these as much as possible: -- Trans fat (any type of partially or fully hydrogenated oil) -- High fructose corn syrup (soft drinks are LOADED with it) -- Fast food -- Junk food -- White sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes -- The deadly C’s (cookies, cakes, candy, chips, cola) 8. Build your diet around these trim-body-friendly foods: -- Nuts, any kind (almonds are best) -- Beans/Legumes -- Fresh vegetables (green is GREAT!!!) -- Dairy products (as long as they’re low-fat or non-fat) -- Eggs -- Lean meats (fish and poultry top the list) -- Olive oil -- Whole grain breads/cereals/pasta -- Fresh fruits (anything that ends in “berry” is a winner) -- Tea (green tea or black pekoe tea) -- Cold water or ice water (your body has to expend extra calories to heat it up) 9. Desserts and treats are the exception, not the rule. Having said that, however, (1) you can have a couple of pieces of chocolate every day – just don’t overdo, and (2) Allow yourself one “cheat meal” every week where you eat and drink whatever you want as long as you don’t gorge yourself. That’ll help keep you from feeling deprived and it’ll make it easier to stick with your new healthy eating plan. Good luck! “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” -- Thomas Alva Edison, inventor extraordinaire

Shad Shad
what i just started is to get a calender and write a goal down on paper like your goal dress size and put that paper somewhere where you can see it everyday so it inspires you to follow it each day. and set up a color key like blue=30 min. exercise and such and when you exercises put a blue dot on that day on the calender. record your progress every day. if you weren't that healthy one day right a comment down showing what you need to watch out for. and at the end of each month weigh yourself but remember muscle weighs more than fat so no big deal if its a big number. This has worked for me so far. Hope i helped
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Nevil Nevil
I have lots of knowledge about diet and fitness...so much that I dont want to put all of it down but if you have any questions you can email them to me and ill be able to answer them....sorry i couldnt help more but i hope that i can in the future
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Kingsley Kingsley
I think you'll find this helpful: http://whataweightlossjourney.blogspot.c... Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Kingsley Originally Answered: how can a 18 year old girl lose weight? with an diet? any exercise tips? any secrets or tips to help me out? motivation tips?
I lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks (got another 10 to go).. so what I am telling you works! 1) find an online calculator to figure out how many calories you need to eat to lose weight. Google, 'how many calories to eat each day' - you'll be asked your age, height, current weight etc.. and then you'll get two numbers - number of calories to maintain your current weight, and number of calories to lose weight.. don't go below the 'lose weight' number. so, in my case, I need 1800 to maintain, and 1500 to lose.. I stuck to 1500 (approximately - I don't like to be too strict about the counting).. never go lower, because you don't want your body to think there is a famine, in which case it will hang onto every calorie you give it.. stick with the number you are given.. you will lose weight.. 2) cut out all sugar and everything that is sugar to your body - grains (bread, pasta, rice etc..), alcohol, fruit juice (fruit is good.. fruit juice is basically just water and sugar, with no fiber to slow that sugar down - drinking fruit juice is like drinking a soda - all the sugar goes straight to the bloodstream, and then is whisked into the fat cells, where it turns to fat), white potatoes. Just to clarify - potatoes are healthy, and so are whole grains, BUT they break down as sugar in the body, and if you want to lose weight, it is best to avoid them for now.. later, if you want to, you can eat them in small quantities, but to lose weight, avoid them for now.. the human body does not need fake sugars or grains! Sweet potatoes have more fiber - that slows down the sugar, so they are okay.. 3) avoid all processed foods - this is pretty easy if you are avoiding grains and sugars :-) Eat WHOLE foods, that are found in nature.. Preservatives, fake ingredients, especially sugar substitutes INCREASE appetite, and make you gain.. 4) eat fat! Fat turns off the appetite switch in the brain. Fat feeds the brain. Fat moves the vitamins around to your cells.. fat has got to be a part of your diet.. google 'nuts and weight loss' and you will find that the slimmest people on the planet eat nuts regularly.. the type of fat is important - nuts and avocados are good fats. butter and oils are easy to overdo.. keep them to a minimum.. a small handful of nuts is a serving - for example, 6 almonds, 3 walnuts or 1/2 avocado.. seeds are also very healthy - snack on pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.. Sample menu: breakfast #1 - 2 eggs (could be an omelet with lots of veggies added), fruit, 3 walnuts breakfast #2 - fruit smoothie or big fruit salad with yogurt, 3 tablespoons hemp seeds Snacks - whole fruit, nuts and seeds, plain sugar free yogurt, veggies lunch and dinner - some sort of protein (meat, fish, beans, small amount of cheese), lots of veggies, fruit for dessert If you do nothing else, just avoid sugar - keeping sugar low, keeps insulin levels low - this keeps you burning body fat..insulin spikes prevent the burning of body fat! 5) consider 'intermittent fasting' . You can learn all about this online, and there are tons of ways to do it.. this has really helped me - As I say, I have 1500 calories to eat - I eat about 600 in the morning, and about 900 in the afternoon at lunch - these are really huge satisfying meals that I really enjoy! Then I am done for the day.. this beats spreading out the 1500 calories into 3 small meals, always having to be careful and count etc.. and the added bonus is that when you fast like this, insulin is kept low - with no food for 17 hours, my body is burning straight body fat for energy - it has no choice.. and honestly, I am not hungry! 9 hours of that time is spent sleeping. It takes only about 3 days to adjust to this way of eating.. There is no scientific proof that we need 3 meals a day, and our ancestors certainly didn't eat that way! Fasting allows the body to heal itself - when we eat, all the energy must go to digesting that food.. no food, all the energy goes into healing..we were meant to fast! The good thing about this way of eating is that, say I am invited out for dinner.. then I skip breakfast, eat a light lunch, and then have all my calories at the dinner.. so, lots of flexibility in this.. personally though, I love to eat breakfast and lunch, when I am active, then skip dinner - after a 900 calorie lunch, I am rarely hungry before 9 pm! At which point I just have a big glass of water and that tides me over until bedtime..

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