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05-29-2012, 07:46 AM
I need to lose some weight and have tried so many times. Just wondering what has worked for everyone.


05-29-2012, 10:48 AM
Fitness has two main components, exercise and diet. (By diet, I don't mean "going on a diet", I mean simply what one eats.) Improving in both areas is important to losing weight.

There is a great blog, Fitness Blog, Workout Routines, Nutrition Facts, Beauty : @LovingFit (http://www.lovingfit.com/), that I follow. Thanks to it, I'm in the best shape of my life. The lady posts free workouts several times a week and offers all sorts of diet and lifestyle advice. Try giving it a go :)

Amy Jacobs
05-29-2012, 11:08 AM
portion control and daily exercise. No shakes, No magic pills, No starvation.

Jeannie Zavala
05-29-2012, 11:23 AM
I haven't tried this but my brothers coworkers all do it and I've seen changes. What they do is strictly go on a no carb no sugar diet. So basically eat anything that doesn't contain those two ingredients.

I love sweets so I couldn't get myself to do it :(

05-29-2012, 05:05 PM
Try eating small balanced meals of about 250 calories every 3 to 4 hours. Eat within 1 hour of waking. Make sure each meal contains good quality protein, carbs and good fats.

The key is to keep your blood sugar stable so as to keep your metabolism humming along and to keep you from having food cravings. You will actually feel like you are eating more food. Its not the quantity but the combination and the quality that are key.

Combine with some daily exercise (walking is good) and it works. You will lose inches as well as weight and you will keep the weight off!

If you would like some more detailed info feel free to PM me and I'll send it over.

05-30-2012, 05:52 AM
I won't address the topic of diet or fitness because probably you are already an expert in it, however I will address the topic of psychology.

Overeating is basically a problem of "self". We try to please ourselfs by eating. Therefore you need to address the "self" in order to go on a diet.

First of all, love your body. Thnik of it as an amazing, one-time thing. How can you stuff such a beautiful thing with mcdonalds? ugrh..

Then, do not make long-term goals etc. Think like this: I will only not eat this muffin today...Every other day I can eat as many muffins as I want... etc etc.

I recommend wyne dyer and his tapes "how to be a non-limit person" if you want to improve your self-esteem and change weight in the long-term

05-31-2012, 07:52 PM
pH balance - Research body acidity and/or body pH balance and weight loss/gain.

06-01-2012, 03:15 PM
Thanks everyone, your tips are very helpful!

06-03-2012, 01:10 AM
I would just like to start this with saying i used to be a food addict. If you think you are a food addict i suggest you try to see a therapist because just diet and exercise will not be enough in most cases. Getting over a food addiction is a lot harder than drugs or alcohol because every day of your life to have to have what your addicted to, or you will die, literally. I would also like to say that fallowing this advice i have gone from 327 pounds to 184 in a little over 2 year and i'm currently a size 16. I never saw a nutritional-ist or a personal trainer and have never set foot in a gym.

I had to post on this, no carbs and no sugars is the stupidest thing i have ever herd and it so sad that many Americans fall victim to this ploy. Cutting out carbs and sugar cuts out the two food groups that will help you lose weight the most. Fruits and veggies! (Carbs aren't just bread) these diets tell you to eat what ever you want as long as its not a carb and expect the pounds to fall off and then it doesn't work they say its because you weren't strong enough. Cutting out food groups doesn't ever work because you get miserable you miss your chips, your big macs, cheese, the forbidden mayo, and god forbid you put salad dressing on your salad! Eating a balanced diet is KEY to you losing weight, that includes fruits, veggies, proteins, and yes fats. You wont lose weight as fast as cutting your calories down to 700 per day, but you will lose fat not muscle, be happier and healthier, and be able to stick to it because you can still eat the foods that you love and made you fat in the first place, you just need to learn how to control those foods.

Few things i will start with salad, FULL fat salad dressings are way better for you their their lite and fat free versions. 1) you need fat to absorb what is in the salad, so if u cut the fat out of the salad dressing you need to add it somewhere else like cheese or nuts. this doesn't mean you can use a half a bottle of ranch dressing and still think your eating healthy, it still is calories and it still is fat, you need to portion control (really hard to do) 2) a lot of these have hyfructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, these things are really bad for you no matter what the company tries to tell you. (Stevia the new wonder sweetener causes infertility btw)

Eating after 7 wont make you fat, neither will eating before bed time. The body doesn't digest foods any differently. If you need a late night snack, make it something healthy, what causes the weight gain is that for a lot of people, when they eat after 7 or right before bed they make bad choices.

My advice for portion control is when ever you can (yes i know they are all way more expensive) buy products that come in individual packaging, its easier to stop yourself from grabbing more packets than you should than to not add an extra knife full of mayo.(i do this its worth the extra money) if you like potato chips the assorted bags of mini bags is great, put the bag out of site so you don't see it every time you go into the kitchen and resist the urged to have a second bag, which is a lot easier to do then to stop yourself from finishing off the last of the family sized bag you've been munching on for the last hour.

Wait I thought I was talking about weight loss why am I encouraging you to eat chips? If you like junk food, fast food, soda, generally anything bad for you, cutting it out of your life most likely wont last long and will end up in a binge, your not going to be happy eating a sandwich on whole wheat bread minus the mayo, cheese, and meat. That being send you do need to limit these things. Avoid soda if you can, but most people cant its addictive, i know. Try to have a rule that for every soda you have (absolute maximum of 3 a day although 1 is better and 0 is best) drink a BOTTLE of water, (Notice that i didn't say glass?) that is at least 24 oz. If you eat fast food a lot limit yourself to no more than one meal a day, and try to work yourself down to one meal a week. Keep these meals reasonable, don't order 3 value meals and eat them all! When you go out to eat at a restaurant, some people suggest that when you get your meal that you put half of it in a take out box. I have two views on this. 1) if you don't eat out a lot, enjoy yourself, eat till your full then ask for a box and put the rest away so you're not tempted to keep picking at it. 2) if you opt for putting it away when you first get your meal ask yourself this, are you going to eat that left overs with in 2 hours of getting home? if the answer is yes then don't bother, enjoy your meal, stop when your full and put the rest away. If you can resit the urge to eat the left overs the same night more power to you and put away half the meal before you start if you want. (I don't suggest you do this on nice outings, first dates, or special events)

Eating more small meals is better for you than getting fewer large ones because you never get to that really hunger state where you over eat because you haven't eaten all day. If you get hungry during the day EAT, don't wait until your next meal because you'll be more likely to crack and eat something bad for you if you wait till your really really hungry. First trying drinking some water to see if your thirsty and not really hungry, this is a mistake a lot of people make. then eat something lite like carrots or an apple and wait 25 minutes. If your still hungry eat a small portion of protein, a serving of nuts or some cheese and crackers.

A lot of people say exercise but that's not really the whole truth. They say you should exercise 45 minutes 3 days a week, a lot of people think that's an active life style. There are 168 hours in a week, if you exercise for 45 minutes 3 days a week and live a relativity seditary life style the rest of the time, your only moving for 2.25 hours a week, still seem active? You need to have an aerobic exercise, a weight training exercise, and be active. Which really isn't a lot of work. Do 2, 45 minute aerobic workouts, and 1 strength training a week, if your more fit by all means work out more often. But you should ALSO go for an hour walk a day. This doesn't have to be in one lump sum, in fact its actually better if you break this up into 3 20 minutes walks a day. This man did a huge study on it (i feel really bad for him it has been reduced to fidgeting)

I'm sorry to say, as much as everyone will deny it, losing weight is a lot harder for women and even harder for older women. Its a hormonal thing, if your just starting menopause or are past menopause i suggest you get a check up and get blood work done. Your weight gain, and your inability to lose that weight might not be because of your eating. You will need to control your food and your exercise more than someone who's not having hormonal imbalances.

I would like to make one comment on soy. Soy acts like a weak estrogen when digested and can lead to breast cancer. Its advised that if you have breast cancer in the family that you eat soy products no more than a few times a month.

I'm on a very controlled eating program, every Sunday i plan out my weeks meals and the night before I do any prep-work that's needed for my food the next day. I take 3 30 minute walks a day on a treadmill (one when i wake up, one in the afternoon, and one 2 hours before i go to bed), and i work out 4 days a week, i do aerobic tapes each of those days and then 2 of those days i also do a strength training.

I would also like to add, if your not happy with yourself, looking for inner beauty and to accept yourself for who you are isn't the way to go. if you want to make changes to your life and your body more power to you! while you should never try to reach perfection, because lest face it you will never get there even with a lot of surgery, you have the right to try to obtain a body that your comfortable with and that you love. maybe that's a size 2 maybe its a size 12, but you deserve to try to get where you want to be. I would love to be a size 5 and be able to wear a bikini at the beach, but i'm content with my goal of being a size 12, and trying to reach that will do far more for me than convincing myself that i'm ok with my body even though deep down i know i'm really not. If you have a goal for what you would like to look like it is possible, don't settle for something else because your told you should be ok with what you look like now

06-03-2012, 04:06 AM
You make some really excellent points. Congratulations on your weight loss!

People should take your advice on meal planning for the week. That is so critical it can be the difference between success and failure. Again congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story!

06-03-2012, 02:42 PM
woops my bad, i guess that was more than 1 tip haha :D

06-03-2012, 04:49 PM
It is kind of hard to sum it up to 1 but I would have to say study as much as you can about nutrition since it is the main thing that will make or break your progress.

Don't resort to products claiming that you all you have to do is "drink this" or "wear this" and you will lose weight. Once you learn about what foods to avoid and what to eat in moderation then you will not be swayed by the temporary solutions.

From my main research and experience I find that a diet that is low in sugar (including artificial sugars), low in saturated fat(most meats and cheeses),a good amount of healthy fats(avacados, nuts,olive oil, high in lean protein foods (lean turkey,chicken,fish,lean ground beef) and eating complex carbs (fruits, veggies,whole grains) and avoiding processed foods as much as possible is the most effective way.

06-05-2012, 02:16 PM
Water is cleansing. Water quenches thirst and staves off hunger. I've been in denial at times saying well diet soda has 0 calories so why not? Because it is full of sodium. The flavor has to come from somewhere. Water flushes out toxins. Water breaks down foods during digestion. Many of our physical ailments (headaches, nausea, tiredness) stems from not having enough water in our system. Drink 2 glasses of water before eating any portion of any meal or snack - and see just how full you'll feel. Go for it and get hydrated!

06-05-2012, 02:23 PM
I think Amy jacobs said it pretty well. Portion control and exercise. You need to spend more then you eat. ( energy not money lol ) . Remember you can change a lifetime of bad habits over night, it takes time. Make baby steps. For example if you find you get hungry late at night instead of going for a snack , go to bed...work on that change until you get out of the habit of snacking at night and then move on to change something else...like while you make breakfast drink water , before you sit down at the computer take a 5 minute walk and gradually increase the time little by little. ;) Good Luck !!

06-08-2012, 04:58 AM
My weight gain came from mindless eating. Now whenever I have food in my hand I make sure to ask, " Why am I going to put this in my mouth & does this food help me reach my goal of being healthy?"

06-09-2012, 07:14 AM
Hello everyone, I am new to this forum. We would like to share with you my experiences, what for me is losing a top losing weight.
I own the line and maintain a good healthy breakfast. Lunch eat normally with less bread only. And again for dinner and a snack before dinner required 20 hours. I think that breakfast is the most important thing in maintaining good lines and reduce weight.
For breakfast I recommend:
Breakfast Parfait
PB&J Protein Oats
Omelet with Summer Vegetables

06-10-2012, 06:05 PM
First thing, I know what has helped me and many others is detoxifying our bodies, but the right way! So many people think that many products sold on store shelves (and sometimes even MLM and Direct Sales Companies!) including cleanses and detoxes, etc., are products they should be taking because "mainstream media" or doctors says so. The products really need to absorb and get to the root of the problem, and address exactly where we need the help. Unfortunately, many products don't do that. Ask someone whom you know and trust who has done the research, or see a qualified Nutritionist, although there is quite a range in Nutritionists (find one that gets to the root of the problem, many don't). Depending on how serious you are, I would consult a Weston A. Price Chapter Leader if you are really serious. They really know their nutrition and how to get to the bottom of all health and weight issues. They help everyone they come in contact with The Weston A. Price Foundation - Weston A Price Foundation (http://www.westonaprice.org). Plant based diets, avoiding white sugar and flour, and our psychological health are all important as well. You can also message me for more information, I know a lot about all this and I'm happy to help!

Katy Z
06-10-2012, 08:29 PM
The single most important thing you can do is learn your maintenance calorie amount and then be diligent about recording your daily intake and output. When it comes down to it, it's all a math equation!

06-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Honestly myfitnesspal worked great for me. Lost 20 lbs with just logging my food intake.

06-16-2012, 10:50 AM
I just use a protocol to stay in shape, It Works drinks , supplements and the body wraps when I need to reduce some cellulite or tighten/firm up. I love smoothies and juicing! I hate exercise so I chose the lazy way.

07-10-2012, 11:50 AM
Walking is best for losing weight.

07-10-2012, 02:03 PM
A healthy balanced diet (the foods you eat, not A specific diet), regular exercise, enough water, enough sleep. Eat small meals every few hours to keep your metabolism going and make sure you get enough calories for your activity level.

Be consistent. When you workout, try to work out the same time every day.

It's all in the lifestyle changes you make.

07-10-2012, 04:55 PM
Being mindful of what you eat. While exercise certainly helps with weight loss, diet is most important. If you cut back just 100 calories a day you can lose 10 lbs. in a year. I know most people want to lose weight quickly, but slow and steady may help you keep it off longer.

07-11-2012, 10:30 AM
I always do cardio in the morning after my husband leaves for work, and before i eat breakfast. If you do light cardio with an empty stomach it burns more fat calories than after you eat

07-12-2012, 01:32 PM
best thing you can do is be hydrated, so drink water, water, water. All systems function better including your metabolism!
No, coffee does not count. :)

We often think we're hungry, but we're actually thirsty. And even tho you are 60%+ water, the thirst mechanism doesn't kick in till after we're dehydrated. So drink often, and a lot.;)


07-14-2012, 01:15 AM
Find a fitness workout that you enjoy the most - walking, running, swimming or going to the gym. Or zumba. Eat healthy.

I know someone who lost weight because of yoga and proper diet.

Lesley Ann
09-20-2012, 07:07 AM
Commit to it!

Jennie Stone Carlson
09-29-2012, 03:04 PM
Hey Dawn, counting calories and working your butt off can help with weight loss but what I tell my clients is that wieght lost is 90% mental. Sure eating right and exercising helps but when that lil voice in your head constantly tells you how fat you are, what a lazy butt you are, how you'll never lose it, it's just here to stay because of the baby etc. it's hard to stick to anything. I help women turn off that voice and I'm also a personl trainer, and nutrition specialist so I can help with those areas too. Message me if you have any more questions.
Jennie Carlson

10-06-2012, 06:05 PM
portion control and daily exercise. No shakes, No magic pills, No starvation.

Not all shakes are created equal so you cannot lump all shakes into one category.

There are very high quality, healthy shakes (real FOOD) out there that has LIVE enzymes, minerals, melatonin, fiber, vitamins and more. Doing your due diligence on which shakes are healthy food from raw ingredients versus shakes laden with artificial sweeteners, preservative etc... is the key.

As for pills there are no "magic pills" I agree but there ARE natural, appetite suppressants out there that halt your desire to over eat.
The #1 challenge of dieting is hunger.

Also not everyone can exercise due to debilitating disease and extreme health issues. I know people who are pretty much confined to wheelchairs in their home, unfortunately and exercise is not an option for them.

10-06-2012, 06:07 PM
I need to lose some weight and have tried so many times. Just wondering what has worked for everyone.


For "me" I detoxify often. Toxins=FAT.

I drink one gallon of purified water every day.

I walk a lot.

I eat lots of healthy raw foods and I juice from a juicer.


Soy Candle Gal
10-24-2012, 01:32 PM
Some have been mentioned above, but here's some tips I think work well -- I write everything down, tracking all food and exercise. It makes a difference when you see you've already consumed a daily calorie consumption before 3pm! Pay attention to what you are eating, no distractions like TV, small bites, chew well, place fork down between bites, no fluids during meals (it washes it down too quickly so you're hungrier faster..)

10-25-2012, 07:50 AM
I think the number 1 tip of mine is the simple - eat less, exercise more.
and those foods can still be yummy calorically dense foods. just not empty calories that make us hungrier. but the key is to get up and moving daily too!

11-19-2012, 11:25 AM
I used the MyFitnessPal app on my iPhone. To date I have lost a total of 63 pounds over a year's time.

11-29-2012, 08:43 PM
Go into your restroom. Lock the door. Take off all your clothes and just stare at yourself. Once you are tired of what you see, go do something about it.

11-30-2012, 09:58 AM
My advice is to try new things constantly. One of the hallmarks of staying in shape is constantly challenging your body to new workouts.If you find yourself beginning to plateau, switch things up!! Try a program that comes with a variety of exercises! Thats why I love the Pump Cross Training (http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/les-mills-pump-cross-training-workout-deluxe-package.do) -- It comes with 3 different programs: Les Mills Step, Les Mill Sports Attack, and Les Mills Combat. It's an awesome way to keep challenging my body, and I find that when I'm switching up my routine I see results more quickly. If you're using the same exercises when you're working out your muscles get accustomed and therefore you won't have the most effective workouts. Take my word for it, add new workouts!

12-07-2012, 09:41 PM
I think portion size is huge. Here is America they give us such huge portions of food and even our plates, and cups are bigger than most countries. We really need to scale back on that and this will help with the problems.

01-21-2013, 06:20 PM
If you quit cold turkey,you're more likely to cave and end up eating double! I would suggest starting slowly and work your way up from there. When I decided to live a healthier lifestyle, I quit one thing a week (I had a list of foods that I knew were making me fat so that's what I took out or cut down on). Week 1 I quit drinking soda...the first day of week 1 I drank 2 1/2sodas instead of the 3 I used to drink. Day 2, I went down to 2 and day 3 I went down to 1 soda, etc. I slowly weaned my body off it and it worked! I did the same with mayo (week 2) and haven't had any for almost 17 years! Same with sweets except I didn't cut them out of my diet completely. I cut down on them and if I crave something like a candy bar (haven't had the urge to eat a whole bar in 16 yrs), I'll eat 1 snack sized bar. It satisfies my craving and my body is happy. Just by cutting out or eating less of the junk, I was able to drop 25lbs in about 2 months! It just melted off. This is just by cutting out junk food...NO STARVATION whatsoever.
I started walking soon after and dropped another 15 lbs....so in 5 months I lost a total of 40lbs just by walking and cutting out junk. It's been almost 17 years and I have been able to stick to the new lifestyle I created! It's easy if you wean your body off junk food.

My advice to you is to create a plan (write it down) and stick to it. Keep a food diary and write your meals out the night before and stick to that plan! It works! If you get an urge to eat junk, go do something...go for a walk, drive to the mall and walk around, etc. It'll keep your mind off snacking!

01-22-2013, 01:09 PM
I think portion size is huge. Here is America they give us such huge portions of food and even our plates, and cups are bigger than most countries. We really need to scale back on that and this will help with the problems.

My nutrition teacher had us try to guess how big a portion was and people were shocked when she measured it for us. The portions were 2-3x what people thought they were (ie. they guessed 1 cup and it would actually be 2 or 3).

Measuring cups are great for retraining the eye. AND smaller dishes.

cheryl coldiron
01-31-2013, 02:50 PM
I lost 70 pounds by eating 5 small meal a day and have kept it off a year.
It took it about a month to jump start my sluggish metabolism but I lost steady pounds and inches for a year. Drinking water really helps too.
Learning to eat off of saucers was hard at first but now it's just normal for me. Knowing I get to eat every 3 hours 5 times a day keeps me from bingeing.
I pretty much eat what I want but just is smaller portions.
Hope this helps.

02-04-2013, 08:26 PM
I know for me that excercise is a key component. I also know that walking on a treadmill or anything that is the same thing over and over makes it much harder to stick to. I just bought a mountain bike and am biking...it makes excercising much more enjoyable!


03-12-2013, 06:01 PM
Water water and more water !!!

03-12-2013, 06:53 PM
Enjoy the small victories!!!For example maybe running that extra mile when you feel you can only run one....drinking more water,adding new foods to your already healthy lifestyle,increasing your workout times,consistency lol....I could go on and on.

03-14-2013, 12:00 AM
My number 1 and ultimate weight loss tip is to DO TREADMILL for at least 30 minutes everyday. You can either jog or walk. If you want to burn faster, then jog. Outdoor jogging and walking for 30 minutes is an option as well. This is the best weight loss technique that worked for almost everyone that I know of.

03-15-2013, 11:15 AM
Eat less and when you do, keep a regular schedule so that the metabolism regulating gland can adjust to a schedule which dictates by when it should be ready for the next intake that needs to be dissolved. Regular nutrition will bring the digestion into balance.

03-17-2013, 06:28 PM
I don't have "one" tip. Long term weight loss and fitness happens when you make a complete lifestyle change.

Proper nutrition is so important. And it's just that - nutrition, not dieting. Nutrition is long term; dieting will allow you to drop a few pounds, then gain them back. We've all been there and it's not fun. When you get your nutrition right, your body adjusts, drops weight, gains lean muscle and cravings decrease as you become more "balanced".

Next - get MOVING. Wake up those muscles that haven't been asked to work in a while. Stop telling yourself "I can't" and get out there and TRY. People don't realize what they are capable of until they put forth some effort and try something outside of their comfort zone. Do this on a consistent basis and watch your body change and your stamina increase. There is no better feeling than completing something you never thought you could. What a confidence builder!

And of course, HYDRATE. Hydrate with WATER. Stop the sugary drinks. Stop the artifical sweeteners. Try for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily. Your body will thank you!

We can all do this. It just depends on how bad you want it...how bad you want to make a change. Set a goal, put in all the effort and dedication you have, and GO FOR IT!


03-17-2013, 07:35 PM
The biggest key for me is accountability. I need to weigh in with someone who is not family or a friend. That will keep me on track every time.

04-03-2013, 08:37 AM
Consume apple cider vinegar and watermelon every day.
ACV stimulates the body to burn fat and watermelon
burns fat and also blocks fat from being absorbed.

I mix a little honey and cinnemon together, then add
2 tablespoons of acv and 8 oz of water. To make it
even more tasty, you can add in a couple ounces
of apple juice and it's really quite good. The apple
juice sort of hides the taste of the acv.

Don't think you can stomach acv, then eat an apple
instead. The pectin in the skin actually shrinks your
cells to make it difficult for fat to be absorbed.

Julie E
04-05-2013, 05:19 PM
Evening is when I crave sweets, so after dinner I try to keep busy away from temptations. If I sit down to watch t.v. I will end up eating too much.

04-06-2013, 11:16 AM
Well my best tips are take a good sleep at night time because when you are sleeping your body burn the calories and you know that the importance of calories for your weight loss. and the other one is drinking lots of water.

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06-13-2013, 03:16 PM
I think most people's main down fall is portion control. Once you get that under control and start adding weight training and exercise I think you can come up with the right weight loss combination that works for each individual person.

07-30-2013, 08:21 AM
Tracking your food in My Fitness Pal if I could only give one tip.

Bonus Tips
-drink water like it's your job
-give up all Soda (diet or regular)
-find some type of exercise you enjoy and do it at least 3 times a week

08-08-2013, 09:16 AM
Break your ultimate goal into smaller, easier to reach goals. Like if you want to lose 50 lbs, you might set a goal to lose 5 lbs a month to reach the goal ( if you lose more...bonus!!) . When you meet the goal you can treat youself to something nice...like a manicure or a new pair of earrings.

08-14-2013, 04:55 PM
I just lost 23 lbs. I recommend cutting out as much dairy, sugar, and red meat as possible. Once you start eating healthier you will get into a routine which becomes a lifestyle.

08-22-2013, 10:42 PM
Handle your stress. I am pretty sure that is one of the biggest reasons we gain weight and cant lose it.

08-23-2013, 09:54 AM
It's all about eating less than your maintenance level. The calorie maintenance level is the level of calories your body needs to take on your daily routines. So if you want to lose weight you have to go BELOW that calorie level. A Calorie Counter (http://www.acaloriecounter.com/diet/calorie-maintenance-calculator-daily-calorie-) Here is the link that explains a lot about the process. If you scroll down, there are options on how to figure out your maintenance level. Option 2, in my opinion, is the best. So for example, if it says your maintenance level is 1500 calories, the way to find out the number of calories you need to eat to lose weight is by multiplying the number by .20 making it 300. You would need to subtract that from the maintenance making it 1200 calories. Now those results are for a person that does little to no activity whatsoever. My son is a perfect example. He is a bodybuilder, age 19, weighs around 180 5' 8''. He does a lot of activity from his workouts so he needs to eat A LOT MORE than the other example. His caloric maintenance level jumps to 2500 calories! So to lose weight, he would need to times 2500 by .20 making it 500, then subtract that by 2500 and to lose weight he will need to consume 2000 calories. Of course, he has a lot more factors to deal with like the amount of protein he needs to consume to maintain muscle while losing weight and then to gain muscle while bulking. Trust me, go to the site, he used to be a very chunky boy and now he's amazingly ripped :)

08-26-2013, 07:59 PM
Eat as clean as possible. Drink LOTS of water, at least half your body weight. HITT training 3 times a week followed by slow cardio. Cardio 5-6 times a week. Strength training 3-4 times a week. Eat your biggest meals early in the day. I like the saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a peasant. Eat 5-6 mini meals a day. Try to eliminate carbs at night. Allow yourself a cheat meal once in a while this will keep you from falling over the wagon. :)


08-27-2013, 09:56 AM
If there were one tip I would give someone, it would be to limit your sugar intake WITHOUT using artificial sweeteners. Most of us eat far too much sugar. I was limiting to 20g per day for a while and it was hard, but got me great results.

09-06-2013, 04:41 AM
Concentrate on learning a new skill and implement your diet to support the goal of learning, not the other way around.

09-16-2013, 09:39 PM
I do yoga, pilaties, walk, zumba, go up and down stairs, etc in combination with it works products.

09-18-2013, 10:21 PM
Eat protein food and workout on body regularly.

Rebecca m
09-27-2013, 10:12 AM
Drink lots of water it makes you eat less :)

09-29-2013, 08:53 AM
EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE! Muscle burns more fat, and besides, tightening up your body makes you lose inches faster. You simply cannot lose weight without exercise unless you starve yourself, which is unhealthy.

10-02-2013, 08:48 AM
Its pretty easy. Its portion control and exercise. You don't need a lot of pills, etc. Don't stuff your self. The stomach actually is full 20 minutes before you feel your self full. Think about that next time you think you are still hungry and should eat more.

Rocky Barragan
10-02-2013, 03:28 PM
This was and still is the most powerful thing I've done in my Weight Loss Journey. Makes me accountable and it's great to look back and see where I need adjusting.

I reached my goal weight a few years ago but I still track whenever I feel myself getting out of control.

10-06-2013, 09:43 AM
I always recommend to drink lots of water. Not only does it cause you to become fuller so you aren't eating too much but it also flushes out those toxins when you workout.

Justin Remsburg
10-09-2013, 05:23 PM
Eating clean healthy foods, water and exercise. I also implemented supplements to fill in the gaps that every day foods just don't provide.

10-10-2013, 09:43 PM
My first advise to loss weight is indulge in fat releasing foods. they should help keep you from feeling deprived and binging on higher calorie foods.

10-11-2013, 12:29 AM
My very number tip to lose weight would be to use the treadmill. It works every time. It's the fastest way to burn those fats out. If you don't want to do a lot in the gym, you can only do the treadmill.

10-11-2013, 08:34 PM
Eat your calories instead of drinking them. You would be surprised how many calories you gulp downl Even though I am small framed at 120 lbs and 5'3, I measured 37 inches around the waist!! I'm now down to 33 inches just from reducing my soda intake. I allow myself one can of soda a day, the rest of the time I drink water, or I really need something different a sports drink.

Be leery of artificial sweeteners. They actually make you crave sweets and they cause inflammation, not to mention they are unhealthy in general.

10-15-2013, 07:03 AM
My very number tip to lose weight would be to use the treadmill. It works every time. It's the fastest way to burn those fats out. If you don't want to do a lot in the gym, you can only do the treadmill.

That's interesting. I would have said the opposite - stay away from the treadmill and lift weights. Slow cardio is not a great way to lose weight. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and lifting weights with short breaks between sets have been what has helped me and many others I know get slimmer.

Of course, if you are set on losing weight, and not on getting slimmer, that might be the difference. The two don't necessarily happen together.

10-15-2013, 07:35 AM
I lost all my weight with a combination of running indoors and outdoors.(treadmill for indoors)As long as you have a decent incline.I also run outdoors too.I lift weights on my non running days.I lost 100 plus pounds this way.Kept it all off for 2 yrs.

11-12-2013, 09:45 PM
I think my first advice to loss weight is to walk 45 minutes per day that will definitely help you.

11-17-2013, 04:53 PM

Nutrition is 80%
Exercise is 20%

..changing what is being consumed daily will change both the inner and outer person.
exercise keeps the body conditioned...and looking good too!

i eat every few hours...loads of fruits and veggies..not enough room left. but i do enjoy a smaller portion of my favorite rocky road all natural ice cream at times...


12-03-2013, 03:35 PM
No alcohol and drink lots of water. I notice when I don't drink much water, I don't lose much.

12-10-2013, 09:59 AM
when I was younger, all I had to do was eat less and drink a ton of water for a couple of days and waalaa, the weight came off.

:mad: now as I'm older (in my 50s) it takes A LOT more work, it takes staying on a normal diet day in and day out and maintaining a routine of regular exercise (2-3 x week at gym + yard work and now snow shoveling)

I've tried them all, and have yet to find the 'miracle' pill no matter where I've looked .... :(

Angela in Oz
12-10-2013, 11:00 AM
I would like to hear from anyone who has used hypnosis for weight loss successfully. And did you do face to face or use audio recordings?

12-10-2013, 12:36 PM
I agree with you.I am completely just eating right and working out.For me its the only thing that has ever worked.

Super Momma Of 5
12-11-2013, 10:28 AM
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Good luck :)

12-11-2013, 11:12 AM
Well, sure you can lose weight without exercise. But that won't necessarily make you look better. Ever heard the term "skinny fat?" (Look up Skinny Fit girl Ashley Scott on facebook or Blogger for her experience with this.)

I did a 35 day fitness program in June. Lost about 2 pounds, but the visible change in my body was so dramatic. My husband was shocked and impressed as I was much slimmer and more fit (just in time for summer). That required exercise (mostly weightlifting circuits) AND having a good handle on nutrition.

Just cutting calories absolutely helps you lose weight and shakes and nutritional supplements are a big help with that, but I would urge people not to look for a secret way to do it without exercise, because exercise is the key to actually being more healthy, looking better, and having your clothes fit better. So combine this stuff with a little more movement and you will be amazed at how much faster your body changes shape.

12-29-2013, 04:58 PM
Smaller portions

01-04-2014, 07:15 AM
With all the experience I've had in weightloss ......from my own weightloss efforts to teaching others, I firmly believe the right kind of foods have far more influence on losing weight than exercise hands down. I'm not saying exercise doesn't have value.....it is very important to health. But for losing weight , empower yourself with gaining the knowledge of what foods you should be eating.

01-21-2014, 08:03 AM
I am learning so much on this thread, thank you for starting it :)

02-04-2014, 05:33 AM
I need to lose some weight and have tried so many times. Just wondering what has worked for everyone.


Hi, everyone,

Just wanted to share what I have learned along the way about losing weight. I struggled for many years and then began to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and eventually lost 30 lbs. The key is to eat frequently enough and with the right balance of food: protein, complex carb, in order to keep your blood sugar as level as possible throughout the day. Do a Google search for "frequent meals for weight loss" and several meal plans will pop up.

02-07-2014, 05:23 AM
Or if that doesn't work, google "intermittent fasting for weight loss" instead.

02-11-2014, 10:52 AM
Ooh, just one? Well I'm gonna pack a few into my one - drink LOTS of water, increase your fiber intake, focus on eating whole foods (lean protein, veggies, fruits, etc.), cut out sugar as much as you can, and get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 days a week (even if it's just walking).

02-11-2014, 12:51 PM
I guess for me..... whatever your "diet of choice" is stick with it. Don't let set backs stop you just keep moving forward. It's truly a life style change not a diet.

02-19-2014, 06:41 AM
Hi, everyone,

Just wanted to share what I have learned along the way about losing weight. I struggled for many years and then began to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and eventually lost 30 lbs. The key is to eat frequently enough and with the right balance of food: protein, complex carb, in order to keep your blood sugar as level as possible throughout the day. Do a Google search for "frequent meals for weight loss" and several meal plans will pop up.

Yes, eating small meals ( of the right foods!) every 3 hours, has been my greatest secret in the last few years, of not only taking weight off but in keeping it off. Getting the right ratio of carbs to protein is KEY in keeping the metabolism burner fueled.

I have also found that short intensive workouts are much more beneficial, as well... when firming up and getting rid of all the cottage cheese. I am not a fitness model yet by any means, but I feel GOOD about myself and the direction I am going. As I creep closer to 50, that is a very good feeling. :)

02-19-2014, 12:38 PM
As a very small person, splitting my daily calorie intake across six meals was depressing. No meal was completely satisfying. Try eating 6 200 calorie meals. Try finding a 200 calorie meal!

Also, it was a lot more work to prepare 6 meals than it is to prepare 2-3.

Interestingly, I had results that were just as good with 3 meals per day and intermittent fasting as I did with 6 meals a day. The upside was, I was a lot less stressed and happier with my meals.

Apparently, there is no meaningful metabolic benefit from more frequent meals. The benefit for most people is more psychological - they are less likely to eat unhealthy snacks if they have something healthy and on-plan to eat every few hours.

Different strokes for different folks!

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