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deit pills
There's only one thing that works long term and that's changing your lifestyle permanently. Diet pills are not worth the risks, IMO. They are just a band-aid, not a solution.
by k8yk (submitted 2 years ago)
Diet pills - are they ALL phoney?
Avoid. There is no pill that will do what healthy eating and exercise will do. There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. Whatever you do, make sure it is something you want to keep doing for the rest of your life because you do have to permanently change your lifestyle in order to maintain the weight you lose, no matter how you do it.
by k8yk (submitted 2 years ago)
Travel/Moving & Healthy Eating
Good luck! I moved from Arizona to California in January, but I found an apartment before I moved, so there wasn't any hotel time other than 1 night on the drive up. My biggest advice is to plan (and you seem to be doing that already!) The way we did it was as soon as we got everything into the apartment and the cats out of their cages, we headed to the grocery store so we wouldn't be tempted by take-out. And the next day, we scoped out gyms and joined one. I was pretty impressed that I was able to move without gaining weight. It can definitely be done :)
by k8yk (submitted 2 years ago)
Do you really want to lose weight? My RANT.
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.” - Andy Warhol I try never to let what others are doing get me upset though. We each have to go through this journey our own way, sometimes that means alone. Sometimes criticism from others sends you to retreat. Sometimes you aren't strong enough for that yet. I lost my first 60 lb without interacting with others on this site because I was not ready to be criticized in such a sensitive area of my life. Telling me to "get over it" would not have been useful, which is why I stayed away. Not everyone learns the same way and not everyone finds the same things helpful or inspiring. Do whatcha gotta do, but if you let other people's choices make you angry, you're wasting your energy. (Trust me, I've wasted plenty!)
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
This is easy, so easy.
I'd say it's simple but not easy- it does require focused, repetitive, daily effort, and a whole lot of patience- as does keeping the weight off.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Discussion Topic: Other than attention from men, has anyone noticed a change in the way people treat
Yes. I feel I have gotten more opportunities and am taken more seriously in my career. Sad but true.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Becoming a Vegan
I agree, I went vegetarian first and now I'm working on vegan. Start slowly finding replacements for dairy products you use, learn vegan baking, look up lots of recipes. There are many milk substitutes, like almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, etc. Find one that suits you. Like one of the first things I did was find a replacement for cream in my coffee. Look for where you use animal products in your life and find substitutes that you enjoy, Cooking for yourself, using a lot of fresh produce is ideal. Try to stay away from meat substitutes. It is not necessary to eat these processed foods. I think slow process is the best way to make any dietary change. Makes it more permanent when you allow yourself time to get used to it. Eating out is the hardest part for me. I live somewhere where this is not the normal way of eating so there are not many options. Your best bets will always be ethnic restaurants like greek, Thai, etc. There are so many good recipe sites online. Start googling! Good luck. It's a really rewarding way of eating.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Instead of counting calories
You can do it! It took me 2 years + to get to that point. No rush, it's a lifelong process :)
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Height/Weight/Size
Update: 5'8" 161 lb Size 8 usually, occasional size 6 :) (weight hasn't changed too much, bit weight lifting & yoga are changing my shape.)
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Instead of counting calories
Calorie counting repaired my switch :). Keep at it everyone. But have faith that you can learn to listen to your body again in time )
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Eating on the go...
Subway puts HFCS in their bread. YUCK. Home cooking is best. Don't get your fuel at the same place you fuel up your car. Unfortunately, I don't think there's much that's actually healthy from a fast food restaurant or a convenience store... Maybe ethnic restaurants? I'm thinking of this awesome Greek place near me... They cook everything from scratch.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Instead of counting calories
Great article. I'm maintaining my weight this way (and even losing a few bonus pounds!). I don't read labels... I basically don't buy anything with a label ;). I eat when I feel hungry and stop when I start to feel full. Calorie counting worked great, but once I knew portions sizes and what to eat, it wasn't necessary anymore. If you eat a lot of veggies and fruits, you feel fuller all the time. 7 months without calorie counting & loving life.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
sizes
WOWZERS! Amazing, congratulations!!! It gets tricky... I have jeans that fit me well in size 12, 10, 8, and 6. There's so much variation in sizes these days. You may want to try the 18s or 16s and Ann Taylor LOFT or Old Navy. It really depends how you carry your weight though. I've found I have to know my size in different brands and stores and even then it's a crapshoot.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Interesting article I found --> TIME: Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
Do you want to lose weight or do you want to lose FAT? There's a difference. The benefits of exercise are too numerous to list. I truly tire of all these articles basically giving people excuses to sit on the couch. IMO, exercise is NOT optional, the scale is NOT the only way to measure progress, and diet does make a huge difference, but it's got to be a combination of diet and exercise for maximum benefit. According to the National Weight Control Registry, 90% of people who successfully maintain large weight loss (30 lb or more) exercise 5-6 times per week for an hour or more. That's proof enough for me.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Gosh, I wish Cracker Barrel would post their nutritional information
I won't eat at a chain restaurant that doesn't publish thier nutritional information. That is a Big Red Flag, IMO! Cracker Barrel is notorious for extra large portions and high calories. My advice: whatever you get, eat half or less.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Low fat diet and depression/anxiety
A low fat diet causes depression- this has been studied and proven. The body needs fats. There's absolutely no reason to cut them out and many reasons to keep them. Especially for you women really concerned about your appearance- the fats are what keep you hair thick and healthy, your nails nice and strong, and your skin glowing and beautiful. So even if the health arguments aren't winning it for you, eat some fats for your vanity- preferably fats from plant sources like olive oil, avocado, nuts, etc.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
RDI when you're big
I also started around 1800-2000 calories a day + 3-4 days a week of elliptical at the gym. Lost about 40 lb that way. The trick is to keep trying harder. When exercise becomes easier, push yourself. You do have to adjust your calories as you lose weight. I kept increasing my exercise too. I think the calculator here is decent as long as you tell it you are sedentary and never enter any activities other than focused exercise (so no standing, sitting, driving, etc) I definitely underestimated what I was eating at first. It sounds so simple: enter what you eat. But it's a bit more complicated. It wasn't until I got a food scale that I found out I was "guesstimating" rather incorrectly. I would recommend measuring as much as possible. Don't forget to enter the oil or butter- it adds up quick.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
What do you eat at night?
My "fake ice cream" is the most filling protein-y snack I eat: Mix 0% fat Greek Yogurt (I like Fage or Yoskos best- make sure it's the PLAIN unsweetened kind) with 1-2 TBSP of peanut or almond butter and stir it up! It becomes a creamy peanut butter ice cream and is very filling. If you can't stand it unsweetened, add a little bit of agave, maple syrup or honey- it will still be much less sweet than if you buy sweetened yogurt. BTW, I always eat right before bed. Weight loss results below :) It doesn't matter [i]when[/i] you eat very much, it's [i]how much[/i] you eat overall. I wake up hungry- that tells me I used up all the food in my tummy overnight.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Vacation Advice
I actually found that the few times I took a week vacation- I ended up losing weight anyway. As long as you don't go utterly insane and drown yourself in liquor and cake, it can actually be just what the body needed. You may be surprised :) Vacations can be a lot more active than you realize. I end up walking around a lot more when I'm on vacation. Have fun!
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
Weird Emotions
I used to feel like that. Being emotionally attached to food and to eating is a problem. It's the reason a lot of us are fat in the first place. Will one less bite really change anything? No, it's something deeper than that. Would one bite of your BF's food change YOUR diet? No. It's not as exact as that. Examine those emotions. I'm guessing there's something much deeper behind them than just greed for food.
by k8yk (submitted 3 years ago)
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