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Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 09:46
i really need help ! i cant ever stick to a diet, but i know that im not getting any smaller, and i really want to lose weight. admitedly i've not tried every diet going, but i do have a limited budget and i have often thought about diet pills, and diet shakes etc. i just dont know what to do, and didnt know if anyone has any suggestions - i'd be happy to read them.
Joined: Feb 11
Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 11:16
top right search - select forums - then type in motivation. You will find tons of info to help you.
Joined: Jun 08
Posted: 01 Jul 2012, 19:33
Have you tried not following a diet? I usually find diets to be stressful and restrictive, so I'm simply aiming for healthier habits. More water, more exercise, more veggies, no fast food, limit carbs, no pop/soda, limit alcohol, ect. In my experience diet shakes and snacks tend to be expensive and generally the nutritional content concerns me. What are you currently doing?
"Of course its hard, if it were easy everyone would do it. Hard is what makes it great"
-League of Their Own
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 01:01
May be I can help with your problem. There are a lot of ways you can loose weight, but I suggest you stay away from artificial ones like diet pills and other slimming potions as they may have side effects in the future. You can try this:
It's a fat loss program that offers a very safe, effective and natural way to loose weight while still enjoying your favorite foods. After all, you should never starve yourself just to loose those extra pounds.
Joined: May 12
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 01:14
I still eat fastfood, soda and junk. I just eat less of it now. I've found it to be easier to lose weight by eating what you love in small amounts than just doing away with all of it. Of course adding some fruits and veggies to the mix doesnt hurt. Find exercise that you love doing. Go for a walk. Dance. Swim. Bike rides. It doesnt have to be boring and repetative. You want to look back on this day months/years from now and say "thats when i took control of my life and changed it for the better."
Joined: Sep 10
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 07:03
Highly recommend Paleo or Primal methods (Primal permits cheese). If you give your body a couple days to adjust, hunger goes away and weight starts to drop, almost effortlessly. MO!!
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 14:16
From what i've seen, the best thing to do is join dance/arobics/general fitness classes (if the gym is too scary!) and drinking lots of water! On top of that, FatSecret is a great way to keep track without needing to have a diet! As long as you limit your calorie intake and keep an eye on how much you're eating, rather than trying to stick to a diet, you'll see the weight drop off. It may take weeks rather than days, or months rather than weeks, but it'll be easy to stick to, and unlike shakes or pills or fad-diets, the weight won't come straight back on after! Wish you the best of luck!
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 14:42
I went through same things...just like everyone is saying u dont need a traditional program or crazy crash diet. Just dont eat fast food, I eat alot of baked chicken and veggies and flavor them so I dont mind eating them. Just keep track of ur food on here I keep track of everything so it keeps me from eating bad stuff. Good luck.
Joined: Mar 11
Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 14:57
The thing that has helped me the most is to log my food here. Once I started seeing that taking out the junk and replacing it with more good foods was helping I started to get more motivated to keep going. Motivation is hard because you are really the only person who can motivate you. I wouldn't recommend a fad diet or diet pills, I would say to start by logging what you normally eat on this site, then make some changes, whether it's adding fruits and veggies and taking out junk, or just eating fewer calories, change it up. And exercise. Like others have said, find something that you enjoy doing and it won't be so hard to keep doing it. It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to eat healthy and exercise, but it can be, so don't give up keep pushing through. You can do this!
Goal 3: 125 whenever I get there
Goal 2(restart): 130 by May 25th (2013 vacation)
Goal 1: 135 by May 24th (2012)~~~~Accomplished!
Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 04 Jul 2012, 06:41
I can completely understand about the lack of money, and the temptation of diet pills and shakes. However I have found that "healthy, whole foods can fill you up". Getting started may increase your expense slightly but doing simple add on every week will eventually bring your expense down. Look for good stuff on sale. For frozen meats portion them out. For fresh veggies or fruit preserve or freeze them as well.
Please remember it is a lifestyle change and not a diet..
Joined: Mar 11
Posted: 04 Jul 2012, 09:10
My family and I don't eat out. We can't afford it we stay at home cook our own meals. I have done the diet thing before and I never stayed on it. Now I am just eating healthy. I make better choices. i stopped drinking soda all together (2 months or so)and now I will allow myself 1 can of diet soda while at work for lunch. The days I don't work.. I just have water.
The more you work out the more motivated you will become. You don't need a gym membership, just a pair of shoes and start walking. Don't be intimidated by people either. Be proud that your working on yourself. I walk and I am now starting to run ( I am not really good at it), I have a medicine ball and 2 five pound wieghts.
Just do the best you can. If you goof.. forgive yourself. Your human. My trainer ( I do have a membership at a gym... through work) says that weightloss is like looking at entire picture. Don't worry about goofing up a day here or a day there...look at the overall picture of it.
If you need a friend. I am here. My name is Jackie.
Joined: May 12
Posted: 05 Jul 2012, 19:22
I know what you mean, Cat Smith. It can be very hard to get motivated. I have tried diet pills from my doctor. I lost 20 pounds in a month. Sounds great, but it was NOT safe. I would go over 24 hours without eating because I didn't feel hungry. I ended up losing about 35 pounds with them, but it all came back (and then some) when I stopped taking the pills.
Now I'm drinking lots of hot tea, cutting out sodas (I still drink one every now and then), and trying to eat lots of fruits and veggies every day. I have been making lots of smoothies, which makes getting in those fruits super easy (I use vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, orange, avocado, ginger, vanilla, a little honey, some cranberry pomegranate juice, and ice).
I finally had to realize that there is no miracle and that the older I get the harder it is to lose. I'm going to mess up and have bad days, that's okay. The longer I eat better the less junk I want. I have 75 pounds to get to where I want to be, and I just had to make my mind up that if it takes 3 years to get there, I WILL get there.
Goal 1: 190-Reached 9/26/12!
Goal 2: 170
Goal 3: 150
Goal 4: 130
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 07 Jul 2012, 13:57
I would also suggest that you dont go the route of diet pills or shakes. Eating healthy is not expensive, once you start by cutting out buying all of the junk food. Have you tried atkins? I have been on atkins for about 8 months now and have lost over 60lbs and am maintaining my goal weight very easily. It wasnt about just losing the weight, but feeling so much better with tons of energy. I have never felt better in my whole life! Its about counting carbs, but I also count calories as well. Having a calorie deficit each day is what makes the weight come off. I have to admit that I didnt exercise much to lose the weight, and still lost it. I am exercising more now because I feel so much better. You will get there, dont be afraid to try new things, keeping your diet healthy. I wish you all the success for you to make it to your goal!
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 09 Jul 2012, 18:58
I totally feel the same way. HELP!
CURVES ARE SEXY!
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 10 Jul 2012, 13:03
I also have a very limited budget. And I found that planning my meals for the week Breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 healthy snacks, definitely helps cut down on my grocery bills. I eat a lot of produce and protein. I don't cut out carbs all together, because your body needs carbs to function, and if you cut it all out you may binge eat. I used to make a full box of pasta, and my boyfriend and I would easily eat half of it each. Instead now, to make the pasta last longer, I measure out two servings of dry pasta and only cook that. It definitely helps to shop by the sales, and try new foods. A lot of grocery stores have a "discount" produce rack. Where they put their "Damaged" produce and discounted prices. The damaged produce may have some bruises, but just cut around them if you're eating it raw.
Making meal plans also helps you stick to ONLY what you need. This will prevent throwing out rotten food and over spending. A lot of the times, vegetables and fruits have really great sales. For example, when you get your local grocery store's flier, if they have strawberries buy one get one free, look up recipes for strawberries. You can make low fat meal shakes at home, make fruit salads and benefit from the sales.
There is a store called "Aldi's" I don't know if there is one around you. But That is where I buy my bagged spinach and salad mic (.99 cent to 1.60$) some of their food isn't the best qaulity, but you can always get a great deal on paper products, cereal, nuts and seeds, some veggies and fruits.
Good luck! AND DONT USE DIET PILLS OR SHAKES. YOU DIDN'T TAKE A PILL TO GET FAT, THEREFORE YOU DON'T NEED ONE TO GET THIN!
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