Newbie Who Wants To Lose 75 -80 lbs

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brandi_lei

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Posted: 20 Jul 2012, 10:52
Very Happy Hi! I'm a newbie and would like some diet buddies for support on this journey! My ultimate dream goal would be to lose 75 - 80 lbs. I just started at a new gym in June that offers a variety of workout classes, so my plan is to REALLY STEP-UP my excerise game along with bringing down my dailly calorie count. So far, I am a fan of Zumba and other types of cardio.

I always have a hard time giving up carbs. For example, day before yesterday, I made a persoal goal to stay away from bread, rice, and pasta for at least a few weeks. But, we had a red velvet cake in the office today to celebrate one of the interns on her last day. Guess who had a HUGE piece? Moi, of course! If hard temptations like that don't get me, it's the bad headaches that I get when trying to get off of carbs that pull me back into the bad habit.

So, feel free to add me as a buddy or message me! I can use all of the friends that I can get!
holfraz

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Posted: 21 Jul 2012, 07:46
Instead of giving up carbs completely, why dont you try switching to only complex carbs? 100% whole wheat, whole grain, or multi grain. Make sure it's 100% whole. Whole grain has to be the 1st ingredient. Whole grain breads, pastas, baking flour. Those kinds of carbs burn off easily and our bodies need them for energy, especially on days when we are very active.
brandi_lei

Joined: Jul 12
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Posted: 21 Jul 2012, 11:52
Hi holfraz! Thanks for the reply! Great advice! You are correct about complex carbs and I actually like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat / whole grain bread.
holfraz

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Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 07:53
Your very welcome. Complex carbs provide essential nutrients our bodies need, as well as provide satiety from the bulk and fiber. They go into our bodies and do what they are supose to do- nurish it and give us lasting energy. Unlike processed white carbs which do absolutely nothing but make us feel sluggish and turn very easily into fat. We still have to burn off all the energy we consume in complex carbs, but those calories are much easier to burn than processed ones.
jsfantome

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Posted: 22 Jul 2012, 08:05
Brandi Lei, it's not that you can't eat carbs...it's that you have to be very selective on which carbs you eat, and how much of them, to turn your body into a fat burning machine.

It all comes down to personal choice. If you are experiencing withdrawls, headaches, generally feeling run down, etc... during the first few days, this is quite normal. But you really have to make a clean break from the 'processed foods' (box, packaged, etc), and the worst offenders... like breads, (some variations are out there that are low carb), pastas, rice, potatoes, etc... Think white...white flour, white rice, white breads, white pastas, etc... eliminate those for two weeks...and see how you feel.

During this time, be prepared to increase your protein and fat intake during the week. And of course, eat lots of veggies. Whole healthy, natural foods... clean out your body from this 'old' way of eating... and you will bounce back with a new healthy attitude, a feeling of increased energy, and a new focus on learning about eating a whole new lifestyle. And you'll feel good, and be losing the pounds at the same time!!!

Good luck.
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brandi_lei

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Posted: 23 Jul 2012, 10:38
Thanks jsfantome!! I appreciate the advice and the support!
rhondagraymo...

Joined: Aug 12
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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 09:18
Hi Brandi! It’s good to know that you’re all start a new and healthy phase in your life. If you’re looking for weight loss solutions make sure you look for those that are healthy, balanced and nutritious. I had about 34 pounds to lose last July and I did so by going on the Dukan diet. Have you heard of it? Well, it’s divided into 4 stages- the first 2 being entirely focused on proteins and the carbs are reintroduced into your diet only in the 3rd phase. I’m in the 4th phase right (lost 38 pounds in 17 weeks) and I’m learning to maintain a healthy balance between my proteins and carbs. It’s VERY easy and very effective. Take a look at it and good luck!
brandi_lei

Joined: Jul 12
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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 11:23
Thanks! I have heard of the Dukan Diet and I'm glad you have had success on it! I may give it a try.
1mamacarter

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 14:19
hi brandi: when it comes to things at the office its very hard to stay away from it. but just remember your goal some time you have to walk away. i keep something at my desk to takethe place of the fun stuff HA!HA! BUT HANG IN THERE
brandi_lei

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 19:57
Haha!@1mamacarter! I need to cover my eyes when I go into our office kitchen.



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