List your twelve best "tips" that have worked for you to lose the weight

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 11:56
Totally agree czechmate. There is a LOT to be said for positive thinking (and visualisation)
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 12:44
Aww Classic .. you're so sweet. I loved being considered a 'tipper'. Let's hope I continue to do you proud in the year to come, ok?

Jeff - it took me a while to recognize when I was truly hungry; my stomach growling wasn't always necessary the hunry sign for 'me' as sometimes I just needed water or the growling indicated food still being processed. You'll find it though. Good on you for reaching out and sharing. Same sentiment - liking this thread and enjoying the tips being shared. Thank you for starting it.
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 15:12
ekatherin, I love your suggestion of getting a hobby. It reminds me of how I have made dieting and weight loss my hobby. I read about it, I learn a few great things everyday, I control my scale, it does not control me. This is my hobby and I love the journey and the challenges. Thanks ekatherin.
Oh yeah, I forgot, not 1 person has mentioned salt, including me. Salt is a huge power player in this game, salt and the scale are a two headed dragon. I would like your opinion on this. Thanks again and Thank you all for enjoying the thread!!! Then again, let's make it the three headed dragon...Sugar, Salt and the scale.Evil or Very Mad
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 16:26
Good point....I keep my sodium level to 1,200 mgs a day, not eating any processed foods makes this easy., I have to eat Kelp and foods from the sea to naturally stimulate my thyroid so sometimes it goes a tad higher but I'm not concerned because everything i eat is natural.

I really hate the processed food industry putting on their canned soups etc that 50% less sodium is a selling point! 50% less is still 200% too much!
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 16:37
Thanks, ClassicRocker, for nominating me as a tipper for this thread! It means a lot to me to know that I have inspired or motivated you. Smile

Here are my top 12, in no particular order.

1. My priority mindset is about gaining health, not losing weight. Losing pounds and inches is a byproduct of getting healthier.

2. I have learned to enjoy moving my body and look forward to exercise, and miss it when I go a few days without it. I also love trying new things and pushing myself to do something I didn't think I could do. And good music makes every workout better!

3. I eat 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks.

4. I love variety, I love to cook, and I try to make every meal a real pleasure to my palette. No such thing as "diet food."

5. I aim for mostly fresh, non-processed foods, but I indulge in "junk" every once in a while. 95% of the time I do this within my daily calorie limit and try to be somewhat reasonable, but 10% of the time I don't and I'm fine with that. The next meal/day is a new chance to get back on track. Being a busy working mom, I fit in fast food at least once a week (Carl's Jr. turkey burger or grilled cod sandwich, pizza, Flame Broiler, Subway, Chipotle, In N Out Animal Style burger plus 1/4 of my kid's fries on her birthday). Very Happy

6. Losing weight slowly is ideal. A pound a week is 60 pounds at the end of the year, and a heck of a lot better than where I started. I've suffered through obesity for most of my life, so taking 2 years to reach a healthy, ideal weight is not too's wonderful!

7. I rarely drink diet sodas anymore, maybe 1 or 2 a week compared to once a day previously. I drink a lot of water, either plain or infused with real cucumber, mint, or fruits.

8. Shopping regularly and keeping the kitchen filled with healthy foods is my saving grace. It helps me make quick, healthy meals at home and gives me plenty of things to grab and go for great lunches at work.

9. I officially weigh in and record my weight every Sunday morning. Sometimes I weigh in on Thursdays as a checkpoint to motivate me to stay on track as the weekend approaches. Weighing in on Sunday helps keep me on point during the typical Friday-Saturday weekend splurge days.

10. I savor every small (or big) success, from buying a new smaller size, to lowering my blood pressure med. I proudly share these with those who love and support me (like my family and my FatSecret friends!).

11. At some point in this journey, I stopped thinking of myself as a person who will never be "into" fitness or healthful eating, because now I realize I am one of those people.

12. I constantly seek out information about health and fitness. I read books and articles, and listen to podcasts or audio books every morning and every evening on my work commute. I don't think I have gone a day in the past 8 months without reading or listening to some kind of informative or inspiring message. This keeps it top of mind for me and reinforces the fact that my health is a priority.

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 17:55
These are all great suggestions and ideas! I will share what has helped me lose weight (at 23 pounds so far in my journey).

1) track everything. "If I'm not tracking, I'm not losing" is pretty much my mantra. If I can take a minute to eat something, I can take a minute to write it down even if I regret it.
2) drink water all day long
3) bike or walk everywhere (so I am moving every day!)
4) stick to a daily calorie goal (right now I try to stay between 1200 and 1400 even though FS says I can go up to 1500. I'm still working on this).
5) don't throw up my food! (this is big for me but is easier now)
6) reward myself with food. This is where I strongly disagree with people who are like 'never reward yourself with food!' are you kidding?? I reward myself with wine and chocolate because i deserve it and I am trying to get away from classifying foods as "good" and "bad"
7) eat lots of veggies (easy for me because i love veggies)
Cool order salads and lean dishes when i'm out
9) check weight/fat loss tumblrs for inspiration regularly
10) check in with my support group, three friends who have already lost the weight, almost daily
11) make weekends more active by going for bike rides and long walks in the city
12) weigh your food. Just because you log it as 3 oz or 30 grams doesn't mean it is!

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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 18:01
kkd125, Loving #12, its a hobby! also #11,3, 8. Love going to the store and looking at all the healthy things I want to try. In-N-Out Burger, my all time favorite burger on the planet, I'm scared to fit that one in even once in awhile. If I was a fish, my bait of choice would be the double double! Oh my, I'm having an In-N-Out urge, Lord please help me!
If your not hungry enough to eat an apple, then your really not that hungry!
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 18:08
Skinnycity: Liking #12, and especially #10. Good to hear you have a support group, very good advise
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 18:51
So far my "tips" are my rules to myself. Very interesting reading other's thoughts--many sound like the "rules" they have made for themselves. My goal is to get fit and feel good about myself again.

1. Exercise.

2. Plan a lifestyle eating plan to fit how you like to eat and how you like to cook. If you don't it won't suceede because it will be way to hard to stick to.

3. Get enough sleep.

4. If I come home from work stressed (almost every day) instead of grabbing a beer walk on my treadmill or work on my quilts, my garden, making jewelry, or work with or play with my dogs.

5. Plan meals fitting your lifestyle eating plan. Then do some prep work on days off to make work day meals easier.

6. Stick with the plan.

7. I come home from work hungry. My lunch is usually about 11:00 by 4:30 I'm starving even with a snack on my break about 1:00. I find a wine glass of buttermilk is a good solution. It's quick and with the protien boost it means I don't munch on whatever while I get dinner ready a sprinkle of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla adds a nice 0 cal touch. Find something that works for you.

8. Cut out sugar and calories in small bits. ie: I quit putting milk and sugar in my coffee. Small things add up over time.

9. Eliminate processed foods--way too much hidden sodium, sugars, and fats and also chemicals.

Personally I don't eat much meat. I eat alot of whole grains and legumes, vegetables and fruits. I use lots of complementary protien combinations, if I don't get enough protien it triggers migarins for me. I make a stone ground whole wheat, flax seed, garbanzo bean flour bread sweetened with unsweetened apple juice and molassas.

"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters


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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 07:55
ClassicRocker wrote:
In no particular order, I choose to designate "tippers":


Each of these people have in some way guided, suggested, encouraged me, made me think or helped me get through this journey because they are who they are.

Though I've not listed others who have helped me, I consider myself lucky to have the wisdom of everyone on this site. Thanks.

Awwww... Smile I appreciate the nod. Thank you.
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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 10:28
My goal has been to lose weight but also to address some growing health concerns. So with that, here's my list not in any particular order.

1. TRACK - if anything for education, if you track what you eat at least for a while, you'll know how much you are consuming and what mix of foods you are eating.

2. EAT WHOLE FOODS/DITCH PROCESSED FOODS - eating less processed/boxed/refined foods and moving to whole foods not only helps reduce calories, they taste better and are better for you.

3. SLEEP - good quality sleep is important

4. FASTING - never thought I'd enjoy doing it so often but it's cleansing and really taught me how to eat well on less calories. I also realized that being "hungry" is often a state of mind. Fasting also allows for calorie shifting, instead of eating the same amount day in and day out, I shift calories to other days when I want to eat more. My fast days are during the week with relatively low calories (but nutrient rich). It's less rigid and is way more flexible. I also heard this is good for the metabolism.

5. 3-4 MEALS DAILY - or most days, I never realized how often I ate even when I wasn't hungry. I believe many overstress their bodies by constantly eating all day (which also leads to too many calories). Teaching myself to take breaks and not eat all day long (grazing) has made a big difference

6. LESS ALCOHOL - I actually didn't want that nightly glass of wine but drank it any way, I learned the difference between a desire vs a habit.

7. SUPPLEMENTS - my poor diet left me deficient in many areas. boxed/processed/packaged foods do not provide the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly. While I eat well, I do use some supplements to ensure my body is getting what it needs.

8. HIGH INTENSITY WORKSOUTS - I discovered high intensity workouts which can take as little as 20 minutes a day and I can do it at home. No more 1-2 hour gym sessions or memberships!

9. BE PREPARED - have foods on hand that are better choices, have snacks/foods on hand ready to grab. Veggies washed and cut, throw a snack bag in my purse with almonds, dried fruit, etc., so I got that quick snack when I need it and it's healthy.

10. TOTAL CALORIES to CONSUME - got this from Chris Powell - take your weight x 12, if you eat less calories than that, you'll lose weight

11. I'M NOT ON A DIET - probably should have been #1 to emphasize but I eat they way I eat because I like it, I'm not going back to old habits of eating processed/boxed foods all day long.

12. WE OVER EAT - the number one reason why we are fat. You can blame it on fat, you can blame it on carbs, you can blame it on sugar or protein but bottom line is most people are overweight because they eat too much. I personally believe that eating more protein, veggies/fruit, good fats and only a handful of carbs (maybe 1 or 2 servings daily) works best but if you can eat 2 bowls of cereal, a box of pasta and a loaf of bread and lose weight, more power to you!

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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 12:08
This is a Fantastic Thread. I have noted all of your tips. FS has been my new buddy and I hope to gain some more within the FS community. Good Luck to you all on your Journey. Not sure if I have 12 yet but here it goes.
1. Changing your relationship with food
2. Make Heatlhier choices at the Groceery store
3. Stay away from Buffets
4. Stay Away from those taste testers in the Grocery Stores. Wink
5. Drink Water not because you have to because it is good for you. I try to drink at least 80oz daily. It really helps the digestive system.
6. Eat Salad as a Meal not as a Side/Starter Dish. Fill it up with a lot of free foods.
7. Set, know and follow your RDI to lose weight/maintain(I thank FS for this one).
8. Eat what your heart desires at leat once a week (watching your Caloric intake of course). It will keep you from binging.
9. Find someone/group to support your journey. Remembering sometimes it is our closet friends and family who will sometimes unknowingly sabotage your every effort.
10. Walk, Walk, Move, Move. It doesnt matter what you do just keep moving! Gardening, window shopping, walk to the store instead of driving.
11. find what works for you
12. Set Yourself Up For Sucess! (SYUFS)

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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 12:26
water12871 wrote:

3. Stay away from Buffets

Oh, WATER12871, I completely agree with your #3. I always think I'm going to go with a plan to a buffet but it always falls through when I see the vast selection of foods available. I do focus on more veggies and lean meats, but those are a little rare on most buffets. I end of up eating dishes with too many carbs, cheese and fat. Best to not go if possible.

However, the one buffet I've been able to do well at is Souplantation. I fill my plate with all veggies and greens at the salad bar, then get 1-2 small servings of healthier soups/chili and completely avoid the bakery bar.
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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 13:48
What an amazing thread!!!! Read all the tips and I'll keep coming back here for new ones.

Thank you!
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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 16:07
mrspackrat, liking your tips #6, 8, 11, 12. Now that you mention it, I'm also not on a diet, this is a life changing decision and a learning process that I need to embrace FOREVER! Thank you wise one!
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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 16:18
mrspackrat wrote:

10. TOTAL CALORIES to CONSUME - got this from Chris Powell - take your weight x 12, if you eat less calories than that, you'll lose weight

If i did this, i'd be eating 500 more calories a day than i am now doing to maintain.

I think a better formula is weight x 7... don't remember where I got that, I'm not as good as lots here who can quote and paste studies.
but again, age, height, hormone problems all go into figuring your daily intake, so it's not as simple as the math.

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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 16:19
water12871, liking #6,7,8,9,12 especially eating your salad as a meal, why the hell not! I have grown (no pun intended) to love my salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. # 8 My wife and I have agreed to go to the steak house and chow down once every week or every other week but I often find myself bringing 3/4 of my rib-eye home to enjoy the next day. And # 9 those damn saboteurs, there everywhere. Thanks for your contribution!

Mummydee, I use X 7 also, its a little light on cals but I lose 10 lbs per month, works for me!
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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 16:33
Itzjstjeff wrote:
Mummydee, I use X 7 also, its a little light on cals but I lose 10 lbs per month, works for me!

My total cal intake is closer to 7x-8x my weight and I'm losing about a pound per week. I don't know how the x12 formula could work! Maybe if you're extremely active?

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Posted: 27 Aug 2013, 16:45
kkd1125, I use X 7 but I do not exercise. I know I should but I don't. I read a book from the biggest loser titled "simple swaps" and learned how to formulate a calorie budget and "WHALLA" It has worked wonders for me ever since. Today my cals are about 1450 and that's no problem and I'm full all day long. If anybody would like to learn about calorie budgets just send a message I will give you the info. Thanks kkd1125

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Posted: 28 Aug 2013, 04:18
Great thread thanks everyone for the tips. Mine are:
1. Water instead of sweet drinks. (Water with lemon for a treat.)
2. Avoid variety. Here's the diet that removed 30 pounds from me.
A. Cereal with skim milk for breakfast.
B. Soup with 4 crackers or sandwich for lunch.
C. Meat with 2 vegetables for dinner.
D. Snacks are fresh fruit, nuts, or cheese sticks.
3. Make movement a habit. As much as I didn't want to at first, now I get up at 5 A.M. to work out with Gilad on fit TV.
4. Walk. I read once that if your dog is overweight, you're not getting enough exersize.
5. Read tips and ideas from others.

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