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Subash...

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Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 22:45
I am 25 Years old , but who ever sees me asks whether i am 30 or so . I am overweight & has got a big belly . I tried to lose weight , cut down food intake & go walking or Cycling - but the problem is , i couldn't keep the momentum going. I would exercise for 5 days & then leave it . I would diet for a week & then start eating excess. I am not sure how to stick on to somethin & do it continuously .

Now My cholesterol level has gone Up. Not sure wat to doo.
christinaebe...

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Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 23:44
I understand completely. I totally lack motivation however I find that joining the challenges on this site help keep me motivated because I feel like I am not alone. It may help you to - the 7x7 challenge just started today and it is good because the exercise is not that much so it will be easier to stay with. Good Luck!
pg208

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Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 00:59
One of the biggest issues with weight loss is that people seem to do things to the extreme and right away. If you, say, go from usually consuming 2500 calories per day without exercising at all, to eating only 1200 calories and trying to pull off 2 hour workouts, that is such a drastic lifestyle change that it'll be almost impossible to stick with.

I would suggest trying to make little changes everyday. For example it could start out with something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and cutting out sugary drinks from your diet. Over time, if you set yourself new goals every few weeks, eventually you won't even think about doing certain things, they will have just become part of your lifestyle!

And remember, even if you slip up, there's no need to give up! If you fall back into your old habits one week, you can always pick it up again the next!

Hopefully that helps, and GOOD LUCK!
holfraz

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Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 16:24
I believe that if you find an exercise activity that you enjoy, or at least can tolerate for 6 wks., and do it every other day- if not every day, and challenge yourself to stick w/ it for 6 wks., that you will see good results, which will get you motivated to continue it. If you stick w/ something, you will begin to see results and that is what is going to keep you motivated. Perhaps most importantly is to find an activity of some respectable intensity that you enjoy doing.
snugles

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Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 20:38
A few years ago i drop 5 pounds without doing anything so I thought...Then i realize I had changed a little bit. Slowly over the last few years I have taken mini steps to get healthy. 5 min workout here 10 minutes there. Oh maybe i tried drinking water or a new mixed veg. Many times I failed so i would just try something new or tried something i have done before again. I lost around 25lbs year 1 17lbs year 2 and over 13lbs so far this year. not hugh #s but that is a total of 55lbs without really trying. If i try to diet I will binge no doubt and if I over excerise I dont want to do it for a long time. Logging my food really opened my eyes though. It like holy crap there is that much carb fat salt etc and i have never bought some food or limited some because i see it in black and white. Guess what I am saying is I have been your weight at your age and did what you are doing and went up to 295lbs. Make yourself aware of what you are eating, and how the spike your sugar or not. And how a 10 minutes brisk walk more often maybe better than running a 5 mile course. good luck
Subash...

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Posted: 12 Jun 2012, 22:16
Thanks all . You have given me quite good tips. I will start with small steps & keep the momentum going .
dazzledsoul

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 01:15
It sounds like to me that you need a support system and someone to help motivate you along the way. Weight loss is not an easy battle and it takes a lot to change a life style that you have gotten comfortable with. I know that you can do it. I just finished the 24 Day Challenge and motivated to keep losing. I have lost 20lbs and 28 inches so far! Let do it together! It is time to be happy and live a better life. Feel free to message me any time.
Rock_star201...

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 11:25
If I were you, I would focus more on getting your cholesterol under control first before targeting weight loss (though both of them can go hand in hand). I would agree with the subtle dietary changes as a good way to go, as drastic changes can be hard on the body and often lead to a quick loss of motivation.
As a nutrition major in college, I know some dietary changes that could help you to lower both your cholesterol and weight, but please note I'm not a professional (yet).
Fiber has been known to help lower cholesterol levels, so getting more fiber in your diet from fruits and vegetables would be a good course of action. This will also help you to feel fuller longer and will provide a good source of nutrients. Whole grain products are also beneficial as well (that's why cheerios have such a good rep for lowering cholesterol). Also, you may want to lower your intake of animal products or choose leaner options. This would include dairy products, eggs, and meats. (I apologize ahead of time for the assumption that you do eat animal products if you are a vegetarian.)
I hope that this advice will help. And good luck! = ]
Alestock

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 12:06
Sitting here reading everyone's post has made me realize that if I take baby steps I can lose my weight and become healthy. Thanks everyone.
Subash...

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 23:39
Smile I have started with my dietary control. Hope it goes well. Smile
ambtreh

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 01:03
Oh and I suggest that you log everything (even that cup of vending machine coffee or that chutney) you eat. That way you can determine what actually needs tweaking. Even if you don't make any changes to your diet, logging what you eat religiously is an eye opener.
posterchild6...

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 04:38
pg208 wrote:
One of the biggest issues with weight loss is that people seem to do things to the extreme and right away. If you, say, go from usually consuming 2500 calories per day without exercising at all, to eating only 1200 calories and trying to pull off 2 hour workouts, that is such a drastic lifestyle change that it'll be almost impossible to stick with.


pg208 hit the nail right on the head as far as I am concerned. I found out by accident by rupturing my achilles 30 days into my most recent "journey". While laid up on the sofa with little to no activity, guess what? I have little to no appetite too. Makes sense when you think of food as fuel.

Many people say its is 80% what you eat, and 20% what you do. I have taken that slogan to heart. It is much more important to get your food intake (dare I say diet) in check before embarking on an exercise program. I feel this is a month or two process. Then when you can manage your diet/calories, then introduce exercise.

Another case of us wanting quick results. It took me a long long time to get heavy, why should I want to be skinny overnight. Its natural, but take it easy.

Its working for me!

/Cheers, JP
umdterpsgirl

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 07:25
ambtreh wrote:
Oh and I suggest that you log everything (even that cup of vending machine coffee or that chutney) you eat. That way you can determine what actually needs tweaking. Even if you don't make any changes to your diet, logging what you eat religiously is an eye opener.


This X10,000. It's amazing that the simple act of recording what I eat makes me eat less and recording my exercise and activities makes me move more.


Agreed posterchild. I have read various studies that say exercise doesn't really aid weight loss all that much, but is necessary for good cardiovascular health and to maintain a healthy weight. Obviously there are other benefits of exercise as well such as toning muscles (makes you look thinner/leaner and muscles burn more calories), increased energy, increased overall well being (yay endorphins!). It's also good to get into the habit of doing exercise as you lose weight so you can maintain your weight loss down the road. Personally I only workout roughly 3 days a week (though I try to walk everyday at lunch for 20-30 mins if possible). It's been enough for me to see steady weight loss and now that I've reached my goal, I have been maintaining well.



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