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Posted: 20 Jan 2013, 08:31
Ok, so I figured I should introduce myself.

My name is Francine. I'm 37 1/2 years old. I used to maintain a nice 155 lbs, even after 3 kids.

I was a drug user, and was slowly gaining weight. I sat at 180's for a few years and then I did it. I quit doing all drugs. UP went my weight to 235. I lost 100 lbs and dropped down to 135. It was very unhealthy for me. People started telling me they were concerned.

So I decided to try (for the first time in my life) to gain 20 lbs. Then I quit smoking. Got married. Settled into life and next thing I know, I am 260 lbs. Struggling to walk around without my feet hurting. I can't enjoy my life as much as I used to. My weight is now becoming a disability. I need to lose weight in order to be able to move more so I can exercise.

I am limiting myself to 2000 calories, and try to make them "good" ones. I don't want to take any suppliments.

Do any of you have any advice for natural appetite suppressants? NO chemical, synthetic stuff.

I am in Canada, so some stuff isn't available to me.

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Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 16:44
Welcome! You'll be able to do this. Smile Being hydrated is the first thing that comes to mind. I'm sure you've heard people often mistake thirst for hunger. Also, make sure you're getting the right amount of fiber in your meals. Read about Soluble-vs-insoluble fiber. Both have their place but they're quite different.

Here's a couple of links that might help you out:
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Posted: 28 Jan 2013, 10:22
First - good for you for quitting drugs AND smoking! That's amazing!

Try and snack frequently. That helped me shrink my stomach so I wasn't hungry all the time. Now I eat 3 times a day and even then I don't eat much. Almonds are a great snack, a handful at a time. I love grapes, too. A handful of grapes and a Babybel Light cheese is a wonderful snack option! Water is your best friend, too. If you don't like it, use Crystal Light. Sodas and alcohol will kill your diet. Try and drink water, at least 6 bottles a day.

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 17:43
Yes to water. Drink lots of it, you can go up to a gallon a day if you want to. It really will suppress your appetite. Something else that will help is making sure your diet is higher in protein and fiber. Both of those will keep you fuller longer. If you try to incorporate as many whole foods into your diet as you can, that will help also because they are typically less calorie-dense, meaning you'll get a lot of volume to fill you up for not a lot of calories.
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