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i want to lose weight but where do i start

By ware_mariea September 19, 2011 - 1:37pm

i feel like i need to lose weight i feel so fat. my husband say i'm fine but why don't i feel that way. i don't like the image i see in the mirror. what should i do first?help

By azngirl777 November 5, 2012 - 8:25pm

I would donate any junk food I had around the house. If you are serious about losing weight then this will be your first step.

November 5, 2012 - 8:25pm
By outsmartdisease.com January 5, 2012 - 9:58pm

Unfortunately, there are no diet or type of exercise that will suit everybody and produce the same results. A person's physiology dictates if a diet and exercise would work. For example, now a days there are more people with food allergies than without. Those who have food allergies most likely won't lose weight to the same degree while eating the same healthy diet. What is healthy for one person can be poison for another and prevent weight loss. I think that a key to successful weight loss is to find out what physiological factors prevent you from losing weight, establish a diet which is healthy for YOU, correct the imbalances and you will see positive results.

January 5, 2012 - 9:58pm
By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide January 5, 2012 - 4:11pm

This is also good advice!

But the reality is that about 93% of people who are overweight are that way due to poor diet, exercise and lifestyle choices/routines. This is actually good news, because it means that there is hope and solutions are clearer. The science is easy - calories in versus calories out - and exercise for a more lean, muscular body and better cardio  and mental health.

But if it were all that easy- wouldn't it be great? Sometimes, the mental and emotional aspects of our lives (including addiction) are the biggest obsticles. When they are resolved, dealing with the science part is easier to understand.

Susan

January 5, 2012 - 4:11pm
By outsmartdisease.com January 3, 2012 - 10:11pm

In addition to diet high in carbohydrates and sugars it could be also medical reason why you cannot lose weight. Thyroid issues, digestive problems, adrenal dysfunction, imbalance of neurotransmitters, toxicity overload and hormonal imbalances are all can make it difficult to lose weight or even impossible. Diet and exercise alone do not work if your body doesn't function properly. If you have already tried to lose weight in the past but couldn't do it may be you should get checked by your physician before you start with a new attempt.

January 3, 2012 - 10:11pm
By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide January 1, 2012 - 4:21pm

Everything Tiff said - she is giving great advice. 

Also, we tend to way UNDER estimate how much we eat and OVER estimate how many calories we use up in exercise. So if we work out really, really hard for a full hour, we may still "only" use up 250-300 calories. So if we reward ourselves with one small slice of pie afterward, that's the 300 calories regained.

Keeping a journal of everything we write down really helps and it's actually quite surprising just how much we eat. When we really get a hold of just how much we eat every day, we can make some quick changes.

Another tip that works for me - don't eat until you are full. Eat until you are no longer hungry. There is a big difference.

Allow yourself a treat now and again, being too strict will lead to binges and also give yourself time to lose weight. Gradual weight loss can become permanent weight loss. Fast and big weight loss is often just the loss of water and salt from your body and will encourage binges because your body will be tricked into thinking it's starving and will retain every fat gram it takes in.

Good luck to everyone - remember that losing weight truly is easier when younger so getting on track now will help immensely.

~Susan

January 1, 2012 - 4:21pm
By TiffT510 December 30, 2011 - 1:02pm

It's been a while since you posted this but I hope you've been successsful in your weight loss efforts. I lost a lot of weight in the last two years and now just have a habit of eating well. A few tips: significantly reduce sugar inatke (no sodas, sugary coffee drink), excercise (even a little) multiple times a week, don't skip meals ever, and start reading nutrition labels on everything you eat. Lastly, get informed! The more you educate yourself on healthy foods, etc., the easier it will be. Good luck!

December 30, 2011 - 1:02pm
By jayjays December 22, 2011 - 4:17pm

ok hun and dont forget to stop butter and marg!! u aint much heavier than me dont let it get u down chick

December 22, 2011 - 4:17pm
By ware_mariea December 22, 2011 - 4:15pm

I been 182 pound since I had my darther 15 months ago I never tried to stop sugar and sauces etc.. but I think i 'll try that

December 22, 2011 - 4:15pm
By jayjays December 22, 2011 - 8:26am

how much do u weigh if u dont mind me asking, and afew years ago, i stopped having sugar in my brus an on cereal, i stopped salt vinigar, sauces (eg ketup brown sauce bbq all ov em) and butter, and lost nearly two stone in like a month.. hope this helps:~)

December 22, 2011 - 8:26am
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By Anonymous December 12, 2011 - 7:52pm

Hi ware_mariea,

Thanks for your question. First thing, it's important to have a positive attitude.  Second, to set a reasonable weight loss goal for yourself. It's important to see a doctor if you plan on starting any exercise program.

Here's a link that might be helpful.

http://www.empowher.com/wellness/weight-loss

Best,

Daisy

December 12, 2011 - 7:52pm