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post #1 of 32 Old 12-01-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for loosing weight?

I need to loose some weight. I feel uncomfortable riding my horse and self conscious. Not to mention the teasing at school. Does anyone have any exersices that would help me? Last time I checked, I weighed 165 lbs. I'm only 16 and I can't stand my weight. Horse back riding tips would be fantastic!!
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post #2 of 32 Old 12-01-2013, 11:10 PM
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You should talk with your doctor or perhaps a nutritionist to help learn how to make good eating choices. While horseback riding can burn calories, it doesn't always, and is not enough on its own for casual riders (most of us fall into casual riders category so don't feel bad!). Maybe try some workout videos and see if there's things you enjoy? Zumba is awesome and is simple. There's a ton of free videos on SparkPeople too.

For horseback riding, I think the most physically difficult thing to do is frog position, which is the more extreme version of two point. Frog position has you jacked up high like a jockey - which is higher than regular two point. Learn how to stay balanced at a walk, halt, change direction. When you can do all that, do combinations of halt/walk/trot, and do the same thing - move on, halt, change direction, back up. Then do combinations of halt/walk/trot/canter. Use your core (your ab muscles) to help you stay balanced. If you're not sure how to do that, get a giant stability ball (You can get one for under $20), and sit on it. Try to balance without touching the floor or the wall - you will need to flex your abs to do it. It's handy to do this anyway when you're at home. These exercises will help your seat become more independent and strengthen your leg.

You can also do things like take your horse hiking in hand if you have access to trails. Walk/jog instead of ride. If you have some saddlebags, tack up your horse and pack some water and snacks and go out for a while.
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I've started doing zumba recently and it is really great! I love it. I also do yoga. I will contact a professional about eating habits, because i'm sure that's a big factor. I will try hiking with my horse, she would love that. Thanks for the tips, I am excited about this(:
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Just keep trying sensible diets until you find the ones that work for you, and rotate them, and train yourself to eat smaller portions. Honestly you didn't gain the weight overnight and your body will resist if you try to LOSE (that's "lose" with one "o") the weight quickly. Try to lose about 1 pound/month.
Make sure to drink water!! All other drinks dehydrate and water will flush your system best. If you don't have a measuring cup, buy one!! A regular drinking class holds about 3 cups of water, and you need 8 cups of water daily, so it doesn't take much.
Also, stretch. Being limber makes ALL exercise easier.
If you are NOT hungry, eat very small. Learn to enjoy being a little bit hungry between lunch and dinner.
Eat dinner early--try NOT to eat a big meal after 6 PM. If you're out with friends make your late dinner out a salad, even with meat it's easier to digest.
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post #5 of 32 Old 12-02-2013, 05:23 PM
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count calories
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post #6 of 32 Old 12-08-2013, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by bitinsane View Post
count calories
x2, and good old fashioned exercise.

I lost 70# 3 years ago and that was pretty much the magic potion - there's no pills, drinks, or elixirs that are going to make up for simply becoming aware of what you eat (and the calories in it), and exercising.

I used the LiveStrong iPhone app. I tracked every SINGLE calorie down to each teaspoon of sugar in my morning coffee. It became very evident within the first few days (eating as I normally used to) where my problem was. I then set a strict calorie limit, adhered to it (it was HARD in the first week or two, but it gets easier as your stomach and mind adjust), and then exercised my butt off - at least 4-5 nights a week in the gym for at least an hour.
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Everyone is a little bit different and what worked for someone else may not work for you. However, I want to share my and my family's experience because we are quite pleased with our lifestyle change.

This year my family and I switched to a no processed foods diet. We eat healthily. Plain and simple foods, no added sugars, refrined grains, no preservatives and if you can't read or understand exactly what's on the label, don't eat it! These are some basic guidelines: Real Food Defined (The Rules) - 100 Days of Real Food
My family is healthier and happier! Over the course of this year I've lost 31 lbs and went from pant size 13 to a 7. I have more energy and SO much more self confidence. Point is, I really believe that eating Healthy foods can change lives!
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I'm currently doing the atkins diet. I've lost 10 lbs in a month. I'm not extremely excited about the diet because it's a little hard. There are a ton of things you can't have and the meals take a lot of preparation because you need so many vegetables. But it does work for weight loss. I've talked to a lot of people that have been able to keep the weight off after loosing it, it's a complete change in what you eat though....

Not sure it's the way to go....
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There's a reason a lot of these fad type diets (like Atkins) come and go. 3 or so years ago Atkins was the "OMG!" diet that everyone who wanted to loose weight was on. Now it's faded dramatically - still around, sure..but certainly but a tiny fraction as popular as it was.

IMHO the reason is that they're not realistic, and accordingly, a lot of people fail. Farmpony, your comments above are a good example - "a ton of things you can't have and meals take a lot of preparation" is what causes most people to just abandon these sorts of diets - too much effort required. Effort and self control is the key basis of loosing weight, and when it becomes a total pain in the butt a lot of people just get pissed and fall off the wagon.

I never limited what I ate. I didn't do a fad diet or anything of the sort. When I dieting hard core I ate pretty much the same thing I used to, I just did it in EXTREME moderation. Desert? While everyone else might have had a slice of chocolate cake (for example), I'd have some too - but maybe a forkfull, and that was it.

In the end, in my honest opinion, calories are what ultimately counts, not where they come from.

Ultimately, create a calorie deficit on a daily basis and you'll loose weight. Enjoy what you eat nonetheless, but just realize that the cookie after dinner means an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill afterwards.

It worked for me.
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Depak Chopra says an old east Indian pressure point is pressing the index finger against the side of the thumb by the nail and ask yourself why you want to eat whatever it is and to think about how whether or not it is beneficial to your health. Apparently it's supposed to help a person make better choices or not eating at that particular moment.
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