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TurnNBurn144 02-27-2013 02:45 PM

anybody ever try this?
 
hello all! I'm looking for advice. I'm 5'1" and 175lbs. im over weight and need help. im starting a smoothie diet for breakfast and lunch and eat a small portioned meal for dinner. anybody else try this? i work 4 days a week taking horses in and out, cleaning stalls, plus im going to start the insanity workout again.
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Lexiie 02-27-2013 03:12 PM

I lost weight by cutting out all junk food and making sure to eat A LOT of fruit and veggies, as well as drinking only water and milk or orange juice for breakfast.
I lost 40 lbs in 5 months.

ApolloRider 02-27-2013 03:21 PM

I lost 60 lbs in about 5 months...

Smoothies are okay but don't put any supplements in it. I recommend the vitamix juicer, it runs about 200 bucks but its way worth it!!
All you need to do is be strong, cut out the crappy food, and go to the gym. You can even just jog around the block once a day.

I know this works...
After I started to lose weight my husband started and he dropped 90 lbs!!!
After him 2 of my friends and work did it, 1 dropped 30ish, and the other dropped about 20.
But remember, you have to keep on it. You will gain it back if you don't make this a life change.

PurpleMonkeyWrench 02-27-2013 03:25 PM

I've joined my fitness pal . com and have lost 20 lbs so far in 2 months. All I do is stay within my calories. My job has me on my feet and moving quite a bit as well so I get my exercise there.

TurnNBurn144 02-27-2013 03:30 PM

thanks guys! the smoothies are fresh fruit and fat free yogurt. nothing added. i work 7 hour days, 4 days a week plus chase my 2 year old around.
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Golden Horse 02-27-2013 03:33 PM

Lets get a bit technical here for a moment..

If you are going to be doing a high intensity work out, you need to be sure to eat enough calories to keep you going, you can easily upset your body and put it into starvation mode.

If you follow this link Metabolism Calculator you can then play with some figures.

If you enter your height, age etc, and activity level, it will tell you how many calories you can eat a day.

Now if you do it and enter your target weight, you can see how many calories you can eat to maintain that weight, which means you can eat that many calories and that is your on going plan!

It tells me that it my current height and weight I need 2400 calories to maintain my weight

My target weight I need around 1800 just to maintain, so if I am just normally active, ie not doing much, if I eat 1800 calories a day, I will gradually move towards target.

PaintedFury 02-27-2013 05:40 PM

The biggest problem with meal replacement shakes, either bought or made, is that while you lose weight on them as soon as you start eating normally again you will likely put the weight back on. Have you tried keeping a food journal, to see exactly what you are putting into your body? Do it for a week, write down everything you eat or drink. You will be amazed at the end of the day at how much you eat. Join a website for dieters, get help from others, download an app for your phone that will help you track your exercise. If you want to add the smoothies to your diet, great just don't rely solely on them for your weightloss.
Just try keeping a food jounal for a little while, it will open your eyes, it has definately opened mine. The best diets that I have found, and keep in mind that I'm still working on losing weight myself, are changes to the way you eat that can be maintained as a life change. Because, I don't know about you, but I don't want to be stuck drinking a smoothie for breakfast and lunch for the rest of my life, maybe as a mid morning or mid afternoon snack when I want to, but not because I have to, to maintain or lose weight.
Just keep your options open, look at how you currently eat, and make changes that you can live with.
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TurnNBurn144 02-27-2013 05:56 PM

see thats the thing, once i lose weight i dont gain it back. i never have. i gained weight because of pregnancy. i was 125lbs.
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PaintedFury 02-27-2013 06:51 PM

Pregnancy changes your body. Just because you were that way before, does not mean you will be that way now. Just fyi. Good luck with whatever route you take.
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DraftyAiresMum 02-27-2013 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by PaintedFury (Post 1914965)
Pregnancy changes your body. Just because you were that way before, does not mean you will be that way now. Just fyi. Good luck with whatever route you take.
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Amen to this!!
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