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    09-09-2011, 05:49 PM
the best way to loose weight is NOT exercise, It is diet, not "a diet"

It's diet AND exercise. Once you've got the diet part well in balance, you need to exercise so your body burns fat and replaces it with muscle.

Basically try eating healthier grains like kamut, spelt, Quinoa. Those starches are healthy ones. You already got the small meals and snacks part, but a important thing as well is to not eat after supper. DOn't snack at night because that makes you gain weight. Even if it's a fruit, try to drink water instead. If you cheat here or there and have a healthy snack at like 8-9 in the evening, it's not the end of the world, but avoid it. Though I must say it's hard sometimes and even I cheat. The day I grow out of my teenage body though, I know my metabolism won't be so merciful when I start munching on cereal at 8 o'clock at night.

Besides drinking lot's of water and trying to get a healthy amount of exercise, maybe try Oolong or green tea as well. If you drink 2-3 cups a day it can help with weight loss. Won't do a miracle and make you loose 30 pounds, but it will definitely help detoxify you and make you feel better. :)

Good luck! :)
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    09-10-2011, 05:54 AM
Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Hi guys I know the best way to loose weight is to exercise but with my back injury I am allowed only to swim which now that schools back in the public pools are closed and walk on level ground. I have put on alot of weight since I turned 30 and its gotten worse since I hurt my back even though I watch what I eat. So I am asking what have you guys tried that has worked for you to get the punds off? Going to a gym with an indoor pool is not an option because the closest on is a 30 minute drive from home. Also anyone know of any simple core building exercises that I could try.

ETA: I am doing some core exercises the therapist gave me when I was going but I have gotten board with them and would like to do some new ones.
I just wanted to say good luck with your weight loss. I have just joined a weight management programme myself. Not a diet a permanent, food shopping lifestyle change. It is run by my local health authority.
I quit smoking last year and have since put on 3 stone :( I am now ready to lose the gained weight and more if possible.

I have arthritis in my ankles and knees, which doesn't help as its harder to walk it off :(

I am very determined to lose this weight
    09-10-2011, 09:09 AM
Thanks everyone. There is a green tea recipe that I am going to try if I ever find fresh mint that it calls for. I need to loose 50 pounds and my goal is to try to loose 2 pounds a week which is what the dr said is a healty amount to loose each week. I really do thank you all for all the support.
Fellpony good luck to you to I hope you can do it.
    09-10-2011, 09:34 AM
Green Broke
Actually, not eating before bed because its bad for you is false. I don't mean have a snack right before you crawl into bed, but you do need some fiber and protein (so an apple and some walnuts) to help repair your body, and keep your metabolism working. A snack an hour before bed is definitely appropriate.

You also may need to redistribute your meals, and be eating more frequently...5 to 7 times a day.
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    09-10-2011, 10:14 AM
My best success comes from 5 small meals a day, + a snack or two I agree with the suggestion to eat food that looks like food, it is a great idea both for losing weight and to be healthier.

I also do better on the high protein low carb regime, carbs are like crack to me, if I eat bread, cakes or cookies then I just crave more and more, if I stick to protein and veggies then the weight comes off.

I have also just discovered Chia seeds, great little things, a tablespoon sprinkled onto a salad, or mixed into something, tastes fine and really makes you feel full.
    09-10-2011, 10:58 AM
Thanks Golden.
    09-10-2011, 01:02 PM
Actually, not eating before bed because its bad for you is false. I don't mean have a snack right before you crawl into bed, but you do need some fiber and protein (so an apple and some walnuts) to help repair your body, and keep your metabolism working. A snack an hour before bed is definitely appropriate.

Oh ya? Well, well, what an illumination. Yay, I can snack on almonds before bed!!
I'm always tempted to snack on a few nuts an hour or two before bed, but always hold myself back because I tell myself I shouldn't. Happy to hear otherwise! :)
    09-10-2011, 02:46 PM
Calmwaters, please Do Not worry about your weight. When fat is converted to muscle, you will gain weight. The dieter stresses then tries to eat an unrealistically low calorie diet, bordering on starvation. Instead, measure both upper and lower arms in the area of the largest muscle/fat. Same with the legs. Chest, waist and hips. Set up a program of exercises that you will do 5 days week, any 5 days so there's no guilt if you miss one to attend a function. Also your body needs the break. Set up your schedule so you work out for perhaps 10 min. 3x day. One for upper body, one for core and one for lower body. If you can ride an ex bike fit this in as one of your exercises. Strength training is cardio. Take your meas. Weekly and record them. As your strength improves you will begin to see a more toned appearance to your body. One very busy summer I helped my welder hubby, doing heavy lifting, etc. I was also getting a horse conditioned for a show. Extra kids for holidays meant more of everything in the house. At the end of the summer we were planning a nice dinner out. None of my good clothes fit, they were huge, yet to my shock I'd gained 23lb. I was lean, well muscled and fit. Lesson learned about the focus on weight.
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    09-10-2011, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Well...if you have supper at 6 and nothing until breakfast the next day at 6, that's 12 hours where the body has been deprived of food. That's not good for it.

But, this also means you should be eating within the first hour of getting up to restart your metabolism again.
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    09-10-2011, 05:51 PM
Green Broke
Water+oxygen=weight loss

I've found some articles that may help you out. I believe that they're from very credible sources.

Incredible Weight Loss Myths Exposed - Military Fitness -

Want to Lose Weight? - Military Fitness -

Can I Die from Drinking Too Much Water? - Military Fitness -

I hope they help.

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