Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Hey! It sucks trying to lose weight, it really does. In the past six months I have been trying to change my lifestyle just in little ways rather than a "diet" and have lost about 12kg (26 pounds).
Its good to exercise and move about but you can't really lose weight without a diet. People obviously cut out the snack foods and soft drinks, but a lot of the food you consider "normal" or even "healthy" has a lot of calories. And your serving sizes are often too large for these foods.
Keep watch of what you "normally" eat within a week or something, start reading the packets and don't trust that you only eat one serving size! Stuff like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes - people often eat much too much of these, and they are quite calorie dense foods. They aren't bad in smaller, more occasional meals but a lot of people eat these things quite often usually, and that is a whole lot of calories that have little nutritional value, in fact they are often just eaten as fillers. Eating wholegrain versions of these, for me, often seem to fill me up for longer and I eat less of it.
I drink herbal teas and water, perhaps a rare juice, which you get used to quickly. When you really want something, its no use saying now, it will drive you insane, but just have a smaller amount and stop at that. Like if you want a chocolate don't buy a whole block even if you tell yourself you won't eat it. If you want a cake don't bake a whole one, just purchase a small slice.
So start incorporating foods that have more nutritional value compared to calories and less calorie dense food. For example, you may have stir fry over quinoa, a protein, instead of rice. You might change a lunch sandwich to wholemeal roll with no cheese or oily sauces, but lots of salad vegetables.
That is my advice. Good luck though! I know it can be terrible and hard.