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NOYAN291
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3/26/12 11:54 A

Rapid loss is rapid death



CHEETARA79
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3/26/12 11:51 A

Losing weight too rapidly can have some nasty side effects like hair loss. And for the record, I would love to lose 1-2 pounds per week! It's really good if you can maintain that kind of momentum.



ARINTEZ
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3/26/12 11:50 A

Don't watch Biggest Loser huh? You know what I never thought of it that way before. I mean I knew that they had an excessive amount of training each day for exercising and eating, but I didn't connect it with the fact that that's why they lost weight so fast. I remember starting my own weight loss program around the same time the new season started this January, and I've only lost like 9 pounds, when they've lost like 65. And I'm just so dang competitive, it's like Dang. I failed again. But now I'm really truly honestly learning progress not perfection, and bouncing back from my failures.

And as far as diet and nutrition go, I'm trying to cut out as many processed carbs as possible. But if I'm hungry and I can tell my body needs something with a lot of oomph, every now and then I'll have a protein bar. I'm trying to fall in love with protein, which I already do love, I just need to use it as a replacement to my maniacal bread eating.



SUNSHINESKYWAY
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3/26/12 11:37 A

Just take it slow and healthy. Increase the amount of time you exercise if you have the time to spare. I recently joined a contest at work to see who can lose the most body fat in 3 months. I increased my walking time by 1 hour on the weekdays( I normally walk 1 hour). So far I feel great, and even if I don't win the contest, I will WIN in health. Best of luck to you.



TRILLIANTOO
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3/24/12 2:08 P

Double post

Edited by: TRILLIANTOO at: 3/24/2012 (14:11)


TRILLIANTOO
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3/24/12 2:08 P

Also most folks who were on The Biggest Loser end up putting the weight back on because they don't learn how to sustain weight loss naturally in a real world environment.

I agree with the other posters as well. It can be frustrating and I've been there with the "I'm sick of this I want it all gone now" mentality, and tried all kinds of crazy things to do that, but the reality is, as everyone here has said, if you have less than 100 lbs to lose then 1-2 lbs weight loss is about the most you can expect - and the closer you get to your goal, the slower the weight will come off.

Seriously, when I started Spark and wanted to lose weight I coudn't even exercise. I was losing about 1/4 lb on average a week - and my scale wasn't sophisticated enough to show me that small of a weight loss, so I might go a month or more without seeing a drop on the scale.

And I had to pay so close attention to my calories, I had to be almost exactly exact on the numbers with everything all the time.

I had to rely on things like measurements to see change, and focus on things like eating more colorful foods, feeling better, being able to do more, trying new foods and recipes, and having the support of folks on Spark in order to keep a good mental attitude about things.

Believe me, if I could have lost 1 lb a week I'd have been so happy and it wouldn't have taken years and years and years to lose just 30 lbs!

You are doing great!






REDSHOES2011
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3/24/12 12:59 P

Agree with Elengil..



ELENGIL
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3/24/12 11:56 A

DON'T watch the Biggest Loser.

Seriously, if you're working at being healthier and losing weight, that's like the worst show to watch. They give up their daily lives, they have personal trainers, they have someone else doing their meals... there's no way for the average person to compete with that.

Besides, as as been stated, processing fat is hard on your body, you don't really *want* to lose that much at once, it's just not as healthy.

Reality TV is done for ratings, not health!



CJSNLOVE3
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3/24/12 10:35 A

All of this advice is true... and I know it is!!!! But it's still hard when you really do want to loose weight and watching The Biggest Looser and seeing them loose 5 - 15 lbs a week doesn't help either. But you have to remember that slow & steady wins the race.



NOYAN291
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3/24/12 10:29 A

Fast weight loss may just kill you.



RUSSELL_40
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3/23/12 8:51 P

I understand that you want to lose enough to know it is working, so you don't give up.

It's why I do low carb. I lose fast when I start it, now I am hoping for 2-3 lbs a week. I know it works though, so if I lost 0 for a week, I would just keep going.

Lots of people lose 2 the first week, and gain 1 the next and then quit. It would be nice to say just hang in there!, but most people cant stay with that. I needed "proof ". I know it is a weakness, but it worked for me. I think for me, it was the diet I need to be on. Who knows what yours is, but you should lose more than 1-2 starting any diet, just from water weight. Heck, cutting sodium, and sugar could probably do that much.

You want to know that the diet is working in 2 weeks, and that is natural, but if you lose 3 lbs in 2 weeks, and aren't hungry, why not try 2 more weeks. If you could lose 5 lbs a month, you could be at GW by Christmas. Find a diet that you like to eat, helps with weight loss, and just repeat for 52 weeks.

You could read up on low carb, but it has just about as much chance to work as any other.. there is no one diet fits all plan. Pick one and stick to it.. thats how you succeed.



MANDIETERRIER1
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3/23/12 8:33 P

You have gotten some really good advice on this thread. Unfortunately there is no way to lose weight really fast.



SINGINGMAIDEN
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3/23/12 6:10 P

I totally understand wanting to see instant results. It can be so disappointing to see only small losses or not to lose at all. But the healthiest way is 1-2 pounds a week. Here's what I suggest (all based on my own experience):

1. Find out what your calorie range is and stick within it. Do not eat less because you want to lose faster. It doesn't work that way. I can promise you if you try that your body will hang on to the pounds and you might even gain. I know this because I tried it. I got very angry at the results and I don't want you to go through it.

2. Track all of your food on this website. It will make you aware of what you're putting in your body.

3. Drink your water! At least 8 cups a day. On days when I'm very active or I'm getting ready for a performance (I'm a singer) I drink more.

4. Make what you eat count. I try to make sure everything I eat counts for something. Whether it's got a fruit or veggie serving or it's got some decent protein and fiber. I really try to put a stop to my mindless eating. This is actually the most difficult for me sometimes.

5. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Get out for a walk. Go to the gym. Do a workout video. Just get moving.

6. If I label foods as off limits I do a whole lot worse. Instead I try to find some healthier substitutes. Sometimes that includes finding a low fat or sugar free version of what I'm craving.

I hope some of this helps you. I know it's frustrating to watch pounds come off slowly but it honestly is the most healthy way. And think about the good you are doing for your body whether the scale shows it every week or not!!



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/23/12 6:06 P

If that's the way it is, then you'll never get started.

The problem is, you've set your mind to a possibly unachievable goal. By insisting on an unrealistic start before you'll accept the real work, you're setting yourself up to fail before you start.

This isn't a sprint. You don't get points for getting somewhere fast. You win by losing slowly, steadily, and KEEPING it off.

Start right, start healthy, and don't make excuses. This isn't a fast weight loss website.



TACDGB
Posts: 6,102
3/23/12 5:53 P

it's funny how people want to loose it real fast. But they didn't say I want to gain 60 pounds real fast so what can I do. It took time to gain it and it takes time to loose it. be patient with yourself and it will come off.



CORTNEY-LEE
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3/23/12 3:48 P

it didn't come on overnight, and you won't lose it overnight.

the best thing to do is focus on healthy eating and exercise. Make sure you fill out your goals on your spark page to get a calorie range and stick to it.

slow and steady is the best route to go..

if after an extended period, you get little or no results, head to your doctor and get a blood work up, as there may be some underlying issues.



ELENGIL
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3/23/12 3:47 P

Unfortunately, that's not how it works.

You didn't put on 50+ pounds in a few weeks, it will not come off in a few weeks either. 1-2 pounds is a GREAT start to weight loss. You don't need any more jumpstarting than that.

If you need the scale to move faster to keep you motivated, then any natural variation is going to derail you, won't it? Try focusing on different motivations. Positive changes in your life, a move towards being healthier. Clothes feeling looser than they had been a few weeks ago. Your scale can vary even by 5 pounds in a single day! Don't let that number dictate your feelings.

The safest way to drop weight *is* slowly, 1-2 pounds per week when you have 50+ to lose.



UNIDENT
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3/23/12 3:42 P

Perhaps you really need to work on the mentality that demands a quick drop suddenly before you feel satisfied with 1-2 pounds weekly. Seriously - what would be so wrong with starting and just losing 1-2 pounds every week?

Anyway, results on taking up healthy lifestyles vary from nothing at all for weeks and weeks, to consistent regular loss straight away, to big drops immediately that then taper off to regular loss.

Nobody can guarantee you which result you personally will get. There isn't really a way to try to force it.

If you attempt to drop a lot of weight suddenly, your body can actually rebel and just hold onto it.

The best approach is to just switch to healthy habits and start building healthier habits now, even in small changes. Your body will adapt how it does - it could be a big drop immediately, but it also might not be. Like trying to lose fat from specific body parts, that part of it is largely unmanageable.



AANK111
Posts: 23
3/23/12 3:13 P

I need a quick but the safest way to drop some pounds fast. I have 50+ lbs to lose and I really need to see the scale number go down fast to give me the motivation to start losing weight seriously. I need the initial week or two to be a big loss then I can handle seeing 1-2 lbs only on the scale. It's so frustrating to give up all my favorite foods (serious sugar addict) and exercise to only see 1-2 lbs. I dislike feeling that way but it is what it is and that's how I feel. Can anyone tell me how to jumpstart my weight loss, PLEASE?



 
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