The best diet plan is the one that you can maintain. I deny myself nothing, but stay at the bottom of my calorie range (or did until reaching maintainance after losing 120#).
Some people will up their veggies- not me! I hate 'em. I eat a lot of protein. A LOT! Each of us need to develop the plan that we can live with for the rest of our lives. No matter what you decide though, try this:
Write down why you want to lose weight. List all the reasons why those extra pounds are burdensome. That is your motivation. Post them by your phone, in your car, on the bathroom mirror, next to the kitchen sink....
Part 2 is determining whether wanting to reach that goal is worth the effort needed to do so. If you do not think it is worth it, nobody else can help you to get there. If you DO think it is worth the trouble and hard work, nothing can stop you! We can encourage you, we can help you through the temptations and hard spots, but we cannot give you the motivation to do something that you do not want to do.
Part 3 is your plan. How do you plan to lose the weight that you have decided is worth the effort to lose? Will it be dieting? How? Calories? How many? Atkins? Weight Watchers? What kind of exercise and how much are you prepared to do at this point? If you don't have a plan, you will continue doing the same thing you are doing now and that isn't helping you to get to where you want to be..... which brings us to step 4...
Part 4- What is your goal? You can set an ultimate goal, but 50# is a lot to look at. You need to set smaller measurable goals. Not all of them should or have to do with weight. Perhaps it is to move for 10 minutes straight. That movement might be walking, dancing, jogging or marching in place. You might want to get below a certain milestone number (those over 200# tend to strive for ONE-derland). Or look at a 5% weightloss. YOU decide the goals.
Now put these all together and get this plan in motion.
MEASURE YOUR SERVINGS! Our minds are sneaky and we vastly underestimate what we are eating. TRACK EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH! If you write it down, it is real. Don't try to remember at the end of the day. Do it immediately after you eat if not before. MOVE! It probably won't be much at first. 15 minutes on the bike was hard for me at first and I had to ice my knee afterward. After several weeks I tried the elliptical trainer. I couldn't do a minute. Now I can do an hour without any problem. The fact is, you CAN do this! I am proof of it.
Jaynee-Pacific Time Goal reached with 130# loss, 138# total loss
Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!
current weight: 155.8
Fitness Minutes: (4,130)
11/7/13 9:40 A
Moderation has worked best for me. I tried atkins, but caved on carbs later on. I tried paleo, but couldn't stick to meat and fruits forever. I've tried tons of diets that say don't eat this or that, but in reality what works for me is eating ANYTHING I want, but in moderation. Stick to a calorie limit (sparkspeople limit works great!). So if I have a few hundred calories left I can eat a piece of pie, some ice cream, or maybe a cheeseburger. Don't eat like this every day of course but cut back a little during the day so at night you can have something you've been craving. You will still lose weight and won't feel guilty. Exercise daily as well. I aim for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. This is because I know I will do 45 or more 6 days a week, but just in case I feel really bad, I can do 30 and still feel acomplished. I am here if you ever need help on this journey. We're all in this together after all. I wish you the BEST of luck. Remember, count calories, don't deny yourself of food, and get moving! This is the BEST decision of your life.
Take it one day at a time. :)
current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (0)
11/7/13 9:20 A
I have done Weight Watchers...lost 75 lbs but I gained back 30. I recently picked up the book Wheat Belly and tried to do that, but I do not seem to be able to get back on any weight loss wagon. I am squeezed into my size 14 jeans and hate the way I feel. I really want to lose as much as possible before December 13th when I have hip surgery cause I will be on crutches for 6 weeks! What I don't like is being hungry. But I also regret when I overeat. What worked for you?
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