Exercise is one component of weight loss - doing so while eating reduced calories will speed up your weight loss, but I lost my first 25 through tracking alone.
What is tracking? Set up your goal weight and goal date (realistically. 10 months from now to lose 100 pounds is an aggressive goal. It's possible. 12 months is more realistic, 14...even more so).
Anyway, after you do that...check your tracker (orange button above) Nutrition. There you find your daily range of calories, carbs and fat that is generated using the information provided (current weight, goal weight, goal date).
You stay in the range as best you can. Some days you will eat at the lower end (fastest way to lose weight), and some days at the higher end of the range (cause you are hungrier that day). As long as you stay in the range...you will lose weight.
Basically, calories in vs. calories out. You will lose weight by eating less calories.
How do you know how many calories a day you are eating? Tracking them. Look at food labels (or google food..example "nutrition big mac" or "nutrition green beans", etc). And yeah, until you get the hang of it, its kinda a pain in the fanny, but you do quickly get the hang of it (like 3 days), and like I said, I lost my first 25 by tracking alone, hands down it is the absolute most important thing to do to lose weight.
And, honestly, is it is best to start with baby steps. Track your current eating for a few days to get the hang of it. Find out how many calories a day you eat now.
Then, start bringing them down slowly, by 200 calories every 2 days, until you are near the bottom of your range (trust me, your stomach and your mind will thank you).
You start increasing your intake of water, and veggies - why veggies? Well, a whole head of cauliflower ( a whole head of it) has about 200 calories. A whole head of cauliflower is a lot of food to eat, for very few calories (I am not saying to live on cauliflower...just using it as an example). 4 cups carrots has less than 400 calories. 4 cups carrots is a lot of carrots.
Processed food - start getting it out of your diet..slowly if you need to. Start replacing a snack of potato chips for baby carrots and hummus. Get white bread out of your diet, and replace with whole grain to help you stay more full. Stop eating mashed potatoes with butter and milk as a side for dinner, and replace with asparagus and brown rice. Stop drinking soda, replace with water (8 a day) or crystal light. Quit stopping for pizza on the way home, and stop at the store and grab a rotisserie chicken and a salad. Instead of cake for dessert, have some greek yogurt with a handful of blue berries.
Start to visit and read the threads in the diet and nutrition board to learn about food. Right now some one there is asking a question of how to replace bread in her lunches. People are responding with great suggestions. There is a wealth of nutritional info on that board. I spent my first 3 days reading there to learn about food - what to eat....what to avoid...how to substitute high fat high calorie items for low cal and low fat items that are delicious and filling!!
Start doing stuff like this (and start it small, like has also been suggested to you by Archidimeis (I cannot spell that name, lol) - or you will not be able to sustain it at all).
The weight you want to lose for this event? What do you want to lose? 30 pounds? 40? Not gonna happen...how about 15 for a GREAT start, and maybe 60 by Christmas?
Set a reasonable short term goal (say 12-15 pounds in 2 months), a reasonable midterm goal (say 40 pounds in 5 months) and a long term goal (100 pounds in 12 months).
To do otherwise is setting yourself up for failure.
ETA: and when you fall off the proverbial wagon (which you will because you are human) - you dust yourself off the next morning, and you get right back on your program. Everyone here has fallen a time or two. or 17. or 43. Everyone. The successful ones are the ones that keep going.
Edited by: EELPIE at: 4/13/2014 (17:16)
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