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KELLY_R Posts: 3,052
5/8/13 10:19 P

Good healthy foods include lots of vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and fruit.

Try to stick with complex carbohydrates (so for instance, eat 100% whole wheat bread instead of white bread.... brown rice instead of white).

Cut back on and eventually eliminate the diet sodas - water is your best hydrator and it doesn't contain any excess sugar, sodium or calories.

As others mentioned, start incorporating the healthy stuff into your daily food intake and you'll start seeing a difference. Check your spark food tracker (I think they actually recommend foods for you, too --- I don't really use the tracker any more, but then I'm at my goal weight and maintaining, too.)

So... maybe an example...

For lunch one day, instead of having a cup of ramen noodles, have a big salad with mixed greens (I personally avoid iceberg lettuce), maybe some nuts, or a lean protein, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, etc. along with a tasty salad dressing (just don't make your salad swim in it.) Or... you could have a few carrot sticks and other choice veggies dipped in hummus along with a grilled chicken sandwich on whole grain... something along those lines.

If you're used to eating foods high in salt and sugar, however, it's going to be trial and error for you starting to eat the healthier stuff. It may taste bland and icky to you because it's not loaded down with tons of salt and/or sugar. So, do this gradually and experiment a whole lot with the healthy stuff. Check out the recipes page because there's lots of tasty recipes out there that make potentially bland food taste amazing, and in a healthy way to boot.

By and large though, give yourself time. You didn't put on all the weight overnight, it's not going to come off overnight, either - and likewise, you might not go from preferring ramen noodles for your meals to preferring a veggie stir-fry immediately.

Good luck.

Edited by: KELLY_R at: 5/8/2013 (22:20)
BOOTYLICIOUS83 SparkPoints: (52,010)
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5/8/13 9:16 P

what foods did you start eating to make you feel this way??

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/8/13 8:24 P

NOTANINJA, hula hooping is great cardio, and fun, but it won't reduce any hips nor thigh fat. Spot reduction isn't possible.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/8/13 9:42 A

Dragonchilde and Sergeant Major are both correct. You can't spot reduce fat. I carry the majority of my extra weight in my hips and thighs as well. When I started to lose, it came off in my upp ab area first, and chest. I did lose in the other areas, just not as noticably. It takes diet and exercise to lose weight. Diet (not going on one, but the foods you eat) is 80% of the work. You can NOT out exercise a bad diet, and it sounds like yours isn't very healthy.

Sodium was mentioned as a way to not see results in your stomach because of the bloat. EVERYTHING that you listen was a processed food with oodles of sodium (even soda).

You might not be able to do it overnight, but I recommend switching from soda to water, or carbonated water, anything to get rid of those empty calories.

Switch at least one meal a day for whole foods. Foods that either come from the ground, or come from a mother.

I will say, that I at one time, at a lot like you, and when coming in my calorie ranges, I still lost weight. However, I never learned how to make healthier choices. Or I ignored doing it.

By making healthier choices and fueling your body with the natural nutrients that it needs, you will notice so many things before you even notice the scale move. You will have more energy, feel better, feel healthy and just happy. And FOOD will actually do that. I noticed within a week of completely changing what I ate. It was hard to believe how terrible I felt before, because I didn't realize how terrible I felt. I just thought it was how I felt, and everything. It would be hard for me to not eat healthy like this anymore, because I never want this healthy, energetic feeling to go away! It makes the changes more sustainable.

NOTANINJA SparkPoints: (18,863)
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5/8/13 8:42 A

emoticon . I have heard that hula hooping is a great way to take care of belly and hip fat. I am going to try it, maybe that is a good option for you.

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5/8/13 8:21 A

Unfortunately, there is no food you can eat nor exercise you can do that will reduce your belly. The ramen noodles definitely aren't helping; they're full of sodium and can cause water retention and bloat. They've also got MSG in them, which is making you crave more!

Fat loss is a total body process, so you have to wait for time and general weight loss to reduce those areas.

STart focusing on your diet. You need to eat *healthy* foods in your calorie range. An occasional treat of some cup of noodles or a cookie is fine, but if it's making up a large portion of your diet, your body could be in 'starvation mode' because it's not getting the nutrients it needs, even though you are eating a lot.

5/7/13 10:03 P

First thing is to get your nutrition (diet) under control, high sugar intake, high sodium intake (Ramen and most junk foods) and high empty calorie intake with soda are not going to get you where you want to go. Diet sodas increase your appetite so they are not negative they are in fact positive cues for you to eat more.

Rather than embarking on a "diet" begin to exclude the negative no nutrition "foods" you are now eating and eat real food.The calorie counter here will give you a calorie value to shoot for and also guuide your nutrition.

BOOTYLICIOUS83 SparkPoints: (52,010)
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5/7/13 8:40 P

k I am overweight and carry ALL my fat and weight in my upper and lower belly and my hips ( sides lower back)
and my behind.
I desperately wnat my tummy to go down.
I tend to drink a lot of pop I love sugar am addicted to junk food and pop but dont drink it as much as I used too which is a 2 liter 4 times a week

I started walking everyday and I am walking about 2 miles or more a day at the track at the high school or the cemetary or the park I wnat to lose some inches in my belly and hips what are some foods I need to STOP eating or cut down on to get my belly to go down??
and I also eat a lotta ramen noodles and noodles in a cup, choc chip pancakes, tuna caserole, cookies

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