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XENA4LIFE's Photo XENA4LIFE SparkPoints: (451)
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9/19/18 10:25 P

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Hi Tammy. What works for me may not work for you, but what works for me took 30 pounds off in 3 months last year: Intermittent fasting. I relapsed big time and am now back at it and have lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks even though I don't have a ton of pounds to lose. I know for 100% certainty that I can count on a 2-lb a week loss going forward. It sounds like a set up to sell you something but this is absolutely FREE, you do it (or don't do it) at your own pace and schedule, and it's good for your body (reduces risk of disease, increases longevity). It seems hard at first but after the first two weeks it gets much easier and I actually enjoy my fasting days now. This is not the Spark People way, but I don't care. Lowering caloric intake and exercising do NOT work for me at my age. This does. I also exercise because I'm an overachiever (and because it's good for me and it feels good). There's a book called The Fast Diet that explains why intermittent fasting works better than reducing caloric intake alone. You can probably get it at your library but if it's already been checked out, it's worth buying. Good luck to you!!!

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9/17/18 1:17 A

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I have been where you are. What changed my life was strength training/heavy lifting along with clean eating (counting macros-high protein). I didn't necessarily lose a bunch of weight, though I did lose some. But my physique has totally changed. I am 5'0" and 50.

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9/8/18 4:58 P

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You mentioned cardio but said nothing about strength training. Cardio will get your heart rate up, burn calories, and work some towards toning up your muscles. But strength training is going to really make the difference in muscle tone, and losing inches. Like GRACEINAZ mentioned, Pilates is good. There are free videos here on Spark, and lots of stuff on YouTube as well.

What worked for me as far as diet is concerned, is to start tracking everything I ate. I'd already spent decades following this or that "diet", and after losing some weight, I'd inevitably gain it all back. Plus usually a bit more. What worked was tracking calories, trying to balance out the carbs/ fat/ protein, and aiming for healthy choices 80% of the time.

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9/1/18 8:11 P

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Welcome, Tammy!

I don't have any comments on diet other than also noting the advice out there is extremely varied. I must admit that cutting carbs can help, but I refuse to take them out of my diet completely. That does not seem balanced. I have had some success though with limiting grain carbs -- which includes having none past dinner. It also sounds like you're consistent with exercise. However, have you considered Pilates? I have found that 3 20-minute sessions a week can be very helpful for toning the body.

Anyway, good luck!

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TABEN1 Posts: 61
8/27/18 4:18 P

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Hello all! emoticon New here. So, WILL TRY and make this short. LOL I turned 50 in February and my body FAT/FLAB has changed for the worse slowly over the past 2 years. I have mild hot flashes and did have my thyroid checked-NORMAL. HMM?! Okay, so why can I lose weight? I just keep getting wider and thicker-what used to be average, stumpy legs now mirror short Vienna sausages! GRR! LOL I am 5’1 and average 126 pounds. YES! I am in normal weight range but the % of fat is not and my shape is different where literally, am down to a few pairs of pants. The rest are stuck in the closet that I wore a couple years ago.

DIET-I have tried the low carb, block diet at the gym (counting macros, fat-protein-carbs), “just watching it (sugars/carbs) overall food intake”. I just cannot lose weight! Rather see inches and looser clothes vs. the numbers on the scale but will take what I can get. I have been told by a few folks that I am not eating enough to lose. My body has been in starvation mode for a very long time. No, probably don’t get more than 1200 calories if that a day. What about the old “Calorie in vs. Calorie out” formula? I am all over the place as to what to do to lose this EXTRA fat for good. GRANTED, I just want to lose about 12 pounds…yes, gonna take LONGER for that reason and that my body has changed. HELP! To make matters worse, I have really tried to LIKE a lot of veggies, no luck. Still working on that-be patient! LOL I drink at least 128 oz. of water a day most days of the week and rarely diet soda, don’t smoke or drink. Always try to watch the sugar and kinda make low carb most of the way I eat. Rarely eat beef, fried foods, junk food. Once in while I break down and have something yummy in moderation. Got to live life! : )

EXERCISE-Don’t have a problem getting in 4 times a week using my tmill or one of my J. Michaels DVD’s or others I may have. Yes, do hear to workout 5-6 times a week to lose weight, no less or you are spinning your wheels. I try and walk most every day at work at lunch for 30 minutes just for a little extra activity but not counting it in getting my heart rate up.

*OVERALL-I have thought about maybe trying the KETO diet to lose the unwanted extra FAT and make that a way of life……………been told to stay with 1800 calories a day and that is the only way to lose is to fuel the body, eat 3 main meals and a couple snacks meeting the macros (40-30-30) and never starve your body of carbs which your body needs. GAH! I need to know what will work for me and how to get there. I have been trying so many diets (do this..don’t do that) I am so confused and disgusted. Too much information on the internet. I hate the way I look, nothing fits anymore and just in a bad funk but try and smile. I am healthy and the good LORD gave me another day, right! LOL

Folks out there been in my shoes……………Your thoughts! TIA


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