I had to make smart choices with food, adding lots more: whole grains, sweet potatoes (more veggies!!), whole wheat pastry flour, high fiber foods, etc. While limiting the white stuff to every once in a great while ( love my carbs-marionberry scones-bread-etc.:) Also I got committed to exercise routines that kept my muscles guessing.
09/24/2010 - 7:01pm
I took a nutrition and exercise course, learned a ton! Since then, I continue to cook healthy meals and exercise daily. I may go up and down a few pounds, but I've kept the weight off, and it's been 18 years.
09/24/2010 - 2:30pm
A change in what I eat and more exercise is what helped me to lose 20lbs.
09/24/2010 - 8:39am
At 57 yrs. of age, I had knees that were bone on bone and needed to be replaced, I could barley walk unaided. I had also hit the menopause wall. Even if I ate salad I gained weight, my weight gain was mostly due to extreme lack of exercise, not what I ate nor the amount that I ate. In order to have my knees replaced the Dr. told me I had to loose weight......see the problem here? So out of desperation I went to a bariatric Dr. and had bariatric surgery (RNY) I'm not sorry that I did such a drastic thing. Really, if you don't eat correctly this will teach you how to eat correctly.....there is no choice any longer. Because the amount of food that you cannot eat, you must eat what is good for you. The thing that I found out was that I was already eating pretty well, a little to much sometimes, like bread and butter and desserts, when really I didn't need them but wanted them. So now, 3 yrs. after surgery, I have lost and mainted the loss of 130 lbs. I exercise every single day, sometimes at the gym, sometimes taking a bike ride or a walk, but I do something every single day. My portions are 3-4 oz. of protien at every meal, fruits, veg. very little starches, very little sugar, although on special occasions I allow myself a couple of bites of something decadent so as not to feel deprived. Really, I eat like a normal person, with normal amounts, I just leave out the white breads/pastas/junk food......you know, the bad stuff. I don't recommend this for everyone, but for me it was a blessing, my knees were replaced, I can exercise again, that gave me my life back, and as for the bariatric surgery, it allowed me to once again live a full rich life, to move, instead of watching life pass me by. Just practice portion control, that is the best piece of advice, that, and do a little exercise every single day.
09/24/2010 - 8:22am
I lost 105 pounds with weight watchers. I also received support from family and friends who also were dieting. I also started to cooking healthy buy food magazines that help making receipes health and tasty. As I lost weight I also joined a gym and exercise daily. So my opinion you need everything to be successful. I have never been this thin in my life and I am greatful for all the help I received on my journey.
09/24/2010 - 7:44am
I lost weight by changing one habit at a time.
09/24/2010 - 7:41am
Cut out 99% ice cream and candy. Walk at least 45 mins. daily.
09/24/2010 - 6:54am
First, I found an exercise I actually like doing-Zumba classes. I've always loved dance, so when I go to the classes 5-6 times a week I have fun and it doesn't feel painful. I think that's really the key, finding one exercise you enjoy and just being consistent with it. I also added a short weight routine to my classes which I do a couple times a week.
As for food, I am a food writer so I wasn't about to eliminate anything, but I did read Food Matters by Mark Bittman and a lot changed after that. I started to pay attention to what was in food, and cut out a lot of processed foods because of it. I also cut my intake of refined grains a great deal-at least during the week. Veggies have become the main focus of my meals (mostly for cost, but also health)-I rarely cook meat at home.
On the weekends, and whenever I get an intense craving, I let don't try and suppress it. I drink, I eat pizza with my boyfriend, go to happy hour, whatever. I've found the more you try and fully cut something out, the more you crave it.
Because I did these things, I lost 20 lbs, and feel way more in tune with my nutrition which is nice. Of course, eating healthy is such a big part of this change, and without Eating Well's website (and mag), I probably would be a little lost.
09/24/2010 - 2:06am
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09/24/2010 - 1:37am
Using CalorieCount to track my nutrition and my calories in v. calories out. I've lost 35lbs. since July! This, plus my usual exercise routine, has shaved off the extra pounds.