Last summer, I went on a low carb/low sugar diet and lost 30 lbs. This summer, I've been on the same exact diet for 3 months and I literally haven't lost a pound. What can I do?? My husband is in the Navy and I'm going to go see him before he deploys. I'm leaving in about 2 weeks. I know I can't expect to drop a ton of weight by then, but 5 lbs would be fantastic.
I also need advice on what to do after I come back home. I have 7 - 9 months to diet while he's gone and I want to be about 20 lbs thinner by homecoming.
I do exercise, but I have pretty bad asthma, so I can't run at all. I can bike for about 20 minutes at a time.
These examples are things that I follow, have read in health articles, or noticed in other peoples' diets.
One of the biggest diet mistakes I have seen is that people cut out good carbs, or cut out foods from their diet because they believe it will help, when in reality it hurts them.
Don't cut out things like sweets and breads altogether. While it is better or avoid 'white' breads (and other similar carbs) and to keep your sweet intake low, cutting it out causes cravings, and you end up cheating your diet. Cut your portions, not entire foods.
Try to cut back on how often, as well as how much you eat, when you eat outside of the house. Home cooked meals are often better (and more fun!) than restaurant meals. When ordering, tell the waiter to bring out half the portion of your meal, and have the other half put into a to-go box for leftovers the next day.
Focus on less fatty meats (turkey, for example), or if you're vegan/vegetarian, focus on less fatty proteins (like soy meat supplements, rather than nuts or peanut butter).
Limit your alcohol intake. Beers and liquor pack on weight.
Adjust your work out. Try dancing, or aerobic sets (yoga, stretches, etc) and try to spread your work out throughout the day whenever you find the time.
Something you may want to try as well is a diet/intake and exercise calculator. These will help you track what you eat and see where you might be going over or under. They also factor in exercise that you do. Sometimes seeing things in terms of numbers helps. I use one on my Android called Fitness Pal, and previously used SparkPeople on my Blackberry. I think you can log things from your computer as well on both of those.
It's not only how much and what you eat, it's also when you eat it.
If you decide to intake an 'x' amount of calories, it'd do no good to eat all that in 2 sittings, and go hungry for the rest of the day. I'd say divide up the calories in to 4 or 5 meals a day, because setting your body to starvation mode is just as bad for weight loss as eating too much.
good luck =]
if you're a military spouse use your insurance and go see a nutrionist thats in your network. Right now I'm trying cutting out a lot of white breads and sugars, but I am trying to just stick to complex carbs and use healthy meal plans from the food network website.
I have no idea if I've lost weight so far because my scale needs new batteries, lol but I feel so much better.
Right now my routine is running twice a week and then laps on fridays. Good luck with your weight loss.
I work in health care and some points brought out in earlier posts are certainly valid.
- Assuming your profile remains accurate, your height/weight are absolutely appropriate for you.
- Talk to your doctor about a rescue inhaler (eg. albuterol) that you can use before your exercise or engage in any strenuous activity. You may find that it makes a world of difference.
When you are exercising, make sure that you ramp up and ramp down the intensity of exercise during your routine. Although important for anyone, this pattern is even more important to anyone with Asthma. If you would like sample routines, feel free to message me.
- Eating the right foods during the right time of day is important which includes avoiding late night meals. A nutritionist may help, but can be expensive so your doctor may be able to recomend a reputable person.
I’d recommend Dr. Scott Connelly’s program, having used it myself several years ago with good results.
Connelly, an ER doc who was among the first proponents of a high-protein diet, and who developed the Met-Rx line of protein supplements, has done a lot of nutrition research on his own (and given a ton of money to UCLA to do even more).
In addition, he has been a personal trainer to a few select athletes. Troy Aikman, when he was quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and Jason Sehorn, when he was a cornerback with the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams, come to mind.
Jason’s wife, fashion model-turned-actress Angie Harmon (Baywatch, Baywatch Nights, Law & Order, Rizzoli & Isles, etc.), who uses Connelly’s program, not only praised the program for weight control but referred to Connelly’s Met-Rx protein supplements as “a facelift in a jar.”
(While Connelly has his own line of protein supplements, as I recalll, the brand was mentioned only once - in one of the case studies at the back of the book.)
Connelly’s program includes both diet and exercise components, but he says the diet alone provides 60% of the benefits of the combined program.
It’s a high-protein diet. (Protein by itself builds muscle, and building muscle burns fat.) There’s no limit on overall calorie or carb intake. Connelly divides carbs into three groups – green (eat all you want), yellow (limited intake) and red (avoid).
Other than yellow and red carbs and fat, there’s no limit to how much you can eat. There are minimums for protein and green carbs but no maximums. You’ll read things about high-fructose corn syrup that will make you want to avoid it forever.
Connelly’s book, Body Rx, was first published 11 years ago, and it has been through several printings, so there are a lot of copies out there. You can buy it used on Amazon for under a dollar, but it’s still as relevant as it was the day it was written.
While I was reading the book, I asked a nutritionist about it. She borrowed the book for a few days, read it, gave it back and said "go for it."
About the same time Body Rx was published, a book by Bob Greene called The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy, was published. Greene’s book has essentially the same diet recommendations as Body Rx (although Greene devotes a lot less space to diet and a lot more to exercise). Greene favors free weights, while Connelly gives both free weight and machine options. Otherwise, the programs are very similar.
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It's little bit hard to follow for the first tow days then you get used to it. My friend lost 7lbs following this diet program.