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January 9, 2013 1:34 AM
I just closed my mouth😁
January 9, 2013 4:55 AM

What did you eat? Did you workout? Did you eat healthy or eat bad but just a certain amount of calories? Did you make muscle after? Do you plan on making muscle?

I love that you post this question because there are so many different answers. i've lost 52lb since January 2012. For the first 3 months i did no working out and just stopped drinking pop and eating fast food. I lost 15lb right off the bat. Then it was counting calories and exercising 5 days a week. HOWEVER, I dont eat as healthy as most people. I have two young kids who are picky eaters. So I make things they enjoy for dinner and if its not a healthy dinner, i eat a very small portion of that (enough to count calories). For example: they love spaghetti w/meatballs. So I would have 1 meatball, 1/2 sauce, and a very small portiong of pasta (maybe 1 ounce). My diet is flooded with fruits, yogurts, and diet shakes during the day though. I have 6lb to go to my first goal, then my plan is to just start toning and maybe i will drop a few more pounds in the process.
January 9, 2013 5:01 AM
For the most part, I ate whatever I want within my caloric goal. I tried to make better choices, eating a lot of fruits and veggies, not eating foods with high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oil, and for a while, I ate little to no meat. I did a lot of exercising - going to the gym, walking, riding my bike, doing workout DVD's with a friend. I drank booze (but significantly less than I ever had) and had cheat days once or twice a week. And those never hindered my loss. I was doing very well and then I got pregnant. I'm just over 7 months and have only put on 12 pounds. After the baby comes, I plan to get seriously back into it.
January 9, 2013 5:10 AM
Eat less move more! I lost my first 100 pounds just changing my eating portions and walking. I would walk every day. I started at a mile and as it got easier I increased the distance. I have lost a total of 130 pounds in 5 years... (always a work in progress) I have another 30 to go and it is a PAIN! It's very difficult to lose now. I lose and gain the same 10. So, I stopped the scale watching and just decided to call it a loss... haha I eat healthy and I work out 3-4 times a week. The scale will not distract or deter me from being the healthy me that I am! Some day the pounds may come off... but I can dead lift 200lbs! AND I can run a 5K! I am the healthiest me I have every been!
January 9, 2013 5:11 AM
I just don't over think it. I just try to eat healthier with more fruits and vegetables and cooking vegetables more healthier. I'm back to working out after a month of not being able to. This is my challenge for the next two weeks to get back to my routine which have been hard these past few days. But I know once I get back on my routine of working out, then I will do much better. Although I didn't work out, I still tracked my food which helped a lot.

I don't beat myself up if I go over my calories or ate something that I shouldn't have. I just make sure it's not a daily thing. I do drink a lot of water which is a great thing to do. I don't deprive myself. If there is something that I am craving, I wait a half hour and if I still want it I get it because if I don't, then I know I will overly indulge in it and eat more than what I started out wanting. I still eat fried chicken, etc...but not as often as I used to and not as much of it. I truly believe it's all in moderation. I try to plan fried foods though so I can make sure that I work out more or eat less during the day and put the calories more so for the meal that I will have it.

This is a lifestyle journey not a diet anymore. Just like all journeys, you have your ups and downs going through it. The key is not giving up on yourself just because you may have had a bad day or a few bad days of eating and not exercising. Just get back on the routine and take it from there.
January 9, 2013 5:32 AM

I work out and cut portions... just started counting calories..but I eat whatever I want.. I don't deprive myself of anything..

Almost exactly the same for me. I cut down rather than cut out. Am eating healthier food too and exercising more than i used too.

67lbs later, it hasn't harmed me.
January 9, 2013 4:10 PM
January 9, 2013 4:13 PM
Law of thermodynamics. I ate less for about 8 months and worked out more. Obviously it was more mental than that with dedication but that's what it boils down too. I didn't follow any macronutrient schedule, just did calories and recorded everything I ate with no cheating. It's not about will power as much as it was I was ready to change...
January 11, 2013 9:52 AM
So is it bad to be on a 1200 calorie diet according to MFP?
January 11, 2013 10:11 AM
i cocktail waitress 28 hours a week (so i am blessed to have atleast 2,000 extra tdee calories burned a week), mon-friday I do HIIT on my exercise bike 30 mins (burns 300 cal a day/1500 a week) and mon-fri i eat 1200 calories a day. saturday and sunday i do not work or exercise and I eat 3,000 calories a day. I eat all the garbage i have been craving, and then when monday comes i am so ready to go back to healthy. I have 3 different 1200 calories menus that I made that i can choose from. it pretty much is a list of what i am going to eat for the day and i am VERY strict with it. i think what im doing is the perfect plan for someone who struggles with diet because they feel so deprived. when it does feel tough during the week it gets easy because you know you get to pig out on the weekend. but you must make sure you are counting the calories. getting a weekend break really makes you feel like you are only going to be on a diet for 5 days vs. 6 months. :)
January 11, 2013 10:16 AM
The only 'diet' I've been on is counting my calories and logging my foods. I log everything...the only exception is if I feel a strong urge to binge eat (restricting my calories makes me feel like I should be hungry and causes me to eat even when I'm not, food was restricted in my childhood.) To get the satisfaction of 'cheating' I will allow myself one thing that I don't log, under 200 calories. Chocolate covered bananas are my current staple sweet food. I've cut my calories down to about 1,500-1900 a day plus half of my workout calories. I only do half due to finding that a lot of the calorie counts are off. Here are some of my staple foods:

Egg whites, Peanuts, Walnuts, Celery, Peanut butter, Apples, bananas, fruit cups, jello pudding snacks (also a sweet tooth food), chicken breasts, whole grain rice, triscuts, and hummus (my substitute for chips and dip.)

I try my hardest not to go out to eat at all. It's SO expensive and there's way too much sodium in those foods. If I go out I'll go to subway and get a six inch spinach and egg white flat bread, or taco bell to get off their fresco menu. I also have diabetes and PCOS, so carb control is essential. I was really sad when I started this because I'm part Italian and I LOVE bread. I have managed to pretty much give up all white carbs (with the exception of a potato here and there... I need to learn to cook sweet potatoes!) I have also limited my red meat intake down to about twice a week or less. I have high triglycerides so this is very important for me too.

I try not to drink soda at all, most of the day is water (especially during a tough workout.) The exceptions are sparkling water and 4C sugarless packets at 5 calories each. I just got some that have caffeine in them, which helps me get my day started without my coffee and 300 calories of creamer. Water is SO important though....if you're eating a healthy diet you should be getting 25-30 grams of fiber. If you don't drink water while you do this, you're in for a world of discomfort. the body also needs water to flush fat away...get the most out of the work you do by helping yourself along. :)

Pulled all that from a blog post...because a couple people have asked. Your plan is going to be different of course because you have a different body/metabolism, ect. Best advice I can give is to go into your doctor's office and say 'I'm ready to lose this weight, tell me what foods react best in my body. :)
January 11, 2013 10:19 AM
got off my ass and started working out.

I was tired of being tired , I was tired of being fat, I was tired of being sick, depressed etc.

I joined my fitness pal, got a gym membership and went. started doing every single class the gym offers and got moving. I work out 4hrs a day. I eat 1700-2000 calories a day or more, i drink 200 oz of water a day, I dont leave the gym unless I have burned a min of 1000 calories. and cause of my work plus training for a tri, I burn 1500 or more calories.

January 11, 2013 10:20 AM
Ate less, ran more.
January 11, 2013 10:21 AM
2 things...
-Dukan diet ( I still follow it, even after 1 year)
-exercise....lots of walking 7 jogging
January 11, 2013 10:22 AM
Rode the bike 451 times in 365 days - 50 pds later - hello new me . . . weight goal achieved. Time to maintain.
January 11, 2013 10:23 AM
I follow the MFP recommendations for steady, safe and lasting results.
My diet is spread out over 6 meals per day...3000 or so total calories...30% protein, 40% Carb and 30% fat. I eat lean meats, fruits and veggies, nuts, whole grains and low fat dairy. I supplement vitamins, fiber and protein.
I exercise 2 hours per day.
My training consists of both cardio and resistance coupled with low level MMA and tennis competition.
All Is Possible
January 11, 2013 10:23 AM

I got rid of as much processed food as I could.
I log everything
1600 to 1800 Cals a day
Bike outdoors 10 miles 3x week
Strength and weight training 2x week.

Good luck. Everyone is different. Just be consistent and persistent.

January 11, 2013 10:27 AM
Always worked out harder some days than others but lifestyle beer and not understanding how much I should or could eat (calorie wise) not necessarily quality wise.

I went on a diet... I read a lot about the "Ideal Protein Diet" Liked the science behind it.

Lost 50 pounds in 12 weeks.... been a year so far so good...

I feel better - have more energy and look a tad better than Santa ( I have not weighed what I do now since I was 19)

Now I eat\drink within my limits and this site is awesome for maintenance

I say no a lot more than I used to also...
January 11, 2013 11:24 AM

It doesn't seem fair to have to eat less and feel a little hunger. It's hard to face the truth of it, very hard. It's not fun. It's drudgery at times. But if you learn to enjoy your smaller amounts of food (necessary to lose weight, since the reason we got fat in the first place was eating too much whether we knew it or not), and rejoice in your victories it can be done.

Thanks for your excellent and thoughtful post. A lot of it resonated with me, but especially this. I am learning that being a little hungry is not the end of the world. TOO hungry is a problem, but a little is okay. I am also learning to stop eating before I'm full, and I find 20 minutes later I do feel full (just not uncomfortably full).

I think we are so prone to being comfortable, and running from every uncomfortable feeling we have, that losing weight is really hard. Because it entails moments of discomfort, whether it's not being as full as we like or exercising when we're not used it it.
January 11, 2013 3:47 PM
1. Ate much more protein.
2. Ate far fewer refined carbs.
3. Ate more complex carbs.
4. Cardio six mornings a week.
5. Strength training three afternoons a week.
January 11, 2013 4:23 PM
I have lost weight by following the old line wisdom of diet and exercise or what I consider a powerful combination of "won't power" with "will power." From Day 1 I have used this program and logged 98% of what I have eaten, whether at home or away. I began walking routes in my neighborhood. Then when the weather and shortened days began to work against me I joined a gym .

My appetite has decreased so that I can eat smaller portions and feel satisfied. My physical stamina has increased (and some arthritis pain has decreased). I look forward to my gym time. As of today I have a 13 day streak going of getting there every day.

I am within two pounds of my initial 50 pound goal after four months. With that achieved I will began adding strength training to my regimen and work on dropping another 25 for a 75 pound total loss.

I have had lots of support and encouragement from friends where I am a volunteer. I even received a 500 calorie dinner cookbook from two of them as a Christmas gift ( book). Support, encouragement and now lots of compliments provide the motivation to keep going. It's also been fun rediscovering the wardrobe I have not been able to wear for years. It's also fun to go shopping for new jeans or a new belt and continue to downsize.

Short answer is diet, exercise and support of friends.
May 17, 2013 1:56 PM
What is the 1200 calorie trap?
May 17, 2013 8:19 PM

What is the 1200 calorie trap?

Can someone who knows please answer this? I don't know what it is either.
May 17, 2013 9:10 PM

What did you eat? Did you workout? Did you eat healthy or eat bad but just a certain amount of calories? Did you make muscle after? Do you plan on making muscle?

Still a work in progress, but I'm a 5'0" gal doing:

- 1300 calories + at least some exercise calories (how many dependent on hunger)
- focus on hitting 85 grams of protein a day (difficult for me -- but it's my 1 gram per pound of lean body weight)
- Zumba 3x per week
- Weight lifting class 2x per week
Edited by Sparlingo On May 17, 2013 9:10 PM
May 17, 2013 9:22 PM
In 2009 I went to visit the Middle east to see my family, and to be honest I didn't realize I was losing weight but I ended up losing 15-20 pounds in a month and a half. I didn't have any scales there and checked my weight the day I came back. Instead of the 3 meals a day I do here, I had 4 meals (8am, 12am, 3pm, and 8pm, - roughly and a bunch of fruits at about 9pm). I also had more exercise there than I did at home. Over there I was walking everyday, for hours at some times (shopping, or climbing mountains for fun - the mountains are nice haha). It was the best time of my life considering it was my first vacation. I was perfectly healthy, didn't get sick at all, and I had meals which weren't too little and weren't too much. I was 145-150lbs back then, and am currently 126 pounds, still trying to reach about 118.


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