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Created November 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I'm 20, 5 feet and 175 pounds. I was pretty skinny as a kid, but started gaining weight without realizing it and once I got a little older and weight became something that I thought about, it was too late.

It's time for a change, this is my first attempt at losing weight and I don't want to drive myself crazy worrying about what I should or shouldn't eat, so my question is; can you eat anything, in moderation, work out hard everyday, and still lose weight and be fit?

I currently drink pop sporadically, barely ever water. My sleep hours are not normal at all, and I don't eat breakfast. But if I cut out out pop, drink 8 glasses of water daily and get on a normal sleep schedule, would that improve my chances of losing weight also? I'm planning on buying a treadmill after the holidays.

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:57 AM

I understand that, it's just that the thought of leaving "bad" food behind all together is a little scary sounding ;) lol, thanks for the link! :D

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:55 AM

... don't give you what you need like water does.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:54 AM

Ahh that's crazy to hear, a year? I just want to know how to be healthy and know what exercise works for me and what I'm eating, but I realize it takes time. That's a good idea though, I have to admit I buy stuff like hamburger helper, frozen meatloaf, stuff like that. I buy a lot of frozen stuff, I want to buy fresh food and prepare it myself, I guess I've just been lazy on researching recipes. But as for the pop, I don't think it has anything to do with the carbonation, I think I just LOVE the taste of mountain dew, it's soooo refreshing, lol. I drink fuze and other juices, but those still..

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:48 AM

...I just want to be in an established food regimen and exercise schedule and know all that I need to know. I would go somewhere to talk to a professional, just don't have the money :(

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:46 AM

YES! I want one of those filters. I have heard about the whole diet soda being misleading and just as horrible for you. I just feel so overwhelmed, trying to go from a life without monitoring my food to monitoring and worrying about calories, should I eat this, or that, are these good carbs or bad carbs, it's just crazy how much you need to know to be healthy. I think that's PARTIALLY why America is in the crisis with weight, it's just easier to be irresponsible and run through a drive-thru than to actually take the time to pay attention & care about what you're putting in your mouth...

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:39 AM

Really? I heard that from somewhere. I now realize I've been somewhat naive, and that I do need to analyze what I eat, it's just that weight and weight loss is such a big part of today's society. There's so many "diets" and diet gimmicks out there that my heads spinning on where I should even start, or what my diet should really look like...

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Eating breakfast and the amount of water you drink have absolutely nothing to do with weight loss.

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I bought a brita filter and keep it in the fridge. Somehow it improves the taste of the tap water and having it really cold is nice. Be sure not to substitute soda with diet soda, that's just as bad. Or worse.

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Exactly the idea. The mistake is either the classic view that says that nutrition isn't important to having the energy to spend, and another mistake is not giving the body a context in which to expend it.

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:17 PM

By the way, I've been at this for over a year and I still haven't nailed down the "right" way for me to exercise. Don't worry if you haven't gotten it all figured out after a month! This is a lifelong process.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Good to know, I love anything coconut, I've never had coconut oil, but I'll have to try it now. Thanks! :)

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Keep things simple, like Mash said! Never ever fear whole food either, or you'll end up starved. Oh, and : coconut oil is your best friend when you wanna lose weight.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I think I might be able too because as much as it is horrible that I'm 175 lbs at 20 years old and 5 feet tall, I honestly feel that I should be even heavier with the way I treat my diet. I wouldn't say that I over eat, but I do eat and then sleep not too long after, and munch on snacks a lot, I have a lot of bad habits that are encouraging the fat to stick to me. Protein is a big one, I have no idea how much I'm currently getting, my guess is not nearly enough. The restaurant tip is good; I've heard that one before. Thanks for the treadmill advice :)

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Yes, I realize the soda has to go, it's gonna be a difficult one though. I can't remember where I heard this, but I heard a statistic the other day that 1 soda a day can cause 10 lbs of weight gain per year (eek!), which isn't good because I typically have more than that. But I really do want to change & feel comfortable in my own skin, so compromise and change is necessary. I love the advice on the meat + a salad, very do-able. Thank you for your advice Nance :)

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at 07:36 PM

Thank you so much for your starting advice. I just needed something to get me going, I feel so lost since I'm just starting out, I don't want to end up in diet nightmares and working hard to lose weight, but not dropping any. Those are my worst fears, but I've decided enough is enough, I have to get healthier.

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Ashley, the best thing I think is to keep things simple to get started.

  • Set yourself some regular exercise goals. Pick two days a week, say Sunday and Wednesday and layout a simple workout plan. If you are a complete beginner then perhaps 3 or 5 rounds of: 3 pushups, 10 situps, 10 squats. This way you can slowly increase your reps of each excersize as your fitness improves. Also spend the money you were going to buy the treadmill with on some good running shoes and good food. Then simply set yourself a little distance to run once or twice a week. http://www.walkjogrun.net is helpful to create a route around your home.

  • Create some simple meals and stick to them. There are loads and loads of information on this site and others about what to eat so I will not repeat it. The main thing is to plan your meals, don't leave it to chance or you will like me end up grabbing a sandwich or a chocolate bar somewhere.

  • Really try and drop the sodas, they really are just sugar water or worse. Try getting into the habit of liking water. Don't try and drink 8 glasses a day, rather just buy a bottle of water and drink that throughout the day, then when it's empty fill it up and carry on.

  • Don't get bogged down with the hundreds of blogs/articles/comments. Try not to micromanage your new lifestyle changes but rather find some solid simple points and keep to those. Make yourself a summary list, and stick it on your desk. You have all the time in the world to read up on the glycemic index of potatoes over yams, or whether you should eat berries or bananas after a workout. Rather just start eating and execizing regularly first. You can look at the finer points of everything later.

  • If you do have a lot of specific questions, pick one and find the answer to that first, then move on to the next.

  • Keep things simple and enjoy the journey!

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:36 PM

Thank you so much for your starting advice. I just needed something to get me going, I feel so lost since I'm just starting out, I don't want to end up in diet nightmares and working hard to lose weight, but not dropping any. Those are my worst fears, but I've decided enough is enough, I have to get healthier.

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:37 PM

Ashley, I agree with Mash about keeping things simple and just dropping the soda.

You didn't mention your favorite whole foods; I'd suggest you think about that and come up with a fairly short list to try for a week to see how you feel.

For example, do you like eggs for breakfast? Is there a meat you like with them? That's the first meal of the day and if you're not hungry first thing have it when you ARE hungry.

If you really don't like tap water--not that uncommon--taste some spring water and you may be surprised to find you like the taste. That worked for me, just look for the bottles/jugs labeled mountain spring water. After a while on that, even tap water will start to taste better if you haven't had soda for a while.

For your second meal, think about what kind of meat you like--beef or chicken or fish? Then just add a salad or whatever vegetable you like.

It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated, just simple food for a week and see what you think and how you feel after that.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Yes, I realize the soda has to go, it's gonna be a difficult one though. I can't remember where I heard this, but I heard a statistic the other day that 1 soda a day can cause 10 lbs of weight gain per year (eek!), which isn't good because I typically have more than that. But I really do want to change & feel comfortable in my own skin, so compromise and change is necessary. I love the advice on the meat + a salad, very do-able. Thank you for your advice Nance :)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:44 PM

I bought a brita filter and keep it in the fridge. Somehow it improves the taste of the tap water and having it really cold is nice. Be sure not to substitute soda with diet soda, that's just as bad. Or worse.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

(15)

on November 20, 2011
at 05:48 AM

...I just want to be in an established food regimen and exercise schedule and know all that I need to know. I would go somewhere to talk to a professional, just don't have the money :(

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

(15)

on November 20, 2011
at 05:46 AM

YES! I want one of those filters. I have heard about the whole diet soda being misleading and just as horrible for you. I just feel so overwhelmed, trying to go from a life without monitoring my food to monitoring and worrying about calories, should I eat this, or that, are these good carbs or bad carbs, it's just crazy how much you need to know to be healthy. I think that's PARTIALLY why America is in the crisis with weight, it's just easier to be irresponsible and run through a drive-thru than to actually take the time to pay attention & care about what you're putting in your mouth...

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:30 PM

Lean meat and 100g or so of carbs of your choice throughout the day will take you there pretty quickly. Supplement with 5000IU D3, 100mcg K2, 400mg chelated magnesium (or citrate).

Invest in a good down jacket and walk around a lot outside or I suppose a treadmill that you use whenever you watch TV might be a good route as well.

You'd want to do some resistance exercises, but you could just do bodyweight stuff at home, or you could buy some dumbbells.

A high activity level makes fat loss a lot easier, but it's also really important for your health overall.

That's about as much as I can boil down the most important things. There are a lot more details, but it's all diminishing returns after those.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Exactly the idea. The mistake is either the classic view that says that nutrition isn't important to having the energy to spend, and another mistake is not giving the body a context in which to expend it.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:16 PM

People approach a lifestyle change in different ways. What worked for me was easing into things.

First I cut out processed foods. Instead of buying a meal-in-a-box, I would make something similar using real foods. Hamburger Helper, for example, is so easy to replicate--and it tastes better!--using real stuff. Just cook up ground beef, add spices and whatever veggies you want. I usually do ground beef, onions, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, and tomatoes. I took a similar approach with all my favorite meals and soon I was using all real foods and no processed foods. Take it one meal at a time.

I tried for several months to kick my soda habit and after about a week or two I'd NEED a soda! It was very frustrating. I suggest instead of just cutting soda, figure out what you like about soda and replace it so you're not missing that craving. When I did this, I realized what I loved was the bubbles. I started drinking carbonated water with lime juice added. This did the trick! I haven't had a soda since August and I'm not craving it at all. I have a glass of carbonated water a couple times a week and it keeps me satisfied. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on November 18, 2011
at 08:17 PM

By the way, I've been at this for over a year and I still haven't nailed down the "right" way for me to exercise. Don't worry if you haven't gotten it all figured out after a month! This is a lifelong process.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

(15)

on November 20, 2011
at 05:55 AM

... don't give you what you need like water does.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

(15)

on November 20, 2011
at 05:54 AM

Ahh that's crazy to hear, a year? I just want to know how to be healthy and know what exercise works for me and what I'm eating, but I realize it takes time. That's a good idea though, I have to admit I buy stuff like hamburger helper, frozen meatloaf, stuff like that. I buy a lot of frozen stuff, I want to buy fresh food and prepare it myself, I guess I've just been lazy on researching recipes. But as for the pop, I don't think it has anything to do with the carbonation, I think I just LOVE the taste of mountain dew, it's soooo refreshing, lol. I drink fuze and other juices, but those still..

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Some people can moderate their eating habits and lose weight, and some people can???t. Losing weight can be a lot different than putting it on. There is no harm in trying though.

Try to avoid sweet drinks and crap-in-a-box type foods. Don't skimp on protein. At restaurants only eat half and take the other half to go for another meal.

I would not work out ???hard??? every day. Walk a lot and work out hard less often. I walk a lot on a treadmill and read books while I???m doing it.

As you get closer to your goal weight or if you stall, you may have to adopt different strategies.

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 18, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I think I might be able too because as much as it is horrible that I'm 175 lbs at 20 years old and 5 feet tall, I honestly feel that I should be even heavier with the way I treat my diet. I wouldn't say that I over eat, but I do eat and then sleep not too long after, and munch on snacks a lot, I have a lot of bad habits that are encouraging the fat to stick to me. Protein is a big one, I have no idea how much I'm currently getting, my guess is not nearly enough. The restaurant tip is good; I've heard that one before. Thanks for the treadmill advice :)

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on November 26, 2011
at 10:09 AM

Well, this is my first post in the site. And i don't think drinking pop rather than drinking water is a good idea. Eating low carbs foods and drinking water to lose weight is one of the key conceptions people has been following for very long time. I guess, you should think about it again.

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:38 PM

Well, I appreciate your intention. But you need a lot of determination to lose weight. If you maintain a regular life you will surely speed up your metabolism process and thus will lose weight. To know more about this check this....... how to speed up metabolism

Acb48f054ff2b12ff08bf0e8cc84af33

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:57 AM

I understand that, it's just that the thought of leaving "bad" food behind all together is a little scary sounding ;) lol, thanks for the link! :D

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