Moved to Sports & Fitness.
Good luck with the change, OP. Perseverance begets progress.
This has helped me drop 25 kilos in 3 months to what is considered a normal weight of 85 kilos for a size of 1, 89:
The rundown is here (including a shopping list)
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I'd say the other important factor is IF you are exercising you still need to eat enough to fuel that exercise correctly - i find that if I havent eaten the right stuff before jujitsu i don't get much training done and it therefore wont burn as much it should =p
Berries are fucking great. Super low in calories and have natural sweet taste. Perfect to satisfy your hunger for sugar.
My favourite healthy food is just a bowl of fruit salad. I mix things up to try new tastes as well.
You can't lose weight with such strict diets. You need to take it slow. I am sorry but that's the truth. I understand and I applause your will to get fit, you just can't get 'there' where other people have been working out and taking care of their diet for years in order to be in such a place/fitness.
Take it slow. You ll starve all the time at first.
Last edited by elegorn; 2012-10-11 at 09:19 AM.
As others have mentioned in the thread, it's important to not want to do or change too much too quickly. Start out slowly by cutting out some unhealthy food in your diet replacing it with something else step by step.
In the end it's a lifestyle change and you'll have to keep it up your whole life and not just a few weeks, months or years.
That being said, I think just having a salad for lunch for example is going to hurt you in the long run. It gets really boring quite quickly to eat the same thing over and over again and will not help you to stay motivated to eat healthy.
If you're really unsure about what's healthy for you or not, there are calorie counting sites online which will help you keep track of your daily intake. It's not a bad idea to do that for a couple weeks just to get a feel for how much calories are in certain foods.
I wouldn't keep it up forever though because some people have a tendancy to start obsessing over it and develop unhealthy eating habits.
In general try to stay away from processed food, eat small sized portions but eat more often to keep you satisfied.
Steamed veggies are always great to have with lean meat, tofu or quorn.
You can also make tasty wraps using nori (japanese seaweed sheets), shredded chicken, yoghurt, bell peppers and avocado. Spice it up if you like with some salsa or if you like it well spicy: siriacha sauce.
Consistency in exercising can be difficult but i find it best if i try to incorporate it into my daily life.
Walking to the next shop to get my groceries done for example, taking the bicycle to visit friends - that sort of thing
Other than that there are a great many online instructors with exercising videos which might help you to work out at home.
Ok first of all, 1200 calories is not enough by far. Secondly, forget calories. They're completely useless. Just think about it, if you would eat chocolate for less than 2000 calories in a day, and ONLY chocolate, you wouldn't lose weight. Just eat healthy natural food, salad, fruits, proteins and some carbos depending on how much energy you consume. And take it slow in the beginning, don't overdo your training. When you get more fit, start exercising more and harder.
Pretty basic tips but that's how you start. Good luck.
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Last edited by Beavis; 2012-10-11 at 03:14 PM.
When survival is the goal, it's into the spider hole!
People saying that counting calories is useless should be ignored. There is a good reason why most nutritionists in the western world will tell you to keep track of your daily caloric intake. It is not the end all of a healthy diet but it sure is a part of it.
Regarding your weight loss diet, I would not try to do it too fast. You need to learn yourself a new lifestyle. It is better to loose the weight over a year and get used to it then lose it in 3 months, be all proud and then slowly get back into your old pattern.
That is why besides a diet, I would also recommend learning what actually is a healthy diet. Learn what the stuff on the back of the labels actually means for you. Or at least the basics. Then try to go around 1800 calories as a start with good variation in different foods. Make an effort to learn what is available with low calories. Also, learn that you don't have to diet every day because that will frustrate you. If you go out for beers on a saturday, you can easily do a little more exercise or do a 1600 calorie day the next monday and be fine.
So take your time, the key is a good healthy diet and educating yourself for the rest of your life.
Good luck and keep motivated!
I have a big problem with it myself, but I also suffer from mental problems that really screw with me. But I'll get a grip on it. I've lost 3 kilo's so far, and hopefully I haven't gained it back
Last edited by Creamy Flames; 2012-10-11 at 04:02 PM.
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