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“Lifestyle change” Diet. Couple of questions!?

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Ok I am very overweight and am only 22 years old, I have finally decided to do something about this! I just have a few questions…I will explain what I am doing to diet first
I have started counting calories, I am now eating 1580 or less a day and plan to lower that occasionally (all of the “calorie calculators” I have consulted say I should eat about 2100 a day) and I am exercising on a recumbent stationary bike twice a day for 25 minutes a day, five times a week. So in other words I am exercising 250 minutes a week!

Ok so here are my questions…
1: Should I be burning all of the calories I eat in a day off?
2: Does anyone think that the diet I have started is good enough? Like will result in weight loss?

I have tried googling a lot of this, but I wanted my own personal answers.
I would like to lose AT LEAST 100 pounds, by August of next year, or sooner if possible, but that is my goal date.
Ok guys, thanks for answering! I have the my fitness pal app which keeps track of my calories and exercising. I no longer eat fast food, drink sodas, or eat sweets. I also eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and drink a great amount of water!

@ Michelle, I AM exercising that much a day, I am doing 20 minutes more in fact, I am doing TWO sets of TWENTY FIVE minutes, so that is 50 minutes a day five times a week! But thank you for sharing!

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Answer by sarah
gd luck

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  1. about the first question losing the calories and burning at a whole is not a good choice as our body needs some fats so we can handle much of stress or work as if you lose all of the calories you gain your body will feel extremely exhausted. try eating small meals as i noticed most people who think of diet they try eat nothing or small meals and exercise a lot but small meals with salad and fruits and drinking a lot of water makes a lot of difference.and about the second question you should don’t think a lot about the weight loss you will have in the process as you can always do swimming with the bicycle every day or 3 days a week so that will help in making your body healthy and stay fit.the key to healthy body is to stay a way from fast food and always eat small quantity of anything you desire like chocolate( bar) is better don’t starve your body from anything you like just when you feel like you want anything try having a small quantity of it so will always get your weight in the desired as youw ant at the end and good luck :).

  2. Diet and exercise are all good but the word diet is bad. I lost 60+ pounds without dieting. I started to be careful of what I ate. I tried t0 cook healthy meals and have extra portions in the freezer for those late nights where cooking just seemed to much. I might make a pot roast but double it so I had 2 meals. I started cooking with as many fresh ingredients as I could. Chicken with fresh tomatoes tastes alot better than canned. But if you are like me cost is always an issue. The main thing I found besides having a dinner ready to heat up was portion control. I still loved those potato chips and oreos. I found that by buying them in individual sizes at the gas station I was fine,. If I brought the big bag I would eat it all and the small bag full filled my needs. Also I didn’t feel like I blew my diet and was cheating. That makes you give up and want to start again later. Keeping calories helps and a good tracker is myfitnesspal.com. You can en tier your foods, it gives you the calories and helps you keep track. You might drink a glass of coke every day and it will tell you how many calories and easily add it to each day. You can also check out things in restaurants. Avoid cream sauces and fried foods. but every so often allow yourself those fried ores. Its all about lifestyle. I lost my weight over 3 years ago and its still gone. I just started the gym 6 months ago because I wanted to tone. You’re already ahead a step from me. Good luck. Remember you didn’t gain it overnight and you can’t lose it overnight. Just don’t diet, that sets you up to cheat. Look for small ways you can keep the foods you like in the right proportions. Good Luck.

  3. 1. Burning all the calories you eat in a day? You are burning calories all the time, not just in exercise. So it will be hard to accurately calculate all the calories you burn. (Do NOT drop below 1500 calories) Do NOT. Specially if you have 100 pounds to lose. You need calories just for your heart and other organs including your brain to function correctly.

    2.I would have to know more about your diet than just calories and I would like to talk to you more about your exercise program……..>

    100 pounds in a year is not unreasonable. It is very attainable. Thats about 8 pounds a month. You will probably have bigger losses early on. So when it starts to taper off and begin to look like you are not losing as much weight, have confidence and stick with it……..>

    Please email me if you would like. I believe I can certainly help you……..>

  4. 1) you should be burning more calories then you consume on a daily basis.often people don’t realize but those small things like walking to the grocery store burns calories. At the end of the day it all adds up.

    2) I think keeping to the amount of calories is fine maybe a little more ( I cant give you precise amount because it depends on your weight,height and activity level as well.) I think you will defiantly get results just because its a change and your doing good for your body.Just make sure you are eating the right Quality and Quantity of your food.
    GOOD LUCK!!

  5. Okay, well I just wanted to chime in since I’m pretty much on the same boat. I’ve actually been in the process of making a lifestyle change for a couple of months, So far I have gone down from a 16 to a 12 since june 8th, 2011. 1600 calories seems like a pretty good amount of calories. I would suggest you do a little more exercise. like 30 minutes all at once. It doesn’t have to be high impact, but you do have to build up endurance, and strengthen your muscles. I know 30 minutes 5 days a weeks seems a little daunting, but it’s not so bad once you get used to it after about a week.

    Okay so first, you don’t have to workout to burn every calorie you eat, your metabolism does some of the work. Do realize though that the more active you are, the more active your metabolism becomes while you rest.

    Now second, like I initially said. 1600 calories sounds good. Remember though, that fruits and veggies fill you up, but are typically low in calories, so try to fill up on those.

    I know I sound like a generic diet book, but so far all of this has worked for me. This weekend was even a big food, and drinking fest…I still got up in the morning and worked out. I enjoyed everything, but didn’t make myself feel guilty. Sunday night when all the festivities were over, I had a healthy small dinner, and got right back on track. There will be days when you eat something “bad” but it’s not bad. Food is meant to be enjoyed, just in moderation. Don’t think to yourself “Oh well I ate one fattening thing today, so I just ruined the whole day…I might as well eat whatever I want for the rest of the day”. Just eat it, enjoy it, and move on.

    I know you can do this!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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