Q&A: Does anyone have any good ideas to lose weight without going on those crazy “Don’t work” diets?

Question by Libby H: Does anyone have any good ideas to lose weight without going on those crazy “Don’t work” diets?
I need to lose some weight with out going on crazy stupid diets that don’t work. I am young, 14 to be exact, and I need to lose weight!

Best answer:

Answer by RD
eat less …exercise more !

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  1. go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food after 7 p.m.
    I know a woman who lost 60 pounds a month on it. She did nothing else!

  2. The best way to loose weight and keep it off is learning how to eat healthy and exercise. I have tried everything and I highly recomend this website. It helps you keep track of what you are eating and has online classes to teach you how to balance your diet. http://www.calorieking.com

  3. for the past week ive eaten around 1200 a day and I try to go for a 4 mile walk everyday too. I only need to loose about 10-15 lbs, and I already feel better about how I look and feel! So, eat less and exercise more!

  4. There are a few things I keep in mind when Im trying to lose weight (I’d rather call it being healthy because thats what its really about, not how much you weigh)

    Drink lots of water and walk as much as possible.

    Always do something everyday. Walk, sit-ups, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in the back of the parking lot, anything and everything helps

    Plan to do about 20 minutes of working out a day. Its ok to break it up into 5 minutes here and there or 10 minutes here and there. You will find if you do 5 minutes of working out here and there thoughout the day long that you will probably workout more then 20 minutes total a day.

    If you don’t get to work out one day, don’t be too hard on your self, just try to make it up with an extra 5 minutes every other day of the week.

    I also found that doing yoga helps alot for the days that you don’t feel like sweating and working out too hard. It is a really effective workout.

    If you just don’t feel like working out every once in a while then its ok. Take the day off.

    Keep a journal of what exercises you do so you can always go back and look at it. Also I find when I write it down it makes me want to do more so I can write down 30 sit-ups instead of 20, then I think maybe 10 more just to make it 40.

    When you go into the kitchen to get something to eat rate how hungry you actually are from 1-10. If you are 4 or under then grab a water and walk right back out the kitchen 5-7 get a snack, 8-10 then have a meal.

    Eat lots of small meals a day.

  5. i know u already know the answer for this so why are u waisting 5 points, dont eat junk food or if u do just get a chicken sandwitch instead of a burger and fries, dont drink soda, get iced tea or water, dont sit in front of the computer all day, join a sports team at school or go running around the block

  6. It’s really very simple.

    There are 2 categories of workouts and you only need to focus on one of those for weight loss. They are:

    1. Resistance training – weight lifting, sit-ups, push-ups, etc.

    2. Cardiovascular Training – brisk walking/running, swimming, biking, jumping jacks, jumping rope, dancing to the oldies, etc.

    You need only to focus on #2 for weight loss. #1 is good for muscle tone but does little for weight loss.

    Cardiovascular exercises are simple and you don’t need any fancy equipment. For successful weight loss, all you need to do is any body movements that get your heart rate higher than normal. That’s what cardiovascular workouts are all about. They simply get your heart rate up and burn off fat.

    You will need to keep your heart rate up for longer than 20 minutes per session in order to achieve a successful burn. The body takes that much time to warm up and begin the burn. Any huffy-puffy activity will work such as walking, running, going up and down stairs, vigorous dancing, jumping rope, just anything that makes you huff and puff. That’s the key – huff and puff for over 20 minutes a session. This is how your body burns off fat.


    Don’t get discouraged!

    Contrary to popular TV, there is no such thing as “targeting” an area of your body for weight loss. The reality is that you will see the fattest part of your body lose weight last! You will notice it first in your face. The thickest fat is the last to go so don’t lose heart if you don’t see your “targeted area” going anywhere at first.

    Simply create a huffy-puffy workout for yourself that lasts over 20 minutes per session and stick to a daily routine for best results.

    Another tip is don’t rely on what the scales say everyday. That will discourage you. The better way to monitor your progress is to observe your clothes getting looser. The scales can be misleading because as you lose weight, typically you are also building muscle mass. This dual change may look like you are not losing fat when you actually are.

    Checking your heart rate. Take your fingers of your left hand and place them about an inch to the right of the center of your right hand wrist as it faces palm up. This should be at your right-hand wrist below your thumb. You should feel a pulse there. Now count the number of beats in a 6 second period. Multiply that number by 10 and that’s your heart rate. A reasonably safe and effective heart rate during an exercise burn is about 120 for most people 30–50 years old.

    A bland diet will speed the weight loss up for sure. But if you’re like me, starting a daily exercise program plus starting a bland diet is just too emotionally stressful (wink, wink). So, I say, for those of us who want some type of reward for working out everyday, continue enjoying your favorite foods – just cut your portions down. Train yourself to learn when you are satisfied as you eat a meal and stop eating at that point rather than eating until you feel full. You’ll be surprised at how early in the meal you are satisfied. So, just stop eating at that point. Make a habit of it.

    I am a 52 year old male and I am using a programmed treadmill which uses a combination walk/ 5 mph. run workout for 30 minutes a day. I am losing 2-3 pounds a week just doing that and cutting my favorite food portions back the way I mentioned before. My peak heart rate during this routine is 140. (Just telling you this in hopes that it will give you some idea of what 30 minutes a day will do for you so you can adjust your workout to suit your targeted weight loss time frame.)

    Good luck! I hope this helps.

  7. Try to eat less, do not drink alot of cokes, donnot eat after 7pm, drink lots of water, exercise, take long walks to reduce stress (that cause weight), and best of all Talk to your doctor for a good diet for your weight loss.

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