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What's Your Advice For Losing For an Upcoming Wedding?

What's Your Advice For Losing For an Upcoming Wedding?

Recently user lovesarbaby posted a question in Fit's Dieters Support Group and I know you guys will have a lot of fabulous advice and support for her. So here is her question:

"I'm in a wedding this coming June...I really want to look my best. Any ideas how to lose 20 to 25 lbs by then? Has anyone tried Weight Watchers online? I like working out and enjoy healthy food, but I have no willpower, ha! Any ideas? Thanks!!"

So give her your best advice for losing some weight by June in the comments section below.

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Advah Advah 8 years
Reduce your food portions! :) If you're used to eating a lot for each meal the beginning will be a bit difficult, but it's amazing how fast the results can be! Also try and eat slowly - the 'full' feeling takes about 20 mins of chewing to arrive, so you won't be tempted to eat more. You can also have a fruit (apples are the best) 5-10mins before your meal, you won't feel like eating a lot afterwards. Finally, try to have soup for dinner several times a week - the amount of liquid will make you feel full, and you will probably sleep better. :) Oh, and also drink a lot (water, tea) throughout the day: it'll keep you hydrated, and very often what you think is hunger is actually dehydratation. So before snacking (btw cashew nuts or pumpkin seeds are the *best* healthy snacks!) drink a big glass of water, most of the time you'll notice your feeling of hunger disappears right after. :) And whatever you do, don't suddenly start exercising like mad 5 hours a day every day, keep things reasonable. You want to have a regular weight loss, not suddenly dropping pounds and then putting them back on when you start exercising less. As for will-power, ask a friend to be your coach - you'd have to report to him/her at the end of each week. Good luck!!
Advah Advah 8 years
Reduce your food portions! :) If you're used to eating a lot for each meal the beginning will be a bit difficult, but it's amazing how fast the results can be!Also try and eat slowly - the 'full' feeling takes about 20 mins of chewing to arrive, so you won't be tempted to eat more. You can also have a fruit (apples are the best) 5-10mins before your meal, you won't feel like eating a lot afterwards. Finally, try to have soup for dinner several times a week - the amount of liquid will make you feel full, and you will probably sleep better. :)Oh, and also drink a lot (water, tea) throughout the day: it'll keep you hydrated, and very often what you think is hunger is actually dehydratation. So before snacking (btw cashew nuts or pumpkin seeds are the *best* healthy snacks!) drink a big glass of water, most of the time you'll notice your feeling of hunger disappears right after. :)And whatever you do, don't suddenly start exercising like mad 5 hours a day every day, keep things reasonable. You want to have a regular weight loss, not suddenly dropping pounds and then putting them back on when you start exercising less.As for will-power, ask a friend to be your coach - you'd have to report to him/her at the end of each week.Good luck!!
danceintheerain danceintheerain 8 years
I have an ED, so my advice might not be the greatest, but what I've found that works to lose weight is to fill up on huge quantities of low calorie foods... And it doesn't have to be things you dislike... Have 2 or 3 pieces of whole wheat bread, multiple servings of fruits and vegetables... Oatmeal is one of the best foods ever... It gives you sustained energy, and 2 cups UNcooked is about 600 calories... not awful is you allow yourself fruit and some protein for the rest of the day. Also, the best food in the world must be Almond milk... it's made from almonds, has all kinds of health benefits, great flavor, and 1 cup of unsweetened milk has about 40 calories... So you can have 3 cups of Almond milk for the same amount of cals as 1 cup of 2% cow's milk! And that will keep you fuller longer! :D
ER1008 ER1008 8 years
first of all congratulations on making the decision to get healthy and in shape. this past year i spent several months getting in shape for my sister's wedding. i had been wanting to get in shape and the wedding was the motivation i needed. i had to make a serious lifestyle change, i reevaluated what i ate and made sure i was eating healthy. i went back to the gym and also hired a personal trainer for some sessions. it's not cheap but honestly it is the best money i have ever spent. it was an investment in me and my health. i lost 30 pounds and felt so great by the time the wedding rolled around. now it is important to me to maintain my new lifestyle and stay in shape. hope this helps and good luck!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
Seriously? RUN...run five times a week and do INTENSE yoga....cut OUT sugar and red meat and white bread/white rice...you'll lose it soooo fast..it's just hard to stick to. And go clubbing and dance the WHOLE time, with NOOOO alcohol..you lose SOO much weight dancing at a club, it's rediculous!!!!
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 8 years
First of all, congrats on setting a goal so far in advance! You need to find out when you are going to be fitted for your gown though and make THAT day your goal day and maintain your weight at that point until after the wedding. I did South Beach and was amazed at the results. It is a rigorous change in the beginning though... so I would read up on it before going on it. Weight Watchers with its points system might be a better alternative for you.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 8 years
If you want to try something for free, there is <a href="http://health.discovery.com/national-body-challenge/promo/benefits.html">the National Body Challenge</a> and includes meal plans, an 8 week Bally Total Fitness membership, and lots of other goodies to help you get in shape.
biochemlovely biochemlovely 8 years
If you want to try something for free, there is the National Body Challenge and includes meal plans, an 8 week Bally Total Fitness membership, and lots of other goodies to help you get in shape.
Tutta Tutta 8 years
The best thing I ever started doing was keeping track of what I was eating. I didn't even count calories or fat at first, just wrote down what I ate. When 9pm comes around and you want something sweet, you start wondering if it's worth writing down in the book and having to look at every day.
nslods nslods 8 years
I'm getting married in April, and really need to tone up and slim down a bit still. If you're interested in eating right and exercising, try the SELF Challenge. I did it last year, and it was a great experience, and I really noticed results. But, like some of the other girls said, you'll definitely need willpower, too. I'll be doing the Challenge again this year, and I believe it starts next month or March. It lasts for 3 months, but you can do it longer than that if you want to. And they have great online support and trackers for the challenge, too. If you're interested, maybe we could do it together this year!
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Try some spinning classes, seriously I became diligent and took on about 7-9 classes a week, dropped 16 lbs of almost all body fat (i was 116) in 2 months and then I started building lean muscle, now I workout pretty much daily with intense strength training, spin once a week, eat whatever I want, and am pure muscle, amazing body (sorry but i love it!) and am in the best shape of my life. i hated doing the spinning at first, but it's the best and fastest way to cut down on your body fat and lose weight the right way. And it isn't as bad as it seems, you'd be surprised at what your body can handle when you want to see results. I would do 4-5 days a week of spinning classes and just do 2 a day, go to one class, take about a 30 min breather where you eat a power bar and are drinking water, and then go to another one. And you'll be burning anywhere from 1500-3000 calories (depending on how hard you work) in under 2 hours of cardio! Or if it's really too much (but hey I did it!) then you can go to a spinning class and then go into an abs class...that'll work you out too. Best thing is that they both will burn the most calories while also building muscle. And eat lots of salads and protein! Salads with seriously just a capful of fat free dressing (once you get used to just a smidge of dressing, you'll learn to love eating that way!) and eat lots of fish/chicken/eggs. My favorite for chicken is "healthy living" that you can get from walmart or target...it's in a blue bag, they are grilled and already cooked, 30 grams of protein with like 2 grams of fat. And they have popcorn chicken and other flavors of grilled chicken too with the same nutritional values b/c they are all either grilled or baked! Good luck!
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Try some spinning classes, seriously I became diligent and took on about 7-9 classes a week, dropped 16 lbs of almost all body fat (i was 116) in 2 months and then I started building lean muscle, now I workout pretty much daily with intense strength training, spin once a week, eat whatever I want, and am pure muscle, amazing body (sorry but i love it!) and am in the best shape of my life.i hated doing the spinning at first, but it's the best and fastest way to cut down on your body fat and lose weight the right way. And it isn't as bad as it seems, you'd be surprised at what your body can handle when you want to see results. I would do 4-5 days a week of spinning classes and just do 2 a day, go to one class, take about a 30 min breather where you eat a power bar and are drinking water, and then go to another one. And you'll be burning anywhere from 1500-3000 calories (depending on how hard you work) in under 2 hours of cardio! Or if it's really too much (but hey I did it!) then you can go to a spinning class and then go into an abs class...that'll work you out too. Best thing is that they both will burn the most calories while also building muscle. And eat lots of salads and protein! Salads with seriously just a capful of fat free dressing (once you get used to just a smidge of dressing, you'll learn to love eating that way!) and eat lots of fish/chicken/eggs. My favorite for chicken is "healthy living" that you can get from walmart or target...it's in a blue bag, they are grilled and already cooked, 30 grams of protein with like 2 grams of fat. And they have popcorn chicken and other flavors of grilled chicken too with the same nutritional values b/c they are all either grilled or baked! Good luck!
jkat jkat 8 years
I use sparkpeople.com too, and love it. It helps you realize just how much food - and what types - you should be eating (if you are honest about what you are eating and diligent about portion sizes). It also has message boards, articles, and a myspace-type networking system if you choose to use those tools. Basically, it all comes down to choices. You have to choose to use food as fuel for your body. If you put the right stuff in, and exercise, the pounds will come off. Just make the right choices and be consistent.
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
great emerson quote turkhaven. lovesarbaby - it sounds like you would find some will power support with a workout buddy or a personal trainer as far as exercise. i've found that committing to a one on one, most especially when starting up a routine, really gets me up and at 'em simply because i've made a promise. after 2-3 weeks, my mind set has changed and i can rely on myself to get out the door. in terms of diet, it can be really helpful to weigh in on a regular basis, keep track of everything you eat and how much (keeps you real) and again working with a support group like weight watchers or one of the online sites can readily assist you in generating "will power." losing weight takes time and effort. there are no easy fixes. but this is also about your health - and creating new patterns that leave you feeling lighter, more energetic and confident. good luck!
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
great emerson quote turkhaven. lovesarbaby - it sounds like you would find some will power support with a workout buddy or a personal trainer as far as exercise. i've found that committing to a one on one, most especially when starting up a routine, really gets me up and at 'em simply because i've made a promise. after 2-3 weeks, my mind set has changed and i can rely on myself to get out the door. in terms of diet, it can be really helpful to weigh in on a regular basis, keep track of everything you eat and how much (keeps you real) and again working with a support group like weight watchers or one of the online sites can readily assist you in generating "will power." losing weight takes time and effort. there are no easy fixes. but this is also about your health - and creating new patterns that leave you feeling lighter, more energetic and confident. good luck!
juju4 juju4 8 years
When I got married, I got a trainer through my gym (a big chain) and was very disappointed with the results. I didn't feel that I was challenged enough. This past summer I worked with a trainer that focused on doing a lot of basic weight training with free weights. I use hand weights even in my own living room (alternating arm days and leg days, and working out 4-5 times a week), and really saw a total body transformation in about 6 weeks. Not only did the weight training build muscle, but it changed my perception of what I eat...I craved less sugar because I really started to see food as fuel for my workouts. I just wanted protein and produce! I need to get back on this regiment. I fell off the wagon this fall.
juju4 juju4 8 years
When I got married, I got a trainer through my gym (a big chain) and was very disappointed with the results. I didn't feel that I was challenged enough. This past summer I worked with a trainer that focused on doing a lot of basic weight training with free weights. I use hand weights even in my own living room (alternating arm days and leg days, and working out 4-5 times a week), and really saw a total body transformation in about 6 weeks. Not only did the weight training build muscle, but it changed my perception of what I eat...I craved less sugar because I really started to see food as fuel for my workouts. I just wanted protein and produce!I need to get back on this regiment. I fell off the wagon this fall.
turkhaven turkhaven 8 years
I've done WW for the last five months and have lost 50 pounds. It does work but it really comes down to you. I am a tough love kind of gal. You have to decide what is really important to you every minute of every day. No whining allowed. Just suck it up and get healthy. One of my fave sayings. "I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it." Emerson You have to decide if you are worth it.
turkhaven turkhaven 8 years
I've done WW for the last five months and have lost 50 pounds. It does work but it really comes down to you. I am a tough love kind of gal. You have to decide what is really important to you every minute of every day. No whining allowed. Just suck it up and get healthy. One of my fave sayings. "I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it." Emerson You have to decide if you are worth it.
mrsgrillo mrsgrillo 8 years
I do weight watchers and in the last 13 weeks and have had wonderful success(down 20 lbs so far). I go to meetings though. I need the accountability, and weighing in gives me that. WW gives you information and support for a lifestyle change, not just a diet. The online tools are fantastic too. You can look up points for foods in restaraunts, and go to the long list of message boards they also have.
djjax djjax 8 years
One of the best motivators for me was putting little stickers on the calendar for every time i go to the gym it really worked until the holiday season set it ... oops. I try to go 5 times a week so everyday that i go another shiny star sticker goes on the calendar. oh and another tip .. this is what i did for my wedding, i started eating salads for lunch. I pretty much ate what I wanted for breakfast and dinner it seemed to work pretty good and it's health
chapsticknchanel chapsticknchanel 8 years
Try sparkpeople.com... no, I'm not affiliated, but I'm a member and they have nutrition and exercise trackers, message boards, and tons of articles and motivation. It's also free. I can't really help you that much, but I'm trying to lose about 20 pounds by June as well. Oh, I don't know how much you know about diet and food, but here are some tips (that you might already know =]) -Spicy stuff boosts your metabolism. That doesn't mean you can eat all the Mexican food you want (wouldn't it be great?), but adding a little tabasco sauce, salsa, or hot sauce to plain grilled chicken makes it way less boring. -Spices, tabasco sauce, hot sauce, and salsa have very few calories. Salsa has the most with about 10-20 calories for two tablespoons. -If you like salad but have a hard time finding a low-cal dressing, try Wishbone Spritzers. They have one calorie per spray, and the sprays are actually pretty generous. Good luck!
chapsticknchanel chapsticknchanel 8 years
Try sparkpeople.com... no, I'm not affiliated, but I'm a member and they have nutrition and exercise trackers, message boards, and tons of articles and motivation. It's also free.I can't really help you that much, but I'm trying to lose about 20 pounds by June as well.Oh, I don't know how much you know about diet and food, but here are some tips (that you might already know =])-Spicy stuff boosts your metabolism. That doesn't mean you can eat all the Mexican food you want (wouldn't it be great?), but adding a little tabasco sauce, salsa, or hot sauce to plain grilled chicken makes it way less boring.-Spices, tabasco sauce, hot sauce, and salsa have very few calories. Salsa has the most with about 10-20 calories for two tablespoons.-If you like salad but have a hard time finding a low-cal dressing, try Wishbone Spritzers. They have one calorie per spray, and the sprays are actually pretty generous.Good luck!
mina_99999 mina_99999 8 years
I lost 30 pounds in 6 months on weight watchers. It's good.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Well first off will power you will need. Other than that just try to exercise and eat right but also portion control. Just because let's say oranges are good for you doens't mean to eat 5 a day. I think portion control is key, the right foods and exercise. Also try to drink 8 glasses of water a day to flush out all the toxins and speed up your metabolism. As far as WW I know people who rave about it but what it comes down to is the right foods.
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