I'm currently a size 10 and weigh almost exactly 9 and a half stone (60kg); I'm 5 ft 5.5.
Although I'm not exactly 'fat' at the moment I've noticed that in the last 6 months or so I've developed love handles and a fairly prominent tummy which I would like to get rid of and be a bit slimmer generally, thinking about losing around half a stone? My landmark is a pair of skinny jeans which I used to fit me but haven't for a while.
I am completely in the dark about dieting - what works, what doesn't, how fast I should be losing weight etc. My mum doesn't really want me to diet, so I can't ask her much.
I've recently become veggie and I'd like to keep that up, if possible. How much should I be aiming to cut down carbs/fats etc? I'm going to try and go on a daily run as I don't do enough exercise at all. How much exercise would you recommend?
How fast should I be expecting to lose weight? Is my target achievable? Have you any tips?
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Last edited by Kalliope; 20-03-2011 at 19:14.
- 20-03-2011 18:58
- 20-03-2011 19:06
Begin with the stickies.
- 21-03-2011 11:32
forget the word diet
it's a lifestyle change.
- 21-03-2011 11:39
Begin by reading all the other threads on losing weight.
- 21-03-2011 22:36
If you want to lose weight, you need a calorie deficit (burn more calories than you're eating). No shortcuts, no bull****.
From your measurements, I checked a BMR calculator and it came up with roughly 1450 (the number of calories you would burn if you sat in bed all day).
From what I've heard, you need to cut your calorie intake by 500 if you want to see big changes. However, it's also highly advised to eat no less than 1100. So in your case, exercise will help a lot. If you run say 3-5 times a week, you will be able to get away with eating enough food so you don't starve yourself (which is dangerous), but thanks to calories burnt by exercise you will still hopefully have a deficit.
However, this doesnt mean you can pig out if you start exercising. Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of protein, fibre, good carbs (brown bread, brown pasta, fruit etc.), vegetables, unsaturated fat (fish, legumes, nuts, etc.) and limit the amount of salt, sugar, alcohol and saturated fat you eat. At the same time. don't gorge yourselves on the good foods I listed, since excess calories will be stored as fat regardless of where they come from
Remember carbs and fat are essential to your diet, you can't just cut them out, but you can ensure that they come from good sources.
Try HIIT training. For running, you could divide your run into gentle jogs punctuated by intense sprinting. This supposedly helps to burn fat more efficiently.
Be consistent, don't give up.
And remember this quote: suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret
- 21-03-2011 22:38
- 23-03-2011 00:10
Quite a few helpful people have been coming out with plans. I agree it is definately a lifestyle choice rather than a short term 'diet change.' Check out Matt Roberts, Gavin Allinson and Matt Lovell, all have really good starting points for you. Im heading down to BodyPower for this very reason, helping a close friend of mine at losing weight... It takes time and commitment, be prepared, but reap the rewards!