I've been planning to slim down forever (I'm a size 20+), but now I'm supposed to be a bridesmaid in an October wedding. Needless to say, the rest of the girls are like half my size or smaller, so I figure it's way past time to get started. Other than my weight, I'm a typically healthy 25yo.
Anyway, my mom is willing to pay for me to get something like Metabolife or start a program, but what should I do? I've been doing a bit of reading and from what I've seen Metabolife doesn't really speed up weight loss worth anything. Years ago I tried ThermoLift, but sort of hit a plateau within 3 wks or so, and I've tried a couple of generic "fat burners" w/ no luck. But another company, Adipo Rx, has a kit that's supposed to let you drop a lot really fast. Then there's that 6wk body makeover thing, which looks pretty good-- but does anybody know if it works?! I'm really at a loss for what to choose! I'd really appreciate some advice or suggestions! (HELP!!!)
I am in a similar situation, I am 21 yrs. old and am 84 lbs overweight(according to a recent fat analysis).
I had tried something called Hydroxycut, which contains ephedra, but it made me jittery and I haven't lost any weight. I have heard really good things about Xenedrine EFX, it speeds up your metobolism but in order to get the most out of it you should eat healthier. I am getting ready to try it. If you are interested, you can buy it from GNC or Walmart.
Give Weight Watchers a try. I have lost 20 lbs since March 5 and am always surprised at how much I eat and still lose weight. It is a healthy way to lose so you won't lose 20 lbs in a week or anything but it teaches you to make better decisions and you can keep the weight off for good. If you start now you will a big difference by October. I have gone down 2 sizes and all my old clothes fall off me now. I have lost 1 to 2 lbs per week every week and I still eat pasta. Give it a try and good luck!
You might want to try a high fiber low-fat diet. I did this about 3 years ago and lost about 80 lbs in 9 months. I ate between 1200-1300 calories a day, ate no more than 25-30 grams of fat and made sure I got at least 35 grams of fiber a day. I drank 64 ounces of water a day and I also exercised 3-4 days a week for about 1-1.5 hours, a combination of cardio and strength training. I went from a size 20 to a size 10. I have since gained back about 20 pounds so I am going to go back on it. It is really easy if you like high fiber foods like apples, oranges, bananas, beans, oatmeal etc. I hope this helps...and Good Luck!! Thanks for inspiring me to get back on track too!<p>[This message has been edited by jesslynn (edited 05-17-2002).]
I just posted in a few other threads here basically the same thing... but I can't figure out if people in this one would see those or not so I'll just repeat myself here...
I have found something that's working for me. Maybe it would work for you too. I think that anyone that wants to lose weight really has to be ready mentally to do it. Any of the diets you mentioned will work... but it all basically comes down to a change in lifestyle. I believe that the key is simply eating less and getting some excercise.
I am very overweight and in my early 30's. Ever since I can remember my weight was up and down. I too have tried just about every diet imaginable. I've basically dieted myself up to a ridiculous weight. If you're in your 20's and having problems with your weight, now is the time to get it in your head to do something about it. If not... you'll be 30 something before you know it and looking back and wishing so bad that you hadn't let it get this bad.
Starting tomorrow will be my 4th week of losing weight. I've done this many times in the past but this time I feel different. I feel more determined than ever. I'm also eating anything that I want. I'm counting calories. I have a program that I use in my computer. A friend gave it to me awhile ago. If you're interested in it, I can look around to see if it's available to still buy somewhere. In this program, you put in your weight and it tells you how many calories you can eat in order to lose up to 2 pounds a week. You just use the program to record what you eat every day and it does the math for you. I eat anything... but I account for the calories. I even go out to dinner sometimes. If I'm going out to dinner, I'm just really careful during the day about what I eat. I'm sure people would see what I eat and never even guess that I'm on a diet. lol As you lose weight, you adjust your weight in the program and then you get to eat less calories. But, as you progress, you kinda get used to eating a little less. You also could do this same thing on paper and a calculator... there's lots of web sites out there with calorie charts on them. I also walk on my treadmill. I started out with only 5 minutes a day. Now I'm up to 15 minutes a day. I've lost 25 pounds so far in 4 weeks. I have a lot more to go though.
I still love to eat. As a matter of fact... I'd usually rather eat than pretty much do about anything else. lol But...I've realized that I can still eat... I just can't eat everything in one day. I don't feel deprived at all either. I used to on other diets. There are certain foods that I know I need to stay away from... but that I can have every once in awhile.
Anyways... I'm rambling but just thought I'd share...
I'd love to keep chatting about this on here if anyone is interested. Does anyone else count calories also? If anyone's interested in doing this, I can give you several tips too. If I can do this, believe me... anyone can. :-)
Thanks so much for all your advice and well wishes. I just have to say it's really great to be able to get feedback other than my mom's suggestions ("Zip your lips and stop eating so much!") which obviously don't help since I actually have the habit of not eating enough... Anyway, for the moment I've decided to keep exploring my options and doing my homework before spending $. In the meatime, I'm going to give jesslynn's high fiber diet a go. It sounds pretty do-able, and I'll probably add in Psikilla's suggestion of multiple meals. I already drink almost that much water (easy-- we water down our juice, etc. and add lemon juice to plain water). If it doesn't work, I may talk Mom into WW. I'll keep everybody posted on my results. (Wish me luck!)
By the way, I'd love some exercise suggestions or tips. I have a "slim down" notebook I keep that's full or different exercises and healthy recipes from various mags, but we just moved-- and I haven't found it or my workout tapes yet. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif">
jennygirl405-- Keep me posted on how the Xenedrine EFX works.
andreaphilip3-- What is picture perfect? Don't think I've heard of that.
jesslynn-- Is there anything else I need to know? What
kind of workouts did you do? About how long does it take to actually see an improvement?
Ocean3-- I know what you mean. I told myself I'd lose it before I turned 17, then it turned into 20, then 25 but here I still am. And my sis (who's almost 11 yrs older than me) has a harder time losing than I do. So I've decided that it's now or never! What's the name of the program? I tried something that sounds pretty similar a couple of years ago.