Hi, I need help figuring out a good plan to lose weight.... my goal is 10 pounds per month for 5 months. I'm 17 years old, weigh 225 pounds, I'm 6 foot 3 and overall don't get much exercise in a day due to school but I plan to start doing one hour on my treadmill everyday after school. If anyone could help me figure out a plan and or tips to lose 10 pounds a month that would be great, and very much appreciated. I'm mainly trying to figure out what foods to eat for breakfast and lunch... I was thinking of eating granola bars for lunch and or breakfast but I'm afraid that my calorie count per day would be too LOW. Again if anyone has tips and ideas on what I could eat and do every day to lose weight naturally that would help me a lot.
I'm no nutritionist but here is a saying: Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen, and supper like a Pauper. I'll add: cut out the sweet stuff, pop, and have fruit as snacks.
An hour on the treadmill is a lot and you may get burn out. Try some variety with dumbbells maybe, jump rope, stretch bands. Good luck. Make friends with your scale but don't expect miracles or get impatient and discourage.
In order to maintain your current weight you're allowed 2820 calories a day. Reduce your calories to 2200 calories a day and you'll lose about 5 lbs a month (3500 calories = 1 lb). If you work out each day you should be able to lose the other 5 lbs.
2200 calories is a lot of food if you choose the right foods. Ex: avoid cheese which is 100 calories an ounce versus a large apple that's 100 calories. Eat foods that you like rather than others suggesting what you should eat.
Weight loss isn't quite as simple as calories in calories out the way it's made out to be. Focus on your health and the weight will come off. Exercise regularly but find something that you like doing so that you'll do it.
Eat REAL food - stay away from anything that comes in a packet or tin as much as possible.
Avoid chemicals in foods, cleaning and other products as much as you can because they interfere with hormones and that can cause weight gain or difficulty losing weight.
You're young so you shouldn't have too much trouble losing - just focus on being as healthy as you can.
I'm a 44 year old woman. I spend about 8 hours a week on my treadmill, and strength train 2-3 times a week. I eat between 1200-1400 calories a day. With this program I can only lose about 1 pound a week. BTW, because of knee problems I can't go very fast on my treadmill. You might want to give yourself more than 5 months to lose the weight.
I get on my scale every morning and record my weight on a calender nailed to my bathroom wall. I plan to do this for the rest of my life, and continue to eat the same healthy foods while keeping the junk food at a very minimum. Once the weight is gone, I never want to see it again.
That's beautiful, keeping track of it your way and getting on the scale at the same best time of day. A note of caution: getting on every day could be discouraging at times. Weight can and does fluctuate. What counts are the results in the course of a week, let's say.
Once we have the desired weight the scale becomes an even better friend because it helps us to stay where we want to be. And, absolutely, it is a commitment for life. Isn't it wonderful to share and reinforce these efforts which, BTW, do not get easier with time. I've been at it for years.
You really have to understand the fluctuations. If your weight ticks up and you haven't eaten too many calories, then it's just water weight or muscle weight gain. No, I don't let the fluctuations bother me.
It's nice to go on a field trip to the zoo or other places where there's a lot of walking involved and not get winded, especially if there are stairs. I look forward to reaching my goal weight by next summer. I have 30-35 pounds to lose. Oh, and I want a 25 inch waist. That hopefully would get rid of my diabetes.
Walking is a joy. Like the zoo. Walk every day, 2 miles, about 35-40 minutes. Also have lived in places with stairs and without stairs. Stairs are terrific, take them whenever you can. Oh yes, the waist, I do torso rolls, side bends.
Watching calories is key, but exercise is its necessary twin. I was fortunate when I was young, but body and metabolism change as we get up there (I'm up there). So it's good to get a handle on it as early as possible. And, yes, it will help with diabetes and many other health issues.