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223 pounds, 5'8" and want to diet down to 160 pounds!

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:18 AM   #1
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223 pounds, 5'8" and want to diet down to 160 pounds!

Hi guys! I'm Linda < edtied > and I want to start eating healthy.

I have diabetes in my family and I need to start taking care of myself. I'm currently 223 pounds and I'm 5'8". My goal weight is 160 pounds. I think that's pretty good. I know it will take a while but I'm prepared to start eating right and exercising.

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Old 01-25-2010, 06:16 PM   #2
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Re: 223 pounds, 5'8" and want to diet down to 160 pounds!

As for me,try to eat less calories,than used.Don't eat food between meals.No eating a couple hours before retiring.No smoking, a little wine won't hurt,perhaps.Take deep breaths once in a while.exhale slowly.Don't know re exercising,I read recently that this might be counter-productive. Good luck Bill

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Old 02-03-2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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Re: 223 pounds, 5'8" and want to diet down to 160 pounds!

Good for you for making the decision to take good care of your health! I suggest making small changes at a time. If you do anything extreme, your results will be too hard to maintain (and may not even be healthy).

What may work for one may not work for another. The above poster, Bill, suggested not eating between meals. This works for some people, yes. For me, I am the opposite. I eat small things throughout the day. See what works best for you. I'd rather eat a small meal, then have a small snack later on. It should even out in the end! I tend to get light-headed if I go too long without eating.. and then I accidentally overeat if I'm super hungry. I try to never get too hungry or too full, just in between.

Try making simple changes like swapping out unhealthy foods for better choices. One thing I did was try to add in more fruits and veggies and swap out unhealthy snacks and treats. I also added plenty of water, since I didn't always drink enough.

Add in some exercise with your healthy eating. You can start with something easy, like walking. Walking is great because it's not tough on your joints. It also helps with stress!

Best of luck to you

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Re: 223 pounds, 5'8" and want to diet down to 160 pounds!

Suggest adding body fat percentage or waist size to your goal instead of making your goal only in terms of weight, since 5'8" at 160 pounds can describe a muscular athlete with low body fat percentage (generally healthy) or someone with a high body fat percentage (what is called "normal weight obesity" and subject to similar health risks that obesity carries).

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