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Any tips for losing weight?

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 8, 2012, 6:09 AM

:giggle: Yes, you heard it right.

I really want to lose weight, and now I have got more reasons for losing weight than keeping it.

1) I want to look great in my graduation dress next year.
2) Actually I wanted to take more self-portraits, and it would be great if I was thinner.
3) My face would not be that.. fat.

Maybe I am just too self-critic, but I started the experiment one week ago.

Actually I do not do much, I just stopped eating sweets, chips, crisps and extra fat.
I also do not eat carbohydrates in the evening, which is a torture for me. Could
anyone tell me what to eat except boiled ham? :grump:
And: I eat Fruits and vegetables! They are healthy.

And since I am a photographer, I thought "hey. You take pictures of nature once a
week. That's enough sports." Haha, the weather gets colder, and I am getting ill much easier,
so I prefer staying inside. But that period is over now.
I will start sports, too. A friend of mine is taking me to the gym in half an hour,
and I will workout to improve my stamina and my strengh.
I will totally fail, since my stamina is about minus infinite. ^^;

That's all I do. And I already lost a pound in a week.

Do you have any more tips? :aww:

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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stay positive! Really positive! The way I do that is by telling myself "Think of the day when you're the youngest person to ever get a Nobel prize, and you look amazingly beautiful and you're clever and all the people who tried to crush your dreams are sitting in a gutter and YOU'RE the person who helps them." I know that's weird, but I am, and also:

 drink plenty of water to flush out your system! And fresh air, even if you just sit outside! I find it hard to lose weight, but I still give advice to people...Sorry, that was really long. 
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you anyways!
Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Really no problems. :)
AJ333 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't recommend this product since I've never used it... but the article in general about how to eat is good. [link] I've met Mark McDonald twice now and he's helped me a lot with my health. He explains why carbs aren't bad, why not to skip meals and how to get fit vrs just thinner.

Summary, people need to eat 6-8 small meals a day, basically whenever you feel truly hungry. They should be a balanced mix of a carb, fat and a protein. This will stabilize your blood sugars which will cause your body to eat fat. Examples would be egg, almonds and cottage cheese. Toast, ham and skittles. Apple, peanut butter and a cheese stick, etc.

Once you get going it's easy to mix and match properly and eat anything basically. Also, eat proteins first. Proteins are digested by the stomach, carbs are digested in the mouth so you'll be less hungry and crave less carbs if you eat the proteins first.

Hope this helps :)
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
BonefaceHurrr Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I forgot to mention the sweetest part:

You will never, never, never go hungry again.

You will never have to suppress your appetite, and you will never have to count calories. Everything will fall into place, quite literally. Diabetes and obesity no longer a problem? Neither are all the other health effects of a bad diet such as: bad unexplainable rashes, feeling unnaturally grumpy or snappy, mental fogginess, low energy, and inability to sleep.

A last anecdotal point? I've been doing this for 2 weeks and dropped 10lbs. ;) It's as easy as pie!

If you want more information, I will gladly link you to various online resources that will help you. :D
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! You lost so much!
It would be great if you have got some links for me. ;)
BonefaceHurrr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Now that I have your attention I'd like to point out that you have to find what works for you, above everything else! There is no universal way to eat and people are all different. That being said, cutting down on sugars and carbs such as bread and replacing them with veggies and some fruit with a healthy serving of proteins and healthy fats never harmed anyone. ;) Also, the reason the diet below this comment works is parallel with the same principle of cutting back carbs and moving metabolism forward. However, Taubes does not stress exercise in his book -- hopefully you will find some relevant information that works for you. (Personally, I do strength training and yoga. You can always exercise how you prefer, but I would stay away from high-impact cardio just as a personal suggestion. I'll include links to explain why)

Here are some links for you!:

Firstly, a Diet Resource: [link]

[link] (Great scientific blog about food myths. You'll have to prowl through it. He cites many references in the low-carb community you will get used to seeing. Also, reading comments on any of these articles is a great way to get perspective on both sides of any issue as there are always people who disagree.)

Info about sugar substitutes: [link]

Probably your biggest concern. Here's how low-carb diets mostly exclude exotic fruits and carb-dense veggies while still remaining healthy: [link]

And if you're interested, here are some critical reviews (The 1stars) on [link]

If you Google "Taubes critic", "low-carb critic", "paleo critic" (Taubes being my main source of inspiration) you will find all the information you need to make an informed decision for yourself.

Supplementary Reading:

Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet:

Longer article explaining a lot about popular misconceptions of low-carb:[link]

Some low-carb common mistakes early on: [link] ,

And finally, looking into the scrutiny of low-carb and exercise: (There is a lot of controversy on this subject, it is totally up to you to do your research before making a decision on the best plan for you. )
Positive: [link]

Positive: [link]

Negative: [link]

Scientifically Neutral but supporting carbs: [link]

If you have any questions you can always message me. :)
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! You are well-informed. ;)
I just workout, half an hour cardio, and then muscular training for getting muscles.
I will definitely message you if I have got questions. Thank you!
BonefaceHurrr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I try to do as much research as possible when it concerns my health! Your plan sounds fine. Warming up and breathing exercises before your workout (with a protein snack before and after) will also relieve some of your muscle soreness from all that iron pumping.

:D Good luck!
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