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26 Jun 2009 - 20:0816230
Weight loss
Does anyone know of any ways to drop about 1-2 dress sizes in about 4 months?
I'm not comfortable with my weight and it's affecting my cosplay plans because I'm afraid that I won't look good enough for the part.

Something that's healthy and doesn't involve things like weightloss pills would be brilliant, thanks.
I just needs some tips and enthusiasum to get started.
Much appreciated!


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26 Jun 2009 - 20:3116238
Quote ZeroSilence:
Does anyone know of any ways to drop about 1-2 dress sizes in about 4 months?
I'm not comfortable with my weight and it's affecting my cosplay plans because I'm afraid that I won't look good enough for the part.

Something that's healthy and doesn't involve things like weightloss pills would be brilliant, thanks.
I just needs some tips and enthusiasum to get started.
Much appreciated!


Well, in all honesty, Weight Watchers is fantastic if you stick to it. It makes more sense than any other diet, it doesn't restrict what things you eat and I love it.

I have kind of kept it a secret but in five weeks I've lost 10.5lbs and I feel great even if it is a slow process. But if that keeps up, in four months it'd be about 40lbs so...what, about three stone in four months if it keeps at the same rate.

But it won't suit everyone!


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26 Jun 2009 - 20:3716239
Quote sjbonnar:
Quote ZeroSilence:
Does anyone know of any ways to drop about 1-2 dress sizes in about 4 months?
I'm not comfortable with my weight and it's affecting my cosplay plans because I'm afraid that I won't look good enough for the part.

Something that's healthy and doesn't involve things like weightloss pills would be brilliant, thanks.
I just needs some tips and enthusiasum to get started.
Much appreciated!


Well, in all honesty, Weight Watchers is fantastic if you stick to it. It makes more sense than any other diet, it doesn't restrict what things you eat and I love it.

I have kind of kept it a secret but in five weeks I've lost 10.5lbs and I feel great even if it is a slow process. But if that keeps up, in four months it'd be about 40lbs so...what, about three stone in four months if it keeps at the same rate.

But it won't suit everyone!


Thanks very much.
3 stone in for months is deffinately a booster for me.
Again, thank you! ^^


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26 Jun 2009 - 20:4416242
Quote ZeroSilence:
Quote sjbonnar:
Quote ZeroSilence:
Does anyone know of any ways to drop about 1-2 dress sizes in about 4 months?
I'm not comfortable with my weight and it's affecting my cosplay plans because I'm afraid that I won't look good enough for the part.

Something that's healthy and doesn't involve things like weightloss pills would be brilliant, thanks.
I just needs some tips and enthusiasum to get started.
Much appreciated!


Well, in all honesty, Weight Watchers is fantastic if you stick to it. It makes more sense than any other diet, it doesn't restrict what things you eat and I love it.

I have kind of kept it a secret but in five weeks I've lost 10.5lbs and I feel great even if it is a slow process. But if that keeps up, in four months it'd be about 40lbs so...what, about three stone in four months if it keeps at the same rate.

But it won't suit everyone!


Thanks very much.
3 stone in for months is deffinately a booster for me.
Again, thank you! ^^


That's alright!

But if I'm honest, you look fantastic as you are and I don't think you have to lose ANY weight whatsoever!


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26 Jun 2009 - 20:5416243
im on a diet atm too trying to drop 3 stone by november
ill admit tho im doing it the old fasion way
cut out
biscuits
choclate
crisps
bread
bacon
sausage
burgers
all red meats
fizzy drinks

and only can eat and
squash or water
chicken
fish
brown bread
fruit

ill be honest im a lazy sod but still i do some exercise like im active all day outside at work valeting cars plus i do about 40 presups and situps a night when i canbe bothered, i will admit at first cutting out those kind of foods IS HARD but once you start you stick to it
, i will happily admit im 15 stone believe it or notmy recent cosplays are casual black star, wudnt believe i was 15 stone eh? but yea i know how you feel i hate my hips and everytime i make baggy trousers for baggy trousered cosplay they look way huge around my waist then the actually are cas im curvy in a bad way. best of look.


26 Jun 2009 - 22:1616254
I used to be a size 20 (yeap, not many people believe that as no pics exsist). I tried every diet known to woman and man mainly because I was an actress and needed to loose weight fast. In my experience the only two garanteed ways to loose weight (I'm now a size 10/12) is exercise (I do it every day) and making sure I have breakfast in the morning. Its amazing how much a difference that can make. No faddy diets or madcap food plans. I eat exactly the same as I've always done and it worked.

No only did exercise help me loose half my body size but its also stopped my heart condition from being quite so dangerous as I've strengthed my body.


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26 Jun 2009 - 22:3116258
Just eat a little less and exercise more. It's really more about being a bit more active.


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26 Jun 2009 - 23:1016266
I've always been on the slim side, but I was getting a bit of a gut not too long ago. I picked up rollerblading and I lost the weight really quick, I found it much more effective than doing cardio in the gym.
I'd recommend taking up an exercise that you enjoy (that doesn't feel like you're doing work)


26 Jun 2009 - 23:4116272
Dancing is a great way to loose weight and its fun.


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27 Jun 2009 - 01:5016276
Quote Sephirayne:
Dancing is a great way to loose weight and its fun.

Yes, deffinately. I've been thinking about this, as it'll help me on my way getting a job at Disney.


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27 Jun 2009 - 07:2716281
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27 Jun 2009 - 07:2916282
Much Better signed in as me now lol

Im with SJB

I think you look fine as you are and wouldn't say you were over weight at all...

If you waned to tone up and gain confidence and feel healthier diets ae great but i would definitely suggest a gym as well.

If you've never used one before and need a dietary plan and a few exercises to get you started i suggest a book called Body for life by Bill Philips.

Its used by body-builders and pro athletes but also used by the Authors mum who is neither lol, so it can be applied to any body type for any result.

It can be Pricey Ranging from £15-£20 but worth every penny it gives you a workout routine and dietary assistance which works out much cheaper than a Personal Trainer.

The best thing about the book

Stick to it religiously and you can change your body in 3 months ive known 2 people ues it with a 100% success rate


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27 Jun 2009 - 09:0116285
My mum is a dietitian and I've gotten plenty of healthy eating advice from her over the years, and I have to be honest, I'm concerned by this thread.

ZeroSilence, I had a look at your photos on your profile, and while I sympathise with how you feel about your weight and body shape, I really, really don't think you need to lose weight. Certainly not as much as two dress sizes, at any rate. I also noticed that you're only 13, and while you're never too young to eat right and exercise regularly, I suspect my mum would be concerned by your age and your weight loss goals as combined factors. And I'm not sure, but two dress sizes in four months sounds like an unhealthily fast rate of weight loss (but then I'm more used to working in pounds and stones than in dress sizes, so I may be wrong on that, and you didn't say what your current dress size is).

Anyway, as general healthy living tips I'd suggest eating three meals and two light, healthy snacks (one at mid-morning and one in the afternoon) a day, drink plenty of water (two litres is the recommended daily amount, as I recall), and make sure you get some light exercise every day, even if it's just a jog round the park or something. Avoid fried food and watch how much salt you're putting on (or in, if you cook for yourself) your food.

For anything more drastic than that I'd suggest speaking to a dietitian (not a nutritionist! There is a big difference between the two).


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27 Jun 2009 - 11:3716288
Quote Sillabub:
My mum is a dietitian and I've gotten plenty of healthy eating advice from her over the years, and I have to be honest, I'm concerned by this thread.

ZeroSilence, I had a look at your photos on your profile, and while I sympathise with how you feel about your weight and body shape, I really, really don't think you need to lose weight. Certainly not as much as two dress sizes, at any rate. I also noticed that you're only 13, and while you're never too young to eat right and exercise regularly, I suspect my mum would be concerned by your age and your weight loss goals as combined factors. And I'm not sure, but two dress sizes in four months sounds like an unhealthily fast rate of weight loss (but then I'm more used to working in pounds and stones than in dress sizes, so I may be wrong on that, and you didn't say what your current dress size is).

Anyway, as general healthy living tips I'd suggest eating three meals and two light, healthy snacks (one at mid-morning and one in the afternoon) a day, drink plenty of water (two litres is the recommended daily amount, as I recall), and make sure you get some light exercise every day, even if it's just a jog round the park or something. Avoid fried food and watch how much salt you're putting on (or in, if you cook for yourself) your food.

For anything more drastic than that I'd suggest speaking to a dietitian (not a nutritionist! There is a big difference between the two).


Well, my current dress size is 16, which I'm not comfortable with.

Thanks very much for the tips. I'll have a go and see how I am.


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27 Jun 2009 - 11:4916291
Quote Sephirayne:
Dancing is a great way to loose weight and its fun.


I agree! And depending on what type of dance it really helps with flexibility and posture too which is an added bonus


27 Jun 2009 - 13:3016294
>8l LISA. YOUR FINE AS YOU ARE. But i can understand were your comming from, as most people arnt really happy with their bodys, LIKE ME 8D
Ive dropped 2 dress sizes in about 2 months. The best way to go about it just drop snacks altogether. But of corse it depends on the situation.
although thats how i dropped my weight. Well. i havent actualy lost much weight really, but by cutting out all the snacks and replacing them with fruit, i dropped about 7lbs and gone from a size 16 to a 12/10 (depending on the shops).
Another great way is to get into sports like swimming, and if possible horse riding. They're the two best sports to do as they use most of your muscles, and so rather than just loosing weight from say your stomache, then you loose it proportianly, but you might not see the differnce on the scales, as muscle weighs more than fat, but your waist line will slim right down. ^^ But seriously, horse riding is the most amazing work out once you get to a good level were you walk ,trot, canter, and posibly jump. ^^
Or! just do a ton of lane swimming. Thats what im doing to get myself down for october so i can posibly concider something tight. LOL.


27 Jun 2009 - 19:3716313
I'm gonna mirror what everyone else has said. Exercise and healthy eating aka cut the crap! Sod crazy dieting ideas: those two things work.
I should know, dropped from a dress size 24 to a size 12 by doing this. It really does work!
I'm still not happy, I'd like to be a 10 but hey I'm not complaining too much.



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27 Jun 2009 - 23:5416359
I recently put on a lot of weight while doing office work and its been horrible.

Ive never been the skinniest girl, but measuring myself up for a new cosplay was very depressing. (4 inches more on my hips then there was 6 months ago!)

Ive been jogging every day since my ghastly realisation, but instead of losing the flab (Im not fussed about weight, Im fussed about appearance!) it seems to be sticking around and becoming muscle! NOOO!

Soooo Im now going on the Green Tea diet, where you drink Green Tea instead of snacking and have low calorie meals. It increases your metabolism and is a good antioxidant


29 Jun 2009 - 12:2616464
It's great to see a thread like this where all the advice offered is sensible!

I'll just add one more point, though, for anyone who's tempted by them- extreme and fad diets may make you lose weight quickly, but they're very bad for your body, and once you come off them you'll put weight back on much faster as your body will have gone into starvation shock and believe it needs to store fat. That's why, even though having a goal date is good, you have to make sure you're losing weight at a healthy rate.

Good luck to everyone who wants to get to a healthy weight - I'm trying myself as I'm a couple of kilos over.


29 Jun 2009 - 12:4316465
Quote stripey_dani:
Ive been jogging every day since my ghastly realisation, but instead of losing the flab (Im not fussed about weight, Im fussed about appearance!) it seems to be sticking around and becoming muscle! NOOO!


I know exactly how you feel ;___; Due to dancing 4 times a week and walking to and from school for an hour everyday [well, not anymore. That's why I'm gaining weight fast xD; - will start again when college starts though. And that's even further, yay for more exercise? X_X] I've gained -really- muscular legs and they're huge X___X Not happy with them... But I've had said muscular legs for years now so I'm starting to think there's nothing I can do about them! I'm just working on toning up my upper arms and my stomach even more, slowly. [kinda failing at the moment but I'm hoping I'll get there by Midlands Expo next year >_>]


29 Jun 2009 - 13:0916466
Quote Odangochan:
It's great to see a thread like this where all the advice offered is sensible!


I was just thinking the same thing!

Personally I've never properly dieted, just like cake too much! But I a a huge advocate for exercise! Recently I have pretty much cut out chocolate and crisps (well apart from the very occasional wispa bar....) and have lost a couple of kg. It's not much but with the amount of running I do loosing weight is near on impossible and I'm technically gaining weight (as I'm gaining muscle mass) But my main aim is to tone, not shrink!

So I'll second (third fourth, what ever we're up to here!) that you do not need to loose that much weight! you look great as you are, but if you do want to drop a few pounds ditch the junk food (its summer and there is loads of yummy fruit around!!!) and get those dance mats out! Or get off the bus a few stops earlier. You will be amazed at how walking 30 mins a day REALLY burns up those calories! (I do mean walk, not casual stroll) you can always throw in a few sit up etc at home for free! there are loads of guides to getting toned at home without going to the gym! And work on your measurements, not weight, they are a much better guide to work from and you will see results much faster! so measure but you want to improve, like for me my stomach and bingo wings, then try and knock off an inch of two. Trust me on this!

But what ever you do, please eat sensibly. Your health is always more important than your weight.

And if it makes you feel any better I have a BMI of nearly 24 and I weigh 11.5 stone. Scales and BMI scales suck ass and are no real help to normal people!


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29 Jun 2009 - 15:1116469
BMI scales DO suck, since they try to say that everybody's bodies are the same.
I remember reading somewhere that the entire England Rugby team are morbidly obese according to the BMI scale...but they're professional athletes.

I agree that not snacking, eating healthily and exercising is THE way to go.

I also find that I comfort eat a lot when I'm worried. So finding ways not to get too worked up or reduce my workload actually helps me not put on any more weight, and then eventually lose it. So it may be a tip not to put too much pressure on yourself to shift the weight...I know with me, it'd have the reverse effect XD


29 Jun 2009 - 15:4216470
Remember your happiness is the most important factor in losing weight!
I've lost weight in good ways, and in bad ways. The worst was when I was going through a bad time in my life, and became way too strict with eating. I may have been very slim, but it didn't feel good.
The best way for me was when I decided to not worry or beat myself up if I indulge in something I like. And I thought seriously about what I really like, and realised that actually I don't like Burger King all that much, I still love Pringles though, I don't actually like chocolate as much as I thought I did, and I actually love tuna salad, and apples!
You should be able to eat what you like as long as you pay attention to what your body needs, and really 'take in' and comprehend each mouthful you eat. it's a bit of a Zen approach but it works, psychologically. I somehow lost a stone these past few months and I didn't even realise!

I also like to snack. It's not so much a habit, it's just that I only really eat when I know I need to. I have a stomach problem, so I can't eat too much in one sitting anyway - I work better with lots of small meals throughout the day. I'd say that snacking is only a bad thing if you're doing it when you're not really hungry at all (well, and if it is excessive amounts)

That said, I think that schemes like Weight Watchers are good indeed. Healthy weight loss needs a different approach for everyone. While mine focused mostly on the psychological aspect of 're-conditioning the mind', you may find that the motivation and desire to keep up with a weight loss club might be more useful, or that designing your own rota and keeping strictly to it might work better.

LiveStrong have a great web application called Daily Plate, that calculates your calories and can build reports for you so you can track your weightloss. It's quite good, I use it when I feel like it :
http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/

If you can find ways to get exercise in too that's great. (DDR ftw!) But recently I've been walking 3 miles to work each day instead of driving, that's REALLY helped a lot! In energy levels too!

I have this Chinese dress I wore to my prom - I was a lot slimmer back then and my goal eventually is to be able to fit into it again!



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29 Jun 2009 - 16:3116471
The best thing about Weight Watchers is that it's part community based and part psychology. You can eat anything you want, as long as it fits into your points allowance throughout the day.

This way you don't start craving things, because you're not denying yourself anything! Just maybe being smart about sizes of things and swapping things.

For example, in the past I would eat a bag of doritos, which is 3 Points, but now I eat Quavers instead which is 1.5 Points but fills you up just as much and are just as satisfying!

Combine this with subtle exercise and weight starts disappearing without you meaning it to! And because of it's nature, it's a change in lifestyle more than a quick diet.

Also, when you do reach your target weight, you keep going to the meetings, but the meetings are then free to attend so that they help you maintain that weight ^_^


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29 Jun 2009 - 18:4216487
Quote CrystalNeko:


I know exactly how you feel ;___; Due to dancing 4 times a week and walking to and from school for an hour everyday [well, not anymore. That's why I'm gaining weight fast xD; - will start again when college starts though. And that's even further, yay for more exercise? X_X] I've gained -really- muscular legs and they're huge X___X Not happy with them... But I've had said muscular legs for years now so I'm starting to think there's nothing I can do about them! I'm just working on toning up my upper arms and my stomach even more, slowly. [kinda failing at the moment but I'm hoping I'll get there by Midlands Expo next year >_>]


OMGOSH! i know how you feel. ive started walking home most days now, and its a good 3 mile walk, with 3 long steep hills, and with that and my horseriding, the effect i was hoping has turnt out to be the oposite. ;_;
But there isnt much you can do about them sadly. D; belive me ive tried. LOL.


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