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29 Jun 2009 - 19:2116494
Quote sjbonnar:
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 ^_^


Only problem I have with Weight Watchers is that for a student it can be very expensive to attend the meetings!

Luckily for me though my mum did WW a while back and still has all the reading material, so we just cheat and use the Points book xD


01 Jul 2009 - 20:1916604
As a 24 year old girl I think I can offer you a bit of advice

When I was 13 I was as thin as a rake, but not in a good way, I was gangly as all hell, then at 16 womanhood hit me just like that!!!! I leapt from a size 6 to a size 14 pretty much overnight. The first time I properly noticed I cried and cried and cried. I leapt to a size 16 in a year, then at the age of 18 it started to fall off me . . . . Im now a dress size 10 - 12 and I actually dont eat as well as I used to. My point is that your still quite young and whilst theres nothing wrong at all with wanting to eat better and exercise regularly, your body is still growing and developing!! Whilst some people (like myself) went from rake thin to curves, I know plenty of people who went the opposite way!! Id suggest cutting out white bread and snacks, but making sure you still eat just as much, skipping meals wont make you loose any weight, as your body actually starts to panic and produce fat. Even though Ive been rather lazy with it as of late, I find that the best exercise for myself is playing DDR every day for half an hour as its the only exercise that I love doing!!

I do understand though because I still have body issues myself, I still look in the mirror and am convinced that I am overweight and have a bit of a gut. To be honest with you I think it is a woman thing


01 Jul 2009 - 23:3716614
Argh I feel your pain T^T sorry if I'm hijacking your thread btw!

I feel like a need to lose weight for my Aya cosplays, even though people tell me I'm fine, I don't feel comfortable in my body. I'm a size 12 or so, possibly a bit more as I think I've gained weight in the last month, but I'd like to be a size 10 again.

I have a real problem dieting (i.e. cutting out the snacks >_> ) and there aren't a lot of exercises I can do that don't make my back hurt (I had an accident a few years ago). I don't fare well in the heat either (sometimes it makes me really sick, literally) so running makes me feel worse >_<

Any suggestions?


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02 Jul 2009 - 09:3816619
Quote Chibi:
Argh I feel your pain T^T sorry if I'm hijacking your thread btw!

I feel like a need to lose weight for my Aya cosplays, even though people tell me I'm fine, I don't feel comfortable in my body. I'm a size 12 or so, possibly a bit more as I think I've gained weight in the last month, but I'd like to be a size 10 again.

I have a real problem dieting (i.e. cutting out the snacks >_> ) and there aren't a lot of exercises I can do that don't make my back hurt (I had an accident a few years ago). I don't fare well in the heat either (sometimes it makes me really sick, literally) so running makes me feel worse >_<

Any suggestions?


have you tried swimming? you can find a stroke style that suits you and it will really work the whole body! (also it's cheap!) Also as its sunny and warm switch your snacks, don't cut them out (as mentioned by a few people they will just make you want them more!) but fruit is really cheap this time of year and there is so much of it about! also when you fancy an ice cream (and lets face it, who doesn't right now!!) switch to an ice lolly (mmm calipo) as they will have far far fewer calories.

Try keeping a food diary for a week, note absolutely everything you eat (including the sugars in your tea!) then at the end of the week try and identify what you can substitute. Like reducing from 3 to 2 sugars in your coffee (i'm currently weaning myself to 2) like sjbonner suggested, switching doritos for quavers as they have fewer calories but are still yummy! remember that us girls should only be eating approx 2000 calories a day so try reducing that to 1600 (which is still s good amount as long as you still eat three balanced meals a day)

with 6 weeks till aya just changing your foods a little and some gentle exercise you should start to feel much happier about the way you look!

/spot the girl doing the same right now! - need to shift love handles for aya!


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03 Jul 2009 - 06:3716645
Urg, I'm another girl with weight issues. I've put on two stone since my relationship died just before Christmas. =_____= Not good, when I was not a particularly healthy weight to begin with. And I've just got home for summer, so temptation is everywhere. >>

But I've just got a job with the farm across the road, and that means I'll be active for most of the day rather than sitting around, and I'm about to go mend my tires AND put up the exercise bike (we have a thing to attach to a normal bike to turn it into an exercise bike that we got when my brother damaged his leg two years ago) so I can cycle while watching anime.

I'd also recommend DDR. Get stepmania on the computer and a dance mat that can attach to it, and you'll end up doing more exercise than you realise. ^____^

If you live at home (I guess you do, zerosilence, but others might not), try and get your family in on it. It'll be a whole lot easier if you don't have those snacks at home, and having their support will be like a weight loss club for free. Of course, I hate half my family (read: one member who I just endured sharing a room with for two weeks on holiday), so that's not happening for me, but really, if you get on with yours it'll make things a lot easier.

But yeah, as others have said, more exercise, less food. ^____^ And patience!


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04 Jul 2009 - 17:4616694
I know exactly how you feel hun

i hate my weight and size too as i always feel like people are pointing and laugh at me for having fun with my mates,

but when i was younger i use to do swimming 3 times a week and that use to help me as it toned me up, but when i stopped doing it that was when i put on my weight.

hope you can feel about yourself soon


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04 Jul 2009 - 18:1716695
there are certain cosplays that require you to be thin for your own self-esteem. I am planning on cosplaying the green lantern at some point this year, and as spandex is the most unforgiving of materials for myself and general health im hoping to lose 1-2 stone for it. and I agree with most here that exercise and breakfast are very important.

luke


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07 Jul 2009 - 10:2716855
This is a great thread- so much help and love being spread ^__^

I'll be honest, sometimes I feel the same. I feel like I have a bit of a belly, feel overweight (I'm 5ft2 and only just 8st though, which I'm told is fine. I WAS underweightb according to my doc.), but sometimes I think that I'm just fine. Nobody has told me otherwise :/

To keep myself feeling not-so-sluglike I use the good old DDR, Parapara dancing (learning those will help you burn a few cals, I promise! Start off simple!), and I walk when I can because I love fresh air. Also, whilst you're watching TV or reading a book or whatever, you can still do a few simple excersises like clenching the stomach and stuff (you'll have to look for some info because I can't remember all that stuff by now XD). I used to run 800m before I grew breasts and ended up a lot shorter than the other girls, and it didn't make me burn weight so much as just get stronger legs, but it was helpful! If I say anything, I recommend swimming very highly! It's summer now, so a swim can be really refreshing!

As for food and drink, I drink Chinese Tea instead of normal tea so I don't have milk and sugar and it doesn't have caffeine so it's not unhealthy. I don't eat fish and chips, burgers, pizza (unless I make it myself), and my favourite food is chicken caesar salad (with the lowest fat dressing). This seems to work for me :/

However, as has already been said you are very young and probably will lose it all in due course anyway. I know a lot of people who just lost the pounds when they hit 16-18 ^^' Keep yourself healthy and I think you'll do fine, but don't go crazy over losing loads of weight. Why not talk to your doctor about what would be healthy?


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07 Jul 2009 - 13:1516862
I'm actually looking to gain weight so I look less like a skinny girl.

I'll actually be doing it through a healthy diet and excercise, which is actually the same way people loose weight which is interesting. I guess I'll just be eating a lot more of the protein and excercising a lot more to bulk up.

I find it interesting how there are lots of threads on weight loss, but none on people who want to bulk up muscle and things for costumes. Which can be just as hard, especially if you're scrawny. I blame bishonnen for being so damn skinny and popular to cosplay. Bring on the muscles I say!

Tab


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07 Jul 2009 - 15:0516866
This may sound like a bit of a strange tip, but it works for me!

I'm trying to lose weight myself, and I'm doing the usual "exercise and less snacking" thing that you all have said, but what I really suffer from is terrible unresistable chocolate cravings. It is just so tempting to get a chocolate bar or a biscuit and just snaffle. Whenever I got cravings, I used to try and sate them with other things, but would always end up eating chocolate anyway, so I came up with a plan.

I buy a bar of Cadbury's or something that is in squares that can be broken up, and I give it to someone responsible (i.e. someone who won't eat it themselves!) Whenever I get a chocolate craving, I ask the person, who then gives me one square. They can't give me more than four squares a day and it's one square per hour maximum. This means that I don't stuff my face with other snacks to try and ignore the chocolate craving, and it also regulates the amount I eat.

As I say, tis an odd one, but it worked for me as I've been only eating those four pieces (often less) a day and the rest of my food is healthy and balanced, rather than before when I'd eat a bar of chocolate, a few glace cherries, a packet of crisps etc.


07 Jul 2009 - 15:1616868
Quote KhaosKreator:
I'm actually looking to gain weight so I look less like a skinny girl.

I'll actually be doing it through a healthy diet and excercise, which is actually the same way people loose weight which is interesting. I guess I'll just be eating a lot more of the protein and excercising a lot more to bulk up.

I find it interesting how there are lots of threads on weight loss, but none on people who want to bulk up muscle and things for costumes. Which can be just as hard, especially if you're scrawny. I blame bishonnen for being so damn skinny and popular to cosplay. Bring on the muscles I say!

Tab


You're not wrong there. I need quite a bit of upper body muscle for the cosplays I'm planning on doing for next year, that and I have a belly I need to remove <.<


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