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06 Nov 2010 - 18:0244273
Losing Weight Guidence...Would love you all
Hey guys

I was wondering if you guys can help me....
I have been trying to lose weight for I think about 2 months...but Im not seeing anything...thats why I have havent carried on with my cosplays as I do want to slim down.

I have an excercise bike at home, which I do use...most likely should use it more..:-S
I walk to uni everyday...about a 20 min walk for me there

I have cut down on my food but I do admit I do have low willpower sometimes so it gets the best out of me when I have had a busy day...and I live in Middlesbrough and I live by loads of takeaways/chip shop so its easier for me sometimes to just get a bag of chips or a pizza for dinner...Im not as bad as I was before but I was just wondering if people had any advice for me...would love you all soooo much but yeah I would love to lose weight in time for Kitacon...want to look my best...I hope


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06 Nov 2010 - 18:1144275
Ahh im the same as you, Im currently losing weight, But with my job of being a nursery nurse, So I only eat cereal in the morning, a low fat packet of crisps for lunch and then cereal for tea. I wouldn't recommend that diet for you.

I would recommed looking at packets of whatever you buy and seeing if there is a lower choice option to replace it. Try to walk more or use your exercise bike more if you get the time, you don't have to do it every day though i do 2 hours walking from and to my nursery everyday, and in a month i lost 8 pounds and i know the exercise supports my diet so much.

For will power i can help, at the start of my diet my will power sucked! I have such a bad addiction to sugary foods especially sweets and chocolate, and i gave in to it all the time, Whenever you get a craving for something, think about your kitacon cosplays and how YOU want to look in them, and think about what you can eat during kitacon.

Also a thing that helps big time in my diet!!! DON'T DIET ALL DAY EVERYDAY. I diet 5 days a week (monday to friday) within that time i will lose 2 pounds, because im quiet light now anyway so i don't lose that much in a week. Saturday and sunday i allow myself to eat what i want, but not going over the top, that allows me to satisfy my cravings and not put a pound on, so when monday hits, the diet can begin again.

I hope that gives you a bit of help.


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06 Nov 2010 - 18:2244276
Thanks...Im so glad that Im not alone with my fight lol..I have thought about the way I look and the way I want to for Kitacon...so that has helped

Thanks for all the advice it can really help me...should I measure with a measuring tape every week...as I dont have scales....:-S


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06 Nov 2010 - 18:3044277
Quote RinoaHeartilly:
Thanks...Im so glad that Im not alone with my fight lol..I have thought about the way I look and the way I want to for Kitacon...so that has helped

Thanks for all the advice it can really help me...should I measure with a measuring tape every week...as I dont have scales....:-S


Def not a measuring tape!!! as losing weight could come off anywhere on your body, with that you will never know your progress =[ ,you really need some digital scales for an accurate reading of how much your losing every week.


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06 Nov 2010 - 18:3544278
Okay I will have to look into them...it just annoys me how slow it happens...lol you know that you cant see it T_T


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06 Nov 2010 - 18:5144279
Before you eat a meal, drink a whole glass of water. It's surprising how much that fills you up already. Then after your meal, drink another full glass. (Plus water is very good for your skin anyway )

I recommend eating small meals 5 times a day (including snacking) rather than 3 big meals a day. It helps your metabolism. Whenever you're craving food, eat, fruit is best (plus it's yummy!). Or you can drink a glass of water to see whether or not you're just thirsty.
I also find Chinese tea much healthier than English tea but eh, tea doesn't make a huge difference in your diet xD.
Also, always always start your day with breakfast, again it helps your metabolism and you'll have more energy.

I strongly recommend laying off the take outs despite being easier. It's much healthier to cook your own meals. You can make some basic dishes in 30 minutes that taste fantastic! Or you can invest in a slow cooker and make a stew early in the morning then when you come back from Uni the stew should be done, I don't have a slow cooker myself but I've heard they are fantastic for Uni students!! I think they're around £20-30 from ASDA??

As for exercising, I feel the main problem is motivation. I know I need to be pretty motivated in order to do some exercise haha! Do something fun, pop on a DVD or some music whilst you're using your exercise bike and you might find you can do it quietly in the background. Or make a schedule or set time of when you're going to use your exercise bike because then that should help you do it (I try to tell myself I'm going to do something at a specific time and quite often I do do it. Whereas whenever I'm all oh I'll do it later... I never do XD; ).

I really do recommend making exercise fun. You will feel so much more motivated to do it! Take up a weekly thing or something? You said you go to a Uni, perhaps sign up for a sports club? I do dance 3 times a week and it's super fun and really great exercise, do something you enjoy doing? Also, getting friends to exercise with you is a good idea. Like going cycling with friends, or running, being with friends is a big motivator and time will fly by before you know it!

Take a break once a week when exercising by the way, you need to give your body a day of rest!

And I don't recommend using scales. The more you exercise the more muscle you build, and muscles are heavier than fat so you may not notice a difference on the scales but you'll really notice a difference by dress size or something x)


orz I write too much. Sorryyy! Hope it's helpful!
My parents are chefs and I occasionally cook for myself, I never order take out for myself because I'm a bigger fan of home cooked stuff!


06 Nov 2010 - 19:2844282
@CrystalNeko

Thanks for all the tips and yeah I love a sunday dinner etc etc love home cooked meals

I will take all the advice on board as this is sooo helpful to me...I just want to lose it so badly...^_^ So dont worry about writing too much its all been soooo helpful thank you so much ^_^


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06 Nov 2010 - 20:5944298
my tips are dont drink fizzy drinks /chocolate and excersie.

the 2nd is harder, but i went out and bought myself a lateral by stepper, it doesnt go up and down it slides like a skiing effect and while your watching your fav programme get on it and in the break have a glass of water, it really is great cos your bum gets a work out and your legs. i did this for my dagger costume and it paid off i think, and if you have an excersise machine in your room its constantly looking at you and making you feel guilty lol


oh i forgot to add, meals try to have meals at the same time each day, ie 8am midday and 6pm dont snack inbetween your body will then get use to knowing when food is coming and wont store any fats, and dont eat after 9pm


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06 Nov 2010 - 21:2544300
I've got a weight-loss goal for Kitaconn too, lol, so we should team up ^^

My plan is a combination of things relating to a complete lifestyle overhaul XD
I'm at college 4 days a week, and at work for 2, so I'm joining a 24hour Gym to fit in excercise when I can.

I've been cutting down portions and drinking a lot more water and this has really helped my appetite- fuller more of the time, because im spacing out small meals to keep my metabolism going.
I'm currently trying to change my diet too so fingers crossed to both of us!


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06 Nov 2010 - 22:0844304
Quote FFGamerGirl:
Dont eat after 9pm


Been reading the thread and just have to say, eating after a specific time doesn't make any difference. So you can eat after 9pm.


06 Nov 2010 - 22:1744305
I thought it did? as when you go to sleep, the body slows its functions due to the fact you use little energy, slowing your matabolism... thats what my science teacher said anyway....or at least something like that


06 Nov 2010 - 22:1844306
To be honest when I was weight training it was dont eat 6 oclock O_o it always seemed to work at the Gym I was at.


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06 Nov 2010 - 22:2744310
Quote Owls:
Quote FFGamerGirl:
Dont eat after 9pm


Been reading the thread and just have to say, eating after a specific time doesn't make any difference. So you can eat after 9pm.



well it really depends when you go to sleep i sleep about 12-1 so 9pm gives any time for food to digest it might be a fable but then again i wake up not feeling all bloty and stuff


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06 Nov 2010 - 23:0144314
During sleep your body will burn whatever you've eaten to keep yourself alive. Albeit it will be a slower burn, but eating before bed doesn't really affect you in the long run unless you drink a carb loader shake then nod off.

Write a food diary of what you've eaten in one week. Don't miss anything out, including quantities. If you want results you're gonna have to put the tips and tricks aside and really commit yourself.

I've read a couple of suggestions to increase metabolism, and change what you eat. This is all good, but remember that certain things don't work without the other. You'll need a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, protien, good carbs, good fats, fatty acids etc etc.

The beauty of eating a nutritious diet is that you simply don't have to eat as much.

Get the anti-oxidants in as well, these are vital for weight loss and keeping you alive for a long time.

I would also suggest moderate resistance training, 50/50 with cardio. If you put on one pound of muscle that'll help you burn fat when you're sitting still. I had to lean up for a topless photoshoot (shhhh) So I did some compound weights training and put a little girth on my legs and back, this essentially turned then into furnaces for any spare calories. The good thing is that you can also put on muscle without physically getting bigger, as there are fat stores lined within muscle fibres that will dissapear and you'll become denser (not in the head, of course)

If you'd like to plan a routine/eating-training plan I'd be more than happy to help. I do this a lot when teaching martial arts ^^

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06 Nov 2010 - 23:2244318
I'm not too sure if this advice helps much but this is what I recommend from my experience..

First I find that you always should eat something in the morning to get your energy started at least. For me I always to remember to drink something hot to warm the body up before you go out anywhere and this is not exactly the most healthiest thing - but I always have something small like cake or a muffin as it's sugery enabling me kick start my day. XD

As for lunch, I would recommend something quick and small like a sandwich or some sorta fruit (natural sugars) (apple is good for your teeth and helps burn fat) and as for drinks, either something warm again or water as the healthier option. By doing this it won't keep you extremely full but full enough until it's time for dinner.

And lastly, I have dinner at the end of the day to satisfy any cravings. (I LOVE my food and this is always the one meal I look forward to after a long day XD) And I agree with crystalneko on this when she says to cook the meals rather than buy takeouts. (I'm a fan of home cooking myself =b) Lots and lots of veg with some sorta meat and a type of carbohydrate is a balanced meal and satisfies my hunger loads XD (Try to have a variety on the carb that you choose each day so you won't get bored on your food XD) From what my parents say, you should attempt to have 5 different colour vegetables in your diet everyday if you can (Can't remember why... I swear they said something about how its good for your blood flow or something) ^^;;
and I finish the end of the day with green tea, jasmine tea or some kind of chinese tea... (these types of teas help to clean away and break down any oils collected from your meal so your mouth and your insides don't feel so greasy ^^; if you don't fancy a hot drink then cranberry juice is always a must ^^ (Good for the skin)

As for exercise... can't really give too much advice as it's been said already but, I would say, if you have to get to somewhere that's in walking distance then always try to walk it. Like food shopping, uni, the train station etc. (I try to do that a lot cos it saves money on taxis for example - the only times I don't walk is if the place is too far, if it's really stormy weather or if I'm carrying something heavy lol)

mmm... also, not sure if thess two statements are true but someone told me that you should Never ever miss a meal .. for example - don't miss breakfast and decide to have a big lunch - by missing a meal, you'd get really hungry and would want a big lunch (you'd probably be consuming more calories)
and never eat something before you sleep as I heard that since your body hasn't finished digesting the food, the fat stores up.

Gosh I wrote far too much... I'm sorry that it's long ^^;; I wish you luck though dear with whatever method you choose XX


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07 Nov 2010 - 00:2944333
Quote FFGamerGirl:
well it really depends when you go to sleep i sleep about 12-1 so 9pm gives any time for food to digest it might be a fable but then again i wake up not feeling all bloty and stuff


I think i worded it wrong but i meant to mean what JaeXD said:
Quote JaeXD:
During sleep your body will burn whatever you've eaten to keep yourself alive. Albeit it will be a slower burn, but eating before bed doesn't really affect you in the long run unless you drink a carb loader shake then nod off.


I've started losing weight myself, started three weeks ago and already lost 6 and a half pounds


07 Nov 2010 - 05:2944336
Definetly cut out the take aways - they full of gunk and rubbish that isnt going to help you loose weight...i should know i used to eat them all the time too!! xD

Then with excercise what i would say is maybe do about 40 mins cardio workout so bike, walking, jogging, swimming that type of thing and maybe do a light muscular work out - its a common misconception that woman will get 'ripped' if they use weights, you won't unless you go hell for leather on the things i mean doing alot of weights all day everyday haha

I'd recommend doing 3 sets of around 10 reps - ie do three lots of ten whatever your doing. So try Press ups, sit ups - if you have access to weights bicep curls, shoulder presses stuff like that ^_^

Look online for weight regimes directed at woman they will help alot - Muscular workouts are more effective as your body can still be working upto 24hours after you did the workout so your burning calories when your not doing anything!?

Just remember to stretch before and after otherwise you'll get VERY sore muscles!

Hope that helps ^_^


07 Nov 2010 - 10:1844340
Thanks everyone...I cant believe how many have replied...thanks guys soooo much and all this advice is hard to take in so I will need to read it a few times and get some notes down I think lol

But I have read all responses and its all really helpful as I wouldnt know where to start...T_T I just know I dont like the way I look so I knew something had to be done...its going to be tough as I want to go down to a size 12-14...but ill get there...^_^

Ill let everyone know what I have decided to do...^_^


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07 Nov 2010 - 11:5744348
Quote Fables:
I've got a weight-loss goal for Kitaconn too, lol, so we should team up ^^

My plan is a combination of things relating to a complete lifestyle overhaul XD
I'm at college 4 days a week, and at work for 2, so I'm joining a 24hour Gym to fit in excercise when I can.

I've been cutting down portions and drinking a lot more water and this has really helped my appetite- fuller more of the time, because im spacing out small meals to keep my metabolism going.
I'm currently trying to change my diet too so fingers crossed to both of us!


OMG Fables you're join fit24?? Buddy up?! xD

I think this time of year is an ideal time to start thinking about this to be honest. What with christmas and new year around the corner people tend to me more determined for some reason. Good luck with this huni =) Water is a godsend with losing weight (shame it tastes like crap xD )



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07 Nov 2010 - 12:0244351
Quote Fables:
I've got a weight-loss goal for Kitaconn too, lol, so we should team up ^^

My plan is a combination of things relating to a complete lifestyle overhaul XD
I'm at college 4 days a week, and at work for 2, so I'm joining a 24hour Gym to fit in excercise when I can.

I've been cutting down portions and drinking a lot more water and this has really helped my appetite- fuller more of the time, because im spacing out small meals to keep my metabolism going.
I'm currently trying to change my diet too so fingers crossed to both of us!


Sorry just saw that you are doing one too...sorry soooo many replies lol but I see you are doing it for Kita too...yes good luck to both of us and let me know how it goes ^_^


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07 Nov 2010 - 12:3844353
There's a *lot* of information here, but it's sensible advice on weight loss and improving fitness: http://www.liamrosen.com/fitness.html

Really, there's no gimmick to losing weight. Eat smaller portions, choose healthier options when you can (cooking your own meals instead of buying takeaways or ready meals is a fantastic way of eating more healthily as you can keep an eye on what's going into your food), and increase the amount of exercise you get. And on the exercise front, make sure you're doing a mix of cardio (running, skipping, star jumps), resistance (anything with weights) and toning exercises (crunches).

Also, remember that spot reduction is a myth and you can't just concentrate on a certain body area to make the fat burn away from just that area. It doesn't work like that, unfortunately!

Quote Tif9123:
Def not a measuring tape!!! as losing weight could come off anywhere on your body, with that you will never know your progress =[ ,you really need some digital scales for an accurate reading of how much your losing every week.

This isn't entirely accurate. It's true that fat will shift from whichever part of your body it feels like, but bathroom scales on their own aren't 100% accurate either. If you're increasing the amount of exercise you're doing then you'll be burning off fat, but also laying down muscle, which is denser than fat. So you could end up *looking* leaner but notice very little change in weight on your scales. Besides, bathroom scales are easily thrown off - I have to completely reset mine every time I use them and even then I can get two completely different readings from them one after the other.

The best thing to do is to keep an eye on both your scales *and* your measurements. The exercise routine I use recommends taking several measurements - bust, upper waist (at your natural waistline), lower waist (at your bellybutton), hips, both upper arms and both thighs. Hell, if you didn't even want to go to that much hassle you could just take a photo of your body shape every week/fortnight/month and see your progress that way. But scales aren't the be-all and end-all.


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07 Nov 2010 - 12:4544355
i just lost 21 pounds in just over 2 months

all i did was, walk a bit more and when i say a bit more, i just mean like, just walk a bit faster then you normally do when your going somewere
a big thing thats hit me aswell is, i cut off kebabs and fast food, i do still have em once a week or every 10 days, but i dont have them as much anymore, as for din dins, i have exactly the same, a big meal!

so id say the only thing to help is be a bit more active and eat less fast foods and crisps and biscuits


07 Nov 2010 - 12:5044356
thanks guys Im taking all this advice on board to see what works for me ^_^ you're all have been soooo helpful ^_^


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07 Nov 2010 - 13:1544358
I started trying to lose weight and I did (not sure how much as I was measuring in inches rather then weight but I lost like 4-5 inches everywhere in like 6weeks) and that was just with cycling to work - 15min ride - not cutting out food but just trying to eat better -only having the occasional treat- and then swimming once a week for an hour, I know it doesn't sound like much but when I stopped the swimming I put some of it back on and stopped losing even though I cycle everywhere and have to walk up 4 flights of stairs several times a day, so yeah that doesn't really sound helpful but maybe if you did like just one really hard work out like swimming as it uses all your muscles and you might see some better results


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07 Nov 2010 - 19:0444393
I'm sorry, I'm probably going to get flamed for this as i'm being a party pooper, but the best pieces of advice I can give is go to your doctor and organise seeing a nutritionist or dietician who is qualified to give you advice on losing weight safely and in a timely manner.

Weight loss is not something that happens over night. Its not something that can happen in a matter of weeks. Yes you can lose some weight, but ultimately, it takes a lot longer than what people think. I would seriously advise going to a doctor and asking for advice rather than getting tips online. I am in no way saying that people on this site are incapable of giving sound advice(I'm also not saying I am the god of advice myself), but when it comes to losing weight, everyone is different. What works for two people might not work for another four. Their is so much advice out there for weight loss and what you'll receive on a forum are tips that will most likely contradict each other. Its obviously up to you what you do, but a doctor can help you organise a diet plan that will be catered to your needs. They can also advise you on what exercise will benefit you more.

Go slow, see a doctor about it and persevere and it will pay off. You might not notice at first, but you will see results if you stick at it and they will be in time for Kitacon.

Second piece of advice I can give is don't try fad diets. They claim they make you drop weight quickly, but often make you put it back on again when you stop the diet. All these new 'I dropped a stone in a week' diets that are cropping up do not work. You generally lose water weight on a fad diet and put it all back on again once you finish.

When you're trying to lose weight and keep it off, you need a lifestyle change, not a diet. Start as you mean to go on and cut out the things you know are not contributing to your weight loss. Start eating more healthy foods, drinking more water and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Those are pretty much the basics to losing weight. Obviously don't deny yourself the occasional treat, just don't go overboard. Had a good week at uni? Buy yourself some chocolate or maybe some take-out, but don't go overboard with it. Some people can go 'cold turkey' and cut out everything like sugar, crisps, etc and some can't. Give it a go, see if you can make do without candy or junk food.

And for the love of god, DO NOT use diet pills! Don't do it, don't go there, if you've bought some then throw them away.
Diet pills are dangerous. End of. A lot of them do not work.
These magic Adios pills that people rave about are actually a diuretic, which makes you want to pee more. So you're losing water weight. Not body fat. A cheaper alternative to diet pills? Water!

Do not use diet pills unless your doctor prescribes them. Don't be tempted by Alli and other pills like them unless your doctor prescribes them. Why? Alli has some of the WORST side effects you can imagine. Incontinence being one of them. Blocking fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A,E and D) is another. So unless you like the idea of possibly crapping yourself, keep away. D:


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