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27 Aug 2012 - 19:4790021
Losing weight
I know I'm not the only one here who wants to lose weight for cosplays, somethings work for some people but not others.
What are your tips and tricks?



Last edited by LittlexMissyx (27 Aug 2012 - 19:47)
27 Aug 2012 - 20:0090023
To loose weight i basically just have a super healthy diet and exercise a lot.

I usually eat a serving of fruit for breakfast, soup and/or salad for lunches and a balanced healthy dinner. If i want a snack i eat nuts and fruit, etc.

But i dont diet on weekends. I find that if you dont allow yourself a bit of freedom then you tend to quit after a few weeks. But i dont go overboard. I might have a curry or a pizza and i always have a full sunday roast with a cheeky pudding haha.

Walking straight after meals helps as it boosts your metabolism.

I do a lot of exercise too. I walk everywhere if its within a 20 minutes walking distance. I use a cross trainer about 3/4 times a week for an hour and twice a week i play roller derby, 2 hours a session, which burns like 600 calories an hour. Roller Derby is a great way to get in shape. Its fun and you dont even realise you're working out...until the next day when your legs ache like hell haha. But if you dont fancy roller derby, roller skating in general is great exercise. And who doesn't love a roller disco? Haha

But the thing is dieting is generally a bad idea because once you stop the diet you put all the weight back on. So basically its a life style change. Once you get to your goal weight, you can eat more but you have to carry on with the exercise and you cant really go overboard with food.

Hope I helped. GOOD LUCK!


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27 Aug 2012 - 21:4390033
I've actually just tried the Zaggora Hotpants, which are an aid to loosing weight, provided you have the dedication to eat healthily and excersize for at least 30 minutes a day.

So far, not Bad. Had them for a bout a week and my thighs are slightly trimmer, but nothing on the love-handles yet - which was the area I was hoping to have flattened out. But it's early days.

Swimming is great for trimming up too, as ut gets your heart-rate up quickly and burns off fat fairly quickly as an all-over workout.

Currently I'm just over ten stone, hoping to return to my usual nine (fell very ill a little while back and piled on whilst I was bed ridden)

With a little luck, was hoping to have thinned down by Expo, but it doesnt look like I'll be able to reach that goal and be safe about it!

Remember, Do NOT skip meals

When you feel full - STOP eating,

Trading fizzy drinks for water - even sugar free flavoured volvic will make a difference - and if nothing else it WILL clear up your complexion in under a month!

And finally - weight has no effect on how good or bad a costume looks.

I've seen people three times my weight look stunnigly beautiful in amazing costumes, and I've seen slim and slender people look awful.

If you've put your heart and soul into looking good - it doesnt matter if you are anorexic or obese, you will look amazing, I promise!


27 Aug 2012 - 22:2890037
You both gave Great advice! , What i did when i was loosing weight was i basically cutted out nearly all junk food (pizza is fine at weekends! )

Also i cutted down on stuff like sugar in my tea. also dont forget to treat your self and always remeber Its not a diet its a life-style ^^

From the change in my life style i managed to loose over 45lb i was 224lb now 179lb ( still got loads to go D: one day i shall be 150lb! )

Exersise... this is currently my weekpoint, but follow what Candy and loonyleo said
Current i just do 30mins to 1hour drumming a day

(Do stuff you enjoy! )



Last edited by John-luc (27 Aug 2012 - 22:29)
29 Aug 2012 - 21:5390169
Losing weight - it really varies from person to person. I mean, you'll have better results if you're a lazy person who eats too much if you then add exercise and subtract food.

Me being on the larger size (size 16-18) but with a small bone build means that slight increases to my exercise "regime" and minor changes to my diet do a lot. What I actually mean by that is that I'm doing an hour walk every day when I before I did nothing. Minor changes - there weren't really that many, if I'm honest. I already had smaller portions and we don't have fizzy drinks or crisps in our house.

I do not know your exercise or eating regimes, nor do I know you're daily routines and what commitments you have. Thus, this advice isn't going to be tailored to you.

It's best to make long term changes to your life, rather than doing short term changes which will flip back once you've lost the weight, resulting in you regaining it.

Eat little and often. It's better to eat five times a day but small things than it is to eat three big meals. Thus, snacking is good!! If its healthier food.

Fizzy drinks are bad. No matter what it is (even sparkling water!) they're going to be worse for you than still drinks. Still Sparkling Water isn't that bad, just worse than ordinary water.

Juice drinks, although better than fizzy drinks, have so much sugar in them. Drink them in moderation.

Crisps, chocolates? You know, that nice stuff? It doesn't do any favours. Especially fast food.

FRUIT! Although is rather good for your diet, it can be bad for your teeth - however, as long as you have good dental hygiene, you can almost have any amount of fruit. And some fruits help you lose weight! With the sole exception of watermelon, all the melons actually aid in helping you lose weight :3

Portion control!!! Online, you can find good portion control stuff. i.e. 1/3 cup is a portion of rice, you do not need any more. Also use smaller plates. But anyway, you're suppose to being eating little and often.

I've put all that, however! This does not mean you CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS! It just means don't have them every week. Have one day a week (like Sunday!) where you allow yourself something "naughty"

EXERCISE RELATED.

Seriously, whatever exercise you're doing now, try to add to it. It's much better to diet (not dramatically mind) and exercise at the same time - not literally, but you get me. Don't just change your diet sorta thing.

Trrrry to do some form of exercise ever four out of seven days. I mean, even 5 minutes every now and then during the day is good. If you're trying to tone, tensing your muscles also helps. They key is is to do more than what you do now!


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29 Aug 2012 - 22:1890171
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I can't comment on exercise really as I don't do much atm, I walk everywhere that keeps me hungry and kinda trim I think...I used to ride a bike around and THAT burned a lot of fat!!
I plan to start a combined yoga/pilates/tai chi class soon ^^ but that's to strengthen my muscles and joints not lose weight.

Food and Drink, now this I know about!

Drinking water helps a lot, A LOT unless of course you retain the water (exercise and non-water retaining food help with that). I really think that water helps to flush fatty depositions and sugar etc so I drink it constantly.

Brown Rice!! If you replace your carbs with brown rice for a few weeks it's like a little detox (especially if you eat it with healthy home-cooked food)(I'm currently doing this right now and it seems good).

Eating the right sugars/fats like fruits, nuts, seeds etc instead of 'junk' food or treats, personally I ate waaaaay too many sweets and have switched them for nuts etc (which have high fat so I can't eat tooooo many but are better for you than sweets).

These food and drink tips seem to help for me, they have been advised by my dietitian friend!!


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29 Aug 2012 - 22:4190173
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
I can't comment on exercise really as I don't do much atm, I walk everywhere that keeps me hungry and kinda trim I think...I used to ride a bike around and THAT burned a lot of fat!!
I plan to start a combined yoga/pilates/tai chi class soon ^^ but that's to strengthen my muscles and joints not lose weight.

Food and Drink, now this I know about!

Drinking water helps a lot, A LOT unless of course you retain the water (exercise and non-water retaining food help with that). I really think that water helps to flush fatty depositions and sugar etc so I drink it constantly.

Brown Rice!! If you replace your carbs with brown rice for a few weeks it's like a little detox (especially if you eat it with healthy home-cooked food)(I'm currently doing this right now and it seems good).

Eating the right sugars/fats like fruits, nuts, seeds etc instead of 'junk' food or treats, personally I ate waaaaay too many sweets and have switched them for nuts etc (which have high fat so I can't eat tooooo many but are better for you than sweets).

These food and drink tips seem to help for me, they have been advised by my dietitian friend!!


I found that swapping all the junk food for the right foods has helped me alot. I have banished all sweets and treats from my flat and I cook my own meals nearly all the time now. I've also cut out almost all bread and cheeses from my diet (which has not been easy!) and I think that has helped. Instead I have pittas and I use really low fat cream cheese to get my fix.

On the exercise front, I go to the gym at least 4 times a week at the moment. I do a bit of running as well.

As a result, I have lost a stone and a half so far.

As everyone is saying, it is a lifestyle change. But I've actualy found it quite easy to make that transition. I do crave treats and the bad stuff, and I limit that to once a week (maybe twice a week on special occasions). I just keep reminding myself of my goal and that seems to keep me on track


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29 Aug 2012 - 23:1390175
I personally despise the term 'diet' when referring to weight loss XD people always make 'dieting' sound like a chore and that it's soooo hard. If you want to lose weight, this is not a good mentality to be starting off with!

As everyone says, a lifestyle change is better than a 'diet'. Look at your typical dietry habits and see where things can be improved for you. Cut back (note 'back', not 'out' on sugary treats, crisps and junk food, and introduce more low-fat and low-sugar foods into your diet. Reading the nutritional information on food packets is a good idea.
Oh, and keep a food diary. It's amazing how much more care you take with your diet when you keep a record of what you eat!

When I say cut back and not out, I mean it. If you suddenly deprive yourself of the 'bad' things you like, you're going to crave them and resent your new healthier lifestlye. Allow yourself them occasionally, but don't guilt-trip yourself about them afterwards!

Adding in exercise is always a good option, but don;t overdo it! Do enough so that you're making an effort, but don't push it too hard or wear yourself out completely as that isn't good for you either. Gradually build up the exercise so you're always challenging yourself in moderation.


A final point is to identify any potential food intolerances or allergies you may have, as these screw about with your digestive system and general health.

Good luck!


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30 Aug 2012 - 19:0590215
Quote Sisceal:

When I say cut back and not out, I mean it. If you suddenly deprive yourself of the 'bad' things you like, you're going to crave them and resent your new healthier lifestlye. Allow yourself them occasionally, but don't guilt-trip yourself about them afterwards!


On that note, have a read of this :
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/08/16/get-over-it/


30 Aug 2012 - 21:2390222
Quote Sisceal:
I personally despise the term 'diet' when referring to weight loss XD people always make 'dieting' sound like a chore and that it's soooo hard. If you want to lose weight, this is not a good mentality to be starting off with!

As everyone says, a lifestyle change is better than a 'diet'. Look at your typical dietry habits and see where things can be improved for you. Cut back (note 'back', not 'out' on sugary treats, crisps and junk food, and introduce more low-fat and low-sugar foods into your diet. Reading the nutritional information on food packets is a good idea.
Oh, and keep a food diary. It's amazing how much more care you take with your diet when you keep a record of what you eat!

When I say cut back and not out, I mean it. If you suddenly deprive yourself of the 'bad' things you like, you're going to crave them and resent your new healthier lifestlye. Allow yourself them occasionally, but don't guilt-trip yourself about them afterwards!

Adding in exercise is always a good option, but don;t overdo it! Do enough so that you're making an effort, but don't push it too hard or wear yourself out completely as that isn't good for you either. Gradually build up the exercise so you're always challenging yourself in moderation.


A final point is to identify any potential food intolerances or allergies you may have, as these screw about with your digestive system and general health.

Good luck!


While this is very good advice I feel that I'd like to add the 'cut back not out' thing. I'd like to suggest that it depends on the person that you are.

When I cut back on food like crisps and sweets etc it goes well for a while, but gradually they creep right back in my diet and make me very ill (I have IBS) showing that my resolve is crap obviously, so for me if I want to be healthy I do NEED to cut them out (maybe for a period of time such as a detox). When I tackle my strength/resolve with these things maybe I'll be able to allow myself to have small amounts of things


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30 Aug 2012 - 22:0090224
A combination of Weight Watchers, going to my local gym (only once a week but meh it's better than nothing), and a physically straining job has meant I've lost 21 pounds. I started losing weight at the end of April, and if I had stuck to the Weight Watchers over the past 6 weeks I'm sure I would have lost more =)
My motivation is to lose weight so I can cosplay Serah Farron at October Expo.


30 Aug 2012 - 22:1590225
Quote Kata-san:

On that note, have a read of this :
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/08/16/get-over-it/

I like that article

Quote yumcarrots:

My motivation is to lose weight so I can cosplay Serah Farron at October Expo.


Good luck with that, also nice name


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30 Aug 2012 - 22:5090227
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Quote Kata-san:

On that note, have a read of this :
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/08/16/get-over-it/

I like that article


Yeah, that website seems pretty cool. He has an Angry Birds workout plan


31 Aug 2012 - 05:2790235
Quote Afireinsidegirl:

While this is very good advice I feel that I'd like to add the 'cut back not out' thing. I'd like to suggest that it depends on the person that you are.

When I cut back on food like crisps and sweets etc it goes well for a while, but gradually they creep right back in my diet and make me very ill (I have IBS) showing that my resolve is crap obviously, so for me if I want to be healthy I do NEED to cut them out (maybe for a period of time such as a detox). When I tackle my strength/resolve with these things maybe I'll be able to allow myself to have small amounts of things
I think what you have to bear in mind is that each person's diet should be personal, for example there's no point me saying to someone "I've started this really good diet, you should do exactly the same one, even though we eat completely different foods at different times to begin with!"

I think it takes a little bit of experimentation, find a plan that works for you. Can you go x amount of days without eating any sweets? If you do eat sweets can you stop after just one or two? Although "dieting" (if that's what you want to call it.) can be restricting, it can be hard and it can help you a lot, you have to find one that's right for you! As it has already been said, if you start losing weight/getting into shape but you're unhappy, you're just going to resent the whole thing!


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31 Aug 2012 - 10:0690238
I don't do diets. Cannot live without my cookies, cakes and donuts. I can but then I get very moody, angry and green

On the exercise front. The most effective exercises in my humble opinion are high intensity exercises (for 35 -45 minutes). I use a combination of full-body exercises and high intensity sprints.

Full body squats (with dumbells or without) are your friend.
Uphill walks/ sprints might make you cry but they work wonders.

But as with everything it depends on the individual.


31 Aug 2012 - 10:1790239
Quote WarriorTeddy:
I don't do diets. Cannot live without my cookies, cakes and donuts. I can but then I get very moody, angry and green

On the exercise front. The most effective exercises in my humble opinion are high intensity exercises (for 35 -45 minutes). I use a combination of full-body exercises and high intensity sprints.

Full body squats (with dumbells or without) are your friend.
Uphill walks/ sprints might make you cry but they work wonders.

But as with everything it depends on the individual.


I'm with you all the way dude - i dont diet but i tend to beast myself in the gym so it equals out ^_^


31 Aug 2012 - 12:1890246
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Quote WarriorTeddy:
I don't do diets. Cannot live without my cookies, cakes and donuts. I can but then I get very moody, angry and green

On the exercise front. The most effective exercises in my humble opinion are high intensity exercises (for 35 -45 minutes). I use a combination of full-body exercises and high intensity sprints.

Full body squats (with dumbells or without) are your friend.
Uphill walks/ sprints might make you cry but they work wonders.

But as with everything it depends on the individual.


I'm with you all the way dude - i dont diet but i tend to beast myself in the gym so it equals out ^_^


Me three.

You don't need to extreme diet. Just don't be a spazz with what you eat and do a little homework, have a salad and an apple now and then then go make yourself cry in the gym.

A common misconception is you go to the gym and you get muscly. Not true, unless you lift medium-heavy weights for 10-12 reps per set and consistently eat 200grams of protein a day, every day, every 3 hours. Hell I weight 75kg, I'm 6foot tall yet I benchpress and deadlift much more than anyone twice my weight, the world of powerlifting.

I also do many many bodyweight/gymnastic excercises. One of my warmups takes 7 minutes and it's 150 squats without weights, in sets of 50 at a time. This builds endurance and you'd be amazed how good it is for your reflexes, speed and vitality.

So what does this mean? I am stronger than many bodybuilders, yet as fast as a boxer, and I'm lean definition all over. It takes 30-45 minutes a day, 5 days on, 2 days off. A small price to pay for excellent health and benefits.



Last edited by JaeXD (31 Aug 2012 - 12:19)
31 Aug 2012 - 18:1290269
theres some really great advice here ^^
I have ZERO motivation when it comes to diet and exersize, i go for about a week and give up ^^; sadly i cook for my family, who all have big appetites but small belts, so i struggle to find tasty food for 4 that's good for you?
What has helped me though is leaving notes for myself in my room..mainly on my mirror as im always checking it. basically notes saying why i want to loose weight. Its a good way to keep reminding myself why im avoiding bread (my biggest vice)

Also this site is pretty good! http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ you can make a free account (and its mobile) and it has a calorie tracker, and an excersize tracker, so you can add what youve eaten and done in one day and see where you can improve?
its pretty cool ^^


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31 Aug 2012 - 20:5190276
Quote Han Hyuga:
Quote Afireinsidegirl:

While this is very good advice I feel that I'd like to add the 'cut back not out' thing. I'd like to suggest that it depends on the person that you are.

When I cut back on food like crisps and sweets etc it goes well for a while, but gradually they creep right back in my diet and make me very ill (I have IBS) showing that my resolve is crap obviously, so for me if I want to be healthy I do NEED to cut them out (maybe for a period of time such as a detox). When I tackle my strength/resolve with these things maybe I'll be able to allow myself to have small amounts of things
I think what you have to bear in mind is that each person's diet should be personal, for example there's no point me saying to someone "I've started this really good diet, you should do exactly the same one, even though we eat completely different foods at different times to begin with!"

I think it takes a little bit of experimentation, find a plan that works for you. Can you go x amount of days without eating any sweets? If you do eat sweets can you stop after just one or two? Although "dieting" (if that's what you want to call it.) can be restricting, it can be hard and it can help you a lot, you have to find one that's right for you! As it has already been said, if you start losing weight/getting into shape but you're unhappy, you're just going to resent the whole thing!


Yes I suppose I was trying to say that is it a personal and variable thing ^^

Some people work better with very set restrictions and others work better with slightly less restrictions allowing treats which they monitor and feel in control of

I find personally if I am restrictive on 'junk' and 'sweet' food that I feel much better than if I allow myself small amounts which slowly amount to more ALWAYS!! not that I'm 'dieting' but if I was to call it that then replacing all of the crisps, sweets, cakes etc with nuts, seeds and fruit has made me feel better ^^ problem solved (for me at least)


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31 Aug 2012 - 21:5790278
Quote Kata-san:
On that note, have a read of this :
http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/08/16/get-over-it/


I'd like to express how much I like that article! It's just so true.

I've basically been cutting down on portion size and eating healthier gradually over the course of the year, I really don't notice the difference as it's over a long stretch of time. I've now lost over a stone!

I allow myself to eat like a king every now and then, but one day doesn't do you any harm.

Though I will admit I literally did not buy myself any junk food for a couple of weeks (wanted to see how long I'd last XD) and then just got into the habit of not buying it. I mean I will happily accept it if someone gives me some, I still like it! And sometimes I will have the strongest cravings, but hey, what can I do if there's none in the house and I cba to walk out in the cold to get some?

Exercise wise... I don't really do work outs. Just a lot of walking and joining clubs. I'm useless at work outs because I have a poor mentality when it comes to it (which I need to fix). But I love gaining awards and achievements which is why I love dancing, there are so many grades to do which just spurs me onto training and practising harder. I hope to start a martial art when I go back to Uni though, maybe a new form of dance too.

I think you just have to find a work out or sport that suits you and stick with it. I think I went through a ton of different kinds of sports when I was at school and found several sports that suited me well and that I still like to play to stay active. Doing sports with a friend helps. If you've joined the gym, drag a friend and make it a weekly thing or a thing to do every 3-4 days together. Or if you can't find a friend that wants to do it with you, make a regular time slot in which you must force yourself to do something. I know me personally I am never motivated to do any form of work out just spontaneously until it gets too late, make a timetable for yourself, timetables can be fun, honest XD

I use to use www.fitocracy.com a lot, I can't remember who gave me the site but it made exercising like a video game because you could unlock achievements and what not for every bit of exercise you record! It made exercise fun and made me feel good whenever I unlocked an achievement :3
Sadly I haven't used that site in months because quite frankly, I've been very poor with exercising lately! Which is why I'm determined to do more when Uni starts again ;__;


01 Sep 2012 - 21:0690339
Wow lots of great advice in here!

I would share my knowledge but most of it has already been covered by everyone else ^^;

Well you know what I do already XD
But I will just say anyway and try to be somewhat helpful.

I go to the Gym 3 times a week, But that doesnt mean you have to go 3 times a week to start with, you should go for as many times as you are comfortable with, and when you feel you are ready then start increasing your time there.

When you have signed up then ask an instructor for some kind of weight loss plan or just ask for some advice on what to use to lose weight. (The proffesionals are the best people to ask because they know what will be most effective etc)

As for Dieting... I dont really know from experience but from what other people tell me (And as a few others here have said) Cut out/down on Junk food/snacks.
There have been some poeple that have dramatically lost weight just from cutting out Crisps completely and doing a little more exercise. Im not saying you should do that but there is just an example of what small changes can really do!

And a little bit of portion control can help too.
This could also mean that you can still east whatever you want so long as you eat them in moderation (I dont mean like cut down from 9 slices of Pizza's and 2 burgers to 5 slices of Pizza and 1 Burger XD Not that you do that but you know what I mean right?) So just so long as your meals arent outragous, which I know they arent, then you can eat whatever you like just cut down the sizes. If your hungry after then just have some fruit or Celery, I heard thats really good for Dieting.

I hope I was somewhat helpful ^^;


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01 Sep 2012 - 22:0490351
I find I've kept my weight down, but that's because of my Hyperthyroid. I eat like a machine--eating when hungry, stopping when full--never missing a meal, snack often--but snack HEALTHY. Fruit, nuts, and veggies.

Most people think you lose weight when you don't eat. The opposite is true. When you don't eat, your body stores food as fat, which is counter intuitive--right? So eat more of the right stuff and you should be okay. Doing cardio is the best workout a person can do, even if it's just a gentle run or bike. Stretching helps too.


03 Sep 2012 - 08:2690389
Yeah definitely, I've been trying hard over the last few month and only now have started notice a little changes. I try to do exercise every other day. I mostly power walk and do aerobics. However its more effective to switch up your method of exercise every so often, than to keep the same routine. Also drinking lots of water and fruits helps breaks down the fat stored up.


03 Sep 2012 - 11:4090401
Quote Sakubo:
I find I've kept my weight down, but that's because of my Hyperthyroid. I eat like a machine--eating when hungry, stopping when full--never missing a meal, snack often--but snack HEALTHY. Fruit, nuts, and veggies.

Most people think you lose weight when you don't eat. The opposite is true. When you don't eat, your body stores food as fat, which is counter intuitive--right? So eat more of the right stuff and you should be okay. Doing cardio is the best workout a person can do, even if it's just a gentle run or bike. Stretching helps too.


I couldn't agree more with this, to lose weight EAT I see a lot of people trying to lose weight by skipping meals, it doesn't really work and can really mess you up!!


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03 Sep 2012 - 16:3690419
I don't know if its already been mentioned, but... drink water!

Lots and lots of water!

Hungry? Drink water! You might just be thirsty!!!

And it keeps you hydrated and it makes your skin look nice, seriously, water!


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