H.W. asks from Fountain Inn, SC on August 19, 2009
I Need Some Ideas to Help Me Lose 100 Lbs
i just asked a question a couple minutes ago and discovered that we can talk about anything on here soooo....i'm 22 years old. i'm pushin 300lbs..i NEED to lose weight. i'm not a big junk food eater. i love to eat grilled chicken, steaks, anything grilled really. salads are great but after a while it just seems like same ol same ol. i need some new ideas on meal plans. some sample menus you know? i dont know how to start exercising cause i've NEVER done it before. how do i get started with out overloading myself. please someone give me some ideas...i dont want to be fat anymore
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P.S. answers from Macon on August 23, 2009
I use a website that tells you how much fat, salt, carbohydrates, etc. you have consumned after you have entered in what you have eaten throughout the day on the website. There are a lot of recipes on the website. You can also find out how much exercise and how often each day. Talk with others who are also looking to lose some weight. Meal replacement bars and shakes are also available to help you to loose weight.
S.A. answers from Athens on August 20, 2009
A.D. answers from Atlanta on August 19, 2009
I'm there with you. I'm in the process of changing my habits but I'll admit that I'm doing with the help of Adipex. I am an emotional eater so it's really helped me to start dealing with the triggers as the "need" to eat just isn't there anymore. Exercise is always one of the hardest things for me but once I start, I always feel so much better and even get to the point that I can't wait to go. I'm now waiting for that "can't wait" feeling to kick in again but I'm still forcing myself.
J.J. answers from Atlanta on August 20, 2009
WOW H.! You've received a lot of advice! I didn't have a chance to read it all, so I apologize if some has already said this. I use this website: www.sparkpeople.com . It's like myspace for people who want to lose or maintain weight. It's completely free and it gives great info on weight loss - exercise and meal plans. When you create a profile they will actually calculate the amount of calories you'll need to comsume a day (and give you a meal plan if you want it) and how many you should burn a day to reach your goal. They have demo videos for workouts. They have articles, recipes and message boards for advice and encouragment. You MUST be dedicated! It is the only thing that worked for me. I was overweight my whole life and I lost about 60 lbs and I've manage to maintain it for about 6 months now.
Whatever you chose to do, I hope you find what works for you! Remember, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else ;o)!!
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K.R. answers from Sumter on August 27, 2009
I can relate to the way you are feeling. Although I only need to lose around 20 lbs, the feeling is the same, at least for me it is. Here is what I have been doing...I bought a treadmill so I can put it in front of the TV and walk on it instead of sitting on the couch. After about 2 weeks of walking and gradually increasing my endurance and speed, I added some jogging or running. I set a goal of not jogging any thing less then 2 miles a day. If I walk, it is no less then 4 miles a day. I also weight train with 5-12 lbs of free weights 3 times a week. If you have Time Warner cable, go to the Exercise on Demand section and have fun. They have all kinds of activities to do. Grilled chicken is good for you, but it depends on the type of steak you are eating and how much of it you eat. I stick with fresh fruit, green veggies, salads w/honey mustard dressing(yes full fat, I figure if I'm eating a salad I can have good dressing), chicken, lean cuts of meat and fish, brown rice and wheat pasta. I also watch how much sodium I intake and I never drink my calories...only water. I add a little fresh lemon juice to it. It is all about portion control. I allow myself one "fat day" a week where I eat whatever I want in moderation. Only weigh yourself once a week. Get someone to take your measurements so you can gage your results based on that and not your weight. GOOD LUCK!!
E.M. answers from Atlanta on August 19, 2009
you can start by walking every day for about 20 minutes that should help you out
C.E. answers from Lexington on August 19, 2009
Hey H. im in the fitnees field u need to start off with a multi vitamin ? Then u need to drink water and eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 !!! It has worked for my clients lots of chicken tuna..
Almonds unsalted ..good luck u can do it ...its mind over matter!!!!
R.J. answers from Columbia on August 20, 2009
I know your pain and my best suggestion is Sparkpeople.com.
I'm joy8269 on there so you can look me up on there and message me.
K.P. answers from Atlanta on August 20, 2009
Walking is the best way to start excercising. At least 30 minutes of cardio a day is a good start. Once you are consistant with that I would start looking at researching heart rate as that matters with your work out and burning more fat vs sugars depending on heart rate. The golden rule is if you are burning more calories than you are taking in then you will loose weight. The fun part is figuring out what you are burning. Google it. There are ways to figure it out.
Talking to a nutritionist is always helpful as well but after consistant excercise and a healthy diet if you are still gaining weight it could be something else for example, your thyroid and you should consult with your doctor.
W.M. answers from Columbia on August 20, 2009
Hi H. W,
First, go to your physician and make sure you are cleared for exercise/physical activity. After you do that, find a Zumba class. I promise you, you will enjoy every minute of the class. It is a party! I love it. It is exercise in disguise.
You have to keep in mind, that you have to try to maintain balance...you have to eat healthier, engage in physical activity daily, and manage your stress. Eat at least three different colors of vegetables daily. A salad only counts as one. Exercise everyday. You can do aerobics everyday. Anaerobics or strength training should be at least every other day. You have to have a day of rest between strength training exercises to reduce your risk of strains and sprains. You need to find at least 2 to 3 ways you like to relax yourself. You should choose methods that do not include any food. Any exercise related way of managing stress such as a brisk walk is a double benefit.
Exercise has always been a challenge to me. I will start out good, but become bored easy. So, I began incorporating different types of movement arts in my routine such as bellydancing and Zumba.
I hope this helps!
J. answers from Spartanburg on August 20, 2009
You could also try SSI (sport, spine, industrial) physical therapy in simpsonville. They have a structured weight loss and fitness program. The website is
good luck with whatever you choose!