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Starting a new Diet & Exercise... Need good tips!

Asked by LethalCupcake (650 points ) January 13th, 2010

We have been having trouble Conceiving…. Doc says I should lose some weight and I should be Preggo pretty quick! So I’m on day 3 of my diet & excercise – im super excited about it, I’m running and starting an Aerobics class! But my husband thinks im not eating enough…. but I just want to stay low in fats and calories….Help with any meal ideas or exercise tips??

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nikayamo's avatar

With weight loss, you want to try and do activities that will burn the most calories, and aerobics is generally a pretty good way to do this. I’m not really knowledgeable about food, but you can never go wrong with fruit and vegetables.
P.S. Not sure this last one is really related, but dont drink pepsi, dr pepper, mountain dew, etc. It is one of the worst things you can drink.

filmfann's avatar

I have never heard of weight loss aiding conception.
Keep us informed on how this goes.

occ's avatar

I don’t know anything about diets that aid conception, but if you want to lose weight in a healthy way it’s much more important to watch your sugar intake than your fat intake. Many “low fat” packaged goods are actually higher in sugar. If you cut out sugar from your diet you will probably find that you start losing weight, while still being able to eat lots of foods that taste good (salads, stir fries, some pasta dishes). Try using high-fiber grains: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole wheat breads. If you want to keep it off, you should plan on losing one or two pounds a week. Any more than that may feel good in the short term but you will likely gain it back over time.

One of the best things you can do is make sure you are cooking/preparing your own food at home, rather than eating packaged goods or eating out. Restaurants use way more butter, salt, and sugar than you would probably use at home (that’s why their food tastes so good). Try cutting out all liquids except for water (and drink a lot of water). You can add a squeeze of lemon or orange, or a sprig of mint, or sliced cucumbers to make your water taste good without having extra calories. Good luck!

lilikoi's avatar

Let me preface my advice by saying I am 24 and know pretty much zip about babies and conceiving and all that stuff. I have personal experience in weight training and do a lot of exercising myself to keep fit so here is my advice on that:

If your goal is to shed pounds, you will want to do high intensity aerobic activity. It is not enough to walk on a treadmill on speed #1. You have got to push yourself – “no pain no gain” is a good mantra. It is hard to make specific recommendations without knowing what kind of shape you’re in. Sprinting up steep stairs, then jogging down, then repeating this several times is a good workout for me. You could do the Stairmaster in the gym to get the same effect. If you have been sedentary for a long time, start by taking a timed power walk. Try to keep a constant speed over a length of time you think you can handle, say 30 min. Slowly increase this to an hour. Then increase the walk to a jog. Hiking and trail running are other options, as is swimming.

When you get on the treadmill, you will notice that if you increase the incline, you burn more calories in a given time period. It would seem that you burn more calories speedwalking on a steep incline than sprinting a flat.

You should mix in some strength training as well. Aside from osteoporosis prevention, building muscle will help prevent injury as well as help burn cals.

Joining a class or team (swim team, for example) is a great way to keep motivated. It is a lot easier to weather grueling exercise when you have others nearby suffering with you. It can also be a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

You want to maintain a balanced diet. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat. Cut out junk food. If you get intense cravings, you can make healthy replacements. For example, you can replace chips with kale or munch on carrots, celery sticks w/ peanut butter, etc. Cut out soda – drink water instead. Soda has a LOT of sugar. If you get caffeine withdrawals or crave carbonation, opt for seltzer or mineral water or similar or go for a lightly sweetened soda like this. Cut back on desserts, and try to work more veggies and less butter/cream into your cooking. I just used these two recipes and they were very tasty and pretty healthy: garlic baked butternut squash , moroccan couscous. Other things to keep in mind include not eating a huge amount right before you sleep, and opting for small healthy snacks and small meals throughout the day rather than a few large, distinct meals – this will help your body metabolize more efficiently.

knitfroggy's avatar

I have been on a “diet” and I found that if I ate too little, I didn’t lose as much weight. So I started eating more and the weight came off faster. I found a website The Daily Plate that helped me a lot. It gave me an idea of what I should be eating for my weight and activity level, etc. I was eating only about 1200 calories a day and that wasn’t enough by far.

Jong6451's avatar

Eat breakfast! Start your metabolism early every day. Drink water and snack during the day on fruits and veggies instead of a big lunch. Eat often but healthy small meals. Your body is a machine that needs to know it’s going to get healthy food regularly so it doesn’t need reserves.

LethalCupcake's avatar

I can’t drink sodas at all because of Acid reflux – so thats not a prob! :) and im going to start an Aerobics/Dance class TODAY. Im eating about 5 small meals a day!!! I take a jog in the mornings – power walk and jog i guess – i take hand weights too…. I’m trying! thanx guys!

Coloma's avatar

My regime is sticking to around 1500–1600 calories per day. Low carb, lots of water and walking 3 miles, lots of uphill stretches, interspersed with short bursts of running, about 50 minutes 5–6 days per week.

Mix in some weights and floor excercises for another 10 minutes or so for toning and stretching.

Eat whatever I want on weekends!

Well okay…do make room for a few glasses of wine or a couple of beers during the week! lol

EdgeoftheUniverse's avatar

You want lots of fruits and vegetables. Every time you have a starch choice try to make it whole grain, multi-grain etc. Get protein from lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish and sea food. Soy bean and nuts are great sources of protein. Take a fish oil supplement (good for weight loss and lubricating joints). Make everything you drink water. Read nutrition labels. Consider joint supplements if you’re running. Walk, walk everywhere you would normally drive if you can swing it.

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