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What is a good weight loss plan?

Asked by NostalgicChills (2787points) May 13th, 2011

I want to lose weight and I can’t seem to stick with a program.

What is a good workout plan and how often should I do it?
I have:
A treadmill
mini gym
a bike (an actual bike, not an exercise bike)
Just dance 2( a video game that includes a lot of dancing and exercise)

Also, what are some quick, HEALTHY lunch ideas I can prepare after school?

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Coloma's avatar

Eat less, move more.

Try Tuna salad stuffed celery sticks for lunch. Yogurts and fruit, protein powder shakes and if you can’t get into your home gym scene just walk more. Walk as much as you can at a good, brisk pace. You can slowly work on toning up more as the extra weight comes off.

Hard boiled eggs are also a great, easy to make and take lunch item. They keep for weeks in the fridge.

Just be sure to get plenty of protein which builds muscle. Don’t go below 30–40 grams a day.

Protein also keeps your brain in high function mode, so, protein for breakfast is especially important to launch your body into it’s day.

A glass of 1% milk and a banana with a piece of unbuttered toast and a half spoonful of jam is a quick and easy breakfast.

Good luck, you can do it!

Just think of the end result, keep a positive visual of your best self in mind!

mazingerz88's avatar

Do the South beach diet for a month. You will definitely lose weight a lot.

FluffyChicken's avatar

keep your calories slightly below what it takes to maintain your current weight. Lots and lots of greens. Take a modern dance class, or do something else that gets you sweating at least 3 times a week for an hour and a half. every day is even better.

suzanna28's avatar

eat 5 times a day.

3 main meals and 2 snacks.

One snack before the gym and one snack just before you go to bed.

always eat some protein and nuts with every meal. preferably low fat protein no bigger than the size of your palm. And no more than a small handful of nuts. For the snacks though make sure the portions are about ⅓ the size of the main meals of protein , carbohydrate and fat.

Always make sure you are having protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal. Other wise you have a hormonal imbalance and you get mood swings and get hungy all the time.

Make sure the majority of your carbohydrates come from fruit and vegetables.

Drink alot of water. One glass every 2 hours..

Stay away from other types of drinks

Eat flour , sugar, and potatoes in very very small amounts. or avoid all together if u can or want fast results

Always works. I never feel hungry. Or have mood swings.

I have been able to maintain a size 8 figure this way for more than 10 years now.

maybe once a week you can eat out.

It’s all about moderation and understanding the effect of food on your body.

I strongly recommend you purchase ” the Zone” by Dr. Barry Sears. He is the father of all the Low GI diets out there that work.
You don’t have to follow it strictly though. Just understand and apply the basic principles.

If you understand food and its effects on the body you will never have a problem with your weight and you will never have to deprive your self of eating out completely. And his book explains food thoroughly.

And yes excercise about 3 to 4 times a week.

I suggest altering jogging with spin class.. and also do some light weight training on your body as well. Initially focus more on cardio though. You can add weight training later on.
Make sure your cardio i.e jogging or spinning is at least 40 minutes long everytime you do it. and that you get your heartrate up above your normal level when not excercising.

And don’t make the mistake of binge eating after you excercise because you feel like you deserve it. Cuz that mean you are just putting back on all the wait that you just lost.
Stick to the plan.

Coloma's avatar

Right as @suzanna28 says too…eat 5–6 small meals a day, very important to keep your nutrition and energy levels as constant as possible.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Eat half of what you initially think you want as far as serving size goes.

Drink a glass of water when you wake up and before each meal or snack.

Make yourself eat breakfast even if it takes you a few hours of eating in bits to get through it.

Eat your heaviest items during the day and lightest ones at night or as your last meal.
Cut out as much sugar from your diet as possible. Once you do that then you’ll notice how salty everything else is and will lose your craving for many snacks.

AshLeigh's avatar

Eat breakfast. It starts up your motabalism.
Then don’t eat after six. “After six it sticks.” (You usually move around less after six, so you don’t burn it off)
That’s how my mom lost all her weight.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Another thing that works for me is to to empty the .79 cent Circle K Thirst Buster soda container and fill it with ice water. During the night I reach over to the nightstand and swill away each time I wake up. It helps keep me hydrated but also keeps my tummy from thinking it’s starving.

Velvetinenut's avatar

One of the things I’ve learnt in trying to lose weight is to have enough sleep. It helps the body metabolise. I gain 7 pounds in 2 months as I was overworked and didn’t have enough sleep but ate normally (with lots of salads). Good Luck.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Velvetinenut is right about sleep regenerating. Insomnia and stress mess with your metabolism making it extra hard and taking extra effort to maintain a desired shape.

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FluffyChicken's avatar

@angelique_1 this is the place to give answers, not to rephrase the already posed question.

As far as lunch boxes, what I’ve been doing is putting tofu, carrots, lettuce and a carb of some sort in a box for work.

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beatrixtuffy's avatar

There are no short-cut for quick weight loss but you should considered some good thing then you should achieve your goal, definitely. Right kind of exercise and diet plan, make your work schedule, avoid to take too much junk or fast food.

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Emeraldisles5's avatar

Do an hour to an hour and a half of cardio 4 or 5 times a week, and weight train or circuit train for 3o to 45 minutes 2 or 3 times a week, and do other everyday activities like walking whenever possible, pacing, gardening, and keep a food, mood, and activity journal. Also, ask yourself if you are truly hungry before you eat, and if not address the emotions. Are you bored? Are you upset? Is it just a craving? If it is go out for a walk, call a friend etc. so it passes. Plus don’t drink soda. You can painlessly save yourself a lot of calories. Water and tea is the best. One of the best tips I learned for healthy balanced eating, is to fill half your plate with vegetables and/or fruit, a quarter with a lean protein like fish or grilled chicken, and a quarter with a whole grain, and to not eat in front of the tv or computer, and to really pay attention when you eat, so you recognize you’ve had enough.

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