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qualitycontrol's avatar

What can I take to make me thin?

Asked by qualitycontrol (2570points) April 22nd, 2009 from iPhone

I’m seriously sick of being fat I have no time to go to the gym or to eat healthy.

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adreamofautumn's avatar

Don’t. It’s never the answer to weight loss.

Judi's avatar

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid fat and instead of bread eat whole grains like oatmeal. Make sure 2/3 of your plate is vegetables and choose small amounts of lean proteins. Don’t eat any processed foods. If you’re serious, then change your lifestyle. A pill won’t do it for you. Also, start walking.

Likeradar's avatar

Really? You sound lazy. You can’t lose weight and be lazy at the same time, it’s pretty much impossible. No such thing as a quick fix for this one…

Also, is losing weight really worth your sanity and health?

StellarAirman's avatar

Just watch the move Requiem for a Dream. Tons of weight loss tips!

quarkquarkquark's avatar

You must have expected this.

Eat right, and exercise.

You might consider High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), a kind of workout you can do several times a week that will help you lose a lot of fat and only takes fifteen minutes or so. You should also know that the more muscle you have, the easier it is for you to lose weight and remain thin, so perhaps you want to start lifting weights.

If you consider yourself an overeater, then perhaps you can keep eating badly but just eat LESS.

If you’re still lazy, cigarettes are an appetite suppressant.

asmonet's avatar

How much does your left arm weigh? If you’re taking @StellarAirman ‘s advice, you might want to check.

asmonet's avatar

Now that you’ve edited your question, I’ll respond accordingly.

Enjoy your fat.
You’re stuck with it.

Likeradar's avatar

BTW, eating healthy foods doesn’t take a whole lot of time. Fluthering for 5 minutes takes more time than eating an apple.

You want an easy way out of being overweight. There isn’t a good one.

tinyfaery's avatar

Get really sick
Speed and other uppers
Don’t eat anything at all

dynamicduo's avatar

You can’t do this. Weight loss just doesn’t work via a pill or magic. You have to eat right and exercise to lose weight safely. You could choose to not eat and only drink water, but then your body goes into starvation mode and you’ll lose weight slowly if at all, feel groggy, start becoming irritable, and go through lots of other bad things for your long term health.

Even getting it cut off of you doesn’t work in the long term, because lipo only removes the result, not the CAUSE of your weight issue, which in most cases is caused by eating unhealthy foods, eating way more calories than one needs to, and not doing enough physical activities to burn off calories.

It took me a few years to realize that weight loss is not a thing you do, it’s a result of the way you live your life. If you want to not be fat, you need to rethink your eating habits and incorporate exercise into your life on a permanant basis. Pills do not work, end of discussion (well, those ‘fat blocking’ ones make you shit out fat and oil uncontrollably, so I guess those technically work, but have fun with that). Counting calories is tedious and time consuming but in most cases it works very well. Weight watchers is calorie counting simplified drastically combined with a support group, very effective for those who enjoy support.

Eating healthy is not hard. It takes time and effort, yes, but I believe that it’s the least I can do to keep my body/machine healthy and up for years of additional service.

qualitycontrol's avatar

I know how to lose weight. 2 years ago I lost 60 pounds, naturally, over the course of 6 months. I had to eat 6 small meals a day worth 300–400 calories with a lean protein, a starchy carbohydrate and a complex carbohydrate. I did cardio twice a day (including HIIT), once in the morning and at in the later afternoon, followed by a weight lifting routine. I drank only water and protein shakes. But it took so much time and energy that I just do not have anymore. I’m so tired of being over weight and I feel there is nothing I can do about it. I’m not lazy, I work 60–70 hours a week and have school and somehow squeeze in time for my gf and family…thanks for calling me lazy tho! There has to be something I can take to help me lose weight!!!

cwilbur's avatar

Do you eat at all? Then you have time to eat healthy.

If you just record everything you eat, and keep your daily calorie intake in the 1900–2000 range while eating a variety of foods, you’ll lose weight.

Judi's avatar

I lost weight on the HMR diet. I call it Health Fast Food. It is easy and you can do it for the rest of your life. (I am going into my 4th year of maintenance.) If there is not a clinic in your town they have an “at home” program. There are healthy ways to live in this world that surrounds you with unhealty choices.

dynamicduo's avatar

It seems that your body type is just one that requires a lot of effort to lose weight, then. So you can start accepting you are who you are, or you can continue to strive to change your weight. Since you say you don’t want to go through the effort of changing your weight, it seems your only option is to change your perception about yourself.

I assume, based on then 60 pounds of weight loss, that you have gotten yourself checked by a doctor regarding having a thyroid problem or some other medical reason for why weight loss is hard for you?

Given your previous experience regarding weight loss (it would have been really handy to include that in your details, since it’s really relevant here), you may need to turn to an actual weight loss consultant or some type of very structured program if you truly want to lose weight. There is generally speaking no weight loss pill, however there could be drug trials etc that such a consultant would know of and thus you could participate in.

qualitycontrol's avatar

right I usually eat 2–3 times a day. I eat at 12 pm, usually have a sub or a salad, then I eat around 5pm at night, usually another sub or pizza or something like that. The problem is I know I need protein because eating only carbs is the same as starving your metabolism. But everything that is quick and readily available for protein is always marinated in oil or fried. I have no time to cook or go grocery shopping, I don’t even have time to wash my clothes!

dynamicduo's avatar

You need to make time for yourself then. It’s not hard to go to the store and buy a few whole roasted chickens – voila, instant protein, and it’s already cooked so you can eat it without heating it up.

You could also pay someone to custom cook your meals for you in advance, so that you can always have good quality food waiting for you. Google your city and “personal chef service”. Of course, this is more pricey, but if you don’t have time but do have money, this is a great solution.

qualitycontrol's avatar

the way I lost weight before is a lifestyle change and it’s extremely good and healthy but very difficult to maintain because I had to cook everything myself. It also got expensive because you end up eating ALOT of food which has low caloric content. Also while I was doing after I lost 60 pounds of fat (I looked amazing) I hit a plateau and was unable to lose anymore…I got stuck at 199 for a few weeks and it greatly discouraged me.

Judi's avatar

The cheese doesn’t help either, and how much mayo is on that sub? Why not choose a large salad with low or non fat dressing (instead of the Pizza) For one week. Come back and let us know how it went. (No cheese or salami on the salad, maybe a little chicken breast or better yet shrimp.) Skip the mayo and cheese on your daily sub too, and make sure it is a lean protein, not salami or something processed.

Judi's avatar

Found a few eating out tips for you:
At Olive Garden, swap spaghetti and meatballs for linguine al marinara to save 710 calories.

At Pizza Hut, swap one slice of Stuffed Crust Meat Lover’s pizza for a slice of Fit n Delicious pizza with ham, red onion and mushroom to save 360 calories.

At Starbucks Coffee, swap a Grande Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream for a Grande Caffe Mocha (no whipped cream) to save 250 calories.

At Subway Sandwiches, swap a 6-inch tuna sub for a 6-inch Veggie Delite to save 300 calories.

At Taco Bell, swap a Grilled Stuft Chicken Burrito for a Fresco Style Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco to save 470 calories.
Buy a pedometer and walk an extra 2,000 steps, roughly equivalent to a mile and 100 calories.
Eat a high-fiber breakfast that will help reduce the quantity of food eaten at lunch.
Use mustard or low-fat mayonnaise on your sandwich instead of regular mayonnaise.
Have a piece of fresh fruit instead of cookies or chips.
Drink diet soda instead of regular soda.
Choose sherbet or sorbet over super premium ice cream.
Use 2 tablespoons of light whipped butter or margarine instead of regular.
Top your favorite pasta with a red sauce instead of a cream sauce.
Skip the blue cheese topping on your salad.
Order a small drink instead of a super-sized drink.
Hold the bacon on your sandwich or at breakfast.
Use water-packed tuna instead of oil packed.
Eat a snack-sized chocolate bar instead of a whole candy bar.
Order your pizza with veggies instead of high-fat meat toppings.
Eat an appetizer as your main meal instead of an entree.
Skip the extra butter shot on your movie theater popcorn.
Order your sandwich on whole grain bread instead of a croissant or bagel.
Leave the crust on the pie and enjoy the filling.
Leave 3–4 bites of food on your plate.
Pass on the gravy on your mashed potatoes.
Try an open-faced sandwich with only one slice of bread.

goose756's avatar

what can you take? ... you can take a break from being incredibly lazy. If you have time to eat you have time to eat healthy, its not like you have to slave over the stove for 9 hours to make healthy food. You can snack on fruits and vegetables instead of chocolate and cheeseburgers. I noticed you have a guitar in your picture, how do you find time to play it? You seem busy, is all. Maybe split your shredding time with gym time.

casheroo's avatar

Exercise. If you’re already eating healthy, then that’s not enough. You need to join a gym, or get outside and start walk, jogging or running.

qualitycontrol's avatar

As you may have read in any of my other posts I’m in way over my head in debt and had to get a second job to pay my bills. Now I work 60+ hours a week, I haven’t touched my guitar in two months. I goto school and am taking 3 classes. I work at a busy manufacturing plant and in a very busy kitchen. The last thing I want to do at the end of an 18 hour day is eat healthy…I know you think I’m lazy but it’s quite the opposite that is preventing me from losing weight. Thanks for the help, Judi and DD. While I may not have to cook for 9 hours, what I was saying before is I had to prepare 6 meals per day, which means I had to cook all of them the night before, which is time consuming considering I also have to buy the food. I don’t know what you think busy is but you don’t understand what I’m going through so don’t give me shit like I’m lazy.

cwilbur's avatar

You say it’s important to you to lose weight, but then every time someone suggests something, you explain why it’s too much work.

You say the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is eat healthy. That’s why you’re not going to lose weight.

There is no magic way to lose weight. You have to expend more energy than you take in. To do that, you have to pay attention to what you eat and make healthier choices than you have been. If you’re not willing to do that, you’re not going to lose weight.

There’s no way to sugar-coat that, and the truth of it isn’t affected by your debt level or the hours you work. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more energy than you take in in calories.

goose756's avatar

@cwilbur “you have to expand more energy than you take in”, I couldn’t have put it better.. the weight isn’t going to fall off. Don’t make excuses, the point is – you are making this a priority, if you want it to happen you have to work for it. Otherwise don’t complain.

Likeradar's avatar

@qualitycontrol You sound busy. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said you sound lazy- you sound like you work hard. I apologize.

However, you are asking for a magic pill (or powder, judging from your pre-edited q) so that you don’t have to put effort into losing weight. You are being lazy about weight loss. You eat something during the day, right? You chose what parking spot to park in at work and at school, right? You chose to fluther on your off time, right? You chose to take the stairs or elevator. You chose not to do lunges while brushing your teeth… I could go on, but I think you get it. If you want to lose weight, you have to change your choices. It’s not about a pill (if it was, why would anyone exercise or diet?).

qualitycontrol's avatar

I’m at work now…I never fluther on off time lol, off time is reserved for family and my gf…

3or4monsters's avatar

If you want it enough, you will make time. You will make the effort. If you are not doing these things, then you clearly don’t want it enough.

I have been fighting being fat my whole life. I lost a bunch, and got fat again. I lost more. Every time I plateaued or hit a wall, what it boiled down to is that I didn’t want it enough to put for the effort and time to do my homework and research. I lacked (still lack?) the willpower or self discipline. Skinny people or people who’ve been healthy their whole life will never understand what an uphill fight it is to lose a large amount of weight.

Good luck. Would you be interested in a bunch of websites that helped me? I could send them to you via PM a bit later, or post them here.

Les's avatar

@qualitycontrol : I don’t think you’re being lazy. I’m struggling with my weight at the moment, too. I’m a grad student, I work constantly and I make next to nothing, so I understand not being able to always buy the foods you’d want to buy. I don’t think there is a “magic” pill out there that will make you thin, fast. If there was, no one would be fat. I do have one suggestion that works for me. On the weekends, I’ll cook one or two big meals. Maybe a big pot of chicken soup, or some lean turkey chilli. That way, I have leftovers for the week, so I never have to think about it when I’m super busy. And if you don’t want it cutting into your time with you gf, invite her to join you. She’ll love that you cooked her a meal, you can spend some time together, and you’ll have healthier food.
As for simple exercise, I try to trick myself. So even though I live at 7200 feet, and it nearly kills me, I try to take the stairs to my sixth floor office. If I’m sitting around watching tv and vegging out, I’ll get up and do some jumping jacks. I know it sounds silly, but it really does work.

Like I said, I know how tough it can be. Good luck, and I hope you find some answers here that you can try to work into your crazy schedule.

Likeradar's avatar

@qualitycontrol Can you and your girlfriend and family take walks together?

I’m agreeing with @cwilbur 100%. Lots of excuses… You’re not asking for ways to fit in exercise in a busy schedule, or what are some quick and easy healthy meals. You’re asking for a magic solution that takes no work and no priority change. Good luck with that.

Horus515's avatar

Hoodia Gordonii

Walshy's avatar

Try quitting your job at Mickey D’s might be a damn good start!

Les's avatar

@Walshy : Totally appropriate and helpful. Thank you for such a A+ comment.

skfinkel's avatar

Walk every day for one half hour at least. Fill up on vegies and fruits. Be happy. Think that this will work. You’ll lose weight.

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Walshy's avatar

No time to eat healthy? so eating healthy takes more time that eating junk?

Well trust me, it doesnt.

Les's avatar

@walshy: I really don’t think it is fair to keep saying this guy is lazy. It is really hard to spend money on a gym when you don’t have any money, hard to cook good meals for yourself when you get home late and have to be at work early, hard to find the time to exercise when all of your time is spent at work or with family. I do agree that changes can be made and that it is not that difficult to eat healthier, and that he seems to be a little hesitant to change his ways, but I think he’s just frustrated. Give the guy a break, and as the old adage says, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Walshy's avatar

@Les yes I can understand what you’re saying, and i’m sure he is stuck in a rut but why should he expect us to help him and give him advice when he isnt prepared to help himself? I’m sorry but comments like ‘havent time to eat healthy’ is just ridiculous.
And yes I know of the old adage…..lol oops!

Les's avatar

@walshy: ;-) It’s all good.

Amoebic's avatar

eating 5–6 times a day doesn’t necessarily mean preparing 5–6 meals. When you’re eating that frequently, the calorie content of each mini-meal should be less (200–300 cal), As opposed to the 500–900 a meal fast-food empty-calorie loads you’re currently consuming a couple of times a day. It takes no time at all to inhale a power bar and an apple on the way to work.

You’re not going to lose weight eating the crap you’re eating now. Even a sub sandwich is loaded with empty calories depending on what you order. It’s sad that places like subway advertise how “healthy” their food is when it’s possibly only slightly better than drive through most of the time. Slightly. Sometimes.

Know what you’re putting into your body. Try for foods that are nutrient-rich, foods that aren’t overly processed and loaded with preservatives and chemical substitutes. I’ve lost almost 20 lbs from changing the quality of my food content because more healthful foods promote more efficient use and fuel for the body.

Understand true portion sizes. (links here and here) You probably eat a lot more than you think.

Also…drink lots and lots of water. flush that system. It’ll be hard with you wack schedule, but also try to get enough sleep – that seems to play part in the ability to maintain a healthy metabolism.

As was mentioned already: Eat less, move more.

There’s no such thing as a quick fix pill – those ads are full of lies. It’s just a temporary illusion that will return eventually with more pounds.

buster's avatar

I wouldn’t lose weight this way but if you want to take something talk to a doctor at a weight loss clinic about a drug called Adipex also known as phentermine. Its a cousin to amphetamine. Its an appetite suppressant. I know some people that have taken it and they lost weight while on it. When they got off it I think they gained the weight right back because of unhealthy eating habits. I think this answers your question though. Look luck.

qualitycontrol's avatar

I don’t work at mickey d’s I work in a high end dine in restauraunt I’m a line cook and right now it’s the only thing helping me burn alot of calories cuz I’m moving alot and sweatin to death…

quarkquarkquark's avatar

If, as you say, you gain weight easily and lose it with some difficulty, I would consider a stomach stapling.

And lift weights.

augustlan's avatar

Quick protein tip: Hard boil a dozen eggs/week. You’ll always have them on hand to grab and go.

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