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What's the best way to lose weight?

Asked by mary2 (82points) January 17th, 2008

I heard that you could lose 20% of your body weight by constantly chewing sugar-free gum. Is that true? What are some other ways to lose weight?

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Poser's avatar

…and eat right. Forever. Diets don’t work.

brownlemur's avatar

Go to Madagascar and eat a tomato (or any uncooked fruit or vegetable that doesn’t require peeling). I’d guess you would lose most of that weight in the first couple of hours. And then some more. And more. You know what, healthy diet and exercise is probably better.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Exercise, eating healthy, and an overall healthy lifestyle. E.G: Go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, choose the fruit instead of the chips, etc.

vanguardian's avatar

you can easily start losing weight by cutting out all sugar and staying active.

Xpress411's avatar

Check out the Raw Foods Lifestyle. Click here for inspiration

skfinkel's avatar

Eat what you love, but less of it (as long as it doesn’t include sugar soda and lots of candy). And then walk everywhere.

GD_Kimble's avatar

yep, that’s it.
Eat less/well.
Exercise more.

suejester's avatar

The way I was able to lose 20lbs and maintain at my current weight is to follow a healthy eating plan and to really adhere to portion control. I highly recommend following an eating plan that the American Diabeties Association supports. Low glycemic eating plan is healthy, safe, flexible and do-able for a lifetime.

I do not like the term “diet” because it implies a temporary fix with long term expecations. I prefer eating plan or eating lifestyle.

Also important is exercise. Do not fall into the trap of spot training. A mixture of cardio using a target heart rate monitor and weight training that involves program restructuring every 6–8 weeks.

Regarding a cardio workout. Learn how to use a heart rate monitor. Not all cardio workouts have to be pushed to the max. If you research how athletes train in the off-season you will learn many do not go balls to the wall all the time.

In many cases working within 60% of your target heart rate will burn more fat then if you worked out in the 80–92% range. Once you are in the 80–92% area you are using anabolic energy which in turn burns muscle for energy.

Good luck…oh and don’t fall for muscle weighs more then fat. 1lb is 1lb regardless of the material…

smart1979's avatar

Another suggestion is to eat more natural foods and avoid high fructose corn syrup. Natural foods are usually more satisfying to your body and you will usually eat les of them. your body will also process and digest more natural foods easier.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

I believe it was Gailcalled who posted something along the lines of “eat plants, eat less” in a different thread. Was it Gailcalled? And is that the exact quote?

ndedwards's avatar

Calories in must be less than calories out.

Any food in moderation is ok, as long as you follow the above formula.

If you want to check out my weight loss web site. It will help you with tips and tricks to help lose the weight and keep it off.

sferik's avatar

@omfgTALIjustIMDu Gail previously asked this question quoting Michael Pollan, originally from this wonderful New York Times Magazine article (a prelude to his book In Defense of Food). The exact quote is, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

gailcalled's avatar

@Tali & Erik: Goody; I can get famous without having to show up at the party.

Poser's avatar

Actually, upon re-reading this question, I think you are on to something. If you constantly chewed sugar-free gum, you wouldn’t be able to eat anything. I think you could easily lose much more than 20% of your body weight.

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tacophan's avatar

I found eating “slow carb” helps me a lot. Similar to low glycemic diet.

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fundevogel's avatar

A nice solid slice of depression or a week or so of illness can trim a few pounds off quick (assuming that loss of appetite is one of your symptoms).

But it sucks.

If you really want to lose weight you can’t get around the healthy/balanced eating and exercise. But pace yourself, if you set unsustainable standards for yourself you won’t be able to get where you want to.

partyparty's avatar

Healthy eating, fresh fruit and veg, and exercise

misobelly's avatar

Some tips are for example:

Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 – 6 smaller meals throughout the day.
Understand Food Claims and Labels.
Opt for drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.

You can read more:
Weight Loss Wiki
Weight Watcher Tips
Weight Loss About Site
Lose Belly Fat 101

I hope this tips will help ya.

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SuppRatings's avatar

Weight loss can be summed up by the following very simple advice that people make so complicated:

Eat Healthy and Exercise Regularly (30–45 minutes a day 5 days a week)

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