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Anyone with experience losing hundreds of pounds?

Posted by William G.

Would love to hear your stories of how you managed to lose that much weight. With so many pounds to lose, I'm overwhelmed. Where do I start? How do I stay motivated? What should I avoid doing? Does it get easier?
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I would definitely get professional nutritional and fitness advice. Motivation from others will be a large help. This is not going to be something to do on your own. But you will be able to do it.
I think the best thing to do is make an appointment with your doctor and he/she will put you in touch with a nutrionist, a health advisor, pyschologist and other professionals to make this process easier.
In any regard, take one day at a time so the whole process does not overwhelm you. When you are mentally overwhelmed, you may give up before you start. Time passes quickly, so if your days are filled with eating fewer calories than you expend, you will lose a little weight each day. Further, it is best to focus on your health rather than just your weight. This way, everything you eat will be for the purpose of getting healthier. This will help you eat the right foods, not just the lower carb and calorie foods.

One day at time is the key.  I didn't have hundreds to lose, just one hundred but I did it.  Find a diet that works for you and enjoy following and start walking or whatever other exercises you might be phyically able to do.

I'm a big fan of low carb myself, but I'm a bigger fan of finding a diet that you can stick to and begin a "lifestyle change" rather than a fad.  You can follow my weight loss journey on my other blog under the " one pound weight loss" catergory.  My journey starts las May when I began to write it until now where I have reached my initial goal of 90 lbs. of weight loss.  I have eliminated all my medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes.  You can do it to and as Dr. Vic points out, just take it one day and one pound at a time and you will get there sooner that you think!

I was a very overweight fat guy just " One Pound Ago"!

I dont know what your movement ability is but even setting small tasks of sweeping, cleaning out cupboards, stretching, gardening any type of movement even for ten min periods will get you going,

then when hungry dont focus on eating less, eat as much salad/veg (half a large plate), as you want to start, with of course lean meat/fish (quater plate),  potatoe/rice/pasta quater plate, 

for brekky focus on high fibre cereals with fruit,

lunch, make it an open sandwich and pile it high with salad and a handfull of lean meat/fish small grating of cheese if you need it, it takes bout 3 weeks for your taste buds to start liking healthy foods.

when you have got through the first 3 weeks, you may find that you have lost weight without thinking, or that you are craving that salad a bit more, its all bout taking the focus off dieting (it is a dirty word lol) and making small life changes :-) hope this helps to get you started. Karen

William - 15 years ago I lost 90 lbs.  I was on the original NutriSystem program and I exercised every day.  Took one year to lose the weight - unfortunately it came back and I've got 110 lbs. to lose now.  My daughter needs to lose 150.  We're there with you.  Funny thing is I'm a vegetarian and have been for 15 years - problem is I'm addicted to sugar and dairy products.  Have tried going raw or vegan, but I can't seem to stick to it for more than2 weeks.  After a day of bingeing on candy I took a positive step and signed up here.  Hope to find people to help keep me motivated.  Your courage motivates me!  We all have to find what works for us.  Right now I'm going to try the 1600 calories a day (400 calorie meals) and stick to a more raw and vegan diet - plus walk on the treadmill at my office gym at lunch time.  Best advice I can give is to not eat anything processed and keep away from white foods (sugar, flour, rice, dairy).  Remember any movement burns calories - any movement!  Sit and watch TV with a 1 lb. weight, work up to a 3 lb. and so on!  Good luck William, I'm there with you!

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Just think of it as improving your lifestyle. You will feel better and be happier. Start by planning what your going to get before you go to the grocery store. Don't wait till you get there to decide. Get lean proteins and less sugars (even white bread turns into sugar almost instantly after you it it-go for whole-grain). Eat vegetables at the beginning of a meal to fill up befor the main course, so you don't over-eat. Start working in more activity into your life. This can be fun- like jump rope, basketball, walking(with headphones). Try to add in five or ten minutes of strength training (push-ups can be done on your knees; modified sit-ups. Just think how psyched you'll be when you have more energy and you feel healthy. You can do it!
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William, Congrats for taking the first steps and getting some advice. I would agree with everyones advice and add that in my 20 years of helping people lose weight and improve their wellbeing the best successes that last are those that are consistent, persistent, flexible and supported. Nutrition and exercise are the keys. My clients have had great success by incorporating some simple strategies. Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up. Drink a cup of green tea in the morning with or before breakfast. Eat mostly raw foods(vegetables, fruits, nuts) eliminating fast food and processed food. Nothing containing high fructose corn syrup especially soda. No diet soda or anything else with aspartame. Also, eliminate most dairy and only consume dairy from sources with no hormones or antibiotics. Portion sizes are key so you must understand that reducing your portion sizes is essential. Consult with a good trainer in your area and get started on an exercise regimen or just start by walking, commit to 5-6 days a week. Start with 20 min. of walking if you can. Work out in the morning. Start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Above all commit to your goals and allow yourself to have occasional slip ups. They will happen and life will interfere but you have to just forget about it and get back with the plans the next day. If you want some more help then send me an email or message (post on white board) and I'll try to help you the best I can.
Good Luck.

Hello, William!

Like you, I am at the beginning of my journey, and I need to lose about 100 lbs.  Got the OK from my doc first.  I knew that I would not be able to stay on a very restrictive diet, so I'm counting calories, walking and doing yoga a couple of times a week.  I started at 230, and used to figure out a daily calorie total.  I decided to eat 1800 calories per day (alot, really) and not to restrict what I eat.  Once you do this for a few days, you start to notice where you are spending all of your calories, and it makes it easier to say "no" to something really caloric.  I also have some "standard substitutions" that have saved me lots of calories--for example, yesterday at the Diary Queen I had a fudge bar (50 calories!) instead of a Buster Bar (500 calories!)  Once I get down to 175, I plan to switch to 1600 calories per day, which I hope will get me the rest of the way there.  My excercise is pretty minimal, in my opinion--I walk on the track at a school near my house--when I started I could only walk 1/4 mile, but I'm now up to 1 mile a few times a week.  I have lost 15 pounds so far, and I've only been doing this for 3 weeks!  Hope some of this helped.    Lisa McCann, Ft. Collins, CO

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William.. How's it going. Send me a message & let me know. All the best

I lost 150 pounds twelve years ago and have kept it off. I lost it through portion control, watching the fat percentage in the foods I ate, and consistent exercise.

There isn't any magic bullet, although we all wish there were. I'd suggest that you start with one area of your eating, and work on that first. Perhaps snacking is a problem for you. Plan your snacks for the day, and stick with it. When you've got that under control, move on to the next area.

If you are able to move easily, then just walking will get you up and going. I started out not being able to walk next door without getting winded, but can now easily walk/jog 3 miles.

One day at a time is the key.  


Hi My fried i was touched with your worlds .. I am happy for you to start thinking to lose whight that enught motivation,, I am a woman and i had the same problem with my whight before 7years ago .. In that time i was studing in the college in my first years i noticed how the rest of girls looking at me and i weshed to be like them .. Ilost my confidence and i started remembring how this fatness afected even my child hood .. I decided to stop being a fat and i told my self i will not let my body take control of my life of my soul i will be much stroger than it .. I joined a jem as starting it was three month with diet plane i was following all the instruction but my body wasnt responding nothing i lost i asked a doctor about this and the doctor said your body start to fight losing whight as fighting any somthing strange entering to your body .. I went out of the jem and i worked alone in the home .. 30 minutes erobic daily with reasonable meals with out fright meat .. or any kind of fat food .. i avoid sweet and i gave my self one week vacation to eat somthing sweet or any kind of food i desire most .. the progressing was so slow but the procesure was suceesful every one after three years start noticing how much diffrent i am even that effict in my personallity it give me stronght to do any things i want .. now i am following this procedure of eating autmaticlly becasue my body want that .. My friend just be patinent and have willness and faith .. and trust your bower to change .. I wish you the best..
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