Ashlei
Dedicated May 2020

Weight loss

Ashlei, on September 19, 2019 at 1:19 AM Posted in Fitness and Health 3 43
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Alright ladies my wedding is in May! I’m trying to lose about 30 or so lbs. any tips would be greatly appreciated! I work 2nd shift (230-11pm) at a hospital an hour away so my whole schedule is wonky! I plan on starting going to the gym next week, just need to find a good one near work. But my BIGGEST issue is diet! Ever since going to 2nd my whole diet has been so off! Any meal prepping tricks, guides etc will be so helpful! I swear I eat like a trash can half the time due to lack of time in the day!

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  • Kelsey
    Dedicated October 2020
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    Hello! You don’t have to take my advice but I’ll let you know what worked for me 🙃 A little over 3 years ago I was overweight (clinically obese) and I just had enough. Diet after diet, working out, nothing worked and I never stuck to anything. I had a doctor put me on a low carb diet (not keto) and it was pretty calorie restrictive (3- 200 calorie meals, 2-3 - 100 calorie snacks) I did that for a while and lost a good 20 pounds quickly but it’s no sustainable long term. I upped my calories and started working out, while keeping my total carb count around 50g or less per day, and I am not down 60 pounds total. I gained a bunch of it back but luckily have lost it all again and I’m trying to lose the last 15-20 pounds for my wedding (not until October 2020). There is a massive keto/low carb community and you can find recipes literally anywhere. Once you get used it it, it’s super easy. Good luck!
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  • C
    VIP January 2019
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    I started trying to loose weight about a week and a half ago. I want to loose 1lb a week, so not much, each week before the end of the year for our honeymoon/anniversary cruise.
    I’ve cut back on snacking. I LOVE to eat, so I’ll eat at any chance I get, lol. I also cut back on carbs and eating “extra”’calories. My husband made tacos ate them without a shell as a salad, burger without the bun. I made meatballs and spaghetti ate the spaghetti for dinner and just the leftover meatballs for lunch. I also try to have some left overs to bring for lunch so I’m not eating frozen meals or lots of chips. Don’t keep snack foods around. If they’re there you’ll eat them!
    Check potion sizes. They’re usually much smaller than we think.
    And just more exercise and movement.
    My goal is to burn 500-600 calories a day. My Apple Watch tracks my calories burned from moving. My goal is set to 320 (i try to double it 3 times a week), that leaves me just under 300 to cut back with food. I aim to reach my goal everyday.
    In the week and a half I’ve been at it, I’ve lost my 2lbs. Now it could be water weight, not bloating from my cycle so I’m trying to be too excited that it’s coming off slowly. But I’m sure it’s not hurting.
    in the past I’ve had success with weight watches and I know people who have had great success with keto
    Good luck to you in your weight loss journey. I know it can be hard but don’t give up!
    Sorry i wasn’t much help with food prepping.
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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
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    Meal prepping is key! We make larger meals once a day so we have leftovers for lunches and I make a big healthy frittata on Sundays so we have breakfast ready to pack. We cook everything from a Whole30 cookbook so everything is sugar free and SUPER healthy. Find a cookbook full of healthy meals and commit to making food to bring with you to work and eat at home. We stopped eating fast food and stopped drinking alcohol and it's really helping. I just wish we would have done this BEFORE the wedding. Cut out unnecessary things like pop and sugary snacks and make smart replacements. Little changes go a long way.

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  • Kelsey
    Dedicated October 2020
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    Some before and after pics if you’re curious!

    Weight loss 1

    Weight loss 2
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  • Future Mrs. A. 💍
    Super November 2020
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    I would definitely MEAL PLAN! It helps! My friend just lost 56lbs on the Keto diet.. I’m not too sure about the details but she worked out at the minimum due to personal reasons and still completed the program, went beyond her goal of 40lbs and is still keeping up with eating healthy and maintaining her weight — look into it !!
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  • Future Mrs. A. 💍
    Super November 2020
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    Wow! Go you!!!!! Gorgeous lady!
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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Low or no carbs, cut out sugar, lots of water and lean meats. Healthy snacking such as vegetables or fruits (but watch which ones you each). Get online and research Keto recipes. Try o meal prep on the weekends and have several days worth of food made to easily pack for work. My daughter is a night shift nurse and she meal preps every weekend to avoid all the bad eating. If you really want to do this you can. It’s a life change, not a diet. Good luck! You can do it!
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  • Arielle
    Expert May 2020
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    Meal plans and track your macros. I use the myfitnesspal app (from under armour, it's free) and track what I eat everyday. You put all your info in there and it shows you how many calories you can eat and all that. Diet is a huge part of losing weight, you do not have to starve yourself or stop eating things you love, you just have to moderate and adjust certain things in and out (especially carbs)

    I definitely recommend going to the gym 3-4 times a week. Don't overwhelm yourself by going like everyday. Make a plan of what you're going to do before you get there.

    Ex: I work out Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat. I do legs on Monday, upper body on Wednesday, HIIT and abs on Friday and a full body workout on Saturday. I run each morning for about 10 mins to warm up and always remember to stretch. I been going for about a month and a half and lost about 10lbs. I am also doing a good amount of lifting and want to tone more than lose weight so my workouts reflect that.

    There are a lot of good accounts to follow on instagram too. I am no professional, but this is what I've been doing and I am seeing a lot of results. I feel better and I am finally feeling in shape for the first time since high school (10 years ago). Be kind to yourself and you'll get there.

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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    The only way to lose weight is consume less calories than you burn, which way to do that depends on the person. For some people it’s easier to cut out whole food groups and for others it’s easiest to track what they’re eating and keep overall consumption lower. But everything someone suggests whether it’s Keto, whole 30, no sugar, low carb etc it’s all just a calorie deficit. So I would find a calorie deficit that’s most sustainable for you and your life.
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  • Izzy
    Devoted April 2021
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    My biggest advice is to increase protein, increase fat, and decrease sugar and empty calorie foods (foods with no real nutrients)! I intermittent fast and it is how I have been able to maintain my physique for the last 3 years! I stop eating at 7 pm and start eating the next day around 11-12 pm. I am not super restrictive on what I eat, I just try to make healthy choices! Being too restrictive is ABSOLUTELY NOT THE ANSWER if you want to maintain this lifestyle change. Good luck!
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  • Jessica
    Dedicated November 2020
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    You look amazing!

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  • ARIEL
    Dedicated October 2020
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    Just wanted to say that whatever you decide, please be careful! I tried keto, after 3 weeks my entire chest broke out in itchy red hives and I was sent to urgent care because I was close to going into liver failure. Nobody warned me about any of this being a possibility, just how great it was. Make sure you research everything before deciding on something. Ok, done with my PSA. Good luck!

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  • Priscilla
    Dedicated April 2020
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    Hit those weights....minimal cardio maybe 10 to 15 mins and alot of weight training...youll see a difference in 2 weeks. Try not to eat past 6pm and a gallon of water everyday with some cucumber. I hate dieting. I eat whatever i want in small portions. Again this works for me. Im also comfortable without having solid abs. As long as my clothes fit me nicely and i feel good then im good. If you want the abs, biceps, and the whole nine then i suggest keto. Only if you stick to it long term. Keto works wonders but if you dont stick to that lifestyle you will gain weight back and some.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I cut out soda, desserts, and creamer in my coffee. I started drinking 1 cup of black coffee or green tea in the morning, then just water for the rest of the day. We cut out how much we eat at home and just started making the conscious decision to cook healthier dinners & lunches to bring to work. I did HIIT workouts in a studio twice a week, then used the Tone It Up app at home for good workouts. We walked at least 3 miles every weekend. We each lost 15 lbs and my husband gained a lot of muscle weight during that time as well.

    For us, I've noticed using Instacart (grocery deliveries) works really well. It forces us to meal plan for dinners and lunches the entire week on Sunday so we aren't tempted to eat out.

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  • Ashlei
    Dedicated May 2020
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    Thanks for all the advice ladies! Sounds like drinking more water Is my first step, and working on my diet is the next! I seriously feel like I never have enough time for anything anymore and my diet has for sure suffered from it. Anyone have any sites with good healthy recipes that’s don’t take forever to cook I’d be so thankful!
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  • Melissa
    Dedicated February 2020
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    I intermittent fast Monday-Friday. Basically you eat your normal daily calories from noon to 8pm. Outside of that window I only drink water or plain green tea. I also try to stick to high protein/low carb on those days just because I feel better with that diet.
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  • Laura
    Savvy July 2020
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    I did Weight Watchers and signed up for BBG. The down side is both of those cost money, but I found that that was the only way I could stick to anything (justify the money cost) I lost 25 lbs and still ate dessert and drank beer or cocktails. I loved WW (some companies will reimburse you for health incentives, so check to see if yours will give you anything back for tracking). I stopped after my trip to Hawaii and will be going back before my own wedding next year. I've only gained back 5 of those lbs and it's been a year and a half since I stopped. BBG is a monthly, quarterly, or yearly fee and there are 4 or 5 different trainers with different focuses (which is awesome because you never get bored). Those worked the best for me! Good luck and keep us updated on what you choose and your progress! Congratulations!

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  • Laura
    Savvy July 2020
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    Diet is 25% and strength training is the other 75%. Its a myth that you start looking like a body builder if you lift weights. Its been scientifically proven as the best way to lose fat and tone. IF you just diet, you might not see much difference and feel defeated and quit! Don't quit! Lift some weights and eat well and you will get on track (when you workout and eat better, you will naturally WANT to drink more water. I hate water and went through the same process!)

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  • Ashlei
    Dedicated May 2020
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    A girl I went to high school with was just posting on FB about WW, she’s lost so much weigh! I was looking into it the other night and thought about signing up for the personal coaching one that’s like $54 a month. But the details were very limited on what it involved so I didn’t do it. What is BBG? I’m okay with spending money if it means I can lose some weight.
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  • Ashlei
    Dedicated May 2020
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    My biggest issue is I’ve always been naturally skinny and ate whatever whenever and would lose weight before I gained it. Now I’m 27 and that’s not the case anymore. I weigh about 165 and want to get down to like 140-135ish but really i just want to tone up and feel more comfortable with my self and confident regardless of the actual number on the scale.
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