It’s All About Image

Body image that is.  At least that’s what it’s been about with me lately.  The CPA took some pictures of me the other day and I was horrified at what I saw.  So horrified that I’m not even posting pictures.  My hair was flat and dull, I had hardly any make up on, my clothes had baby drool on them, and worst of all – my body was the heaviest its ever been.

I don’t know why I was so shocked.  It’s not like I didn’t know it had happened.  I knew I had gained a lot of weight during the pregnancy, more than I should have.  But I remember thinking that I would just get back on the wagon as soon as the baby was born and work hard to return to my skinny self.  Ha.  Ha ha ha ha.

Seriously, what was I thinking?  I know myself better than that.  I know that if I even look at a piece of cake I gain 100 calories.  Not to mention the fact that my metabolism has slown to the point of non-existence.

So now I’m here, four months later and 70 pounds heavier.  Yes, you read that correctly, 70 pounds.  I have a hard time writing that down, but admitting it is half the problem.  Well, unless you’re talking about weight, then it’s really only about a tenth of the problem.  Because we all know that losing weight is HARD.

But I’m ready now.  It’s been long enough and it’s time.  Time to get back on that proverbial horse and get my butt in gear.  Time to start eating correctly and take care of myself again.  Time to enjoy looking in the mirror instead of avoiding it.

The question is: how do I do it?  I’m not a huge fan of dieting (don’t really know who is) but something’s got to give.  Do I try Weight Watchers again?  It worked for me once, years ago.  Do I count calories and keep track on my handheld or in a little diary or do I just forgo all carbohydrates?

How does a 38 year old, recently given birth to a 10 pound baby, constantly tired and limited on time, new mother lose weight?

I’m open to suggestions, advice, and motivational stories.

The floor is now yours…

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Victoria S - June 23, 2010 - 9:08 pm

I had good results with Weight Watchers years ago, but it didn’t exactly teach me how to eat healthy. I’ve been inactive lately due to a car accident (not fun, don’t get in one!) and gained several pounds, so I’ve decided to try out the Steve Ward diet, which isn’t really a diet at all – Making It Lovely explains how she used it to lose her baby weight here: http://makingitlovely.com/2010/06/21/twenty-pounds-lighter And I know Maggie from Mighty Girl is a fan (see #56): http://mightygirl.com/2009/12/30/100-skills-everyone-should-master/ although she categorizes it as a way to maintain, not lose, weight.

Good luck! I’m rooting for you.

Dustin | Engaged Marriage - June 23, 2010 - 9:11 pm

As we approach the arrival of our third baby in just a few weeks, I’ve found myself in a similar spot. Of course, I’m not the one who is pregnant, but I apparently have a lot of sympathy!

I’ve actually been working with a fellow marriage blogger (and super fit guy) on a new training plan that works for super busy moms and dads. All of our workouts are 30 mins or less and can be done at home. I think it would be great for you, but we’re still a ways off from having it ready to go in full form. We will be looking for a Test Group to start up in the next couples weeks, so just let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!

My wife has had great success with Weight Watchers, especially after each of our kids were born. She’s planning on doing it again after the new baby gets here.
.-= Dustin | Engaged Marriage´s last blog ..On Wearing A Ring =-.

cristine - June 23, 2010 - 10:26 pm

SPARKPEOPLE.COM!! SPARKPEOPLE.COM!! Please do sparkpeople! I love them. Three years ago I lost around 30 lbs doing an online calorie tracker, plus about one hour of cardio a day. I gradually gained ten pounds back and used sparkpeople.com to get the weight off, eating 1550 cals a day of whatever I wanted, plus 240 mins of cardio a week (that was 90 mins in a gym, and the rest simply walking the dog) I love it! It is a nutrition (calorie) tracker and it also tells you how much exercise to get daily. You put in how much exercise you do, and it tells you how many calories you can eat to get a calorie deficit that will get you to your goal. It will give you an ideal weight range and an ideal time frame in which to achieve the weight loss. They reduce it down to numbers– no special foods, no “off-limit” foods, nothing expensive (it is free!). I ate whatever I wanted, just in moderation. The food diary has the most complete database I’ve ever used (I formerly used fitday and I have used other ones, like dailyplate.com) They also have message boards where you can post questions (they have a funny forum for “emergencies,” such as “there’s doughnuts in the breakroom! help!”), do nutritional diagnostics, and give you ideas for (gear-free) weight training should you want to do that. They have apps for iphone and other mobile devices and a book, although I did not purchase that. It is so simple. I’m not a fan of any program that forces you to use their products/mathematics, or that makes you do anything extreme– once the diet is over, you either continue using their product/math (ie, weight watchers, south beach) or you eventually gain the weight back, or at least it has seemed to me, having watched others do so. Sparkpeople.com is made to eventually “wean” you off of their program so you can do the calorie tracking yourself and just internally monitor.

As far as exercising goes, I would just do whatever will get you working out. I’m not a mother, but I still have a hard time getting to the gym on a regular basis, so for me the best thing is a home gym, although right now I don’t have the room or money for equipment, so I have to go to a gym. But if I were you I would price out a gym membership and then see if it makes sense to just put two years worth of a membership into a machine; depending on where you live, it may be cheaper and better for your enthusiasm if you buy something for your home. The hardest part is maintaining the loss! THAT is my problem!

Good luck! You know, you’ve done this before so you can do it again!

cristine - June 23, 2010 - 10:27 pm

I should mention the ipghone app is free (I made it sound like the app cost money, but I was referring to the book actually).
.-= cristine´s last blog ..Celebrations =-.

Chantelle - June 24, 2010 - 12:50 am

I’m just over 19 weeks pregnant right now, and as I was at my heaviest just before I got pregnant I was saying to myself, “right – I need to get fit starting NOW” … And then I found out I was expecting, so that went right out the window.

I know I’ll have a similar situation to yours when all is said and done in November but I have no idea how I’m going to deal with shifting all the weight… I’ve never been particularly good at dieting, hence my putting on all the weight in the first place!

For the record, I think the pictures you have of yourself on here look beautiful! I know it’s very important to feel comfortable in your own skin however so I wish you all the best and hope this works out for you! :)
.-= Chantelle´s last blog ..Stay At Home Mum =-.

Joanna - June 24, 2010 - 4:41 am

I think you look amazing. Growing a human and then getting him out … that’s awesome!

I don’t have any advice other than take it slow. Also, if you have a pair of “skinny” jeans or some other article of clothing that you judge your ideal weight by you can throw them out the window. Especially the jeans. Your body has changed shape. Pushing ten pounds out through your hips means that the jeans you had before will never fit in quite the same way again. Just sayin’ :)

As always, my thoughts are to cut yourself some slack. I’ll never be a gym instructor with that sort of attitude!
.-= Joanna´s last blog ..VBS a la Julia =-.

April - June 24, 2010 - 4:45 am

I second Sparkpeople–lots of resources, lots of people who are in the same situation as you are, no matter what that situation may be, and since it’s not an actual diet plan, you can still use your own approach and just use the tools that are most useful for you.

I admit to having lapsed myself from my ‘sparking’ for the last year or so, but when I did use the tools on the site, I had the most weight loss success I have ever had in my life.

As my son gets older, I find it harder and harder to find the time to exercise, but it is so important–if nothing else to make sure we are around to be there for them in the years to come. (Now I just gotta take my own advice, LOL!)

April

Genevieve - June 24, 2010 - 4:53 am

Find a weight loss buddy. Hey, how about me? I still haven’t lost the baby weight from 2 years ago. Sparklepeople sounds interesting. I’ll look them up. Come on, join with me!! Think of the fun we could have!

Carolina Baker - June 24, 2010 - 6:15 am

Tabitha, I’m no fan of dieting! I mean, why give up a chocolate croissant? But I’m a big exercise Junkie. Some suggestions that might help.

1. Go for a 15 minute walk daily with the babe. Wrap him up, put him on a stroller, and just go. 15 minute walk turns into 30 minutes a day and you just got yourself the amount of walking time that is recommended for everybody out there.

2. Does your house have stairs? Make it a point of going up the stairs…a lot. Whether you stop using the bathroom in the basement and instead go back upstairs, just do it.

3. When you go do errands, park farthest away from the store. That way, you’ll be walking more. I would even venture with parking in a different lot, so you have to walk a little extra. Every little bit counts.

The point is to get your metabolism back up so looking at a cake won’t make you gain 100 calories, but 25.

Let me know if you need anymore fitness advice.

:)
.-= Carolina Baker´s last blog ..Watch your mouth and your back =-.

Stacey - June 24, 2010 - 7:21 am

I’ve been using the Tracy Anderson Post-Pregnancy Workout dvd and it’s killer. It is seriously one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done, but it specifically targets the areas prone to retaining the most baby weight.

While I wouldn’t rely only on the dvd, I think it’s a good addition to any exercise/diet regimen.

Also, anytime I’m feeling fat- I remember that it took 9 months for me to gain that weight, so giving yourself at least 9 months to lose it only makes sense.

singlemormonchick - June 24, 2010 - 8:25 am

dr oz’s “you on a diet” is a great book-it really helps you to understand how your body responds to certain foods and makes you hold on to weight(or gain it). i made just a few changes and lost quite a bit of weight. stuff like avoiding high fructose corn syrup. it was kind of hard at first because hfcs is in EVERYTHING, but it was so worth it. he also gave this tip that totally curbed my appetite at dinnertime. 20-30 minutes before you eat, eat a piece of whole wheat(100% whole wheat, make sure there is no hfcs)with 2 tbs of olive oil. you can even season the oil(like in some italian restaurants). just tear off pieces of the bread and dip into the oil. it toally works. my appetite in general, and cravings have changed completely. he also gives a few easy exercises that require no equipment or going to a gym. good stuff!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor - June 24, 2010 - 8:42 am

I don’t think there’s a one size fits all answer to that question. The key is to figure out what program you can stick with.

Good luck!
.-= Mindee@ourfrontdoor´s last blog ..Cute Pictures, Gross Topic =-.

Anna V. - June 24, 2010 - 8:56 am

Oy vey. Losing weight sucks. Big time. I lost 90 lbs. over a three year period. Recently gained back 10 lbs. Scary! Here’s how I did it.

I didn’t diet. I took it slow. First I gave up one thing I loved. Potato chips. I was like an alcoholic. I didn’t go down that aisle in the store. Gradually I cut back on carbs. Gradually is the operative word. Not all carbs, just the ones I loved. Pasta, rice, potatoes, chocolate cake. I still allowed myself one (or two) small portion of carbs a day. In my heart and head I listened to every diet tip I already knew. Smaller portions, smaller plates. Never let myself get so hungry I’d gorge. I weighed myself every day. Didn’t freak out when the scale didn’t go down. Did my best to walk a mile a day/seven days a week. Hey, a mile takes 20-25 minutes. It’s your body, your health. Give yourself permission to take time to take care of yourself.

Take the weight off slowly. My doctor said people who take it slow have a better chance of keeping it off. They are making like-style changes they can live with. Not drastic, starving themselves, impossible goals. Also I allowed myself to have one treat a week. I’d plan all week. Would it be a chocolate croissant? pepper pasta? Hmmm. I knew I had something to look forward to so that helped me to not cheat.

I took a pen and paper and walked around the store writing down things I do love. Exactly what fruits and veggies I enjoyed. I was surprised at the list. Lots of wonderful, healthy foods. Made meal plans, always had something good in the fridge. Beet salad, red peppers, cole slaw. Come up with your own “goodies”.

I learned something important. You need to make your own diet plan. Your very own special custom tailored diet. This is what worked for me. I was able to stick with it for three years because it was “doable” for me.

One thing that worked for me: I didn’t tell anyone I was dieting. I didn’t want any dirty looks or comments on what I was eating. Others find the opposite works. They want everyone to know and help. Keeping it off is even harder. The temptation to “sin” comes back. *Sigh.* Hope this helps. All my best in your battle!

Megan | And Baby Makes Three - June 24, 2010 - 10:23 am

I second what Carolina and Anna said about the lifestyle changes and healthy eating! My baby was born in March, and while I gained barely any weight with him, I HAD gained weight prior to getting pregnant. The Newlywed 10 was more like the Newlywed 30 with me!

For me, I’m lucky if I have time to get a shower, much less exercise, so it really is about eating healthy and being more active.

Did you know that you burn calories while doing housework? And it needs to be done, anyway! I try to be extra “peppy” while doing housework, in order to burn those extra calories.
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/01/26/tem_tem2a.html
(A great chart estimator)

Just carrying Henry around can burn calories- If going up and down stairs/one end of the house to the other can burn nearly 300 calories in just a half hour!

If you’re still breastfeeding, BF burns on average 500 calories a day.

So add that together and by carrying Henry/feeding Henry/playing with Henry you can burn over 1000 calories a day! Add that to just being more active, making additional trips, parking farther out, etc, and you can definitely burn half of your daily intake.

Speaking of intake, it’s all about smart choices. If you’re home a lot, then you’re going to snack. It’s inevitable. Just make sure you have good snacks! Pre-cut veggies for veggies and dip, make/buy granola or trail mix, have lots of fruits.

Come up with a regular meal plan for the week and stick to it! I have either a smoothie, bowl of cereal, or eggs for breakfast. An Odwalla smoothie drink for mid-morning snack, soup or salad for lunch, wheat thins and carrots for an afternoon snack. When I get home, I make a healthy, but filling, meal and have a regular serving. I make sure there are lots of veggies for a side dish and if I want seconds, then I have more of those. One trick is to wait 20 minutes before having seconds. Most of the time when we go back for seconds, we’re not really hungry, we’re just too impatient to wait for the food to settle in our stomach. That’s why we end up with that “stuffed” feeling afterwards. You can treat for dessert, just make sure that it’s not all the time! I let myself have treats/something sweet three times a week. If you stick to the plan, then it won’t turn around and bite you and you’re not left feeling guilty.

But most of all, remember, to Henry (and to CPA), you have never been more beautiful— focus on the positive, smile at your accomplishments, take advantage of being a woman! Even though it does take a little while to get rid of the added “baggage”, take a little extra time in the mornings, even if it means getting up 15 minutes earlier, do your hair, make your eyes sparkle, paint your nails… take care of the things you CAN change and the rest will come in time.

Best of luck, fellow Mommy :)

-Megan
http://meganpeter.blogspot.com
.-= Megan | And Baby Makes Three´s last blog ..Once upon a time, I had nice hair =-.

Jana - June 24, 2010 - 11:23 am

I am doing Weight Watchers. I love it. It makes it easy to keep track of my eating, plus gives me the flexibility to have cake when cake is needed. Good luck! It’s not easy, but it’s doable.
.-= Jana´s last blog ..Weight Loss Wednesday =-.

sara - June 24, 2010 - 1:06 pm

I use livestrong.com and I love it! You can enter in your current height/weight to calculate your BMI, but then take it a few steps further, and by answering just a few questions, it will calculate how many calories you get each day to lose weight (and it helps you do it healthily – I think the most you can shoot to lose/week is like 2 pounds or something).

Anyway, then it takes you to “myplate” which keeps track of your daily calorie count (based on what it gives you for your daily alottment – mine was 1500), and you can enter what you eat (it has the nutrition facts for nearly every brand of food that I buy (even my generic store brand), and i live in a small town in Iowa).
That was helpful to me – and I don’t think it’s reasonable to think you’re going to count calories forever, but for me it was a huge wakeup call, and showed me how much sugar I ate – holy cow!! I’m much more conscious of that, now. And plus, once you get in to some good habits for snacks and meals, you can do lots of repetition.

Also…google “150 calorie snacks” to get some good ideas there. And…try this for breakfast:
Green Monster Smoothie
1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 banana
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (totally optional)
1 c. skim milk
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
ice
blend and enjoy! You absolutely cannot taste the spinach, and if you don’t add the protein powder, you might want to add a scoop of almond butter or natural peanut butter to keep you full longer. Sorry to ramble…good luck :)

Kimberley - June 25, 2010 - 6:48 am

I am in a similar situation! The only difference was that by the time I left the hospital with my baby boy i was about 10 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. However, the stresses of a newborn and the fact that I LOVE food caused me to gain over 30 post pregnancy pounds. I hate my body and I feel crappy, and all my beautiful new clothes don’t fit, so I am back to my frumpy old clothes. YUCK!
Just a couple days ago I started with Weight Watchers again, previously I had lost nearly 40 pounds with it. Frankly, I am a tough customer when it comes to dieting, so if it worked for me I have to highly recommend it to others!

Lindsay - June 25, 2010 - 7:22 am

We’re doing the primal blueprint. It’s a great low carb, no gluten, no sugar, whole foods, pro meat and veggies lifestyle plan. My husband and I have been losing weight slowly and steadily for the past 2 months and have never enjoyed a diet more. I don’t even consider it a diet at all but the way that I intend to eat for the rest of my life. Check out this website:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

Victoria - June 25, 2010 - 8:11 am

I, too, gained weight before getting pregnant. Now that I’m at 34 weeks along, I feel like a hippo. I have a plan, though. My husband (who has gained 20 lbs of sympathy weight) and I have vowed to be “chubby buddies” and make sure that we stick with healthy eating and exercising every day after the baby’s born.

I’ll have to check out sparkle. My sister in law swears by myfitnesspal.com. It’s a free web site – a lot like the weight watchers one.

Also, if you’re not a gym person, find alternative exercise like walking, yoga or setting up a home gym. I bought an elliptical machine from HSN a few years ago. It was an awseome investment.

Good luck with the weight loss plan. I’ll be right there with you after the baby’s born.

admin - June 25, 2010 - 7:31 pm

I can’t tell you how much your comments have meant to me. It’s nice to know that we’re all in the same boat in some way or another and I really appreciate hearing all of your suggestions too. I’m going to be checking out the various sites that you’ve mentioned as well because there are some good ones – I’ll have to let you know which one we decide to go with!

Tabitha

Mom of 5 - June 27, 2010 - 5:22 am

Wow – what great comments and each has their own positive aspects that you can take points from. Over they years I’ve had success with Weight Watchers as being the most successful. You’d think that I’d be where I want to be (having had no children in 27 years) but no, it’s a constant battle for me. Some friends at church have had much success with THRIVE – they have truly lost a great deal of weight and now several others have joined.

No matter what you decide is the best route for you and one that will work for you, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remember that you truly are a beautiful woman. Henry and the CPS think you have never been more beautiful. Stay focused on the positive. Remember to do little things that make you feel instantly uplifted – like doing you nails, makeup or fixing your hair really nicely. It’s amazing how much brighter things look for ourselves when we remember to pamper ourselves along the way.

You’ll success at this, just give yourself the needed time. Don’t put yourself under an unrealistic time table. We’re here for you and will be your biggest cheerleaders. We love you and know you can do this for yourself!!! You go girl….. LOL, Mom

tinderbox - June 27, 2010 - 10:02 am

Hi Tabitha

You have some great advice in the posts above.
Here’s my two ‘dodgy diet’ cents: there’s a diet called ‘up day/down day’ that I have found helpful NOT because it’s a sensible or practical way to eat but because it works quickly!
Basically, every second day you eat a really, really tiny amount of food, no more than 500 calories in the day. And then on the other days you eat whatever you like! I find it suits my temperament because if I start feeling sorry for myself about all the things I ‘mustn’t’ eat, I give up. On this diet, you either eat whatever it is without a second thought or you say to yourself ‘well, I can have that tomorrow’.
It’s a good way to kickstart a new diet – if you do it for just 10 days (and that’s actually only 5 days of dieting) you will feel so much better and lighter. And then I TOTALLY recommend switching to something more sensible and sustainable like weightwatchers.
Also: posture! Seriously, you can look like you’ve lost five pounds instantly by straightening up, holding your shoulders back and smiling! Add some figure-flattering clothes and you are well on your way.
:-)

Mandy - June 27, 2010 - 6:04 pm

I’ve lost 20 pounds in the past 3 months by:

- no prepackaged foods, no HFCS, all cooking from scratch. No white flour, white rice, white breads.
- moderate exercise (Zumba, speed walking)
- drinking minimum 3 liters water each day (a 1.5L in morning, a 1.5 L afternoon). Works SOOOO well
- Small meals. It’s amazing, really, how much I used to eat and now I’ve cut it in half and I’m still satisfied
- For dinner, very few carbs (only healthy carbs) and protein of some sort for dinner I worked with a personal trainer and this was HUGE in breaking my plateau.

Mandy - June 27, 2010 - 6:06 pm

I’ve lost 20 pounds in the past 3 months by:

- no prepackaged foods, no HFCS, all cooking from scratch. No white flour, white rice, white breads.
- moderate exercise (Zumba, speed walking)
- drinking minimum 3 liters water each day (a 1.5L in morning, a 1.5 L afternoon). Works SOOOO well
- Small meals. It’s amazing, really, how much I used to eat and now I’ve cut it in half and I’m still satisfied
- For dinner, very few carbs (only healthy carbs) and protein of some sort for dinner I worked with a personal trainer and this was HUGE in breaking my plateau.

I am going to try the day on/day off diet mentioned above by “Tinderbox”!!!

Cynthia - June 28, 2010 - 10:49 am

I was heavier before I got pregnant, now I am lighter than before I got pregnant, but still have much weight to lose, not to mention being pregnant made my body change, and my stomach and everything around it are not the same. I am going to do the weight watchers online (and use my iphone to keep track of points and all)… I think it is a well balanced program. Also I am going to get moving…30 minutes each weekday to start….a video, walk outside whatever I want… I hear you though about the photos and all…It is a long hard path…
.-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Enjoying The Outside… =-.

kriss - June 28, 2010 - 1:00 pm

I’ve lost 75 pounds in four years. I used/use spark people too and love it! Here are a few things I do to ensure I keep the weight off and stay healthy….. I start my day out with 1/2 cup cooked real oatmeal (not the instant stuff) every day. My FIL’s cardiologist said that is the best way to start the day for your heart. The oatmeal sits in your stomach absorbing the bad fats in your diet and then you eliminate it instead of being absorbed into the blood stream. I add splenda, cut fruit and almond slivers to it for a protein punch. I eat every two hours never letting myself get so hungry that I grab for anything. I try to make my food look appealing which is a huge help and I eat slow, drinking a large glass of water with it. I try to make sure I get a serving of greens for lunch and dinner to get the extra fiber. I found when I was learning to feed my babies that I was making sure they got the food pyramid but I wasn’t doing that for myself. So I started making sure I got at least five servings of fruit a day. Food is fuel and I find myself not filling up on empty calories. I keep cut up mushrooms, red/greem bell pepper cut up and add it to everything….omelets, salads, homemade pizza… the more veggies you eat the better. I find that if I add veggies to everything, low processed and keep carbs simple like higher fiber pasta, whole wheat bread, oatmeal….then I don’t crash! Cutting all carbs can make you crash esp. if your breast feeding. You need the energy!!!If I want a snack I keep prepackaged (snack baggies work great) portioned nuts in my purse/gym bag for fast pick me ups so I don’t do to a drive thru if I am out. I keep yogert, wheat germ, low fat cottage cheese, snack baggies of veggies/fruits for easy grabs. I also keep Kashi granola bars or luna bars for fast grabs if I am headed out the door. When I want desserts I keep low calorie ice cream bars, low calorie pudding on hand so I don’t feel deprived. The most important thing is to EAT and EXERCISE!!! Eat good calories and don’t skip meals. Something simple you can do to get your heart rate up is to get an aerobic step and do step up/step downs. Use your hand weights while you step. You just have to set your mind that being healthy is the best option for being able to keep up with your son and future babies. Then the chocolate cake won’t seem so appealing. I have found too that sometimes it’s not that I want to eat chocolate cake, I just want the taste. So I allow myself to have a bite and then I’m done. I try to look at it not so much that I will skinny as much as I look at it as I am fueling and making my body healthy for the one life I have to life here on earth, only I can change what I don’t like.

courtney - July 29, 2010 - 8:54 am

I gave birth to my first child on March 13th of this year and have already lost about 40 lbs ( the weight of baby included ). How did I do it? I have no clue :) Seriously, my mom and I have the best “luck” losing weight by eating low fat/low cal. Changing your eating habits to a healthy eating lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

Ardelia Rotherham - September 29, 2010 - 6:46 am

As a teen I thought diet is only something for fat people, but now I’m in my fourties and I realise that I gained some extra pounds myself. So nowadays I’m much more interested in articles/blogs like yours. Just wanted to share.

Mens Health - October 12, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Losing weight without exercise is one of the most widely used statements in the weight loss industry. Is diet better than exercise? Is it possible to lose weight and keep it off without any kind of activity at all? Well, the answer to that is NO. Exercising is a very important factor and dieting alone will not help you lose weight. To lose weight you need to have caloric deficit. There are two ways how you can do that. One is to decrease the amount of calories you consume (eat less). The other is to increase the amount of calories you burn (exercise more).

Colleen Endresen - November 13, 2010 - 8:44 am

Make certain to ask your buddies for help when you need it. They might decide to physical exercise with you, or get you to go out dancing or hiking or biking. Or obtain a trainer to show you some new exercises to make your work out more interesting. It’s good to be flexible. Your entire body requirements it to continue to create progress. Alter up your routine.

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