Seriously, all the these fad/starvation diets and pills are going to get you nowhere except for a quick trip back up the yo yo ladder if you are lucky enough to lose a few lbs :(
You did not gain this weight in a few weeks/months and it's not going to come that fast if you do it in a healthy manner. Plug your stats into the tools at the top of the page. Put yourself as moderately active if you are doing insanity. Leave the target date open and CC will give you a cal target to shoot for. Eat no less than this. Get your foods from real sources, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, etc. Cut back on grains, cut out processed foods and sugar. Don't drink your cals. All of this can seem overwhelming at first so start with one or two things and once you have that mastered, go on to the next thing. Slow and steady wins the race and along the way you learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not just lose a few lbs that come right back as soon as you go back to your old habits. Good luck!
P.S. I think all this bouncing around from one quick fix to another has your body confused. Be consistent for a few weeks with your cal intake and exercise and you should start to see progress. :)
Thanks for the advice.
Because of your height/ weight and the number of things you've tried without results, you might want to watch this program developed by the University of California. Its easy to understand and provides a increasingly embraced explanation of obesity and its treatment. It helped me, who has struggled terribly to master my body; perhaps it will help you.
The links in the following post also have some potentially useful info as well.
Do NOT give up. Despite my sometimes terrible frustration, I do feel as if I am getting closer and closer to a real solution. Good luck!
I absolutely agree with Tina, HCG, Hydroxycut...all fads and they DO NOT work. She is also right that this not going to happen overnight.
My advice is to:
- First, go see your family doctor. You may need a physical and you shouldn't start any diet/exercise without making sure you don't have underlying issues.
- Second, after clearance from your doc, go to your local gym, even if you are not a member, can't afford it...ask if you can consult with a trainer once for a home program. Don't try to get too crazy with exercise or you won't want to do it on a consistent basis.
- Third, use the tools on this site to figure your BMI and what your calorie intake should be for your height and weight. That was my biggest problem, my caloric intake (before CC) was about 1,000 over what it should be! No wonder I wasn't getting anywhere.
Tomorrow is one month on CC and I've lost 4 lbs!! I hope you continue to stay with CC!! Diva is right, don't give up. Best wishes on your journey! Please let us know how things are going for you! You'll get there deavolive. Put one foot in front of the other. We are in this thing together. :-)
Weight loss is about calories in vs calories out. To loose weight you have to first find out how many calories you need in a day, and try to create a REASONABLE deficit. 500-1000 calories a day less than you burn is considered a safe range, but if you have very little to loose (less than 10) then you should aim for 250 calorie deficit.
Now, nutrition is important and starvation is never the answer. You want to eat your BMR, or basal metabolic rate. This means that this is the minimum amount of calories you need in a coma, to just basically have your brain/heart/lungs and essential organs to function. Try to eat around this number +/- 100 calories every day. You can easily figure this number by searching "BMR calculator" on google. Put in your stats.
Now, you don't have to give up carbohydrates or fat or any particular food you love to loose weight. Many people here eat clean and eliminate processed foods, and that is great, but many others incorporate these foods into their diet and still loose weight. If you give up all the foods you love to eat, that just won't work in the long run, you just have to make better choices and what your portions. You can have rice, bread, meat, and even the occasional treat thats not "diet" food like ice cream. I recommend getting measuring cups and a food scale to weigh your food, and try to incorporate more fruits, veggies and lean meats into your diet.
Start slow. Don't expect to be perfect right away, just ease into your new lifestyle, because you have to find something that will work for the rest of your life. When your ready, start exercising more. Dancing, walking, running, swimming, anything you like. Whatever you LOVED to do when you were a a little kid (rollerblading, biking, soccer, whatever) that's pprobably a good place to start.