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Old 05-04-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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Eat a balanced diet. And a diet that cuts carbs out altogether is NOT balanced.

Don't eat too many calories.

Exercise - aerobic exercise to 70% of your max heart rate. There are a ton of formulas for figuring that out. Spend 15 to 20 mins at your target heart rate at least 5 times a week. Total time spent will be nearer an hour what with stretching, warm up, cool down, and stretching again.

Exercise is THE way to lose weight - but measure inches because as you exercise and become more fit you will go down in inches but not so much weight - because fat takes up a lot more space than muscle. Per square inch, muscle weighs more than fat. It is likely that there will be times when just slavishly following your weight will be disappointing because putting muscle (takes less space but weighs more) in place of fat will make it look like the total weight loss isn't very good, but paying attention to inches lost will be more impressive.

Fad diets won't help you in the long run. Avoid them. Just eat moderately and eat a balanced diet. Don't cut ANYTHING out entirely. Processed sugar - sure, reduce that. But leave the "good" carbs alone. You need them. Most of your energy comes from carbs.
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Eat a balanced diet. And a diet that cuts carbs out altogether is NOT balanced.

Don't eat too many calories.

Exercise - aerobic exercise to 70% of your max heart rate. There are a ton of formulas for figuring that out. Spend 15 to 20 mins at your target heart rate at least 5 times a week. Total time spent will be nearer an hour what with stretching, warm up, cool down, and stretching again.

Exercise is THE way to lose weight


-... Processed sugar - sure, reduce that. But leave the "good" carbs alone. You need them. Most of your energy comes from carbs.
I got back to my High School weight when I retired at age 49, but... getting back to the W-i-D-t-H is very elusive!.

Eat oatmeal for reducing Cholesterol, (no sugar, but a few raisins)
110/50 BP,
of 'light-frame' (and prefer to keep that way, tho 'blossoming OUT').
Get my Carbs from fresh fruits (4 helpings / day)
Snack on fresh veggies. (celery preferred)

I follow a regular 1 day / week fast, and keep a high activity level (farmer).

While overseas on Temp assignment I book hotels with HUGE pools on weekends. I swim 2 - 4hrs in a row when possible but I know that SPRINTS would be far better for Cardio and toning up.

IceCream... Now that's a (my) BIG problem.
I make my own every week (5 qts) to share with customers who come to pick berries and also neighbors.

During winter season, I fall victim to $2.88 for 1/2 gal sales (Yes, still a 'cooperative' out there making FULL 1/2 gal) http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...-ice-cream.jpg

I do prefer Udderly Chocolate
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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No I have not given up sugar. I am overweight but blood pressure and cholesterol are fine. I am well over 50 and want to enjoy lfe.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I would probably never even open a thread about weight or diets if ice cream didn't exit.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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> Older Adults - 50 Plus - Have you quit sugar?

No, and can't see why I should.

However I am quite moderate with its use, don't drink sodas of any kind, and generally find cakes and desserts too sweet for my taste. Ice cream is another story however...
. Same on this end. FWIW - I did knock off 13 pounds in the last year (about a pound a month). And am now normal BMI. Gave up bread 100% and reduced portion sizes substantially. But cut out the teaspoon of sugar in my morning coffee - give up my tiny ice cream portions at home - or pass on a wonderful restaurant dessert - never! Robyn
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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Everyday I'm trying to do more. I'm a terrible eater - I was forced as a child to eat certain things and when I was 7, I stopped. My parents were always trying to get me to gain weight in those days (sigh).

Your point #1 might be it. At breakfast, I started eating oatmeal in a small bowl. I drank a glass of water a half hour before.

About 11 AM, I get a Starbucks Green Tea (zen) - large one. I usually don't go to lunch and then, for dinner, we were either grilling beef or salmon, vegetable, sometimes a baked potato (which I have since cut out).

(My husband gets a sandwich but I'm not much on sandwiches so I do not - I'm very busy during the day with work; the hours fly by; I don't even think about food)

From time to time, we threw in a dish of ice cream. Then, we went to yogurt. That's about it.

So, I have to get more active. I don't eat frozen dinners and really nothing processed. I go to a meat market/fish market for all that. No chips/no candy/also no fruit and I need to get better on the vegetables because I have to force myself.

Weight picture for me: 100 (age 18)
Mid 20's - 105-110
First pregnancy - Zoomed up to 130, lost 5
Second pregnancy - Got to 5 months (135) - lost baby
Third pregnancy - had never lost that weight - got to 160
2 years after 3rd pregnancy - 133-135
Stayed in the 135-140 until 2001
In 2001 to 2003, I gained 15 pounds - 155 - saw 160 and was scared
2004 to 2007 - back to 135 range
2007 onward - went up to 185 gradually
Goal: 135 but slowly; need to be at least 155 by July 15 and 135 by October 1st

I do not look my weight. Most people guess about 145. I am 5'6" and small boned. I even went shopping with one of my sisters (skinny Minnie) and she was shocked. She is on me all the time now about my weight.

At work, even though I sit at a desk, I got up a lot in order to do things.

It's day 4, just had brunch and that's pretty much it for the day. Working the rest of the day.

Bette, this isn't enough food. If you cut your calories too severely, your body thinks your starving and holds onto all of your weight instead of burning it. You should have several snacks and meals, but they can be healthy things like veggies and nuts, etc. Unfortunately, if you've been restricting calories like that often, it can make permanent changes to your metabolism. Good luck! Cutting sugar is a great idea and so hard to do!
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Everyday I'm trying to do more. I'm a terrible eater - I was forced as a child to eat certain things and when I was 7, I stopped. My parents were always trying to get me to gain weight in those days (sigh).

Your point #1 might be it. At breakfast, I started eating oatmeal in a small bowl. I drank a glass of water a half hour before.

About 11 AM, I get a Starbucks Green Tea (zen) - large one. I usually don't go to lunch and then, for dinner, we were either grilling beef or salmon, vegetable, sometimes a baked potato (which I have since cut out).

(My husband gets a sandwich but I'm not much on sandwiches so I do not - I'm very busy during the day with work; the hours fly by; I don't even think about food)

From time to time, we threw in a dish of ice cream. Then, we went to yogurt. That's about it.

So, I have to get more active. I don't eat frozen dinners and really nothing processed. I go to a meat market/fish market for all that. No chips/no candy/also no fruit and I need to get better on the vegetables because I have to force myself.

Weight picture for me: 100 (age 18)
Mid 20's - 105-110
First pregnancy - Zoomed up to 130, lost 5
Second pregnancy - Got to 5 months (135) - lost baby
Third pregnancy - had never lost that weight - got to 160
2 years after 3rd pregnancy - 133-135
Stayed in the 135-140 until 2001
In 2001 to 2003, I gained 15 pounds - 155 - saw 160 and was scared
2004 to 2007 - back to 135 range
2007 onward - went up to 185 gradually
Goal: 135 but slowly; need to be at least 155 by July 15 and 135 by October 1st

I do not look my weight. Most people guess about 145. I am 5'6" and small boned. I even went shopping with one of my sisters (skinny Minnie) and she was shocked. She is on me all the time now about my weight.

At work, even though I sit at a desk, I got up a lot in order to do things.

It's day 4, just had brunch and that's pretty much it for the day. Working the rest of the day.
First off - I think your weight loss plan is much too ambitious. Even if you find a diet where you can knock it off that fast (doubtful) - you'll put it on just as quickly when the diet is over. You gained weight slowly - and slowly is the way to take it off.

Instead of only looking at your weight - first ask yourself what you like to eat. What foods make you feel "full" and "satisfied"? Do you only eat when you're hungry - and stop eating when you're "full"? Note that when anyone starts "dieting" - one goal is not to eliminate appetite - but to reduce it - so you can leave the table sated with less. There's the old phrase about "shrinking your stomach" - and it does work - but only after a while. For example - I like pasta. But now - instead of eating perhaps 6 ounces for dinner - I'll eat 4 and be full. If you like baked potatoes (I do) - don't give them up entirely. Eat a half - or a third - or a quarter.

IOW - come up with a diet that has foods you like. Just in smaller portions. If you like ice cream - eat a little bit. And - if you don't like yogurt - don't eat it. I happen to hate yogurt - and don't touch the stuff. Also - although yogurt is supposed to be healthy for you - most flavored yogurts have real or artificial sweeteners. So it's no bargain health-wise IMO. And I never ever eat "artificial" reduced fat stuff - like "low fat" sour cream. I don't eat a lot of sour cream. But - when I do - it's going to be the real stuff.

Also - eat when you like to eat. If you like your morning oatmeal - fine. If you have to force it down - skip it. I can't face breakfast - but love lunch. YMMV. OTOH - eat *something* during the day. People who skip both breakfast and lunch tend to be famished by dinner - and over-consume then and into the night. Two smaller meals works for me - but I know there are people who advocate several very small meals a day. I think it's basically a matter of personal preference.

As for fruits and veggies - eat those you like. Again - in smaller quantities. Skip those you don't like. Take a multi-vitamin if you're at risk of some vitamin deficiency or similar. IMO - fruits are very much a seasonal thing. Fruits that aren't around in the winter (or taste awful in the winter) are a lot better in the summer.

You must have some special treat foods. One of mine is chips with queso dip. Reserved for about 6 special occasion days during the year (like the last day watching the Masters ). A little goes a long way when it comes to special treats .

One thing I watch like a hawk is salt intake. There are so many foods around today (especially restaurant foods - but things like the above-mentioned low fat sour cream) that are loaded with salt. And "water weight" caused by too much salt intake is a real curse for those of us who have to watch our weight. Especially someone like me. I was never thin when I was young and didn't get fat as I got old. I just always seemed to be carrying around 15-30 extra pounds. Now I'm down to 5 extra pounds (by my standards).

I think you get my drift. FWIW - you've been under stress in recent years. Now - IIRC - at least some of that stress is gone. Take the opportunity to come up with a new diet that works for you. Finally - although I think exercise is a good idea - unless you have a super active lifestyle (most of us don't) - the only thing that's going to work in terms of shedding pounds is reducing food intake. Good luck! Robyn
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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I saw an article the other day about "I Quit Sugar" and quite a bit within the article resonated with me.

Since March 13th, I've tried to eliminate bread, bagels and really cut down on the ice cream. Result - after almost 6 weeks - 1 big fat pound. Disappointment at its heaviest.

I'm looking for those over 50 who have had any kind of success with this. I know it's a lifestyle change and I'm really trying. It's been 3 days but I'm going to hang in at least 30 and I'm writing down how I feel and what I eat.

I also need to turn Zumba back on and buy the DIO tape. (Billy Blanks Jr)
I was never a big fan of drinking sodas as a kid, although I did have a bit of a soda phase during my 30s. I grew out of it and now drink mineral water (or beer when I'm off work) for my fizz. I go light on the beer these days, maybe a half dozen a month.

I have significantly reduced snacking.

I make sure to eat anything with high sugar or refined carbs prior to 1PM. Then throughout the day after that I go lower and lower glycemic.

No desserts at night with the rare exception on a special night out.
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Maine
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I think Sugar was the name of the stripper our senior group saw last night. She was a hottie!!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:03 PM
 
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Yes, or at least I have lowered my intake. Love sweets, but blood sugar levels were creeping up so I have switched to Splenda where I can. It's easy in beverages, but less so in baked goods. It takes time and effort to rework recipes.

My Achilles heel is dessert and chocolates, I never was a big soda or juice drinker.

When I do eat sugar laden treats, I try to eat small portions, or share with someone else. I have been known to bring home a slice of cheesecake from my favorite restaurant and cut it up into 4 portions, thereby lessening my daily intake of sugar, and I still get to enjoy the treat.

I find that eating out is much harder since you can't control what is in the food. It's much easier to stay at home and recreate favorites with less sugar. I don't do desserts out very often, it's a special treat when I do. I avoid buffets, and prix fixe menus where the dessert is included, I only order it on special occasions.

I can't say it's been easy, but it's necessary to maintain health.
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