Weight Loss Tips and Tricks

BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
This is the place where you can come and gain tips or share your own. Tips would can be anything you have proven to be effective for you. Let’s all remember that all our bodies are different and process differently. What works for you may not work for others, but it’s fun to share! We don’t have to try every tip.

We would like to avoid any tips or tricks that involve drugs or surgeries, as those things should be strictly monitored by a medical doctor. These should be things we can do on our own.
02/24/2011
  • Weekly Special: Hot Vibes! Buy 1 Vibrator And Get 1 FREE
  • Better Price Sale - Save 50%
  • Better Price Sale - Save 70%
  • Better Price Sale - Save 60%
  • Better Price - Save 40%
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
All promotions
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
I will go ahead and make the first tip. Logging your food helps you know what you're eating and how much. I use Spark People to do this. I don't use all their features, but I really like their food tracker. It helps me keep a close eye on what's coming in my body. There's a recipe builder in it too, so if you have a favorite thing you like to cook, you can add all your ingredients and the servings it makes. Then it will break down the nutritional information per serving. This tool is invaluable.

It also has a fitness tracker. It takes into account your weight and your activity and breaks it down accordingly.

For example, Monday I went to the gym. I did a full-body workout. Most of what I did was strength training, so it doesn't track the calories burned. But I did 10 minutes on the recumbent bike before strength training and I burned 165 calories. I also did a 5 minute run (as in vigorously pedaling on it) on the elliptical machine at the end of my workout and burned an additional 85 calories.
02/24/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Also, if you don't want to sign up for Spark (which is free, btw), you can go to this page for calculating calories burned and it uses your weight and the exercise you do to calculate your calories burned. My 50-minute strength training workout I did Monday burned 421 calories.
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
When my son was born, I was home with him for about 6 months when I realized I had gained 20 lb. My way of dropping those 20 lb. was to not eat breakfast until I was actually hungry for it (i.e., not habitually at 7:30 a.m.). I ended up getting hungry at about 10-10:30. That allowed me to skip lunch entirely. I then had a midafternoon snack that I would have had anyway, and then a normal dinner. I also started doing the exercises I mentioned in another post, and I shed those pounds within a few months. I honestly think the late breakfast made a huge difference for me.
02/24/2011
Maiden Maiden
Quote:
Originally posted by Vaccinium
When my son was born, I was home with him for about 6 months when I realized I had gained 20 lb. My way of dropping those 20 lb. was to not eat breakfast until I was actually hungry for it (i.e., not habitually at 7:30 a.m.). I ended up getting ... More
Every one is different of course, but eating breakfast in the morning kick starts your metabolism, making you actually burn calories quicker throughout the day. I hate breakfast, but I have been trying to make myself at least eat a piece of toast. Having several small meals during the day is much better at keeping your metabolism up than skipping meals. Skipping meals also makes you eat more during the meals you do eat, and your body, thinking it is starving, holds onto the calories, storing them as fat faster. I eat four or five "snack size" meals during the day, dinner being the only full meal I eat, because I cook that for my family. Even then, it is a much smaller portion than what I would eat back when I skipped breakfast, because then I would eat lunch early and be starved by dinner. I eat enough to feel satisfied, but that is it. If I get hungry later, I have a yogurt or a piece of fruit.
02/24/2011
Taylor Taylor
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I will go ahead and make the first tip. Logging your food helps you know what you're eating and how much. I use Spark People to do this. I don't use all their features, but I really like their food tracker. It helps me keep a close eye on ... More
My dad is completely obsessed with spark people. It does work though it makes you keep track of the portions
02/24/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
I concur with the breakfast to kickstart your metabolism. A lot of different sources I've read say that even a small breakfast (i.e., a 1/2 of a banana or a piece of toast or even a handful of dried cranberries) will start your body going. You're also supposed to eat within the first half hour of waking for this to be most effective.

I have a hard time with this also, but I find that if I try to do this, I will be less hungry throughout the day. I can eat something small when I get up and then eat something a little bigger a couple hours later when I'm hungrier (like eggs).
02/24/2011
xxx xxx
If you have an iPhone, LoseIt! is a fantastic app to track your calories. I love it. They also have a great website that you can add your meals to. SparkPeople is good too, but I found their website to be so cluttered and hard to use. But they DO have way more food than LoseIt! does.

Other good tips: severely cut back on drinking (and if you do drink, no sugary mixers or beer); eat real food instead of diet food and always make room for a splurge, at least once a week. Psychologically, it really helps. If you restrict too much, it will push you into a binge.
02/24/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Yogurt is great for weight loss, but I don't really enjoy eating just a cup of yogurt. What I do is, in the morning, I get out a flavor (usually vanilla) and mix dried fruit, flaxseed (1-2 tablespoons), and generic brand grape nuts (about 1/8 cup) into it. It give it texture and the yogurt is more the "binding" or the "milk" to my cereal mixture.

If I don't do it for breakfast, it makes an awesome mid-afternoon snack. You can also add your favorite fresh fruits to it too.
02/25/2011
Maiden Maiden
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Yogurt is great for weight loss, but I don't really enjoy eating just a cup of yogurt. What I do is, in the morning, I get out a flavor (usually vanilla) and mix dried fruit, flaxseed (1-2 tablespoons), and generic brand grape nuts (about 1/8 ... More
Yogurt really is a super food, as long as you watch the sugar filled ones. It has lots of protein, especially Greek yogurt, and gives you much needed calcium. I used to add cereal in mine too, like multi-grain Cheerios or Total.
02/26/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by Maiden
Yogurt really is a super food, as long as you watch the sugar filled ones. It has lots of protein, especially Greek yogurt, and gives you much needed calcium. I used to add cereal in mine too, like multi-grain Cheerios or Total.
I try to stay away from the sugar-free ones because it has aspartame in it and aspartame is NOT. GOOD for your body. It's why I tend to stay with vanilla or lemon or strawberry yogurts because they're not artificially flavored too much.
02/26/2011
Woman China Woman China
These are the ones I use and so far, I've been pretty successful with slimming up.

- NEVER go into a food style/snack style store when you are hungry.

- I always brush my teeth as soon as I get a craving for something sweet to eat. I read this somewhere years ago, and only started doing this about two months ago. I discovered that as soon as I brushed my teeth that hankering for chocolate or sweets disappeared.

- Cut out all creams from sauces, and never use store bought creamy sauces, instead use a tablespoon or two of sesame paste in your pasta sauce. It thickens it up, gives it a creamy texture, and sesame seeds are high in manganese and copper not to mention other good things. This works really well if you have recently discovered you are lactose intolerant as missing that creamy texture in sauces is a biggie. And reduces your calorie intake huge time.

- Spurt walking. Walk super quick for a minute with really short steps. Then keep the short steps but walk about half pace. Back and forth. Just not so good if you forget to change it up. Which is my thing. This one boosts your metabolism and burns fat lickedy split. And on the other hand, if you use a treadmill, never use it flat, always have it on an incline you burn the fat faster.

- Never drink cold water. This is a Chinese thing; but I swear by it. Always drink room temperature water or warmer, and while eating, only have a small cup so you do not drink too much too fast. According to the TCM doctors, it aids with digestion and absorption of the good stuff of food, then it helps with passing the food, keeping you feeling fuller longer.

- And my personal favourite? The reward program. If I walk between three and ten kilometres a day, I get to splurge and go to the Shangri-la for the day and use their spa facility. A swim, a sauna, the steam baths, the whirlie pool, if I have stayed within my budget for the week an oil massage from head to toe. Sigh...

- Throw out the scale. I used to get obsessed with numbers that read on it and found it was doing more harm then good. Cause a lot of what I am doing is not weight loss, but toning. And that means I am actually gaining weight as muscles weigh more, and even though I know this it was still something to get all wonky about...the numbers. Instead, just look at your clothes and how you wear them.
02/26/2011
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I try to stay away from the sugar-free ones because it has aspartame in it and aspartame is NOT. GOOD for your body. It's why I tend to stay with vanilla or lemon or strawberry yogurts because they're not artificially flavored too much.
I agree with Maiden here... go for Greek.

Then if you like texture in your yogurt, try adding some granola, raisins, crasins (I think that is what dried raspberries are called) fresh fruit as well and your flaxseed.
02/26/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
I agree with Maiden here... go for Greek.

Then if you like texture in your yogurt, try adding some granola, raisins, crasins (I think that is what dried raspberries are called) fresh fruit as well and your flaxseed.
I loathe Greek yogurt. I wish I liked it but I don't. Too thick, too tangy.
02/26/2011
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I loathe Greek yogurt. I wish I liked it but I don't. Too thick, too tangy.
LOL!!!! At the moment I have my mothers voice in my head telling me, "You will eat it and you WILL learn to like it!!!" Probably why I love liver and all sorts of weird foods now.

There is this one brand, I think it was called, "Mediterranean", that is a natural yoghurt, and the expiry date is very small from date of packaging. It is sold with fruit in it as well, and no added sweeteners (if I remember correctly I've not had it or spoken of it since last June). It was usually sold in the big grocery store chains in Canada like Zehrs, but did not find it anywhere else. That might be something to look into if you want to try something new.
02/26/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
I LOVE all of these tips! What a great way to start your club, BBW!

For myself, I've found that substituting unhealthy things I love with better versions of the taste has worked great. My tummy is still happy, my brain doesn't know the difference, and I don't take in as many calories. The best one a friend of mine taught me is that using plain, non-flavored Greek yogurt in place of sour cream makes a huge difference! (I don't know how anyone can eat that stuff like regular yogurt cause it definitely tastes like sour cream!) Instead of juice, as I don't drink soda anymore, I drink water flavored by a little powdered fiber mix.

I'm also choosing more raw vegetables than cooked now. First, because there is less food being added to them like sauce, sugar, cheese, and salt. But not only that! Water soluble vitamins (the B complex and C ones in particular) are easily destroyed during the cooking process and they're also not stored in the body and will be urinated out. So if you didn't get your dose today, you can't pull from any stored supply. The fat-soluble vitamins, however, DO store in your body so if you eat a relatively balanced diet, you don't need to supplement for them (vitamins A, D, E, and K).

I also agree with WomanChina about spurt walking and throwing out the scale!!! But I definitely can't give up cold water. I love love love super cold drinks, especially when it's unbelievably hot outside. You actually burn more calories having your body warm up the fluid than drinking hot liquids and it cooling inside your body. But mostly I just like feeling cooler.
02/26/2011
Woman China Woman China
Darling Jen I agree!!!!! Get rid of all the beverages that come in cans and bottles and go with plain and simple water or self brewed (LEAF!!!!!) tea!!!! MUCH better for you all around.

I take my water, pour a pitcher full and drop in some sliced fruits to give it a subtle hint of flavour if I want something other than water. No juices (unless I make my own), or soda pop or anything like that. THAT is where most people one day discover that they get too many sugars from.

Don't get me wrong.. I love to suck back a sports drink in the middle of summer... or have a rye and ginger ale every so often... but mainly water, tea and coffee are my only liquids.
02/27/2011
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
Darling Jen I agree!!!!! Get rid of all the beverages that come in cans and bottles and go with plain and simple water or self brewed (LEAF!!!!!) tea!!!! MUCH better for you all around.

I take my water, pour a pitcher full and drop in some ... More
I think that brings up another really good tip! Don't completely deprive yourself of your favorite treats. You're more likely to stick to your "diet" if you give yourself a break. If you do great Monday through Friday with making healthy choices and get a little exercise, have a special (but hopefully still smart) dessert on Saturday! Or if pizza is your weak spot, order it! Then get back on the wagon the next day and be re-motivated to stick with it.

If I had to completely give up chocolate for a diet, I would rather die young and happy.
02/27/2011
Maiden Maiden
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I try to stay away from the sugar-free ones because it has aspartame in it and aspartame is NOT. GOOD for your body. It's why I tend to stay with vanilla or lemon or strawberry yogurts because they're not artificially flavored too much.
I totally agree you with you on the aspartame. I just meant that people should be conscious of how much sugar is in some of those yogurts out there. I usually do vanilla as well.
02/27/2011
Maiden Maiden
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
I agree with Maiden here... go for Greek.

Then if you like texture in your yogurt, try adding some granola, raisins, crasins (I think that is what dried raspberries are called) fresh fruit as well and your flaxseed.
Greek yogurt really is so much better, but it does have a different texture that some may not like. Adding stuff to it really helps. Just an FYI, craisins are dried cranberries, which are also really good for you. I give them to my son mixed with raisins.
02/27/2011
NuMe NuMe
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I loathe Greek yogurt. I wish I liked it but I don't. Too thick, too tangy.
Have you tried Chobani? It is so rich and creamy. And really not more tangy than regular yogurt.
02/27/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
I agree with Maiden here... go for Greek.

Then if you like texture in your yogurt, try adding some granola, raisins, crasins (I think that is what dried raspberries are called) fresh fruit as well and your flaxseed.
Craisins are dried cranberries. Very yummy.
02/27/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I try to keep gum around so when I am tempted to eat something I shouldn't I can pop gum to keep my mouth busy. Brushing your teeth is also a good way to keep from eating when you're not hungry since things taste funny after your brush.
02/27/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by liilii080
I try to keep gum around so when I am tempted to eat something I shouldn't I can pop gum to keep my mouth busy. Brushing your teeth is also a good way to keep from eating when you're not hungry since things taste funny after your brush.
I do that with a tic tac. By the time you're done chewing the tic tac, you've burned off the 1.5 calories. (I don't like chewing gum too often, don't know why) It has the same effect, my mouth is minty and I'm not interested in whatever it is I was craving anymore!
02/27/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
There are some great tips here!
02/27/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
I am in treatment for an eating disorder, so please take my tips with caution. I'll share the ones that I believe to be healthy, but I may not be the best judge of that.

There is no way to lose weight besides eating less (calories) and exercising more. Whatever lifestyle changes you make need to be maintainable. If it's not something you could take on for the rest of your life, then you will most likely yo-yo and gain the weight back.

When you prepare your plate, fill half of your plate with veggies (steamed, grilled, boiled, or salads). The second biggest item on your plate should be protein (meat, tofu, etc) and the next biggest item should be whole grain (brown rice, quinoa, etc). You can use any remaining room for a sugary or fatty treat, but make it small!

We all slip up. Never punish yourself for a binge by restricting. Just take some time to examine what made you binge (to see if there's a pattern) but then try to move on. You'll have more success feeling slimmer and sexier, not by making yourself feel like a gluttonous failure.

Anyway, I hope that helped.
02/27/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
Quote:
Originally posted by Eden C.
I am in treatment for an eating disorder, so please take my tips with caution. I'll share the ones that I believe to be healthy, but I may not be the best judge of that.

There is no way to lose weight besides eating less (calories) and ... More
It sounds like you're learning a lot about health and nutrition by being in treatment. Congratulations for getting help. That is GOOD!

We're all about doing this a natural, healthy way. You're right, eating less and exercising more is the only way to lose weight. You should never, ever (NO MATTER WHAT) eat fewer than 1200 calories a day though. EVER. If you're getting those calories from good sources, you can actually fit a good amount of food into those 1200 calories. Burgers and pizza? Not so much!

I'd like to add, that the 1200 calories is a guideline too, if you have 1400 calories one day because you allowed yourself a treat, it's no big deal. We shouldn't restrict what we allow ourselves, just moderate it properly. You'll likely buy a bag of jelly beans and eat it in one sitting if you never let yourself have it, better to eat 5-10 jelly beans a day and feel like you have a treat.
02/27/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Quote:
Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
It sounds like you're learning a lot about health and nutrition by being in treatment. Congratulations for getting help. That is GOOD!

We're all about doing this a natural, healthy way. You're right, eating less and exercising ... More
Thanks, you're so sweet!

1200 calories is good for ciswomen like me who are petite (under 5 feet tall, under 120 lbs). However, if you are taller and/or heavier, your body needs more. If you are a cisman or have testosterone on board for one reason or another, you will need even more. I have survived on less than 500 kcal/day, but I felt weak, my metabolism slowed down (and it is very hard to change it back), and my muscles atrophied so the weight that I do have is mostly fat rather than lean muscle. Terrible.

I think everyone deserves a break. Some people find that taking a "break" from their diet once a week helps (it worked for me for a while). Plans like Weight Watchers have flex points that you can use on a restaurant date, going out for drinks with friends, etc.

It's a lot easier to cut out "bad" foods than control yourself once you have had a little. However, cutting out foods is not very practical or sustainable (although necessary in some circumstances, like celiac disease).

By the way, sex burns calories. It certainly burns calories if you are the penetrating partner. If you are the receiving partner, try to be on top (Cowgirl!) as that will give you a workout!
02/27/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
bump
03/02/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Eat lots of fiber. It's filling, it lowers your bad cholesterol, and you'd be amazed (and horrified) by how much of your weight is actually the contents of your colon. The higher your weight is above your "ideal" weight (assuming it is body fat, not muscle) the slower your digestive system will function (in general). If you are overweight or obese, you may be hiding 5 or more pounds of compacted fecal matter in your gut. This is not harmful, but it will make your belly a bit bigger. Just don't use laxatives unless you've gone more than a week without pooping!
03/02/2011
  • 1
  • 2
Total posts: 42
Unique posters: 14