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Do’s and don’ts to keep unwanted weight off our bodies [updated]

How To Eat And Move To Lose The Extra Weight

We all deal with the extra pounds from time to time (unless you are a lucky one of few) and the temptation to pay a lot of money for supplements, join all of the groups, buy all of the exercise programs, hire the coaches, cut the bread, eat only apples….. nothing like that will work for the long term for most people. If we are trying to get fit for health, then eating only cabbage soup and doing 100 hours of cardio a week is not on the short list of things that will work. Healthy bodies do not need starvation  and strict lifestyle choices that make one feel and look gaunt and sad.

 

Where to start

The first thing that I have found that starts the weight loss is to eat what you want. Not all the pudding and garbage. Hear me out. If I have a craving for a Doritos sandwich and a huge candy bar, I talk to myself about this. OK, I want some cheesy salt and some creamy sugar. I then make a way to get the flavors and textures that my mind wants and have a little bit of it. Maybe some chocolate protein powder or fat bombs. Maybe 5 Doritos and a lettuce wrap. the key is to not make myself feel like I am missing something important and I can stick with it for a long time and the weight will start to fall off.

I’ve always struggled with my weight. It all started right around puberty and it lasted well into my ‘40s. It did not happen quickly, and I can almost say that I did not even notice, because it was so gradual. While it made me self-conscious, it did not really hinder my life that much. I graduated from college, got a job and even got married. By the time I came back from the honeymoon, I was almost 110kg. Very heavy, especially for someone who is 180cm tall. What really made me seriously pursue the weight loss was the birth of my daughter and a health scare episode I went through soon after. My doctor was very adamant in advising me to lose the weight. I was motivated by then, and I really did not argue.

My plan was not too complicated, but it was a combination of several things I pursued. I have focused on eating healthy, working out and exercising, while at the same time I changed some of my lifestyle habits. When it comes to my diet, I started eating more fruits and vegetables which, admittedly, I avoided in the past whenever I could. I have almost eliminated any sugar and I limited the intake of carbohydrates. I started going to the gym first two, and then three times a week. I also made it a point to run, very slowly at first, at least two times a week. Finally, I decided to be much more active during the day. Whenever I was not working, I avoided spending too much time sitting, or watching TV. Just to be on the move often felt really good.

My wife was really supportive in my effort and I lost 15kg in one year. It may not sound like a lot, but for me it was a giant step in the right direction. I’ve been able to maintain the same weight since. Although it is still not ideal, it is much better than how I was before this life changing journey.

Peter P.

Water

Weight loss

Drink it all! just get the bottles that you need for the day and drink them throughout the day. Stop being a baby and saying “I don’t like water” whatever, just drink it to be healthy. sometimes you have to do things that are not the greatest and most fun, for the best of the situation. There are some things that you can do to spice up your water, but many of the things will add calories. You are trying to reduce your calories unless it is something that you absolutely LOVE. So, so you love it? Or do you want that chocolate later? Seriously, drink the damn water.

Fasting

Now, I am up in the air for this one. I have lost some weight and kept it off by skipping meals and creating a 16 or so hour fast regularly. However, when something works, it is something that sometimes gets out of hand. If I lose 10 pounds with 16 hours of fasting, what can I do with 3 days?? Just don’t. I cannot see how any doctor will think Orlistat tablets are OK for anyone. Please, Please ask your doc about anything beyond 16 hours a day. If you are doing a 16 hour fast, please DRINK YOUR water!!!! I know, just stop with the water…. but I cannot do it. Back to he basics, drink the water.

Diet

Also, please feed yourself. How in the world are you going to have the energy to move or the fuel to build if you do not eat food. Feed yourself healthy, fun food. Make sure that you are fueling your rig with what it needs to be what you want it to be. Please eat oatmeal and fruit, eat eggs and meat, eat veggies and cheese. Your bones need some things, your blood needs others, your brain needs more. Please eat the things that you need. your body will be more likely to shape the way that you need when you fuel it well.

Staying active

Back to moving. MOVE YOUR BUTT! Do what you can everyday and then add some more. Walk, run, lift a LOT of weights, sweat your butt off. You can do it, no matter your age or weight. You can do great things and with help of a good crew, you can be all that you want. Please don’t forget to get outside. Playgrounds are a great way to get moving and to start your feeling better. Drink all the water, eat the good food, have some wine and coffee, don’t starve, move your butt and have high hopes. You can lose the weight. Other people have done it, so can you. Its that simple.

By Michael Pillar

One of the leading bariatric/weight loss surgeons in the nation, Dr. Michael Pillar has been a key staple of the bariatric physician community for more than 15 years. After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 2004 with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Dr. Pillar served as a general practitioner for several years before receiving bariatric surgery himself; he thus became intrigued with the procedure and began studying the practice exhaustively. In 2009 he was accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and began practicing immediately, having earned extensive accolades since. He was named as one of the 20 most innovative surgeons in the nation by Forbes, and was listed as a top bariatric surgeon by Woman's Choice Award.  Dr. Pillar is a keen advocate of an active patient-surgeon relationship; he is highly available for prospective patients and ensures that he only accepts a few patients at a time so he can dedicate maximum effort to each one. A consultation with Dr. Pillar is comprehensive and time-consuming, but 91 percent of patients agree that this extra time and effort helped ease their minds and expand their knowledge of medicine and bariatric in general. Passionate and detail-oriented, Dr. Pillar leaves no stone unturned and has a 100 percent success rate as of 2019. Dr. Pillar donates 5 percent of his income to numerous dietary and weight loss foundations, including the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. As someone who once struggled with weight himself, Dr. Pillar understand the struggles associated with such a condition and empathizes with all of his patients about their day-to-day struggles. He is also a keen advocate of vegan and vegetarian diets and offers an extensive network of nutritionists to help position patients for post-operation success. Please be aware that new patients for Dr. Pillar will experience a fairly lengthy wait list in excess of 18 months.

28 replies on “Do’s and don’ts to keep unwanted weight off our bodies [updated]”

It’s my belief that I could lose weight because I wanted to. By eating right, drinking water, and working out I’ve started to notice a real difference in my body. To be honest I’ve never been happier or more alert before!

I lost 20 kgs two years ago, it was hard because I needed to control my diet strictly and work out on a daily basis. But once I achieved my goal, I feel much more confident and positive toward my life.

I decided to exercise when I was in sixth grade. I was overweight and decided to start running. I don’t know how much weight I actually lost, but my scale didn’t change too much because I started growing taller so as my weight was lost around my belly, it was gained in height! I loved the feeling of being in control of my body by exercising and I would recommend just a little bit of cardio a day to anyone as I felt much better after working out usually.

I lost 20 lbs! I was 200 lbs 2 years ago and now I weigh about 180 lbs. I cut dairy out of my diet due to lactose intolerance and ate more vegetables and healthy foods regularly. I also started drinking water more daily.

The most amount of weight I have lost at one time has been 40 pounds. The most I weighed was 192 pounds. When I lost that amount of weight, I felt so much healthier and could move so much easier.

I joined weight watchers a year ago, I didn’t have to change my diet, but I was more conscious about what I was eating. Tracking all of my food and how many points I have consumed, has helped me lose 50 pounds over the last year.

I went though a diet clinic and lost 96 lbs in 6 months. I worked hard and exercised daily. Made sure I drank 8 glasses of water daily. I planned my meals. I felt amazing and loved the new me.

I saw a documentary about a rock climber named Alex and he inspired me to get into rock climbing but to do that I had to lose 60 pounds but I was able to nail two birds with one stone.

I tried losing weight in the past, but in a very unhealthy way. I would not allow myself to eat and I would starve myself. This method was not good because I would feel tired and end up binge eating later on. So, now I try to achieve weight loss in a healthier manner. I try to watch what I eat; I make sure to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also try to avoid processed foods and sugars and drink a lot of water. Now I also work out a lot, knowing my limits and not pushing myself too hard. I work out by dancing and lifting weights. I was 120 pounds but now I am 105 pounds. After losing weight I also notice that I am much more energetic. I don’t get as sleeping during the day and I don’t have to rely on coffee to wake me up. I am very proud of my accomplishments.

Weight loss has always been a struggle for me. I just do not love the foods that will cause me to lose weight or even maintain my weight. Somehow I did manage to take off 15 pounds though and I feel better than I did. I did not really do much, I just cut back on my portions a bit and it has made a difference. I also take a short walk every night after dinner and that has also contributed to the small weight loss. It is enough to make me happy and hopeful

I am going on a weight loss journey right now. As of September 2019, i weighed about 185. today is January 2020 i weighed about 167Ibs. I cut down on my eating and lowered down my plate. I don’t any snacking or sweets at all. All my weight was gained from pregnancy. When i started, I did the 5 water bottle challenge for 185 pounder. I also bought some tea to help me lose some weight. While on the journey, i walk about 15 mins a day due to my busy schedule. I would dance about mins straight on a day over the weekend. Losing weight is a hard journey, but what got me going is, I have to start loving myself. I was depressed about my weight for awhile. A lot of people asked me how i do it. Really it is all about you and motivation.

i’ve been over weight my entire life and was always looking for a quick way to loose weight but realizing quickly that it never worked. when i realized what i really had to do to lose weight and it wouldn’t be easy i put all of myself into it and when i was in the process of loosing weight it wasn’t eventually that hard because i spent so much time on doing the right thing that it was a part of me that it was almost natural not an overwhelming task.

Losing weight was never a priority for me until it started to hamper my sexual life. You shouldn’t be getting winded having sex. So I went on a diet. Nothing too fancy, just exercise and a good healthy diet. After a year I slimmed down 30 pounds! I feel great, and no longer struggle in the sheets.

I have been struggling with weight for quite a long period. I thought i would never shed some of it until I met an expert willing to help me. With regulated mealsand doing exercises I finally shed 50 pounds and I’m happy with this journey. Can’t weight to get my ideal weight of 125 pounds.

In college, I worked at a bakery which ended up being the bulk of my diet. Thus, I gained weight. I saw a photo of myself and decided I was going to cut out carbs, sugar, and meat from my diet, in addition to trying to keep my calorie count around 1200. After a couple weeks, the pounds started shedding off. I went from 170 pounds to 138 in about 3 months.

I have my wedding coming soon in about 5 months. I have been working hard everyday going to the gym twice if possible. I have lost 6 kg so far. It is all about the diet, 80 percent on what you eat and 20 percent exercise. I will keep on working hard in order to not only look good but to stay healthy.

In about 2 years, I lost a total of 50 pounds. I was stagnant for a few months at a time while I wasn’t focused, so that’s why it took so long, but I also didn’t gain anything back in those periods. I attribute my success to finding simple ways to cut 200-400 calories each day. Whether it was cutting out hamburger buns or saying no to extra cheese, they were easy changes for me that added up. They also allowed me to still eat “bad” foods like fries occasionally. Going to the gym was also super beneficial for me. Overall it’s not always easy, but it’s manageable and sustainable if you make small changes.

I once lost 69 pounds by exercising more, counting calories, and keeping a food diary. Unfortunately once I started putting all my time and effort into my first job and had more disposable income I gained it all back plus interest.

Having lost 21 pounds since 12/2019, and having a lifelong struggle with weight, I have some unique experience with weight loss. In 2018, I successfully lost just shy of 40 pounds, before a series of events led to me gaining all of it back and then some. Weight loss requires a lifestyle change, rather than a short-term diet, especially for anyone who has any type of “disordered” eating behavior. Mentally, being in a place where you’re ready to lose weight is often the first step. Once you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to begin a weight loss journey, the next step is to find a program that works for you. For me, WW is the program that allows me to eat everything that I enjoy – all in moderation. I have also found success on this journey through the addition of regular physical activity. I strive to have at least 5 active days each week, as tracked by my Fitbit. The combination of a caloric deficit, added activity, and increased awareness of my stress level, emotional health, and overall wellbeing has led to success in weight loss for me. I have goals that I would like to meet this year, including hitting at least 50 pounds lost in 2020.

Orlistat has made me kind of wary to eat anything with a lot of fat, because like most anyone else, the thought of “oily orange anal leakage” does not appeal to me in the least! I have had a few bouts of mild diarrhea on it, but as long as I watch what I eat, I have lost the weight I was looking to lose. After 25 lbs of loss, I will stop taking it and enjoy what it’s like to not have a pot belly!

I took Orlistat for two weeks and it was a disaster! I’ve always said that if a drug has any side effects, I’m likely to encounter all of them and I certain’y did with this medication. I experienced weight loss but mostly because I was having bowel movements and diarrhea several times a day, in addition to farting non-stop. I had to stop using the medication or I surely would have been served with divorce papers!

Medical doctors and health experts attest to the efficacy of Orlistat. It is said that when it is used appropriately and coupled with the right diet and healthy lifestyle, Orlistat is able to help people lose 10%-20% or more of their body weight in as little as 3 to 6 months.. Orlistat starts working the first time you take it. If you take Orlistat as directed and as part of a calorie-controlled diet and with regular exercise, you should start to see results within two weeks. Most weight loss as a result of Orlistat happens within the first six months of taking the medication. Orlistat promotes weight loss by decreasing the amount of dietary fat absorbed in your intestines. Lipase, an enzyme found in the digestive tract, helps break down dietary fat into smaller components, so it can be used or stored for energy. Orlistat inhibits the work of lipase. Treatment with orlistat should only continue beyond 3 months if you’ve lost 5% of your body weight. It usually starts to affect how you digest fat within 1 to 2 days. If you have not lost weight after taking orlistat for 3 months, it’s unlikely to be an effective treatment for you.

Orlistat in Australia (brand name: alli, Xenical) is an FDA-approved OTC medication that can help overweight adults lose weight. Orlistat works by blocking fat from being absorbed into the body after it is eaten during a meal. Approximately 5 to 10 pounds may be lost during the first 6 months of orlistat use.A weight-loss plan with diet, exercise and drug therapy is generally considered successful if you lose about 1 pound (0.5 grams) a week during the first month and have lost 5 percent or more of the pre-treatment body weight within one year.They include Do not use orlistat. This drug has a meager effect on weight, but its potential to cause serious side effects, including pre-cancerous lesions of the colon (aberrant crypt foci), liver damage and pancreatitis, is significant..

I found that losing weight is an extremely difficult thing to do. It’s no easy task! It takes lots of hard work and dedication. You have to really want to lose the weight in order to lose it. First and foremost, you must build your strength by exercising and keeping yourself active. This allows you to build muscle and become stronger. It also helps to tone your body as you start burning fat. Not only do you need to exercise, but you also need to make sure that you are eating healthy foods. Switching out junk foods for healthier options, like fruits and vegetables, is an easy way to lose weight as you are cutting calories and making smarter decisions. This goes with substituting sugary drinks, like juice or soda, with water. In order to maintain the weight, you are after losing it, you must stay consistent. If you are not consistent, then you risk gaining all of the weight back.

The weight loss industry is corrupt and sexist, the product of a country with no positive food culture, only negative ones. Food fuels our bodies and weight is not an accurate indicator of a person’s health.

I’ve lost a lot of weight by increasing my daily activity (e.g., walking) and by restricting my calorie consumption. I also do intermittent fasting, which means I restrict my eating to a set time period each day.

I have successfully lost 30 lbs since High school. I am so proud of this because its all I’ve wanted my whole life. Being skinny is a lifestyle and I am sooo ready for it. All I do is not eat and exercise and its been easy since then.

I lost 12 kgs in 1 year. ever since I was little I was always overweight. When I turned 15 I started to lose a little weight but I was still above my ideal weight, it wasn’t until I turned 18 that I decided to lose weight before entering college. I only started with exercises in the gym, but I didn’t lose much weight. It wasn’t until I decided to correct my eating habits that I saw great results. Never stop eating things you wanted, I only ate them at other times and I did not exaggerate eating them so often. The first step is to accept being overweight and love yourself to want to change. Once I started losing weight, I liked myself more and more as I look and that motivated me to continue.
Now I am 28 and I weigh 56 kgs, I feel great, I don’t regularly exercise but I do maintain a balanced diet and that keeps me at my ideal weight. The exercises I do have to be fun exercises so as not to get bored and lose motivation.

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