A mom writes in asking for advice about losing weight. This mom says her doctor told her that she is overweight and needs to lose 50 lbs. She says she doesn’t even know where to start and hopes the community may have some advice on healthy, sustainable ways to lose weight and become healthier overall.
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A member of the community asks:
“What worked for you to lose weight?
My doctor told me I’m overweight and need to lose about 50 pounds to have the proper BMI for my height. I don’t even know where to start. Can anyone tell me what has worked for them?”
Community Advice for This Mom Looking to Lose Weight Per Doctor’s Orders
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The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.
“Coming from someone who lost 100 lbs plus with no surgery, you know your body and what it can do. Start small, from cutting out soda and drinking more water. Slowly cut back on sweets and heavy carbs: the bread, chips, unnecessary snacking, etc. Start walking and build up. I fell in love with kickboxing and cross fit. I am a Type 2 diabetic with high blood pressure. Working out is my saving grace.”
“BMI numbers are jokes. It doesn’t measure health or any other factors. I personally said forget the BMI and focus on weight loss, yes, but more so on being healthy and strong. But eating healthier is more important than working out, though working out is important. Weight loss comes more from your diet. So keep that in mind.”
“BMI standard is unrealistic. I lost 50 lbs. by cutting out all fast food except salads, and no sweets or white bread. Then I just started walking. Started out at 2 miles a day and now I’m up to 5-7 miles. Increase your protein. If I can do it at my age, you can too. Just be patient. You’ll hit plateaus but keep plugging away.”
“BMI is a terrible measurement. I’m 5’9″ and 189 and according to my BMI, I am almost obese. I’m not a skinny mini but def not obese. For me, keto and increasing exercise has worked well. I follow keto 99% of the time. I do give myself like 1 or 2 cheat meals a month but make sure I know how many carbs are in what I am eating then too.”
“Don’t go with a fad diet. Simply control your portions and eat healthy. Veggies are important; they provide fiber which helps make you feel full. Drink lots of water. Often when we feel hungry it’s a cry for a drink of water.”
“If it’s just 50 lbs, honestly, you can do it by doing home workouts, walking, cutting down on your intake, and incorporating lots of veggies or raw food. I suggest juicing as well, it worked tremendously for me. And of course lots and lots of water. Don’t waste your money by getting a gym membership or a personal trainer. You can get it done on your own.”
“Definitely go see a nutrition specialist to work out a diet plan. It’s not all about exercise!! Good luck.”
“Weight Watchers! It’s not a diet, but a lifestyle change.”
“Start out with walking even 15 mins several times a week & work your way up. Eat whole foods (avoid processed crap). Watch your portions & research low-glycemic index foods. Stop drinking alcohol, pop, or anything with sugar. Once you get the hang of it, just keep adding more healthy habits.”
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