You just turned on your computer. On Hub Pages you have found the best darn Hub on weight loss you have ever seen. This writer is a freakin' Genius. If you had to write an article on weight loss this would be it.
But this is no ordinary article on weight loss, It actually contains some useful information that you can use NOW. Straight off the Supermarket shelf. Practical And informative.Not just full of affiliate links.
WHAT WOULD THAT WEIGHT LOSS ARTICLE HAVE IN IT THAT WOULD BE SO USEFUL?
ie. Tips on what to eat for breakfast? Exercise ideas? The 7 ways to a flat stomach??
Any suggestions Hubbers?
It's very strange but I was thinking of posting something similar myself today. What I think would be useful would be a regular input of small changes that will help people to alter their way of life, their eating habits, exercise habits etc., but small changes that most people could cope with.
We all know the theory. In order to lose weight you have to use up more calories (points or whatever else you are dealing with) than you take in. This should be easy but it isn't. Why not? because we have developed bad habits - lazy/sedentary lifestyle, comfort eating etc.
I think people would like a list of small changes they could try to make in order to move in the right direction. You could give targets for the week e.g. we all know that drinking water is good - so aiming to dring 2 litres of water per day. if you are one of the people who doesnt dring any, start with one glass per day until it becomes a habit. Then increase to two glasses per day, gradually replacing some of the sugar and caffeine drinks.
Another one would be the target of 5 portions of fruit and veg per day - but starting with one per day if you dont eat any, making it a habit. Then increasing to two. You could have some great articles about different ways to cook particular veg etc.
I think I would definately need help with the motivation - what to do before or after that bar of chocolate that shouldnt be in the fridge or cupboard (but it is because my son likes it - really). Group support - forums and teams, target weight loss achieved for everyone who joined the site twould be interesting.
In terms of exercise, I think the key would be to get people to enjoy the exercise - to focus on the process and to enjoy it, rather than doing it for the sake of weight loss. How about stories from people who take part in different activities - whether its walking, taekwondo or going to the gym. What is it that they focus on that makes it so good. if we could find that out we could concentrate on the same thing - rather than hating every second of it.
We've all read these articles about flat stomachs, the perfect diet etc. They are ten a penny. Help us to change our lives jimmyrich - help us to make the changes permanent. I'm ready when everyone else is ready to go!
I think all of these are unrealistic because there is only one way to lose weight, and there are a million ways for people to do it - not all of which will work for everyone.
That's why there are thousands of useless diet books already.
Everyone knows what is bad for them. Everyone knows how to lose weight, but actually doing it is another question.
Ingest less energy than you spend. Simple. But making yourself do it........ (Me included)
My mom's been reading Michael Pollan's ouvre and read the opening to one of his books the other day, which I thought hit the nail on the head both for weight loss and healthy eating in general:
"Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants."
The devil, of course, is in the details, but as Mark said, that's the problem with all diet plans. Not everything works for everybody, and the only things that do are so general as to be largely useless unless you're already health conscious. (And strong-willed.)
THANKS FOR THE INPUT HUBBERS!
I'm taking it all on board.
This is a MASSIVE topic, very emotionally charged for a lot of people. I understand that. I've had weight issues myself.
A really informative Weight Loss Hub ( my opinion ) would describe a Healthy Lifestyle with weight loss tips included. There are a few ways to lose weight which damage health in the long run. You might look great for a while but then the body finds it hard to adjust to the changes and you end up sabotaging the weight loss you have achieved.
Are you tracking with me Hubbers?
I agree everyone is different and that is why there are so many diets and exercise programs. Yet at the same time people have things in common. For example, if you eat food and it is not digested properly ( for whatever reason , not enough good bacteria in the gut, mixing too many different food combinations , list goes on) you are not going to get the nutrients form the foods you eat. Bad digestion equals bad assimilation. This in turn will have an impact on your health. Does your car run without gas or water? The body needs its nutrients too. A combination of vitamins, minerals and trace elements for starters.
So here is a question for you Hubbers!
You have the best Exercise program in the world. Your own personal trainer to the Hollywood stars! You get support , motivation, daily! But you can only eat fast food. Nothing fresh. WOULD ALL THE TOP QUALITY ADVICE AND HELP WITH AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WORK IF ALL YOU COULD EAT IS FAST FOOD?
Let's go Hubbers, a lot of people want the answer to this question.
Create your Health!
I already wrote the ideal hub on weight loss, in fact, I wrote the ULTIMATE hub on weight loss. After this, there really need be no more said on the topic:
I think you'll all find this deeply useful.
LOL - Well, I beg to differ.
I have tried countless diets and excersises routines: hopeless, only worked for a little while!
Now I just content myself with being healthy and I am learning to leave and love my curves.
I think that the best advice on loosing weigth is one that helps you to feel comfortable with your body shape rather than aiming a sometimes unrealistic weight and shape.
Why not read my hub where you can know very few options over weight people have.
This hub gives the perfect diet!!!:-) and it keeps you happy too
My advice would be to eat when your hungry - but only eat what it is going to take to make your full.
If one bite makes you satisfied - then STOP eating.
I dunno - it works for me
Weight loss this is a terminology that is on the forefront of everyone's lips right now irrespective of where geographically you live. I must say that if I wrote an article about weight loss I am afraid that there would be no magic pills, potions or off the supermarket shelf goodies.
Sorry guys but there just isn't any and if anyone is telling you there is he is lying. The true way to loose weight is to cut out all the junk food and exercise. Yes I know that is boring but it's true the vitamins and nutrients in fruit and vegetables especially is so important for our health.
Ok you asked what to eat for breakfast. First let me tell you that before you eat any meal you need to drink water and let it settle about 30mins before eating anything. Then a good breakfast to start the day on is porridge as oats give a slow release of sugar and keep you full longer and so you don't feel like snacking. Also once I finished breakfast I would wait for around 20mins and then drink as much water before I ate lunch.
You know it is very hard to write an article about weight loss for everyone as everyone's metabilism is different. Although if you do stick to the basics of a high fruit and veg diet with smaller portions of dairy, meat, fats, and maybe the odd treat and drink water and exercise anyone should be on the right path to loosing weight. Not only loosing it, but also keeping it off as well.
One thing you need to do is to listen to your body. I can't say that what I can eat and stay slim will have the same effect on someone else. People don't listen to their bodies either but it is so important. So just to recap for you.
1. Drink lots of water but make sure that you leave 30min before eating food after drinking.
2. Stick to a healthy fruit, veg and high fibre diet (yes you can throw in a treat or two occasionally)
3. Make sure you exercise - eg. Use the stairs instead of elevator.
4. Listen to your body.
5. Get plenty of rest.
If you do those things you will find that you will gradually lose weight and keep it off and also feel much healthier for doing it.
Hope this is what you wanted.
Lesley and Karen
You'd want to explain what causes the food cravings that are so common today and how to eliminate them.
Animals with only a fraction of human intelligence don't get fattening food cravings. Why do humans. And why does this phenomena strike different countries at different rates?
The best to you.
The only time in my life I had cravings for sweets was army basic training. I will have fat cravings, if for instance I reduce my fat intake to reduce cholesterol.
Maybe if one does not have a diet that corresponds to one's own nutrition needs, one will get cravings for substitute energy producers, like fat and sugar.
I have written a hub about how to Motivate Yourself to Weight Loss and hope you can stop by to read the information. I have 3 winning tips to help with weight loss. www.hubpages.com/hub/dianebmorris.
Thanks!!! I would love to get some comments as I am new here at Hub pages. There is a lot of good information here... successcoachdiane
Thanks for the Input. It is GREAT!
Really informative replies to my original post.
I have one thing to add which may have been touched upon already.
When helping someone else to lose weight, I think the most
important thing is the Intention to help.
Just have a look at what is currently available.
Do these people really CARE about you losing weight, or are they
more interested in the weight of your WALLET?
( please pardon the pun )
Hey, do you like my new image? Aren't they cute?
I wrote a hub about how to lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks, its not the most appetizing diet but it works: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Lose-10-Lbs-In-2-Weeks
Also, I read this site regularly and it gives good healthy recipes and health tips:
check em out!
the fact is, the people that want to lose weight want the easiest way possible.
It doesn't work like that, if you want to lose weight you have to work at it, you have to be disciplined, and you have to be motivated.
All translates into watch what you eat, and be consistent with it
exercise regularly and be consistent with it
and do both of the above with a hard work ethic, and you'll lose all the weight you want.
Healthy eating has to be a way of life.
I stock up on plenty of dry ingredients and spices.
Healthy food doesn't have to be boring either. Its the boredom of the pallet that makes you crave other things that are usually sweet or high in MSG flavour inhancers.
Here in the UK magazines and papers are full of the size 0 image, putting pressure on being skinny, but size 16 is still the average size.
When I was at school we covered how to eat sensibly and heathly in Home Economics lessons, these are no longer taught unless choosen options in year 10.
As a nation I feel we are letting future generations down by not teaching how to be healthy.
I also got some great ideas from my exprience of weight loss :
This is funny, I just posted this today: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Truth-about … -that-Hard
Then, while looking at the forum for the first time, I saw this post. I guess great minds run on like channels And obesity is running rampant...
However, although I lost over 24 pounds in a few weeks following simple techniques that aren't out of a book or diet, not everyone's metabolism is the same. The basic rule stated above about consuming more energy than the food you eat can produce is golden. The other thing is not being hungry all the time, because no one in the western world can do this for long. Too much temptation is available all day every day.
Starvation isn't the answer, taking over your own mind and behavior is, and mainly wanting to do it.
My bachelor's degree is in Exercise Science, I'm working towards my Master's in the same field, and I plan to follow that up with a PhD. Those of us in this field are always amazed at how everyone seems to be an expert on health/fitness/weight loss, but much of the information is being scewed, creating inaccurate assumptions and the dissemination of inaccurate information.
Yes, to lose weight you must burn more calories than you consume, but how many calories do you consume every day? How many do you burn? Have you gone online to check out one of their 'calorie estimators' or 'activity calculators'? These aren't bad tools, but they're not very accurate, especially since they require that you make estimations of your own activity and calorie intake.
If you're looking to lose weight, I always say you should try to get the most accurate information you can about where you are now. What's your body fat %? What's your VO2 Max? What's your Resting Metabolic Rate? All of these measures will allow you to formulate fitness goals that will concentrate on improving your lung capacity, losing body fat, and increasing your metabolism, rather than concentrating on a # on the scale that can fluctuate up to 5 pounds every day.
So where do you go to get these tests? Check with your local University. They often offer fitness testing & have the most accurate means to do so. If you're not near a University, check at a local fitness center. I know for a fact that Life Time Fitness offers all of these tests, but I'm sure that many others do as well.
Then, yes, like everyone says, you need to exercise regularly and make small changes over time in your diet. There are so many psychological barriers to changing eating habbits that I believe you should start with little things: cutting mayonnaise, having 1 less alcoholic drink each night, switching to 100% whole wheat bread, etc., rather than trying to change your entire diet all at once.
The same goes for fitness. Fit it in where you can. Do you only have 10 minutes to spare during your lunch break? Use it to walk around the building. Do you talk on the phone every night to friends or family? Make it a rule that you have to be walking the whole time you talk on the phone. This isn't 'exercise' per se, rather it's just increasing your daily activity. And, as something becomes easy, add more.
I am in the process of posting new hubs that will include a lot of weight loss tips.
Presently, I do have a post called '5 Minute Coffee Break Boost' that talks about a quick way to energize yourself, also included are tips on eating protein productively to boost your metabolism and keep you in a 'fat burning mode'.
next to pure (filtered) water, the top things I would say are most important are establishing a correct pH balance through the foods you eat and having the correct types and amounts of exercise, then getting rid of trans-fats (hydrogenated oils) and processed sugars, and checking for candida.
And of course stop anything in excess that would be unhealthy...caffeine, alcohol, smoking, drugs (legal and illegal), etc...
Boss Number 1, Thank you for sharing this sound advice. I know we all could make more healthy changes like these, so it is always good to hear it from someone who has an educational background in this subject area. Thanks for sharing.
I would include eating high fiber foods with nutritional benefits, plus water. Eat a piece of whole raw fruit, and eat whole grain products. These are satisfying and filling.
The second thing is to get yourself moving. Walk the dog-- even if you don't have a dog. Most of the rules are just common sense.-- Though a thorough medical exam should be part of finding out if there are physical reasons for overweight.
The other thing is not trying to make a quick fix-- especially if it has taken a long time to gain weight. Make it a live-it not a diet.
I believe that everyone's post is valid however we must not forget what helps us lose weight as well as gain it back....The Mind.....I don't believe that not all diets work for everyone when it comes to the physical it is the mental that makes people think this diet is not for me or this doesn't work...I'm just too hungry or I don't like that....obesity remains because there is a unnatural tendency to use food to ease pain, boredom.....etc. When you have made up your mind I am going to do this..that is when you succeed...this is the key to permenant weight loss solidifying it in the mind.
Everyone has a Little Voice that needs to be managed, This is that little devil that says:"I'm not strong enough to go through this" or "I'm meant to be fat because my parents are".
I believe we need to be aware of these little messages that we are sending to our sub-conscious mind and making it believe anything we think. Every time I even think of a negative statement I always think to myself "cancel! cancel! cancel". This is something I picked up at a Silva Method training a few years back. I also taught myself to reduce my heart rate at will. Pretty cool!
Anyway, with regards to always being hungry when on a diet, I have trained myself to eat 5 equal and balanced meals that contain protein, carbs and fat. If I get too lazy to cook or go out, I just whip myself a protein shake with a banana. Or a peanut butter sandwich. You'll be surprised how fast your body adapts to eating small meals!
There is no magic to physical health. The real problem, I think, is the absence of self love, some sort of existential curiosity; and the inner quest for balance. Society does play a part. But you are not society: you are an isolated entity interacting with society.
The point is that the human sensory system gives us warning signs about balance. To the extent that we have a prior frame of reference, the natural impulse is to return to it as would a rubber band returning to its elastic center from whence it projects outward on command or pull. This analogy sounds simplistic, but clear thinkers know exactly what I am talking about.
America is one of the least JOY oriented environments I know on the planet. Real joy, pure organic joy. In its purest form, this joy is a vital pulse that connects you to earth, imparts to you a sense of inner melody, rhythm, sensuality and muscularity which equals HARMONY.
All you have to do, then, is simply live in repetition of this harmony. It's ultimately experienced as being alive. Very simple and devoid of complicacy. If, unfortunately, this system of organic feeling did not exist at the incipient stages of a child's development and eventual propagation into adulthood, life is physically complicated. This frame of reference would have to be conceptually explored and mastered in hopes of gaining balance.
Having said all of that, I recognize how severe some readers would take this. But that does not matter. The truth is no respecter of persons. It hurts to learn the truth so late. The reason that a lot of people lose weight and gain it back, and so on...is simply because they have no systemic reference framework. Wild animals do. They could not survive in the wild.
If any reader has studied classical ballet, then you get the point. Ballet is a classical form. There is no negotiation with the five positions. You are either in classical first position, or you are not. When you move away from it, the laws of the form will bring you back. That's reference.
Food is designed to impart sustenance. Not to be abused. If the fat person has prior health issues, that's a distinct matter, and lies outside this conversation. Reference is like truth.
IT SHALL SET YOU FREE. Eat to live, don't live to eat...
myself neeraj from india.
i have an idea to fit your looks.
This is a advice to given by Swani Ramdev to reduce your weight.
According to Swami Ramdev " use 7 leaves of a herbal plant Ashwagandha in the early morning for 45 days and see the magic of Ashwagandha.
you will defenatily loose youe extra weight.
plz change your eating habbits also.
I think that the best way to help people trying to lose weight is to teach them how they food they eat affects their weight/heath and to offer some good guidelines to base their nutritional plan on.
You see I didn't write DIET. The reason I wrote Nutritional program is because that ONLY A CHANGE IN EATING HABITS CAN GUARANTEE PERMANENT FAT LOSS/WEIGHT MANAGEMENT.
I have set up a hub based on this principle. http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Nutritional-P … y-Fat-Fast
In this hub I try to present complicated science like food timing and macro nutrient intake under the form of a series of Simple Guidelines that you can easily implement in your day to day life. Also, instead of telling you what to eat I offer a extensive list of "super foods" to concentrate on and the reasons they are good for you.
Be sure to check it out. And a thumbs up would be highly appreciated. I feel it is quality content and really want to get these ideas across.
I would look for ways I can motivate people and give them encouragement, as well as guide them to feel positive about themselves. This seems to be the biggest obstacle for people to overcome when it comes to weight loss and fitness. The rest is simply applying the information.
I think too much of education on weight loss is not desirable,because no body likes to go through all of it.A simple pro gramme of balanced diet and moderate exercise,with a positive mental attitude , will go a long way,not only in shedding one's excess weight,but also ensuring an overall healthy life.Eat moderately and exercise moderately,should be the mantra.
.One has to change the life style for the better,keeping in view his objective.
The secret lies in the proverb" Moderation is the path of safety" which holds good in the sphere of health too.
I am sure this is what our illiterate ancestors did,without knowing about it,a long long while ago
This hasn't been posted to in a while, being new here I thought I would bring it back up.
Self-hypnosis is a great way to get the motivation part if weight management under control. Having been a certified hypnosis coach for many years, it still amazes me, just what the mind can accomplish.
Diets don't work, especially the fad of the day ones. Sensible eating, walking, and management through self-hypnosis is the way I have lost 30 pounds over the last 6 weeks.
Last year I had a life threating surgery and lost a great deal of weight, much to my delight, but not a recommended diet plan. Then I got pumped with steroids and shot up to 255 pounds over last winter. Once I got serious this summer I was able to drop the pounds (with a goal of 25 pounds more) and keep them off, bringing me once again to near my ideal weight.
So one thing I would include would be the value and healthful benefits of hypnosis to long lasting weight management.
http://hubpages.com/hub/lose_weight_hypnosis is an article I wrote about why diets don;t work, but hypnosis does. Your comments are welcome.
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