How to lose weight when you're already healthy?
May 28, 2012 2:35 PM Subscribe
How can I lose weight (10-15 lbs) when I'm already doing a lot of the "right" things?
posted by so much modern time to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Returning back to the US after living abroad in China is making me gain weight like nobody's business. I've been back about 9 months now, and I'm about 15 pounds heavier than when I was in China, and the heaviest I've ever been.
For six months, I was staying with family in Los Angeles before moving to the Bay Area. It was a very difficult adjustment going from a place with real public transportation to...not. Even though I walked for over an hour and/or exercised every day, and continued to eat what I usually ate in China, there were some differences. I spent a lot more time sitting, whether it was on the bus or in a car. Portions are massive here. Despite living in California, the vegetables and fruit are not as fresh as what I could get from the local markets in Beijing--unless I go to to the farmer's markets, of course, but those are usually open only once a week.
At any rate, I'm now in the Bay Area and over the last month, I started biking about 11 miles a day to and from work. I don't have a car here so I get around by walking and biking. I already eat a lot of veg and fruit, make most of my meals (they are mostly Chinese meals with a lot of veg as I am Chinese-American myself, so it's just what I'm used to), and eat very little processed foods except for sauces, dried noodles and brown rice.
While I have toned down because of biking, I have not lost any weight whatsoever and still can't fit in any of my old clothes. At least I have stopped gaining, I think.
Again, this is pretty much how I lived and ate in Beijing, so I'm not sure what else it is that is making me gain so much weight. Though I have this theory that fresh vegetables and fruit here in the US are not as good as they are elsewhere.
Not sure what else to do at this point. I'd love to hear tips. Maybe I'm eating too much carbs in rice/noodles/fruit?
(I'm 5'1 and 125 pounds, and would like to go back to being 110-115 again. I'm very concerned because if I keep gaining weight like this, I'll definitely be overweight.)