Late 30's female here who is undergoing a physician supervised diet because (obviously) I need to lose weight. I'm only on day two and all I can think about is FOOD! I keep reminding myself of all the reasons I want and need to lose weight but I'm getting discouraged. I know it's going to take time to break the old, unhealthy habits so, until that happens, I'm looking for advice on how to get over this hurdle. Special bonus points for website suggestions with inspirational stories.
posted by cdg7707
on Sep 4, 2014 -
Recently, I was my PCP and inquired about appetite suppressants. (I had taken adipex many years ago, which was great) and she informed me that she did not prescribe Adipex due to the possible cardiac side effects - but that she was prescribing Topamax as a weight loss aid due to the side effect of the medication being loss of appetite. She said it works quite well for a large majority of her patients, but not everyone.
Has anyone here been prescribed Topamax specifically for this reason? If so, how well did it work and would you recommend it?
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah
on Aug 29, 2014 -
I've always been a huge overplanner but rarely follow through on any of my plans. When I do try, I get so obsessive about it it inevitably falls apart. I've been "trying" to lose the 40 lbs I gained in college (I'm 24 now) for the past 3 years without success. How can I actually lose weight without being so anal about it? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird
on Aug 15, 2014 -
For the first time, in my early 40's, I'm overweight and ashamed and embarrassed and can't get back on track. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 26, 2014 -
Does anyone have any suggestions for working out and dieting that has worked for them? Although I do not have any health problems (knock on wood), I would really like to get into shape. I typically use the elliptical at the health club and I enjoy running out side except I tend to get shin splints.
Not sure whether anyone has any book recommendations that helped motivate them? I can't stand how I feel and look as of late, so I need to do something drastic.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nidora
on May 11, 2014 -
There is no shortage of diets for people who want to lose weight quickly: Atkins, the "Zone" diet, the Vegan diet, the Weight-Watchers diet, the Mediterranean diet, ... But there are countless articles and experts which seem to refute the "evidence" put forth by the creators of such diets. Question is, do you know whether the latest diet advertised by Dr. Oz (the "
Garcinia Cambogia" extract-based diet) is safe / do you have any information on it? [more inside]
posted by omar.a
on Feb 13, 2014 -
I'm checking to see if any of you have any experience using Belviq or other weight loss medication.
I'm overweight, and while I do try to get exercise, it seems it's not enough to make much of a dent, and now I'm having knee and back problems when I try to job (for the above mentioned exercise).
Someone recommended that I look at Belviq or other weight loss medication. Do any of you have any experience with this or similar medication?
posted by earthwalker7
on Oct 13, 2013 -
I'm trying to lose weight, again. One thing I perpetually struggle with is the impulse to snack, especially in the afternoon and evening. I'm trying to distract myself from snacking with new and exciting calorie free beverages, and I'm stuck in a rut. I love Diet Coke, but am trying to reduce my intake of chemical sweeteners. Plain water is obvious, and seltzer with citrus is only a little less so. I've experimented with cold brewing green tea, and I like that, but I am looking for more creative ideas. What are your favorite ZERO CALORIE beverages? I am really not interested in anything that involves any form of sugar. Ideally your idea does not involve artificial sweetener, but if it's an enchanting concoction that REQUIRES aspartame or sucralose, I'm down. I am in the U.S., if that matters, and you may assume I can procure just about any ingredient/beverage within reason. I'm interested in product recommendations as well as recipes, and note that I'm fine with a moderate level of fiddliness, as a project recipe that ends in calorie free indulgence will keep me away from the chips and ice cream for MINUTES AT A TIME. :)
posted by little mouth
on Sep 18, 2013 -
What can I do in the short term to feel better while losing weight when everything seems to make me gassy, swollen and uncomfortable? My doctor's answer to everything seems to be "Lose weight!". That's not going to help these problems in the moment. TMI descriptions follow... [more inside]
posted by jezemars
on May 7, 2013 -
I've never eaten too healthy in my life. I feel like it's taking a toll on my body and my mood at a relatively young age. More details inside. (long and some things about my past) [more inside]
posted by Autumn89
on Oct 22, 2012 -
I'm losing focus on my weight loss goals and I don't want to fall off the wagon. I have had to fight hard to lose what I have lost, and I do not want to back track. How do you get your head back in the game and really find the time to focus on it and prioritize it when your life has become extremely busy? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Sep 18, 2012 -
Before I had my child, I lost almost 100lbs. I have since gained it all back due to post partum depression. How do I get back on track with a child? More detail inside [more inside]
posted by AbsolutelyHonest
on Aug 29, 2012 -
I have been overweight all my life, as has all of my family. I have noticed that as we age, get sick, and eventually die, between the sick and die part they get skinny! So each time I lose weight and look at myself I look like a cancer patient waiting to die and I gain it back. I've talked to a counselor who did a lot of hmmm and mmms which was too expensive to repeat. Any ideas how to fix my psyche and eventually fix my physique?
posted by msleann
on Aug 24, 2012 -
Let's say I'm a 5'5", 230lb female. Let's say tomorrow, I start eating very healthy and working out 4-5 times a week. How much can I expect to lose and what physical changes can I expect to see by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 19, 2012 -
What is the mechanism by which calories gained from eating unnatural foods, i.e. foods full of chemicals and preservatives, changes a person's appetite or metabolism, leading to weight gain? [more inside]
posted by davisnot
on Jun 11, 2012 -
If you have a tendency to gain weight due to stress I'd like to know how you recognized this was THE reason for weight gain and found a solution that worked for you. Please don't ask questions that tend to speculate or diagnose the cause of weight gain (no issues with food/exercise) . I want to hear from you if you (or someone you knew) struggled to keep your stress low, which you knew led to your weight gain and how you went about it (without using any drugs!).
posted by xm
on May 28, 2012 -
I recently lost some weight but am struggling to accept my body changes, specifically smaller boobs. I just lost about five pounds, so not much at all. But it seems like its all gone from my chest, I have lost a solid two cups sizes just due to the five pound weight loss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 3, 2012 -
I have about a month to lose 5-10 lbs for an upcoming wedding that requires me to wear a dress that does not fit and cannot be altered. Normally I'd cut back on calories and just go running a lot, but I've been rendered unable to run or elliptical or bike due to an Achilles injury that I don't want to worsen. What dietary things and other workout things can I do during this time to ensure weight loss? In my twenties, no health problems, no dietary restrictions, reeeally need to fit into this god forsaken dress.
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on May 2, 2012 -
So I've lost a little over 10 or so pounds in the past 3 weeks. I know its not water weight because it has stayed off. I've been dieting. I was originally 215 or so pounds and now I"m about 205.
The problem is I'm not seeing any physical results as of yet, at least not that I can tell.
Is this normal? I'm a 6'5" male.
posted by johnx
on Mar 27, 2012 -
I have trouble breaking through my mental block on the path to weight loss. How do I mentally adjust myself towards an exercise regime and stick to it? Special self-loathing snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen
on Jan 13, 2012 -
I'm assuming that the RDI of 3100 calories from my Android App is a bit high, right? YNMD. [more inside]
posted by glaucon
on Dec 1, 2011 -
My life currently involves a lot of travel. How do I maintain healthy habits (eating and exercise)? [more inside]
posted by Milau
on Nov 26, 2011 -
I'm back to exercising but my weight is at a standstill. What's worked for you? I'd love to lose 30 pounds.
Also...any ideas for controlling your diet for someone who really enjoys the culture of food? [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Sep 20, 2011 -
A good friend is attempting to do a fasting/exercise regime where her main goal is to lose 1-2 pounds per day for at least 2 weeks by not eating anything and doing a lot of cardio everyday. I have personally (and constantly) argued against this as it is clearly unhealthy but she seems to be set on doing this. What can I do or recommend so that she doesn't cause serious damage to her body? [more inside]
posted by CreativeUsername
on Aug 9, 2011 -
What is the fastest way to lose fat? I am looking for the probably impractical ways that are too hard for most people to stick to. I imagine eating nothing and exercising a lot is even slower fat loss than eating 500 calories a day. So what would an optimal (fastest) fat loss regimen look like? (purely to satisfy my curiosity, not for practical or real use)
posted by crawltopslow
on May 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for personal trainer & weight loss coach recommendations in the Seattle area. Help me, please! [more inside]
posted by azuresunday
on Apr 30, 2011 -
What would be useful about weightwatchers online: the fact of having committed to tracking your weight and being more conscious about what you're eating each day -- being forced to acknowledge the program you've set for yourself, instead of just letting it slip away like most good intentions.
But. The recipes and points etc. are not for me. I want to eat my own things, not their version of "banana bread" or low fat chicken recipes or whatever. I know *how* to lose weight in terms of food choices. I just want a support or tracking system.
Does this exist?
posted by Tylwyth Teg
on Feb 8, 2011 -
I lost a lot of weight (~90lbs) through hard work and subbornness, but for a handful of things that happened last year I have gained a little over 30lbs back. Help. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Jan 3, 2011 -
I'm currently on a low carbohydrate weight loss diet, I am in a mild state of ketosis. I have been losing weight at a moderate pace and doing well. I just started taking antibiotics (500 mg of amoxicillin 3 times daily for one week) in preparation for a root canal I'm having next tuesday. Multiple sources
on the internet are telling me that taking antibiotics can stall weight loss. Is this true? I really don't understand how this would work. I really hope it's not!
posted by skjønn
on Nov 2, 2010 -
My fiancee, who is 5' 3" and used to weigh about 125 pounds, has recently lost her appetite and I'm starting to worry about her. In the past six months she has lost 10-15 pounds and is never hungry. Although she never ate much to begin with, I have noticed a big decline in how much she now eats. She also seems to be sleeping excessively and doesn't have much energy. I know that she recently started taking Celexa to treat anxiety, but could it really cause such drastic changes? Are there any alternatives that she could ask her doctor about?
posted by anonymous
on Sep 20, 2010 -
I've gained some muscle...and lots of fat. I need some help with losing the extra fat, keeping the muscle I have gained, and dealing with feeling lots heavier. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 11, 2010 -
Slightly NSFW.I am currently on the road to losing a good deal of weight. How much might my perception of my penis size change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Can you help me diet while remaining extra-active? I lost lots of weight with mild exercise but now that I've stepped things up, I'm stuck... [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 29, 2010 -
I'm not overweight, but want to make my cheeks less big. How can I do this?
posted by GlassHeart
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Despite trying pretty hard, my weight's been staying at a flat line for the past solid month. What's up? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107
on Jun 28, 2010 -