what is the best way too lose weight in 6 weeks

Retta - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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i want too loose atleast 20 pounds before spring (april), what is the best way! i have a huge problem with snacking at night, due to the hubby working late! but i do exercise sometimes, just not enough! i get very tired of seeing false diets that they claim can help you loose in 3months! i had a baby 4 months ago! for all the mothers that have lost their baby fat, please help me too lose mine!

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Maggie - posted on 03/02/2010

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Thats great that you already excersize and eat healthy, try eat wholemeal breads, rice and pastas ( took some getting use to)....instead of snacking try eating less but more frequently. So aim for 6 meals a day. And drink plenty of water!!!

Carrie - posted on 02/27/2010

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First you set a date to start giving yourself enough time to adjust and get excited about losing the weight. I to had a bad bad snacking habit, just out of pure boredom. I started out doing atkins and I was finding meat is so expensive and extremely high in fat unless it's lean meat and there was a lot of I could have in the first phase, some people love this diet and can really lose weight, but I couldn't do it. So I thought about weight watchers, my mom losed a lot of weight on this one. Decided not to, decided to change my eating and drinking habits. Totally got rid of soda, it bloats you and an average person gains 12 pounds a year just drinking soda. I started drinking tea with sweetner, Splenda or Equal give you the same taste as sweet tea, which will help. I force myself to drink more water. With eating, it is hard but I've been doing this for 2 weeks and lost 15 pounds already, which is good for me because I'm extremely overweight. I did a low fat no fat diet, you would be suprised at what you can get that's low fat as far as snacks and it still taste good. In the morning I have a bagel with light butter and honey, and half a grapefruit, the only thing with fat is the butter but it's 4.5g for 1 TBSP, which I just lightly put it on, honey has not fat, and fruits have no fat. At Lunch time, I have a Tuna sandwich on Rye (I use miracle whip and pickles) tuna has little fat, the mayo has some, real mayo has less, pickles are fat free as well, I have Low Fat pretzels with it. For dinner I'm just smart about it, I eat spaghetti, no meat, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, light butter on the bread. Sometimes I have pizza hut pizza but my trick is eat salad bar first, light dressing so I'm a little full and I wont stuff myself, I generally have one piece of pizza and a big salad. I watch my portions, only eat till I'm full. I eat Twizzlers, pretzel chips, fruit. I also have made low fat brownies, used fat free ice cream, I heat the brownie, put a scoop of ice cream on top, and put light chocolate syrup on it, only has about 2.5g of fat. Cheese is high in fat, so when you're doing salad I sprinkle with a pinch or two of cheese. When it's warmer I park my car further at stores and walk, If we're at a Sam's Club, Costco, wholesale place I walk throughout the whole store, just so I'm getting excercise. I am not tempted my my family eating unhealthy sometimes I get them in the mood for stuff to, they like the whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat bread, they love salad. I did a reciepe the other night it was a chicken breat with buffalo sauce and melted a piece of low fat cheese, it was good. You can work it out how you like it, I've just found this is working with me instead of being on some up and down roller coaster of what diet to do. I hope this helps.

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Asha Marie - posted on 02/09/2013

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i am a 27yr old mom of 4 kids the smallest are twin girls aged 3yrs and the eldest child is 7yrs and my second child is 5yrs old,i have been struggling with weight lose since i had the twins cause i have less time for myself i have gained about 35lbs and i wish to loose it back i have tried taking diet tablets but sometimes i dont get the chance to exercise because the kids took up all my time so i mostly drink water sometimes and snack i even eat alot of vegetables but i still cant go back to a size 7-8,i cry sometimes cause it is so hard for me i hardly come out of my house anymore cause i have so much work on my hands house,kids,plus they got to go to school omg it is way more harder than before,when i had my second child i ate more than now and all i did was walk alot so i loose alot of weight i was back to a size 7-8 i was so happy,i dont take contraceptives cause my tubes are tied so i thought it would be much easier,i dont know what else to do i am extremely stressed out,i need help please give me some advice

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

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I gave up bread and switched cows milk to soy and found it made a big difference to belly bloating, I do a home exercise dvd Carmen Electra's Fit 2 Strip Vol. 2. Got me from a size 14 (AUS) to a size 8 in 6 months. I SWEAR by it. I also have a problem carbo loading at night - try brushing your teeth when you feel like a snack. Good luck! Amy Gilham

Betina - posted on 03/01/2010

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Their are a couple ways...everyone's right about you just having a baby and it will take time to lose the weight. it's still hard for me, my son just turned two I put on almost 50 lbs with him and now at age 27 its harder because I got my tubes tied and I have to keep working at keeping the weight off. Stop not only the sodas,but koolaids,gatoraid's too, etc. These are called empty carbs. They dont fill u up, and they're major calories u dont need. That's a big change in your body. I can't give up my coffee in the mornings, but instead of sodas all day, I drink ice cold water (yuck). Protein drinks are good only after you exercize cuz your muscles need it. That is a big start. Snack small every 3 hrs. No big meals. This will shrink your stomache and stop the hungriness all the time. No pastas,chips,crackers, baked potatoes, or starchy stuff. It's hard! Yogurts are good, salads, sugar free chocolate jell-o. They say no fruit after 4 pm. Due to the sugars in them. Easy on the sodium. Too much salt is not good. Snack wise. I snack on dry cereal, celary and peanutbutter, and bananas. I got stuck on life cereal for 2 wks and it drove me crazy. Make it a variety of snacks. (If you HAVE TO have a hamburger, count the calories and eat half.) They say everything is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. But me being a stay at home mom if I was to just hang around the house, I drop mine to a 1,200 calorie diet. Don't starve yourself, your body will naturally store the food it has and you wont lose wieght that way. I tried it! And I use to go crazy on the weekends eating and regret it after, but I think that's normal. Especially making supper for the family. Eat something before u make supper for the family, so ur too full to eat. A soup and salad. You have to change your ways of eating. When u want to exercize dont push yourself. Start off small. Like when u wake up, start off doing a couple crunches, a couple push ups, and some squats, or walking around outside for just 10 min.. Jot it down on paper and the next day do one or two more than you did the day before or the same. Consistancy is the key. You don't want to over work your muscles, cuz then you'll be sore tomorrow. Everytime you work out and gradually build your muscles, your muscles will burn the fat. Or put some music on in the living room and turn it up and dance with your kids for 10 or 20 min. Definitely za calorie burer if your music has got a beat. Another thing that works is tightening ur stomach muscles up for about 10 sec. or more, contracting them, when ur sitting their playing on the computer. Nobody's watching. Just take a couple min. each day. You''ll see. We have to use the muscles we're not use to using anymore. Their still there, we just got to bring them back to life.

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After you have a baby, you are supposed to give yourself 1 - 2 years to fully lose the weight. I know it's a hard adjustment but that is the healthy way to do it. That being said, I know quite a few people having luck with the Sugar Busters "diet". My sister lost 10 pounds in two weeks and another friend lost almost 20 pounds in two months. The worst thing you can do is skip meals. Like another poster said, your body goes into starvation mode and it holds onto water and fat because you're not feeding it. You need to eat in order to get your metabolism going. Eat whole grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables and lean protiens. You will have success. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 03/01/2010

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The easiest, most successful way I have lost weight (and kept it off) was through the HCG diet protocol. I used the homeopathic version of hcg, though I know lots of others who do the injections and have remarkable weight loss. The program follows a very strict diet plan, along with taking the HCG supplement (which totally curbs your appetite) for 23-40 days, depending on your goals, then you must take a break from the HCG for 6 weeks while introducing foods back into your diet.

Honestly, it is incredible to watch the pounds disappear daily!!! I lost 37 lbs!!! You need to read about it and weigh all the pros and cons, but I highly recommend this diet. For the best info, go to hcgdietinfo.com or join the the HCG Protocol group on facebook.
Good luck to you!
Julie

Anesia - posted on 02/28/2010

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Diet & Exercise! There's just no way around it girl. Start counting your calories. It's hard @ first but once you keep doing it you'll check the calorie on everything before you eat it.
You have to burn more calories than you put in. To determine you RMR (resting metabolic rate) add a zero to the end of you weight.
I weigh 120 lbs so my RMR is 1,200. Tht's the amount of calories I burn everyday if I do absolutely nothing. So if I consume 1,000 calories everyday then I'll have a deficit of 200. If I run 2 miles on the treadmill then tht's another 200 added to my deficit.
To loose 1 lb you have to burn 3,500 calories. I know, tht's a lot! But you can do it. I lost 10 lbs in abt 6 wks. Just remember that you'll loose a lot of water weight when you start so try to stay hydrated & I don't mean with sports drinks!
If I feel my blood sugar dropping while I'm exercising I just pop a 2.5 calorie chewing gum & drink more water (0 calories) :D
I work too hard to burn just 200 calories to throw it all away on a few gulps of gatorade.

As for the late night snacking, you can solve that 2 ways. Go to bed early or just don't buy any snacks! You can't eat it if it's not there. Buy more fruits. They fill you up & are really low in calories. Plus they're healthy :)

Also, cut done on carbs, increase the protein & make atleast half of you meal a salad. Lettuce, cucumbers & tomatoes goes a long way to filling you up. If you can't skip the dressing then add dried cranberries, nuts, pomegranate, apples, tangerine pieces... basically anything tht'll add that sweet, tangy taste.

Finally, don't obsess over the scale & weigh at the same time everyday to be consistent.
Wheww, tht was a mouthful lol... Good luck :)

Bethanie - posted on 02/28/2010

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Retta,

For starters, don't be too hard on yourself about how fast you lose weight...you just had a baby 4 months ago! :) These suggestions I have should be made as lifelong changes and is something wonderful to implement into your childs diet as they go onto solids.



The best advice I can give you is what worked for me (not that it will necessarily work for you). It took me 1 1/2 years since the day my son was born to lose 20lbs (of course I immediately dropped about 20 after having him). I wasn't on any "diet" program and was trying to lose it as naturally as my body whould shed it and I will be honest, I did NOT "excercise", of course, I'm not inactive, either! For me, it was an eye opening book I read http://www.amazon.com/This-That-Supermar... that got me started and gave me some insight into the food industry and some of the packaging "trickery". Immediate changes I made:

-ALWAYS read the labels of the foods you're buying. I stay away from anything with corn syrup, HFCS, added colors and preservatives. This can be found in a litany of different foods we eat to include most of those "snacks", bread, preserves, juice, bread crumbs, some store brand chicken broth (!) and the list goes on.

-Stay away from anything in the label that states "Partially Hydrogenated". That = trans fats. Even if the label says "0" by the amount of trans fats, the FDA allows food companies to not have to claim a 0.5g or less. We are only allowed (according to the FDA) 1.5g a day.

-Just because something says "sugar free" doesn't mean that it is. It may be free from real cane sugar but then they chalk it full of saccharin, sucralose or aspartame--ALL very bad and artificial flavor enhancers. I would rather get something that is "fat free" vs "sugar free".

-Switch from white flour products to actual whole wheat. Sprouted wheat (Nature Bake brand) is the best kind of wheat bread. I've just made the switch to whole wheat flour (though I still keep unbleached white on hand). If you eat a lot of white rice, switch to brown or wild. We are supposed to consume 25g of fiber a day. Consuming more fiber helps your body break down sugars and actually burn them instead of storing them.

-I started incorportating Wheat Germ into my diet. It's loaded with iron and Vit E and you can put it into pretty much anything. Some other wonderful and healthful things to incorporate into your diet is Quinoa (keen-wah) and Lentils. Both are loaded with protein and a good amount of minerals. Some other easy swaps are: real All natural PB (health foods section), Almond Butter (a yummy subsitute for PB and contains more "healthy" fats), Annie's brand Ketchup (less sugar then regular), Ground Buffalo (a bit spendy but much leaner and I think tastier then ground beef), Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta (contains a lot more fiber then the Barilla brand and I just got some made from Quinoa to try), 1% or Fat Free Milk, Juice that is actually 100% juice with NO added sugar (R.W. Knudsen makes some terrific stuff) and my list goes on! In my dietary makeover, I also switched to mostly organic fruits and veggies. Mainly soft fleshed ones like berries, pears, apples, zuchinni, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, broccolli (or anything else you would eat the flesh of). The list for me also includes organic potatoes.

If you have any questions, I would be very happy to answer them! Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 02/28/2010

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Eat healthy foods, don't buy the snacks if you can't stay out of them, don't go nuts with working out (slow and steady progression/increases), strength train, and probably most important pay attention to portion size and when you feel like you've had enough. Also, be forgiving of yourself, it took 9 months to put that weight on and you did it for a good reason, it's going to take some time to get it back off. Look at this time as an opportnity to relearn how to eat and care for yourself in as healthy a fashion as you can to set a good expample for your baby's future health. If you are actualy hungry at night, have a no calorie drink (try to stay away from sodas) and eat a low cal snack and stick to one serving. It's hard to undo some of the habits that we take up during the last months of pregnancy when we don't have room to eat much and have to resort to snacking all evening. Also, after reading some of the other thngs written here, you should be eaing more often to keeping your system from shutting down to preserve energy, starvation mode. You should shoot for 3 reasonable meals and a couple of snacks. If you are breastfeeding you get to eat for 1.2 of you, if not you are back to just eating for one. If the night time snacking is from boredom or loneliness, it might be time to get some friends to com visit or take up a hobby.

I really wish you the best of luck with this. I also wish you patience with yourself in this endeavor.

Jane - posted on 02/28/2010

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so many theories - i've heard to "eat like a king in the morning and a pauper at night" is a good way. you should be eating more to loss more is what i've heard. otherwise your body goes into panic mode and holds onto the fat cells around your belly b/c your body doesn't know when your next meal is coming. that's what Dr. Oz said on one show. maybe you can check his website. so snacking can be good if you're snacking on fruits, veggies and nuts.

Barb - posted on 02/27/2010

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Experts say that if you eat at least a small healthy breakfast you will lose weight better than if you don't for 2 reasons. #1 When you do get hungry you are likely to make poor food choices (usually snack foods) # 2 Eating breakfast starts your metabolism (burning calories) working that much sooner in the day. And of course excercise burns calories while you are doing it, but continues to burn them at a higher rate than usual all day!

Retta - posted on 02/27/2010

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THANKS CARRIE! MY HUSBAND ALWAYS PARKS FURTHER WHEN WE GO SHOPPING! I DONOT DRINK POP, EVERY ONCE IN THE WHILE BUT NOT THAT I GAINED WEIGHT FROM IT! DRINKING MORE WATER I SO NEED TO DO THAT AND EXCERSISE MORE! DINNER IS THE ONLY TIME I EAT, WE HAVE A VEGGIE, MEAT AND STARCH! I CANNOT EAT MORE CAUSE MY TUMMY WILL HURT! BUT I WILL TRY AND SEE HOW WELL IT WORKS! THANKS A MILLION!

Retta - posted on 02/26/2010

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thank you jane! but i do not buy junk food we eat very healthy! but i will walk more i have heard it was good for you! thanks again!

Jane - posted on 02/26/2010

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i found that cleaning out your pantry and fridge of all junk is very helpful - if it's not there, you can't eat it. don't buy any more junk food. concentrate on fruits and veggies, etc. and walking is a great way. pick the same time every day, put the baby in the stroller and get to a mall or if the weather is right, outside. be sure everyone in the house is eating the same as you. no more junk!

don't compare yourself to other people. that's not good and you never know what someone else is doing so put it out of your mind. concentrate on getting healthy, not loosing a certain number of pounds or getting to a certain weight.

good luck!

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