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Thread: Advice on Slimming Down

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    I've lost about thirty pounds since I started school and the only places its been noticeable has been my neck/collarbone area, face, legs and a bit in the arms. I know it's hard to lose in the tummy, hips, and bum areas but I just want to know how I can help those areas out. I'm not the athletic kind and running is not feasible at this time. I'm trying to eliminate soda from my diet and to drink more water and juice.

    What can I do to help reduce the tummy and other mention areas? I try to walk every other night and that has helped a bit.

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    I wouldn't drink too much juice, even though it is healthy it also high in sugar.

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    Drink plenty of water and try and take a brisk walk for 30-45 minutes a day. A PT also told me to 'suck' in my tummy and bum areas when walking, helps tone up those areas. I have lost a lot of weight by following these couple of simple rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I wouldn't drink too much juice, even though it is healthy it also high in sugar.
    I don't drink that often to begin with... just when I'm really in the mood for it, like this morning, I had to have Apple Juice.

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    Juice is very high in calories/sugar. I lost 40 lbs. in 8 months when I was in my early 20's by dancing 2-3 nites a week. I did not gain it back for about 30 yrs. - when I started sitting too much while quilting when I retired from teaching. I actually stopped quilting because I was not getting enough exercise.

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    unfortunately you can not "spot reduce" certain areas. Keep up your healthy eating. I agree, juice can be as fattening as soda, try to stick to water. Use sparkling water, or add some lemon,lime, or mint if you need some flavor.
    Try to eat foods that grow from the ground or on a tree. Try to stick to foods that your great-grandmother would recognize. When you go shopping, think "ingredients" rather than "ready to eat meals". You will save money as well.
    Try to incorporate more activity in your day. Take stairs instead of elevators. Park in the farthest spot in the lot and walk. If you are sitting at a task, get up once an hour for some stretching and moderate activity.
    Your avatar looks fairly young, it only gets harder as you get older!! Good luck, it is a constant struggle.

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    Unfortunately, your body will lose inches and shift weight as it pleases!

    That said, you are off to a good start. Be realistic in your goals. If you are still drinking soda, switch to diet with zero calories. It isn't ideal, but it will help with the weight. Soda is empty calories. Drink more water than juice or anything else. I was told by a doctor that I shouldn't drink my calories.

    A recent study shows that overall people who drink two 8-oz glasses of water before a meal tend to lose weight. Also, try to eat 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day instead of three large ones.

    Walk everywhere. Ride a bike. Is there a pool where you can swim? Or even walk in the pool? Stand up while using the computer. Every movement burns a calorie. Find a friend to share your goals.

    Also important is to stop eating out if you can and stop eating pre-packaged foods when you can. Eating simple, whole foods will cause you to easily lose weight.

    Take baby steps. One thing at a time and you are more likely to stick with it.
    Best of luck.

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    People who drink 2 8 oz. glasses of water before their meals exercise by running to the bathroom!

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    I had the same issue. I walked every day just a mile with the dog but every time I watched tv, I stood up and walked in place. I also did stretching exercises. I'm not big on exercising but these really worked for me. I only drink water even away from home. I was on weight watchers and it not only brought my weight back in check but the dr told me to stop losing and stay where i was!!! I had never heard that before. It brought my sugar and bloodwork back to normal and I had the most energy ever. Keep at it! You can do it and it feels better than any food ever will :)

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    I'm not the athletic type either, but when I started walking during my lunch and breaks each day at work, I noticed it coming off my stomach and hip areas. It took me about 4 months before I noticed, but it did happen...and I'm in my mid 40's, so my metabolism is not exactly awake anymore.

    After I injured my leg, I wasn't able to do the daily walks and my size has increased back to where it was.

    We use to walk 15min, 20min, and 15min a day, 5 days a week. It came out to about 1.5=2.0 miles per day in those 3 short bursts of time.

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