How Can I Lose 20 pounds In 2 Months?

I am 45 and just got engaged and we are planning to marry in December this year. I need to loose the extra 20 lbs I put on in the last 3 years. I just started going to the gym but I have noticed that since I turned 42 my metabolism has really slowed down. What is the best weight lose program that will have the desired results by the first week in December for a woman over 40.

Need some advise
Melody [via Ask Questions]

Congratulations on your engagement! Let’s break this down and see if your goal of losing 20 pounds in 2 months is actually doable. You have a little over 2 months (or 8 weeks) to lose 20 pounds.

Losing about 2 pounds a week is considered safe and effective way to lose weight. 8 (weeks) x 2 (lbs) = 16 lbs, which puts you pretty close to your goal of 20 pounds. You’re a little short but that is okay, I will deal with it in a second.

The best weight loss program. The best weight loss program is the one that works for you. Having said that, to lose weight you need to reduce your daily calorie intake and increase the amount of calories you expand.

In addition, depending on your body type, you may benefit from reducing your carbohydrate consumption. The basics are outlined here, but here is what you need to do:

1. Estimate your daily calorie consumption.

2. Reduce your daily calorie consumption by 300 calories for the first 4 days of dieting, and then cut 200 more calories, which brings you to a total of 500 calories that you need to cut from your diet by end of the first week of dieting.

3. Start walking. Usually, you would need to walk for at least 30 minutes a day three times a week – but since you could be about 4 pounds short of your weight loss goal – walk five times a week.

4. Carbs. Regardless of your body type, I believe that keeping carbs under control helps in a weight-loss department. It does not mean you need to do Atkins, but if you currently consume 500 grams of carbs a day, you will probably lose weight at a faster rate by consuming around 150/200 grams of carbs.

Check your weight only once a week. If you are not making progress, make some adjustments. Instead of walking for 30 minutes, walk for 45 minutes. Cut 200 more calories from your diet, but do not ever go lower than 1,600 calories.

Do not over-exercise. It is not going to help you lose weight faster and can actually slow down your metabolism. Always take 2 days off from exercise.

Last but definitely not least, always consult with your doctor prior to changing your diet and starting an exercise program.

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31 Responses to “How Can I Lose 20 pounds In 2 Months?”

  1. Katie Says:

    Im katie I weight 167 And I want to lose 20 pounds in 2 months before my boyfriend gets back from vacay what should I do?

  2. SW Says:

    Hi katie, I am where you are. I’m 168 pounds and and want to lose 20-25 pounds in 2 months before my boyfriend gets back from bahrain(he’s in the military) I recently a few months ago went from 170 to 10 in 2 months but all I was doing was exercising 5 days a week on the elipitical, I ate normally. This time I will be working out on weekends as well plus eating more healthier. Thats what I should suggest you do and it will just fall off! Good luck!

  3. Josie Says:

    Hey guys i did 20 pounds in a month simply by cutting back on calories. In the morning I would have bran cereal and a banana in the after noon I would have another banana and a protien shake. In the evening (before 7) I would have a salad with chicken or tuna and brown rice. I also did a lot of aerobics…I really saw the difference by the second week.

  4. Jody Says:

    I am trying to lose 20lbs in 2 months for my cousins wedding. She is getting married on a Cruise Ship and I want to look my best. I enjoy readung about every option and I am going to lower my calorie intake and walk at least 3 times a day for 30min. Any other suggestions to help with my weight loss goal?

  5. baw27 Says:

    Hi I want to lose 25 pounds in 3 months, I have join a gym and will start on Saturday. I am unable to lift weights at this time due to a injure shoulder. My plan is to work out 3-4 days a week, starting out with 30mins and hopefully working my way up to an hour on treadmill. I have cut out red meat and trying to eat right. My biggest problem is I love sun flower seeds and can eat a bag or 2 a day, should I stop doing this. I drink at least 2-3 cups of coffee a day. I guest I need a meal plan, I am doing this for health reason. I weigh about 160lbs and height 5 4. Ideal weight 135

  6. SEP24 Says:

    Hey everyone! I am only fourteen and I am quite overweight at 11 stone, my height being 5″5. You cannot tell the weight is on me, but trust me, it’s there! I want to lose 20 pounds in about 8 weeks, and I have cut my calorie intake down to about 1000 kcal per day. They consist of fat free yogurt for breakfast, maybe with fruit, salad for lunch and some sort of protein for my dinner – BUT if you plan on losing weight, do not go down to only 1000 kcal – my body is used to it since I used to have an eating disorder, but some bodies can’t handle it and might start playing up – you may even add weight. If I were you, I wouldn’t go below 1200 kcal per day and follow it with gentle exercise, helping improve you fitness. Good Luck, and remember, if you are happy with your body, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says, as my grandma quite rightly told me!

  7. Kitten Says:

    Hey Sep24 the lady above just stated that no one should under any circumstances go under 1600 cal and i would definetly follow her advice. Another tip for yall is an eating disorder will NOT get you to a healthy weight. I know I had one when I was in eighth grade because I was extremely chunky but it was to no avail. My advice is to eat things like greek yogurt which is known for being high in protein, avoid things like bannas because they contain too much natural sugar, drink mainly water and milk and also half your plate should be vegetables or fruit. You could try eating off a salad plate to reduce your portions which is a major help. But trust me, if you eat things high in fiber, and protein you will have more energy and be fuller for longer time periods. and always make sure any diet shake you buy isnt all sugar because it only makes you hungrier.

  8. Tina Nguyen Says:

    Hey guys. I am 21 years old and 5’7” in height. I was 145 pound and wanted to lose as much as possible before a trip to China with the boyfriend. I cut back on my rice, went from half bowl the first two weeks then cut it out completely. Stayed away from bread, pop, ice cream (weakness), and cut my coffee addiction to every other day. Drank tons of water. Had a daily competition with my boyfriend. We both drank enough water to make our urine clear and kept it clear. Always ate breakfast, usually cereal with fruit or congee (rice soup). Ate a lot of yogurt and drank tons of orange juice. Ran on my elliptical everyday with a few days missing because of a hectic timetable. Ate whatever my father cooked for dinner, just less than the normal amount. I believe you can eat anything, just lessen the amount. Most important thing for me was waiting at least 3-4 hours after dinner before sleeping. Two months later I am 124 pounds and feel a lot healthier.

  9. Tricia Says:

    Hey everyone!

    I am here because I need to lose 20 pounds. I am 5’3″ so weights adds up fast on me. I am 140 lbs. and my ideal weight is 120. I was 120 most of my life. I lived in Seattle for 6 years, which really helped me keep my wieght (I even got down to 110) due to all the great hiking in the mountains. Well, now I live in Florida, there is no mountain trails! I had a baby 9 months ago and did well after, weighing only 130. Just recently I gained the extra 10lbs. I don’t eat much, I consume around 1,600 calories a day and walk 30 minutes (pushing the stroller) 5 times a week. Along with that I do exercise on demand (yoga, arobics, etc) about 3 times a week. I started doing all that when I noticed I went up to 135 lbs, the sad part is after I started my exercise plan I gained 5 more pounds. I don’t know what happened! My wedding is in 3 months, old friends from high school will be there and I so desperatly want to lose those 20 pounds. I gain everywhere, not just in the hips or belly, but everywhere, including my arms! I sweat every day, I live in Florida and being outside alone causes sweat. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I have thought about protien shakes, but some say not to start if on a diet. I eat well, never eat at fast food. What to do? I’m lost.

  10. Los Says:

    Hi everyone! I am doing a contest at work that has very nice reward for the person who loses the most percentage of body weight. The people i work with are quite a bit bigger than me so they have more to lose. Im following a pretty healthy diet and exercising about 5 days per week. Im 168 lbs, 5ft 8in and would really like to get to 140-145 any ideas or advice?

  11. Amanda P. Says:

    Hello. I am 27 years old and 5’5″ tall. I have a 4 year old son. When I got pregnant, I was 150 lbs. After I gave birth to him, I was 170 lbs. Now 4 years later I am 200 lbs. My husband and I are planning to try for our second child, but I am scared to have another baby at my current weight. I would like to lose 20 lbs in 3 months. What is the best way to do this? Is this a reasonable and safe goal?

  12. Says:

    The best way to lose weight is to find a diet that works for you. If you are not comfortable with a diet, do not use it, it is not going to work long term. As for losing 20 pounds in 3 months, yes, it is possible. In fact, it is reasonable to expect to lose 24 pounds in 3 months (most people can lose around 2 pounds a week or 8 pounds a month), but you need to know how many calories you should consume every day. In addition to following a balanced, non-overly restrictive diet, walk at least three times a week for 30-45 minutes.

  13. didit! Says:

    I did it once, and it was so fast I hardly believed it. I started off with 140 pounds and at the end I was 120 pounds, first I started doing a fun sport that I love which is biking. It worked so much better for me than being trapped inside a boring gym. Anyway, I would go biking for 40 minutes a day on a fast pace and I started eating a lot healthier. Salads, born rice, chicken breast, fish, yogurt crackers, soy milk fruits and veggies. And I drank about eight glasses of cold water every day. I would also eat jello if I had cravings for something sweet and I would give myself one cheating day a week ( on that day I would eat whatever I wanted in one meal- breakfast, lunch or dinner). Anyway, I hope this helps and gives inspiration to you all.

  14. Michelle Says:

    Hi I’m Michelle. I was 120 lbs in the 7th grade. And guess what? Now I’m 147. How did I do that? I was depressed and FOOD was the only way for me to get comfort. I’m a fat pretty girl and that’s why I’ve never had a boyfriend. I tried not to eat one day and i did it but i had to eat dinner in front of my family. BUT most of that day I just worked out. I can’t live my life like this. PLEASE HELP ME. I’ve been doing hard core workouts for 30 minutes a day. I work out and work out and nothing changes. Since I’m a girl, you know near the arms and your armpits i have fat hanging out from there and i can’t even wear a shirt that shows my arms. HELP please I’m desperate. I NEED to be 130 to 120 lbs by the end of 2 to maybe 3 months.

  15. Stephanie Says:

    Michelle, I know how you feel EXACTLY. When I was in 7th grade, I ate very little and ended up going from 118 to 100 in a couple of weeks. In addition I ran a mile in the morning after school before dinner and before bed. Towards the end of the year I got lazy and by the end of that summer i weighed 118 lbs. Now it’s almost March and my weight is 126 poundsa. I’m 5’3″. I have never weighed so much and I feel desperate. I try to diet but (as gross as this sounds) I really do love food and I find it almost impossible to resist the temptation. How I lost weight VERY QUICKLY? Last time, I didn’t starve myself but I ate 3 apples a day (breakfast: 1 apple; snack: half apple, lunch:1 apple, snack half apple) and then I ate with my mom. She made dinner and I told her that I hated rice or I was losing weight so not to serve it to me. My body thought I was eating a lot so my metabolism shot up, my caloric intake was low my exercise level was high and the pounds were just torn off my body leaving me three inches thinner around my waist a month and a half later. I wouldn’t recommend this because you can only keep it up for so long and you will end up regaining like I did. AND IF ANYONE HAS ANY MOTIVATIONAL TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS, HELP ME i need them.

  16. Hannah25 Says:

    I am concerned for some of the girls on here who are not losing weight the right way. I have been down the eating disorder road and I can tell you it is not a fun one to be on or an easy one to get off of. I lost about 30 pounds in a month and I was hospitalized for a week because of my health. Most women are very self conscious of their body and believe me I understand this just as well or more than any of you..I just do not want any of you to be miserable so I feel like I should share some tips with you. I am 21 years old and at the time of my eating disorder I was 18. I am 5’9 and I weighed around 160. I have always been athletic and when sports were over in after high school I stopped exercising and started partying which was the cause of weight gain. This made me freak out of course and I started eating about 200-400 calories a day and working out for at least 2 hours a day. Not to mention I would throw up after that small amount of food was consumed. I am hear to tell you that I had never been so miserable in my life than I was at that time. After going to the hospital and feeling so awful I knew that I had to change for the better. I have been so much happier since! If you truly want to lose weight than do it at a normal pace. I know that being patient is a learned virtue but it really does pay off in the end. My weight stays around 140 now which is great for my height. It is not super skinny but no where near overweight either. Not to mention men really do love curves on women that’s what makes us sexy! So, here are a few tips that I try to follow.

    1. Drink water and green tea! Never drink calories! These are just unnecessary and will typically have too much sugar in it which is what we are trying to avoid. Ice water actually burns calories trying to heat your body up and green tea has antioxidants and supplies your body with the perfect amount of energy.

    2. Exercise, but don’t overdo it! Start off slow or you will want to quit. Walking is perfect to start off with..and hey if you are too busy or don’t feel like exercising that day then DON’T. Yep, do not try to kill yourself or over-exhaust yourself losing weight or you will get burnt out and not want to do it anymore. Once walking becomes easy as pie and you have shed a few pounds, then bump it up to an elliptical or a jog. Just make sure you go at your own pace. Following sprinters or marathon workouts that are in magazines or online are a no-no. These women are pros for God’s sake and not to mention most are underweight!

    3. Stop weighing yourself so much! Hey, I get curious too. But you have to realize that your body weight will fluctuate because of water and sodium levels. You could eat amazing all day and have the perfect workout and the next morning the scale says you have gained 2 pounds. Things like this will make you want to give up! That is why you should only weigh yourself once a week or less! Afterall, you will be able to tell if you are losing weight because your clothes will be looser and you will feel so much more healthy.

    4. Yes, unfortunately you do have to cut calories to lose weight. If you typically eat 3,000 calories a day because you are overweight, stressed, use to this, whatever the case, do not suddenly start eating 1,500 calories a day because a magazine or friend tells you to. Try to eat 2,600 calories the first week, then 2,200 the next week and try to cut down to somewhere in between 1,400-1,800 calories, whatever suits you best.

    5. If you are hungry, then eat! But make sure you are actually hungry. Post a note on your refrigerator or even a picture of how you would like to look (not a runway model) and see if this will make you rethink if you are actually hungry or just bored, depressed, angry, etc.

    6. Eat fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, brown rice, whole wheat, yogurt, cottage cheese, turkey, protein bars, protein shakes, fruit smoothies, nuts. You want to make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet so that your digestive system is responding to the new eating plan okay. I would not recommend diet pills because they can make people agitated and shakey. However, green tea diet pills are all natural and if you don’t like to drink a lot of green tea then these are very easy to take in the morning. Also, take vitamins! It is hard to keep track of what we are eating everyday and most of us don’t have the time to check labels all the time to see if we took in our recommended calcium, but by taking vitamins this cuts out another problem!

    7. Don’t forget to give yourself treats. I know how it is to miss your favorite foods and dream about them when on a diet. It is the WORST feeling in the world. I always allow myself a small portion of something “good” throughout the day so that I don’t go crazy. Whether it is a cup of vanilla ice cream or a spoonful of peanut butter. Don’t go crazy with your favorite foods but do not neglect them either! And I most definitely believe in a cheat meal in the week! The best time would be a friday or saturday night when you are out with friends! Do not take an entire cheat day because this will result in you feeling sick or tired and is not good for your body when it is use to the healthy eating.

    Anyway, even if this helps only one person, than I will still think it is worthwhile. I am no expert or a doctor, but I have been down the unhealthy road and I remember how worthless and depressed I was and do not want anyone to feel this way! You will be surprised how fast weight actually falls off when you stick with it and do it the right way.

  17. Leslie Says:

    I’m trying to lose twenty pounds in ten weeks. I’m 40 years old and currently weigh 140. My starting weight was 147 and after two weeks I’m down 7 pounds. No doubt some of this was water weight so I expect it will start to level off this week. There are a few things I’ve done that have really helped me stay on course during those weak moments:

    1. When I get tired of drinking water I try to mix it up a bit by either adding slices of lemon, cucumber or lime to make it more interesting. I’m trying to keep it natural and so try to stay away from Crytal Light, etc.

    2. I agree that lowering carb intake might make my weight loss faster, but my problem is that carbs are what makes me feel satisfied, so instead I’m trying to avoid all refined carbs, i.e., white bread, white rice and eat whole grain oatmeal or whole grain cereal for breakfast and then a sandwich with veggies and some sliced turkey on whole grain/high fiber bread at lunch. Mustard and hot sauce are great low/no-cal flavourings.

    3. I try to go for an hour walk right at noon. This pushes back lunch ’til 1 or 1:30 which gets me closer to dinner without excessive snacking.

    4. I have a piece of fruit for an afternoon snack – the sweetness is a great pick-me-up.

    5. Dinner is salad, veggies, protein (generally chicken) and lower-glycemic carbs (like sweet potato vs white potatoes). I try not to eat after 7pm and if I crave something I have a cup of hot herbal tea, like Mango Passionfruit, Ginger Peach or Acai. Stash Tea has some really yummy flavours that are actually satisfying. They have a Creme Caramel tea that is really great!

    6. If I really need a sweet, a Rolo will usually do the trick. (Not sure if you have Rolos everywhere, but we have them in Canada. I think any chocolate/caramel bite size chocolate would be similar).

    7. There is a fantastic book by Marianne Williamson called ‘A Course in Weight Loss’. It’s excellent to pick up and just read a couple of excerpts from when I’m discouraged. Hope this helps!

  18. Abby Says:

    Hey yall! I’m in the same situation yall are in. I’m 5’2 and my weight ranges between 160 and 165. I would absolutely love to be between 120 and 130. I really want to lose 20 pounds since it’s almost summer. I’ve never been a skinny girl at all. The only time I ever lost weight was when I got sick and very depressed so i just completely lost my appetite. I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks. I kept it off for a while. It’s been 2 years since then and now in back to the size I was before. I’ve always been self conscious about my weight. I feel gross when I take off my clothes and look in the mirror. I’m still in high school and sometimes people will say stuff me about gaining my weight back, and it REALLY bothers me. I would love it if someone could give me some great diet tips. I’m kinda desperate. So PLEASE help me!

  19. Ashley Says:

    I am 18 years old and last year I had graduated and so I stopped playing sports. I was always the athletic type and ate how I wanted. I have adhd so the medicine was helping me lose weight. But now that I dont take it all the time and that I am not playing sports I have gained atleast 20-25 ponds I weigh like 152 and I am only 5’2 so it really shows on me. I really try to eat healthy and watch what i eat. I work out some. But it seems like nothing is helping. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?!!! Thanks!

  20. yummy Says:

    Hey guys! I’m in the EXACT same position. I currently weigh about 170 pounds, 5’4″ and want to lose about 20 pounds. I have been told I have a lot of muscle mass, which is fine by me. I lost about 30 pounds 2 years ago by exercising everyday on my DDR and elliptical. That was in the summer. I am a much more busier person, and when I do find the time to exercise, I will not find that time later in the week. I am also a person who loves to eat, and since my parents LOVE to bring home cakes and sweets for my brothers, I simply can’t resist. I have gone through phases to lose the weight by fad diets, and those were a complete fail. Now that my school year is almost finished, and I really don’t have to worry about my school work, I am more focused. Please help! My current plan right now is to cut off all the junk food I eat, no soda, and drink a lot of water. Anybody know any good, effective exercises? Thanks! and good luck to all of you! :)

  21. busybee Says:

    Hey guys, all your goals seem really good! I’m in my early twenties 5’7 and currently weigh about 155, last year after winter I weighed the same then summer came I ran everyday for an hour. I also kept a note pad in my purse to write down everything I ate a day. That keeps you focused knowing what your eating and didn’t drink anything but water! Why use the calories on liquid! I lost 15 pounds in a month and kept it up easily. Now after winter let myself go again haha but I’m positive that I can get shed my winter fat once again!

  22. glossyberry Says:

    Hello, I am 20 years old and I recently gained 20 lbs. I’ve never been a super skinny girl and my weight fluctuates. But lately I’ve been eating a lot. I’ve developed an eating disorder. I binge eat until my stomach hurts, then try to throw up everything i just ate. I know I have a problem. I don’t know what to do anymore. I want to lose the weight. I don’t even see my friends anymore because of my problem or because I think they will say something about my weight gain. Please help!

  23. Jessica Says:

    Hannah25, I can confirm you helped at least one person, me. I feel so grossed out in my own skin. I weigh 185 pounds and I’m only 5’5″. It’s the worst feeling in the world, I try dieting but ugh it just doesn’t stick. Its really depressing being 16 and already struggling with my weight and self esteem.

  24. Missy Says:

    Hello my name is Missy, i am 19 years old and this is my weight loss story. I started out weighing 142lbs at 5’1″ i felt horrible about myself i had no confidence and i was depressed that i would never get the extra weight off. Then i decided the time was now i dint want to keep stuffing my face full of cakes and pizza to make myself feel better i was gonna take control and try to lead a healthy lifestyle. So i made a journal of all the reasons i wanted to lose weight and a journal of how i was gonna lose weight. I made a 6 week plan for myself and then went grocery shopping and baught stuff for salads lots of fruits and veggies and fish and white meat chicken. I cut out all drinks from my diet except for water and tea, as well as my 1 cup of coffee in the morning, i cut down to 1300 calories a day. I baught a hip hop abs dvd called total body burn and did that once a day 6 days a week. i also began to jog 30 minutes a day 6 days a week i just put my daughter in the stroller and go!! i would weigh myself every friday first thing in the morning and would write in my journal my weight and how much i lost. I would lose 2-3 pounds every week and started to h=get super excited 4 weeks in i ate a cupcake which is fine to have 1 day a week but then i ate another and another then i felt discouraged and wanted to give up. but i didn’t i woke up the next morning and just excersied a little harder and ate very healthy and just kept it up and finally the 6 weeks was up and i stepped on the scale and was exstatic when it read 123lbs! cuz i had lost 19lbs in 6 weeks! all my hard work had payed off. I decided if i could lose 19 lbs in 6 weeks how much more can i lose. so now three weeks later i weight 119lbs i lost another 4 lbs in just 3 weeks! so if i can do it anyone could do it i am no longer depressed im excited about life,i feel great about myself and i have so much energy now i can play outside with my daughter for hours without feeling slugish or tired!

  25. JanelleMarie Says:

    Hey everyone:) I am 5’4″ and weigh 150 pounds. I have never been “skinny” per say but i guess I am just normal. But I would like to be a healthy skinny. I want to lose 20 pounds in 2 months, right before college starts back up. I ate healthy for 9days straight, intaking about 1300-1400 cal and exercised everyday for 2 1/2 hours. I ended up wearing myself out and its now been a WEEK since I have eaten excessive bad food everyday and have only exercised once this week. I am starting back up again this Monday but the trick I noticed I used was that everytime I looked in the mirror, even if I wasn’t happy with it because it was only the first couple days and couldn’t see a change, was that I told myself that God created me beautiful. He created ALL of us BEAUTIFUL. And yes He does want us to be healthy. But putting yourself down actually makes it harder to believe in yourself and lose the weight you want to be healthy. So EXERCISE and EAT FOR ENERGY, not for comfort. You can’t do either one or the other, you need both to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lose weight in an effective, safe way. But most of all stay POSITIVE. Anyone can lose weight. It’s all mental. And that bad food you want, will just add to your hips just for a sweet moment on the lips. So don’t give in! We got this.

  26. Hugo Says:

    Hallo everyone, I have been struggling with water retention. I drank waterpills for 4 years after a pharmacist first gave it to me because I complained about a bloated stomach just after I ate. I found out now that it was not a water problem but rather a sensitivity to wheat. I stopped using the waterpills 3 months ago and I have been eating very very healthy. I have cut out all wheat, eggs, red meat, yeast and diary for the last 4 weeks. I eat gluten free breakfast mix with linseed, sunflower seeds, cranberries and fruit juice in the mornings. I eat dried fruit and soup for a snack. Chicken breast with salad in the afternoon and Soup or vegetables in the evening. i have not lost weight at all. I am still so frustrated, because I have picked up about 13kg’s after stopping my waterpills and even gyming 5-6 times a week first thing in the morning is not working. Can someone please try to give me advice> I would really appreciate it. you know when you try to stay positive and work really hard bur nothing happens? Well that is where i am at.

  27. Gini28 Says:

    I lost 20 lbs in 2 months by drinking lots of water (2gal) per day; kefir smoothie (kefir, frozen berries, banana) for breakfast and dinner. For lunch, green salad with fresh veggies and baked chicken with vinegar, no oil. For in between meals, three snacks of raw fruit or veggies with no dip. Hot green tea before bed. Walking 45 min a day 5 days a week. It was very hard, but i did it. Good luck to everyone! Weigh yourself only once a week! I went from 140 to 120. I look great and feel awesome!!! My youngest is 5 months and i am breastfeeding. Hope this helps..

  28. J Says:

    i think the best way to lose weight is eating healthy, i personally do weight watchers and then have 1 cheat day meaning one splurge meal, not all 3 meals, and jogging for 40 minutes, 5 days a week (with a few walking breaks, so i guess more of a walk jog) and doing zumba or spin class on the off days…its also helped me to sign up for 5k races in the community….for all you high school people that are trying to lose weight in a healthy way…sign up for cross country at your school, it will be the best thing that you have ever done and it will give you that discipline you need, and running can help curb your appetite. The best thing is to know, wow i can run 3 miles, or 7 miles, or 10 miles…obviously you have to work hard and condition to get there, but you can do it…i couldn’t even jog .8 of a mile, and now i’m up to 4 miles. Another good thing is to get a subscription of runners world magazine, it gives awesome tips and recipes when getting ready for races

  29. CiCi Says:

    I am 22 years old, 5 ft. 2 in., and 145 lbs. I want to lose weight before I go on a cruise with my husband for our 1 Anniversary. My goal is to look sexier and to have a more toned body. Our trip is in late February and I am worried that I cannot lose 20 lbs by then. I belly dance, do Yoga stretches, and I am adding cardio workouts to my regiment. Is there any advice that might be helpful for me since I prefer dancing over repetitive movements. Thanks.

  30. Ezmerelda Says:

    I am 24, weigh 140 lbs, am 5 ft 10. I’m trying to gain 5 pounds. I eat lots of grilled fish, chicken, beef, vegetables (steamed and raw), fruits (never frozen) – with dollops of freshly whipped cream. I also loooove basmati rice and eat lots of that. Sometimes I have potatoes with some sweet cream Irish or French butter and a dash of sea salt. I drink ginger ale with natural brown sugar, green tea, and an occasional glass of wine. For dessert I like luxemburgerli from spruengli, especially the cappuccino or champagne flavored. I also like anything creme … creme fraiche to craime brulee. And of course there is the old standby, which is belgian pralines followed by some basler laeckerli moevenipick super premiusm swiss ice cream. And I just can’t get that weight on! help!

  31. Sara Says:

    Hey guys, I know I’ll get alot of disagreements, but my mother did the HCG diet last year and she lost 16lbs in one month. The diet is highly restrictive at only 500 calories a day, but the HCG keeps you from being hungry and also keeps you from losing muscle. She got it from her doctor. She has kept the weight off and is actually 2lbs lighter than her goal weight. I was super skeptical when she bought it (around $100), and I told her the only way to do it was through a program like Weight Watchers. But, it worked for her. She gave me her second bottle of it, and I just started it 4 days ago. I lost 5lbs already, but am still skeptical because that could just be water weight. But, time will tell. I am 5’2 and would like to weigh 125. Right now I’m 153. I’m not saying this diet is the way to go, and there are alot of sites out there that sell fake products. I learned that homeopathic HCG is fake. Has to be real.

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