What is the best diet program for men and women out there?

John asks…

What is the best diet program for men and women out there?

I’m talking about a program like the 90 day workout, things like that. There are a lot of them on the market today. I was wondering which one actually works, for both men and women. (it can be separate programs). I want to get one for my fiance when my taxes get here and one for myself after I have my baby in March. This is one that I found for both men and women. How to Get A Six Pack And Lose Belly Fat Fast I’m not sure if this or any program works simply because I have not tried any. But me exercising alone doesn’t leave me with the results I want. Sure I lose a ton of weight but I want to be trim all over. I want to have endurance. Please let me know of something that is able to work all the muscles, and not create any bulges.

Author answers:

Man and women should follow the same rules for diet and exercise. Don’t worry about special programs- it can be much simpler than that. The programs usually aren’t sustainable and the diet industry doesn’t want them to be. They make money out of you having to come back and try something else, right? 😉

Losing 1-2lbs a week is the best way to go. This way, you are losing mostly fat, rather than water and muscle. Faster weight loss is not better, nor is it sustainable.

Diet should be what you look at first for weight loss- this is what will enable you to drop fat. Try a balanced diet made up of mostly natural whole foods, with high protein, moderate carbs and moderate fats.

You need to know how many calories you burn- you can use an online calculator for a rough estimate. Aim for 10-20% calories fewer than you burn daily (too large a deficit will be counterproductive in the longer term).

Don’t worry about complicated diets or cutting things out. You can enjoy anything in moderation, as long as the majority of your diet is healthy.

Base your meals around:

Lean protein (e.g. Chicken, tuna, lean beef, fat-free cottage cheese, egg whites)
Wholegrains (e.g. Wholewheat bread, oats, bran cereals, rice)
Healthy fats (e.g. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado, salmon, whole eggs, flaxseed)
Fruit and veg

And drink lots of water.

Second in importance to diet, is heavy resistance training- this is what will allow you to preserve muscle so you look ‘toned’ and defined once you’ve dropped the fat (rather than just a smaller version of how you look now, with the same bits you’re unhappy with). More muscle also means a higher metabolism, so you definitely want to hold on to, or increase the muscle base you have, for fat loss.

You need to work ALL your major muscle groups- you can’t spot reduce.

Try three full body workouts a week, or an upper/lower split four times a week to start off with. Focus on compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, pull ups, rows, bench press and overhead press.

Then you can look at extras like cardio to help create a calorie deficit. But cardio is by far the least important of these three, and you can lose fat effectively without it.

Make sure you’re getting at least one rest day a week with no exercise at all.

Focus on losing inches/dress sizes rather than actual scale weight- it’s how slim you look that matters, not how little you weigh.

George asks…

How much weight should I lose? Do you have any tips on how to lose weight fast?

I am 16 years old and have gained a lot of weight recently- I am talking like 25 pounds in two months. I am 5’7 and 175 lbs now. I now how a “hard” belly and a fat woman ass and very big thighs. I used to be able to fit in 30×31 jeans and I now barely fit in 34 sized jeans. Please tell me an ultimate goal for my weight loss. What are some healthy breakfasts that I can eat before school and some good lunches? What is a good calorie number for the day? What is a good workout plan? Can I have a flat belly by June?

Author answers:

I am 18 years old, and in almost the exact situation. I am 5’6″ tall, and 179.4 lbs. A little over 4 weeks ago I was 186.6 lbs. I lost 7.2 pounds in a little over a month. My ultimate weight loss goal is 135 lbs. Maybe you should aim for 140 lbs.

Healthy breakfast: I love oatmeal with fresh bananas or blueberries mixed in. Or, if you are in a rush, grab a protein bar and a piece of fruit or cheese (or both if you’re hungry).

Lunches: I like to pack my lunch. I eat a lot of tuna on potato rolls (w/o mayo or any condiment ( mustard if you’d like). I also love sandwiches. Meat, cheese, light mayo on WHOLE WHEAT bread is a great lunch. I always have 3 extras (at least) with my lunch. I normally have chips and some sort of fruit, and a dessert of some kind.

For most of my food, I track my calories on an online journal. Caloriecount.about.com is my favorite site for that.

Working out: Just do cardio (anything that gets your heart rate up and you sweating) for 30 minutes each day. I love this one program “Couch to 5k” Its a great program to start running with. It seems difficult at first, but you really get into it.

Yes, I think you could have a flat belly by June if you really try.

Mary asks…

My friends love me fat, both men and women. Where is the motivation to ever lose the weight I gained?

I used to be 117 and 5′ 7″ and now at 32 somehow and by some means I gained 40 pounds in the last 2 years.

All my girlfriends long ago gained to the mid 150s up to 225 and just love that I pretty much lost my thin figure so fast.

I used to teach aerobics but I quit it and went to college. Ironic, huh?

Men simply pay far more attention to me by far now that I have a butt and a slightly jiggly belly.

What they dont know is I keep gaining and I have no control over it. I have gotten pretty lazy and enjoy this new read and study lifestyle. Plus I have made a hobby of cooking for myself all the foods I denied myself for years.

Being pudgy is completely new to me since I have never been one ounce overweight my whole life till 2 years ago.

It was hard and took a long time for me to gain my first few pounds. I was one of those that could eat anything I wanted and not gain. But, once I started to gain, its started to come easily. Does anyone think I might stop gaining?
I have to admit I do like gaining weight in an odd way. Its just so amazing watching my body change.

Author answers:

Of course you gained weight!
You’ve gone from denying yourself certain foods to eating them when you want. In other words, you eat normally now.
You’ve quit getting as much exercise. If you were teaching aerobics you were working out multiple times a week perhaps even 3 or more hours every day.
You are now over 30. You are getting older and weight gain is easier the older you get.

Chances are you won’t gain much more weight as bodies have a certain range they stay within. In one study most people were not able to gain more than about 40 lbs, even if they tried to gain more their bodies just stop.

But in any event at 5’7″ and 157 [ BMI 24.3 in the normal range]you are still not overweight and men now give you more attention because you are no longer underweight [BMI of 18.3 underweight 5’7″ 117]. Men as a general rule like women to have curves.

If you like your body, your friends like your body and you are happy then don’t worry. Though it probably wouldn’t hurt to get some exercise every day, you’ll feel better for that even if you don’t lose an ounce.

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Your Questions About : Teenage Diets

Ken asks…

Can someone please give me some “realistic” dieting tips?

My main trouble is carbs. They are my biggest weakness. I need to replace them. Also can I have some realistic dieting tips to help spur me on and how do you find it to keep your willpower up? I’m ok on exercise as I have joined my work’s gym. I want to eat right but not get hungry so I snack. Please help me and any constructive advice is appreciated.
thank you so much all of you for helping me!! you all gave realistic advice then and I will find it impossible to choose a best answer. I like thr ice cake idea and the water one. I will drink a glass of water before every meal now and need to cut down on my coffees. also the protein idea and all the ideas to do with snakcing you are spot on. thank you all and if anyone has anything else to add just go ahead. i could use all the help i can get!!! thanks and i have so much weight to lose! wish me luck!
also ignore the typos in my added details. replied too quick :S

Author answers:

I AM not a specialist in this but drink water it fills you up does not have any calories.
The body is mostly made up of water and cut out or only have 4/5 cups coffee as it is not good for you so my dietitian has told me. I drink 4/5 pints yes of water a day.
Take a least one glass water before every meal . Good luck

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Lose weight in 2 weeks

Lisa asks…

what is an easy way to lose weight in 2 weeks?

i have a little over 2 weeks to lose up to 10 pounds. im 14 and heard that sit ups are useless. are they? and any other info about weight loss i would really appreciate:) also: its mostly in the stomach area that i need weight loss in.

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1 Dietary control and exercise. It’s true what they say – all you need to do is watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple. You can quit reading this list now, you now know everything you need to know and didn’t need to fork over $500 for the privilege of me telling you the secret of losing weight. You don’t need to read a 4,000 page book, you don’t have to buy a tape series, you don’t need to stay up late at night to watch infomercials to understand this basic premise. It’s 100% true.

2 Change your lifestyle. If you’re calling this a “diet,” then you’re going to gain all the weight back (and more) within a few months of losing it. Diets do not work. Diets are temporary. When you change your dietary lifestyle, however, you’re changing your habits – and you’re putting yourself on track for long-term / continued success and weight maintenance. Don’t ever tell anybody you’re on a diet – ever. I’m speaking from experience, here – a reformed low-carber. Worked out well for a while, but ultimately failed because my entire lifestyle didn’t change (permanently).

3 Join an online support group. In my case, I created my own – FatBlasters. It’s essential that you not feel alone, and reaching out to friends (new or old) is typically a smart move. I just heard about PeetTrainer, but didn’t know about it when I began down the road to weight loss. You have to know that others are out there for moral support – they know things that you couldn’t possibly know, and they’ve probably been “in your shoes” at some point in the past (or present). Share stories, laughter, tears, successes, and failures – share them. There are thousands of communities out there, so keep looking until you find the one that fits you.

4 Take before and after photos. I know it sucks to see yourself as a chunky monkey (sorry, that’s what I called myself – if only to get myself motivated to meet my weight loss goal). However, there’s no easier way to illustrate your progress. The “after” photos are far more fun to capture and share, admittedly. Find yourself on Flickr! It’s good to see yourself how others see you. Do you like how you look? In many ways, Flickr helped me lose weight.

5 Hire a substitute teacher. Don’t reach for the brands you know and love immediately – or without thinking first. Eggs are “good” for you, but consider using egg substitutes instead (in fact, many restaurants will let you order lower calorie foods). There are countless “lower” alternatives for you to try. If something different doesn’t taste good, by all means – find a better substitute, or eat less of the original. In some cases, the substitute may be worse for you than the regular version of the product. The good news is, healthier choices are silently replacing their “normal” counterparts – and they taste just as nice.

6 Start reading labels. I know it sucks, but you have to do it – and there’s no way to avoid this tip. If you don’t know what you’re putting in your mouth, you’re flying blind. Don’t assume, either – triple-check the ingredients list and serving sizes. You must rely on yourself for this; nobody else is going to be able to lose the weight or do the math for you. It’s not that complicated a task, but it will require effort. If nothing else, just pay attention to the calorie count.

7 What’s so funny about bovines? If you like cheese, you must buy the Laughing Cow brand, and keep several of the suckers in stock at all times. The individually-wrapped wedges make for excellent snacks, and are wonderful when melted over just about anything edible. I’d be careful about straight-up American cheese, though – it’s oil, but not necessarily as good for you as (say) a slice of cheddar would be. I have yet to find something as calorie-light and filling as Laughing Cow (I don’t know how they do it).

8 Tell your family. You’re not going to lose the weight alone, even if you ARE alone in losing the weight. If you’ve got a family at home, talk to them about it – initially, not incessantly. Let them know what you’re going to do, and that you want (and need) their support. If you don’t let them know, you’re running the risk of them inadvertently sabotaging your efforts. You want them to help you get to your goal(s). You want them to share in your happiness when you’ve made it past a certain mark. Who knows? Maybe some of your new habits will rub off on them and they’ll become healthier people, too?

Mary asks…

How can I slim down in 2 weeks? Not lose weight as such, but be smaller!?

I’m in a fashion show in 2 weeks time (for charity) and I’m worried I won’t fit in the dress they’ve picked! It’s for the bridal section. It’s a wedding dress (really) with a boned corset top. It was very tight when I first tried it and unfortunately I’m one of those people whose weight fluctuates quite a lot. I could do with losing 2-3 inches+ from my stomach/waist in 2 weeks.

A friend had suggested the “juicing diet” but will this work for me? I don’t need to lose weight, just inches. I don’t want the kind of diet that will take the weight straight off my breasts as that isn’t going to help me!

Thank you!
By not wanting to lose weight but lose inches, I mean I’m looking for ways to stop bloating, water retention, etc. Not looking for a lecture on how I should have known about this weeks ago! (Which actually, I didn’t.) I found out last week and have bad hormones that make me bloat and retain water. But thanks.

And a genuine thank you to everyone else!

admin answers:

Still isn’t healthy, no matter how you look at it, but the best thing you can do to drop five to ten pounds or so, (two or three inches is a lot), is a mild diuretic added to your diet SHORT TERM. Leek broth, (buy leeks, cook them down, drink the broth, eat the leeks) works wonders for french women! Basically, don’t stop drinking water because this will actually make you retain more, but pulling the excess water out of your system and reducing inflammation in your body is the quick fix you’re looking for. Look into the Percone Promise. Great book and a healthier process. Good luck with that dress, and just promise that you’ll eat after!

Carol asks…

How to lose weight in 2 weeks?

i really dont want to hear how unhealthy it is cause i already know i just would like a way to lose 15 to 20 pounds of fat in 2 weeks. Also what is the most weight you have lost in 2 weeks?

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I would try this workout. At the same time you will be gaining muscule and burning fat. So its awesome.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Two 5 pounds weights.
* means one 5 pound weight in each hand.

If you don’t have two 5 pound weights try using water bottles full of water.

Workout:
Stretch
*20 Bench Press x3
20 squats x3
*20 side arm lifts x3
20 crunches x3
20 push-ups x3
*20 lunges x3
20 leg lifts x3
Walk for 30 mins
Stretch

Stretching before your workout helps you not to pull a muscule during your workout.

Stretching after your workout helps you not be AS sore afterward.

I try to do this everyday, but I’m sure you would get results doing this only 2-4 days a week. I recomend everyday.

Eat 1500 calories a day and drink 8 glasses of water daily.

You will lose weight and tone up!

I’ve lost 6 pounds and I’ve only been doing it for a week!

You can do it! I know you can!

You will be sore. And it will hurt but you can do it.

Don’t be scared to add more excercises of more reps.

Hope this works for you!

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Tips on losing weight FAST

David asks…

Tips on losing weight FAST without regard to health?

I need to lose 15 lbs fast. I don’t care if I put it back on within a few weeks, that isn’t my concern. I don’t care if what I do is detrimental to my health, this is something I won’t be doing any other time again in my life. I just need tips for losing weight incredibly fast. Thanks.

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I advise you to drink green tea 1-3 glasses per day
green tea speeds up your metabolism
drink lots and lots of water 8 glasses each day.
Do not snack
do not drink soda
go on the half off diet only eat half of what you would usually eat and give or throw the rest away
if you are really hungry and you’ve had all your daily meals snack on fruits ( oranges, apples, bananas )
exercise more try and run for at least 30 minutes a day
get more active
get more sleep it prepares your body
stretch, yes it works and it doesn’t just help you lose weight it helps with you’re growing to make you a little taller
count your calories try to stay under the amount of 1300 calories per day
change you’re lifestyle it makes a difference
do not eat candy or chips eat more greens or protein bars
avoid fast food and cut out fried food when you cook your meal oven cook your food do not fry it
chew gum because when you chew gum you do not pick at food for example if theres some chips in you’re cupboard you go to them a think good damn they look good then you would say no i cant pick at them because i dont wanna throw my gum away
do not eat after 6pm because before 6pm you can burn all you’re food off and if you eat after six it will lay on you’re stomach as you eat.
Do not eat before you go to sleep
drink a glass of water before you go to sleep
eat spicy food, if you can because it speeds up you’re metabolism
do not weigh you’re self everyday because it torments you,weight you’re self once a week ( every Monday )
good luck!

Or you can google 3 day american heart association and it gives you step by step what to eat and drink it also says you can lose 10 lbs. In 3 days!

Charles asks…

Does anyone have any easy or fast tips to losing weight?

Okay.
Does anyone have any easy or fast tips to losing weight?
I really want real answers.
I know that I should exercise but is there ways so I won’t be so exhausted. Do you get what I mean?

Are there any healthy diets?
If so can you give me some?

admin answers:

It’s easy and free!

Drink more water… You can use a water bottle and refill it through out the day. But drink about 4-6 bottles of water during the day
this will keep you hydrated, full and flush out your system

no fast food, boxed food (freezer food that comes in a box), or junk food, soda and candy. OK, you can have some, just not everyday!

If you cook meals at home do that instead of buying meals. Use fresh ingredients. It’s cheaper and healthier.

Run a few times a week. Even 10-15min every other day of easy jogging.

Easy!

Thomas asks…

Does anyone have good tips on losing weight fast?

I’ve always had a problem with weight and i really need to lost at 30 pounds before the new year because i have to have a surgery and the doctor won’t do it until i’m in shape. I need any tips that you can give me.

admin answers:

Get ready to lose 10 pounds! By paying attention to the amount of food you eat, eliminating unnecessary sugar and fat from your foods and making sure you include absolutely delicious meals and snacks to keep your taste buds happy.

Use this easy-to-follow and super healthy diet plan to lose the first 10, the last 10, or any 10 in between! Because it’s a balanced and flexible program, you can stay on this diet as long as it takes.

Top Fast Diet Secrets

1 – Keep track of everything you eat and drink. No need to estimate calories – just write down the type of food or beverage and the amount.

2 – Cut your fat intake in half, which means half as much margarine or butter on toast, vegetables and your muffin, half the mayonnaise on your sandwich, and half the oil in the pan when you sauté foods. You get the idea!

3 – Limit the sugar treats to three times per week maximum.
Include good sources of protein at meal, chicken, fish, legumes, peanut, cottage cheese, eggs or yogurt.

4 – Eat at least one meatless lunch and dinner each week to reduce fat, increase fiber, and get yourself into the habit of building meals around whole grains, beans and vegetables.

5 – If you’re not currently using skim milk, go down to the level of fat content in the milk you use. For example, if you currently use two percent, use only one percent. If you insist on whole milk, try two percent.

6 – Eat at least two servings of fresh fruit every day. Choose whatever type of fruit is in season.

7 – Instead of fruit juice for breakfast or snack, drink water. Add a slice of lemon or lime for zest.

8 – Include two servings of vegetables with lunch and dinner, for a total of at least four servings per day.

9 – Choose one to two servings of foods made from whole grains with every meal.

10 – Shut off the TV whenever you eat – that includes meals and snacks. Studies show that we automatically eat larger portions when we snack in front of the tube, and typically those foods are high in fat and sugar, which means excess calories!

11 – Choose calories you can chew – that means only calorie-free beverages (except for milk) Sodas are loaded with empty calories, and fruit juices provide less fiber and vitamins per calorie than the fruit they’re made from.

12 – Plan ahead for meals and snacks so you know exactly what you plan to eat. Last-minute choice tends to be higher in calories and lower in satisfaction.

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How to lose weight quick and easy?

Ruth asks…

What is a safe way to lose weight quick while ttc?

I need to lose weight that I gained to fit in a bridesmaid dress in 2 weeks! I am ttc I won’t know if I am pregnant until the week of the wedding and I need to lose about 5 pounds quick!

admin answers:

I agree that you can lose that amount just in water weight. Start eating super healthy and watch your calories. Drink only water…..and drink LOTS OF IT. Don’t have many carbs at dinner time….make that your smallest meal of the day. Exercise atleast 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Seriously this works if you stick to it!!

Oh yeah,and make sure most of what you eat is fruits or veggies.

Steven asks…

How to lose weight quick and easy?

I am about 4 foot 11 inch tall and weigh around like 103 and i want to get down to like 90 pounds. I want to try to lose weight quick and easy without having to eat really disgusting food (No Offense) like raw vegetables and too much fruit. How does oats really taste like? I had some at home and i try putting water in it and it tasted like nothing it was soo horrible?

admin answers:

Cardio. =

Many people don’t realize just how important a well timed cardiovascular program is when it comes to eliminating body fat. Whether it’s early morning, late evening, the most important thing is that you just do it. Continuous cardiovascular exercise, such as running, walking, jogging, stair-climbing, or cycling, sustained for at least 30 minutes, will burn body fat no matter when you do it. However for the maximum benefits of fat loss you MUST ensure that you are performing your cardiovascular training first thing in the morning. You should consider getting up early and doing cardio before you eat your first meal – even if you’re not a “morning person.” Early morning aerobic exercise on an empty stomach has three major advantages over exercising later in the day.

Early in the morning before you eat, your levels of muscle and liver glycogen (stored carbohydrates) are low. If you eat dinner at 7 p.m. And you eat breakfast at 7 a.m., that’s 12 hours without food. During this 12-hour overnight fast, your levels of glycogen slowly decline to provide glucose for various bodily functions that go on even while you sleep. As a result, you wake up in the morning with depleted glycogen and lower blood sugar – the optimum environment for burning fat instead of carbohydrate. How much more fat you’ll burn is uncertain, but some studies have suggested that up to 300% more fat is burned when cardio is done in a fasted, glycogen-depleted state.

So how exactly does this work? It’s quite simple, really. Carbohydrate (glycogen) is your body’s primary and preferred energy source. When your primary fuel source is in short supply, this forces your body to tap into its secondary or reserve energy source; body fat. If you do cardio immediately after eating a meal, you’ll still burn fat, but you’ll burn less of it because you’ll be burning off the carbohydrates you ate first. You always burn a combination of fat and carbohydrate for fuel, but depending on when you exercise, you can burn a greater proportion of fat relative to carbohydrate. If doing cardio first thing in the morning is not an option for you, then the second best time to do it would be immediately after weight training. Lifting weights is anaerobic (carbohydrate-burning) by nature, and therefore depletes muscle glycogen. That’s why a post lifting cardio session has a similar effect as morning cardio on an empty stomach. The second benefit you’ll get from early morning cardio sessions is what I call the “after burn” effect. When you do a cardio session in the morning, you not only burn fat during the session, but you also continue to burn fat at an accelerated rate after the workout. Why? Because an intense session of cardiovascular exercise can keep your metabolism elevated for hours after the session is over. If you do cardio at night, you will still burn fat during the session, so you definitely benefit from it. However, night time cardio fails to take advantage of the “after burn” effect because your metabolism drops like a ton of bricks as soon as you go to sleep. While you sleep, your metabolic rate is slower than any other time of the day.

You might find it hard to wake up early in the morning and get motivated to workout. But think back for a moment to a time in your life when you tackled a difficult task and you finished it. Didn’t you feel great afterwards? Completing any task, especially a physically challenging one, gives you a “buzz.” When the task is exercise, the buzz is physiological and psychological. Physiologically, exercise releases endorphins in your body. Endorphins are opiate-like hormones hundreds of times more powerful than the strongest morphine. Endorphins create a natural “high” that makes you feel positively euphoric! Endorphins reduce stress, improve your mood, increase circulation and relieve pain. The “high” is partly psychological too.

Mandy asks…

What is the best way to lose weight quick (not using drugs) ?

Want to lose as much weight as possible, as quick as possible , what is the best combination between eating and exercise that the world can recomend ?

admin answers:

Total weightloss means being VERY active!

Confidence is key, weightloss is hard, but worth it for your health, its the most valuable thing you have… Protect it and defend it!

Get outside and be active, run, walk, rollerblade, bike, SWIM, get some small weights, a workout DVD, push ups and sit ups every morning and night

Get into a routine, like when you get ready for bed, brush your teeth and do some squats, comb your hair and do sit ups, practice your school work and do psuh ups reciting the scientific elements…

Reward your self !
Dont punish… Run a block drink some juice, ride your bike, eat an apple

As for your stomach…
Abs are made in the kitchen!
Choose the foods you put in your mouth carefully…
Eat whole foods, veggies, fruits, grains, dairy, meat, and take vitamins
prepackaged processed foods have too much sugar salt fat and carbs in them forget diets, fads, and pills

EAT SMARTLY, EXCERCISE EVERYDAY, SLEEP WELL, AND BE SUPER HAPPY!

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