Five Steps to Losing 25 lbs in 3 Months

by Head Health Nutter on December 5, 2007

This is a 5-step health plan I created in February 2007. Shedding much of my extra weight quickly, I felt lighter in body, mind and spirit. My concentration, energy and overall well-being tripled!

After consulting your doctor, I encourage you to try incorporating any or all of the following steps into your individually designed health plan.

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STEP #1: THREE IMPORTANT WEIGHT-LOSS FACTS

1) To lose weight you MUST burn more calories than you consume

This means eating whole foods (not packaged or processed) in healthy, balanced meals and being physical. Also, try slowing down while you munch. I became more conscious while I ate and eventually, depending on how active I was during the day, my portions were cut almost in half. I was eating almost every two hours: a small, healthy snack (e.g. half a banana and some nuts) once in the AM and once in the PM. This kept me satisfied throughout the day so I wasn’t binging come dinner time. Some experts say this raises metabolism.

2) Building muscle raises your metabolism

The higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn when you’re doing nothing! And you don’t even have to use weights, just your own body weight! (see below). When you’re ready, try building up to pumping iron 3 times a week so you’re continually building lean muscle mass.

3) Activity is supposed to be fun

I did what I wanted to do and took it easy at first (most people overdue it at the beginning ‘cause they’re all psyched up to lose weight – the fat burning heart rate zone is where you can comfortably talk during your activity).

I DID NOT focus on losing weight but rather my goal was to feel healthier and stronger. I did what I could on my low days, making sure that I fulfilled my commitment to myself to do physical activity everyday (it’s more important at this stage to make it a daily habit) and when I could not meet my daily minimum, I congratulated myself for at least trying. Then I made sure to capitalize on my good days by doing even more!

STEP #2: THE POWER OF PROTEIN IN WEIGHT-LOSS

I started off with protein powder in my morning fruit smoothies (I LOVE my blender and use it every day) – and I NEVER skip breakfast (I have many smoothie recipes from the net to ensure variety). Lean protein sources are the best because they tend to be lower in calories. Try turkey, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds and grains.

STEP #3: THE MOST MAGICAL LIQUID

I have LOTS (like 4-6 pints depending on my activity level) of lemon water throughout the day (starting with a warm glass of it first thing in the AM to kick start the kidney). Oh, yes, and herbal teas.

STEP #4: POIGNANT PROMISES

Do light to medium cardio (walking, biking, swimming, rollerblading) for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. If I felt good and energetic, I’d treat myself to an extra ½ hour, sometimes more.

Strengthen the core. All movement starts here, besides, it corrects posture which shows your confidence and actually makes you look even better! I took a personal trainer’s advice but made my own minimums to start with. I took it slow and started with one set of 10 reps, and eventually I worked my way up to his suggested 3 sets of 15 reps per 5 core exercises. I did these exercises everyday for about 20 – 30 minutes. I did them while I watched TV! And, of course, I stretched and felt like a million bucks! It helps SO much with stress.

STEP #5: CLEANSING

After researching the topic of cleansing, and instead of following one program, I made my own up with the aid of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fourth Edition, which explains why you should cleanse and gives you lists of the best natural cleansers (herbs, foods, supplements, etc.) for the blood, kidneys, lungs, skin and bowels.

This is my individualized cleansing program (for 1 month):

(Week 1-2) Preparing to fast:

I weaned myself off sugar, other stimulants (coffee, cigarettes and alcohol), meats, fish and dairy. Slowly, by the third week my diet was down to fruits, veggies, and nuts (I did have hard-boiled eggs, though, and looked online for Vegan recipes which helped).

(Week 3) Baby Food – Fast – Baby Food

Three days before the fast, I blended all my food. This prepared my digestive system for the fast so it wouldn’t be shocked with a lack of food. Plan your fast days on the weekend to allow for relative inactivity; your body isn’t getting food to convert into energy. I didn’t eat anything but drank 6 pints (each day) of lemon water with 2 tbsp. of natural maple syrup and some cayenne pepper (recipe from the Master Cleanse).

After the two day fast, I followed it up with more blended raw foods. If you’re interested, here’s my Safe, Enlightening 3 Day Fast for more detail.

(Week 4) Back to the beginning…but on a much lower key

I slowly introduced food back into my system, beginning with the juice from boiled veggies, pure fruit juices cut with water, and a blended vegan diet for three days, eventually moving towards solids.

Here’s An Easy, Gentle Cleanse for the First-Timer for more details and Cleansing Made Easy to help you out.

By the end of the month, I felt light, energetic, clear-headed, decisive, confident, and for the most part: calm, cool and collected. Hey, the bonus was that I didn’t have ¼ of the gas that I did before and my poop didn’t stink anymore! LOL

Just remember, nature craves to be at its most efficient. If you aim for health, listen to your body, question habits, weight loss will follow.

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Natasha September 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hi, I’m 16 years old and weigh about 152 lbs. I have to lose all my extra weight before December! I want to weigh about 125 lbs, which means that I have to lose about 30 pounds. Is this possible? If so, what do I have to do? Please do reply :)

Natasha

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courtney September 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Natasha- it is best to start a food journal and count your calories- aim for no more than 1500 a day (1200 is ideal) Try 400 calorie meals and have a couple of 100 calorie snacks if needed! write EVERYTHING you eat down. Doing that correctly in itself will start your weight loss (about 1-2 lbs a week maybe more depending on how much your body naturally burns). Walking has helped me lose 50lbs I started with 1 hour a day (3 miles) and I now walk for 2 hours a day almost everyday. If you have time situps,squats and pushups(the easy ones on the knees are fine) will be good but you do not need this- just keep you calories low and try to walk!!It is totally possible- it is best to aim for an 8lb loss a month- you only have to lose 27 lbs which is not bad at all so if you don’t lose it all before December that is okay give it another couple of weeks!! After you lose the weight you can add back calories to your diet- but if you do not do the exercise to burn them off you will gain the weight back!! Good Luck and stick with it!!!!

-Courtney

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Head Health Nutter September 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks so much for replying to Natasha`s question, Courtney!

Natasha, I agree with Courtney`s advice. However, I would like to add that strength-training and core exercises (like push ups) DO help immensely. Walking is great cardio, which is needed to burn calories, but creating lean muscle mass is what increases your metabolism so that you`re burning calories even when you`re resting. It will help to lose the weight you want by December. And you only really need about 15 minutes a day or every second day working your muscles (if you`re doing every day, just make sure to work different muscle groups). AND, the most effective way to work your muscles is to concentrate on QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. That`s why I say all you need is about 15 minutes per session. Use small movements, FEEL your muscles tighten per rep, and try to exhaust them before stopping.

Consistency is key, Natasha, so Courtney is right: stick with it and you will see results. You can do it! :)

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robe October 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I am a male 15 year old and im 6 feet tall and 220, i would like to get to 195 to be healthy instad of overwieght, I always overstuff myself and dont know how to stop, please help.

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Jowelyn Gorospe December 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

Hello, I’m jowie. I’m really desperate to lose wait. I’m 15 years old and I weigh about 75kg and I need to loose 25-30kg for 3 months for my graduation. Please help me….

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Courtney December 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

robe, you are lucky you don’t have very much you want to lose- if you cant stop stuffing yourself full, change what you stuff yourself with-don’t over indulge on high calorie food- eat a lot of veggies and some fruit to try and fill you up- I found that oatmeal can be very filling you can find instant with no sugar added only 120 calories a packet….Add a great workout in to your daily routine (sometimes if you eat way too many calories a day and workout you still will not lose weight) but at least if you do a good workout it will offset some of the calories and help you not gain!!

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Kaya January 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

My name is Kaya and I am a female, 16 yrs old and 6 feet tall. I weigh 154 pounds right now amd would like to get down to around 135 by my prom in May. I play basketball for two hours every day and am very active. What should I add to my routine? Thanks!

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Head Health Nutter January 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Hi Kaya, thank you for your question. At 6 feet tall and a 154 lbs, your BMI falls into the healthy range. I believe at 135 lbs, you might be way too thin, and probably scary looking!!

What I’d suggest is some core exercises and strength-training. This will increase your muscle-mass (but not enough to be man-ish). You’ll tighten up all over and lose inches rather than pounds.

Let us know how it goes!

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holly January 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hi im 24 and i just want to be fit and healthy how do i loose wait without taking shakes?

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Head Health Nutter February 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Hi Holly, thanks for your question. All you have to do to be fit and loose weight without shakes is to exercise! Losing weight is a simple equation: burn more calories than you consume. Being fit means building lean muscle mass, so concentrate on lifting weights.

And don’t worry, you won’t get all man-like, you need more testosterone for that — most women who build muscle actually get thinner (i.e. leaner) because they lose fat while they build muscle.

I know you can do it!

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lexi January 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

hi im 13 and i want to be fit

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Gflower February 12, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hi Lexi!!! If you want to be fit you will be with some help, good nutrition and exercise :) You are so young that i am sure you will do it!! ;0)

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Nicole January 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi, I’m a 16 year old female who is 5′ 3″ and about 156lbs. I’m looking to weigh about 130 by May so I can look nice for prom… Unfortunately, I’m an extremely busy person with a mother who is strictly against dieting… I need a fast and healthy way to lose some stomach fat… Please help!:)

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Head Health Nutter February 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Hi Nicole, I hear your pain. I also agree with your mother about “dieting.” The long-lasting way to look at weight-loss, meaning that you keep it off, is by changing your diet to one that consists of whole foods and restricts processed or packaged foods.

If you can avoid deep-fried foods and all the foods that are convenience-based, at least until prom, then you’ll be well on your way to losing the weight you want. Add into the mix a balanced exercise routine (i.e. weight-resistance, cardio and stretching) and you’ll be ready for prom, no problem.

As far as I know, there’s no such thing as “spot reducing.” This means that if you’re looking to lose belly fat, you just gotta do the healthy way and the belly fat will go along with all the rest. To make sure that you have a muscled stomach by prom, what I can recommend as part of your weight-resistance routine is to make sure that you do core exercises every second day, if only a few. Look up “core exercises” on google if you’re unsure what that means.

Let me know how it goes, Nicole!!!

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Laura February 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Hi, my name is laura and i am 5’2 and 140 pounds and am looking to weight about 120-125 in may or june i want finally be comfortable in my swim suit. But i want to do this the right way, im looking for a life style change not just a couple months. I am very busy so i love my meal replacement shakes but other then that im not very active. i need a fast and healthy way to shed off my extra fat..Please help
ps i absolutely hate running!

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Head Health Nutter February 9, 2013 at 2:54 am

Hi Laura, thanks for hopping by Live Lighter and asking your question. If you read the blog post and my answers to the questions like yours in the comment stream, you’ll have your answer!

If you don’t wish to read, then a short answer to your particular situation is to build more muscle. Do core exercises and a regular workout routine using strength-building techniques and you’ll increase your metabolism, which burns more fat when you’re at rest.

All the best!!

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Ramin March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hello, Im 17 i weight about 190 pounds, and im 5’10. I want to lose the belly fat i have but still be able to keep the muscle i want. I eat fruits and veggies but sometimes i do sneak in a couple cheat days also. I work out for at least and hour 3 days/week due to school i can’t do anymore. I want to lose at least 20-30 pounds of fat by May, is there any advice you can give me, im really wanting this change badly.
Thank-You! :)

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Kayle March 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

I’m 13 years old, I weigh 105, I’m 5 feet 2 inches tall ( I KNOW YOUR GOING TO CRITICIZE ME, SO DON’T). I don’t feel healthy, I have muffin top, big thighs, big stomach. I don’t feel confident in myself, I would really like to get rid of the fat. I’m not aiming to lose weight. BUT FAT. Summer is coming up in around 3ish months. And I really need help! Please give me ideas, scheduled, calorie intake, ANYTHING!

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Head Health Nutter March 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Hi Kayle, I feel your pain. Losing fat (in a healthy way) is actually very easy if you’re committed and disciplined. All you have to do is:

- Eat smaller portions of whole, healthy foods and more often throughout the day. You can use one day a week to treat yourself to foods on your “no” list, but don’t go all crazy. A little goes a long way.

- Stay away from all the junk: processed, packaged and fried foods.

- Reduce your sugar intake – so no pop! 100% juices are good, but water them down (at first just try adding a little water, then when your taste buds acclimatize, add more water until about half and half).

- Be active! At first, focus on activities that you really enjoy so you can experience positive feelings with being active. Choose activity where ever and whenever you can; if you can walk to school, do it. When you go to the mall, ask your parents to park in one of the furthest spots from the door. Take the stairs instead of the escalator, etc.

- When you’re ready, challenge yourself more with different activities. While you want a mix of cardio, stretching and weight-resistance throughout the week, building lean muscle mass not only increases your metabolism so you’re burning more calories even when you’re just sitting at the computer, but also for women, we tighten up all over (men usually bulk up).

- The best way to start building stronger muscle is by using your own body weight. Do 10-15 minutes of floor exercises (like a mixture of pushups, bridges, bicycles, butterflies, plank) every second day – you can do these during the commercials when you watch TV!

And that’s really it, Kayle. I’ve done this before (actually a couple of times, as maintaining it requires you to keep doing it!) and it works every time. I know you can do it. Best of fun on your journey! :)

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JANE March 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

i need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want to lose 60 lbs in four months! i have to get ready for my wedding!
My fiancee went on a buisness trip and without him i started eating a lot and he’s coming in 4 months. I THOUGHT I COULD LOSE WEIGHT BUT I CAN’T.

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Head Health Nutter March 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi Jane, thanks for your comment. First, congrats on the wedding! Second: Holy pressure! The timing for you to lose weight alone must be causing you a great deal of stress, let alone the stress of planning a wedding… Stress is the #1 blocker to losing weight, as your hormones (especially the ones that help you lose weight) go all wonky. So my first piece of advice is to do more yoga and meditation, manage your time well and get as much help as you can planning your wedding.

My second piece of advice is: when you’re on a deadline like this with a goal this big (health pros suggest losing 2 pounds a week is a healthy standard), you need the hands-on assistance of a professional to keep you informed, motivated and safe. Hire a knowledgeable personal trainer (with qualifications in nutrition to help with a healthy eating plan) in your area.

My third piece of advice is to spend some time thinking about WHY you’ve gained so much weight while your fiancee is abroad. Many people, including MOI, overeat when we have some emotional issues to attend to. No one ever teaches us how to manage our emotions when we’re growing up (geez, THAT would have been a helpful high school class, wouldn’t it have been?), and we ALL use different means to cope with our emotions. Some use food, others alcohol and drugs, sex, work, etc… There are trained therapists out there who can help us with becoming more aware of our emotions, then processing and releasing them in healthy ways. These therapists are also usually trained in stress management.

Wishing you the best, Jane!

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Megan March 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hey I am 14 and weigh 154 and I want to weigh 130. How can I lose this weight in 6-7weeks?

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Jennifer April 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Hi im 5’4 and weighing in at about 168.. This is the most i ever weighed and i want to lose atleast 25 pounds by the summer. so lets say 2 months . any advice >

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shivani April 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

i am 12 year old and my weight is 58kg please help me to loss my weight please reply….. :(

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Christopher April 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi, my name is Chris and i’m very overweight, even obese according to doctors. I’m 5’10 and weigh 215 lbs. I’ve suffered being ridiculed constantly my whole life, and am so jealous of being surrounded by skinny and fit friends. I just want to be able to fit in a pair of slim jeans and look good, so that I can be more confident in my lifestyle. I’ve tried so many dieting methods, and have seen little to some progress, but it’s just not consistent. Ever since late fall 2012, i’ve dieted by cutting my portions significantly and playing basketball maybe once or twice a week, and have lost 25 lbs. But for two months now, i’ve stayed the same weight. The weight loss just stopped and I don’t know what to do. My final target weight is to be around 150 lbs., and if possible, i want to achieve it by the end of August, but I need major help! Please help me…

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Zoe walker May 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Hello I am 15 5’5 and 212 I want to lose my extra weight and be fit for school to come back into session (August 10) please help! Thank you!! xx

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Victoria June 9, 2013 at 4:37 am

I’m 20, 5’8″ and about 5 weeks ago I was 250lbs. I’ve been eating healthier and smaller portions, lots of water, and lots of exercise (walking, biking, swimming). I want to add in weight training when I have the time (I work a lot and at a really stressful job). I’ve lost 11lbs after switching to this lifestyle and am really motivated (I’m joining the Canadian Forces). I’m stoked and my ultimate goal is around 160lbs (lots of muscle)

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Head Health Nutter June 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Nice, Victoria! So happy for you. :) Keep up the great work!

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Jake June 16, 2013 at 1:30 am

Hello -
I am a 5’9 and 220. I have medical issues (kidney transplant, high blood pressure) and looking for a healthy way to lose weight and get to a weight of about 145. Can you please help? I have tried everything out there.

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Jake June 16, 2013 at 1:32 am

Sorry, I am a 40 yo female. I am guessing this would help.

Thanks

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janea June 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hi. Im 14 years old and i weigh 130 pounds, i wanna get back to my normal weight of 110, is it possible to lose 20 pounds, if so can you give me some ideas on how i can achive this goal… ive been stressed alot latly, could that addweight? :$

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Sophie June 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

Hi. I’m 12 5’2″ and I weigh 111 lbs. the doctors say its too much. I want to lose weight AND fat (my stomach hangs over jeans and thighs are GINORMOUS) by August 31st. Can I do this?! Help meeeeee!!!!!!
Oh and how much lbs. should I lose???

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Anna July 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

HI!!! HELP HELP HELP!! I have had two major knee surgeries in 2 years.. needless to say with college and no exercise I have put on 40 pounds… I weight about 190 now and am in desperate need to lose weight for my all around health. I need tips!! I signed up for a 10 at the end of september and cannot run with all this extra weight!! I need support and lots of it :( My ultimate goal is to lose 60-70 pounds. I have been “eating clean”

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katty July 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi, i am 42years old weight 77kg height 1.57, am suffering from Hypertension (on medication)& high cholesterol. Doc said that i am overweight for more than 20kg. My next appt with doc is this coming Oct, i may need to take pills for reduce of high cholesterol. please help….

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mel August 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

hi im 28 and 195lb im getting married next May want to lose 35lbs help please…

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gomo August 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hey my name is gomo and I’m 19 I weight 99 and would seriously like to lose weight I actually want a flat stomach that’s what I am aiming for I have a eating disorder I like eating junk(chocolate,cake) I seriously need help!!!!!!

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Nina098 September 16, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi! I am trying to lose weight after having two pregnancies. I have a 29-month old and a 16-month old. Currently, I weigh 166.8 pounds. I would like to go back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 135. My height is 5’1. I don’t eat much veggies and fruit. I have horrible eating habits. How can I start to lose weight? What are some breakfast ideas? I am not really a smoothie or shake person. Please help me. Thank you.

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Martin Arredondo September 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hey, my name is Martin im 19 years old. Im 5.9 at 196lbs right now and i have till June to be at 135lbs. thats the weight i have to be to join the Air Force so im trying to lose it as fast as possible. Can you tell me what i should do to reach my goal. Please get Back To :)

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Miranda September 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I’m 6′ and 180lbs. I really really want to get down to like 150-140ish.. I get plenty of daily exercise and I try to eat as healthy as possible.. My problem is that I’m allergic to fresh fruits and vegetables. I don’t know what to do. I just wanna loose some dang weight. Please help me.
-Miranda

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Marie Taylor October 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

The hardest part of losing weight for me was reducing the amount of chocolate I eat. I could do the cardio, eat the right foods, but I just could not give up the chocolate. I found a very good answer to reducing the amount of chocolate I eat by replacing them with protein bar – some of the protein bars can be quite delicious and they turned out to be an acceptable replacement. So if you have a problem with chocolate cravings – protein bars are great for weening you off it:)

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Dian Clarke November 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

I am 32 years old female. I weigh 150lbs. I am very busy throughout the day and don’t have the time to go to the gym or to spend time in the kitchen. What can i do to lose weight?

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Head Health Nutter November 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Dian, thanks for your question. I’m going to give you a little tough love here: everyone has the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours. We all must prioritize our time according to what’s important to us. When you’re dedicated, you find ways around roadblocks – you make it work for you.

Weight loss is a very simple equation: burn more calories than you consume. If you want to be fit (you can be a skinny-fat which is just as dangerous to your health as being overweight), you need to build muscle mass. I’ve shared a few ideas in the above article to help you get started.

My advice is to spend some time researching, find what works for you, and make it a priority – you might have to get a little creative to fit it all into your life, but the tips, tricks and hacks are out there and I guarantee that it IS definitely doable!

(Just one small example: if you commute to work, all you have to do is flex your butt muscles while you’re sitting and you burn calories as well as increase your muscle mass. Do it until your butt muscles burn, every second day, and you’ll notice a difference in a few short weeks!)

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extremely overweight December 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I am a 32 yr. Old woman, 5″3 and 360lbs.
I have no health issues like diabetes, strokes, or anything.
However my chest area is always hurting after I eat. I really need to lose 175lbs to start with, which will leave me weighing 185lbs which is still too
Much for my height. I have tried lots of weight loss programs, cleansings, juicing, eat only fresh fruit and veggies. I need help before I die… I don’t want to leave my five children motherless.

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Head Health Nutter January 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Hi there, thank you for sharing your story here. Have you scheduled an appointment with your doctor? It might just be heart-burn but your chest aches might be something more serious that you should get checked by a health professional. While you’re there, perhaps your doc might have some suggestions in how to lose weight. Otherwise, read the above post and comments for tips and suggestions. Anyone can lose weight; it just takes knowledge, determination and consistency in making healthy choices everyday. All the best!

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Tamie December 21, 2013 at 3:44 am

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find out some additional information.

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Ray January 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

Hey , i am a 14 yo female & i weigh a little over 300 lbs & im 5’7″ , i want to loose weight by my birthday ( may 5th ) can anything help ? Anything under 250 is fine , is this possible ?

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Head Health Nutter January 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Hi Ray, anything is possible! Weight loss is a very simple equation: calories burnt must be less than calories consumed on a daily basis, but within reason because you still need immediate food energy to function on a daily basis. Be more active, as much as possible (over-doing it actually hurts you more than helps you, so take it slow at the beginning, just DO more and put in a little effort). Eat healthy, whole foods and avoid processed and junk foods, including pop and other sugary drinks. It really is that easy. I suggest that you reread this post, as well as the comments to learn more practical ways. Join a community (or team up with a friend) where others have the same goals as you do so that you are held accountable for your daily choices. AND, keep positive – don’t get down on yourself if you slip up, just shake yourself off and get back on track. All the best, I know you can do this!

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Cam January 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

Hi, im 13, 5’9 and 190 pounds. It my sound like alot, but honestly i dont look that big. I would like to lose about 20-30 pounds in the next 4 months. But i dont want everyone to know that i am trying to lose wieght. So i need just some easy and sinple stuff to help me out.

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Head Health Nutter January 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Hey Cam, thanks for commenting and sharing your goals. Check out this post for easy, simple ideas to lose weight, as well as the comments! Good luck!

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Annie January 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I’m 188, 5’6″. Want to lose about 30lbs. Going about this as a “lifestyle change” for long term adherence. Only eating lean meats, veggies, and occasional fruit. I also drink fruity foo-foo alcoholic drinks with regularity (hey, I’m not willing to give that up!) Lost 2lbs so far in seven days. Nothing tastes as good as motivation to be healthy!!!! I want to encourage everyone to think if it as “it’s only one month out of my life I will avoid sugars, I can do that”. Working for me. Good luck!

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Head Health Nutter January 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Wow, thanks Annie for sharing your success so far! You’re doing fabulous! Keep up the good work. :)

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Sahara January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Hi, I’m 17 years old, 5’5 and 148 lbs. I’ve been actively trying to lose 25 pounds for almost 1 year now. I work out 5-7 days a week for at least one hour: weights and then cardio. I’ve lost 2 pounds so far…..WTF.

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Head Health Nutter January 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Hey Sahara, thank you for your question. There could be several reasons why you aren’t losing weight. The two most common are: stress and irregular sleep patterns. And then, of course, nutrition. You may also be exercising too much, which stresses out your body and throws off your “fat-burning hormones.”

If you don’t think any of these may be causing your lack of weight loss, you may want to follow up with your doctor. Considering your age, you may be experiencing hormone imbalances. A good book to check out is “The Hormone Diet” (http://livelighter.org/the-hormone-diet-book-review/) which helped me tremendously when I followed the author’s advice (http://livelighter.org/the-hormone-diet-review/).

Let us know how it goes!

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natalie January 25, 2014 at 4:10 am

Hi , im 41 , 5’3 and weigh 210.. i work 4 shifts out a week which messes up my eating habits and definitely sleeping. i really want to lose weight. i want to be healthy for my family.. what can i do to lose weight . i would love to lose at least 20 lbs in the next 2 months ..

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Head Health Nutter January 27, 2014 at 12:51 am

Hi Natalie, thanks for reading Live Lighter and asking your question – it`s a good one considering many people share your troubles with shift work.

The issue with our ill-health in the modern world is that much of it is unnatural. Your body is a part of nature so it responds best to certain conditions, but if you deviate from this natural biological rhythm, it simply responds to how you treat it.

Unfortunately, your body does not recognize that you work the shifts you do to make money to survive. Just like babies, we respond best to a very regimented schedule which includes waking with the sun and going to sleep with the moon.

If you read `The Homone Diet` by Dr. Natasha Turner (http://livelighter.org/the-hormone-diet-book-review/), you`ll see that hormonal balance is integral to our weight-loss efforts. Hormone balance is gained by living the way nature intended.

Honestly, I`ve been working odd shifts myself for the past 3 years and have gained my weight back. I`ve tried my old methods of success and have been unable to replicate the results. The only real difference is that I now have to go to bed at 4am usually whereas before (when I succeeded in weight-loss), I regularly went to bed around 10pm and got up at 6am, and then carried out my healthy living plan.

Natalie, I suggest that we both visit our doctor`s to see if they have any suggestions. I just moved so I`m looking for a new doctor. If you get the chance to see yours before I see mine, please comment and let us know what you found out. Once I see mine and get some info, I`ll write a blog post about it!

Deal?

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jade February 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

Hi, i’m 14 years old currently and i’m trying to lose weight. I haven’t been on a diet before, this is my first time so i’m looking up basically anything on the internet that’ll help me.

My height is 4’11 ( i know short D: ) and i currently weight about 130 pounds. My goal is to reach about maybe 90 pounds atleast? in like 3 months or so, for my big brothers wedding. ( it is february 5, 2014 right now when i am typing this. so like maybe May 15,2014 ish is my big brothers wedding )

I don’t really know if it’s possible. Since, i usually stay inside my house, no would would give me a ride to the gym and i’m not allowed to walk or go anywhere without parent supervision since a lot happens in my neighborhood. (My parents aren’t home most of the time, they’re at work. My grandma usually is with me btw) I have ALOT of freetime but i don’t really know what to do within those hours. Hope you reply soon, I really need help. I’m very new to this.

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Head Health Nutter February 10, 2014 at 12:24 am

Hi Jade, thanks for sharing your story with us. You can lose weight, despite your challenges. Just read the above post and comments and you’ll have lots of practical advice to follow. Just remember, weight loss is a mathematical equation: you must burn more calories than you consume. But it’s also a delicate balancing act, because you still need to consume enough nutrients and calories to feed your body. Some days you might not be as active, so those days you should focus on nutrient-rich food but eat less. All the best to you and your efforts!

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Arrie March 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Hi, I am Arrie, 19 y/o 5″0″ 165lbs.
I really want to lose weight. I lost around 35lbs already but it was mostly because I stopped eating junk, I drink lots of water and I am being more active. Now I eat mostly healthy food, I do eat some bad food but rarely (muffin, cake, chocolate, ice cream sometimes). I go to some fit club with my friends once a week and walk a lot. Please can you help me? I want to lose 8-10 pounds per month. I did what you wrote in the past for like 3 months but I couldn’t lose any pounds. I gain 10 pounds because I stopped but I want to lose all the fat so I can be an healthy weight and love my body. please help me!

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Megann March 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Hi I am 16 years old I weigh 170 pounds I would love to loose about 50 pounds I’m 5’1 and I want to lose this weight by July. I have 4 months to get rid of this weight it hurts me because I get made fun of by my weight I would just like to show people that I can do it and not have to worry about being called fat anymore

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