• 2 months ago

    Weight Loss

    Help, I am a 56 year old woman and I am overweight. This is the heaviest that I have been. I have been going to the gym for over a month, watching what I eat and it is so difficult. I like to drink up to 3 beers on a Friday night so I don't think this is keeping me from losing weight? I get discouraged because it is so difficult I feel that I am wasting my time at the gym even though I haven't lost weight but I do feel stress free when I leave there. Please someone help me how can I loose weight?

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  • 2 months ago

    RE: Weight Loss

    Hi Margarita - I too need to lose weight and yo-yo terribly. I will tell you something I was told when I joined a gym a few years ago that I find to be true... losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. I found that extremely discouraging at the time since it was the first time EVER that I had stuck to working out at least 5 days a week. I felt much better, especially my joints, and still do as I exercise regularly, but I've found it to be true that what I eat determines the loss. I too eat well, but I also know when I could do better. Sooo.... if you are eating well, and have a few beers on a Friday, where do you think you could cut back or substitute? Do you eat late at night? I know that's an issue with me sometimes. Don't give up hope - you'll find YOUR solution!
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Weight Loss

    As a 75 yr old man, let me be brutally frank. You are 57 yrs old and overweight and have gone to the gym for one month. You did not become overweight in one month; what makes you think you will undo several years in one month? What kind of workout do you do? How much cardio, resistance? How long? How many days per week? Has your overall diet changed since you started working out? In my case I ride a bike 5 miles round trip to the gym, I work out on 4-7 machines a week, with 90 reps (30 at a time) on each machine. I started at about 35 lbs and two years later I am doing ab crunches with 170 lbs, chest press 150 lbs, lat pulldown 135 lbs, overhead press 80 lbs, bicep curls 125 lbs, tricep extensions 90 lbs. I weighed 180 when I started and have lost just 10 lbs over the past two years. Muscle weighs more than fat, so I'm happy. Meals are balanced and heavy on veggies and light on carbs. Carbs are a killer since I'm also diabetic.
    Contact me if you need more info, and good luck.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Weight Loss

    Margarita, please don't lose heart. It takes time and going to the gym for a month isn't time enough. I weigh 208 and work out hard at our Y. I take great pleasure in the friends I have made and the feeling of well being from exercising. You CAN be fat and fit, so don't give up. The man who said it took longer than a month to get where you are is right -- also right when he said muscle weighs more than fat -- Keep going. It will come. ps: I am 80 years old and STILL trying to lose weight. Probably will be for the rest of my life. BUT I am happy and just keep on keeping on. I wish you the best.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Weight Loss

    I started putting on weight about the same age. Turned out I had thyroid disease - Hashimoto's thyroiditis. You might try an iodine supplement but have your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone checked)
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Weight Loss

    I would read the book 'the diet fix'. Some really good ideas about how to live a life you love and lose weight at the same time. In general what you eat is about 75% and exersize only 25% so focus on food.