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After being vegetarian for 2 years, I gained 20 pounds. I hate it!! I've always been really skinny, but I've been extremely lazy lately and ugh.. I want to know an easy way to lose 20 pounds. I'm 5'3 and I weigh 140+. I do not feel good at this weight. Help?<br>
I also don't eat very healthy, most of my meals have starch and bad carbs, and then there's junk food. how can I eat better.. I'm just feeling a little frustrated, I feel like I'm gaining more weight every day.
 

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I'm in the same boat. Unfortunately for me, it's EXTREMELY difficult to lose weight. But I'm going to assume you don't have the same problem that I do and tell you what has worked for me in the past.<br><br>
-Exercise. Every day for at least an hour. Do something you like and enjoy. Make it a cardio workout (walking, running, swimming, biking).<br>
-Don't drink soda, eat junky food, or sweets every day. Once in a while it's fine to have a treat, but don't eat them every day.<br>
-Eat fruit and something proteiny for breakfast. Eat whatever for lunch. Eat a salad for dinner.<br>
-No more simple carbs, and cut back on the starches.<br>
-Find someone to do the "diet" and exercise with you. It's more fun that way.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Pirate Huntress</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2966264"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
After being vegetarian for 2 years, I gained 20 pounds. I hate it!! I've always been really skinny, but I've been extremely lazy lately and ugh.. I want to know an easy way to lose 20 pounds. I'm 5'3 and I weigh 140+. I do not feel good at this weight. Help?<br>
I also don't eat very healthy, most of my meals have starch and bad carbs, and then there's junk food. how can I eat better.. I'm just feeling a little frustrated, I feel like I'm gaining more weight every day.</div>
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Eating Tactics – how to lose 20 pounds<br><br>
Plan your eating the day before – If you plan your eating the night before then you are not going to have to worry about getting into a struggle of eating these crappy foods and instead will know what you are going to eat when.<br><br>
Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day – This is going to help you to raise your metabolism. When you eat often you are sending a message to your body that you are not going to starve and that you will always have enough to eat.<br><br>
Have leftovers a lot to make it easier to eat good food – If you make giant helpings of meals then you will have lots of leftovers to choose from. One of the problems that I always hear from people is that they are worried that if they have to eat really often then they will spend their whole life preparing meals. this is just not at all the case.<br><br>
Eat meals that are small<br><br>
Eat lots of fiber – Fiber will increase metabolism and make you healthier by cleaning out toxins.<br><br>
Drink lots of water – Who cares what the so called experts say. Water makes your metabolsim faster and makes you feel great<br>
Exercise Tactics – how to lose 20 pounds in a month<br><br>
Exercise twice a day – One 20 minutes workout in the morning and another one in the evening.<br><br>
Do weights once every second day – Getting muscle will help your body burn more fat. The muscle takes a lot of calories to maintain while fat takes nearly none.<br><br>
Split your cardio workouts between high and low intensity – High intensity to burn a lot of carbs off and low intensity to finish of the fat hanging around<br><br>
Cardio is 20 minutes of hard cardio – Hard cardio is defined as keeping your heartrate up around 80% of your max. This will raise your metabolism for a long time 12 – 24 hours.<br><br>
Walking or casual exercise can be an hour long – This is a great way to burn fat as you can exercise low impact by walking for an hour.<br><br>
Weights should be basic exercises – Basic exercises are things like squats, bench presses, lunges, military presses. These exercises work a lot of muscle groups at once.<br><br>
Healing between workouts is most important – Now that you are working out it is a good idea to get a lot of rest and sleep so that your body can recover. Your body only recovers when you are sleeping or at least resting.<br><br>
There are no guarantees of course that you will lose 20 pounds in a month but just look at this plan of attack. Is this different than you are doing now? Are these new lifestyle changes possible for you? It is all up to you to see what radical changes that you can make in your life and what they will lead to. Good luck in your quest and at the very least you now know how to lose 20 pounds in a month.
 

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Thanks Ricky.<br>
I needed help with this too.<br><br>
ETA: When I first read that, I just skimmed through it, I didn't notice the meat eating parts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fadeaway1289</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2966367"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Did you know that this is a vegetarian forum?</div>
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I think he was just using that as an example.<br><br>
At least, I hope he was.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br>
Sounds like you already know the problem.<br>
You indicated clearly that you stopped exercising and started eating more junk food.<br>
If thats what made you gain weight, reversing it should do the reverse.<br><br>
and as sequoia said 'Don't drink soda, eat junky food, or sweets every day.'<br>
I'd add dont eat/drink any processed thing thats sweet, even with artificial sweeteners, it just proliferates the junk food habit. When I quit eating/drinking any processed sweet things I lost weight even tho I didnt want to.<br>
Giving up sweet stuff seems odd for the first few days but its entirely doable, many teas are great without sweeteners.
 

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I'm in the same boat. I've gained 20 pounds in the last 2 years, but most of the weight was caused by medication (stopping The Pill and Zyrtec).<br><br>
I have some tips I'm about to start doing myself:<br><br>
-Eat a high fiber breakfast (Whole grain english muffin with PB and fruit. Or a high fiber cereal like Optimum Slim --- really tasty, I eat it dry)<br>
-Drink tons of water (This one gets me. When I'm at work, I drink 2 cups of liquid my entire shift.)<br>
-Don't shop when starving.<br>
-Plan meals in advance.<br>
-If you don't have them already, buy some 5-10 pound weights. Weight lifting is even better for weight loss than cardio.<br>
-If portion control is a problem, buy pre-made meals like Amy's Kitchen.<br>
-Figure out what veggies you like and will eat, then stock the freezer and fridge.<br>
-Love lamp.<br><br><br>
I don't know how the last one helps with weight loss, but it does. The second to the last one sounds weird, but it wasn't until recently when I discovered that I really don't like green beans or broccoli. I kept buying them, but never ate them. I couldn't figure out why I was never in the mood for them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I think many people do that, buy "healthy" stuff they don't even like, then wonder why they can't stick to eating well. I used to do that with crackers, I hate crackers, they're too dry. I now buy a frozen veggie mix of carrots, peas, and corn, steam it in the microwave with a little water, and then top it with a small amount of margarine. Roasted veggies are my absolute favorite food ever and healthy.
 

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I would shoot for 2 pounds a week. I learned about myfitnesspal from this site and I put in all the food I eat. It is kind of hard to track calories eating out so try to make your own food. I am no cook, but have no problem eating lots of veggies, rice, beans and salads.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Pirate Huntress</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2966264"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
After being vegetarian for 2 years, I gained 20 pounds. I hate it!! I've always been really skinny, but I've been extremely lazy lately and ugh.. I want to know an easy way to lose 20 pounds. I'm 5'3 and I weigh 140+. I do not feel good at this weight. Help?<br>
I also don't eat very healthy, most of my meals have starch and bad carbs, and then there's junk food. how can I eat better.. I'm just feeling a little frustrated, I feel like I'm gaining more weight every day.</div>
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Sorry to say this, but there is no "easy way." You probably already know what to do. It takes time and willpower. Increase your exercise and decrease your calories. 1 pound a week is great goal for steady and sustainable weight loss (so there is less of a chance of gaining it back, since you've changed your habits long-term).<br><br>
There's nothing wrong with eating starch or carbs, BTW. Low-carb Atkins-style principles aren't the greatest for overall health and are difficult to maintain for vegetarians. It would a great idea for you to talk to a registered dietician, if possible.
 

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The others are right - there's not an "easy way." But it sounds like you know what the problem is, and that means you can fix it!<br><br>
As far as diet goes:<br><b>1. Get the junk food out of the house.</b> Don't even have it around. If it's in the cabinet, it's going to be really hard not to eat it at 11pm. If it isn't there, well, you just can't have it (unless you want it so badly that you'd drive to the store for it in your pajamas, but if you're like me, you're too lazy for that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ). This ALWAYS works for me - I just don't buy the stuff, and then I forget about its existence rather than constantly crave it.<br><br><b>2. Cut out the bad carbs and explore other food groups.</b> First, go through the recipe forum here and look things up on vegweb.com or allrecipes.com. Look for vegetarian recipes with a lot of protein and minimal starch. Maybe vegetable-lentil soup or bean chili? There are plenty of things that are easy to make and won't load you up on starches.<br><br>
Then, get the white rice and pasta out of your house. Give it all to a friend. Carbs are important, but go with brown rice and multigrain pasta (I like Ronzoni's Healthy Harvest - it's the most similar texture to white pasta I've found). Use those instead, and not at every meal.<br><br><b>3. Get your 5-a-day of fruits and veggies.</b> Some good ways to do this are having a big old fruit smoothie for breakfast - use a banana, juice or almond milk, a handful of frozen fruit and some broccoli or spinach if you have it (the fruit completely covers the veggie taste). Maybe you could add a scoop of protein powder to make it more filling.<br><br>
Another way to get good foods and avoid carbs is to have a salad for dinner. Have a bed of beautiful wild greens and cover it with colorful veggies - carrots, tomatoes, celery, bell pepper. Then add raisins, sunflower seeds, a handful of chickpeas,.. Drizzle it with a bit of olive oil and vinegar. A meal like this is beautiful, satisfying, and totally filling if you add the right stuff.<br><br>
Eat a piece of fruit for a snack. Try red bell pepper sticks dipped in hummus. Have steamed veggies with your dinner every night. Make a big, hearty pot of vegetable soup. I've been getting my 5-a-day for a long time now, and if I ever go a day with hardly any fruits or veg, I end up feeling awful and lethargic. It makes a ton of difference.<br><br><b>And now...exercise.<br><br>
You have to do it.</b> If you're out of shape, getting started is going to be hard. You can make it easier on yourself by not picking exercises you hate. If running on a treadmill makes you miserable, don't! You'll be more apt to quit. Instead, work out with a friend. Try a class at a gym - dance, yoga, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, whatever. It's a lot more fun than working out by yourself and will get you excited about exercising. Start with three times a week, and increase it to four when you're feeling stronger.<br><br>
Then, do the little things. If it's feasible to walk or bike to the drugstore instead of drive, do it. Take the stairs, never the elevators. If you're watching TV, do jumping jacks during commercial breaks. And so on, and so forth!<br><br><br>
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I guess I wrote a lot. Sorry! These are all things that have made me feel really really good and improved my health tremendously. I hope you lose the weight you want and end up feeling phenomenal. I have no doubt that you can! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Replace chips with Potato Flyers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Get rid of the soda. get rid of the DIET soda too; when tested, it seems to create food cravings with the result that people gain weight on them because they felt hungry after they drank it.<br>
Buy smaller plates. It's amazing how a meal on a 12" plate will leave you hungry after eating the "tiny portions on the plate", and the exact same amount of food on a 9" plate will make you go "That plate was loaded! I'm stuffed." but it works, interestingly enough.<br>
Sell your car. Walk places, ride your bike, walk to the bus stops. Do something to add more exercize into your schedule.<br>
If it's trying very very hard to be healthy, it's very very likely because it is not. I see processed "food" at the store sometimes with lots of health claims. "Low fat! Low sugar! Low this! Low that! Contains herbs and suchforth!" Invariably these items' ingredient list looks like an inventory manifest at a hazardous materials laboratory. Usually it contains artificial sweeteners - see the point about diet sodas above - and various other dodgy things. Now look at the produce. "Lettuce. Contains: Lettuce." Doesn't brag about anything. =)
 

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This helped me:<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJniZuJp3S8</a><br><br><br>
(Part 2 and 3 are on YT as well)<br><br><br>
Also, get a medicine ball. There are tons of awesome workouts online to help strengthen your core.
 

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Also, PORTION CONROL.
 

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Also, PORTION CONROL.</div>
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I read this as POISON CONTROL.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I have been exactly where you are. At 5' 4" I was a "bad" vegetarian when my kids were little....too many pastas, rices, processed foods. I weighed 30 pounds more than I do now.<br><br>
You know what your triggers are. Get them out of the house. Make a trip to the store to fill the house with things you like....if not love. For me it was sauteed mushrooms, mashed cauliflower made with bouillon cubes and a bit of light sour cream, fat free yogurt, smoothies, chai, pickles, miso, salad with veggie burgers crumbled up, apples and grapes. There were other foods too, of course, but these were the ones that were satisfying to me. I went to a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories I needed to consume to maintain my weight and lose it. I cut that number by 500 a day.<br><br>
Foods, beverages, and exercise that I really like make the difference. For example, I hate going to the gym. If I had made that part of the program, I would have never stuck with it.<br><br>
A hard hour, often two a day, of cardio began with walking and led to running. I bought some three and eight pound weights and found strength training ideas on You Tube. I surfed, cycled and did step aerobics at home with music I loved.<br><br>
That was over four years ago.<br><br>
Calories in calories out. I did the math on what I ate, and what I burned. Someone said Myfitnesspal....excellent. You can use it until you have a pattern for your eating and exercise and it will make you accountable in the beginning.<br><br>
Reward yourself. I let myself had one piece of chocolate every day, a new dress when I lost ten pounds an Ipod for running when I lost twenty. The money I saved drinking pop and junk went into a jar to pay myself for my treats.<br><br>
I put the most hideous picture of me eating (and fat) on the fridge....and a photo of a svelte someone wearing the bikini I wanted to buy.<br><br>
The first week was hardest. In the beginning I actually gained weight, adding muscle before the fat started coming off, about a half a pound every other day.<br><br>
One day you look in the mirror and get a reflection of the back of your thighs and your back bacon and just say NO MORE.
 

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