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AriannaParker
10-01-2010, 12:08 PM
Okay, my goal is to lose weight for Ohayocon (end of January, for people who don't know). I'm like 5'2" and I weigh about 145 (always...seriously, it doesn't fluctuate--I don't gain and I don't lose, even though I'm a very lazy person and always expect to put on a lot of weight).

Well, I plan to start doing a whole lot of walking (asthma + jogging = bad idea), and I also want to change my diet a bit. The problem is, funds are kinda limited in my house (read: we're close to very poor) and I really can't ask for specific healthy foods to be bought--why is it healthy foods are so much more expensive?

So what I'm looking for is suggestions as to how I can lose weight (the goal is about 20 pounds)...well, foods that we might already have around, or things I can ask my mum to pick up that don't cost much at all.

Arianna P.

ShadowDrac
10-01-2010, 12:40 PM
Okay, I'm not a health food specialist, but I'll tell you what I ate to lose twenty pounds back in my first highschool summer, because I've known it to work for others as well.

Ground turkey (which has gone up in price, so buy carefully) with rice is my favorite meal. It's pretty inexpensive, though, like I said, the price of the turkey has gone up. Raisin Bran is a great cereal, so long as you find one that isn't so sugary. I tend to have this for dessert or dinner, myself. And salad, but not the pre-packaged iceberg (I think that's the one you should avoid), but the really green stuff you have to tear to bits yourself. And, honestly, I never was careful with how much dressing I put on my salad. I COATED it, and still lost a lot of weight. I topped it with cheese, sometimes croutons, asparagus (cold or warm, both good), tomatoes... It's very filling.

I also rode horses like a madman. We've been rescuing them for nearly 15 years and they are my life outside of cosplaying and school, but walking should give you the same sort of result with these foods.

But, like I said, I’m not specialist. These are just the things that I ate and lost weight with. I’m sure there are better alternatives out there.

Though I’m curious as to why you feel you need to lose weight. We’re the same height, and I was told my freshman year I was supposed to weigh 155 for my height (which I now do, though I, unfortunately, fluctuate, XD), and I feel pretty good about myself. I imagine that it’s probably a difference in our body types.

Kasinator
10-01-2010, 12:47 PM
Okay, my goal is to lose weight for Ohayocon (end of January, for people who don't know). I'm like 5'2" and I weigh about 145 (always...seriously, it doesn't fluctuate--I don't gain and I don't lose, even though I'm a very lazy person and always expect to put on a lot of weight).

Well, I plan to start doing a whole lot of walking (asthma + jogging = bad idea), and I also want to change my diet a bit. The problem is, funds are kinda limited in my house (read: we're close to very poor) and I really can't ask for specific healthy foods to be bought--why is it healthy foods are so much more expensive?

So what I'm looking for is suggestions as to how I can lose weight (the goal is about 20 pounds)...well, foods that we might already have around, or things I can ask my mum to pick up that don't cost much at all.

Arianna P.

well first and foremost, Welcome to cosplay.com! :toothy: If you haven't already, Jump to the introductions board and say hi to everyone! :)

As far as weight loss is concerned, take your time browsing our Thread Directory (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=219555) (click it :D) which will answer pretty much all of your questions. There is a whole topic I wrote about eating right in there. And feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.

AriannaParker
10-01-2010, 12:59 PM
Totally already went to the introductions thread. I now feel awesome, haha. And I very much have the health pages here open in other tabs. I plan to read them when I'm not considering finishing my Japanese homework >.<

But anyway.

Thank you for the advice--maybe I'll tell my mother to buy me Raisin Bran instead of, you know...Fruity Pebbles. And I can prolly get her to buy me a head of lettuce, too...or get my grandmother to do it, since she packs my lunches (I go to college, and my grandma makes my lunches. yep.) I'll get right on that.

Jealous of the horses! I love horses, but the money factor prevents me from taking riding lessons like I used to.

Though Im curious as to why you feel you need to lose weight. Were the same height, and I was told my freshman year I was supposed to weigh 155 for my height (which I now do, though I, unfortunately, fluctuate, XD), and I feel pretty good about myself. I imagine that its probably a difference in our body types.

Probably, yeah. I have a stomach that I would very much like to go away, and a chest that puts serious limits on what I can & can't wear. So frustrating. I'm not actually overweight, but I am at risk, as I learned in my PE class last year, and I'd like to handle the issue.

Kasinator
10-01-2010, 01:08 PM
Totally already went to the introductions thread. I now feel awesome, haha. And I very much have the health pages here open in other tabs. I plan to read them when I'm not considering finishing my Japanese homework >.<

But anyway.

Thank you for the advice--maybe I'll tell my mother to buy me Raisin Bran instead of, you know...Fruity Pebbles. And I can prolly get her to buy me a head of lettuce, too...or get my grandmother to do it, since she packs my lunches (I go to college, and my grandma makes my lunches. yep.) I'll get right on that.

Jealous of the horses! I love horses, but the money factor prevents me from taking riding lessons like I used to.



Probably, yeah. I have a stomach that I would very much like to go away, and a chest that puts serious limits on what I can & can't wear. So frustrating. I'm not actually overweight, but I am at risk, as I learned in my PE class last year, and I'd like to handle the issue.

Try honey nut cheerios for the cereal choices. dont for get to look into the zero budget workout!

AriannaParker
10-01-2010, 01:19 PM
Mmm...Honey Nut Cheerios. What's awesome is we already have those in the house for my mother's cholesterol. And it's not like I don't eat them a lot anyway.

I am indeed looking at the zero budget workout.

Rjr3412
10-01-2010, 01:52 PM
Here are a couple things that are rather healthy and not too pricey that I like -

Oats (fantastically good for you) Get the plain oats, not pre-made oatmeal thats packed with sugars. You can mix this stuff up with other things or make oatmeal out of it. I get like a couple pounds worth in a box from BJ's for like 6 or 8 bucks. The grocery stores tend to charge about that much for somewhere from a third to half as much.

Eggs - A great source of protein, fairly inexpensive, and as long as you don't eat too many yolks (more than one or two a day) its a great source or protein and cholesterol shouldn't be an issue. (especially since oats are good for cholesterol). The egg whites are particularly useful, and you can find stuff to bake for the family with the yolks.

Tuna fish - One can is 30-32 grams of protein, this would probably be 2 meals worth per can for you. Just make sure to get it packed in water and not oil. Also while the albacore is supposedly better for you, chunk tuna is pretty good, its tasty and its cheap.

Chicken breasts - Once again I like to recommend bulk stores like Sams club or BJs and you can get about 10lbs worth for the price of half that at other grocery stores. As long as you aren't buying the super organic, specially fed stuff its inexpensive. Bake it with some low calorie, low sodium condiments and its healthy and you learn some new recipes.

Peanuts - Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, decent protein and not too much carbs. Getting a big 5lb container is about 8 bucks should last a few weeks, and as long as you watch portions with it a great snack.

Natural Peanut Butter - Along with peanuts, natural peanut butter is an equally good source of protein and healthy fats. Note I said "natural" peanut butter and not regular peanut butter. The normal stuff is full of hydrogenated oils which isn't very good for you. It is though the stuff that prevents most peanut butter from separating, so make sure you keep it refrigerated. I recommend Skippy as it doesn't separate, and is quite tasty.

Whey Protein - If you spend any amount of time reading fitness or nutritional forums/boards you'll find plenty of people who both recommend and enjoy utilizing whey protein into protein shakes. Just keep in mind that it is a "Supplement" not a replacement for food. The price can seem high, until you compare what you are getting versus other options of food items. 30 dollars for 5lbs seems expensive till you realize you'll probably get 2+ months out of it.

Hope some of these are helpful. And just remember in your search for healthier items, you can get creative with how you cook and learn all sorts of nifty things.

Saralectric
10-01-2010, 03:33 PM
Way to go on being healthy and stable as you are! I understand still wanting to shed a few pounds, I'm in the same boat.

Some good advise so far for you to work with. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the importance of VEGETABLES in your diet. If you live on rice/oats and chicken/ground turkey, you may find your weight loss progress to be rather slow. These are healthy foods, but even so they are high in calories and lack some very important viatmins that you can and should get from vegetables. Veggies are also very high in fiber (without the carbs of grains) which is essential for weight loss.

Fresh veggies can be expensive at times. Look for things that are in season. Right now is a good time for squash and zuccini. :) As an inexpensive alternative, many canned and almost all frozen vegetables are just as good for you! Just make sure the ingredients list only the vegetables, and not a bunch of additives. Frozen veggies are great to steam or saute and are quite yummy.

It is important to satisfy your tummy with more than just grains and protein.

As a concluding note, remember the ONLY way to loose weight is by a calorie deficit. You can do that the healthy way, or the malnourished way. I recommend the healthy, well balanced, delicious way. But even if you are eating too many calories of the most healthy organic whole foods, you will not lose weight.

Ghai
10-01-2010, 04:40 PM
What I do is more or less cheap. At walmart I buy the great value of instant oatmeal packs. Its ten packs, which is ten breakfast, for a buck fifty. You can cover months of breakfast with atleast four or five different flavors in less than ten bucks.

Second, i buy a big bag of rice. You can use rice for anything. Its great filler and I believe if you get long grain rice it good for you all around as well. Great value tuna is give or take fifty cents a can. If you have just one a day you can get an entire months worth in the range of fifteen to eighteen bucks. Mix that with the rice and some beans and you got a good hearty meal that I lived off of for months and went from 20% ish, probbly more, to 7% body fat in five months. Granted I was also training with a body builder, but the diet is number one.

This is what I do, along with soy milk, random juices, and maybe a snack food for roughly fifty bucks a month. sometimes less. it may sound like a bit, but its good healthy food for less than a video game, for the month.

Side note, if you eat tuna like me though (two cans a day usually) you'll find it easier to just buy it weekly so you don't feel like your spent too much at once.

distantarray
10-01-2010, 06:17 PM
healthy foods are more expensive cause the American Government subsizes bad food choices making things cheaper for the general public. Why else would a salad cost more than a hamburger?



Generally Healthy foods are cheap if you know what to look for and just avoid the health food stores highly marked up prices.

Oatmeal + milk + 3 or 4 eggs great breakfast in the morning
Whole wheat bread peanut butter jelly
Whole wheat bagels with whipped cream cheese (little goes long way)
pork chop and eggs is actually a great meal, lean meat plus egg proteins
lean steaks, chicken etc.

It's pretty much not about what you eat, but when you eat them and how much.

If you want to jog you can get some ephedra and stack it with some caffeine which is amazing fat burning combo probably best ever, it got taken off the shelves for fat burners cause people tend to abuse them like idiots overdosing.

Ephedrine is a bronco diolator so it helps with asthma and a amazing thermogenic and stimulant but if your sensitive to energy drinks DO NOT take it. You can find it at any drug store under asthma medication, but ease into your workouts cause it's very strong.

AriannaParker
10-01-2010, 10:58 PM
Thanks guys, for all the great advice! I plan to start changing my diet ASAP (beginning with salads for lunch from Monday on, with any luck), and hopefully I can cut a bit of weight before Ohayo rolls around.

:)

Brand
10-01-2010, 11:25 PM
Tuna is probably the best deal for cheap protein. Tuna + low Carb tortillas (6 carbs, 9 grams of protein 80 calories) is a good way to get 22 grams of protein and 200 calories per 1 small can of tuna and one tortilla.

I am partial to one egg+2 egg whites + soy chorizo from Trader Joe's for breakfast. Sometimes I will add tofu for more protein. Pretty cheap overall. I get Kirkland egg whites by the box from Costco. Get like 10 cartons per box.

Apples and bananas are inexpensive 59cents and 19cents each at Trader Joe's. I eat at least two bananas and an apple a day as snacks. You can cut up the apple and eat it with natural peanut butter for protein, extra natural fats and deliciousness. I gwenerally will also eat nuts with my fruit to make it more filling. I do almonds but as they're expensive go for dry roasted unsalted peanuts. 2.99 a lbs at Trader Joe's.

That's just to add to what everyone else said. Everything is pretty solid info.

Also about ephedera, what distant said is true, it is used to treat asthma. I'm considering grabbing some as my asthma tends to get in the way of my 6 mile runs and HIIT. Might as well check it out, kill two birds with one stone.

zssfanxxx
10-01-2010, 11:27 PM
Heathly foods are always expensive hunn.
(since they're better for you!):heart: But anyways!
If you're 5'2 and over 140 pounds.. Maybe try dancing or go out for long walks.
It really helped me alot! I'm 5'2 and not even 120 pounds! But I'm still working hard for my future cosplay as Sebastian in Black Butler.:heart:

Also! Welcome to Cosplay.com sweetie ~ :bigtu:

TenshiUyoku
10-02-2010, 12:55 AM
Since healthy foods are generally very expensive, try going healthy, but without breaking the budget!!
(FYI: I've totally been there. I had to live with my brother for a time and we had fifty bucks each week for food, and I was the shopper)

Common fruit like; Red Delicious Schoolboy apples, Granny Smiths, Navel (in this area anyway) oranges and pears are all very cheap and delicious! Taking some apples and dicing them into a salad with nuts (also very cheap) and a vinagarette is my favorite! Also don't buy fresh fruits that are expensive when you can get canned! Pineapple is very overpriced to buy fresh, and when you pick correctly, canned is just as healthy as long as you don't get ones with added sugar! I tend to eat peaches, pineapple and apricots all canned, since in the long run its much less expensive.

Soda crackers are excellent for nom-nom snacky time, good for the waistline and filling when topped with tomato, basil and a teensy bit of mozerella! Same goes with wheat crackers (which can often be found inexpensively).

For healthy meats, go with chicken! Since chickens are small, easy to care for and in popular demand, it's easy to buy and easy to make yummy when you coat in some spices and give it a pan fry in some olive oil! Just try to buy the best you can though, lots of chickens aren't as healthy as they seem if they've been beefed up with bad stuff!!

Exercise-wise, I'd agree with the above! Go for a walk! Try to walk at least twenty minutes a day! When you feel your ready to 'tone', (since I don't know if you have any pudge or are just trying to trim up!) encorporate yoga stretches, pilates moves, sit ups and push ups! You don't have to do it all at once and get yourself out of breath! On a busy day when I have school or work, I take five minutes, go into the bathroom (because the break room is so not fun at work) or to my bedroom and do squats and other 'toning' exercises, so on my lunch break after I eat I can go for a jog (or in your case a walk!)

Best of luck!
Also... 5'2 and 140lbs? XD Unless you have a very petite body shape you sound about right! I'm 5'5 and 150lbs, but I do need to lose about five pounds thanks to my past few weeks of pity partying with friends. (Why do all my friends have to lose their boyfriends and beg me to make cookies and cakes in one go? 0.o XD!!!)

distantarray
10-03-2010, 04:38 AM
Also about ephedera, what distant said is true, it is used to treat asthma. I'm considering grabbing some as my asthma tends to get in the way of my 6 mile runs and HIIT. Might as well check it out, kill two birds with one stone.

just becareful with it, even though I'm a huge fan there's a lot of people who don't like it cause it can have harmful side effects if abused. A LITTLE goes a VERY LONG way on this stuff. I think it's probably good idea it was taken off the fat burner market mainly cause people just kept going after the stronger stuff and fat burners just kept putting in more and more to compete and probably why it caused so many harmful side effects and idiots abusing the drug.

AriannaParker
10-03-2010, 12:08 PM
Ooooh....I love all of you, just so we're clear on that. I've copied all of this into a document, and I plan to start talking to my grandmother (she who makes my lunches) about sending me a salad instead, carrots and tomatoes included, and grapes...so then I'll eat those at two separate times (for the sake of multiple tiny meals instead of 3 big ones). I'll be eating Cheerios for breakfast, and dinner...will probably depend on the night, haha.

Thanks so much for all of the food suggestions! (Especially people who are suggesting rice. A bad experience in 4th grade has led me to avoid rice ever since.)

bkyoung
10-03-2010, 10:34 PM
Okay, my goal is to lose weight for Ohayocon (end of January, for people who don't know). I'm like 5'2" and I weigh about 145 (always...seriously, it doesn't fluctuate--I don't gain and I don't lose, even though I'm a very lazy person and always expect to put on a lot of weight).

Well, I plan to start doing a whole lot of walking (asthma + jogging = bad idea), and I also want to change my diet a bit. The problem is, funds are kinda limited in my house (read: we're close to very poor) and I really can't ask for specific healthy foods to be bought--why is it healthy foods are so much more expensive?

So what I'm looking for is suggestions as to how I can lose weight (the goal is about 20 pounds)...well, foods that we might already have around, or things I can ask my mum to pick up that don't cost much at all.

Arianna P.

i have athesma too and my wrestling coach says that if you push through your cardio it will be less severe everytime you run/ do cardio. my shit used to be pretty bad (e.g. going up stairs would wind the fuck out of me). but this is my second year doing cardio and my athesma is alot less severe. youll go though alot of attacks before it gets better tho :thumbsup: