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Unread 12-12-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Difficult to lose weight

Alrighty so this isnt a my body wont do it post.

A few months ago I got kicked out of my house and now live with my bf. the issue is that I don't really control the food that comes into the house. I would love to buy my own food for there but for one theres no room for it and secondly I don't think his parents would appreciate the gesture. I wouldn't mind as much if the food portions wernt huge, fatty, fried (all types) and sugary. My issue is that I have gained weight and now find cospay a little more mentally challenging. So my question to you guys is:

How can I lose weight when I cant control what food I am given for the most part?

I understand exercise is going to be a major factor. Other things I am doing is drinking more water and just eating less of what they are giving me. Any other tips or good exercises?
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Unread 12-12-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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I would say put more focus on the exercise. I know it's not the best advice, but given what you describe, it's the surest way to overcome gaining weight. I eat a lot of garbage foods (mostly because it's quick and easy to get during the school day), and thanks to a heavier exercise regime and my job, I've been able to lose noticeable amounts of weight regardless of my horrible diet. Until you're able to control your diet more, this is the best and simplest solution I can think of.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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I agree with the above poster, and although I personally hate the "OMG I'LL NEVER EAT THAT ENJOY YOUR HEART ATTACKS" attitude a lot of people have regarding eating healthier food, I would still tell the folks "Hey, this stuff is REALLY not good for you, I want some healthier food choices, and if you try it yourself you'll probably see the difference it makes". I'm not even talking about crazy purist diets or anything, just stuff like asking for more fruit and vegetables or healthier drinks, or cereal that isn't sugar-laden, healthier snack foods (things like nuts or raisins or veggie crackers instead of potato chips and candies), etc. Especially if you don't ask them to also cook it/prepare it for you, asking for some lettuce or apples or healthy juices or such when they go grocery shopping isn't a big expense or hassle, especially if you're telling them to NOT buy you any junk foods. Now, you didn't say if you have the funds, but if you tell the parents "I don't like how unhealthy I'm eating, I want to eat better than that" and can buy some of your own stuff, and cook/prepare it yourself, I don't think they would mind THAT much if it's your own money. You can try a compromise, as always, e.g. they might not mind you doing your own breakfast and lunch, but they can still insist on dinner being a sit-down-and-eat-everything-we've-cooked affair.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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haha thanks guys, unfortunately theyre not my parents so I cant really tell them. Thankfully my job is one where I have to carry heavy bags so I guess I can throw in a few squats while im at it XD
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Unread 12-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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The other thing that comes to mind is although the only foods you have access too are calorically-dense, you could try eating less of it per meal. I understand if his parents are filling a huge plate of the stuff for you, but maybe you could start a routine of claiming to be full sooner so you eventually they get used to you asking for a half-portion for your meal?

Although I am lucky enough to have total control over what foods I eat and what foods are in front of me to tempt me, I still incorporate "bad" foods by making sure I only eat a little (like a handful of almonds is a complete snack, for instance).

My husband's family has gotten used to the fact that I water down all drinks and eat about a quarter of the portions that they do during family meals. It's taken a few years but I stuck with it and they don't look at me funny any more.

Do you know about the free program and app MyFitnessPal? It will help you calculate how many calories everything is so you can estimate how much you need to cut back to not exceed your caloric needs for the day.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 08:00 AM   #6
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The only thing you can do is eat less of their food and try to substitute your own snacks like rice cakes.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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You could always track your calories on my fitness pal or in a journal. Figure out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). Which is the amount of calories your body consumes in day then eat 500 calories less than that. That would set you up for about 1 pound of weight lost per week. Its mostly just a case of being aware of how much food you are putting into your mouth. Good luck. And I hope you can figure it out. : )
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Unread 12-14-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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Offer to help prepare meals. Learn to cook. Sometimes it's not the food you're given, but the way it's prepared. Offering your help is a good way of thanking them for their generosity in letting you stay as well as giving you a bit of leeway toward making healthier food. Don't go in swinging and making one-man decisions on what people eat, because you don't want to make too many waves and end up with upset people.

Trying to exercise when you're not eating well is difficult. Drinking water will help, or lemon-water if there's some lemon juice around. I don't know your situation, but good luck.
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Unread 12-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #9
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I know this feeling. I lived with my ex's family for a few months and they didn't even know what an avacado or kale was. It was nothing but deep fried food slathered in gravy wrapped in bacon for them. It was disgusting actually. And they weren't my family either. But I sat down with them and politely explained that while I wasn't out to change their diet, I wanted to eat healthier for my own sake and take care of my own body. Of course since I was willing to buy my own food, they made a spot in the fridge for me to put just my stuff in, and my own spot in the cupboard too (they weren't big spots, but it was better than nothing). As long as you help them understand that you're not trying to change their habits, there's no reason why they shouldn't support you trying to take better care of your body. And if they don't, well, time to get out of there, or invest in a mini fridge for your own healthy stuff. The only time your diet is truly in someone else's control is when your a child. But you're not a child anymore, and they should respect your decisions when it comes to you.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 09:41 PM   #10
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Offer to help prepare meals. Learn to cook. Sometimes it's not the food you're given, but the way it's prepared. Offering your help is a good way of thanking them for their generosity in letting you stay as well as giving you a bit of leeway toward making healthier food. Don't go in swinging and making one-man decisions on what people eat, because you don't want to make too many waves and end up with upset people.

Trying to exercise when you're not eating well is difficult. Drinking water will help, or lemon-water if there's some lemon juice around. I don't know your situation, but good luck.
This is the first thing that came to my mind as it sounds as if they prepare the majority of food in the household. You can simply appear to be nice and offer a hand in prep, just to secretly use less oils/butters/fats/etc to make a dish significantly lower in calories.

The only other options are those suggested, attempt to track the calories (extremely difficult with food you havent prepared yourself), eat less of the food available (focus more on the vegetable and meat portions, nix the rest of it), and exercise more. You cant get fat if youre conditioning your body to be a calorie furnace!
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Unread 12-24-2013, 05:16 AM   #11
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Well,According to me that nothing difficult to losing weight of the body just we should be take care of the diet habits because energetic and healthier diets are so good for good fitness.Mostly i like the vegetarian diets with some suitable exercises works for keep maintain of the body weight.





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