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30 lbs. in 2 months? Advice please!

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So I would like to lose 30 lbs by August 22nd. I currently weigh about 190 lbs and I'm 5'4".

I have many reasons for this.

1. All of my clothing is size Medium. I currently wear Large and I have to wear the same clothing every week. I can't afford to buy new clothes when my entire closet is brand new. I don't buy expensive clothing either and college is expensive.

2. I want to feel great and confident again. Ever since I gained weight, I feel somewhat depressed and anti-social. I remember when I was at 160 (little bit of muscle too) I was very confident and happy!

I have the whole summer to myself. I excercise daily but I'm thinking of doubling cardio if that helps. I also lift weights.

But I don't think I will be able to lose weight at all. I don't know what to do! I lost 60 lbs. a couple of years ago but I can't do it again. Today I was thinking of starting a terrible diet. I'm not sure how bad it is. I was thinking of eating eggs for breakfast every day (I have good cholesterol) and eating salad (lemon juice) throught out the whole day. If I did this, I would only do it until I lost 30 lbs. Then I would go on a healthy balanced diet.

I'm not sure I can do research at the moment. I can't extract anything I read. I feel like theres so much going in my head (in reality there isn't).

Any advice or help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Hi escobarforlife,

I know you want to lose the weight as quickly as possible, but that eating plan you have in mind is not a wise one and I'll tell you why I say that.  If you do that and then start eating normally after 30 pound loss, that weight will come right back on in a flash. But if you learn to change your whole lifestyle and ways of looking at food, and learn what foods are good for you, the weight will come off of you a little slower, but then it will stay off. My recommendation is to eat lean meats, chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies, a little bit of whole grains, nuts and seeds (in moderation), and absolutely NO processed foods. If it's white bread or pasta or rice, or fixed with white flour, or added sugar, or comes in a box, I would suggest you leave that alone. And drink 64-100 oz of water daily and 3-4 glasses of green tea daily. With that lifestyle, I think you could possibly lose 20 pounds by August 22nd, not feel miserable, not have food cravings, and enjoy life. Best wishes to you!  :>)
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i have exactly the same issue as you...escobar4life~

i've lots tons of pounds in the summer of 2006, i mean really LOTS OF, and i went into a really terrible health status, my period was gone and my hair was fallen off and everything was a total mess.

I had to stop working out in gym and forced myself to eat and the weight just went straight back...

now i'm working out really hard again on my weight and i need to shed off 20 pounds before August 9th but it seems simply IMPOSSIBLE for me to shed off extra pounds off this time.

I'm REALLY confused, i used to work the same way like i did in 2006, but it doesn't work at all!

Anyone can help?
Humorpam, WELL SAID!  Nobody could have done it better or made it more clear and simple!  :)  Mad props to ya!

Escobar, the plan she suggested is as close to perfect as it gets.  If you can stick to it, I know it'll work for you, man.  You will reach your goal (or at least REALLY REALLY close to it)!! 

Edit: You can use the tools on this site to figure exactly (or close to exactly) how many cals you are eating and how much you burn in a day before and after exercise.  Dink around a little here... it's basically the math you gotta figure out and then stick to it. 

I've been losing my hair too amanda. But I don't know when that started happening. I was forced to shave my head. Oh well. I think I look better this way.

Anyways, I really don't think I can do this. How bad is my salad-only diet? I would definately start a balanced diet once I lost the 30 lbs.

I tried counting my calories last year but I didn't lose any weight. Maybe I was doing it wrong.

If you guys/gals think I can lose between 20-30 lbs. in 2 months with a balanced diet, can you help me get started? I really don't think I can do this by myself. I can barely cook. lol.
i lost 25 pounds in 28 days. its not recommended but i feel fine and the weights staying off. i'm a 5'11" 169 pound male. i'm an athlete so i wanted it off fast. i went on a juice fast for four days. i would have a protein powder drink with banana for lunch, one cup of fresh juice in morning and night. on the fifth day i went to a 1500 calorie diet eating all the food humourpam mentioned. i also exercise 60 minutes/day. good luck. 
keep your protein up and have same carbs, veggies, btw.
I really dont think that your goal is possible if you eat healthly. I mean its possible, i lost 45lbs in 2 months but ive restricted my cals to less than 200 a day and the days i dont do that i eat nothing. I mean yea the weight is still coming off but ive been in hospital twice, im hungry all the time, i often feel faint and dizzy.

I wouldnt reccommend doing it the way i have and am. Its dangerous and will prob lead to an Eating disorder as mine has.

Do it healthly, be safe.
omg... u just like me... lol starting weight 190 loest weight 145, but i lost it too fast limited too much and now im gaining :( already at like 150 again :( pleeeez BEWARE
What I have found to work for me is good old fashioned exercise and watching what I eat.  I generally exercise 4-5 days a week for about an hour and a half to two hours each day.  I do a combination of cardio and strength training.  Don't allow yourself to get discouraged if the weight doesn't come off as quickly as you'd like.  If you cut calories and exercise, the weight will come off and the results will last.
You can probably lose 20 and not crash diet.  But salad all day will not be enough protein.  If you ate a very large salad with lemon juice or whatever low calorie thing then add 2 or 3 ounces of chicken and 1/2 cup of rice you'd be much better off and it would still be low calorie in the 300 range.  You should eat a minimum of 1200 calories a day, so you could do 3 meals like that and then 300 calories in snacks and lose weight to be very close to your goal by that time. 

One thing to keep in mind is that unrealistic goals tend to derail you.  Say after the first month if you' ve "only" lost 10 lbs and you just give up in frustration.  You'd never get there!  I think moderation is key to achieving a sustainable weight loss.
Oh, another thing is that if you need some clothing in the interim, check out thrift stores to get a few things cheaply.  That's what I've been doing as I've lost and I've found some pretty nice stuff there.

OMG....who could live off of salad with no dressing for that long!?!?! And why would you want to?!? Eat healthy, eat light and exercise and it will come off.....I've lost 17 pounds in the last month and all I do is eat (approx 1500 a day) and work out!! It's so simple and I don't feel deprived and I've really eaten MORE food (quantity wise) because I've eaten healthier food (fresh fruit and veg and lots of chicken and seafood)...don't starve yourself!! You'll never make it if you go that restrictive all of a sudden and FOR GOD'S SAKE...ignore the people that have obvious ED and are reccomending that you drop your calories below 1200!! You don't want to end up like that!! Lots of luck and love!!
Do you want to lose weight or fat?  Most of use want to lose fat.  If you follow the eating plan you've outlined you will cannibolize your mucsle mass so you will lose weight but you will still be fat.  Follow the eating suggestions above and revise your goals to no more that 2 lbs. per week.  You can safely lose 30 lbs. in 15 weeks or by September 17th.
And you'll gain it all back.  Wouldn't you rather make some smart, permanent changes and lose weight gradually - for life?  Think about it - no more diets!  Just a better way of eating, exercising and living.
I lost 20 pounds in 2 months counting calories, however I started out heavier than you.

Tip 1:

Give up softdrinks, sugar and diet drinks, and switch to drinking WATER.  It's a hard thing to do for many people (heck it took me ages to switch over but I lost weight FAST from not retaining so much water anymore).  You can do it, this will help.

Tip 2:

Run!  There's the learning to run thread over on the Exercise forum.  I hadn't been a runner EVER in my life and just last week I ran my first full 5K without stopping!   You could lift weights and other things, but keep your calorie counting simple... running alone is enough for the first month or two.

Tip 3:

You need to eat AT MINIMUM:

1200 calories + what you burn exercising + more if you walk around or are on your feet all day instead of sitting behind a desk or sitting somewhere else.

Tip 4:

Get a notebook.  Track everything you eat, all the calories you burn exercising (this site has tools for learning how many calories you burn, however if you run then just hit CaloriesPerHour.com and it'll compute the calories for you based on the time and distance you go.  You could rely on a website like this one for tracking everything, but the notebook goes with you everywhere so you can't cheat it... you are bound to it instead.   I used a small 7"x5" No Boundaries notebook from walmart that cost $2.  It has a calendar on the back and a pouch page in it which I would put cheat sheets of what calories were in common foods I ate.

After a month or so writing everything down, you'll be a changed person.  You'll understand portion control.   You'll realize just how many calories are in softdrinks and other crap you ate.   You'll weight less and you won't have had to do anything crazy in the process so the weight will stay off and you'll be a much happier person.
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Here's a diet I used very successfully.  I started lightly exercising (walking, swimming) after I lost the frist 15 pounds when it was more comfortable without 15 extra pounds!

Breakfast - 1 egg scrambled (add herbs or veggies if you wish) with one piece whole wheat toast.  You can also substitute 2 pieces turkey bacon for the egg for variety.

Lunch - salad with a slice of soy cheese, any lettuce and veggies that you want (adding leftover veggies from last night's dinner makes a great addition) with a dressing made with light olive oil (be sure it's a good tasting dressing or you won't enjoy the salad--better to have a few extra calories here and have a great salad!)

Dinner - chicken breast or fish or lean meat--grilled or broiled (use a marinade or blackened type spices for extra flavor) with any steamed (use the microwave--works great for this) veggies you want dressed with garlic and olive oil

Snacks:  piece of fruit (no more than 2 per day) and as much raw veggies as you want

Drinks:  Water, iced tea with lemon (no sugar, of course)

After the first two weeks, you can add one more serving of grains and one more serving of fruit to this diet
Hey everyone! I'm back. My internet wasn't working for the past couple of days so I didn't have a chance to reply.

Anyways, I know what I'm about to do isn't healthy. But I just have to do it. I won't stay on it forever. I will quit once I lose enough weight (about 20 to 30 lbs.).

I did try counting my calories but I don't think they were very accurate for some reason. For example, I didn't know how many ounces/calories of chicken I was eating in a meal. I think I was accurate on veggies such as brocolli. Or atleast semi-accurate.

But I will definately try it again because I know it works.

I have a few questions.

1. What does 'water weight' mean?

2. Is it bad?

3. Will running about 1 hour help alot? (treadmill)

And yes, at the moment I only want to lose weight. I want to be able to wear my size Medium shirts and all. I will work on cutting the fat once I lose 'weight'. That's when I will be counting my calories and eating healthy.  :)

I could probably start counting my calories if someone helped me. Like checking my progress if I'm doing this or that right. I really don't think I can do it myself for some reason (confidence? paranoia?) And I admit, I am not sure if I'll be able to lose 30 to 20 lbs. like that.  :(
Counting calories isnt' hard with this site.  If you're worried about accuracy, buy a diet scale and weight what you eat.  Then log it and it will tell you how much you've eaten.  I bought a digital scale that I can set a plate on.  I got it on ebay for about $16.  As I load my plate up for a meal I rezero and calculate the quantities, then I enter it on calorie count and tally my eating for the day.
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At your current weight, 30lbs in 2 months (literally almost 16% of your current body!) sounds like the beginning of a yo-yo diet.  You'll do ok at the beginning, stall, lose motivation, and at Aug 11th you'll be nowhere near that goal, if you lose any weight at all.  Even in this post you are questioning if you can even do it and it doesn't sound like you think you can. 

Go for half of that goal.  If you meet that goal before Aug 11th, just keep on going.  Eating eggs for breakfast every day is actually fine, just limit the yolks to one or two.  The dietary cholestrol in eggs is NOT related to blood cholesterol.  Also, a few eggs at the beginning of a day is not enough protein (you will lose muscle on this diet and your metabolism will drop).  A salad for every other meal just isn't a reasonable plan.  That is hands down the most restrictive diet plan I have ever read. 

Here is what I would reccomend for diet & exercise:

Lifting days: 1750 calories w/100 grams protein

Cardio or off days: 1500 calories w/100 grams protein

You can actually probably add 100-150cals per day and still come out ok.  Look up a 3 or 4 day lifting routine on the internet.  Men's Fitness or Men's Health has some good ones.  For cardio, I would reccomend high intensity interval training, with the first 3 minutes being at warmup pace, the next 12-15 being intervals, and then a 12-10 minute light-moderate pace.  Long bouts of cardio will just eat up your muscle mass too much (and are usually boring).  The intervals will cut your bodyfat to pieces.  The best part about the 10-12 minute light-moderate pace section in the interval training is that it feels like a reward for getting the intervals done.  I would estimate that you will get to about 175 or less on this in two months, with a gain in muscle mass and a loss in fat.
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