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I am posting this hoping that it won't get removed but will understand if it is.

I am just sharing weight loss tips and wondering if anyone else has any they would like to share. They have to be healthy tips, not potentially dangerous ones.

Firstly, try to eat 1500 calories a day instead of 2000 or more. This is the best amount to slowly but steadily lose weight.

When I was on olanzapine to break even and not even lose any weight I had to aim for this number of calories and a 2 or more mile walk each day. So exercise is important too. Walking is good, as is going to the gym. Swimming is supposed to be the best form of exercise. So is sex, but without a partner this is not possible.

When it comes to eating meals, a glass of water fills you up so drink one before and during a meal. Eat lots of vegetables with the meal, and when hungry during the day eat some fruit. It is better than a piece of chocolate or something sweet.

Keep busy if possible, don't get bored as that can lead to eating. I find I eat when I am bored. Best to keep away from the kitchen as well.

If you must eat something sweet, eat something low fat or a diet version of some food. Meringues are good as they are low in fat and are not that calorific.

Does anyone have any low fat sweet treat recipes to share? I did have one but I lost it. You can use sweetener instead of sugar in recipes and that helps keep the calorie content down.

Steady weight loss is healthier than quick weight loss so keep that in mind when posting, as this can lead to making yourself ill.

Have also been told to avoid bread, as it sits in your stomach and weighs you down. Is a lump of dough after all. Brown is better than white. Brown pasta and rice are good for you. Making meals from scratch means you can control what goes in your food and there is no hidden sugar. Avoid microwave meals.

Does anyone have any other tips for losing weight??
 
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Interesting,

One of the key factors, I do, and have also been advised, on, is simply to find, an actiivty (s), to take mind of food. I always do my daily workouts, as mental and physically when able to feel to do so, and I'll always, always be getting my needleworking done, and combined with listening to music.


Strangely, I hardly have any bread these days, mainly rye bread, and bread is fattening which I am aware, so I have dramatically cut down and back on that, happily without realising, I am planning to cut back and down, on sugary intakes, and keep on with my usual sort of healthier meals. Mum's not well, with her arm at the moment, so she can't properly cook, so we don't have the usual meat and 2 veg or fish and two veg style of meals these days, we do however, though, via a brand, have vegetarian pasta microwave based meals. Easier for mum and dad to deal with, I myself, at lunch sometimes, I'll have baked potatoes, or I might well aim for a sub sandwich of tuna, with lettuce and sweetcorn, or just sweetcorn, withouit the lettuce, and tuna.


I worked out on Saturday, fitness dvds, and I worked out again, yesterday. I was half hoping to workout today, i'm not well, so I can't.. Hopefully, I'll workout tomorrow, in at home, and then off to Zumba Gold class on Saturday.


Although I am a bus service user, and I always always walk in between, and via setting out from home, I can't don't drive, so therefore, I am always active of sorts. Plus, being on aripipazole, if I may say, it's marvellous, for feeling more active, and not feeling so zombified, where, dare I say it, on olanzapine, this was very much a problem for me. i was so pleased, when aripipazol, came along, back in 2007 July, that year.
It's an expensive med, but it is very much worth it, I feel benefiical from it, and helpful.


I have problems with having milk, and or alpro milk, alpro milk gives me a big problem, towards the ending of the carton amount, and having it daily, so I stopped having alpro,and from now onwards, I am going to be having a type of cereal bar, brand, which doesn't contain, I believe from memory without looking at the packet, any milk, whatsoever, does have other forms of protein in the mix, so I am going to give this cereal bar brand which i have now bought, a try out.


If one is stuck, and if push comes to shove, there is or are, always the complan dietary drinks, or from the range itself, slim fast. This is just a tip this paragraph for others, who don't have a allergic problem, when it doesn't come to the milk situation, only I do.


Certainly, regular exercise, and also finding something else to do, in my case needleworking or knitting, and combined with music, certainly does help, to take mind off food. I do like the idea, though, and this is me, that during the course, of the morning, and afternoon, apart from lunch, breakfast times, I do very much keep out of the kitchen which when on olanzapine, which must have driven me mad, without me realising, I was always always in the kitchen, virtuallly the whole day! On olanzapine, it was impossible, to keep out of the kitchen!

Another trick tip, fitness or health and fitness magazines, yes, that's what I said, by reading these, per magazine, one is focusing positive on keeping up dated on the latest fitness articles, and health articles, and this might even help one to encouage, and literally just by reading, to drop off the excess pounds.
 
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I need to do more exercise. At one point I was walking about 2 miles or more a day but I don't have the opportunity to do that now I've moved home. And the OCD stopped me from doing it latterly before I left my old house. Going to the gym is an option as I can get it for £1 a month but I don't want to go on my own. I don't want to be bullied by the gym regulars as I have been getting abuse from some people and I think some of them are sporty and probably spend most of their lives in the gym. I don't know which one either. So it has put me off going. I think going on a Saturday night when it was quiet was what I wanted to do to stop me from drinking alcohol but it's not open then. So my only other option is a quick walk round the local park which isn't that big. I'd have to go round about 10 times to make it worth my while.

I haven't weighed myself for a while so I have no idea if I've lost weight or not. The last time I was weighed I was about 9 stone 5. I am 5 foot 1 and 3 quarters so that's overweight. I should be 8 stone. So that's just under 1 and a half stone I have to lose. I don't think I'll be able to do it by diet alone and exercise will be necessary. It's just doing it that is the problem. Walking into town isn't an option because of my OCD and the way it affects me, so waling round the park or the gym is the only option.

I need to get motivated. I also need to drink less :wine:
 
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Maybe wear earphones when you go to the gym, no one have ever said anything to me when i go or maybe they do and i cant hear them lol.
i am going to join the gym but i am too terrified to go atm.
 
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Yeah, I'd be terrified they rip them off and shout in my ear. They are not very nice people. I don't want to categorise all sporty people as nasty, but if they partake in macho sports like rugby (which is where the problem is I think) then maybe they feel they have to keep up a hard man persona. They probably wouldn't say much if they were on their own. People tend to bully in front of an audience.

Why are you frightened of going to the gym? I want to go when it's quiet. Less chance of drama then, and the ensuing glaring looks from other users.
 
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Hi all,

I'm afraid that with my extra stresses, and irritible conditions, I can tell that I have gained weight!


I s tarted to eat in between meals again.


Now that I have come to terms gradually, today, with not in the sense of having new glasses, that in fact doesn't worry me, it's in the respect of having slightly weaker eyesight since the previous eye check up.


I have had a lot going on in on the home front, the miserable very wet weather, and a dental appointment which never happened. The only good thing, is, peace and quiet, my brother is away for this week. He'll return home on Monday. In my family, my brother who's a few years younger, and I can;'t get on.



Therefore, and from tomorrow, I hope, no eating in between meals, and recommencing safely with exercising on a daily regular basis, to my fitness dvds. I'll go to zumba gold, the following Saturday.


I also, didn't realise, that having the cereal bars, different sort, contained so much sugar, I'll keep to what I know, and just have cereal, from within home, dry cereal, from now onwards, ah, I would have milk, only the alpro milk kind, unfortunately, and I am the only one who has it, disagrees with me, nearing to the ending of the amount of the carton, even though, I am having it daily, having had had daily.


I'll get my protein from other respectable sources.



Natalie.
 
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HI all,

Now that I have come to terms in respect of my eye check up appointment, Thursday, and I knew that I comprimised with Dental apppointment, which never happened, Monday, to request to rebook, an appointment check up for me, and they okayed,, it, I am less less stressed out, and less irrtible today.

My eating habits have returned to normal, I'm not snacking as much in between meals, and if I should wish for a snack, I'll aim for no sugar, organic based peanut butter sandwich, on rye bread. I always just have one sandwich.


Later on this afternoon, I might well get a workout done, now that my boil problem, elsewhere about me, has been healed up. I'll just do a warm up and stretch traditional aerobics, and then switch after the stretching and do my dvd group exercise salsa workout.


I have a very avialable week, at home for the moment, so I'llutlitlse me, and depending on the heat of the day, to workout. I don't have any voluntary work commitments, and this is another great trick tip, for weight loss, go out to volunteer, and by travelling and volunteering, or unless if you all are in paid work, it's a great motivator, to enable one to keep out of the kitchen, all day long!


I need to workout today anyhow, due to the fact, I was very stressed, in terms of my non Dental appointment, and also discovering I have a weaker reading eyesight, slighly since a previous eye check up.
 
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I have already eaten a quarter of a cake today and am planning to have a couple of glasses of wine tonight so you are doing better than me. I'm just eating an apple to fill up. I am eating more fruit at the moment which is good. I am also more regular as a result. I will struggle to keep to 2000 calories tonight, I won't manage 1500 as I have already had about 1200. I still have to have my tea. If I can break even that will do.

Last Saturday I had a whole cake and a ton of alcohol so I am trying to improve on it this week. I have become addicted to refined sugar and need something sweet every day. I don't know if it's the aripiprazole or not that makes me so dependent on it. I have been particularly bad for a couple of months now. Maybe if I come off it I will lose my need of it.

I'll see if I can stick to the 2000 calories or not. I hope so..
 
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HI,


This is a thought which i have! Whilst being on aripipazole, helps to prevent the pshycotic epsiodes to relapse, and controlling my hearing voices, thoiugh i must say, doesn't work very well for my paranoia, or anxiety at times, that, whether the sugar component in the medicine, is causing my boils to brew up! Plus, at times, through outside external factors, of home, or currently on the home front also, binge eating on choclate, sends my boils problems up. So you're not alone, I am and have been for a very long time wondering the same thing.


Ah! Well, being on med, I couldn't drink alcohol, I was strongly stringent advised of that, by my original very good, pshycartatrist doctor, who has since moved on, and well, I have "stuck to the rules" and I haven't had not one drop of wine, even can I say it, Jewish Wine, for festiivities, since I have been on this aripipazole med, from 2007 July, that year.


I'll give it another few days, before I can attempt a workout, traditional aerobics, warm up and stretching without the aerobic part, component, and switchign fitness dvd wise over to my group exercise salsa dvd segment workout, I'll perhaps, get this done, on Wednesday or Thursday, I'm allowing for the heat to cooldown, so that my boils problems aren't triggered, by sweat. Which is the other worst at this time of year for me to have, problem wise, with a boil, that I'll workout even though indoors, whilst outside is hot and humid based, and in the meantime or allowing for about a week, and a boil brews up! So I'm being careful this Summer.


Thanks for your compliment, as i said right from the word go, I always take since being on aripipazole, more activity now, to keep away from food or the kitchen itself, true, I might have to take my med, later on in the morning, and also to have lunch, after breakfast now, on that note, I don't have what is known as elevenses during the course of the m orning, never have done, I'll take plenty of soft drinking, also have lunch, and about 3.30, today, I had my just 1 round of sandwich. Whilst when stressed free as normal, and or bouncing back from beign stressed out, I am usually like this. Then, now during the week, this is, I'm either on line elsewhere, keeping an eye on my volunteering work emails, and I keep touching base with my email accounts, throughout the day, call up the websites of placements for volunteering organisations, in case I could make an application for something of suitability and interesting; apart from my usual sort of co-ordinator emails received whenever these will happen for mailing volunteering tasks, or for making up packs, getting a workout to fitness dvds done, at some point of the day, preferably, during an afternoon, otherwise, during a course of the morning, and relaxing if any spare time left, needleworkign and listening to music combined, or knitting and with music combined.


So I usually can find things to do, within at home, to enable me to take my mind off food, in fact, parents and I had late afternoon tea, very late, so we won't be having our evening meal snacks, not until at least 7.30 7.45pm.

In my usual frame of mind, stress free I know what my non food activities will be/are, it's when I am thrown off kilter, then, I am all out of gear, and I cannot feel to plan, and my motiivation is lost somewhat, which has been the cause this week. With a better all being well week, next week, I am happily planning my actiivties, within me, at the moment, now, ah, this is what i mean, it's 6.45pm, and I haven't even thought of food again, not once, since having had a late after noon tea, about 5pm.


Anyway, I'll try not to keep you, and I do have a habit i know, of posting long posts! Once i get going, there's no stopping me, jokingly.


Strangely, just after thought, strangely, although I have had breakfast, lunch, afternoon sandwich, and remembering about the afternoon tea belatedly, I haven't had that well, temptation for choclatey items. So hopefully, this non chocklately trend, might continue.



Happing hopefully to achieve - safely does it now, weight loss goals, - why not join in, on the daily exercise with weight to loose thread, which is also under the Wellbeing Forums.



Natalie.
 
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Do they have an daily exercise thread here? If so I was not aware of that.

Don't worry about long posts, it's good to hear your opinion.

I had a funny turn after having my wine before my tea, I felt weak and had to sit down a bit. I also have breathing issues sometimes. So maybe drinking isn't a good idea. I have breathing problems a lot on my medication with alcohol. I haven't had the weak feeling before though. There was 89 calories in each small bottle of wine. I had two, so was 178 calories altogether. But I had extra ice cream so I think I've gone over my limit of 2000 calories today.

I'm ok now, I don't feel weak anymore. But I need to cut down the drinking. You have done well, not drinking for 9 years. I think I need to eat before I drink, and then maybe I wouldn't feel ill. I would be better sticking to spirits though, they have less calories.

I certainly think counting calories works, it has worked in the past and I think works in general, although I am eating a lot of sweet stuff during the day which adds up a lot in the daily intake. It probably also depends what type of calories they are.

I will keep trying.. I need to try harder. :mad:
 
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Do they have an daily exercise thread here? If so I was not aware of that.

Don't worry about long posts, it's good to hear your opinion.

I had a funny turn after having my wine before my tea, I felt weak and had to sit down a bit. I also have breathing issues sometimes. So maybe drinking isn't a good idea. I have breathing problems a lot on my medication with alcohol. I haven't had the weak feeling before though. There was 89 calories in each small bottle of wine. I had two, so was 178 calories altogether. But I had extra ice cream so I think I've gone over my limit of 2000 calories today.

I'm ok now, I don't feel weak anymore. But I need to cut down the drinking. You have done well, not drinking for 9 years. I think I need to eat before I drink, and then maybe I wouldn't feel ill. I would be better sticking to spirits though, they have less calories.

I certainly think counting calories works, it has worked in the past and I think works in general, although I am eating a lot of sweet stuff during the day which adds up a lot in the daily intake. It probably also depends what type of calories they are.

I will keep trying.. I need to try harder. :mad:
 
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Ok, have posted twice, my phone is playing up. Sorry..
 
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Hi again,

I just wanted to share, that I have just had a green tea drink. Green Tea is an excellent source aid for weight loss, I don't like Green Tea with Lemon, anymore, so I just have Green Tea plain, meaning without a flavour added.

Thanks very much, there have been times, I'll assure you, where I have thought - I could use a stiff drink, preferably my favourite, Cherry Brandy, anyway, I overcome this aspect, by rebooting me to get workouts done, when I am physically very well, usually does the trick and makes me never to have even had the idea of alcohol, in the first place.
 
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I know I will eat too much today as I am going to see my mum. She always feeds me up, and says I am very slim. She is talking a load of rubbish. I have tried to tell her that I should be 8 stone for my height. I was told thus by the nurse. I am over 9 stone so I have a lot to lose.

So I can only try to eat as little else as possible before I go out. I have had some cereal and cups of tea. I always use skimmed milk. That helps a bit.

If I don't post again today you'll know I've eaten too much as usual. Tomorrow I will go back to normal and try to keep to 1500 calories..
 
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HI all, HI La Femme Fouolle,


Just to let you all know, and to update you, at about time, I am now dropping off my excess pounds. Unfortunately, I wasn't very well this morning, caused through the heat, so it isn't one of the best tricks to lose weight, anyway, I'm feeling happier, that my excess pounds which I put on over time from Spring into ealry Summer, have now dropped off slightly, I am weighing, a pound under just under 10 st, my height being 4 ft 10 inches. And i know always for my height, I try not to be overweight slightly.


i can't workout at the moment due to the killer heatwave, and regarding my potential problem, and I have had one up already, a couple sorry, boils. So to keep them down, and at bay, I'm not working out for the time being. Pleasingly, though, I have dropped off a pound just under 10 st, and I am feeling happier.


I am still watching my bread intake, not hardly having any, slices of this is, had a sub style sandwich at lunch, now to drink, I'll prefer blackcurrant squash, to orange, squash, and to keep me alert, I'll aim always to have non aspartame, non sugar, cola drink. I always just have water, when I'll workout.


Natalie.
 
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