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Some tips I found worked for me:
+1 for kitchen scale. I had bought something to measure ingredients and instead use it to weigh all of our packages. A simple button changes it from ounces to pounds to grams.
The only downside is that larger packages can barely fit on the scale (or they fall off), but if OP is just doing small boxes it should work.
I got this one from Amazon: [link]
There's hundreds of good ones on Amazon between $10-15. I use this one: [link]
Prep everything. Weigh it all raw before cooking.
I love my Ozeri food scale - I got it on Amazon and it's lasted me almost 5 years so far.
Short hair 4ever! I had super long hair my whole life, then cut it above my shoulders after my wedding and declared I'd never have it long again.
I have an Ozeri as well. This one:
Been using it daily for six years in my kitchen. It's remarkably consistent. I can put an empty bowl on it that I weighed six years ago and it still shows exactly the same weight, to the gram.
When it gets gunked up because I spilled something on it, I just take out the batteries and submerge it in very hot water, slosh it around and work the buttons a few times, shake out the water and let it dry for a day or two. I've done that at least half a dozen times and it works like the day it was new.
Not really, to be honest.
I have this one and have no complaints. It does grams, ounces, kilograms, and pounds.
I have this scale.
I had a Fitbit One. It helped me be more active with walking, which my dog also loved. That led to me doing Couch to 5k. Eventually I sold the Fitbit and got a Garmin watch for running.
Do be skeptical. Get tools that you will use, otherwise it's definitely a waste. I didn't want a Fitbit wristband because I thought something on my wrist all the time would annoy me, and I only needed a pedometer. Get what works with your goals.
Hi! I'd just like to leave this here, this is my suggestion for a food scale! I personally use this one. It's cheap, easy to use, and accurate. Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black [link]
I bought this one almost 2yrs ago and works great. Easily switch between g, oz, kg, lb.
Ozeri Pro Digital Scale
I have this one, same brand as the one already listed and similar price. Has grams, pounds, ounces & kilos. I have had no issues so far and it cleans very easily.
I have tested the scale with room temperature water. I assumed the density was 1g/mL & also assumed Temp to be 25deg C. Used a graduated cylinder up to 100mL, got about 100g.
Now in a chemistry lab this would never fly; you'd need a temperature probe, deionized water, water density tables (the actual density sits somewhere around .99 something IIRC) and enough volumetric flasks to be able to test all the way up to 4-5kilos of water in order to ensure accuracy across the entire weight range.
But let's be real, for 12 bucks and some gains ain't nobody got time for that. Grad cylinder and a couple of assumptions is fine for me.
Thank you so much for doing this! I'm just an unemployed college student who is moving into a new place. There are two companies that are interested in hiring me, but they do not have any open positions until the fall so I don't really buy anything right now besides groceries. I love to cook/bake and I am interested in this scale. I am not a Prime member. Thank you for your consideration~
Ok, here's some tips:
0) Are you taking any medications, street drugs, or supplements? If so, those can interfere with weight loss. If you are taking medications, talk to your doctor about your options. He/she might be able to prescribe a medication that won't interfere with weight loss.
1) Go to the doctor and get your thyroid levels checked (blood test for this). Also, ask the doctor to check your hormone levels (blood test for this). Some medical conditions can make weight loss very difficult. If you have problems with your thyroid or hormones, it can be very difficult to lose weight.
2) Make as many meals as possible at home. Count calories using a food scale. Try to eliminate fast food and restaurants from your diet. If you absolutely must eat at a restaurant, get a salad with low-fat dressing.
3) You should exercise for at least 300 minutes per week. Your exercising can just be walking, but it's best if you're at least jogging or running.
If your thyroid and hormones are normal, follow steps 2-3 for a month. If you don't lose at least 4 pounds, go to a doctor again and talk to him/her. You could have a medical condition.
Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black [link]
I have had this one about 8 months now, works pretty well and no issues. It doesn't take up much room either.
We have a kitchen scale which isn't this one but looks and probably is rebranded/identical and it is great for this purpose. Ours doesn't do tenths of a gram so it wouldn't be appropriate for doing DIY soylent, but for measuring out 50 or 75 grams for a meal, it is perfect.
I will probably get into weighing my liquid ingredients as well and just taring for each step.
Here's the one I use, works great!
I have this one. Works great.
I have this one.
I also have the Ozeri. $12.00 for the white one, done. Excellent, simple scale.
I have this one: [link]
Have had it for 2 years or so and it works great. It's a pretty common one to have on this sub too I think.
As someone who has seen dozens and dozens of obese/sedentary people make absolutely astonishing progress in the various gyms I've been a member at, the one constant thing that ALWAYS stays true is that no matter how bad of shape you are in now, persistence ALWAYS delivers results and the more you stick with it, the easier it gets.
There were a few people at my old gym who were basically sent there by their doctors saying "go here or you don't have long to live".
One of them is now a pretty accomplished powerlifter and another woman is running half marathons and 5K's with her sister (who joined the gym a few years ago with her).
As someone who dropped a lot of weight years ago myself, I will say that for most people, this is just as much of a mental transformation as it is a physical one. You have to train your body to get used to doing new things that you weren't used to doing before and you have to train your brain to think about certain aspects of your behavior in different ways than before such as re-organizing your day to make room for exercise, cooking and prepping some of your food in bulk (such as cooking your meat one night and then whenever it's time to eat, grab some and heat it up) which avoids the "well there's nothing ready to eat in the fridge so I better go somewhere to get something" problem and probably most importantly, learning what is in food in terms of macronutrients. How many calories are in something, lots of carbs? lots of fat? Good fat or bad fat? etc.
Myfitnesspal takes all the guess work out of that. All that's required on your end is to buy an inexpensive digital food scale like this one so you can accurately measure your portions.
Once you have been doing this for a couple weeks, you'll quickly know what's what and making meals will be quick and easy.
It's a big change to your lifestyle both mentally and physically and always remember that it's not something that has to change overnight or even over a week or a months time. It took years and years, if not decades for you to find yourself in this situation, like so many others. It's completely normal for it to take a while to get into the groove of things but like I said earlier, the more you keep at it and the more persistent you are, the easier it will get.
Better yet, the more you stick to it and the more weight you lose, the better you will feel both physically and mentally. It will get truly addictive and if there's one thing that's worth getting addicted to, it's making good decisions about your health.
I can't even begin to imagine going back to the old me... the old way of living. I feel better now at 35 than I did at 25. I'm stronger, I have more energy, I look better, etc. It's something I wished I had done a long time ago but I'm glad I decided to make a change when I did before it became a serious health threat.
You've got a ton of knowledge and support here as well as over at /r/loseit and /r/fitness but the main thing I cannot stress highly enough is that once you get an all clear from your doctor PLEASE make sure that whoever you choose as your trainer has their certifications. If they don't, I would strongly advise seeking training from someone else who does. This is something that can be determined before making any gym membership commitments. They would most likely be glad to provide all the credentials to earn your business.
I say this because I know of several people who themselves will lose weight and then decide to start charging people money to train them without any knowledge of how the body works... they just know they were able to lose some weight so they think that they can apply their practices to someone else and get the same results. It don't work that way. A properly licensed trainer knows that there is no one solution for everyone and will give you YOUR workout program and YOUR meal plan.
Anyways, I've rambled on enough here. Good luck brother!
Start with adding a basic protein smoothie to your existing diet. Mine is, 1.5 cups soy milk (I'm lactose intolerant), 1 large banana, 1 scoop whey protein, 3 tbsp peanut butter. That's an easy 700 calories you can drink in about 3 minutes. Simply adding that will make you gain weight right away, guaranteed. After that you can start adding in more things. The simplest way to increase how much you eat, is just to increase the portions of whatever you're already eating. If you eat 50 g of cereal in the morning, eat 100g. If you eat 1 peanut butter jelly sandwich for lunch, eat 2. Simple. You can worry about adding variety after you've actually seen progress, and know how much calories you need.
To track calories I highly recommend MyFitnessPal, definitely the best app out there for helping with gains.
In regards to lifting, strong lifts is definitely a recommended routine. Full body is what you should go for. 3-4 days a week is probably optimal for a beginner, focusing on mainly, and sometimes exclusively: Squat, Deadlift, and Bench press, (and shoulder press). Make sure you are watching videos to learn and practice how to do these properly (this is important!). Also I highly, highly, highly, recommend search stretches for squats, as having good form on these will do you wonders.
GOMAD is a cheap way to get lots of calories, but in my own opinion totally not good for you and not necessary. Also it's a good habit to try to get most of your calories from solid foods, this is because you want to increase your stomach capacity, and your appetite.
One more helpful tip, try to get most of your calories earlier in the day, you might get lazy during the evening and not meet your caloric needs. If you have any questions you can ask me, I'm not an expert but I've gained 30 lbs so far on my journey :)
Edit: Last thing, I highly recommend a food scale:
^ This is a really good one.
I just got my kitchen scale yesterday and I am obsessed! It's so amazing to be able to get the measurements so precise. LOVE IT!
Yeah not counting stuff like sauces and oils can add up to hundreds of calories a day. Your sedentary tdee is estimated at just under 1500cals a day according to iifym so it makes sense that you're losing slower than expected if you're off by a couple hundred calories.
>Do I just get one of those little scales?
Yes. Get one and you'll start to see how portions actually look like. The first time I measured out 100g of spaghetti it blew my mind how little that actually was for the amount of calories it contained. I was easily eating 3-5 servings in a sitting. There are cheap, good ones on amazon. I got this one:[link] and I really recommend it. I really like that it can do negative weight too. Always go with servings according to weight when possible. It's going to be the most accurate.
>Are you an athletic person?
Kind of? I did do sports all through high school and then stopped when I headed to college and that's where I put on a ton of weight. I did start lifting/running again when I started my weight loss, which I'm continuing to and planning to continue doing for the rest of my life. I do like exercising, but at the same time I can get lazy about it.
You should definitely stop doing insanity if you don't think it's sustainable. Exercise doesn't mean the typical running/lifting/swimming type of exercise. Pick something you like! Basketball, dancing, zumba, hiking, rock climbing or basically anything that gets you active and moving IS exercise. Picking up what kind of exercise you would like to do is the same thing as starting a new hobby. You have to look around and try new things until you find something you love. Personally I like weight lifting a lot and it's my main focus because it's amazing for me to see myself progress on my lifts. Also I really, really like the muscle gains. I've never had much muscle my whole life and all this new muscle is a huge confidence booster I have to say.
Also I've started to finally enjoy running again which I did in high school. I used to hate running when I first started out again as well and so do a lot of other people and I don't blame them. Running on a treadmill can get really monotonous and a lot of people, including me, try to run too fast starting out. You should be running at a pace that where you would be able to uphold a conversation with another person. Once I started doing that I liked it again,especially after making a nice playlist to listen to. I really like being able to just plug in and zone out to some great music.
This is the one I got: [link]
Cheap, good ratings, and it works perfectly fine for me.
Good news is here!
I repeat: Eat under your Calorie limit= Winning at Life and weight loss
How do you do the above?
1. Read the Faq: https://www.reddit.com/r/loseit/wiki/faq
2. Buy a Food Scale. Here is an example of one: http://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Digital-Kitchen-Capacity-Stylish/dp/B003E7AZQA/ref=lp_289787_1_4?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1424679455&sr=1-4
3. Use a Calorie tracking app. I use My Fitness Pal, it saved my life.
4. Secret Protip: you can cheat and go over your calories once and a while. Just log it and make sure you don't do it daily. Try your best to stick with it, but a slip here in there is normal and won't hurt you.
That's it. That's how you win. That's how you'll beat this. You can do this. Lets do it now and Look good Nekkid! :D
I got this food scale, works great. [link]
Items I use all the time:
I just use this cheap scale from amazon.
I didn't substitute anything but the website OP linked should have that kind of info.
Awesome food scale!