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    Losing 5 stone before trying for a baby

    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to lose 5 stone before trying for a baby. I know I could probably try now at the weight that I am but I want to be as healthy as possible before trying for the sake of my health and my baby's. I have lost 9 pounds so far (by running-I am doing a half marathon next weekend- and healthyish eating) but that is since March and so it has been coming off very slowly and I have been getting a bit despondent. I thought I would start a thread on here to track my progress and hopefully meet others with similar goals. After my half marathon I plan on going to the gym/swimming/running at least every other day for approx 1hour and perhaps tracking calories on Food Focus. My main focus will be on doing lots of exercise rather than going on a strict diet which I have tried before and which made me very obsessive about food which led to me quickly regaining the weight once I got to my target weight.

    Good luck everybody with your weight losses and I will check in again soon...

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    Don't forget that diet is key to fat loss, not exercise. Exercise helps but the food you eat is most important. Don't be obsessive, just be sensible I find eating little and often works well


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    Quote Originally Posted by aesir22
    Don't forget that diet is key to fat loss, not exercise. Exercise helps but the food you eat is most important. Don't be obsessive, just be sensible I find eating little and often works well
    Absolutely right - it's said that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise (in my case 100% diet, lol), so it's absolutely essential to face those food demons, or you won't be doing yourself or your future child any favours, I'm afraid. xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by TracyGWill

    Absolutely right - it's said that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise (in my case 100% diet, lol), so it's absolutely essential to face those food demons, or you won't be doing yourself or your future child any favours, I'm afraid. xx
    Just one of the many websites which mention the 80/20 rule:

    http://www.jasonshonbennett.com/weba.../260710/414523

    By the way, have you checked out the Trying To Conceive forum on here - I think there are people on there who are preparing for conception too.

    All the best. xx

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    Aesir is spot on

    You need to restrict your food intake first and foremost - id set out to lose the majority of your weight via low cal/ low ish carb healthy eating and then add in exercise further down the line .

    I am now 9 stone 12 but was 15 stone 3 in may 2011. I run now and do weights but it was kinda pointless back then.

    Good luck
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    Thank you very much for all your advice. I will certainly aim to eat healthily and Tracy thanks for mentioning the Trying to Conceive forum- I will check that out once I meet the required number of posts. I will definitely be keeping up the running though- I am training for a marathon in the spring (and for that reason wouldn't consider a low carb or very low calorie diet as I need the energy to be able to run properly). I will go for calorie tracking on Food Focus instead. Well done everyone on your weight losses- very inspiring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklyrunninggirl
    Thank you very much for all your advice. I will certainly aim to eat healthily and Tracy thanks for mentioning the Trying to Conceive forum- I will check that out once I meet the required number of posts. I will definitely be keeping up the running though- I am training for a marathon in the spring (and for that reason wouldn't consider a low carb or very low calorie diet as I need the energy to be able to run properly). I will go for calorie tracking on Food Focus instead. Well done everyone on your weight losses- very inspiring!
    Thanks! I don't think anyone was suggesting you shouldn't pursue your exercising, just that it can't be the major focus of any weight loss plan - luckily for me, as I can't exercise for health reasons! My six stone has come off entirely through dietary means, but unfortunately the same doesn't really apply to exercise (not if you have quite a lot to lose). But here's no doubt whatsoever that lots of exercise will help you get in good shape for the hard work that is pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood (assuming this will be your first child?). xx

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    I completed the Great North Run in just over 3 hours with my husband and we had a fantastic day, the atmosphere was brilliant. Hopefully my running speed will increase a bit with more training and as I lose some weight. I have lost another 2 pounds since I last posted on here, so fingers crossed I will get to the stone mark soon.

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    Just my 2 cents here. But I find it helps when you stop thinking of it as a diet. After all a diet is something that is just for a short period of time. Most of us with weight problems will regain if we are on a *diet* because when you reach goal you eat whatever you want. Well you cant do that. This is a life style change to help you during your entire life. You may reach your goal weight but you will still need to learn to maintain which means you cant eat whatever you want all the time, you will always have to focus on your eating.

    Looking at it as a lifestyle change has helped me, its got me more focused rather than looking for an end
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplekylie22 View Post
    Just my 2 cents here. But I find it helps when you stop thinking of it as a diet. After all a diet is something that is just for a short period of time. Most of us with weight problems will regain if we are on a *diet* because when you reach goal you eat whatever you want. Well you cant do that. This is a life style change to help you during your entire life. You may reach your goal weight but you will still need to learn to maintain which means you cant eat whatever you want all the time, you will always have to focus on your eating.

    Looking at it as a lifestyle change has helped me, its got me more focused rather than looking for an end
    I agree with this totally. I lost 5 stone before on a "diet" and then I put it all back on and more. Now I have had to accept this is a lifestyle change and something I will have to keep too even when I reach my target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TracyGWill View Post
    Absolutely right - it's said that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise (in my case 100% diet, lol), so it's absolutely essential to face those food demons, or you won't be doing yourself or your future child any favours, I'm afraid. xx
    Hi,
    I personally wouldnt agree with the 80/20 that that website states and others do. I wouldn't put a percentage terms on it. I believe when losing weight obviously diet is crucial but exercising is also a major part, not only for helping to lose the fat but in terms of being overall fit and healthy and receiving all the other health benefits exercise brings. In terms of just specific fat loss then maybe it is correct but I would not look at t in terms of just fat loss I would recommend a complete lifestyle change not just for fat loss but for a healthier life and also keeping the fat off. Exercise brings many benefits that nutrition alone does not. Building muscle for example helps burn more fat. being fitter and having a higher metabolic rate helps burn a lot more fat 24/7. Being fitter means you have a higher VO2 max( the amount of oxygen your heart can bring in) Oxygen metabolises fat. The 80/20 may be correct in terms of science for specific fat loss but I would not suggest to anybody just to use diet as a means of fat loss I would urge everyone where possible to have exercise plans. You will be fitter and healthier and slimmer for it

    Aje Fitness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajefitness

    Hi,
    I personally wouldnt agree with the 80/20 that that website states and others do. I wouldn't put a percentage terms on it. I believe when losing weight obviously diet is crucial but exercising is also a major part, not only for helping to lose the fat but in terms of being overall fit and healthy and receiving all the other health benefits exercise brings. In terms of just specific fat loss then maybe it is correct but I would not look at t in terms of just fat loss I would recommend a complete lifestyle change not just for fat loss but for a healthier life and also keeping the fat off. Exercise brings many benefits that nutrition alone does not. Building muscle for example helps burn more fat. being fitter and having a higher metabolic rate helps burn a lot more fat 24/7. Being fitter means you have a higher VO2 max( the amount of oxygen your heart can bring in) Oxygen metabolises fat. The 80/20 may be correct in terms of science for specific fat loss but I would not suggest to anybody just to use diet as a means of fat loss I would urge everyone where possible to have exercise plans. You will be fitter and healthier and slimmer for it

    Aje Fitness
    You're quite right, of course, but I don't exercise on medical grounds. I've lost 100lbs so far, through dietary control, and was just making the point that you can lose weight without exercise, but without controlling your eating habits you won't get very far at all. But I do agree is that the best way is to address both. x

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    Thanks for the info AJEFitness. Just a quick update- I have lost 1 stone 3 pounds now so am making slow, steady but sustainable progress which I'm quite happy with :-).

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    I have lost 1 stone 6 pounds in total now. Gained 3lbs over Christmas but kept up the exercise and have lost that 3 pounds again as of today. Bring on 2013- hopefully I will reach my goal and start trying for a baby this year!

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