Your Question About Easy Weight Loss

Donald asks…

How do you use caffeine pills safely for weight loss?

I want to lose a few pounds, and I’ve heard a lot about how caffeine pills make it easier to do so. However, I’ve been researching, and it seems they can become dangerous. I was wondering how to use them specifically for weight loss (I understand that having more energy is unavoidable, but that’s okay), but to do so safely. I’d love to hear firsthand stories.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Caffeine pills may be able to help enhance your weight loss, but it won’t work on its own.

To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat, it’s very simple math. Say you burn 2000 cals per day – then you need to eat less than that, somewhere around 1200-1500 cals per day. You should see results in a month or so, but everyone’s body is different.

Also, why not try a little cardio exercise? Just run or jog for 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week, and that in combination with the calorie diet will cause weight loss results.

Lisa asks…

How effective is mountain biking when it comes to weight loss?

I got a little heavy these last couple of years, and I am looking to work it all off. I am only a little chunky, not fat or anything, but I want the body I once had.

I go to the gym 3-4 times a week, its hard with school and work to go more than that, but I do own a nice mountain bike, and live right next to a mountain preserve, which there is MANY bike trails. It would be easier to take my bike out than drive to the gym.

But my question is, how effective is mountain biking? Is it a good form of cardio? I do weight training at the gym, usually an hour set sometimes longer. Will doing this help with fat // weight loss?

weight loss cardiff answers:

When it comes to weight loss its not a big help.

Laura asks…

What are some foods that are absolutely off limits for weight loss?

Just wondering. I’m having trouble with cravings like I’ll be good when I can control my own food and portions but my dad cooks supper for my family and makes things like baked potato, chicken nuggets, spaghetti and cheeseburgers but with lean beef. Really easy stuff he makes that I’m not sure is good for weight loss is it ok to eat these things and what would a typical weight loss supper look like?

weight loss cardiff answers:

Start checking the calories on EVERYTHING you eat (I recommend the Calorie King website). After a week or two, you’ll start to know without checking what you want to eat and what you don’t want to eat.

Compare those chicken nuggets against a chicken breast. At the SAME calorie count, which do you think would fill you up better … 3 chicken nuggets, or half (one side) of a roasted chicken breast (skin removed)?

Of COURSE you’re having trouble with cravings! You can’t eat enough to satisfy yourself with that kind of food. Not only that, but when you eat pasta, baked potato, and yes … Even the breading on the chicken nuggets (check out “high glycemic” foods), these foods are digested very quickly and rush into your bloodstream. You blood sugars go really high. Then your pancreas dumps a lot of insulin into the blood stream to remove the excess blood sugar … But you’ve digested all that fast-digesting food, so your body ends up lowering your blood sugar TOO much. Then you’re hungry and you have cravings.

It also helps to eat smaller meals, but eat 5 times per day. And to try to always have some protein, because it takes longer to feel hungry again when you’ve eaten some protein.

Better learn how to cook for yourself. Ask your dad if he can give you an allowance to buy your own food.

I am losing a pound a week … A healthy amount that does not harm my body and is not likely to be regained. Because of your age, you can probably eat 500 calories MORE per day than I and still lose a pound a week. But this is a sample day for me…

Breakfast … Instant low-calorie oatmeal with 1/2 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt and 1/2 cup of fresh berries. And a banana.

Mid-morning … Whole wheat low-fat crackers and soft low-fat cheese. Slices of cucumber, a few cherry tomatoes, and a raw carrot. And, over the course of the morning, two cups of caffeine-free, unsweetened herbal tea.

Lunch … Half a whole wheat pita with sliced chicken breast (about 3 oz.), gobs of lettuce, cucumber slices, sliced onion, green pepper slices, and 1 Tablespoon low-fat Ranch dressing. Plus 1 cup skim milk, and 1/4 of a canteloupe.

Mid-afternoon … One slice of Weight Watcher’s wholegrain bread with 1 Tablespoon almond butter. Plus a nectarine and a stalk of celery.

Supper … Salmon baked in foil with fresh rosemary, a spash of white cooking wine and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Half a baked sweet potato with pepper. Lots of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with 1 pat of butter melted over it and a squeeze of lemon. One cup skim milk.

AND 8 cups of water a day.

I have not felt deprived on this diet. Everytime I am tempted to eat a baked good or something else fattening, I think about how many calories are in that item, how it will NOT put off hunger but will in fact increase my cravings … Easy to turn down.

I have lost 10 pounds in 9 weeks. My activity/exercise level would be rated as about halfway between “light” and “moderate”

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