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Old 10-03-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have tried lots of workouts to reduce my weight . Lots of walking as well. But not a pound that I could loose.

Are there any safe supplements that can burn the fat.

Want to loose just the fat - not the muscle and bone.

I have heard of Herbalife supplements. How are they ? They are very expensive.

Also how is Garcinia Cambogia ?

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I do not think there are supplements just for losing fat.
It takes dieting with a decrease in the number of calories eaten to lose weight. exercise alone will not do it.
they say it is 80% diet 20% exercise.
remember that one pound equals 3,500 calories. You have to decrease the number of calories that you eat a day for a week to lose one pound.
good luck in your journey.
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I fully agree with bizi, there are no short cuts, only calorie control - under supervision of your Dr if you have other health issues and need to lose a great deal.

I cannot exercise at all due to my disabilities and pain and I have, out of necessity, lost nearly 43lbs (20kg) in 20 weeks. I have, under my Doctor, cut my calories to 1200-1400 per day.

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Bizi,

Your answer is very logical. But it is very difficult to
do in real life. It is a difficult journey. Cravings for food are
irresistible many a times. Is it really possible to control
your cravings ?

eg I get a pack of salted peanuts and I just can't stop eating them-
feel like eating more and more. Finish that entire thing in one go.

Also I do not know the calorific value of what I eat.

You must be aware of supplements.
Do they REALLY aid in fat loss,any idea ? I know it is not a wise thing to do.
Most importantly,are they safe ?

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There might be certain food sensitivity or thyroid/metabolic issues as a complicating factor..

Food choices, how it is prepared, limiting of all junk or negative calorie foods..

Bake, broil, steam is lower calorie than fry or sauté.

Fats, butter, oils, sauces, gravies are high calorie

Chips, crackers, cake, cookies, most sweet treats...high calorie..

Lots of saved info in the sticky threads here..recipes, food choices. top 100 foods for health..

http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread2090.html
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Hi EnglishDave,

I must congratulate you. Losing 20 kgs is a big deal. Hats off to you.

I am an Indian. I am a Type 2 diabetic. I am 41. I weigh 94 kilograms. My BMI is 34.6. I am obese. As per height/weight chart for Indians,I am 28-29 kilograms surplus - extremely obese by Indian standards. I have a family history of obesity and diabetes. My father,mother and their sisters and brothers are all diabetics.

I take Glimepiride 3 mg daily in divided doses and Metformin 2500 mg for my sugar. I take Escitalopram 5 mg for depression. I was taking 10 mg before. I am tapering it and am currently on 5 mg.

I wish to lose weight seriously.I take a brisk walk 4 kms daily. After the walk,I feel extremely hungry ,I could even eat an elephant. Ha ha ha.
I eat more than I would have normally eaten had I not done the exercise.
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Amit,

All you need is willpower - a must - a set of scales and a website like:

http://fatsecret.com/

That is my favourite, it lists all the common foods, measures and calories.

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Amit, have you come across the idea of your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)? Your BMR is the bare minimum daily calorie intake that you need - metabolic "fuel" for your liver, brain, heart, etc - it takes no account of physical activity.

The are lots of BMR calculators on the Web - they are probably accurate to +/- 10% or so. One of those, combined with a site like the one that Dave has provided, will let you match your daily calorie intake to your BMR - if your daily calorie intake is less than your BMR you will lose weight - I would aim for losing no more than 1 kg/week - more than that will probably not be sustainable.

The idea of mindful eating might also help. Essentially that means eating slowly, taking time to notice the flavours and textures of your food. Mindful eating leads to satiety (feeling full) after eating a sensible amount of food but eating quickly means you will probably eat too much before you feel full.
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I meant to add:
It takes eating 500 calories LESS a day for 7 days to lose one pound.
They say that 1-2 pound weight loss a week is safe.
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Amit,

I am a Type 2 Diabetic, too, in danger of going on meds until I started on my diet. Now, even my blood sugar is under control. I found out this year that I have damaged my liver with all the fat, but that will heal with the weight loss.

My trigger was a fall where my own weight busted my ribs on my fist as my arms could not stop the fall. Believe me, it is a struggle every day, but I know I have the support of everyone here.

When you are hungry, especially after your walk, drink plenty of water or 0cal/low cal drink - but NOT carbonated sodas, even artificial sweeteners have been shown to expand waistlines.

We support you in your endeavours.

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