I'm looking to lose about 130 pounds for free (no joining expensive programs) without having to have surgery - suggestions?
I'm on a budget, so I'm hoping to find some healthy meal solutions that are inexpensive, and a weight loss program that doesn't require joining an online program or a gym. I'm a young college student on a college student's budget. Any advice would be helpful. I want to turn my life around so that I don't die at a young age.
I’ve got a few recommendations that will hopefully help you get started on the path to healthier living. You can find them below:
1) If you have an iPhone/other smartphone check out these apps:
-Fitocracy: it’s basically a social network for those looking to improve their fitness. Here’s a quote about it directly from their website: “Get addicted to fitness just like a video game, only you level up in real life. Join the best fitness community on the planet and get in the best shape ever.”
-Nike Training Club: a fantastic resource with a ton of free workouts. The app even lets you choose a workout based on your current fitness level. This means that beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced exercisers can be provided with workouts/specific exercises that are both safe and challenging.
2) There’s a great blog called, “Don’t Waste the Crumbs” whose tagline is, “A real food journey“on a real budget.” As I’m sure you probably could have guessed, the blog is all about eating healthier without having to spend a fortune. I’d recommend you check it out if eating on a budget is essential - here’s the link: www.dontwastethecrumbs.com
3) ACE (American Council on Exercise) has an awesome, free database of workouts/exercises that was recently made available to the public. You can find it by going to their website (http://www.acefitness.org/), clicking on the right side of the page where it says "GET FIT," and then exploring from there.
If none of my recommendations sound appealing to you please let me know. I’d be more than happy to make some other suggestions for you. Best of luck!
Congratulations on your decision to get healthy!
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Congrats on taking a step forward to taking care of yourself. Do make sure you have had a check up. This way you know where you are with your health.. and what your limitations are. Myfitnesspal.com is really a great site, you can keep track of what your eating and how much exercise you are doing per week. ACE (American Council on Exercise) now has a wonderful site Acefitness.com that can give you great ideas on workouts, recipes and nutrition tips. You can log in on the bottom right hand side of the screen. Having a friend or relative do this with you for support would be great too. Be patient, stay focused and you will do great! Good luck to you..
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I'm glad you are trying to turn things around in your life. It's never too late to start exercising and get healthy. My advice to you would be to get checked by a physician first, before you start working out to make sure everything is in order. Then you can engage in any fitness program you wish.
All of the information given in the other posts is very good. I would seek the advice of a nutritionist or a dietitian before starting any program, since these professionals can provide you with a more accurate and customized diet that is best for you. It's also easier to follow a diet when you know you have someone to be accountable to. Second, if you don't want to spend money on a trainer, join a gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. This way you will be following a fitness program that is taught by an instructor and along with the rest of the participants in these classes, you will stay motivated and have better chances to stick with it. Sometimes trying to do it alone is not always the best way and it might not last. Third, you can then refer to the many different online programs that are available and use them to add variety to your exercise routine. Last, if none of the above works or if you reach a plateau then I would seek the help from a Personal Trainer or Instructor, because they will be able to switch things up and make it work for you. If you are serious about getting this right, then cutting corners might not be the best way to go. Best of luck to you!
I have my clients use Myfitnesspal.com it's a free app and it's great!
Set realistic, measurable goals for yourself.
Set yourself up for success and you will be successful
Think of your membership as an incentive to keep going. Sign up for a year or more somewhere. It'd be the same as hitting a coffee place 2-3 times a week.
It's an investment in yourself and your future. If you go cheap, you'll get cheap results.
The website is called http://biomechanicallyfit.com/.
Good luck Valarie! Keep us posted on what works for you.
Congratulations on your healthy decision.
Now, be sure to do things safely by having a check up with your doctor and discussing your plans and goals.
We get what we pay for; but, if you find a good exercise buddy, walking daily will be so much more fun. Is there a physical education/fitness class for you to fit into your college schedule?
Please remember to eat healthy, too. You can check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Continue taking care of yourself; I hope to hear back from you.
It's a big step to take, but one worth taking! You can't change without challenging yourself and you won't stick with it unless you like it. Losing weight without joining a gym is possible, if you have the dedication! Find something that you love doing and make a workout out of it, if you like walking try interval training, walk slow from one light pole to the next, then run fast to the next light pole and so on. Try getting at least 150 minutes of cardio a week. Weight training is extremely important for weight loss and toning, if you can't afford weights find something around you can lift(water bottles, rocks). Weight training burns calories, boosts your metabolism and makes your body stronger so make sure you add it into you fitness routine. Writing up a plan of what you're going to do every week will help you stick to it and remember, seeing results can take some time but you can do it! Nutrition wise: eat clean; no take out, no junk food, no soda. limit alcohol and drink tons of water!
Best of luck to you!
Congrats on making the decision to exercise and eat healthy. Everyone has offered some excellent suggestions. All of them will help you to reach your goal, you just need to find the one that will work for you.
You can also see if the college you belong to offers any free fitness or nutrition classes. These will be a great resource for you and offer you some support right where you live.
You can also set a weekly or daily goal for both nutrition and exercise. Focus on what you want to accomplish, not what you want to stop doing. For example, I will eat a salad with my dinner and lunch each day this week. I will walk for 30 minutes 5 days this week. Just like you check things off your list of things you have to do for class, you can add these items to your list and check them off as well.
Also, college libraries have some of the best resources available. You may already have tons of books at your fingertips that can suggest healthy, real food recipes and exercises you can do to help you lead a more healthy life and lose the weight. Just look for nutrition books that suggest eatting real food and that don't eliminate whole food groups.
Good luck with your goal!
Also try http://www.oa.org/membersgroups/find-a-meeting/ (OA). They have telephonic and face to face meetings in many places.
Your local hospital my have a partially funded health program for the community.
Actually, your school may also have a program.
Get the support of others. Do not do this alone.
You have taken the first step, explore your options and do what feels doable.
All the best,
At Sparkpeople, you can track everything you eat which lets you know exactly how much you're eating, as well as holding yourself accountable for what you eat. You can also track your workouts as well as your weight. They have articles and a great community of support.
Do you ahve any gym access included in your student fees? My father pays for a gym membership for me, but otherwise, I've lost 60 pounds without spending anything else. It has been almost effortless by simply changing my lifestyle. My goals have been to be healthier, losing weight has been a great side effect of that. I owe a lot of it to the support and educational materials available at Sparkpeople.
Sparkpeople (and youtube, and other sites already mentioned) have lots of videos showing you how to do strength training and cardio without much equipment. Go for it, and good luck!
If you join Sparkpeople, look me up! I'm Josey98.
I'm just wondering how your progress is coming. Have you had positive results? What tools/habits have you adopted and found helpful?
Hope everything has been going well so far,