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trying to eat under 1000 calories a day and 20 minutes on cross trainer..do you think I'll lose 9 pounds In a few weeks?xx

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You're more likely to lose nothing at all (and you'll feel absolutely dreadful). The reason is that your body will go into deep energy conservation mode because it thinks you're in a famine situation.

Cardiovascular exercise is for improving your fitness, not for losing weight. Of course there's nothing wrong with getting fitter, but focus on your diet first. A good start would be getting plenty of wholesome ingredients on your plate (vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy) and dropping all the processed rubbish - that means anything with sugar in it; all "low fat" foods and diet foods; "white carbs" like bread, porridge, breakfast cereals, and pasta/rice. Add some healthy sources of fat (olive oil, butter, coconut oil, avocados) to replace those missing carbs. The weight will drop off and you won't feel like you're starving to death.

And remember - it's the endpoint that matters, not the process. Nobody's standing there with a (very slow) stopwatch to make sure you lose weight as fast as possible :)

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Yes but I'm eatin good foods..like eggs beans jacket potatoes..weetabix..chicken ..just trying to eat less calories..will I lose weight or will I lose nothing.

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There's nothing wrong with those foods as such, but your body knows nothing about calorie-restricted diets. It evolved to cope with Nature as it is, not Nature according to the beliefs of nutritionists. Any animal that isn't getting enough food is experiencing a famine, and the best way to survive through a famine is (a) reduce metabolic rate and (b) conserve bodyfat. You can experiment on yourself if you need proof, but that is what happens.

You may well lose a little weight if you starve yourself, but a good fraction of it will be muscle, and as soon as you go back to "eating normally" you'll put all the fat back on again, plus some more. Reason? You've just been through a severe famine. Your body is going to prepare you to survive the next one ... because all it knows is, you live in a region where famines are common. Therefore you need more bodyfat.

Again, you don't have to take my word for it - you can experiment on yourself if you wish!

You're probably thinking: so there's no hope, then?

Fortunately, you can fix this, but it's rather non-intuitive.

First, stop eating processed foods and/or foods which contain a lot of starch or sugar (eg., weetabix, potatoes). Your body has little use for these. They represent very "fast" energy sources that it has to store away as bodyfat (with the intent of using it later). If you consume fat for energy instead, it's more likely to be burned and less likely to be stored.

Second, don't starve yourself. Eat until you're full. Put plenty of non-starchy veg on your plate, and add meat/eggs/dairy according to your tastes. Do not trim off the fat or buy low-fat synthetic food substitutes! Once your body realises it's getting regular, quality nutrition, it will have no need for large stores of bodyfat, and it will start to discard it. As long as you're getting most of your energy from dietary fat, your appetite will start working again: you'll know what "full" means, and you'll rarely feel inclined to snack or binge.

The beauty of this approach is that it is not a diet. You just keep on eating this way, and the weight stays off.

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So weetabix and jacket potatoes are not good?..I was told they were good for weight loss x

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Is frozen vegetables bad?

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Frozen vegetables are just fine. Certainly a lot better than weetabix and potatoes! However, if you can get fresh ones, that would be ideal. And research creative ways of cooking/preparing them. The British habit of boiling veg to death is probably why most people don't like them :)

Unfortunately a lot of what passes for "heathy eating" advice or "weight loss" advice was dreamed up by journalists with no knowledge of human physiology, or by food manufacturers who want to sell you some profitable rubbish. Not to put too fine a point on it ... they just made stuff up.

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Don’t go down that route. You will be bored within a few days and craving for food. Follow TheAwfulToad advice. Start cooking from scratch and make meals where you know what’s in it. 😊

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I agree with all of the above !!

A very low calorie "quick diet " does not work, or at best it will work for a few weeks then you will regain the weight. What's more, during a very low calorie period our metabolism can change and it is then even harder to lose weight on a second attempt further down the road.

Eat healthy, non-processed, nutritional foods, at the recommended amount for your size (see the bmi checker link from moreless ). Slowly but surely you should lose pounds at a steady rate and, most importantly, be able to keep them off longterm /forever! 😊

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Wekcome , the Toah has given you some fantastic information. A low cal diet #1 starts with make Breads high fat and meat wwith plety of fresh veggie;s Good cheese and milk products. Meat, chicken should be grass and grain plus range free. Seafood food fresh Pacific Salmon, Crabs. Choose all natural organic veggie's, even your butter products. You can make breads-keto, grain free. Really keeping you your carbs low. Best of luck but know starvation they gave you all the reasons. I'll not repeat good post.

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