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Hello everyone, my name is Ronnie Willis. I live in Bradenton, FL. I am a 39y/o, never married male. I have been seriously gaining weight since 1991. My present weight is scarry to mention. Of being 6’3" tall, I am remarkably hiding it (362 lbs). Yes, you read it correctly. My e-mail address is fisherman4all2c@yahoo.com, for those of whom may be of assistance. I am in the dire need to get a calorie counter and carb counter. What suggestions can anyone have to offer? Sincerely, Ronnie Willis

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My husband is also 6’3" and about the same weight. We have found that cutting back on candies and ice cream (he’s a sweet eater) and not eating breakfast but eating whatever we want for lunch and not eating dinner has helped. If we get hungry in the evenings we eat popcorn or some fruit like cantaloupe, etc. Also my mother was also overweight and passed away last May. Her doctor told her if she wanted to loose the weight quick that she needed to cut back what she ate. He told her to fix her plate as normal then take 1/3 of it and put it on another plate and eat only that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also told her that she could have a small snack in between like a small apple or piece of fruit to hold her over. I know it is hard to loose the weight. But don’t beat yourself up…set small goals like 5 pounds to begin with. Also there is a medication called Meridia that is a prescription that is a good appetite supressant.

Good Luck with your weight loss!!!


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Well Lets see, if you are that much weight you should EVALUATE what you are eatting, Keep a Little journal(its not girlyy!! haha!) and record EVERYTHING YOU EAT AND DRINK AND I MEAN EVERYTHING, even a damn poppyseed–hahaha!
Good LUCK! Excersice makes you feel a lot better about yourself as well!!!

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:smiley: Hi Ronnie,
Yes, I am a single separated mother of one teenager. Yes, since I quit smoking and had been on arthritis medication, I have put on some weight. I am a shorty, 5’3, so you know weight does not agree with a short person… :frowning: . But recently, I have been in the last couple of months have lost 5 1/2 pounds. I have watched my portions, stayed away from most sweets, mostly use spendra in my tea (hate unsweetened tea), drink sugar free drinks such as orange/root beers etc that still have sorta a sweet taste without the sugar, and do a little bit of that nasty thing called exercise (even if it is a walk after dinner or something). But you see I don’t elimate everything, just watch your portions mostly. Don’t want to make your life merisable. Find a friend to walk with, talk with, and don’t listen to others that are put downers. Remember you are doing this for you, and to make you feel good. Because ifyou don’t feel good about yourself, then you can’t really with no one else around, ok? My email is dreamkatcher64@yahoo.com if you ever want someone to talk to, ok?

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Hey, u wanna loose weight, you gotta sacrifice something. All that jazz about atkins diet blah blah blah…well…my advice is to make sure you dun consume more calories than u burn. All thats been said bout not depriving yourself? Well, convince yourself that those fried chicken and pizzas and really nothing more than fats fats and more fats…you can spoil yourself occasionally, but weight lost is about achange in your lifestyle. Once you get so used to not having pizzas and oily stuff, you won’t really crave for it anymore. Its all about whether you wanna do it or not. Take the long route…short cuts never work!


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Hi Ronnie,

I know where your coming from. I am trying a new system that is geared for diabetics which I am one. You eat 5 small meals during your waking hours. fruit, toast and 1 protein for breakfast. cottage cheese or other protein, salad and fruit for lunch. 1 lean protein, 1 vegetable and 1/2 cup of starchy vegetable for dinner. eat fruit, acouple of crackers and a 1oz. piece of aged cheese or something else small for two snacks, one in the afternoon and one half way between dinner and going to bed. Try to exercise at least 15 minutes per day.
Good Luck,


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I do know where you are, as I was there also. I was 46 5’4" 215 lbs
My daughter had asked her mum to go to a meeting for a dieting class
as she was a little shy so my wife went my wife also followed the plan,
and lost weight. I saw what she had achived and plucked up enough corage to go to the meeting as well in 14 weeks i got down from 215 lbs to 155 lbs my waist size was 38-40 as I startred to by my cloth in USA as they had expandable waist bands, now I am a 32 inch waist and the funny thing was that me and my wife both lost weight but my daughter did not. Now its all to do with what you put in your mouth. sorry to put it that way. but it is true I can give you what I ate for the days that I was dieting if you want.
Kind Regards
Vernon Purcell

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Hi! When you always eat a big meal including snacks, your stomach stretchs; then you always need to eat the same amount of food in order to feel “full/satisfied”. I know it will be hard but if you can reduce the amount of food and quality of foods that you eat for a few weeks, your stomach will reduce and then you will not have to eat a big amount of food in order to feel “full/satisfied”. Therefore, your calorie intake will reduce.

Another approach - if you crave pizza, have 1 piece and a salad; not 4-5 pieces of pizza. If you crave a chocolate bar, take one or two bites; don’t eat the whole chocolate bar. Etc, etc… This method lets you have your cravings but with some control. Remember, you have to change your eating HABITS so don’t think of it as DIETING. Just the word “diet” does something to people LOL. By changing your eating habit with self control, you are able to eat what you like and still manage a healthy weight; along with exercise to burn up those calories so they don’t accumulate.

Another way is to carefully watch what you eat, except for ONE day of the week where you are allowed to have any dessert that you want - ONE small piece of cake/pie; not two. You will find that you will be encouraged to “diet” all week for that one piece of dessert. However, if you “cheat” during the week, you are not allowed to have your special dessert. Example, every Tuesday is dessert day. If you had too much to eat on Thursday, then you don’t get your treat Tuesday. It’s like a punishment LOL

Here’s a tip from my naturopath: when your metabolism is high, you burn calories. Every MORNING, have a cup of “green tea” (available at health food stores and not expensive at all, and it has to say GREEN TEA). This green tea “empties” your body of toxins and also speeds up your metabolism. Sort of a boost!

I, too, am 5’2" and used to weigh 168 lbs. Now I’m back down to 117 lbs for past 2 years (and I’m 43!! LOL). By doing the first two things I mentioned above, I managed to reduce my weight and keep it. Like someone else mentioned, change your food items to include more veggies and such; but remember, too much fruit is fattening as they have natural sugars. Drink your 8 glasses of water a day, it does help. And be more active - will speed up your metabolism, burn calories and take your mind off of FOOD. By keeping your time occupied with activities, your mind also gets healthier. Good luck and hope my opinion helps!

Keep in mind a saying my father used to tell me while I was growing up:
“If you always take the easy way out in life; it always ends up being the hardest.” In this instance, you can take it like: if you always give up to your craving (easy way in life), it will end up being the hardest way (health problems, etc.). Take the hard way (changing your eating habits/foods, doing exercise) for a while until your body adjusts, then it ends up being the easy way (moderate weight, healthier, happier, not hard anymore as far as eating control is concerned because you have adapted well and accepted the fact that this is the way it has to be for the rest of your life in order to stay this way, etc).

Oops… forgot to include what you requested.

Try the following websites:



www.homebasics.ca (exercise and nutrion information plus weight management techniques.

Hi Ronnie,

I learned from weight watchers that, yes keeping track of what you eat is important. Also, on packaged goods, only eat the specified amount per serving…like cereals are anywhere from 2/3 cup to 1 cup… not a whole damn bowl of the biggest bowl in the cubbard! lol !! (and then seconds!) lol
Portion size was the hardest thing for me. Also, drink A LOT of water. It helps to cleans the system. If you deprive yourself too much at first, your body goes into starvation mode and starts to retain starch and sugars from anything you eat, even the low fat diet foods. So take it slow, in weight watchers, even 1/10 of a pound is progress. Weigh yourself everyday, morning and night if it helps and weigh naked or at least with the same clothes on each time. I went from a size 18 to a 14 in a matter of months…That is untill i lost my job, didn’t seem to take as long going from 14-18!! LOL Good Luck!


    THIS WAS VERY HARD TO DO BUT IT DID WORK…GOOD LUCK…FRANCES :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hi, I am 5’3 and a little over 3 yrs ago I weighed 180. I had been on a birthcontrol that made me gain weight. I woke up one morning and decided I wasn’t going to let my weight get the best of me anymore. I changed the way I was eating. I had already been told I was borderline diabetic so I knew I had to do something. I didn’t go out and buy a diet book. But I did get some diabetic cook books and eating healthy cookbooks. It gave me a calorie counter and portion control section. I already knew some of how to look and tell how much was a cup of say rice or pasta and so forth. But they did help me put flavor in my food without the frying. I ate allot of chicken, salads and veggies. I didn’t starve my self.

The funny thing is I picked to start my change at the end of October right at holiday season. Which I was told was the worst time to do that. But I was determined to do it. I joined the local YMCA. I got up every morning and got to the Y at 5:30 am. I started out slow. I walked the treadmill for about 30mins a day for the 1st week. Then I increased my speed and length. Then after I started losing I added weights into my workout. I got to where I was working out for at least an hour a day. I rotated my weight routine. Upper body one day and lower body the next. But I walked everyday at least 30 mins. I loved going to the Y it was time for me. I was doing something for me. When you have a family allot of times you lose that. It made me feel good. I felt bad when I had to miss one day.

I want to tell you. You can do it! You can lose the weight! If I were you I would go to the doctor first. You are tring to lose allot more weight than me and you want to make sure you don’t lose to fast. I lost over 50lbs from late October to late December. It can be done. I went to my doctor when I started losing the weight. I told him exactly what I was eating and what excerises I was doing. He told me that I was doing it in a healthy way. I promise I was never hungery. I had snacks through out the day but they were healthy. I will be more than happy to give you a listing of exactly what I ate. It was good food. I still ate things like hamburger steak with onions, ribeyes and even meatloaf. I just made sure I ate a salad with lunch and dinner. I drank lots of water too. I cut out all caffine for over a month. If you would like me to tell you more just let me know. I know you can do it! But you have to tell yourself you can do it.

Good Luck!!!

With all the fad diets taking over our televisions, bookstores, and pantries, many people have forgotten the basics of healthy living. When you are busy counting carbs, calculating fat grams, and popping diet pills, perhaps you should consider that the “miracle” diet may very well be the oldest one in the book. Low calorie cooking and exercise may very well be the secret to weight loss and healthy living.

A few decades ago, few people knew what a carb was. However, everyone knew that you were supposed to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Now, however, low calorie cooking has been replaced with complicated recipes with hard-to-find ingredients, all in the name of weight loss. How did this get so complicated? Is it possible that you can lose weight without an advanced degree in physics?

The real key to weight loss and healthy living is low calorie cooking and exercise. Most people have one of two problems with this method. One, it seems too easy, or two, it does not magically make weight disappear.

Although people may say they want an easy solution to weight loss, the truth is the complicated methods make people feel like they are accomplishing something. If it is as simple as lowering calories, people are not constantly reminded of what they are doing, so it seems like they are doing nothing. This coupled with the second reason, it does not make weight magically disappear, makes people assume it does not work. People want to look in the mirror the day after starting a diet and see a difference. They want a manifestation of the hard work and effort they are putting forth. However, few long-term solutions make a difference that quickly. Low calorie cooking and exercise are not capable of getting you into skinny jeans in a week, but the real goal should be long-term health and fitness.

How do you incorporate low calorie cooking into a diet based in deep-fried food and sweets? The first step is to reduce the grease and sugar. You do not have to give it up completely, but make it a rare treat instead of a staple in your diet. When cooking your regular recipes, replace ingredients with healthier alternatives or low calorie counterparts. For example, use low fat cheese and milk and veggies whenever possible.

You can also get exercise into your everyday activities. Park in the far parking places at work or at the grocery store and opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps get you into shape.

Stay Healthy!

Your OMAD should be a Vegan Protein Smoothie

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