Oct 2, 2010 - Uncategorized    7 Comments

Tips on how to lose weight

So when I first started working I gained weight because hey you’re sitting at a desk the whole day and u have a corporate credit card paying for all your meals. Man those were the days.. Yum. Well since then I’ve been trying to lose some weight and have found some good methods. My only problem is that whenever I get in a depressive mood I just think ‘ok whatever no one cares what i look like’ and just eat everything for a week! But for the most part, it’s stayed off and when I do want to lose weight it works.. So here they are…

Weight Loss tips

1. First you need to make yourself have a deep desire/burning motivation to lose weight. Look at all the fat pictures of yourself. Look at all those magazines with size negative 0 models in pretty dresses. Watch Indian movie videos of skinny girls dancing. Whatever. You just need to make sure you’re not wishy-washy about it otherwise it won’t work!! OK, so you really want to lose weight and you’re sure about it?….

2. You have to eat a good breakfast. Like a good bowl of cereal, oatmeal or toast. This is really important because it makes you less hungry during the day and balances your nutrition off. Some ppl go to the extent of saying you can eat whatever you want at breakfast because you end up burning it off during the day that’s how important it is.

3. If you’re like me, you just need to munch when you’re doing stuff…like watching a movie – potato chips are a must. Doing stuff on the computer, drinking soda is a must. So instead: Start eating healthy snacks. This is good for when you’re hungry between meals too. Healthy snacks means under 100 calories and low fat. Examples… some crackers and a hungry cow wedge, sliced apple, a bowl of dry cheerios, apple sauce, a small yogurt, a nectarine, some cherry tomatoes, watermelon, baby carrots, etc.

4. No soda. Yeah it hurts at first but you can do it. When ppl drink soda your body thinks it’s drinking water! It doesn’t know you’re drinking fat so it never works to burn it off! Not to mention all the unhealthy aspects of it ie aspartame, losing calcium for ur bones, teeth problems. It also makes you want to eat more sweets. Avoid even juice because it’s almost all sugar. Drink only water when ur thirsty. In fact, drink lots of water all the time. A lot of times we want to eat something but it’s only that we’re thirsty. If you really want something to warm you up some green tea (no sugar) is nice too.

5. Cut down rice and bread. Yeah sux. But we eat wayyyyyyyy too much white rice and bread. Yes, you could go whole wheat and brown rice but just cutting down is easier and helps alot.

6. The typical picture of someone dieting is someone eating gross salad day after day. That totally put me off dieting for ages. But what we need to do is figure out what kinds of ‘healthy vegetables’ we like. You don’t need everything. Maybe for a lunch salad you like carrots and cucumbers one day, spinach and tomatos another. Stay away from dressing unless it’s like olive oil or extreme fat free vinaigrettes cuz ranch or whatever is the same as eating a hamburger sometimes!

7. No chips. No cookies. No cake. No donuts. No desserts. NONE. That’s right you’re on a DIET to lose weight. You just can’t eat this stuff, not even a little bit of it.

8. Find a “one indulgence” that you can use to reward yourself for exercise or doing well with ur diet…ie 2 squares of chocolate, a biscotti, tiny bowl of low fat vanilla ice cream. This is a reward only.

9. For dinner, try finding some soups, salads, fish… or if you have chicken or something eat only an extremely small portion. After dinner stop eating. If you’re hungry after dinner eat only fruit.

10. Fast at least one day a week. This is not to lose weight, bc as we know fasting does not help you lose weight! But fast for discipline and more energy and with the intention of becoming more of a zahid in all aspects of your life.

11. Don’t eat out. Yeah this is hard if you have a lot of friends that love to go out and eat as part of fun. And it is fun. But everything on those menus is pure fat. I mean they’re even fighting to keep trans-fat! There’s so much hidden stuff you don’t know about. Sometimes ppl order a meal not realizing it’s 3000+ calories! or a dessert (1200 calories)!! You’d really be shocked. If you’re absolutely going out, get that book ‘what not to eat’ and check the restaurant you’re going to and try to find the least damaging thing.

12. Read those nutrition books. Go to the library or buy one. They really educate you on how your body works and what foods are full of fat, what’s a healthy snack and so on. I really learned a lot by reading just one book that changed how I think about food.

13. Take vitamins. I’m not sure how this works, but vitamins seem to stop me having cravings for stuff. You know how pregnant mothers have cravings and ppl say it’s because the baby needs some kind of nutrition or something. I think it works like that. Take vitamins so you don’t have so many and also so you can’ t say ‘omg i’m starving myself,  i have to eat (that cupcake) to be healthy!’ Don’t worry ur getting everything you “need”! I used to get nauseous eating vitamins not sure why but I switched to 1/2 a children’s one a day and that seems to work well.

14. Strangely, I found that de-cluttering all your stuff really helps somehow. Maybe because you feel more organized or cleaner, but it just does something, so get to work!! :)

15. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, you have to exercise. Otherwise 1 to 14 does nothing. Seriously it just won’t work. 1/2 hour of *some* type of physical activity every day is what’s needed. Like walking on a treadmill, cleaning, gardening, vacuuming… something, anything active. You don’t have to do the same thing every day, but it has to be something other than sitting on your chair surfing the web (what i do everyday:P).

Well there you have it, your start to long-term weight loss and lifestyle change inshaAllah. Hope those help :D


  • Salaams,

    Hey now, that is a cool post! Great tips. I eat a bowl of Cheerios every morning, along with a banana and tea. Lunch most days is a chicken sandwich (like subway, but cheaper and a 30 second walk from my flat, OK, that makes me sound so lazy!). One thing that didn’t help me the last year or so, the convenience store run by PP’s (Pakistani Punjabis, hehe) just around the corner sells my one of my favorite candies, that wasn’t available in Prague before: plain M&M’s. :-P Also, KitKat :-D Need to cut down on those for sure, though I did use those as reward after passing exams/tests.

    I do eat a good amount of desi food, but I’ve now tried to eliminate the oily dishes, so just sticked to whole wheat chapathi and kebab. This also includes when I cook Indian food, I actually don’t use oil anymore. :-)

    I also have that problem of generally decreased activity at work – at least while studying that is – thus, I also gained a lot of weight over the last two years especially. I don’t go to a gym here – BUT, I do have to climb 90 thick stairs to get up to my 4th floor apartment (flat as I said earlier, I’ve turned Euro, sorry, hehe!) and I do this more than once most days.

    I think that tip about doing something active everyday is great – I do vacuum, but one thing I wish I could get in more of was dong sit-up.push-ups and that sort of work, as it’s the mid section that needs work *blush* One thing that I did do, was bring a hand weight, though over summer of course, I don’t have it and I recently decided not to renew my membership at Bally Total Fitness, as I am not in country for much of the year. Again, one thing I DO have at home, is a relatively new elliptical machines, so I did get a good amount of cardio done, so that is something I recommend to those out there; keeps your stamina up and of couse, your cardiovascular health as well.

    As for food supplements, I’ve been taking Omega 3 (fish oil) tablets and more recently, turmeric supplements, which is also great for your vascular system (prevents strokes, etc) and something that people in India have known for 4000 years through the Ayurvedic treatment system, but is only now making waves in the West. As you mentioned, I think fruits are a great snack, I’ve taken up peaches these days, in addition to grapes, bananas and strawberries.

    The munching, yeah, I tend to have tea when I’m on the computer. I’ve gotten hooked to these garlic flavored things called Bake Rolls here (don’t know if they have them anywhere in the US), which seem healthy.

    We do have the occasional restaurant outing with classmates of course, but I try to keep it decent in terms of fat content/dessert – most of the time, I don’t get dessert to be honest and only eat cake when we have potluck-type get togethers.

    I have never read nutrition books though and don’t know if I’ll ever start to be honest, but we’ll see.

    Guess what? I am actually fasting today – to make up for one of the many days Ramadhan of course, but it also feels good to clear out the old GIT as well.

    OK, I think that is it for now, sorry to detail my own issues, but just wanted to share, hope you don’t mind! :-)

  • lol..nice tips :)
    I just eat whatever I want and burn it off with two hours of kickboxing and weight training everyday..works perfect for me :D

  • Salam Baba bhai :)
    I can’t say if this is typical desi mentality but looks like the Western notion of weight loss/healthy eating is very very complicated.
    I couldn’t care less what I eat and so is the case with most of Hyderabadis (which is why most of them have bellies the size of hot air balloons..lol).
    I just eat everything and burn it off..if I overeat,I overwork.That’s my basic rule.I can’t imagine myself or as a matter of fact, any other Hyderabadi calculating calories and reading labels and planning what to eat and what not to.Seems a lot of work..hehehe..meanwhile,wisdom lies in conserving energy because you never know when the next life saving nourishment (aka Biryani) will come your way. :D

  • Bro Arhaan,

    You sound quite smug :P But believe me we were all thin and energetic when we were young and ate anything we wanted. It’s later in life when the metabolism slows down, and the lifestyle changes. We, everyone here, has cars and don’t walk anywhere, whereas it’s not as usual in India. We have way more packaged foods and restaurants that pack on the calories than people in India who usually eat home food with mostly natural things. As I mentioned one meal could be 3000 calories because it’s the way its made. BTW with the rise of the middle class obesity has risen in India as well. Pretty soon you’ll need these tips :)

    Take care

  • hehehe..I just hope I won’t need those tips..ever..InshAllah.

    But yea,I guess the differences between our lifestyles makes it the way it is.

    On the age thing,of course being younger makes it easier for me but I don’t think most of you are too old to have creaky bones and rickety joints..I believe in the saying “age is just a number” coz I’ve been around healthy people all my life..my dad,who never had any age related health problems (though my mum has a few :P) and now my coach who has an eight pack at 44 :O

  • I’m not overweight and I thank God.Inshallah I plan 2 live a healthy life!

  • salams i hav a suggestion. Has any1 used paiyouji i have its natural and iv lost nearly 2stone in 3 munths alhamdulilah x