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I've been struggling with obesity for a very long time now. Just last year, I was 200 pounds at the height of 5'3. Desperate to lose the weight and become healthier, I tried using stuff like Calorie-Counters or MyPlate from Livestrong. For a while, I kept eating up to the calorie limit they suggested for me to eat. With this, and including light exercise, I was able to lose 10 pounds. However, I quickly gained them back around the beginning of 2014.

I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. Is it the calorie intake I've been eating, or my exercise, or what I eat? What's the best direction for me to lose weight? I have both asthma and heart murmur, and my cardiologist and physician always tell me to try and lose weight for my well-being, but I struggle so much. I tend to focus more on eating correctly than exercising. Being a college student, I also work and volunteer almost daily, so I have no time to commit to a long exercise routine.
Please let me know what's the best method for me to lose weight.

Thank you,

Hi Hayley,

First of all, I apologize for how late this is getting back to you--your question apparently was lost in internet interspace for a while!

But, to your question.... if you were using one of the websites that was guiding you to take in a certain calorie level and you were able to include light exercise and lose 10 pounds, then it sounds like that was a great plan.
How did you quickly gain the weight back? I'm assuming you strayed from the plan.

Go back to what worked for you. Figure out what is going on during the "good" days that keeps you on task. Is it making exercise a priority? Doing it first thing in the morning? Distracting yourself when you get hungry, or rewarding yourself when you make the best choices?

I'm glad to hear that your desperate measure was eating healthy and exercising lightly; not resorting to some quick fix or diet pill!

Keep up the sensible eating and walking (or whatever works for you) 30 minutes a day or so.
Don't focus on how fast you're losing, but rather that you are learning new and healthy habits!
It's the balance of eating a bit less and moving a bit more that is working--there's no need to force yourself to run on a treadmill for an hour.
Here's a video that says it best:

Stay in touch and let me know how you're doing :)

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD


As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.


I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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