Blogging The 'write' Way To Weight Loss For Some Dieters

Blogging The 'write' Way To Weight Loss For Some Dieters

When Roni Noone set out to lose 70 pounds, she decided to blog about the experience. Her first posts were little more than the electronic equivalent of a note tacked to the refrigerator: They charted her weigh-ins and a few simple thoughts.

Now, five years later, she’s dropped all the weight and her daily web journal, Just Roni[1], has blossomed into an active community of over 200,000 followers. For the past three years she’s hosted the annual Fitbloggin[2] conference in her hometown of Baltimore.

Noone said her blog has played a huge part in her successful weight loss. “That simple commitment made a world of difference. Something happened. Something clicked,” she said. “The goal of blogging weekly was something completely in my control. It was a conscious decision I made and I only had myself to blame if I didn’t keep up with it.”

Obviously, Noone isn’t the only weight loss blogger out there. As the nation has grown fatter, so has the number of people who blog about being fat. Though no group appears to be keeping tabs on the weight loss blogosphere, the website fitnessblogs.org[3] lists nearly 500 diet and weight loss related web logs, the formal term for blogs.

Most weight loss blogs consist of daily musings, concerning everything from the struggle to shed the pounds, to the frustration of hitting a plateau, to the celebration of success. Some offer recipes, surveys and links to calorie-counting sites and support groups.

The reasons people — mostly women it seems — begin sharing their innermost thoughts about their outermost traits are varied. Alyssa Curran started The Double Chin Diary[4] about a year and a half ago to give herself some accountability.

“I want to share what I’m doing with my audience, no matter how big or small, and I don’t want to disappoint them,” she said.

Fifty-year-old Gail Geden Spenser focuses her blog, Shrinking Sisters[5], on working through some of the stickier situations that arise from trying to lose fifty pounds. For instance, if she feels an evening binge coming on, she tries to reach for the keyboard instead of a snack.

“I’ve shifted my blog writing time to 9:00 p.m. as a way to keep my hands and brain busy during the danger zone. When I do that I’m less likely to wonder what’s going on in the kitchen,” she said.

Gary Foster, a psychologist who is the director of the Center for Obesity research and Education at Temple University, said he suspected a lot of people blog about their weight loss to build a sense of community and find encouragement.

“Losing weight is really tough, so the more support someone can get the better,” he said. “If blogging gives you a feeling of not doing it solo, it could be really helpful.”

Spenser agreed. She said when she first started blogging she knew there had to be others just like her she could inspire — and be inspired by.

“I am 50 with 50 pounds to lose. I realized I can’t be the only one out there in that situation.”

Spenser now has over 250 dedicated followers. She also said many of the best diet tips she’s gotten have come from other bloggers.

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But Foster warned that taking advice from blogger sites has a potential downside. “What’s an expert opinion or not? You may read someone else’s blog and take it as a fact. At minimum it may not be helpful; at worst may be harmful.”

Foster does see a definite potential upside to blogging about weight loss, though. He said writing or reading a blog could be especially helpful for anyone who has been stigmatized because of their weight.

No one knows this better than Kenlie Tiggeman, the 32-year-old political strategist who fired up the blogosphere last year after she blogged about her experience getting kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for being “too fat too fly” — twice. By the morning after she posted her thoughts about the first incident, twitter had exploded with angry words for Southwest and her website Alltheweigh.com[6] was flooded with messages of support. Within hours she got a call from Southwest headquarters, offering apologies and vouchers for free flights.

“I’m sure they never would have reached out unless I blogged it. That’s how I got their attention,” she said.

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References

  1. ^ Just Roni (ronisweigh.com)
  2. ^ Fitbloggin (fitbloggin.com)
  3. ^ fitnessblogs.org (www.fitnessblogs.org)
  4. ^ The Double Chin Diary (doublechindiary.com)
  5. ^ Shrinking Sisters (www.shrinkingsisters.com)
  6. ^ Alltheweigh.com (alltheweigh.com)
  7. ^ Also Read (abcnews.go.com)

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10 Responses to “Blogging The 'write' Way To Weight Loss For Some Dieters”

  1. What Are Some Weight Loss Tips And Ways To Appear Thinner? I am a teenager with a problem and I need help so please help me… I’m? ? desperate. I have Lupus and when it flares up I have to take prednisone which causes weight gain. I want a higher self esteem. Please, can someone give me some weight loss tips like high calorie burning excersices, health food, some sort of plan and also tips to appear thinner. Thanks!

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    • HealthNut Reply

      There are some good tips listed in the answers, here are a few more. Recent studies have shown that having eggs for breakfast will increase energy during the day and act as a natural weight suppressant. Have listed an article on using eggs as a weight loss food. Tracking your daily food intake and daily exercise will help a lot in determining how much you are really eating and working off each day. Have also noted a article that list a few easy ways to work exercise into your routine.

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  2. What Are Your Best Tips For Weight Loss Success? I’m looking for some new weight loss tips, I work out regularly and I’ve cut out excess white sugar and complex carbs, how have you successfully lost weight?

    Please, no advice if it hasn’t worked for you or someone you personally know ?

    Thanks ahead of time for your answers, and I’ll be sure to pick a best answer to give those points!

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      I wish you had posted your present workout plan, but I can give you some tips to get you too the next phase of fitness.

      If you can do LISS(low intensity steady state), early morning easy walking, even on a treadmill for 40mins on an empty stomach, you will burn fat, while holding onto your LBM(lean body mass), which is the key for you to burning fat. Always remember, if you do cardio and weights correctly, you will hold onto LBM, so you can burn fat. If you do things like run on a day you lift weights, you will burn up muscle, a no no, so always choose LISS early morning and 20mins after weights. If you want to run, or do run intervals,only run on days you don’t lift weights…..so again, you hold onto muscle.

      For meals, you should be eating 5-6meals per day, protein/carbs/healthy fats(I wonder why you cut out complex carbs?) They are what supports energy building for LBM, along with protein and healthy fats…..so you boost your metabolism all day. You need to have the proper ratios to support LBM. Eat things like lean steak, grilled chicken breast, tuna, 1-yolk with 2 whites, toast, oatmeal, potatoes, cheerios, olive oil lightly drizzeled over your salad, 4 walnuts, danon light yogurt….with these choices, you can form 5-6 small meals or 2 as snacks easily!

      If you can eat properly to support LBM, and ignore the scale weight, you will look terrific! The above are some of the rules and tips I use for my clients for success! With all my clients, they learn that the scale moves slowly or not at all, or sometimes they gain, but that is because their muscle to fat ratio is so high, and muscle weighs more, but they lose inches and feel great, and need to buy new clothes!

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

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  3. What Are Some Good Tips For Summer Weight Loss? I’m hoping to lose weight for next summer, and I’m looking for some good weight loss tips.

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      After reading a lot of weight loss tips, I've caught myself saying "I'm not going to be able to do that!" I'm sure that we all have. A good summer weight loss tip is going to have to be something that you'd actually do, obviously. Keeping that mind, I hope that you'll find the following weight loss tips helpful to you. Over the years they have helped me maintain my current weight, and they've also helped me lose weight as well. These are some of the easiest and most effective weight loss tips I've found.

      At first, when I started trying to lose weight, I went along with the traditional attitude that eating snacks in-between meals was counter-productive to an effective weight loss program. I cut out snacks from my diet altogether as a result of that belief. I found that the problem was that by the time I sat down to start eating my meal, I was so hungry that I couldn’t control my portion sizes efficiently.

      I found that I can keep my blood sugar at a decent level (and keep my appetite satisfied too) by eating more healthy and sensible snacks in between smaller meals. In fact, over the more recent years, research has shown that you can keep your body's metabolic rate productive and steady by eating smaller meals spaced out throughout the day rather than the traditional "3 square meals" ideology. You can mix your carbs and proteins when selecting your snacks. Low-fat cheese on some wheat crackers and some grapes would be a great example of a healthy snack.

      Portion control can be better managed, and if not, it will become a large stumbling block. You can purchase smaller, single serving foods, and use plastic bags to enforce portion sizes. You can always use regular sized foods, but use small plastic bags to separate out smaller portions in case buying single-sized foods turns out to be too much of a strain on your budget. That's a great weight loss tip, since sometimes eating straight from the original packaging will cause you to eat more than you should.

      The calories in the food will count just as much, even if the food is advertised as either low-fat or reduced in fat. Be sure to double-check your serving size by reading the food's nutrition label. After measuring out the appropriate serving sizes, you can then store them in your plastic bags.

      Another one of the greatest weight loss tips is ice water! Place a small bottle of water in your freezer. This is a great idea to keep your water cold, and most weight loss programs recommend drinking water anyway. After some time, the water will form a small block of ice inside the bottle as it begins to freeze. That small block of ice will continue to keep the surrounding water very cold as it melts.

      Sometimes it's boring to just drink plain water. Just for the sake of variety, you can keep low-calorie flavored waters in the refrigerator as well. Request an ice water with extra lemon slices in it when you're dining out. Then, just add some artificial sweeteners and you've made diet lemonade to enjoy!

      Most of the time, the regular versions of foods that you're used to taste a lot better than their reduced fat and low-fat equivalents. However don't be discouraged, and continue to try the low-fat and non-fat alternatives of your favorite foods. You might be surprised to find a low-fat version of your favorite food, and there's a chance that you'll like it more than the original.

      You also might want to consider that there could be some places in your home that you associate with eating. You might stop and look for a snack while lingering around the kitchen - instead, leave the kitchen after eating. You might be tempted into eating a dessert if you sit longer at the dinner table after you've finished your meal. Instead, as soon as you're finished eating, try getting up and going for a walk. You'll enjoy the extra exercise, plus it will help get your mind off of eating, food, and snacks. You might need to change where you do things to stay away from these "problem areas" if you have a hard time fighting the temptation of food.

      You can help yourself lose weight by breaking the habit of using food as a comfort and as a stress-reliever. You could listen to music, read a book, go for a walk or jog, or just do some exercise. The point is that each different activity you select can be a viable alternative to eating when you need to relieve stress.

      Schedules can become hectic and full very fast. Squeezing weight loss programs in your already busy life can be a very difficult task. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time in one place, but it's recommended to try and get at least 30 minutes of good physical activity each day. You can try to break your 30 minute block of time into smaller 10 or 15 minute blocks. You'll be able to get some much needed exercise by spreading the smaller blocks of time throughout your evening and day.

      Exercise is cumulative, and keep in mind too that getting more and more physical activity can help you burn off calories

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  4. Does Anyone Know Any Good Weight Loss Tips? I’ve been struggling for the past few months to drop the last few pounds I need to fit in my cheer uniform from last year. Does anybody know any good, fast, sufficient weight loss tips that can help me drop 10-15 pounds by at least January? Please help!

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    • HealthNut Reply

      The best advice I could ever give you is losing weight takes time. If you’ve tried and failed many times (which is what I am going through), you have to start slowly. Maybe start cutting out bad things in your diet little by little. You can’t expect to go from eating sugary processed foods and not exercising much to extreme healthy eating and exercising 7 days a week in one day, or even one week. You have to learn to control yourself and that means start small and keep everything under control. Another VERY important thing to remember is to NEVER EVER EVER give up! No matter if you go a whole week eating junk foods and not exercising, that does not mean you have to give up and never reach your goals. Just think, well, next week I’ll do better and get back on track. You have to believe you can do it. You have to want it for yourself and no one else.

      Exercise at least 5 times per week. I suggest strength training and cardio. Let’s say Monday you walk/run for 30 minutes, then Tuesday you would do push ups and sit ups and planks, and squats and then take a break Wednesday and start back up on Thursday.

      As far as your eating you really need to watch what you eat! That is the most important step. Portion control is important. If you normally get a big dinner, then cut the amount of food you get in half and that will help a lot. Another way is to get your plate and only eat 3/4 of the food you have on your plate.

      Eating healthy, lean meats, whole grain breads, and staying away from sugary things and high calorie foods. Always remember that cutting out something bad with something healthy really makes a difference. Drinking sodas and eating candy bars is empty calories. If you replace those things with a whole grain waffle or one small piece of dark chocolate it will really help.

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  5. Can Somebody Give Me Some Weight Loss Tips? I’m sixteen, six foot one and play Volley Ball like nine months out of the year between School, Club and my Advanced Volley Ball gym class, but I can’t seem to get my weight under 200lbs. I know it’s not terribly bad because of my height but just knowing that I’m over weight puts a real damper on my self esteem can anyone help by giving me some weight loss tips whether they be exercise, healthy foods, or anything else you’ve used to lose weight?

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    • HealthNut Reply

      Of course, physical activity helps lose weight, but do not over exert yourself. Do not skip meals either and do not try and starve yourself! There are plenty of healthy foods out there to eat. You can just stay away from fast foods, fatty foods, foods with lots of sugar and lots of salt. You can stay away from carbonated drinks. Water is really good for you. Do not try and lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, usually a rebound effect will happen and you will gain it all back. So, lose weight in a reasonable amount of time. I’m trying to drop some weight myself. I try not to eat as much, because I love to eat! It is better to eat in smaller portions more times a day than eating 3 huge meals daily. Like you can have a little breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner but in smaller portions. I like to get on my Wii Fit Plus because it records my weight and the exercises are not that intense. But you can try walking, running if you are in shape for it. Do not do more than you can handle. But while exercising make sure you drink plenty of water but NOT too much water! Just enough. You dont want to dehydrate yourself or overhydrate yourself. Plus it is a lot of online tips out there for weight loss. Hope this helps and Good Luck!

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