How can I lose 250 pounds?

i just need help, where to start, it seems overwhelming. anyone out there lose a bunch, i am 47 and weigh about 450. i had to go on oxygen yesterday. i don't want to miss my life. i need a starting point and game plan. any suggestions?

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driftwood

Asked by driftwood at 4:09 PM on Nov. 8, 2008 in Diet & Fitness

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  • You are not alone. Have you tried weight watchers? The plan is really easy to follow and there is awesome support when you sign up for the program online. They have great message boards and tools you can use. My friend's mother lost 150lbs using that. There is hope and you just take one step at a time. The key to it is to follow the plan the best you can and even if you have that one "bad" thing you just tell yourself the next thing you put in your mouth will be healthy. :) Good luck you can do it!
    candygirl1030

    Answer by candygirl1030 at 4:15 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • You can't do it on your own thats a lot of weight to lose. have you talked to your doctor about gastric bypass

    robinalbright

    Answer by robinalbright at 4:17 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • Along with a balanced healthy diet...start slow. Try walking..if you don't feel like walking outside, walk in place in front of your television. Increase it a little every day. Just walk as long as you can and keep on walking. It will be tough at first. but don't give up. Also get some hand weights to use while you are sitting or watching television. If you don't have any weights- use a canned vegetable in each hand. You can do this. There are leg exercised that you can do while sitting in a chair. You can do this---one pound at a time....Good luck.
    Jmcelroy

    Answer by Jmcelroy at 4:20 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • She most certainly can do it- just because someone has a lot of weight to lose certainly does not mean she can't do it on her own. Gastric bypass can be a good thing (I have a few friends who have done that) but I also have friends that were weighed just as much and have done it without surgery. Driftwood- you can do it, don't let anyone tell you otherwise- you have obviously come to a point in your life that you have decided this is what is what you want/need to do for your health.
    candygirl1030

    Answer by candygirl1030 at 4:21 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • Definitely talk to your dr... I was at close to 400 pounds and I had gastric bypass. It's not for everyone but it may be an option. Do some research on it and talk to your physician to see what options are available and best. You may be able to do it through weight watcher etc.. but whatever you choose, even if by surgery... you will need support.
    bonn777

    Answer by bonn777 at 4:31 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • I am morbidly obese, have suffered a heart attack and had quadruple bypass surgery. My cardiologist put me on the South Beach Diet, and you wouldn't believe how my lab work improved within a matter of weeks. My doctor claims that this diet can reverse heart disease, and completely turn around the lives of obese patients. I believe him after seeing how quickly my lab results changed. PM me if you want to talk. I would be happy to share my experience with you, or just be an ear.
    mamapotter

    Answer by mamapotter at 4:40 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • You need to take it one day at a time. Dont try to rush it. Remember you didnt put it on overnight and you wont be able to get it off overnight. Give yourself sometime.
    Weight watchers is a great start. They have great counslers you can get support from. You can also do it online or go into a meeting.
    Also if it is too hard to do weight watchers and you need to have someone make your meals Jenny Craig is a great system. It is pretty expensive (i was on it and it was about 100 a week for food). You can also join online and have the counsiler call you on the phone. There is also Nurtisystem. It seems a little cheaper but I'm not sure if you get any support.
    Good luck in your diet loss. I would make sure to talk to your doctor as well to get his/her opinion.
    Christiansmom17

    Answer by Christiansmom17 at 5:54 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • I had around 100 lbs to lose, I have lost around 32 so far. I am using a product that is a very effective gastric bypass Alternative. It's safe and very effective in helping you control your portion size which I am guessing is an issue you have. This is great, I know people who were going to get lap band surgery and since this product came out and is working for them they are no longer in need of the surgery. Please contact me if you would like more information.
    BettyBoots

    Answer by BettyBoots at 6:16 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • You really need to speak to your doctor. Losing this much weight is definitely possible, but it's something that a doctor needs to be involved in.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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  • I am in the same boat myself. I know people who have had gastric bypas and the band. Both sound tempting but it doesnt solve the reason why you ate in the 1st place. If you want to do something together let me know!!
    NoreSammi

    Answer by NoreSammi at 9:05 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

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