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How can a morbidly obese girl lose weight fast and get fit?

The girl in question is my cousin, she is only 20 and is 5’4” and weighs about 280 lbs. What advise can I give her to help her lose weight quickly, and get healthy and fit?
I’m not sure if this is fortunate or not but she doesn’t have any kind of issues, she’s just lazy and she let herself go so far that it’s hard for her to go up and down flights of stairs…

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4 Responses to “How can a morbidly obese girl lose weight fast and get fit?”

  1. Tom said:

    This is a very touchy situation both for you and your cousin I’m sure. Judging by the stats you gave on your cousin I’m sure she has either a medical condition which is making her obese or more likely, she has some serious psychological issues and is using food as a crutch.

    If she’s got psychological issues then there isn’t a diet and/or exercise program that will help her. I would recommend she go see a therapist before starting any sort of diet/exercise routine. If she doesn’t get to the bottom of why she is the size she is then nothing will work for her.

    I’m sorry if this isn’t the answer you’re looking for but it’s def something that needs to be looked at. Good luck and I hope everything works out.

  2. cyn_texas said:

    She is obviously insulin resistant, her body can’t process carbs (otherwise she wouldn’t store this much fat). Atkins requires no exercise or portion control, both are very hard for an obese person. After she’s lost 60-100#, exercising will be much easier.

    Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge bacon, peppers, mushrooms & cheese omelets for breakfast. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

    One can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise your body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition and although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier for you to accumulate fat in the future (since you don’t have all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories). Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

    Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

    The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

    It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

    High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

    Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

    The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.)

    Start with meat & fats & salads for a couple of weeks and then you can slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg and lastly wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods. As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight.

    Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

  3. xAnonomousx said:

    hi there well im 5 foot 3 and 238lbs. although im big my weight isnt much of an issue as im very fit for my size(i play alot of sports etc)

    the best way ( i find) to lose weight is to find a distraction. if you are sitting at home bored then you will eat. i try to go out and do things and keep busy. im even saving up to buy a bike.

    things like polycycstic ovarian syndrome can cause weight gain, she might want to look into it just incase

    hope some of this helps a little

    also there is no point in telling someone to lose weight. they have to feel ready, determined in their own head, all that will happen when you tell them to lose weight is demoralise them

  4. Press said:

    Your cousin is lucky to have some-one like you that cares about her!

    Check out this site for some helpful information…

    And good luck!


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