Your MOST helpful tip to new users.



  • ndj1979
    ndj1979 Posts: 29,139 Member
    Stay away from the message board if you can help it. There are a lot of hateful people here that may discourage you from doing what works for you. Nobody knows everything.

    lol @ hateful….

    so in your 24 post history you have determined the threads to be hateful …

    sounds like someone started a thread and has some serious but hurt going on ...
  • November_Fire
    November_Fire Posts: 165 Member
    There are no 'good' foods or 'bad' foods. There is just food. Eat it. Log it. Adjust. Number-crunch. Want to add 200 cals there? Subtract them from here.

    There are no 'cheat days'. It's not 'cheating' to eat. There are just days. Log. Adjust.

    Don't demonise food.
  • randomtai
    randomtai Posts: 9,003 Member
    Never accept just the tip. :smokin:
  • lindawheeler79
    lindawheeler79 Posts: 10 Member
    There is no such thing as a plateau and/or if you arent losing weight, you arent 'doing everything right'.

    Another member wrote this posting, I would say weight plateau is a real thing but if you gain weight, you might have to wonder why? Its called weight plateau for a reason cos it exists. Perhaps it's nature's way of allowing the body to take a pause from a massive weight loss week before, perhaps it might be exercise (muscle weighs heavier than fat), who knows but this comment is negative in itself by other member because might be giving somebody on here wrong impression about their plateau in weight being their fault etc. I would say 1 week weight plateau is fine but if it's two, then action might be required.
  • ekz13
    ekz13 Posts: 725 Member
    every journey begins with a single step.....and sometimes that step is a pothole....keep walking
  • 72Christie
    72Christie Posts: 11 Member
    All great suggestions -- thanks for posting!
  • luca15306
    luca15306 Posts: 108 Member
    Weigh everything! portion control is definitely the key!
    and logging, everything, as previously mentioned :)
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,342 Member
    log accurately being completely honest with yourself.

    Make friends on here that will support and encourage you on your journey :)

    Be positive, setting smaller goals to begin with.
  • raiderrodney
    raiderrodney Posts: 617 Member
    Be honest with your food diary posts and don't skip anything!

  • catestevam
    catestevam Posts: 27 Member
    Don't give up if you fall off the wagon for a day/weekend/week. It might be discouraging to not lose for that week or two, but its a lot more frustrating to gain. Also, be honest in your food/excercise diary.
  • carfanman
    carfanman Posts: 271 Member
    Try not, do.
  • 302cupcake
    302cupcake Posts: 34
    Drink your water!
  • mrsslls
    mrsslls Posts: 41 Member
    Buy a belt, you're going to need one!

    Water, water, water
  • Beckilovespizza
    Beckilovespizza Posts: 334 Member
    If you have a bad day my motto is... Eat it, enjoy it, log it and forget it. I think its important to always the good, the bad and the ugly! Enjoy MFP!!
  • perseverance14
    perseverance14 Posts: 1,364 Member
    One day at a time...just keep going.
  • jennifer_417
    jennifer_417 Posts: 12,344 Member
    Sounds obvious, but:

    Don't quit. The only way to fail is to quit.
  • Chevy_Quest
    Chevy_Quest Posts: 2,012 Member
    Weigh things when you can
    Every movement is burning calories
    Read all the links

    It is worth researching BMR and TDEE

    Good luck! :smile:
  • KendraT1992
    KendraT1992 Posts: 32 Member
    every journey begins with a single step.....and sometimes that step is a pothole....keep walking

    Love This!
  • molonlabe762
    molonlabe762 Posts: 411 Member
    bump for good links