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I am 26 years old, 5'0 tall and 164lbs. I am definitely overweight and have been every since I had my first child 4 years ago. I mostly have picked up all of my weight in my stomach, waist, back and arms...mostly in my stomach. My stomach is huge. So big that most people think that I am pregnant. I am tired of this. I want to be able to wear what I want to and not feel embarrassed all the time. Its my own fault that I am overweight. I never tried to lose weight after the birth of neither of my kids. I mean, I have tried but couldn't stick to it. I am older now and now my health is more of a concern for me. Diabetes runs in my family. My father has it and he used to have a big stomach just like me. I have always had belly fat but now my eyes are open and I am ready to lose it. I am motivated and determined. I started dieting...I am on the 1200 calorie diet. Which is very hard for me. The next step is to try to change what I eat. I workout at least 5 times out of a week...doing Yoga, Pilates, and hip hop abs. 


One reason why its been a battle because I have scoliosis. I believe this condition has some part in why my fat always ends  up in my stomach. But it does make it hard for me to do certain exercises because my back is always so uncomfortable.


What I want is any advice? Any good diet pills? Any mistakes I can avoid? Anything! I just joined this forum to stay encouraged to be a healthier person.


Hi msmotivatedt,

Welcome to the forum. I know how hard it can be to suffer from scoliosis, even more exercise at all. And with kids and all, its time consuming. 

There are several things that you need to look at, for starters your diet, which you already started looking into. I know a couple of tricks  that may help you. Start by reducing calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. A good way to replace sugar could be taking a Muscle Milk lite, it has zero sugar and a ton of protein that will satiate while also torching my sugar craving. A good trick is a sprinkle of cinnamon in your morning coffee or oatmeal, the spice will help stabilize blood sugar. It also slows the rate at which food exits the stomach, which helps you feel fuller longer.

Get some vitamin C to help balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress and will also makes carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, this will help you burn fat faster. Try bell peppers, kale or kiwi fruits. These have even more Vitamin C than orange juice.

Your body will still need some type of fat intake though. It’s sugar that gets you fat, not the 'fat' that you eat. Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, like salmon, avocados & walnuts. These foods are full of nutrients as well.

Avoid “white” carbohydrates - bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, and fried food with breading. If you avoid eating anything white, you’ll be safe, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length.

Eat the same few meals over and over again. You could mix and match from these groups of foods:Proteins: Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor, Chicken breast or thigh, Grass-fed organic beef.

Legumes: Lentils, Black beans, Pinto beans.

Vegetables: Spinach, Asparagus, Peas, Mixed vegetables.

Here's an example of an schedule you can follow.10am – breakfast1pm – lunch 5pm – smaller second lunch 7:30-9pm – exercising10pm – dinner.

Don’t drink calories. Drink massive quantities of water and as much unsweetened iced tea, tea, diet sodas(no soda at all preferably), coffee (without white cream), or other no-calorie/low-calorie beverages as you like. Stay away from milk, normal soft drinks, or fruit juice. One glass of wine each evening, which I believe actually aids sports recovery and fat-loss. Theres some studies supporting that.

You can maybe take one day off per week to indulge on food you may like.

Get at least 7 hours of sleep at night. People who get less than 5 hours of shuteye a night have higher levels of ghrelin, which increases appetite, and decreases leptin, the protein hormone that tells you when you’re full. Sleep is vital to keeping your weight in check.

For exercises, start by doing short, intense exercises that focus on full-body movements—like squats with biceps curls, reverse crunches, leg raises, fast crunches, sec lunges, mountain climbers, wide grip push up, reverse lunges, close grip push ups, cross crunches. Important thing is to do some cardio, like jumping jacks, rest for 30 secs, then do 5 to 6 of those exercises for 20-30 secs without resting in between them.

Hope this helps. Just make yourself goals and you can reach them.

God Bless.