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Old 05-16-2005, 12:46 PM   #11
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Gradually reduce portion size. I used to eat a double hamburger with two slices of cheese. First I cut back to one slice of cheese. Now I'm at one burger with one slice of cheese. I've cut portion size on vitrually everything, but eat whatever I want regardless of fat, carbs, calories. I lost 50 pounds, am at my recommended weight, and have kept it there for 2.5 years.
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:08 PM   #12
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I have tried all the cutting down, cutting out, fad diets, pills, etc....
I lost 60 lbs to get down to 120 by drinking lots of water and watching what I ate and walking 1-3 miles on my treadmill and then i gained back 40 after hurting my leg and not being able to get on the treadmill. I have done the exact same and I will lose 2 lbs and then gain it back. I don't know if I just shocked my system the first time and this time I'm not, or what. I'm at a complete loss. I'm not having any health problems and I'm not considered obese (I'm 5'3"- 157lbs.) BUT, I am not happy with the weight. I know I'll never be 102lbs. again, I just want to be comfortable with what I look like. Of course, my husband (not in the least over weight) doesn't understand. He's says I'm beautiful to him no matter what I look like. I can't make him understand that I can't feel that way about myself until I lose the 40 lbs again. I'm driving him nuts. Does anyone know of a good excersise regimen that isn't going to make me fell like I'm being bent into a pretzel and won't hurt the back?
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:18 PM   #13
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I know how discouraging it can be. I fight an on-going battle with my weight as well. My situation is similar to yours.

Two years ago, I weighed 250 pounds and decided to get back to "fighting" weight. I was tired of huffing and puffing at the least exercise and having to buy new clothes.

I chose a goal of what I weighed at the turn of the millenium - 210 pounds. I decided to go on a reduced calorie/reduced portion diet instead of any of the "fad" diets that exclude an entire category of foods like the Atkins, Scarsdale, South Beach, etc.

I decided to just cut calories as it's the calories that make pounds. That way I would have a wider variety of foods to choose from. I set a daily caloric goal and kept meticulous records of everything I ate. Water was my only beverage during the day. No soft drinks, iced tea, fruit juice, etc. If you replace three cans of soda a day with water, that's 43 pounds a year!

For me, it worked to limit myself to 3 meals a day and nothing in between. Half my daily calories went for breakfast and lunch and the other half went for dinner.

It took me six months to lose 43 pounds. A year and a half later (right now) I had gained back 20 pounds. SO and I went on the same diet 6 weeks ago and I've lost 9 pounds. I am finding it harder this time around to lose the weight. I know if I stick to it, I'll get where I want to be.

For exercise, I walked for 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. If you walk briskly for 30 minutes a day, you'll burn off a pound every 10 days just from the walking!

My point in all this rambling is to tell you not to give up. It's demoralizing sometimes but if you stick with it, you can lose the weight.

Don't give up. Remember, you put calories into your body and your body burns calories. Make the first number smaller and the second number bigger through a combination of diet and exercise and you WILL get where you want to be.
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:34 PM   #14
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If you want a specific diet, there is one on http://www.oprah.com , called "get with the program", I found it in a search on her website. The program was developed by Bob Greene, who is also Oprah's trainer I think. Dr Phil also has a program, it's probably on his website. I'm more apt to eat several small meals per day, with not much junk food or fast food, but I eat whatever I like. I don't drink soda either, hardly use sugar at all, or salt. I've slacked off on exercising which is bad bad bad! I need to start doing crunches again and maybe some strength training with weights. I do walk several times a week.
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Old 05-17-2005, 04:10 AM   #15
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No offense, Andy, but Atkins is hardly a "fad diet," nor does it exclude entire catagories of food. Many who are totally ignorant of the program or know only the soundbites they see on talk shows think it's all bacon & eggs and no carbs at all. But nothing could be further from the truth. You control your carbs and eat low GI foods, but the only "catagory" of foods you eliminate is junk food. Any sane diet will require you do that!

I don't really care whether anyone else "does Atkins" or not, but I wish people would at least stop repeating the same baseless rumors over and over about it.
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:55 AM   #16
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Ron:

I consider Atkins a fad diet. Of course, that's just my opinion. I'm also not totally ignorant of the plan. I am guilty of glossing over some details in the interest of making my point. My point being to describe my thought process in selecting a diet for myself.

You're right, the Atkins plan is one in which you control carbs, not eliminate them entirely. The "control" starts out stricter and relaxes as the diet progresses. Also, certain categories of carbs are more "controlled" than others.

BTW, the current issue of Consumer Reports did a long-term test of popular diet plans, comparing Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, Zone, Ornish, Atkins On-Going Weight Loss and Atkins Induction.

They rated plans over six months and a year, on nutrition, weight loss and dropout rate. The listing in the previous paragraph is in the final ratings order.
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Old 05-17-2005, 04:42 PM   #17
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You can try this if nothing else works for you, try three meals a day that include a small serving of protein in each. A starch, a Protein and a fruit or veggie with every meal if possibe. The Protein should be about the size of a deck of cards for a average size woman. The protein helps burn the carbs, that is what my friends trainer told her and it works for me when I can stick to it ( I just cannot eat that much protein in the morning). It also helps keep your energy up when you are working out alot, especially if you do any work with weights.
This would be an unbalanced meal-Pasta with a tiny bit of meat, garlic bread and a salad. The meal is mostly wheat which turns straight to fat in the body.
Also if you are sticking to a balanced diet, you can have one day where you go off the diet and it is not enough to put the pounds back on.
The old heart smart diet the american heart assoc put out years ago actually has not worked that good for people, the carbs turn to cholesterol in the body. Alot of people think of meat as the bad guy as far as cholestrol but in our country it comes from processed oils, junk food and starch. Try to get the leaner beef and take the skin of the chicken before you eat it.
This would be an example of a day
Breakfast- and egg with a tiny bit of meat mixed in with a half a english muffin and a fruit.
Lunch- Teriaki chicken a cup of rice and a veggie.
Dinner- Hamburger with low fat ground beef and fresh veggies.
Alot of people can just loose weight by cutting out the dairy and taking a quality calcium supplement, or just taking out the soda.
keep trying things, you will find something you like and that will work for you.
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:27 AM   #18
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You make the easy mistake of confusing the Fad popularity it currently enjoys with being a true fad diet. Atkins has hundreds of studies and decades of clinical evidence behind it. People have used it successfully for over 25 years- that's a helluva fad. Hundreds of thousands of people will still be using Atkins to lower LDL, improve HDL, get of diabetes medication and stay thin decades from now when the fad fans have rushed off to the next craze.

It's certainly not for everyone, but it's worked well for me for years. I'd advise anyone not to listen to the soundbites but actually read the book. It's a lot more than this thread would imply, and it's very important to read the book to understand what Atkins aims to acheive. And it's not just weight loss.
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:31 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
BTW, the current issue of Consumer Reports did a long-term test of popular diet plans, comparing Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, Zone, Ornish, Atkins On-Going Weight Loss and Atkins Induction.

They rated plans over six months and a year, on nutrition, weight loss and dropout rate. The listing in the previous paragraph is in the final ratings order.
Be wary of this statement, no offense. This is pretty much the opposite of most studies. Atkins has been shown to be not only effective, but one of the few "diets" that people tend to stay with long term.

IMOHO, Consumer Distorts is rarely a good source of info on anything. YMMV, of course.
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Old 05-19-2005, 10:47 AM   #20
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Zereh, I hope you won't mind but I copied your comments and sent them to five different people I know need to read your idea. It certainly helped me. I am going to make printout for myself to remind myself of the facts you mentioned.

How are you doing? It certainly does make difference when you are eating something that is 'good' for your body.

Could you tell me why people are always eating bagels when they are trying to watch their weight? I see them mentioned everywhere.

Also I have been starting to eat oatmeal more often. We even have it for dinner. My father who never worried about weight never was overweight except when he was young man. He constantly at oatmeal for breakfast everyday. I feel if you are concerned about your health you will accept ways of discipline in order to maintain good health. I can't ever remember where he wasn't eating oatmeal. It wasn't the instant either. Something called steel cut. He did have slice of dark break with it too. Why does it take so long for someone to realize their parents were wise? This always bothers me.

Anyway thanks for the comments. This area is of great concern to me when it comes to eating. Always trying to treat my body with respect and proper care. As I have mentioned before it isn't how your body looks that is important as to how you feel. Blood pressure is more important than the weight. If you are proper weight I hope your blood pressure will be right. Amazing gift if person has good health.
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