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Old 07-04-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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To Diet Or To Lifestyle

Step one to a new lifestyle.
It seems there is always the latest frenzy of diets.
Brand name diets come and go as quickly as Octomom
is having babies. Then there are the “Extreme” diets.


I would say over 95% of diets out there work. I do
question ones health on extreme diets that
advertiser losing 7-10 pounds per week; when a
healthy weight loss should be no more than
2-3 pounds a week.

The problem with the word “DIET” is that you can't
stay on them forever. One could end up with serious
health issues staying on an “Extreme” diet over the
recommended length of time.


Forget the diets, forget the calorie counting unless
you're a professional athlete. How about a lifestyle
change. Make a decision, a promise to change the
way you're eating, to excersie consistently, to have
a new LIFESTYLE on your own health.


Start by a decision. Write your goals down on a
3 x 5 card and place it on your bathroom mirror.
The goals should be:
How much do you want to weigh.
When do you want to achieve the new weight.


Be realistic on the time issue. You shouldn't be
losing anymore than 2-3 pounds a week after your
first 2 weeks of your new lifestyle.


Take a head to toe photo. Take measurements of
arms, chest, waist, hips (if female) and thighs. Get
serious, take your lifestyle by the horns.

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Old 07-05-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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I completely agree with your post. It has to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. After you lose the weight, to maintain the loss, you have to change the lifestyle that you led. Two years ago, I knew that I had to lose weight, or else I was going to die young, or have multiple health problems as I grew older. My biggest fear was being told by a doctor that had I not been so overweight, I wouldn't be facing a terrible health condition.
My biggest problem has always been motivation and determination. The littlest setback, and I was ready to give up. As soon as I overate, I'd quit the diet and tell myself I'd start over on Monday. I hated myself and my weakness.
I wrote down what I considered to be my trigger foods..foods that I can't resist, or don't want to resist. Everyone can lose weight and stay healthy if they would just eat in moderation. Well guess what? I can't eat in moderation. I had to face that and accept it. I also had to learn to deal with disappointments. OK, so I screwed up..get back on the wagon...now. Not tomorrow morning, not Monday morning, or after vacation. Do it with your next meal. And, don't hate yourself for over eating again. Just forgive yourself and get your head in the right place before the next meal.
I've lost 170 lbs so far. I'd like to lose a few more, but if that doesn't happen, I'm ok with that. I can't obsess over it any more. I may not look like a model, but I can walk around the block with out hurting, my knees don't hurt, my BP is excellent. I have no weight related health concerns. I can hold my head up when I walk into a room and not worry who's laughing at the fat lady. I'm not a fat lady any more. I'm an average lady. I can live with that.
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Old 07-05-2009, 02:02 PM   #3
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Applaud!!

Wow!! What a great & fantastic success story!! Truly Amazing!! Sounds to me like it started with a decision and writing down what foods you wanted to stay away from. I love how you made the decision on the next meal not next week or next month. Good job!!
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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I also totally agree with you post. I had been on diet for almost 10 years in my life before I came up with an idea that changing my my lifestyle is the best way to loose my weight. I've changed my eating behavior for a year. I had big breakfast every morning, but I didn't eat anything after 5pm. And I lost 20 pounds. I know it's took such a long time, but I can keep healthy!! Happy me now ^^
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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The sad thing is that people now associate the word "diet" with weight loss meal plans instead of "diet" AS lifestyle, what we put into our bodies on a daily basis. If we eat, we are on a diet. We just need to choose a healthy diet.
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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Not bad advice Eric. However, writing down goals and taking pictures has to be followed by method to achieve the goals. If the goal is losing weight, then a change in diet and eating habits is called for.

I agree a lifestyle change is more effective in losing weight AND keeping it off. A diet can help you reach your goal but has to be followed by that lifestyle change to maintain the lower weight.

To lose weight, you must reduce your intake of calories and/or increase the number of calories you burn. I find counting calories is effective in understanding the impact of different foods on your weight and can help you achieve your goals. From the springboard of a diet that involves reduced calorie intake, you can structure a modified eating style that will allow you to maintain your ideal weight.

Exercise is a key part of this plan as well. In addition to consuming more calories, it speeds up your metabolism naturally, improves your heart health and has positive impacts on your cholesterol beyond the reduction of cholesterol rich foods.
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:48 AM   #7
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If I might emphasize the realistic goal thing. So often in my life I've gotten to a weight that I should have been perfectly happy with, only to start thinking, gee, I could lose 10 more pounds and be at my weight at 16. Huh? Who am I kidding. #1, guess what? I'm at least 2 inches taller than I was at 16!!! Another thing, and this is going to sound bad for some of you, good to others, is that I'm simply unwilling to become one of those women whose lives are totally and completely centered on their appearance! I love to cook and eat, but also love the food to be healthy. I workout 2-3 X/wk (that is mostly weight work, resistance training, pilates/yoga), and walk most places I go (and Galena is a largely vertical town, so call it climbing). These things I can do and enjoy my life, without making my entire subject of conversation what I should or should not be eating (as opposed to what I am), doing, etc, to make my body look better.

I guess what I'm saying is yes, it is lifestyle. But don't do what some of my friends and at times family members have done and make it a mission to bore people to death with the details of it all. And remember, every body is completely different.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:03 AM   #8
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The sad thing is that people now associate the word "diet" with weight loss meal plans instead of "diet" AS lifestyle, what we put into our bodies on a daily basis. If we eat, we are on a diet. We just need to choose a healthy diet.
Quite true, but at this point there's no going back.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:48 AM   #9
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Diets only work for a short period. If you want to lose weight and keep it off then you have to change your lifestyle. I did weight watchers and and it worked well. It teaches you how to change your eating habits. I went from 213 to 132. But it only works if you stick with it. I fell off the wagon after I got married and I am trying to get back on.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:50 AM   #10
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Best advice I ever received is the hardest to follow (for a foodie) "Eat to live, don't live to eat"
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