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Old 02-16-2007, 12:38 PM   #11
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Isn't the first month of the diet just trying to get you slowly used to better lifestyle habits?


1-2lb/week is a safe amount of weight to lose and keep off - there are fad diets that you will lose weight faster but then the vast majority people but the weight back on (and more) right away
you need to learn a lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life



(you don't need to worry about water intoxication unless you are drinking all 8 glasses of water at one sitting)
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:49 PM   #12
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Slow and steady, healthy food in moderation and exercise is the way to get it off and keep it off. When I feel I want to lose weight, I do Weight Watchers. I can eat anything and the point system is very easy once you grasp the concept.

The lady that died from water intoxication wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom and it was a contest that went bad.

I easily drink a gallon of water over the course of a day.
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:51 AM   #13
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Please don't get discouraged about how slowly the weight is coming off. I started eating healthy in January. I had eaten healthy before (about three times), and stopped each time at 20 pounds, for one reason or another. I ended up gaining the weight back and then some. This time, I have the means to stay eating healthier. I'm trying to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I never had a problem eating them, I just liked the other stuff better. Now I've lost 17 pounds....223 down from 240. Another 28 pounds, and I'll be at the weight I was when I got pregnant. My goal is to get down to around 130 or so....so I'm going to keep on going. The last time I was that low was when I was a freshman in high school. I splurged a little last week, only because it was Teacher Appreciation Week, and they had lots of goodies for us. Just don't get discouraged....the weight WILL come off, slowly but surely.
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:14 PM   #14
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Why would anyone want to be "on a diet?" The term itself denotes some procedure you are going to start at one point and stop at another point. This is most likely the reason Oprah's weight keeps yoyoing between svelte and and slovenly.

You do not go "on a diet." You change your lifestyle to incorporate good, healthy eating habits, and continue this lifestyle for the rest of your natural life.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:15 PM   #15
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Dear Phantomtigger,what a nice note you posted, I'm recuperating from a nasal ,throat thing, taking antibiotics and a bunch of meds, today is the first day I feel like reading, and there's your lovely note!
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:39 PM   #16
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Diet is a 4-letter word ... but it basically boils down to mean "what you eat" on a regular basis. It can be a good diet (balanced) or a bad diet (heavy in saturated fats, carbs, sugar, salt, and low in vitamins, antioxidents, minerals, etc.) it can be high calorie or low calorie, it can be deficient in certain areas, it can be good for you, or it can be unhealthy ... but your diet is what you eat. You can't go "on a diet" - you are already on one. But, you can make adjustments to your diet to make it healthier.

The best thing you can do is eat a balanced diet, decrease your daily caloric intake, and increase your daily exercise level. One pound = 3,500 Calories - for every 3,500 calories more than your body needs you gain a pound, for every 3,500 calories burned over what you consume, you lose a pound.

Rapid weight loss diet plans only work for a while before your body's metabolism changes - and the weight loss stops. When that happns, and you change your diet, you can put the weight you lost right back on and then some because you body is anticipating the next "period of famine". A slow, steady weight loss is sustainable ... raipd weight loss is not.

A couple of things to consider:

1. If you eat a balanced diet and decrease your calories by just 500 calories a day, and walk briskly for about 30-minutes after supper - you'll probably drop a pound a week. Jogging doesn't burn any more calories than walking - it just burns them quicker - but you have to be in shape to jog. Swimming is probably the best exercise for burning calories, followed by riding a bicycle without gears - the old "one speed" bikes most of use grew up with before the 3-speed and 10-speed became so popular. If you haven't been exercising for a while you have to work up to it ... NO ONE SHOULD EVER START AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WITHOUT TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!!! And, I can't emphasize that enough!!! You may have other health issues that would limit or moderate your exercise regimen (you may need to get in shape walking before you can start bike riding, for just one example).

2. DON'T go jumping on the scales every morning!!! You will not see any difference, and it will only discourage you. Weight once a week on the same day, in the morning after you empty your bladder, without clothes, and before eating or drinking anything. Women, especially, go through cycles of water retention ... men do too but to a lesser degree. What you are looking for is "trend" over several weeks/months - not just this week vs the previous week.
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:26 AM   #17
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Hi Michael:

how do I get antioxidants into my diet, I like everything except fish ( it won't stay down ) also I can't digest big vitamins pills , capsules no problem.Thanks
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In order to answer that question, you need to provide your current food selection to determine what antioxidants you are currently lacking because different foodstuffs contain diffferent antioxidants, from tomatoes to orange juice, to green tea.

If you want the benefits of eating fish without eating it, try fish oil capsules. I currently take two 1000mg capsules every morning, plus two 1000mg flaxseed oil capsules every afternoon. The alphalinolenic acid in the flaxseed oil is converted into eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, which are the omega 3 fatty acids in fish, by your body to make them useful.
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:45 PM   #19
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Thanks Caine , I take fish oil caps e/ day. I heard good thing about flaxseed oil and it's easy to take.My food list is simple: chicken, turkey, beef once a month, broccoli,spinach,beans,lots of tomatoes in all forms,cauliflower,sweet potatoes,onions,garlic,drink 2 cups of coffee, lots of mint/lemon/ teas but no green tea yet, fruits: bananas and apples and whole wheat pasta, no milk but love cheese( eat low fat now) .Bad news I take Coumadin . Thank you
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:46 PM   #20
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Bad news I take Coumadin.
Coumadin (warfarin) was originally used as rat poison ... it caused them to bleed to death by lowering their blood clotting abilities and they hemorrhaged to death. Today - it's been put to a better use - as a blood thinner to treat humans. I only mention that to highlight one thing .... medications are not to be taken lightly, or ignored, when looking at your diet.

You present a complex problem Olga, far beyound "Dr. Oz on Oprah" - foods that are high in antioxidants can also be high in Vitamin K - which increases blood clotting. The "K" comes from the German word "koagulation" - for our English word coagulation.

NEVER make big changes in your diet without first talking to your Physician, and that includes vitamins and other supplements, including fish oil capsules. If you switch over to a diet that is higher in Vit K - your coumadin will not be as affective ... lower and it could be too much, and something as simple as fish oil capsules can alter your Vit-K absorption rate.

Here are some links to sites that discuss foods that are high in antioxidants. You might also want to check out this site about things to avoid when on coumadin, and this site specifically regarding Vit-K and Coumadin from a Registered Dietition - note that large doses of Vitamin A, E and C can also cause problems!
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