(Closed) A diet that works?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

weight watchers.  it isn’t a diet, it’s just a healthy life style.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve personally had great success with South Beach because it really is just very healthy eating, high in protein. However, for truly successful weight loss you really will have to go the good old fashioned way. Weight Watchers can be amazingly helpful for someone wanting to start healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle for good. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

What have you tried and how long have you tried them for?

Honestly, it’s not a fad diet that is going to work – it’s a total lifestyle change.  I would recommend starting with the South Beach diet and taking it from there.

How much weight are you looking to lose?

Post # 6
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Worker bee

How motivated are you?  I find that the paleo diet (I know, it’s a lifestyle, not a diet, but whatever) seems to work really well if you can manage to avoid grains and dairy…

 

I can never keep the diet going very long, but I do lose weight when I manage to stick to it…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Clean and whole foods eating.  No sugar, white flour or processed foods.  IT sounds complicated but it really isn’t that hard.  And raw juicing at least once daily.  It works.  Promise!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I second weight watchers. It helps you change your lifestyle and learn what to eat, portion sizes and exercise specifically for your body. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Weight Watchers works for a ton of people. South Beach and Paleo are also really successful (I have one friend who’s lost almost 100 lbs on Paleo). There’s no one magic diet, though – it’s all about sticking with it long-term.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was never able to find a good “diet” – the rules drove me nuts and always seemed kind of arbitrary.  What HAS worked for me is to learn about which foods are healthy (whole grains, lean meats, fruits & vegetables, dairy, healthy fats like olive oil) and try to focus on eating the right amounts of each.  Counting calories has always brought me the results I want.  I know that in order to lose ~0.5 lbs a week and not be starving to death, I need to eat about 1600 calories per day.  I don’t consider any food to be “off limits”.  Today I had cereal, brown rice with a squash/tomato/peanut butter stew, Greek yogurt, pasta with olive oil/tomatoes/spinach/mushrooms/Parmesan, a nice-sized salad, and some bread.   The only times I felt hungry were right before I ate, and that’s because the food I was making looked so darn tasty.  

 

Your own needs will vary based on your age, height, weight, and activity level.  I exercise, but I don’t go nuts – maybe 30 minutes on the treadmill 3x/week, and 30 minutes of Pilates 2-3x/week.  I have a Fitbit pedometer that gives me a reasonable approximation of my daily calorie burn, and I love it.  I use MyFitnessPal to track the calories I eat.  MFP “talks” with my Fitbit to see if it needs to adjust my calorie budget based on my activities for the day.  The more I move, the more I get to eat!

 

A few PPs mentioned the South Beach Diet – I made it through the first phase a few summers ago, and yes, I lost 7 pounds in 10 days, but I believe it was because I was simply taking in a very small amount of calories (too few to function in the long run!).  As soon as I was out of that phase, the weight came right back.  I just remember feeling like my options were incredibly limited, and it made me fixate on thoughts of “bad” foods so much more than if I had simply counted calories and stayed within a healthy limit.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I also recommend Weight Watchers. You can eat what you want, just track the points. I have lost close to 20 lbs so far and 3 dress sizes in 3 months!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second futuremrsk18 and Phamnomenon. The thing is, there’s a great diet that works excellently, but it’s challenging and expensive. It’s called eating real food. No processed food. No packaged food. No trans fats. Not high-fructose corn syrup. No hormones. No antibiotics. You’d be amazed at how many chemicals and crap are allowed into what we in this country call “food” (which, by the way, are not allowed in most other countries because they don’t have the same kind of farm bill controlled by big agra, but I digress). That essentially means that almost everything in a traditional grocery store is not very good for you.

The basics of losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume. It really is that easy. And if you’re eating real food you’re consuming far fewer calories and junk that binds calories.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sequinlove:  We’d be able to make better suggestions if you could tell us what you’ve tried and why you had problems following it.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Another vote for Weight Watchers. I lost 25 lbs on it!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Change your lifestyle. Count calories and Exercise. a lot of people don’t realize that yoyo dieting can ruin your liver. My moms friend ( late 40s) died from liver malfunction from yoyo dieting. 

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