Which diet worked best for you?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@walnutgirl:  In terms of ‘diet’ I have used weight watchers and I felt it was good to teach portion control. However now I just eat quality foods–I try to limit processed foods, read the ingredients (low/non fat foods aren’t always best for example!), eat more fruits and veggies/complex carbs and less animal products. It is very much a balance in my opinion. Eating this way and going to the gym helped me lose 30lb 🙂 For me that is what worked but I understand everyone is different!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

For me, low carb-high protien. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My FI used an app called sparkpeople. They take your weight, height and goals into consideration. Then, create an esitmate of how much carbs, protein, etc you need to achieve that goal. He lost close to 100 pounds with that app, along with exercise!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The kind of diet where nothing is completely and totally off-limits, excessively restrictive, or fad-ish.

I do best when I cook more meals at home and eat out less.  I try to stick to lean protein with every snack and every meal.  I avoid white pasta/rice/bread.  I aim to eat fresh fruits & veggies.

I like MyFitnessPal because it gives me a good snap shot of my eating habits, and provides reasonable and safe goals (how much fat/protein/carbs).

I find I have the best results when I lift weights and mix in at least one interval workout with my cardio.  I like Body Pump and spin class.  I enjoy running but I’ve never been one to go out and run 10 miles a day or anything like that.  

I guess I have the best luck, with the best and longest-lasting results when I stick to a generally healthy lifestyle.  No cutting carbs just to drop a few pounds, only to have them come flying back on when I resume ‘normal’ eating.  I don’t do fads because they are not usually sustainable.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@DaneLady:  +1 with the cooked meals at home helping, a LOT!  I also try to avoid white pasta and breads (as much as humanly possible).

I use myfitnesspal to track calories as well.  However, remember your body is a chemistry lab, NOT a bank account!  Eating only 1000 calories, but eating only garbage, wont make you healthy or see the results you want.

I use the app mostly to look at the proportion of my calories coming from carbs, fat, and protein. I try to stay around 40% carbs, and make sure the carbs I do eat come from healthy sources (veggies, whole grains, etc)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

For me , eating only unrefined carbs (whole grains and no refined sugars), and whole foods, no “processed foods” (as I define them.) That naturally pushes me to a lower carb, higher fat and protein diet than before. My dinner plate is always 1/2 veggies plus a side salad, or 2/3-3/4 veggies. That naturally happened from eating just whole foods.  I crave veggies and ruffage now as much as anything else. I dropped 35 lbs, a couple lbs a week at first, and kept it off, slowly dropping still since starting this way of eating a year ago, the whole time eating as much as I wanted of whole foods. And I make things like fruit crisps and bread pudding using only whole grains and sweeteners and still drop/keep off the weight. I make exceptions for holidays, i eat birthday cake and christmas dumplings still. And I ate healthy by most standards before, but can’t be active due to illness so I was putting on weight. For the first few weeks I craved refined carbs bad, and for the first few months, I occasionally craved, but after the first couple weeks its really been easy. Because I never need to be hungry, its easy to stick to. At this point I feel wierd if I don’t eat this way.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@walnutgirl:  The majority of the weight probably came off within the first 6 months. I am slowly working on losing a bit more, but I’m trying to listen to my body. As others have mentioned, I don’t want a restrictive diet. I try to eat things in moderation but always be conscious of the ingredients. I don’t count calories really–just watch the kind of foods I eat! I’ve watched a few documentaries that have really opened my eyes!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Usually I just eat healthily and try to exercise regularly, and that works pretty well.

But to really shape up, the south beach diet has been really effective.  You go strict low-carb for 2 weeks (no grains / starches / artificial sugar / fruit / alcohol, lots of veggies and lean protein).  Then for however long you want to keep losing weight, you stay quite low-carb but add in moderate amounts of fruit, whole grains, etc.  It’s kind of a pain, but there are so many yummy things you can still eat and it really does work.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

i love 17 day diet. look it up!!! i’ve lost 30 lbs since i started after canadian thanksgiving (oct 15). but that includes a lot of weeks that i took off and ate whatever i wanted… including over christmas :S

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Feist:  Oh and I should say not eating processed foods means eating whole milk and whole milk yogurt, cheese etc. That makes the dairy lower carb and more filling.  Thats the only thing that might seem strange – eating more fat to loose fat – but it works.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@walnutgirl:  I stay away from fad diets. They might work while you are on them, but the results never last. I stick to calorie counting and exercise. Smaller portions. More meals throughout the day with less food. More home cooked meals and less eating out. I try to make it to the gym 4-5 times a week for an hour. Nothing crazy.

I’ve managed to lose 20 lbs this way and keep it off for over a year now. And I can still have cookies and cake and beer. I just have to be more accountable to them. I can still go out to eat with my friends too. Fad diets don’t let you do much of those. They interfere with your social life.

What helps me with food decisions is being aware of how many calories are in things. I passed on a doughnut yesterday because I knew it had 350 calories in it, and it wasn’t worth half an hour on a treadmil to me. Haha.

Post # 16
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Newbee

I am currently on the South Beach Diet and i LOVE it! There are three phases: Phase 1 is rapid weight loss and lasts 2 weeks–you don’t eat anything with a high glycemic index (no bread, pasta, rice, starchy vegetables like potatoes, fruit, or alcohol). I am in this phase and have lost 8 pounds in 1 week (my goal total is to lose 20). In phase 2, you slowly add back starches- you can have potatoes, whole wheat pasta, alcohol in moderation, and fruit. Phase 3 is the maintenance phase and you consume starches in moderation. It is more of a lifestyle change than a diet.

My favorite part is that you DONT have to be hungry! You can eat all the snacks you want as long as they aren’t starchy ( I eat cheese sticks, deli meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, olives, etc).

My other favorite part is that Fudgesicles (no sugar added) are allowed even in Phase 1, so you don’t feel deprived if you have a sweet tooth.

This diet REALLY reduces cravings for carbs and sugar, and it just feels great all around. I usually hate diets but I have found this one really EASY. And 8 lbs lost in 1 week ain’t too shabby!

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