(Closed) What diets or weight loss Programs really work??

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

WW  online.  I lost 25 pounds on it last year in a fairly short amount of time.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just watch my calories and exercise about 5 days a week.  About a month ago I joined myfitnesspal and I’ve already lost 5 pounds.  I try to keep around 1200 calories daily.  It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think.  Try substituting ground turkey for ground beef for any meal (sloppy joes, meatloaf, burgers).  It’s sooo much healthier and still tastes really good.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think anything really works if you stick to it.  That’s key.  You have to be consistent and really follow the program- no cheating.  My FH lost about 70 pounds on South Beach (no exercise) and has kept it off for almost 2 years.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think anything really works if you stick to it.  That’s key.  You have to be consistent and really follow the program- no cheating.  My FH lost about 70 pounds on South Beach (no exercise) and has kept it off for almost 2 years.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

with your height/weight, your BMI is 31.4. i’m not a big fan of making judgements based on just a person’s BMI, because it doesn’t take a lot of things into account (fi is a fitness buff/used to do body building, and according to his BMI he’s obese, but that is by no means true). but, if you are saying that you are unhappy with your weight, you may want to talk to your dr. since your BMI is considered obese, you will likely be covered to see a nutritionist & other specialists that can support you in your goal to lose weight.

i am not suggesting this for you or anyone else, but you asked what other people have done so i will share with you that i have successfully used prescription weight loss aides in the past (i say in the past because since then other health matters have come up that are not related to my weight, but that have impacted it). for me, the diet was the hard part. i needed to relearn how to eat. but my head was always thinking about food. so in order to break my old habits and relearn new ones that i could continue with later on my own, i took something. it took away my interest in food so i could rationally decide what fuel i needed for my body & how much. i was closely supervised by my dr, and i do not for a moment think that my taking them was more harmful to my body that being over weight was for me. it was a jump start toward a healthy lifestyle. no super pill, just something that helped me to stick to the healthier choices i was making. i took it for a short time, much like people use something to wean off when they quit smoking, and then was able to continue those healthy habits on my own for years after. it doesn’t work for a lot of people, but it did for me.

good luck & i wish you a lifetime of health and happiness

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Another vote for WW here. It’s an easy program to follow (once you get the hang of it). It’s cliche but true…it’s more of a lifestyle change than a diet. You learn that no foods are off limits. You can still enjoy your favorite foods as long as you plan for them. You learn to make better choices more often.

It’s slow and steady weight loss that is easier to sustain over time.

I lost 30 lbs on it in 2004. Using it again now to take off a few post-wedding happy lbs. Their onlines tools (and especially the iPhone app) are amazing.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Eating less and exercising. I know I sound like a jerk and I don’t mean it that way at all. I just don’t believe in diets really- just healthy portion control and good, old-fashioned daily exercise. I have achieved my weight loss goal by simply running for 40-60 minutes most days and eating ‘child-size’ portions. Oh and switching to light beer (except on Saturdays). I haven’t given up anything, really. When I go to McDonalds, I order a happy meal. When I cook, I cook the same things and just give my Fiance a way bigger portion (I used to split things roughly half and half, which is stupid considering he is a foot taller and 70 pounds heavier!). When I eat out, I order an appetizer which is usually more than enough food. I am never hungry. While the daily exercise might be hard to fit into your life, you can balance out lack of activity by just eating less. While a lot of people have good luck with diets, I find them to be (generally) inherently unsustainable and I have seen them cause an unhealthy preoccupation with food in many of my friends and family members. Just my two cents.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

counting calories accurately

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

By The Way, since many have brought up WW, I wanted to say that I don’t consider WW a typical ‘diet’ and I do think that it is a sustainable lifestyle. It’s not that much different from what I recommended, just more structured for those who need their self-discipline bolstered. I think WW is great.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am another for the WW online/meetings. I’m doing the monthly pass which allows me unlimited meetings( I only do one on the day I weigh in) and unlimited online access. It’s the best thing for me, I’m just in my 3rd week but I’ve lost 5.8lbs as of Sunday! I don’t deprive myself either and I’m only doing Zumba for the Wii for my exercise at home because I don’t have time for a gym. Don’t be descourged about your BMI or anything else. I’m 244lb (as of sunday) and 5’1″ and I’m not the elephant that it would imply I am, nor am I about to have a heart attack. Do what works for you!!

Good Luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Floridagirl2010: I agree. I have watched many of my family members have success on fad diets (Atkins, SouthBeach, etc) only to see them gain back much more when they tried to revert to regular healthy eating habits. While some of these diets may be extremely effective in the short run, they are difficult to maintain over the long term.

On the other hand, I’ve heard good things about programs like WW, whichs allows you to eat a wider variety of foods in moderation. I personally don’t think there’s a magic cure out there if you’re trying to lose weight, and most of the diets/pills marketed in that way are either very difficult to stick to or cause adverse side effects. I would definitely also suggest you talk to your doctor or a nutritionist, because he or she might have a suggestion of what kind of eating plan would be best for you and your lifestyle.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@juliesprague: Hmm that sounds like it could be a medical issue. The other thing that came to mind when I read your response is that perhaps you are eating too little. If you are not finding time to eat and skipping meals then your body might have entered starvation mode, thus causing your metabolism to slow and for you to gain weight whenever you do eat something. Good luck with the blood work, and I hope everything works out.

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