What has helped you lose weight?

posted 3 months ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Weight Watchers. There’s a reason the program has been around since 1963 and is still thriving.

I know a lot of people have success with fad diets and the latest trends – Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, etc. In my opinion, those aren’t sustainable in the long-term. Sure you see super rapid results and weight loss, but that’s because you’re making a drastic change and cutting out ALL the good things. For most people, eventually you get tired of eating that way and quickly fall off the wagon.

I love WW because it teaches how to make better choices and about portion control. The fact that you can have ANYTHING is important. You are allowed to eat a certain number of points per day, and each food has it’s own points value. So long as you stick within your points, you’re good to go. The program has evolved a lot over the years and now it has a HUGE list of 0pt foods – things like chicken/turkey breast, eggs, beans, all fruits & veggies, etc.

The program works because you aren’t depriving yourself of the things you love, but rather you learn to make good choices. If I know on Sunday morning I want to have donuts with my kid I made sure to stay on points all week. If I eat those donuts for breakfast I know I need to eat a low-point lunch and grilled chicken + veggies for dinner. The biggest thing they teach you is that you’re whole day isn’t shot because of one “bad” meal. Too many people think “well damn, I ate 3 donuts at breakfast so what’s the point I might as well eat that cheesburger for lunch”. 

The biggest key to weight loss is what goes in your mouth. Followed by exercise.

 

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I put all my food and exercise into my fitness pal & follow a strict gym programme using the Sweat exercise app.

I also drink 3 litres of water a day and try to limit snacking.  It is hard when work has such delicious snacks often.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee

sbl99 :  I haven’t eliminated an entire food group at all.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

MsPlucky :  You said you stopped eating animal products?

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee

starfish0116 :  Keto is not a “fad diet” – it’s been around for many years. And it’s totally sustainable. The key to “sustainable” is whatever way of eating works for you, whether that is WW, Whole 30, Keto, etc.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

sbl99 :  I guess we’ll have to define “food groups.” If we base it off the Standard American Diet, then yes I’ve eliminated a food group.  If we’re talking food groups based off of nutrients provided (carbs, protein, fats, etc), then no, I haven’t eliminated a food group.

To keep things simple, there isn’t a single nutrient from the eliminated animal products that I cannot get from a whole food plant based diet – which is why I worded it the way I did. 

 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

starfish0116 :  

katebluestone :  

Ya I would say that Keto/others mentioned is no more a fad diet than WW, lol.

Side note starting keto tomorrow for a few months, just to see what the fuss is about. We eat pretty well normally, but find it easy to eat a lot of carbs when they are presented to us. Wish us luuuuuck! haha.

I lost about 15kgs before the wedding with intermittent Veganism, but that, for me, is not sustainable and when I hit plateaus, I dipped into dangerous eating territory to get out of them. I was ALWAYS hungry

Post # 38
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

katebluestone :   sbl99 :  That’s cool – everyone is welcome to their own interpretation. I consider them fads because every couple of years there a new “hot” diet and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. I remember when everyone at my gym was doing Paleo challenges….two years later they’d all moved on to Whole 30, this year it’s all about Keto. I say people should do whatever works for them.

I can only speak from my own personal opinon and point of view based on people I know. Of everyone I know those who do those types of diets tend to be people who enjoy healthy eating anyway. I’m sure that’s not a blanket statement for everyone, but again, I’m going off my own personal experience with those I know who are successful. Do those diets work for people? Yes. I have friends who have made great strides eating Keto who were VERY unhealthy eaters prior to starting. I’m not saying every single person who eats keto was already a health nut, just that most people I know who are sucessful with those diets are so because they live an active lifestlye and regularly eat healthy. Not eating pizza on the regular isn’t a battle for them. 

On average most people who are overweight didn’t get that way from eating healthy. 😉 They got that way from over-eating the things that aren’t as healthy for you. They’re also typically people who are more likely to give up on a diet that is too restrictive or to complete a cycle of the diet but gain it all back once they start splurging on their old favorites.

I just see a lot from people I know who aren’t healthy eaters, they try to do one of the diets and the might make it the whole way through but then they binge on all the things they missed. At the end of the day, people need to do what works best for them. Not every diet works for every person. I’m passionate about WW because I believe it teaches you how to eat in the “real world” making good choices without having to deprive yourself of things you love. It’s all about moderation. Some people do better with a diet that tells them they can’t eat carbs, candy, etc. 

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

gthgv :  keto! And the only way to do it right is meal prep. 

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

SLOBee :  honestly that used to be me. But I told myself to commit one week to keto and I dropped 8 pounds and felt significantly more energetic and just kept going. 

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

gthgv :  I used to weight 135kg and I’ve slowly lost the majority of it over the last 8 years or so by modifying my relationship with food and exercise. I didn’t crash diet or diet at all until last year where I wanted to lose that last 18kg before TTC.

A friend of mine lost 30kg in 3 months and I was like what are you doing because I need to do it. She put me on to the 123 diet. I’ve lost 19kg, hubby lost 24gs, my parents started as well and have lost 10kg each. My siblings and inlaws are on it too and they’ve lost a truck load too. It is really easy to follow  and it switches off your desire to eat carbs and sugar. Which for a family full of Italian pasta eaters says a lot! 😂

It’s broken into 3 phases (hence the name 123)

Phase 1 is the 2 day loading day where you eat everything you want. The fattier and junkier the better

Phase 2 you eat from a restricted list of foods which limits dairy and carbs. 

Breakfast is 2 fruits from the list which is limited to berries, citrus fruit and apples

Lunch 

100g raw protein which is either beef, chicken (no skin), white fish, prawns, lobster, crabs,  dry legumes, eggs

Plus 2 cups of vegetables which is either lettuce, cucumber, spinach, kale, celery, onion, radish, cabbage, tomato, Swiss chard.

Dinner is the same as lunch by way of 100g protein with 2 cups of veges.

You are allowed up to 3 snacks a day. Either veges/vege soup or 4 grissini sticks or 5 mini toasts and  Sugar free gum. 

You are allowed 1tbsp dairy a day. No diet drinks allowed but you can have tea or coffee with stevia.

Fruit can only be consumed before 12pm.

You are allowed konjac noodles 3 times a week. (slim noodles) 

Your are allowed herbs, spices, garlic, lemon juice, tamari, stock cubes or liquid stock and apple cider vinegar to spice your food.

You purchase a bottle of drops from the website and you take 10 drops 15 minutes before each meal. The drops basically are amino acids and herbs which switch off your taste buds and desire for carbs. I found they really helped me in the first few weeks to manage my desire for sugary, fatty carb loaded stuff. The bottle is $99AUS and lasts for 42 days. It actually works out pretty cheap for a diet. Similar to weigh watchers etc.

Phase 3 is the maintenance phase where you are allowed more variety by way of vege, fruit and protein but essentially you are eating more calories and relatively cleanly.

I highly recommend it as a way to lose weight. I was surprised at how quickly I lost my weight (8 weeks) Ive calorie counted before but I used to crave sugary stuff but this diet completely switched that off for me. They have a facebook page you can join and they will be able to direct you were to buy the drops. They also have a recipes page on Facebook which has some pretty creative stuff like bread/pizza/cookies made from your protein allowance of chickpeas/lentils (chickpea flour/ lentil flour).

Seriously recommend anyone trying to lose weight give this diet a go. Everyone I know who has done it has lost their weight and kept it off. It also completely changes your taste buds and stops you craving processed and refined foods. On maintenance now and I allow myself a treat but I don’t have the same compulsion to eat a bag of chips and eat carbs to the same level as before. 

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

gthgv :  Ya Bee, I studied my Masters of Law full time, and had a full time 45hr+ per week restaurant manager job.

Literally what it comes down to is discipline. If the words “I’m really busy” cross your lips you’ve already lost. You factor it into your day as if it was your third job.

“Cool it’s 3pm Sunday, that means meal-prep”. “Sorry, can’t do brunch I have a PT session”

It’s the only way to see success when you have a full life.

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Admittedly I’ve only lost small amounts of weight here and there creeping up, but as others have said it boils down to this very simple concept: 

Weight loss = burning more calories than you intake in order to create a caloric deficit. You can do this by a combo of exercising and eating fewer calories, but in reality the bulk of the deficit is going to be created by limiting your caloric intake in the first place, not exercising your way out of too big a dinner. The way I look at it, exercise is what I do to be strong and healthy, not lose weight. 

Everything else are just different paths and tricks towards HOW to create that caloric deficit. You have to find what works for you. For some it’s eliminating certain food (which they are more likely to binge on, et ) for others it’s focusing on proteins and days, which fill them up more easily. 

I really like old fashioned calorie counting (MyFitnessPal), but you have to be honest and strict with yourself- no sneaking in a snack you didn’t count. I also loved Intermittent Fasting and did it for years before I had kids, even when not dieting. Don’t let the name fool you- it’s not a fad or crash diet, but a disciplined way of narrowing the hours during the day when you ate so as to avoid spikes and falls in blood sugar and manage proportions. It’s hugely popular now and for good reason. 

Good luck finding what works for you!! 

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