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diets that work?

this is an article that we have started, and we are looking to incorporate community member feedback into the discussion of what diets or diet approaches have worked for you, we'd greatly appreciate it!


Tue. Oct 21, 10:41am

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The "No Bread or Milk" diet has worked for me. I totally cut dairy and wheat from my diet. Which for me means no pizza! It is very hard to do this, and I did not have a choice due to allergies. But I have lost more weight doing this than ever before. And I am not a vegetarian- I still eat meat and fish. I am also less congested, and my acid reflux went away. I am convinced there is something in bread and dairy that is particularly conducive to weight gain.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:07 PM

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I like the way your article is sounding, less processed foods & more nutrition! - if you would like some free 'proofing' for the article let me know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:59 PM

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I went dairy free (I'm already gluten free) and went from a size 16 to a 6. I also ate only twice per day. I went back on dairy and returned to a size 16. I've been totally dairy free for 6 mos. and I've lost about 20 lbs. from just that change. I feel sooo much better, but clearly I do have an allergy to dairy. I fall asleep after eating it.

I'm really interested to see what kinds of diets are recommended in this thread. thanks!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 3:13 PM

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I don't think the word "diet" is important. It's just being "healthy"- everyone knows what that is.

There was a time when I was more motivated than ever before in my life and I got down to 116 pounds (I'm 5'3"), and I looked and felt amazing. I did this by working out obsessively- 6 times a week for 1.5 hours. Because I worked out so much, I was motivated to not to eat junk because it would defeat the purpose of all my hard work.

Then, I had a death in the family and the working out came to a hault and depression set it. I am now about 134, but working towards 120.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 5:37 PM

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I am doing Atkins right now. I have Hashimoto's disease and hypothyroid and Celiac's disease. Because of this, my triglycerides are high (cholesterol is fine). So, my osteopath thought low carb would be good for me due to my food allergies with gluten.

I've completed week 3 and have lost 14 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, that's just a side effect. I feel amazing. My skin looks better, I don't feel bloated or weighed down, and I think much clearer now.

I'd be happy to buddy up with someone if they chose this diet plan.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 5:58 PM

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diets that work

"diet" is just healthy eating-exercising consistently- is it always easy-no, not for me. When I eat healthy-more veges and fruit-yes I feel so much better and have more energy. When I eat poorly-I definitely feel it and it surely shows. It comes down to what you want more in the long run.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 9:49 AM

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I mostly agree with this article and thread, but have one question. I don't like the idea of eliminating a food group - especially dairy. I'm very concerned with my calcium intake and wonder how others are getting it if not through a natural source. I know there are calcium supplements (added to orange juice) etc, but red flags go off for me when something new (lower dairy products) is introduced. For example, don't eat butter, eat margarine. Wait, don't eat margarine, eat butter.

Can someone point me in the direction of the studies of why dairy products are bad? I'm interested in reading up on it since this is the second time in two days I've been told to lower my dairy products.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 10:08 AM

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I did Atkins several times in my life. It worked well the first time but eventually I gained all of my weight back and then some. The second time I did Atkins the same thing happened. My Dr told me Atkins is not good. He said that eliminating food groups are not a healthy was to live.
SO, I have been doing the Body for LIfe challenge this time eating 6 meals a day...each around 200 calories. I also eat everyfood group in small portions. I lost about a 3 pounds in the first week. I know the weightloss is slower than it is on Atkins, but it will be worth it if I keep it off this time.
Atkins doesnt promote working out and getting fit. There is a small section of his book dedicated to getting fit. The diet just isnt sound and I was a firm supporter of his diet for several years. I just didnt have any good come from it.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 11:20 AM

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I totally agree. If you just simply eliminate foods that are processed and eat natural whole foods, you can lose weight and regain health. Learn to prepare your own meals from scratch using fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains. Eat meat and dairy as condiments instead of main courses. Give up the sodas, even diet sodas. Drink lots of water and herbal teas if you like your drink flavored. I've lost more than 35 lbs this way in 5 months. That's an average of 7 lbs a month, which is the slow, steady and healthy way to do it. After all, the weight didn't come on all at once so I shouldn't expect it to leave all at once either.

Friday, October 31, 2008, 11:41 AM

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10:08 - My friend is studying chemistry right now, and explained to me that digesting animal protein puts our body into an acidic state. In order to bring the body back into a neutral state it robs our bones of calcium and potassium. The best way to get protein and calcium is to cut out the middle man (cow) and to eat plants.

Everyone does NOT know what healthy eating is, or we wouldn't be seeing threads on Atkins and cottage cheese diets. Atkins is where I started, and yes, eliminating white foods took away my heartburn and yeast infections. I was thrilled. But ultimately I couldn't live with the restrictions, and my research took me in a different direction.

I'm posting a link, please take the time to listen. And think of me and laugh during the introduction ;)


Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:23 PM

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