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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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This is so interesting. I am really open to all these ideas. Open to the idea between a link between cancer and animal and dairy. But one thing I seem to have concluded is that as long as you get very high levels of vegetables you are ok. Joel Fuhrman says that cancer is a "nutrition deficency" disease to a certain extent.

I personally eat meat and consume high levels of vegetables. But I do wonder how toxic meat is, and how I can safely eat it. I like eating meat.

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 4:53 PM

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people can call it junk science all they want, but the blood type diet worked wonders for me, and I still follow it 4 years later.

Monday, December 22, 2008, 10:04 AM

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USDA food guide pyramid worked for me!

I think that the food guide pyramid gets a bad rap because most people have no idea what is meant by a "serving," so it looks more unhealthy than it is. For instance, 1 piece of bread is a serving. A guy who eats 2 sandwiches for lunch is getting 4 servings of bread, which does not leave a lot of room for other carbs during the day. Likewise, a "serving" of meat is less than half a cup, so the food guide pyramid is recommending a whole lot less meat than most people eat in a day.

I once sat down and compared the Atkins diet maintenance plan to the USDA pyramid, and it differs in the allocation of a single serving per day, from grains to meat.

Monday, December 22, 2008, 11:03 AM

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Diet Center

I'm going to get boo'ed but I joined a diet center called Slim for Life. It's in Kansas City, I don't know of anywhere else. IF IF IF you are actually ready to lose weight, join. You make and eat your own food. And yes, I've been sitting down to holiday dinners and eating them. (at least, some of it.) The diet isn't exciting, and TOUGH and EXPENSIVE. But if you stick to it, you lose weight. I'm 7 pounds from goal. After I reach goal, I will go on maintenance for 1 year to help keep the weight off. There is sooo much information out there, that I didn't know what was up, down, right, left, or wrong. All I knew was that I was teetering on going from kinda chubby to really fat. The more I tried to lose weight on my own, the more I gained. But a few words of warning: Most of the women who work there need to lose weight. Not a good sign. Also, I would not join unless you are committed to a year of maintenance after goal weight. You lose the weight pretty darn fast, and I'm afraid if I walk away, I'll gain it back just as fast. Common sense says that that is very possible. Anyway. Only time will tell if it was worth it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 3:31 AM

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Hey Atkins person...

I am doing a low carb diet too though not atkins specifically, are you looking to buddy up with someone still? I am a good motivator, and could sure use some good motivation myself!

take care,
Wantslim (my username on this site, can you find me this way?)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 2:07 PM

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By far... i think the fat smash diet is the way to go. There a lot of expensive food programs, but all you actually have to do is change your relationship with food. Eat vegetables and fruits and drink lots of water. Here''s an article to help you prepare.


Friday, April 03, 2009, 10:46 AM

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Diets That Work

The article's looking good! There are of course many great diets out there that work, the problem is that with such huge marketing budgets and celebrity endorsements etc. so many people are left trying hyped fad diets and failing miserably as there's no long-term sustainability in them. The diets that work are generally the commonsense diets - healthy food groups, a good marcronutrient combo and really a lifestyle change associated. Was a good read!


Thursday, May 07, 2009, 11:37 PM

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Counting Calories and Consuming only wholesome, organic, non-processed and sustainable foods.

Thursday, May 07, 2009, 11:39 PM

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Dairy Question

Could someone please direct me to a good source of information about the perils of dairy? I eat tons of 2% cottage cheese and yogurt and have never had a problem that I can identify, but I keep hearing about how dairy MUST be eliminated from our diets, and would really like to know the thinking behind this. Thanks!

Thursday, November 26, 2009, 8:33 PM

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Dr. Fuhrman's diet absolutely worked for me. In fact I almost have too much energy when my greens consumption is through the roof. this is exciting to have found this.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 10:04 AM

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