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What are your "golden rules" for weight loss?

I have four Golden Rules that work for me. They are:

Nothing from a packet, nothing with a name brand.
No junk food.
No dairy.
Nothing processed.

Do you have any "Golden Rules" and if so, what are they?

Tue. May 11, 10:12pm

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I've already penned my golden rules here.
=> see "my golden 20ies" some posts further down. ;-)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 8:22 AM

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No golden rules...I'd just break em anyway.

One thing that my doctor says is to eat a salad or veggies with every meal.

He says you can't lose weight without eating the veggies. So I try to at least incorporate them into my "diet".

Any more golden rules and I would have broken all of them by the end of the day.

I guess it's just human nature!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 12:48 PM

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My big golden rule is to try out things and figure out what works for you...despite all the "top secret weight loss plans," people really are just different. I know a lot of thin vegans, but I was one of those fat vegans! But, Iknow that's not satisfying, so here are mine:

1. I run on occasion for the challenge, but my exercise is centered around whole body weight exercises done with intensity (ie, lots of sweating.). Its short, so I can always fit it in, and it builds muscle that increases my metabolism.

2. Eat real food. Unless you've had a heart attack...just eat the butter, and the full fat yogurt and the nuts. Does it make sense to you that food adulterated by man with all kinds of additives is better than what god/nature/your own deity devised for you? And, you'll be satisfied to boot and won't overeat.

3. Eat like a civilized human being and practice portion control. Sounds boring, but its necessary. Its not even usually a burden. Sometimes I get small portions but tell myself "if you're still hungry, go ahead and get seconds." But you know what? I rarely ever want seconds. But if I had put first+seconds on my plate, I would have cleaned it like the good little girl I was brought up to be.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 2:34 PM

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PP - I have a question about your second rule.
Butter and yogurt are also "adulterated" by man. As are most veggies - even organic veggies have been genetically altered at some point (for example, naturally carrots are not orange - they were made that way by men). Where does the definition of "real" food begin and end? There are very few foods left that are unaltered by man, at least in some way.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:24 AM

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I get at least 5-10 servings of fruit and veggies each day (which keeps me full); I drink at least 5 16-oz. bottles of water a day; and I exercise AT LEAST 30 minutes, every, single day. Everything else fell into place when I started doing those three things.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 12:12 PM

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I'm not the pp, but my general rule for 'natural food' is if I had the time and equipment, could I do it myself as per the ingredients.

Eg- tomato paste is processed. But, if I had the time, I could make tomato paste. So long as the only ingredients are 'tomatoes', I will consider it natural food. I know that tomatoes are often pumped full of dye, and I can't tell what quality of tomatoes went into the paste. If I had a yogurt maker, I could make yogurt. Despite the fact that I'm an excellent baker, I couldn't duplicate a twinkie very well. I could mill my own flour if I had the time or equipment. I could cut my own tenderloin if I knew how and had the time and equipment.

I think the most processed ingredients I use are expeller pressed oil, xylitol, and Imagine Organic Broths.

Just how far each person goes into 'processed food' is a choice. Cooking and cutting veggies is processing them. Most of us do that (raw foodists are the minority). I'm most concerned with complex processing or additives.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 1:08 PM

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PP responds

Well, my big golden rule is to do whatever works for you. So, go forth and use whatever definition of real food that works for you. I'm just a human being just like you, doing the best I can with what I have...not a food philosopher!

But for me, since I'm not going to camp out next to a farm, I just use common sense. Real butter has no additives...we certainly don't churn it anymore, but it should only have milk and cream, and maybe salt (I've seen butter with a great deal more than that listed!). Real yogurt has milk and bacteria. Check out labels...some yogurt has like 15 ingredients. Since we've been farming for thousands of years, everything, of course, has been changed or created by men. But I'm not advocating a religion that demands purity in all things. But it sometimes just pains me to watch people eat fat free cheese or fat free cookies because they think they're healthier, even though they've had to add factory made fillers in order to imitate the real thing.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 8:33 PM

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Nice response, PP :)

My golden rules - I had to laugh at 12:48 b/c as much as I'm a rule follower in all other aspects of my life...give me food rules and I become hell bent on breaking them! Even when I agree with them 100%!

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 9:26 PM

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For weight loss, my Golden Rules are
1. Eat less
2. Eat less
3. Eat less
4. Keep exercising.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 10:38 PM

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lol 8:33

You claim to not be a food philosopher, and then you offer up your own personal philosophy on food.

You can't tell people to do whatever works for them, and then criticize some people's choices. I do eat fat free cheese and low fat cookies because guess what? It works for me! Don't let my decisions "pain" you. It's not worth your stress.

Friday, May 14, 2010, 10:28 AM

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