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I'm considering one of these but I was wondering if after you've lost the weight and you start to eat regular foods, do you gain it back? Once you start, do you have to stick with these forever to keep the weight off?

Wed. Sep 27, 12:59pm

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I've heard they're not very good. One person even said their food came with mold on it!! Yuck!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:00 PM

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come on - mold? Is that true?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:01 PM

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Yup - absolutely true - not from anything read on the net either. Someone was telling my husband about how nasty theirs was.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:17 PM

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Well pressuming that was an isolated incident the other drawbacks are the very reason lots of people turn to a diet where your food is pre-measured and the nutrition is calculated for you. You don't learn good portion control and you don't have think about the nutritional or caloric content of the food you're eating. Thus you don't really learn how to to plan healthy meals and snacks and stick to a caloric 'budget' so to speak. I rather liken it to being put on a stict monetary budget with the goal of getting out of debt where all your spending money is given to you in small portions and you are told exactly what to spend it on. Then once you are out of debt you are given 5 new credit cards with no limit and a stack of catalogs. You didn't learn anything from that experience except that when you are in debt you should give control of your spending to someone else - not really much of a 'lesson' or a strategy for going forward and living well while staying within your means.

If you lack the resources or the time to do meal planning yourself consider consulting a nutritionist who can help you plan for the short term and the long haul with meals and snacks that you shop for and can prepare yourself. Good luck and best wishes with whatever you choose!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:37 PM

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i feel that if these companies really wanted to make lasting differences, they would teach, not just feed, the members. there is an old saying, "you can give a man a fish and feed him for a night, or teach a man to fish and feed him for life." i think that pertains here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 1:50 PM

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