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Hi you all! I'm new to the website as of this morning. I was wondering . . . maybe do a survey . . . what have you found works best for you as far as eating goes. Maybe say a little about your self and wether it be points, adtkins, counting calories, south beach, or whatever . . . let us know!

Tue. Dec 19, 3:51pm

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are you kidding? search through the previously posted threads for this exact info.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 4:18 PM

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Sheesh. Couldn't we be a little more hospitable to a new member? Personally, I count calories and work out 3-5 times per week.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 4:34 PM

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THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING AND BEING NICE ABOUT IT.

TO YOU, THE FIRST POST. NO, I'M NOT KIDDING. I'VE LOOKED THROUGH PREVIOUS POSTS. I DIDN'T SEEN ANYTHING RELATED TO THIS ON THE FIRST 2 PAGES. SHOULD HAVE LOOKED MORE. IF YOU WERE PUT OFF BY MY POST THEN WHY DID YOU TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND? AND THANK YOU FOR ADDING TO A WEEK WHERE I ALREADY FEEL DUMB AT WORK. I APPRECIATE IT! SO NICE TO KNOW I HAVE THIS WEBSITE FOR SUPPORT.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 4:41 PM

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I follow the Weight Watchers plan, counting points. It's very easy and teaches moderation in eating, not restricting yourself from any foods. I also run, do yoga and pilates.
Hope this helps and that your week gets better!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 4:44 PM

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I second the motion for counting calories. It has worked really well for me and helped me to reach my goal weight. I tried a bunch of different weight loss programs in the past, but what I learned through it all is the bottom line to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume...and it is most accurate to track them by counting them directly. I set my calorie range (for me it was 1500-1700 calories per day) then ate 5 to 6 meals each day and stopped eating when I hit the calorie limit.

I also worked out 4 to 5 times a week and tried to burn as many extra calories as I could by walking. I tried to get in at least a 30 minute walk each day (above and beyond my workouts) plus any additional walking that I could (park farther from the door, take stairs instead of escalators/elevators, etc.)

With this plan I lost a couple of pounds the first week then 1/2 a pound a week until I reached my goal weight. Seems slow...but I eventually got there and have successfully kept the weight off for 4 months!

Good luck in your weight loss journey!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:00 PM

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More than counting calories...

Weight Watchers online worked for me better than counting calories alone, probably because they consider not only calories but also fiber and fat content of food. A candy bar and a plate of whole wheat pasta may have the same calories, but a candy bar is pure sugar and fat, while the pasta has a lot of fiber and no fat, which is better for you.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:19 PM

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I'm another calorie counter! It's been the only way I've ever lost weight. PT has also helped a lot in the support department. I've been losing 1/2-3 lbs. per week for the last 2 months. I also do cardio and strength training 3-5x per week.
Good luck!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:34 PM

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I counted calories for the first 4 months of my weight loss journey and lost about 10 pounds. After being on a plateau for about 6 weeks I joined Weight Watchers and successfully reached my goal weight. You don't have to "count points" or count calories for the rest of your life after you have attained you goals! Just develop a healthy eating routine, don't vary from it too much and you will be fine. I don't do either anymore and have kept my weight off successfully. As far as it being a "crutch" I think every person is different and many benefit from the pressure of weighing in. Also the fact that your money is on the line helps some people. And it is less than $10 per month which is reasonable in my opinion.
Just my 2 cents!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:36 PM

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An electronic recording scale. Costs about 30-40 bucks at target. I weigh myself twice a day, every day. I record my weight almost every day on my peertrainer log and in my day planner.

I can see that today, I'm .2 pounds lighter or heavier. helps me keep track of trends and stop negative trends before they get too far out of control.

With a regular scale, you can fudge your reading by standing in the right scale, but an electronic scale is a lot harder to fool.

Give yourself an accurate baseline and you'll be able to figure out what worked, what didn't. Without an accurate scale and constant measurement, it seems like it'd be impossible to lose/maintain weight.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:54 PM

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Welcome!

Hello OP, and welcome to this site. It can be very helpful, if you can get used to ignoring the people who aren't very nice.

I agree with everyone who says couting calories is very helpful. I lost about 30 pounds in the last year by counting calories on the website www.fitday.com. (I know there are other free sites out there as well, but fitday is what I used) Since I've reached my goal weight I've stopped tracking every calorie and just try to pay attention to my hunger.

Good luck to you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 6:04 PM

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