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saw the ad on the side that said easy diet that works went there and there wasn't anything easy about it. i would like something easy. does anyone have a good one to recommend?

Fri. Jan 12, 11:48am

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there is no easy way out, unless you regard caring about your body as an easy task, as i have learned to. it's easy for me to NOT eat cake or cookies or cream sauces often, when i think about my future and how a momentary pleasure might affect that picture i have of myself as a healthy, fit, self-respecting individual. if you can change your thinking about forgoing junk food and can look at it as a way to show your body that you are committed to taking the best care of it as possible, if you can stop thinking about things you are giving up and look at the progress you can make instead, you will find it easier and easier to naturally take care of yourslef.

Friday, January 12, 2007, 11:55 AM

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Weight Watchers is great! You can even have a drink and a piece of cake or whatever your weakness is once a week. Know remeber 1 drink and 1 piece of cake

Saturday, January 13, 2007, 12:07 PM

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Sometimes what's easy for one person is hard for another one. If you love meat, a vegetarian diet is not going to work for you. If you are a an all-or-nothing type of person, a treat once and a while might derail you. Try different diets. I'm willing to bet the best one for you will also feel "easiest" to maintain. Good luck!

Saturday, January 13, 2007, 2:03 PM

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"Easy" is whatever works for your lifestyle and your existing approach to food.

People who hate cooking or truly don't have the time (or a kitchen! - I live in NYC, I know it's possible, lol), something like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig is ideal. Problem with those diets is that they don't teach you how to make your own choices in the real world. In any case, these won't help someone who likes to cook or hates frozen/freeze-dried food or has to have lunch with clients 4 days a week.

The above is just an example...you need to analyze your own concept of "easy" and work with that.

Saturday, January 13, 2007, 2:03 PM

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No Easy Road

Everyone would like an easy road to weight loss, but the truth is, there's only one way you'll lose the weight for good. It took me a long time to finally sit myself down and say, 'you know what, I'm going to have to do the work if I want to change my body.' Eating right and exercising regularly is the only way to lose weight in a healthy way. Yes, it's frustrating when you only lose a pound a week or every two weeks. But you know what? Isn't it more frustrating when you go years without losing any weight--or gaining? You have to be ready to make this change. If you're still looking for an easy way out, maybe you aren't ready. When you can look at yourself and see that the body you have today is the same one that you will need to live with for the rest of your life, maybe you can start to realize that it's something you want to take care of. I look at my former days of yo-yo dieting as punishment to my body. It's time to treat our bodies with the respect they deserve--they are truly wonderful machine that keep us going even when we treat them like crap.

Liz
Team: "Stop Making Excuses"

Monday, January 15, 2007, 11:45 PM

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here's the easy diet- only 5 words.

Eat less. Exercise more. Repeat.

I mean, really, that's it, isn't it? No points, no trademarked special food, no books to buy, no podcasts to download. Just quit making excuses.

If it was easy, there wouldn't be fat people.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 1:54 PM

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while i agree with the above regarding eating less, exercising more, i do not agree that all fat people are fat because they do not adhere to this regimen. some people are very active and eat healthfully, but have hormonal or glandular problems that contribute to or cause the weight gain with which they are plagued. just wanted to get that point in.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 2:09 PM

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But, that's like what, 1%, 2% of the population?

You can't gain weight if you're burning more calories than you are taking in. Plain and simple. If you are gaining weight, you are taking in calories in excess of what you need.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed.




Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 2:17 PM

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Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Eat fewer white carbs. Walk as much as you can. Meditate to relieve stress. Take it one day at a time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 2:30 PM

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2:17

Yeah! My thoughts exactly! (except the thermodynamics part... my brain wouldn't have come up with that.)
The people who complain and whine about glands WISH that was their problem so they could blame something for their bodies. Those people who really DO have gland issues tend to be more active (and proactive) to compensate for the medical problem.
Enough whining already! People looking for easy solutions make my blood boil. I've worked HARD to lose weight and get in shape (and I'm not done yet) and believe me, there's no MAGIC solution.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 4:07 PM

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Hey, before you slam "medical conditions"....

Check out PCOS, which they estimate 10% of us have, mostly undiagnosed. That's not an insignificant number. It screws up your metabolism and makes it really hard to lose weight. Add 5% who have other hormonal problems (got that stat from an endocrinologist) and throw in those whose medical treatment for other issues involve steroid medication and you're looking at way more qualified "whiners" than you originally thought.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 4:12 PM

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and it still boils down to eat less, do more.

Boo freaking hoo, it's hard to lose weight for some people. News flash- it's hard for EVERYONE to lose weight. If it's harder for you due to some glandular condition, tough- in the end, everyone has some special reason why it's harder for them to lose weight, be it "glands" or "emotional reasons" or "just love cheeseburgers." It still boils down to having enough willpower to suffer a little to make yourself stronger.

Again, if it was easy, no one would be fat.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 11:49 AM

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but being compassionate and polite and respectful is easy, and there are still rude comments filled with self-righteousness posted every day, every hour sometimes. having to overcome and live with appearance-altering conditions/diseases is not about willpower, it takes strong support and understanding about the reasons your body has changed on the outside. attitudes that equate being overweight with eating too much or not exercising enough have probably developed due to knowing people who complain about their struggles and try to find excuses like some medical conditions. but there really are people who suffer the same weight-gain consequences without the lack of exercise or overeating. sure, you may have a point, but that does not negate other points that are also valid.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:09 PM

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I notice some folks become very self-righteous and unforgiving about faults they perceive in others after they have overcome them themselves. There is the "if I had to work hard and suffer the so do you" mentality, and it's not just about weight loss. You see this in the work place, sports, school, etc. Rather than try to understand the needs of others - people tend to project their own experiences on others because of course, this is the way they had to do it and it worked for them, so you should get off your butt and just do it slacker!

Thus if I were to project my experience onto the OP - I would have to say I have not found it to be 'hard work' to lose weight and exercise. It was simply a matter of educating myself and finding a way to change my lifestyle in ways that were healthy and not too disruptive. Slow, steady change has worked well for me and I must say losing weight and maintaining my weight loss is turning out to be fairly easy. But here's the catch - I might have a different definition of 'easy' than the OP and what is easy for me might be hard for her or vice versa. For me logging in and logging my food is 'easy', but for others it's difficult to be that consistent. For example I don't think WW sounds 'easy' at all, but many folks speak very highly of it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:30 PM

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