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What diet worked the best for you? Long Term

I love to eat and I am not good at straving I have about 80lbs to lose. I don't feel good if I don't have protien in my diet any suggestions
The South Beach Diet looks intereting

Sun. May 6, 9:41am

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Weight watchers for me LOVE IT

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 10:00 AM

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I'd suggest the best thing you can do for long term loss to begin with is just eduacate yourself as much as possible on nutrition and fitness in general and then make informed decisions from there. There's nothing wrong with baby steps to begin with. There's a lot of great information out there on the internet, just try to arm yourself with a few good resources. I read, read, and read some more before I ever put any lifestyle changes into place, but now that I'm nearing maintanence stage (and almost 60 lbs down) I know I did the right thing. I know I can keep up or add to all the changes I've made in my lifestyle permanantly. Finding a friend or two to confide in and workout with is fun too. I guess I'm just saying this because the number of "diets" that fail is alarming. Lifestyle change, however can bring permanent results. Don't forget the exercise either! Long term loss includes it, like it or not. But you will, believe it or not, if you spend some time finding what you like. Just my two cents. Best of luck to you.

Sunday, May 06, 2007, 10:36 AM

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Thanks for your two cents. I think if I invest it I will make a million.Op

Monday, May 07, 2007, 8:29 PM

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I agree with 10:36...

I tried 'starving' myself for a year, and low carb, and low name it, I did it. And I battled the same 10lbs over and over again...up and down and up again. But about a month ago I said 'forget it' and started just eating sensibly. I started eating in a way that I could continue the rest of my life. I also started EATING BREAKFAST!! That, I believe, has been the best change for me. I still allow myself my fave..mexican...or even a spoon of peanut butter here or there (my fave snack)...and guess what...I've lost 8 of those 10lbs I've been battling and it HAS NOT gone back up! I'm not starving, I'm always satisfied, I get to eat what I love, and I'm losing weight! I feel great. I tried every different type of vegi and salad I could find...and continued eating the ones I lilked. I've learned portion control, so that I can eat what I want, in moderation. No more diets for me! Ever! :) Best of luck!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007, 10:01 AM

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I don't "starve" myself, ever and I don't follow a real "diet". I have lost 70+ lbs and maintained that loss (and plan to eat this way forever) by eating healthy foods (and by exercising at least 5 days a week). Lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies and lean protein. By "healthy", I mean staying as close to "natural" as possible. To me, eating 5 or 6 prepackaged 100 calories packs a day is not fueling your body in a healthy way-you want to eat foods that not only are going to keep you from feeling hungry, but also going to satisfy cravings you are having. I also have counted calories for a long time-which keeps me in check and helps me to make better choices. You can do this-you will find something that works for you if you think of every bite you take as "fuel" your body needs to do it's daily tasks!

(Examples-breakfast: high fiber cereal w/ soy milk and a piece of fruit. Lunch: turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, with mustard, lettuce and tomato, and a small salad made w/ many veggies on the side w/ a non-creamy dressing. Snacks: fruit, string cheese, yogurt, hummus and veggies etc. Dinner: broiled/grilled/baked poulty/fish (there are a million ways to make this taste delicious in a healthy way), a baked sweet potato, and broccoli.)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007, 12:48 PM

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If you're starting out, the best thing to do is journal everything you eat (yes, everything. Even that small handful of M&Ms as you walk past someone's desk. Even those 3 crackers you take from the box in the cupboard. Everything.) Then, review what you're eating and see what you can cut out, or where you can do better. Choose one or two things to work on at a time, and stick with those items for 3 weeks, at least (enough time to develop a habit), before getting more. For example, first, you may switch one soda a day for water (or coffee, black, if you're going for the caffeine), and then next, you may switch white bread for wheat, and next, you may add veggies to at least one meal a day, and next, you may change your candy bar snack to a snack like carrot sticks and hummus. Or celery and PB. Etc.

What worked for me was learning what foods kept me full, and what foods didn't. I don't really use 100-cal packs much, b/c they're not filling. Things like nuts, cheese, meat, etc. work for me. I just had to get used to seeing what a normal portion size looks like; then those portions would fill me up. I can eat a whole box of Wheat Thins, and be hungry 20 minutes later, but, a handful of peanuts and a piece of string cheese and I'm good to go for a few hours.

What I mostly did when I ate out was scrap the bread. I'd go out for hamburgers, and just eat it with a fork and knife, skipping the bun. Same meal I used to eat, and I didn't miss the bun; it's really only a means to hold the burger anyway. And getting rid of it will eliminate about 200 calories from that meal (for a big restaurant-sized bun.)

If I crave something like McDonald's, I'll get one regular hamburger or cheeseburger (200 to 250 cals). I won't treat it as a meal, where I need to order enough to be full; instead I treat it as a "treat," or snack. I eat healthy foods for my meals, but I can allow something like that as a treat if I work it into my calorie budget.

This isn't exhaustive, but it's really how I've managed to stay on track for about 2 years now. And now I love my body! I really enjoy being small!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007, 2:49 PM

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