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Which diet program is the best?

I'm leaning toward the fat smash diet after watching celebrity fit club. i did weight watchers a few years back, and was successful for a short while but the points thing gets annoying after a while and I dont feel like getting back into it. I looked at South Beach, but for some reason I'm intimidated, I think it's psychological, thinking of all those bikini clad Florida women who i will never look like.

please give honest suggestions, and opinions, i'm going to Barnes and Noble to buy the book tonight...


Thu. Jul 5, 2:27pm

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WHy are there so many questions like this?
NO DIET WORKS!

It's a lifestyle change, and NO, that is not a cliche, it's the only truth you will ever hear!

Eat less, excercise more!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:18 PM

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dont be so cynical

some of us need help, that's why we ask. some diets provide guidelines and they are there to help. if it were so easy for you, you wouldnt be here at peertrainer.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:46 PM

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I'm here so that I can be held accountable for my food choices. Not to follow a fad diet. Also, to monitor myself and hold others accountable. I look at so may logs and read so many stories of people who follow some kind of new diet and then succeed, but gain it all back, plus some more.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:51 PM

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well no matter what your argument, be encouraging, not patronizing. You have no idea how much your words can motivate or discourage a soul.

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 3:57 PM

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Some folks do need a set of rules to get them started. I sure did. In fact I used one of the most unsustainable diets you can find - slim fast. But you know what? It worked. However the reason why it worked goes to what you are saying - I was 100% committed to changing my life and while I was on it, I did a lot of research and found new healthy recipes, began exercising and had a plan for maintaining my loss. I didn't see it as some weight loss interlude until I could go back to the lifestyle that put it all on in the first place. Instead it was a complete break from the 'old' me and preparation for the 'new' life I was going to lead when I had reached my goal.

Slightly over a year later the weight is still off. I joined PT because I was looking for nutrition info and a way to log my food on my computer and it's been great for helping me maintain and be mindful of my healthy habits. However there is no 'one true way' for everyone. In terms of long term success a healthy lifestyle is important, but how we each get there is not something that can or should be dictated no matter how well-intentioned. If the OP tries the fat smash diet and finds a way of eating that can sustain him/her in the long run isn't that a worthy end?

OP - you asked which diet we felt was the best. To me, it's the one that you can stick with. My own diet, through my own experimentation closely resembles South Beach - that wasn't actually a concious decision, it's just the way I like to eat and the types of foods I enjoy. I agree the first phase sounds a little intimidating, but believe me Florida is not full of bikini-clad babes - lol! I'd say research the ones that sound intriguing to you and examine your own lifestyle through your logs. See if you can modify your own diet to resemble a healthier one. At the very least most of those books/diets contain a good deal of nutritional information, so even if you decide not to follow any of them, it's still food for thought.

Best wishes to you in acheiving your goals!

Thursday, July 05, 2007, 5:00 PM

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