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Old 08-20-2016, 05:26 PM   #41
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My wife went on Nutrasystem. Coming from a region with really, really good cuisine, she couldn't stomach the food.

Most would do better trying to go on a very low cholestrol diet--nothing white, no bread, no white sugars.
Is this what you meant to say..?
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:08 PM   #42
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Everyone that I know that did the pre-packaged meals gained the weight back. They never learned how to eat real food and they don't exercise enough. Did you say you exercise for 45 minutes at your house during lunch? Are you then getting showered and driving back to work? It's not enough. You are probably sitting most of the time during the day. Put down the drinks when you get home and workout instead of drinking and sitting. One of my friends thought she was doing good by walking 2 miles every day, you only burn about 180 calories. It's great that she's doing something but she's not going to lose weight that way but she thinks it's enough.
I think that the only diet you should undertake is one you are willing to continue your whole life. Any temporary diet that ends will put you squarely on the path to your previous weight. That, in itself, rules out packaged diets. I suppose you could use packaged diets to "learn how to eat", but most of them are low fat to keep calories down, so exacerbate the blood sugar roller-coaster and the effect that has on appetite... nobody has that much willpower.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:15 AM   #43
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I think that the only diet you should undertake is one you are willing to continue your whole life. Any temporary diet that ends will put you squarely on the path to your previous weight. That, in itself, rules out packaged diets.
+1, The idea of diet is problematic, as they tend to be short term and not permanent solutions. How about getting on a good long term nutrition plan.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:43 PM   #44
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A nice sativa is zero calories.

More of an indica guy myself, but good luck overpowering those munchies.

Although being subjected to microwave dinners could help... Eat real food, not too much.
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I changed my eating habit a couple of years ago (around 55 yo). I was working out a lot - sometimes 2x/day (spin, yoga, Bodypump, running). I was fit, but I still had fat around my mid section. I went to a specialist that trains women for bodybuilder competitions. He said I was doing too much cardio and needed to focus more on lifting to build muscle. He also gave me an eating plan that had me eating smaller meals every 3 hours adding more protein and less carbs. I was eating more often and healthier whole foods. Also, increased how much water I was drinking. I was allowed a couple of cheat meals each week that allowed me to have wine or whatever. Just needed to consume it in within an hour and not allow the cheat meal to go on all night😉
I built muscle mass, lost fat and dropped 2 sizes. Basically it ramped up my metabolism. I've been able to pretty much maintain. If my pants start feeling tight in the waist, I buckle down. I feel the best I've felt in 20 years (now 58).



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I have been doing Ideal Protein and have lost 35 lbs. I'm 61 and when I went through menopause I gained weight. I had been trying for years to lose, even eating around 1000 a day with no luck. I had also done low carb a lot of the time...I could usually maintain but not lose with this. I've always eaten pretty healthy, with hardly no processed or white carbs.

I eat 3 of their foods and then an additional 8 oz of protein plus 4 cups of low carb veggies and 2 tsp of good fat a day. I need to lose about 20 more pounds. I will add that about twice a week we go out and I do have a few drinks, and this has not kept me from losing...of course they don't recommend this.

We travel a good bit and I will usually gain several pounds. The very next day after trip I'm right back on plan and am back down in about a week.


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Old 08-25-2016, 12:15 PM   #47
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Simple fact, Only vegetation can make body mass from the air and water, humans have to eat more calories than they burn to get fatter.
Best quote ever, and I'm totally stealing it.

The science of metabolism may be dry reading, and we may not like it, but it is what it is. When my daily caloric consumption goes down, so does my weight.

As I've gotten older and wiser, I've learned the benefits of choosing foods that boost my energy (nuts, good fats, protein and complex carbs) vs those that don't (refined sugar and bad fats primarily). The former group helps moderate my blood sugar, which then moderates my appetite. The second group does just the opposite.

Changing how and how much one eats is hard, no question, but it's the only way I know to maintain my weight as I get older.
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Changing how and how much one eats is hard, no question, but it's the only way I know to maintain my weight as I get older.
Surely there's a pill for that? If not, what the hell are we paying all those scientists' salaries for?
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Surely there's a pill for that? If not, what the hell are we paying all those scientists' salaries for?
Ha! And there was already at least one suggestion about drugs earlier in this thread . . .

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The attached link is a flowchart from MFP.
It's the goto resource when someone is having issues with dropping weight.


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I spent a fair amount of time on their site as we were learning how to eat and lose weight. I've read stories of how thousands of people lose many pounds(some 200-300) and "the secret" is eating nutrient rich foods that keep you satisfied and in a caloric deficit. Folks do that in many different ways but they all agree to CICO.
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Kim, How are you making out with your weight loss? Did you decide to go with the Nutrisystem plan? A coworker is just starting with their meals and started working with a exercise trainer.
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