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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,144)
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1/24/13 8:21 A

Woohoo! Break through. You'll love it. Yes, it may take a bit of work and a lot of learning at first but soon it will be like second nature and you'll never want to go back. ;)

Cheers!

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/23/13 9:03 P

You can do it AND enjoy it, really!

CEDARBARK1 SparkPoints: (2,485)
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1/23/13 8:27 P

Best of wishes Azalee, on your nutritional journey!

AZALEE Posts: 22
1/23/13 5:17 P

Thank you guys so much! I really needed that. I realized today that I created this account 5 years ago...if I had been just eating right and working out since then I'd be at my goal weight. My New Years resolution is now going to be to stop the yo yo dieting cycle. It's going to be hard because that's what I've been doing for so many years but obviously it's not working. I'm also going to start with baby steps (that tends to be my other problem) ill start a crazy exercise program that I hate and do it for maybe 2 weeks. I'm going to start looking into work outs that ill enjoy and healthy foods that I can also enjoy. Thanks again guys! :)

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1/23/13 1:08 P

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/23/13 10:55 A

I think anything less then 1200 calories is too much strain on a body. I don't think it could handle strenuous workouts and let you lose 1-2 pounds long term. But If you do choose to eat around that amount I'd suggest making sure you're eating real food with lots of nutrients to help your body. Lots of fruits and veggies, good fats, protein... not much at all processed stuff.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,751
1/23/13 10:31 A

I looked at the Bouari website and it looks shady to me. Just a bunch of double talk. I dislike websites that wont tell you anything unless you sign on the dotted line.

I also dislike websites where you must buy all their potions to be successful.

So I vote for the 1200 calorie range. Or more if you get a lot of exercise.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/23/13 8:55 A

It's not that you don't "have to" work out, it's that you can't. Your body can't live off of 500-800 calories a day while sustaining a workout. It would be dangerous.

There is a reason that you yo-yo, I was the same way. You look for a way to lose weight fast, but you can't sustain it. Can you honestly see yourself sustaining a 500-800 calorie a day diet for the rest of your life? Even if you lose all you want, what have you taught yourself? Have you made healthy changes so that you can maintain at 1800? Slow and steady is what helped me. I lost 45 pounds over an 8-10 month period. I've never lost that much before, and I now weigh what I did in HS (I was lower than that before the holidays!), and I've kept it off for a year. In the past,I'd never stuck with something that long. I still have my moments, but I've made changes to the way I live and think about food and exercise. I'm not sure a super restrictive diet (unless you're morbidly obese and under a doctor's care) is going to help you make the mental changes required.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (77,144)
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1/23/13 8:53 A

Break the yo-yo cycle and stop dieting and start living. Lifestyle changes are the only thing that will maintain weight long term. The sooner you learn this, the sooner you can break the vicious cycle. Stop cutting out entire food groups, stop creating extreme calorie deficits, stop using depriviation diets. You don't need these things to lose weight and they have very low success rates of keeping the weight off.

Learn to love activity. Find something you enjoy and go slow but keep challenging yourself to the next level. It really wasn't until recently (and I've been at it for 7 months now and worked out for a year monotonously on an elipitical before that) that I really started to love my workouts. Now I feel awful when I miss one. All the benefits strength training and cardio have done for my health, fitness level, my body, strength, endurance and energy. In that time I have brought my heart rate down from 80-90 bpm to 45-50 bpm and my blood pressure (which was already on the low normal side) to that of a professional athelete. Not to mention the rush I get after a workout, my overall mood (exercise releases endorphins and is the ultimate cure for depression) and the tone of my body.

Diet- research eating clean. It's more of lifestyle than diet and doesn't involve cutting out entire food groups. It's just eating as nature intended and cutting out all the processed garbage. You're never hungry on it because the food packs so much fibre, protein, healthy fats and vitamins and nutrients and you eat every 2-3 hours. I could eat a cheeseburger, fries and large coke for 1000 calories or I could eat a full plate, half full of veggies, a little bit of fruit, 1/4 carbs and 1/4 lean protein for 300-400 cals that will sustain me much longer.

Chances are, if you limit yourself to the bare minimum of 1200 cals, you will plateau and your body will rebel. I suggest you exercise and eat around the middle of your range. Try calorie cycling. I love it. I dropped to 1200 cals when I stopped losing weight and it worked for about 6 weeks before my metabolism caught on, rebelled and weight loss came to a stand off. So I upped my average intake to 1400 cals (again) and started calorie cycling. I lost 2.5 lbs in the last couple of days of my first week of calorie cycling. Use this calculator to figure out a zig zag dieting plan (calorie cycling) http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_c
alculator.htm. Just calculate your daily calorie intake and then it will give the option to choose a zig zag plan. It's basically eating high calorie days, medium and low to equal the same deficit at the end of the week had you eaten the same amount every day. The theory is that it tricks your metabolism and prevents it from adjusting to a low calorie intake. You can also use it will maintaining your weight.

I also still allow myself indulgences in moderation so I've totally destroyed binging once I get around "forbidden fruits". I eat, how I plan on eating for the rest of my life. I absolutely love my diet now and would never want to go back to eating the way I did before. If you don't feel that way about your "diet", well... you're just setting yourself up for failure.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/23/2013 (09:04)
CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (78,198)
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1/23/13 8:37 A

I understand the appeal of losing weight faster, but it's really not a good idea.

First of all, it's not healthy to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week if you are obese. If you are merely overweight, I think it's better to lose 1/2 - 1 pound per week. Anything more is unrealistic and you're setting yourself up for disappointment. This is not the Biggest Loser! This is real life.

Secondly, losing slowly gives you more opportunities to adjust to living a healthy lifestyle. Rather than crash dieting to drop pounds rapidly, you could lose slowly and learn the skills, habits and tactics to maintain a healthy weight. I also personally believe that rapid weight loss means you'll have more loose skin at the end of it all. When you lose rapidly, you lose more muscle and other tissues rather than just losing fat.

CEDARBARK1 SparkPoints: (2,485)
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1/23/13 7:08 A

500-800 cals a day, that's not sustainable! I don't care what the "drops" are. It's low carb, low fat, low protein and non nutriative. I think Coach Jen is right. You'll lose weight, but you won't have any sustinance, and you'll be yo yoing again next year with another diet. Plus, starvation diets have been shown to teach the metabolism to hoard more fat the next time around, since the body really doesn't want to go through deprivation again.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,710
1/23/13 6:49 A

Welcome to the site!

The short answer to your question is "no", the Bouari diet does not sound healthy at all.

The secret to losing weight and more importantly, keeping it off for good, is establishing habits you can live with for the rest of your life. Most diets fail because they force you to eat in ways you can't keep up forever. I know it's tempting to want to lose the weight quickly, but there are a few reasons you should reconsider that. One is that the faster you lose, the more likely you are to gain it back. The other is that losing weight quickly means that a higher percentage of that loss is going to come from muscle instead of fat, which isn't good.

I think if you can break out of the "diet" mentality and focus on a "lifestyle" mentality, you won't have to start every year with the resolution to lose weight. You will lose weight, and you'll keep it off for good.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

AZALEE Posts: 22
1/23/13 4:42 A

Ok so I'm struggling with which diet I should do. (This is my first post btw hi guys!) I've been a yoyo dieter for YEARS. My New Years resolution every year is to lose weight and I do but then I gain it back. So I was think of doing the 1200-1500 cal diet and start working out like 3 times a week so I'd lose 1-2 pounds a week. And hopefully keep it off this time? But I can't help but to really want to lose weight faster. Not sure if anyone has heard of Bouari but its a hog clinic. I already have the drops for the diet and I'd lose about a pound a day. I just question if its healthy and how I can get myself to stick to it and how I'd be able to keep it off this time. You do only eat 500-800 cals a day, very low carb, and don't "have to" work out.

Tell me what you guys think!

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