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MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
8/12/13 1:15 P

Several people have mentioned the limitations with creating meals based around only foods you like. Depending on how picky you are, is it an option to try turning on the meal plans here, and substituting foods as they come up? So if it suggests a tomato and you don't like tomatoes, you can sub an apple instead, or chicken instead of fish.

Or, you may decide to be adventurous and see if you like these foods after all! It can be easy to think we don't like something just because we aren't used to it, or because we're used to processed, overly salty/sweet "food".

R383CC48 Posts: 1,022
8/12/13 1:02 P

1 pound per week is a healthy rate of weight loss, so I would guess 52 weeks, with your injury it may take more time than that. And that may fluctuate, you might see more loss some weeks and less loss other weeks.

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8/12/13 12:51 P

as far as the eating plan - there are LOTS of things that show up in the average weight loss eating plan that I do not eat, so my menus have always been set up by me.

I learned a lot about better food choices from South Beach.

it's not that difficult to do your own thing on Spark as far as eating. Once you get your 'favorites' stored, there's nothing to it!

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
8/12/13 11:43 A

There's no way to calculate an average. It depends on your age, general size and build, what you eat, how much you sleep, how fidgety you are, and a few thousand other details. No two people are the same. That said, I started almost exactly where you are and lost almost exactly what you want to lose, and it took me a little over a year. However, I started running and cycling during that year. As a general rule, you'll probably lose quite a bit in the first three months or so and then find that the last 25 pounds or so take MUCH longer.

And no, there's no free program (or paid program that I know of) that can make a calorie-control diet plan using only "what you like." First of all, you're the only one who really knows that, and how long would it take you to list every single food you do and don't like? This is something that requires a human brain. You can hire a dietitian, or you can do it yourself. The second option is not just cheaper, it's better in every way.

It doesn't take very long to learn, either. Go to the Start Page here, and fill in your information. Then open the nutrition tracker and find the check box that says "Hide menu plans." That will give you a blank page. Fill it in with what you plan to eat for the day, and it will add up the calories for you. If the calories are more than your recommendation says, remove a snack or make a serving smaller. Do that every afternoon or evening for the next day's meal plans. (Some people even do a whole week at a time.) Every day, read one of the nutrition articles and think about how you could use the information to make your meals a little healthier, but don't worry too much about getting everything perfect at the start. Just be limiting calories, you're improving, so it's okay to take your time learning about the details of nutrition.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/12/13 11:42 A

wow, so many questions; so little information on which to base the answers.

I'll go with the topic, and leave the rest for someone more knowledgeable.

Of course, I can only generalize.
Since I started out just about where you began, and headed to just above where you wish to go; I'll answer based on me.

It took me about a year.
Yes, I had times of maintenance-type weight periods, where I didn't lose or gain.
Yes, life got in the way, and I had a fair amount of stress from outside circumstances.
Yes, I'm aging, and probably working at peri-menopause, if the whole joy hasn't begun yet.

I did begin by not really doing more than walking the dog short distances, as my weight was definitely a factor in my ability to actually breathe well enough to go further. I have shoulder injuries which makes some movement difficult.

I am 5'2" (you didn't say your height).

All those factors (and so many more) play a part in how fast you lose and how successful you will be in keeping it off. I still don't rely on Dr Oz for nutritional advice, as he's a cardiologist; but that's not something I will address here.

I do wish you well in your journey toward health.

GIMME! Posts: 111
8/12/13 11:33 A

It is impossible for the internet to know what foods you like. Sit down and make a list of healthy foods you like and plan some meals using foods from that list.

AUBURN0921 Posts: 3
8/12/13 11:28 A

I now weigh 182.3. I am trying to get to 130. Using Dr. Oz calorie method, I am allowed 1560 calories a day. I know the 5 meals a day works very well so I am going to divide that by 5 which allows me 312 calories a meal. This being said, is there a website that will create a meal plan for me WITH THE FOODS I LIKE? Also, does anyone know how to figure the average time this will take? Not that I am in a rush, just curious. I have a spinal injury so exercise is limited. I do a bit of weight lifting (as much as I can tolerate) and take care of my 3 year old granddaughter daily.

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