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BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
2/14/12 1:24 P

I don't think she's being harsh, just honest. She's not saying that you *don't* have a brain, she's saying that you *do.* And as such, you can use your brain to learn about nutrition for yourself. Learning about nutrition will help you make healthy choices for the rest of your life, and pass that knowledge on to your family, if you have one. Getting second hand knowledge from an unreliable source without bothering to confirm anything is lazy, for lack of a better word.

Don't take our dismissal as an insult, please. You don't have to pay a single cent to learn to eat properly, and it's honestly not hard. All the information is at your fingertips. SP has short, simple articles on almost any topic that you need, nutritionally. If you need more information, you can turn to the studies and get *real* information rather than something that some blogger *thinks* is appropriate. The orange juice thing is nonsense. The fact that she recommends supplements and diet aids just proves that she is not a trustworthy source. Don't encourage her to keep spreading misinformation by giving her your hard-earned money.

It all just comes down to choosing a wide variety of healthy foods, minimizing the junk, and eating less than you burn. That's it. Any plan that incorporates those principles will cause weight loss. Here's all the information you need to get started. This is all stuff you can learn anywhere, and it is reliable.

Weigh and track your food to make sure that you're not consuming more than you burn. If you can afford metabolic analysis and a heart rate monitor, you can invest in them, but they are unnecessary if you're really conscientious with your intake. Going too low can be damaging to your metabolism over time, so you have to take your activity levels into account. If you work out a lot, you have to eat a bit more; as long as you don't just eat back your whole deficit, you will lose.

There are two main components to nutrition: macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). You can lose weight if you're eating at a deficit, regardless of the nutritional profile of the foods you eat. But if you want your body to be healthy and not just thin, you have to make sure that you're getting enough macro- and micronutrients.

To help you do that, eat whole foods whenever possible. Lots and lots of veggies and fruits, some whole grains, lean meats and dairy, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes. There are millions of options. Processed and packaged foods are often packed with additives that you don't need. From-scratch cooking is great and doesn't have to be time-consuming or bland. Again, though, it's not *necessary* as long as you can still eat at a caloric deficit, but it can make it easier to get all the macro and micronutrients you need without getting too much of anything either. Read labels and make responsible choices, if you want to continue buying packaged food. It is not hard.

Don't waste your time demonizing or worshiping any particular food or supplement that you think is the cause or the cure for obesity. Crashes and fasts can be dangerous. Fat-burners don't work. Supplements are unnecessary if you're eating properly (except possibly a quality B12 if you are vegan), and many of them don't even contain what they say they do since the labeling laws for supplements are sorely lacking.

Patience and dedication are the key. Give it at least a month or two before you decide if something is working, and do your best to maintain the same focus 6 months down the road. Weight loss should be slow, but it is rarely steady. It tends to happen fast at first and slow down more and more as you get closer to your goal. Blips along the way are normal.

Good luck!

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 2/14/2012 (13:35)
STHOMAS241 Posts: 4
2/14/12 1:05 P

Wow, Ailebbelia, that was kinda harsh.

Sometimes it's nice to have someone do a bit of the work for you. She presents me with information and I decide what I am going to follow.. and to what extent.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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2/8/12 2:22 P


Why do you need her to sift through the info? Don't trolls have a brain?

STHOMAS241 Posts: 4
2/8/12 2:14 P

BITTERQUILL, Isabel does that job for you - sifting through all the health and nutrition myths and presenting a way of eating that not only will help you lose weight, but also just help you live a healthier life in general. And that's just the program itself. Then there's - there are places to share success stories, ask questions, and try out recipes!

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
1/31/12 1:41 P

STHOMAS241, I'm not sure why anyone would pay $50 for information that can easily be obtained for free (and with real experts to help you sift through the myths and garbage, too).

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1/31/12 1:02 P

Agree with Coach Tanya- and anything called Doesn't work it takes long haul changes to get and keep the weight off- one thing in common with all these ....diets.. They are good for a couple of weeks, not for a couple of months, years or decades..
Sparkspeople is free and middle of the road safe..

STHOMAS241 Posts: 4
1/31/12 12:54 P

I currently live by Beyond Diet. Isabel is great. The program really teaches you how to pair up your proteins/carbs/fats. and its all based on your metabolism type (you figure this out by taking a test) I love the community there as well. You can ask questions and every one is so willing to help (even Isabel and her coaches) There's TONS and TONS of great recipes on there too. It was only $47 to be a member and its totally worth it. I LOVE IT!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
1/23/12 9:48 A

When evaluating claims for weight loss products, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends a healthy portion of skepticism; most don’t come close to fulfilling their claims. And in the rare cases where a product might result in some temporary weight loss, it is almost never a permanent solution and is usually unsafe.

Before you spend money on products that promise fast and easy results, weigh the claims carefully.

12 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet
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AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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1/21/12 1:43 A

You don't need detoxes, laxatives, and fad diets to lose weight.

The author is a nutritionist (not a RN) and admits that the program lacks certain nutritional aspects and has no exercise component.

She even has a video where she tells people that she will choose the research to pass along to members. Basically, she will filter and censor research articles! She also says that she will recommend certain products in her blogs. How do you not that she is not getting paid to advertise the products?

Her nutritional advise is also very misguided because she is copying and pasting things from newsletters and articles from the web. Eliminating orange juice does not help you burn fat. emoticon

DOE1164 Posts: 103
1/20/12 11:14 P

Has anyone heard of this diet and its effectiveness/ineffectiveness?
I'm curious to hear whether this may be one worth pursuing??

Thanks for your input and possible experience!

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