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GINA3141592 SparkPoints: (2,915)
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12/29/12 6:18 P

Absoultely - and I like to know that I am eating "real" foods rather than shakes, or other expensive products. I have already lost 65 pounds, with another 40 to go.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,482
12/29/12 4:36 P

It is possible and more sustainable. You will also keep money in your wallet

12/29/12 4:01 P

Yes, and it's WAY cheaper too. Don't buy into that stuff. Get yourself a good multivitamin and start counting calories!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,279)
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12/29/12 8:19 A

Of course it is, why wouldn't it be? Just ask all the people who have experienced success on this site.

In fact, not using bandaid diet pills and fad diets is attributed to more success in keeping the weight off.

Losing weight is all about creating a calorie deficit from your calorie maintenance needs. That's essentially all it takes. You can achieve this by following your Spark calorie range and exercising/stay active. Eating healthy not only ensures your body is getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body requires but eating healthy means you can eat more satisfying food because it typically has less calories, more complex carbs, protein and healthy fats.

I've lost 40 lbs since July without any "diet aides". Just eating healthier, tracking my food intake and exercising.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/29/2012 (08:19)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
CUSH1932 SparkPoints: (54,019)
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12/29/12 6:04 A


I'm trusting God to direct my path.


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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,980
12/29/12 1:04 A

This site is proof that it is possible. All you need is will power, a good diet and some exercise


There are no shortcuts. No magic bullets. No secret spells. What works is hard work, dedication, and a daily dose of chocolate.
12/28/12 3:33 P

I've lost about 90 pounds since my highest weight, and I didn't use any shakes or pills. My doctor did recommend a daily vitamin while dieting, but nothing expensive, just an average multi-vitamin. No gimmicks, no special equipment, no fees, no surgery -- just eating healthy and exercise.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

-Sophia Loren
JESSSCHROEDER SparkPoints: (1,135)
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12/28/12 2:44 P

Of course. It's about calories in and calories out. Those meal replacements help by giving you lots of nutrients for little calories. You don't need those things to lose weight. Just keep to your calorie intake and try to work in some activity.
Calories in VS calories out. No need to spend lots of money to get lean!

Shakeology is pretty fantastic though. A couple years ago I did BeachBody coaching because I loved Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire. I bought a bag of the Shakeology and it was delicious, low cal and you could mix it with water without it tasting like death in a cup. It was way to expensive to keep up!

SW 200
GW 130

New GW: 128 pounds by Jan 25th, 2013!!

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
-Mathew 16:24

I believe in eating good, good food! No reason to not have delicious meals and treats while keeping a healthy weight.
LINWASH23 SparkPoints: (68,319)
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12/28/12 12:44 P

Yes it is. Sparkpeople proves that. Healthy eating with portion control and exercise is the way to go.

Each day is a great new start for whatever you need it to be. Embrace each day.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (75,037)
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12/28/12 12:37 P

Absolutely. I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of SP members lose weight the old fashioned way - healthy diet and exercise. Some will tell you that they've lost weight with shakes, pills and unsustainable diets, but talk to them a few months after they've stopped and I bet you they've gained the weight back because they didn't learn a thing about eating a healthy, balanced diet. Some people want a quick fix and don't want to do it the hard (but sustainable) way.

I've lost 50 pounds and have never touched any shakes, supplements, powders or have tried any other "diets." Follow SparkPeople's plan, be consistent and you WILL succeed.

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 12/28/2012 (12:38)
- Kristen
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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/28/12 12:06 P

Get the right amount of calories, and you will lose weight. You will eat food for the rest of your life, but not pills, so if your weight loss is based on food consumption, it will be maintainable. If you lose weight with pills, or shakes, as soon as you quit them, you will gain back the weight.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

- Albert Einstein

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

- Henry Ford
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/28/12 12:03 P

All that crap is not sustainable. Stick to a healthy diet and exercise and the world is your oyster.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (10,496)
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12/28/12 11:54 A

I've never touched any of that...its all snake-oil and unnecessary. Do it the right way, you'll be rewarded.

If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.
YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (92,575)
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12/28/12 11:51 A

I lost 100 pounds and I didn't use any of that crap.


Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

3MONTHS30DOWN SparkPoints: (9)
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12/28/12 11:44 A

Is it possible to lose weight with out using Shakeology ,Herbalife & other brands like that ? An I ble to lose weight by excersising & eating right ?

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