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GRACED777 Posts: 4,306
3/11/13 12:51 P

Sometimes I use a shortcut to break a logjam, but not usually because I want to find changes I can live with long term. Having said that, even the slow and steady weight loss gets hard for me after a season. I can do it for awhile, but, for example last fall I was down to 132 and gained up to 145 over the winter. I want to go lower again, but my exercise was less and my hunger was greater over the winter. However I am still well within range, just I like it lower when it isn't too hard...maybe before next winter I can find a way to stay down more without too much pain...

ERINTFG SparkPoints: (45,448)
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3/11/13 12:38 P

The problem with a shortcut is that, generally speaking, it doesn't help you get the habits that you need to maintain. Whereas the slow and steady weight loss, that requires you to work hard and daily make good choices, to pick yourself up and try again when you fail, teaches you to keep at it and instills the habits you're going to need once you reach that goal.

I can see the benefit of using a shortcut to bust a plateau OR if you have a special occasion (wedding or something) that you just really want to look extra good for, but I think as a general rule it's best to do it "the hard way," because it's better for you and is more likely to stick. :)

NGREGOR SparkPoints: (16,523)
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3/11/13 12:13 P

I've never found a shortcut that works whether it is a starvation or weird diet plan or a product in a bottle. Hmmm... Product in a bottle. Maybe if I drank a bottle of vodka I'd pass out and not eat anything for a week or so. Never thought of that before.
So,for the past year I've tried to eat healthier (rather than hit the bottle), get a little exervise now and then, and spend weeks in a wt holding pattern before losing just 1 or 2 lbs. This is going to take forever, but that's okay with me because...

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 601
3/11/13 12:09 P

Why do you think it is that the body responds to that increase in calories for a day to get it moving?? It just doesn't make sense to me, but I have notice that trend at times as well.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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3/11/13 12:04 P

I think if you can find a shortcut that works and gets weight off quickly, you will be more motivated to keep going. I have to see the numbers move to stay on track. When I stall out or put on weight, I get discouraged. Seeing a change gives me a jump start.

3/11/13 11:57 A

I'm struggling to get started again. Can't seem to get on a downward trend even though I'm watching the calories and exercising. I could use a good shortcut to get me going. Agreeably, shortcuts are not going to last long term because like me, most people cannot sustain being starving that long before they give in big time. A total lifestyle change and understanding your food addiction is the way to go, for sure, but it's frustrating when you don't see much progress after a long period of trying your best.


GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
3/11/13 10:52 A

For breaking plateaus in my experience, eating about 500-1000 calories more than the max one day, and then going back to being close to the minimum, usually gets my body back to losing the weight.

3/11/13 10:39 A

For Plateau Busting, absolutely, but to me that what "sortcuts" are for ONLY!

NORWOODGIRL SparkPoints: (204,154)
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3/11/13 10:35 A

I have to admit that I use shortcuts in 2 situations - to get started and to break a plateau. Otherwise I am quite happy with a slow steady loss using good nutrition and exercise.

3/11/13 10:30 A

Lots of shortcut threads posted here in the cafe'.....hmmmm, wonder why?

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 601
3/11/13 9:33 A

I've been down this road many, many times and every time I've tried a "shortcut" I have always found the weight I lost!! This time around I am learning to choose a "life style" not a "diet". I am working on choosing nutrition and exercise that can last me a lifetime, not a "short fix". It finally seems to make sense that slow is better!

MLAN613 Posts: 17,944
3/11/13 9:33 A

Honestly, there are no short cuts or quick fixes or magic pills to lose weight. All those alleged short cuts will help you lose is your hard earned cash.

So, perseverance is the way to go. Remember, you didn't put the weight on overnight. It's not going to come off that way either.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
3/11/13 9:29 A

I've tried short cuts. A lot of short cuts....since I was 17. I always ended up gaining back the weight that I lost and then some. I took a short cut from 06-07 with the whole purging thing, and look where I ended up five years later? Short cuts, bad...

3/11/13 9:15 A

In your opinion why is a shortcut better or not better to lose weight?

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