I am not a nutritionist but from trial and error and learning to listen to my body I have made changes to what I eat. I also read a lot. Not everyone can follow the American or Canada Food Guide and have success. You might be sensitive to some "healthy" foods and not even realize it. You might want to consider an elimination diet - where you eliminate foods that people are commonly sensitive to and them re-introduce them one at a time to see how your body reacts. I don't mean to never eat wheat/corn/soy, etc ever again, just avoid them for a month and see what happens.
I suspect that I will get flack from this post but it is only 60 days of your life (21-30 days of elimination and the rest to re-introduce). In the big picture, what have you got to lose?
I definitely recommend getting a food scale (that weighs in grams and ounces) and using it to help you stay within your recommended Spark ranges. A good food scale (available at Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc. for about $25) along with using the Spark People food tracker to track everything you eat, will help you to reach your goals.
Thank you for your response. I stopped eating white sugar and white flour, which pretty much rules out all processed foods. I"m eating very healthy now, but with minimal weight loss. Some people do really well, without counting calories and doing that...but apparently not me!
The Spark People program works and it will help you to make the permanent, healthy lifestyle changes that you need to make in order to lose weight and keep it off. Just enter your information into the program and it will tell you how many calories and how much fat, fiber, protein and carbs to eat. You can also track other nutrients. My registered dietitian gave Spark People's recommendations her approval.
So far as other weight loss programs out there, a lot of people seem to like Weight Watchers and it's also based upon eating a balanced diet with an appropriate amount of calories and macronutrients.
Most of the rest of the stuff out there would be best avoided. There are a lot of fad diets that don't work, will just cause you to waste your money or which have the possibility of making you sick. The HCG diet is one of those. It's basically a starvation diet which can make you sick. People lose weight because they are starving themselves by eating 600 calories per day. It's not healthy. The HCG (drops or injections) do nothing to assist with weight loss, absolutely nothing at all. Edited to add that you cannot believe most of what you read on the internet, see on television or read in a book, even stuff written (or televised) by "Dr. XYZ" who is a cardiologist (or some other type of doctor) because a lot of that stuff is basically just based upon pseudoscience/false or incorrect claims.
Is there any weight loss program that you'd recommend these days? I'm thinking about surgery after switching to non-processed eating...but would really like to know if there is anything new out there that seems to be working (like HCG did a few years ago).
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