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4/2/12 2:04 P

I would say that more than just SP, they really need to adjust what they have available to eat in the house. If what they have around consists of healthy foods, such as vegetables, then they will be more inclined to grab them for snacking. If there are pringles, tortilla chips and slabs of cheese everywhere, that's what they're going to eat.

Drinking a LOT of water, tea (preferably without a lot of caffeine), or other liquids will help as well. If they are drinking a lot of juice, this can contribute heavily to the problem as well -- they'll get all the calories, some of the benefits, but little if any of the fiber. Drinking calories adds up very fast and many people don't track them. The main issue i have with caffeine is that it's a diuretic and that will tend to defeat the purpose of drinking a lot of liquids in the first place.

Tracking calories does take a bit of time, so if they want to make a change -- the pantry needs to be cleaned first.

Edited by: MENESTRELLO at: 4/2/2012 (14:06)
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4/2/12 12:56 P

I made him a really nice breakfast... oatmeal, greek yogurt with homemade granola, english muffin with cheese slice and turkey heated in a pan over it, and a fruit bowl (banana, strawberries, grapes, mandarin oranges(. Now hes being grouchy because he says hes still hungry.... this first detox day is going to be a crabby one lol

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4/2/12 12:48 P

It's mind blowing, isn't it!

My husband is just found out that he is pre-diabetic (which, as a nurse I saw the signs and kept trying to tell him that). So he finally agreed to try Spark People and starting watching things better. He's done very well over the past week.
Ironically enough, he admitted to me that he has NEVER (at the age of 37) tried to "diet" or watch what he was eating... he just always ate the same way and tried to exercise more.
He understands things a bit better now; BUT it's really difficult to get someone to understand just how many calories or just how bad their eating habits are until you see the numbers staring back at you on the tracker.
I think the thing is, most people believe that they are eating a "small" amount of whatever food - when in reality it is either a calorie dense food or they are actually eating like 3 or 4 or 5 servings in one sitting.
It is no doubt quite the wake up call when one is brutally honest about tracking their current intake before making changes.

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4/2/12 12:44 P

Just try being a support person for them as much as you can... I definitely know how challenging even that can be though! One of my best friends/roommates in college constantly said how she was 'going on a diet' and going to work out a lot and lose weight, this that and the other. Then would complain to me when she saw that I was losing weight and she wasn't. She was just giving the lip-service to something that she wasn't totally committed to doing and sadly, there's nothing anyone can do to change someone like that...

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4/2/12 11:22 A

Thats true. My bf tracked his food yesterday for the first time and was shocked at how high it was.

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4/2/12 10:47 A

Did you ever consider that your parents aren't being honest about what they are eating? That they aren't tracking every single bite? That they aren't measuring their portions?

Your dad isn't going to gain weight by drinking diet pepsi and eating too few calories. He's gaining weight because he is eating more calories than he is burning.

I hope that your parents figure out what they need and want to do to be healthy; you can give them the tools but can't force them to use them.

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4/2/12 8:30 A

It is totally doable! Little changes at first add up to big changes. Even replacing one bad meal a day with a good meal is a start. Im sparking around being a full time hs teacher, graduate student, plus i bartend and tutor. We also are the primary caregivers for my bfs 95 yr old grandfather. But there r ppl who get thru SOooo much more. Any kind of change is better than where i was and those changes r naking me happier and more energetic so that i strive for more changes. It is our time!!!

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4/2/12 3:44 A

I hate to say I don't know why I'm gaining weight. But I know I have more stress than will power these days. I'm kind of bummed about that. Maybe today will be a better day and I can see some improvement.

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4/1/12 10:09 P

I know the feeling. My mom is overweight and diabetic; she talks about losing weight ALL the time. She's never quite ready, though. I keep talking and trying, but until she's ready to start... nothing will change her eating habits. She lives on sandwiches and canned meats... and until she's willing to change that, she won't. IT doesn't help that I live so far away.

I know the frustration, all too well.

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4/1/12 9:46 P

I thought it may be an issue with how much they had to burn, but its 680 for the whole week total. Mine is 1000 total, so it seemed reasonable. Thats y i wasnt sure what the deal was... but u make a good pt that maybe they arent ready. Its deflating when u care a lot about something and then someone else shoots it down, but im trying to keep my cup full and to block out negativity. I just want it to work for them so badly

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4/1/12 9:32 P

IT sounds like they have their page set up incorrectly, if it's telling them to burn that much! I work out in the gym 1-2 hours a day, and don't generally burn that much more than once or twice a week.

Honestly though, in the end, it's up to them to make it work. You can't force them to follow a program... if they don't have the motivation, they won't do it. They may just not be ready, yet.

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4/1/12 9:25 P

I am looking for ideas to help my dad. He and my mom just joined SP. They say they are following the calorie ranges and hiking on the weekends. He is around 5'7... i looked at his ranges. It was from 1550-1700 something. He was listed as needing to burn 680 cal per week. My mom said she hasnt lost anything and said my dad gained weight. Its upsetting to me because i LOVE sp. Their comments were that my site doesnt work. I said my dad might be eating too little and hes still not drinking water (diet pepsi). He said the diet is too hard to follow and thats why my mom quit yrs ago. They dont get on the computer that frequently and dont have smart phones. My mom has been making spark recipes. They used to do atkins. Any ideas what might be the problem?? My guess is not enough calories and the diet soda, but even if his calories r low shouldnt he have lost at the beginning?? Its just frustrating that they say sp doesnt work:( thanks for any ideas/suggestions.

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