I've been trying different things. I'm using Diet Pro software from Radium Technologies to do my tracking. SparkPeople does a lot of the same stuff. I did Weight Watchers in the past with some success. I did NutriSystem with some initial success but then stalled out. I did Atkins for a couple months. I've also done Medifast. I would recommend Medifast except that the products are mostly soy. This is a problem from a couple of standpoints. For one, the soy in the diet caused some problems with my hormones. Also, the soy is not organic, and it is not even non-GMO. With that much of the food being soy, that is a serious problem in my mind. I also tried the Master Cleanse along the way. It seriously messed up my metabolism. I began gaining 2# a week and ended up regaining ALL the weight I had lost on my second round of Medifast and then some. I completed a round of the hCG Diet in hopes that it will reset my metabolism, as it promises to do. I wasn't very good about the stabilization phase, so I kind of bombed out on that. I can say that most people I know who have done the stabilization phase properly have done well with it.
I read "The China Study" back in 2010. I tried veganism for a few months, but it turned out to be a problem for me. I developed a physical type of depression. I added animal foods to my diet again, and I've been fine since. A close reading of "The China Study" reveals that the most vegan people tended to suffer from infectious disease and deficiencies. The fact that a vegan diet must be supplemented with B-12 should be indication enough that the diet is not natural to man. After all, B-12 pills are not found in nature.
Unfortunately, the weight gain continued, and I have recently been at my highest non-pregnant weight. I have decided that enough is enough. Right now, I am trying a diet of my own making based on what I did with Medifast. For the shakes, I am using a couple of different products: non-GMO Genisoy Soy Protein Shake and organic Garden of Life Raw Meal. I'm using Clif Builder's Bars when I'm away from home for the day. Along with that, I am eating one meat and vegetable meal and a serving of fruit. I will continue my social life, which includes eating out at restaurants around three times a week. We'll see how it goes. I'm off to a good start. On day 2, I was down 3.6# already. But then, that's a typical first week occurrence.
I live in Torrance, CA, and I have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness at the corner of PCH and Crenshaw. I also have an Equinox membership at the Palos Verdes club. I would love to have a female workout buddy at either of these locations.
“The key to quality nutrition is spending time on food preparation and cooking.”
-- Scott Jurek, ultramarathon racer
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-- George Bernard Shaw
"You On A Diet" says a woman should weigh what she did at 18. I'm not sure how realistic that is, but I'm willing to see how close I can get.
I'm Roxann. I live in the Los Angeles area.
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Thanks for your suggestions. I discovered years ago that I need more fat than the average person (this was during the high carb, zero fat 1980s). Interesting new research developments, though - thanks. I look forward to reading up on this, whether it's applicable to me, personally, or not.
I think what you're essentially recommending is that Atkins diet. I did lose weight on Atkins, but it was largely because there was so little to eat for a mostly-vegetarian. (I loved the mayo, whipped cream and butter, though!) I can see both sides of the high protein-high fat debate, but for me it usually comes down to what I can afford (seafood gets darned expensive if that's all you eat) and what I choose to eat - mostly vegetables and grains.
I really do appreciate your input and will read up on new stuff - maybe I need to reevaluate.
(Once again, edited because I can't stand typos.)
1693 days ago
Comment edited on: 11/12/2011 7:03:22 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful reply to my blog. Half the time even I don't agree with what I say - I tend to just go typing along until something else shiny catches my attention.
1702 days ago
Thanks! You're right! I don't need to wait until after celebrations, and that's why I am dedicating now. It was tough to make the change because my daily eating was so out of control that with a celebration added, it would really throw me over. But I have finally had enough! I want to be at my goal weight, and this procrastination will never let me get there!
Thanks for supporting me. :)
1703 days ago
Thank you so much for swinging by ...appreciate your support !
1715 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not sure which meal you wanted to know about, but the breakfast of oatmeal, a medium-sized banana, and yogurt had 9 grams of protein.
1716 days ago