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Avoid Diets Low In Calories

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Common sense says that if you want to lose weight, you should lower your calorie intake. But how low can you go? It's important to find a happy medium that will be good for your body. Many people believe that dropping down to 800 calories or less will help shed those extra pounds. However, this type of calorie cutting is neither healthy nor sustainable. People who need to follow a low calorie diet for medical reasons should do so only under the supervision of a doctor. Side effects of calorie-restricted diets include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.

Always remember that this is a permanent change in your eating habits. Be certain that you eat enough calories regularly in order to live with your plan for the rest of your life. If you drop below 1,200 calories, you will find that your body thinks you are starving it...therefore, it will hold on to every single bit of the meager amount of calories you are feeding it. You will not be able to lose weight at all. Plus, you will feel much less energetic.

So, always strive to eat AT LEAST 1,200 calories - more if you are active. Believe me, you will find yourself wanting to be active as you lose that weight - you'll be able to eat a little bit more without ever gaining any weight back.

  
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SVELTINGTON 3/24/2010 11:37AM

    I agree. Also calorie restrictive diets lead to huge weight gain once the person starts eating normally and will probably overdue because of the previous deprivation.

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NELLIEJO1 3/24/2010 10:45AM

  Thanks for addressing this issue. It is so tempting to think it is all a matter of fewer calories but dipping too low inevitably means the yo-yo starts. I think we need some new images for weight control.Maybe we should call it weight balancing? I often think of walking a high-wire - if you dip too much on one side you will set off a reaction from the other.

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STARRPARENT 3/24/2010 10:39AM

    Less is not more - especially when trying to lose weight! Thanks for the post!

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ANNE7X7 3/24/2010 9:43AM

    So true! I don't think I could function for more than a day at 800 calories, and I don't see why anyone would do that to themselves! Before dinner time I've usually had about that many! My body knows that there is more calories coming, so it doesn't hold on to everything!

Thanks for posting this to remind people that sometimes extremes don't help!!

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INEFFABLESQUIRL 3/24/2010 9:34AM

    Thanks for this post! I wish more people understood that lowering calories to an extreme (ie. essentially starving oneself) doesn't help you lose weight...in fact, quite the opposite. I usually try to explain this to people who tell me "Oh, I ate a bowl of cereal today...and that's about it. I figured I'd lose more weight that way." I always want to scream "Noooooo! You need to eatttt!" but I can usually stop myself and then calmly explain WHY someone should be eating at least 1200 calories a day.

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LLLAWSON 3/24/2010 9:11AM

    Great advice. Just listening to you body and eating when hungry helps me. I can tell when I am to low on calories. You can't do the things you want without the fuel.


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Need To Lose Weight? Plan For Life

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cut out all carbs...Consume only low-fat foods...Drink a shake for every meal...The number of ways to lose weight is endless, and many of them work for the time being. However, following a diet that's not compatible with your lifestyle isn't the most foolproof to keep those extra pounds off. An eating regimen that's too restrictive or difficult to follow won't be sustainable over a long period of time. In fact, you're likely to fall back into your old eating habits, and pack on the pounds. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, find a plan that you can see yourself sticking to for life.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 3/24/2010 8:10AM

    I also agree, eating sensible is the way to go I'm just having trouble not eating the foods that I always loved. I will not give up. My friends here are an inspiration to me.

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KEENTINA 3/23/2010 8:03PM

    emoticon I can't fill on a shake. I don't always want the sodium from a prepared meal - nor the expense. I don't even like to plan meals for a week. I like to eat what I'm hungry for that day. I can't do that as much on any plan except Sparks. I tailor it for me and I'm not eating things I don't like. Fruit and yogurt will usually satisfy my sweet tooth without the gunk junk food leaves on my teeth. I spend less eating healthy and fresh. There are soooo many reasons to go with Sparks over the other "fad" or popular plans. You need to do the planning yourself and you are less likely to fail when the choices are yours. You are SOOO right!

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CARMEL466 3/23/2010 7:27PM

    Sounds good! Thank you.

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SVELTINGTON 3/23/2010 5:58PM

    I agree. I like eating a variety of healthy foods. Eliminating or severely restricting a food group is a failure waiting to happen.
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DAISES2 3/23/2010 10:41AM

    that's what is good about sparks.it's a life style change,not a diet,not an all or nothing system.nothing out of bounds

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PJSTIME 3/23/2010 10:22AM

    I agree it has to be something you can do for a lifetime precisely what I am doing THIS TIME. Eating healthy foods from the store that I can prepare not prepackaged sent to your door or any of those other gimmicky things and EXERCISE and drinking water. A new lifestyle for me for life. PJ

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STARRPARENT 3/23/2010 9:52AM

    I agree 100%! I'm proof that you've GOT to do something that you'll continue for life. You cannot diet.



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Wear Clothes That Fit

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's hard to feel good about yourself when you don't look good. One way to maintain your self-confidence is by taking care of your appearance. Instead of wearing clothes that are too big or too small, find articles that fit good enough to be flattering. Don't wear clothes that are two sizes too big or one size too small. If you're unsure of what size you should be wearing, consult with a sales associate for assistance. She can likely make a recommendation or take your measurements.

I am so guilty of wearing clothes that are too big. I know in my head that they are too big, but my heart just feels more comfortable in them. My tendency is to think I am just too fat to wear tighter clothes, although I do know that I am actually not.

I have kept one pair of pants from my former truly fat days - 112.50 lbs. ago. Once in a while, I take them out of the closet and look at them in sheer amazement that once they were almost too tight themselves. That helps.

  
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NATURAL__LIVING 3/24/2010 5:37PM

  I couldn't agree with you more.

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JUDITHANNIE 3/24/2010 8:13AM

    you are an inspiration to all great ideas emoticon

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DAISES2 3/23/2010 1:06AM

    i'm guilty of wearing baggy clothes,but i'm a funny shape,so it helps to even me out

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DONNETTASUE 3/22/2010 4:41PM

  I am also guilty of wearing clothes that are too baggy! They feel comfy, and for a while I lacked funds to buy smaller. But I finally broke down and started trying on clothes and things looked good on, not pefect but 2 sizes smaller! I hate tight clothing. It makes me feel "stuffed".

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SVELTINGTON 3/22/2010 11:20AM

    All the clothing that fits me is stretchy but not tight. I agree, too tight and it makes you look heavier and the same with too loose, like "who is she kidding." I am really looking forward to fitting into 1x's and giving away the 2x's. Although since getting laid-off 1 1/2 years ago and never getting even one interview I do not have many ocassions to wear anything but pjs or sweats very often.
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PJSTIME 3/22/2010 9:52AM

    I'm guilty of wearing clothes too big, but I am finding now that I have lost some weight I am enjoying wearing clothes that actually fit.
Have a great day. PJ

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LLLAWSON 3/22/2010 9:13AM

    Amen. You can look even thiner in clothes that really fit and look nice, not tight. I like that you kept one pair of pants to remind yourself of where you have been. That's got to be such and inspiration. Great job.


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The Rainbow Diet: Lose Weight

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ok, so it's not officially a diet, but there are plenty of reasons to follow the rainbow, especially when picking out fruits and vegetables. The secret to ensuring that your body gets the necessary nutrients lies in following an eating regimen that's rich in color. There's a wealth of health benefits associated with these bright hues. Foods that are blue or purple (eggplant, blueberries) lower the risk of cancers and improve memory and urinary tract health. Green fruits and vegetables (kiwi, spinach) promote good vision and strong bones and teeth while also preventing some cancers. Red foods (tomatoes, cherries) improve heart health and memory and lower the risk of cancers. Yellow or orange fruits and vegetables boost the immune system, improve heart health and promote good vision. Make it a habit and get some color.

  
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LLLAWSON 3/22/2010 8:23AM

    Good to remember when in the produce isle. Love it.
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CARMEL466 3/21/2010 9:17AM

    emoticon advice! emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/21/2010 9:15AM

    Yum, my favorites: blueberries, raspberries, broccoli, spinach, grape tomatoes and red bell peppers!

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JUDITHANNIE 3/21/2010 8:02AM

    Great advice

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This is Spring????

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Well, I looked out my window when I got up this morning all excited about Spring!! Instead of a beautiful morning, I got SNOW. emoticon We have been having the best weather for the last week - sunshine, warm, breezy. You know, perfect Springtime weather. So what the heck happened? Mother Nature is being really mean to Illinois for some reason.

Oh well. At least we got a brief taste of Spring...and the promise of many more beautiful days to come.

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JUDITHANNIE 3/21/2010 8:05AM

    Yep, the same here in Michigan but it's only a short set back I hope come back spring emoticon

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CARMEL466 3/20/2010 2:48PM

    Yeap, snow here in SW Kansas too. It was so cold and windy today I thought my fingers were going to freeze. It suppose to be in the 50's tomorrow though. lol Welcome to spring! emoticon

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PJSTIME 3/20/2010 2:03PM

    Mother Nature did the same thing to the KC area my son sent me a picture of the snow back home. Here in Texas it is just rain today. Glad we aren't going back to KC yet. Apparently winters not over. PJ

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DAISES2 3/20/2010 1:49PM

    oh no.hope it's just a blip and the sun comes out again soon emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 3/20/2010 10:20AM

    Sorry
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Sunny and 60's in CT
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STARRPARENT 3/20/2010 10:06AM

    How disappointing! I know this won't help but I'm waking up to 70 degree weather. Finally.

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LLLAWSON 3/20/2010 9:51AM

    Oh NO, so sorry. Hope it goes away quick!
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