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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 4

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a few reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. Some of these tips would not work for me that I've listed in previous blogs (the a/c setting and low goal), but the others are worth my attention. Thought I'd share with my SPfriends.

Roadblock number 8: You think "water-rich diet" means more trips to the cooler.

What's wrong with that? Water in your glass is good, but water in your food can have serious slimming power. In a new American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, obese women ages 20 to 60 were told to either reduce their fat intake or increase their intake of water-rich foods, such as fruits and veggies. Although they ate more, women in the water-rich group chose foods that were more filling—yet had fewer calories—so they still lost 33 percent more weight in the first 6 months than the women in the reduced-fat group.

Detour: Fill up on food that's high in H2O. Some good choices in addition to fruits and veggies: broth-based, low-sodium soups; oatmeal and other whole grains; and beans. For other filling options, consult The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories, by Barbara Rolls, Ph.D. (Harper Paperbacks, 2007).

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HOKU-ALOHI 8/30/2009 1:01AM

  emoticonYour information is emoticon and timely. I will definitely use this in planning my meals.

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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight - Part 3

Saturday, August 29, 2009

In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a few reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. As I've posted two other reasons, I've realized that they would not work for me - setting the a/c up so high that I'd roast & setting my end goal very low. Neither of these tips are helpful, but let's see what else might be a relevant tip from this list.

Roadblock number 5: You’ve got a quick-fix fixation.

What’s wrong with that? If you’re contemplating the lemon juice, cayenne, and maple syrup diet so popular with celebs, you need to know now that starvation, diet pills, and get-slim-quick products are not the solution to your weighty dilemma. The more you fall for quack diets and potions, the harder it becomes to lose weight the next time around. You go off your diet (or diet pill) and the weight comes back—sometimes faster than you lost it—and can leave you heavier than you were when you started!

The fr-enemy diets: Recent research gave the Atkins Diet a modest nod over other popular diets. But the overall results of this JAMA study (which weren’t trumpeted in the media) actually found that none of the most popular diets of the past few years works! Average weight loss after a year on the high-protein Atkins Diet was 10.4 pounds. The low-fat Dean Ornish eating plan: a paltry 4.8 pounds. The low-carb Zone diet: only 3.5 pounds! Most of the weight was lost in the first two months, then regained over the next 10.

More promise breakers: Don’t waste your money on weight-loss products or OTC diet pills, either. Americans spend more than $35 billion on diet foods and drinks, books, drugs, medical treatments, and commercial weight-loss chains annually. Do you think if any of these actually worked we’d keep spending year-in, year-out?

Detour: Three to four pounds are worth an entire year of self-sacrifice? Come on! Legit studies backed by the National Institutes of Health show that you can achieve long-term weight loss only by reducing your calorie intake and increasing your physical activity. No more truthful equation was ever written. Many studies have shown that you can lose about a pound a week by eating 500 fewer calories a day, eventually resulting in weight loss of 15 percent of your total body weight.

Instead of starving yourself or wasting your hard-earned cash, try these actions:
Reduce your calories by substituting refined carbs with whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
Eat fruit at snack time.
Chew on some good fats like olive oil and nuts, and ditch anything made with hydrogenated fats.
Take your pooch, or a family member, for a walk for at least 30 minutes every day.

To lose weight and not regain it, changes in thinking, eating, and exercise are your only route to success.

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MARIAWORK 8/31/2009 5:01PM

    After losing weight on NutriSystem, only to gain it right back, I am definitely a proponent of the no-diet diet plan. The good news is I'm finding it easier to put into practice than I thought I would! Permanent changes over a long period (i.e. a lifetime) are actually encouraging to me--knowing I can make a change and won't have to take a pill for the rest of my days, or worry about the weight coming back, is liberating! And I can still treat myself in bits and pieces, too. Thank goodness for SparkPeople!


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I-8-2-MUCH 8/29/2009 1:16PM

    You're absolutely right! All that stuff is bad for your overall life & your wallet too. I dont do any of that & I've lost over 90 lbs doing my own thing, analizing why the diets never worked for me, eating smarter & making sure I didn't diet the wrong way again. I'm proof it can be done without all that diet hype, I dont trust any so called experts. Very interesting to see that the expert diets dont do much to reduce our waists, but certainly make our wallets thinner!

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    Thanks for sharing this info

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KIZIDOG 8/29/2009 8:52AM

    H-m-m haven't we heard this before. Now all we have to do is put it into practice. Star emoticon

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    interesting! I liked this blog! :)

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DAIZYSTARLITE 8/29/2009 1:10AM

    Very interesting...

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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight-Part 2

Friday, August 28, 2009

In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a couple of reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. But the following may be another reason. Wow, I would have never guessed this one! (If you'd like me to email you the entire article, send your address to me. )

Roadblock number 6: You're shooting for a realistic size 6 instead of a near-impossible 2.

What's wrong with that? We know size 2 jeans look like they were made for a 10-year-old, but, according to a study of 1,801 people published in the International Journal of Obesity, women who set unrealistically high weight-loss goals dropped more weight in 24 months than those who kept their expectations low.

Detour: The study authors concluded that having an optimistic goal motivated women to lose more weight. And the participants who failed to reach their magic number did not quit trying to drop the weight. Could aiming for Sienna Miller's figure really help you reach your goal weight healthfully? "If you're a driven person and a lofty goal motivates you," says Blatner, "it can work."

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CORNPICKER73 8/31/2009 12:20PM

    Interesting, but odd! I also don't agree with this. I guess if it works for others, that is good, but I have to wonder about their self-esteem and body image and all of that. I think it is about all of these things and not just a number on the scale. Thanks for sharing!

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KIZIDOG 8/28/2009 4:03PM

    I'm not sure I agree with that but I'm sure that it works for some people. I know if I set too high of a goal, I set myself up for failure and I of all people cannot fail (lol). But it is an interesting study non the less. Star emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/28/2009 9:29AM

    I honestly don't agree with this article's tip at all. It would not work for me either.

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FLMOMX2 8/28/2009 8:29AM

    MAybe I'm not motivated enough, but it would not work for me.

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JLITT62 8/28/2009 8:09AM

    I have been there, done that with the unrealistic weight loss goal. It didn't do me any favors. Oh, I got there, and I maintained it for about 5 minutes. And then I struggled for years.

It makes a lot more sense to me to find a weight you're really happy at. Hang out there a while. And then if you decide you're motivated to lose more, go for it.

Setting an unrealistic goal might help you in the short run, but it isn't a healthy lifestyle and in the end, it will only hurt you -- IMHO.

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MARIAWORK 8/28/2009 1:19AM

    I don't know.... I think the opposite can also be true--that if we set unrealistic goals, we'll never believe we can reach them and will be more likely to give up. I can see both sides of this argument. Hope you find the one that works for you!

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10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight-Part 1

Thursday, August 27, 2009

In an article in Women's Health with the above title, I found a couple of reasons I may not be losing weight despite good eating and exercise. One has to do with my stagnant energy which I'm getting help with acupuncture treatments. But the following may be another reason. Since many of us work in air conditioning, consider this...

Roadblock number 3: You crank the AC.

What's wrong with that? Everyone wants you to lay off the thermostat to save the planet. Here's how it can save (the shape of) your own butt, too: In a study published in Physiology & Behavior, researchers found that exposure to temperatures above the "thermoneutral zone"—the artificial climate we create with clothes, heating, or air conditioning—decreases our appetite and food intake. "At a slightly uncomfortable 81 degrees, the women in the study experienced a 20 percent decrease in appetite and ate 10 percent less than at 72 degrees," says lead author Margriet S. Westerterp-Plantenga, Ph.D., a professor of food-intake regulation in the department of human biology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Detour: Instead of cranking the air conditioner every time you feel a little warm, learn to endure slightly steamier conditions. Hitting the "off" button is well worth a little discomfort if it helps you lose the saddlebags.

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MARIAWORK 8/28/2009 1:20AM

    "Slightly uncomforable 81 degrees?" SLIGHTLY? Nuh unh. Not gonna happen.

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CORNPICKER73 8/27/2009 8:10PM

    That is very interesting! I think it is true that heat lessens the appetite.

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SKYEFYR 8/27/2009 7:58PM

  Thanks for the tip. I'm really looking forward to the rest of them since I'm one of those people who don't turn on the air till it's over 90, and then I only lower it to the mid 70's.

The accupuncture really has me wondering if there's something energetically I can do to help me. Unfortunately, my accupuncturist is a 90 minute train ride away.... A chakra alignment or reiki attunement could do the trick for me though. Thanks for helping me think outside the box.

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S_HANSEN 8/27/2009 5:13PM

    Now that is interesting... never knew that. I never seem to have a decrease in appetite whether it is cold or hot... hm...
Thanks for sharing with us.
Hugs, Sondra

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KIZIDOG 8/27/2009 12:56PM

    Sounds about right for the office But we don't have ac at home, so I know that when it's warm I tend to eat less and move less. It's almost like a bear hibranating (didn't spell that right) lol Star

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FLMOMX2 8/27/2009 8:51AM

    My AC at home is set at 76 - 77 degrees throughout the day. At night when DH comes home, it drops to 73 degrees. I don't know if I could go all the way up to 81. Too humid in FL.

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JLITT62 8/27/2009 5:39AM

    I have to admit, I'd rather be comfortable than lose more weight. And I don't sleep well at night if it's too warm.

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NICOLEW0118 8/27/2009 12:49AM

    very interesting but being I dont live alone not sure the husband and kids would enjoy the 81degrees lol

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Still On Track, but Kinda in a Hazy Phase

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not sure how to describe this; I'm doing fine with eating right. And an acceptable amount of daily activity. But this period of time just seems like a huge lull. Nothing to say, no spark. Maybe the hot weather is a factor, and I will snap to it soon. Who knows?

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SKYEFYR 8/27/2009 7:55PM

  Well, the weather can definitely make you feel "blah". Especially if it's as hot and humid there as it is here - I can't blame you one bit. I'm having the hardest time most days finding any motivation. I've actually created a list of things I need to do and making sure I check off at least one thing a day. It's really helping me. Maybe something similar would help you?

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AMYMLE 8/26/2009 9:41PM

    I really like how Hicalgal put it. Hang in there Jesse. This too shall pass.

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HICALGAL 8/26/2009 9:14PM

    as long as you're eating right and doing's all good!! we're in it for life and as it isn't always a party, so go with the flow. it'll get better. emoticon

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CORNPICKER73 8/26/2009 7:57PM

    It is hard to be in a funk. Keep moving, keep doing what you are doing, and things will turn soon. Hugs!

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