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Lose weight the way you're willing to maintain

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I heard on TV today:

People have so much trouble KEEPING weight off because their method of dieting to lose weight in the first place is not sustainable. You need to develop an eating and exercise approach which matches what you are willing to maintain for life. That's the only way to maintain fitness and health permanently.

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FILARECKI1 1/21/2013 2:59PM

    So very true. That is why I feel that I have finally found what is right for me with the Wheat Belly plan. I've been gradually, unknowingly converting to this way of eating for several years so it is really easy to make the full conversion since I got the Wheat Belly cookbook.

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WILSON1926 12/11/2012 1:18PM

    One day, One Minute, One meal at a time.

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MAMASUDS 7/26/2012 5:23PM

    So very true! Thanks for the reminder!
This is exactly what I have been working on this summer.
I know I still need to make adjustments, but baby steps - one improvement at a time. When I try to change everything all at once, I can't wait until the challenge is over so that I can destress a bit. A healthy lifestyle can't be a stressful one!

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    It seems like so much common sense doesn't it? Those things that we do temporarily give us temporary fixes and those that we change for the long term will give us long term benefts. I'm going to go ponder that for a while.


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FLYINGB16 7/21/2012 10:27AM

    I had a lady at work come up to me yesterday (in the bathroom) and ask me what I eat to keep the weight off. She is doing weight watchers and some walking. I told her I don't diet. I eat now the way I plan to eat for the rest of my life. She is hungry because she uses her points for unhealthy foods. If she made better choices she could eat triple the quantity of food and be satisfied. I gave her the website for the third time in a year and a half. I told her to just focus on the food tracker.

Quick fixes are not permanent and they can cause damage to your body, especially your metabolism. You cannot do the same thing you have always done and expect different results. Commit to your health and set small goals.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/21/2012 8:51AM

    Exactly. That's why, even though I am not losing right now, or losing extremely slowly in spite of all the exercise I am doing, I am unwilling to go much lower than my current calorie intake, because I'm not willing to commit to it for the rest of my life. This is exactly what I'm trying to do on my weight loss journey.
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STRNGNGRNDED 7/19/2012 10:25PM

    This is exactly why I stopped counting calories and logging everything, etc. I had to go back to listening to my body. And this is what worked and continues to work. Amazing, right?! LOL

Great blog. Thank you for sharing!

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ID_VANDAL 7/19/2012 12:27PM

    Spot on!! Not to knock Jenny Craig but I don't know how those people keep off the weight with those prepackaged meals. It makes great sense to eat that way but can a person do that forever. I like weight watchers where you eat what you want (mostly) but your watching the portion size. That makes more sense to me plus you are learning to prepare foods yourself.

Great reminder thanks for posting it.



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NANCY- 7/19/2012 8:51AM

    So True!
Making sustainable changes is challenging ... but doable.

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BRIAN36 7/19/2012 7:46AM


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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2012 9:57PM

    Agreed. Taking weight off is tough: keeping it off is tougher!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/18/2012 5:46PM

    What a great blog, and a timely reminder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 7/18/2012 4:30PM

    That is why spark has worked and is working for me. Because I can make my normal recipes and just eat a portion.
I never want to go back to just random eating....well, at least most days!

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DISPATCHGIRL32 7/18/2012 1:30PM

  This is very true. Thats why they say you have to make small lifestyle changes not just diet or occasional exercise. You have to do the things you are willing to continue to do.

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