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11/17/17 9:58 P

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keto, I now have my blood sugar under control and have lost 50 pounds in 6 months, I'll never go back to my old eating habits!

A huge part of losing weight is believing you can do it and realizing it's not going to happen overnight.


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11/17/17 5:47 P

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Working out and being active really is key for my body. Regardless of counting calories, if I'm not working out, I'm not going to lose weight very well (unless it's a VERY strict - ie unhealthy - calorie cut). I can lose SOME weight by watching food alone, but my body really responds to activity.

So, I try to eat a relatively healthy diet, count calories when I need to so I can be honest with myself, and then make sure I'm hitting the gym like I should. When I do that, I lose pretty steady. It's not the fastest way for me to lose weight, but it IS the way that I can live with and not feel deprived!

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Try not, do or do not. There is no try.


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11/17/17 9:01 A

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I am doing an every other day diet of 500 calories and 1000 or less. On the days of 100, I walk and do eliptical training for 15 minutes 1 mile so far. only been doing it for 2 days so far and am already down 3 pounds. I just need to succeed at something. Is anyone using contrave? I would really like to know how that is going.


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11/17/17 12:48 A

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Lower Fat Vegan

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11/16/17 10:54 A

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Almost done my second week of the Keto diet. Doing well. I'm enjoying it so far, but definitely missing some of my favorite things....and petrified for the holiday season.

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11/16/17 7:56 A

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Low carb and portions cut in half

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11/16/17 5:41 A

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11/16/17 5:40 A

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I'm just taking calories and exercising! I've lost 46 lb in 3 months! emoticon

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11/15/17 3:37 P

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Ketogenic or very low carb has helped me lose 50 lbs in about 6 months and lower my blood sugar back to normal range, last year it was in the pre-diabetic range. I wish I'd have known it wasn't that hard years ago or maybe it was just the right time to do this, I don't know but for the first time I don't feel like I'm on a diet, it's just the way I choose to eat and want to do it always.



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11/14/17 12:37 P

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I'm a veteran and am being treated for diabetes and obesity by the VA.
Here in Las Vegas, NV., the VA offers a continuation to the MOVE program. It is a low carb program where you are only allowed 20 +- grams of carbs per day (NOT per meal-per DAY). I began this life style change (I hate the word DIET) 15 months ago and have lost 115 lbs., approximately 25% of my beginning weight. In addition, I was on injected insulin, 100 IU 2x a day when I began this journey. Thanks to reducing my carb intake so drastically, I was able to stop taking insulin in one week. I have not had to subject my poor body to these daily injections since the first week of August, 2016.
As you might understand, I am a strong proponent for the Low Carb lifestyle.

It's mind over matter...

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11/14/17 3:00 A

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Kind of a mix of just the Spark recommendations, and a version of IIFYM (if It Fits Your Macros). Really - all things in moderation.

All the IIFYM calculators I used all set the protein way too high, and the web sites seem to be very weight lifting centered, which I am not. So I do not follow the IIFYM numbers too close. I measure and weigh most of my food, but I do not go overboard in the macro grams.

It is very sustainable and I really do not feel like I am "dieting". If I have some pizza or candy I just adjust the rest of my macros for the day. It is really pretty easy and comfortable.

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11/13/17 8:37 P

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I do the Paleo lifestyle.

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11/13/17 6:56 P

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I'm trying to stay on a diabetic calorie diet. 🍽 My first week, so far so good! Trying to corporate it to ITract using WW. emoticon

EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY!


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11/13/17 5:49 P

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Ideal Protein

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Use what you have.
Do what you can.
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11/13/17 2:50 P

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weight watchers

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MARYJOANNA Posts: 4,142
11/13/17 1:52 P

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I belong to Weight Watchers if you call that a diet.



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11/13/17 12:08 P

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I'm on the FastDiet also known as the 2:5 Diet.



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11/13/17 10:30 A

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I'm not one a diet now. 2 weeks ago I used to be : Mediterranean diet as my doctor recommended it after she noticed some small problems with my heart. The next week I'll see whether the Mediterranean diet helped me or not .



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11/12/17 9:26 A

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I control diabetes with low carb.

I control weight with portions.

There is no such thing as the final success in life. What is really meaningful is the courage to face the next minute, hour, day.


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11/12/17 8:01 A

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11/10/17 7:25 P

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I do Paleo as a lifestyle.

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11/10/17 1:54 A

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I am doing Medifast Lean and green. I have not been hungry nor cheated.... I am satisfied. Which is a miracle cause I love bread and potatoes and butter... not so much a sweet eater.

I can see that this is not for everyone but I have tried just about everything and this is working for me.



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I don't diet. I personally find if I am told I can only eat certain foods or not allowed foods. Those are foods I don't eat or will eat even if I don't like a food. If I am told not allowed it will be all I will eat. I do try to eat mostly real food. I avoid fake food and most processed foods.



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11/9/17 4:31 P

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Whole-food-based, LCHF, lacto-Paleo.

LOL -- that sounds complicated, but it's not. I stick to Paleo principles -- no grains/sugars, for example -- but I do have full-fat dairy occasionally. I try to eat low carb (less than 50g per day) and higher fat. I focus on lots of non-starchy veggies and the cleanest meat/fish/chicken I can get.

Although I have a TON of weight to lose, I like to eat this way, because it does AMAZING things for my blood work and for how I feel. Lowers my blood sugar, gets rid of my brain fog, eases all of my gut issues, gets rid of painful systemic inflammation, and gives me energy.

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Starting weight: 285 (11/5/2017)
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11/8/17 9:16 A

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Six years ago this month, I started eating whole foods plant based, due to the fact that I had severe arthritis, and was walking with a cane. I’m a nurse, and that is not acceptable!! It took one month and the arthritis symptoms, along with my seborrhea, and my GERD, were gone, and have never come back. I’m never going back, for obvious reasons. If you have NETFLIX, or Amazon Prime, take the time to educate yourself on the causes of chronic disease, by watching the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. They also have a website and FB page.

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11/7/17 4:11 P

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Not really on a diet. Trying to eat right and portion control. My support group besides Spark people is TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly


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MARYJOANNA Posts: 4,142
11/7/17 5:41 A

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I do Weight Watchers.



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11/6/17 11:54 A

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Loosely following the 1st week of Shift Shop



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11/6/17 11:29 A

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The only thing that's ever worked for me is low-fat, whole-foods eating. Right now, I'm doing 50g of fat per day or less, and trying to keep refined foods to a minimum.

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11/5/17 8:00 P

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Not really on a diet. Trying to eat right and portion control. My support group besides Spark people is TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly

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Don't really believe in diets, I usually go by the 80/20 method. 80 percent healthy eats, 20 whatever I want. As long as I track and exercise 5-6 days a week I don't see an issue with the weight coming off.

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11/4/17 2:55 P

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True! And that is how Sparkspeople helps with the nutritional breakdowns. Very useful and helped me to realize the nutrients that I was lacking.

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11/4/17 2:47 P

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“Bright Line Eating. Best program ever.”

“You got your mind right, Luke?”



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11/4/17 2:37 P

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Working out and tracking my calories works best for me. I've been back two weeks and see a difference already. Weighing myself once a week is all I can do or I get obsessed with the scale.



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Diet simply means what one eats. So I eat as close to what I want, when I want it as possible. Usually that breaks down to at least 50% carbs, 25% fat and 10% protein.

-google first. ask questions later.

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11/4/17 11:58 A

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Its so very true that diets don't work, it HAS to be a lifestyle change. Four months of eating veggies and lean protein has worked excellent for me. I actually get hungry for the foods I'm eating now, and have no more cravings for sweets and fat.

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I am following the Keto plan.

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Bright Line Eating. Best program ever.

Pursue the things that make you feel alive and fill you with joy and balance.!


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Weight Watchers



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Ketogenic way of life.

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I do Paleo. But rather than a "diet" I call it a lifestyle.

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Weight Watchers and learning to eat the right type of foods for a permanent lifestyle change. No more diets!



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11/1/17 10:31 P

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My doctors put me on a renal diet limiting me to 1800 mg potassium and 900 mg phosphorus. My fruits are limited making it hard to eat low calorie foods. I go for blood work every two weeks to make sure that I don't go over. Many times I have to make one meal for my family and another for me.

The past should remain in the past or it will steal your future.

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
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Not a diet, 30% fat,55% carbs & 15% protein because high protein is bad for my kidney disease. I do not throw food out. I am single & make enough for 1-2 meals after measuring the amounts. I never have seconds and never had all my life, the only time I have ever had extra food & eaten more is Christmas dinner. I can not afford to have seconds. If I make enough for 2 meals I do not remeasure after cooking. It will be finished in 2 days & the weekly total calories are the same on average. I eat everything on my plate, if I did not I would not have complete nutrition & I am satisfied when I finish eating.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am on the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. I have passed my 5% weight loss goal.My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda.


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10/31/17 8:53 P

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I'm not calling it a diet - it's a lifestyle change. I look at the calories of everything and consider if it's worth it to eat. If I know I'll feel bad after eating it or it's way too many calories, I'm not going to eat it. It's also about portion sizes. I no longer feel the need to eat everything on my plate and I've even thrown food away instead of eating it all. It's been hard to make this change, but it's working for me and getting easier every day.


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Intermittent fasting with one meal a day. Fast for 20 hours eat what ever I want during my 4 hours. Love it and it's working for me!



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I am not dieting! I am eating sensibly but am allowing myself the occasional treat.


Dogs are Teddy Bears with a bark......woof!!!

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After trying vegan, vegetarian, keto, Atkins, and South Beach, I have realized that I cannot stick to anything restrictive, so I am now just attempting to balance my diet with healthy foods and the occasional treat (ice cream is my favorite). I am a work in progress, though, and probably always will be.

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I am eating a balanced diet and exercising. I am tracking calories and using the nutritional reports to adjust foods until I am within sparks people guidelines. I have done Weight Watchers in the past and learned how to eat and lose weight. Meetings were no longer convenient so I was looking for an app to keep me on track. I am glad I found SP. It provides me with the motivation that I need.

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None-using SP guidelines and eating healthy!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13 Pacific time zone
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Vegetarian...i think lol

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I want to go back to weight watchers while using sparkpeople for support. I am in Italy so there are no meetings

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"Biblically-clean foods"

- Message Posted by: EO4WELLNESS - 10/27/2017

Could you please elaborate on this comment? Are you referring to Old Testament or New Testament?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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I lost my first 50 pounds on Weight Watchers and the last 30 by tracking with SparkPeople and sticking to the limits most of the time. I have done many, many different food plans over the years.


My Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!

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Biblically-clean foods (minus the ones i am allergic to)



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I count calories and move more.

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The husband and I are on the "track your food and stay within your limits" plan. So far so good. We just eat everything and too much of it. No wonder we're both a little overweight right now.



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> So imo just about any "diet" will work, if you follow it. The key to lasting weight loss, though-- is to find a combination of lifestyle changes that work for you-- the kinds of things you're pretty confident you could keep doing for the rest of your life.

Miss Ruth speaks the truth! (: I've done my research, and, while articles compare and try to find "the best" diet, I'll read some small print that most dieters give up their diets within two years. So long as you're on *any* diet with a calorie deficit, you lose weight. What you need to do is find the diet that is right *for you*.

I finally found a somewhat low carb diet (I'll eat fruit or carbohydrate with starch every once in awhile) that works for me. Down 25 pounds since April! But it didn't hurt that I don't miss sugar or "white carbs", or at least prefer meat and saturated fats over them.

SuperCook.com, a reverse recipe search engine, has been very useful for dieting. Now that my pantry is low-carb, so are the recipes I'm cooking. I'm making a new recipe every lunch and dinner, although I also found plenty of low-carb "heat and eat" foods at Trader Joe's and Safeway. Not entirely done with processed foods!

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Nutrisystem has worked for me

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I am following the Weight Watchers plan. Instead of tracking calories, carbs, etc., we have a daily point allowance as well as a weekly point allowance for "those little extras." I try not to use the extra point allowance and am learning to be creative with my daily points. Using the WW calculator. I am able to use SparkPeople recipes and convert them into WW points. I am using SparkPeople in lieu of WW meetings or online attendance and I'm finding the experience very satisfying!



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I follow SP recommendations for calorie allowance, protein, fat, carbs and fiber. I also track most other nutrients (you can add in many as an option for tracking) to find out where I'm deficient and to try to "fix" my diet to boost those numbers.

I choose healthy fats and avoid saturated or animal fats most of the time. (I eat beef *2 to 4 ounces* once a week usually.) I try to stick with olive oil, nuts/nut butters, avocados.

I eat a mostly plant based diet, but not strictly. I will occasionally have dairy or meat.

I gave up alcohol except I will now allow myself one glass of wine at special dinners, but that's all. The alcohol really gets in the way of weight loss and I don't miss it anymore. Ever since I learned how the body metabolizes alcohol and causes a lot of your food to go straight into "storage" aka body fat, I lost my taste for it.

I try to eat a wide variety of different fruits and vegetables and not the same things week after week.

We have a grain shelf with various grains stored and labeled in glass jars: quinoa, amaranth, kamut, barley, wild rice, and dried beans. We also keep veggie pasta and whole wheat pasta on hand and rarely eat the regular kind of pasta.

Dinners are always balanced with a carb, a protein and greens or vegetables.

That's about it. No particular diet...just staying with SPs recommendations and choosing mostly whole and heart-healthy foods.

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good luck to you all!

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I am a carb counter, but that is partially due to a medical condition. I get 150 carbs a day. It isn't a "low carb" diet it is just the number of carbs that work well with my situation. My doctor and I found the magic number after awhile. I can go under but never over. For the most part I just follow the food plate and drink about 80 oz of water a day.

I exercise when I feel like it. I usually get 10 minutes in a day. I always hit 10k steps. I like my wii fit. I have started running.

What I find to be essential is meal prep and weighing my food. As long as I have a plan in place and my food ready to go I find that I can stay on track.

My husband loves to eat out. So I found a few go to meals at our favorite places, so I don't even have to look at the menu. I know what I should order.

Good luck finding what works for you! The important thing is finding something you can stick with.

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total carbohydrates 135 or less
10 minutes or better DAILY exercise
8 cups water

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I'm not on a "diet" I'm eating healthily and avoiding all the junk food that's promoted these days.

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Keto

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Maybe another way of determining the desired answer to the post topic would be to word it "What does your diet consist of?" Everyone has a diet, it's the source(s) of calories that they ingest.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 10/23/2017 (01:37)
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No particular diet, just sticking mostly to proteins and fats (that's what I like), avoiding processed foods in general. I often cook batches of meals (chilis, roasts and whatnot) and then freeze portions of it.
This would work splendidly too if it wasn't for too big portions...

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Have tried several “diets” over the years. I gained weight on WW and did real good for awhile on Atkins. For me it seams I need to watch carbs. The last 9 years has been a lifestyle change still in process. I really watch added sugar and sodium. 9 yrs ago I stopped drinking soda. I try hard to do “natural” food (not in a box or processed). And I do exercise 3-5 days a week. Mostly I do about 15 min a day of yoga, stretching, over 50 chair exercises and then 1 day a week I volunteer at a Horse Therapy Ranch as a side-walker working with kids. There for 3 hours brushing/saddling horses, cleaning stalls and walking between field and arena. And sidewalking for 20 min at a time (1-3 times) as schedule dictates. Love Therapy, Horses and the big smiles on the kids faces and exercise just happens to be a good side effect!

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Not on any type of diet. I eat what I like and track it. I just try to make better choices.

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I'm on a type of paleo diet. I'm avoiding dairly/milk products along with beef. so far so good. The results have been good so far.

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goal is under 135 total carbohydrates, side note counting fiber grams

*this is not an eat all you can diet, because eating too much means weight gains no matter what the carb count is*

Edited by: STR458II at: 10/21/2017 (13:41)
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Oh, I don't know. I'm about as old as dirt and over the years, I've tried so many different "diets". And I could lose weight on every single one of them.... but as soon as I went off the "diet", I'd gain all the weight back, plus usually more.

So imo just about any "diet" will work, if you follow it. The key to lasting weight loss, though-- is to find a combination of lifestyle changes that work for you-- the kinds of things you're pretty confident you could keep doing for the rest of your life.

What finally worked for me (I've been in maintenance for a number of years) was tracking all my food, with an eye toward Spark's "anything, in moderation". Every day I'd get on the Tracker first thing in the morning and fill in choices for my meals, including healthy, well-balanced foods. I like the "my plate" model. After I'd covered all those bases (protein, carbs, healthy fats, plus I track fiber, iron, sodium, calcium) -- if there were any calories left over, I might throw in a treat or a little junk. Very quickly, it became apparent to me that to be healthy and stay within my calorie range.... well there really wasn't a lot of room for empty calories. Maintenance gave me some more calories... but by then, I had realized that I was better off using them on healthy choices, rather than extra sweets and treats and crap. Doesn't mean I don't sometimes overdo it, but if I start gaining I try to nip it in the bud and get back on track as soon as possible.

As for exercise.... honestly, I still don't like exercise and have yet to find a sport I enjoy doing, more than just watching others participate. I am a fabulous spectator! Walking's not so bad and I live in a good neighborhood for doing it (lots of hills, no through traffic). I like doing things like yardwork, gardening and raking leaves and shoveling snow. I've got some videos I don't mind so much; I use a bunch of Spark videos for strength training. I do not get 120 minutes a day of formal exercise, but (jmo) it's not necessary to exercise for 2 hours a day to be fit. If you enjoy it-- great! But I don't and that's okay too. I get some cardio at least 5 days a week and full body ST at least twice.

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Paleo / Primal in a nutshell.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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Sunday is considered my exercise rest day, I only walk 60 minutes that day.
I walk 60 minutes every day, except severe wind or snow storms.
2 days a week I go ice skating for people over 50, 90 minutes each time.
3 days a week I go to the gym, 65 minutes each time. 4 days a week I do light stretching,balance & light weight routine at home. 30- 60 minutes each time. I have a detailed book with pictures & explanations. Over 700 minutes weekly exercise with walking included.

My diet, there is no diet for me because of my health.
My blood thinners require a exact amount of vitamin K daily, it is tested 2 times a week, for blood clots in both lungs.
My mild kidney disease means I am on low protein, 15%,maximum 2 servings dairy daily. I have low cholesterol so I need 30% fat to raise it, so I have 55% carbs. because fruits & vegetables are good for kidneys. I have low blood pressure 80/55, so I need to add salt to every meal to keep it at 100,too many real foods with no salt added.
I am intolerant to all foods most people are allergic too,most nuts,dairy,gluten, wheat,rice,potatoes,melons,oranges,pork & artificial ingredients in packaged foods.
I only eat 1-2 starches daily, prefer carbs. from extra fruit & vegetables. Lucky I live alone & eat lots of real food. I eat about 1500 calories daily & lost over 40 pounds in 21 months. When I reach my goal weight I will not change my exercise, but will increase my food calories. I do not mind exercise to keep the weight off.
I use the "nutritiondata.self.com" site for tracking & making sure I get nutrition I need, it has lots of information & is free.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am on the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. I have passed my 5% weight loss goal.My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda.


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The eat smart and move diet

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Low Carb, Healthy Fat (aka LCHF or Keto)

Healthy Diet ~~~ Heal Thy Diet ~~~ Heal Thyself

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Calorie deficit works for me, I choose to eat low to moderate carbs (under 100 grams) because it keeps cravings at bay. Although I do consider this a "diet" because I have to restrict my calories to under 1200 (I am very short 5') I have made a lifestyle change in the types of foods I choose to eat and and will continue to do so after I reach my goal weight.

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Whole foods plant based. Love it.



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On no "diet". Just practicing eating healthier and watching my portions. I don't disclude any particular foods either. I just embrace all foods in moderation. ;)


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My healthy lifestyle is to follow the Sparkpeople meal plan and Sparkcoach. I eat a well balanced diet. I follow Sparkpeople's nutrition= healthy carbs 50%, healthy fat 30% and protein 20%.




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"Also I know now it isnt just a diet but a lifestyle so it has to be something that will last forever. As I told my mom "I guess Im one of those people that HAVE to workout everyday for the rest of my life!'"

Well, you got the first part right.... diets don't work, but lifestyles do!
And you do not " HAVE to workout everyday for the rest of my life", but you should WANT to exercise regularly to keep your body healthy. Exercise will not keep you at a healthy weight; controlling the calories will.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
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The weighing out your portions and eating Whole Foods diet lol. That’s one I can do forever ;-)

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I've done WW in the past with success but really don't like their new program. I've also tried Atkins/low-carb but have a hard time sticking with it. I never lost much weight with it but had one benefit that my acid reflux stayed at bay. Currently just trying to count calories using Sparkpeople. Trying to find that balance of losing weight and eating what I love.



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What really works for me is focusing on adding in "more nutrients"...then I'm full and don't desire the "not so good for ya stuff". I still choose to eat some of those things, but at least I know I've covered my nutrition bases first. I aim to get my 8 -10 servings of veggies a day, and choose smaller servings of other carbs---both those choices help keep my pre-diabetes under control.

As for exercising every day to keep my weight in check--NO WAY!! My weight is controlled by my eating choices. Exercise is to keep me fit, and feeling great. It is NOT a punishment for choosing the wrong foods, eating in excess, NOR an excuse to eat "whatever"!!
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All things in moderation



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You're right about "diets" not working. whenI started I committed to eating healthy most of the time, tracking my food & staying within a reasonable calorie goal. Guess you could say I count calories & I do. the main thing is I pay attention to carbs (healthy ones), fat, protein, sugars, fiber. While not a vegetarian, close to 70% of my meals are vegetarian. This approach has gotten me to lose over 80 lbs & keep it off for about 4 1/2 years. Exercise is also a non negotiable part of EVERY day.

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Just curious to see what different diets everyone is on. Keto, Atkins, Low-Cal, Whats working for you? What hasn't worked?

I have successfully lost weight before doing low cal ( about 1500-1800 a day) and going to the gym. Unfortunately gained it ALL back after I stopped working out and gave in to cravings, drinking and my boyfriend insisting we eat fast food ( ugh!)

So now I"m ready to get back on track and I was wondering if something different would work better or should I just go back to the low-cal and working out?

Also I know now it isnt just a diet but a lifestyle so it has to be something that will last forever. As I told my mom "I guess Im one of those people that HAVE to workout everyday for the rest of my life!' LOL



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