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11/29/07 7:44 A

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I'm always interested in reading about new eating programs, and Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan sounds healthy and nutritious.

I have also eliminated the white stuff and the processed stuff, and have become interested in adding a variety of vegetable dishes to my menu.

I have become conscious of my salt intake and have recently tried Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning... love it, and Bragg liquid aminos... all purpose seasoning from soy protein.

It's funny how having a "meal plan" takes the guess work out of dieting, and for the first time in a long time I'm appreciating the structure.

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Sounds great, Mary! I haven't heard of those but they sound more like an eating style than a diet and that's good! Good Job!! Glad to have you on board!

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My two reasonable diets are:

1) Eat to Live - eating nutrient-dense foods such as fresh fruit & veggies (especially plenty of salad and green veggies every day), beans & legumes, whole grains, nuts & seeds. Eliminating the white stuff (flour, sugar, salt) and processed foods, including oils.

2) The DASH diet - because I have a goal to get off blood pressure medicine, I want to significantly reduce my sodium intake. This plan also falls nicely in line with Eat to Live.



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11/19/07 7:33 A

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Ditto... I have been re-evaluating nutrition labels, ingredients information and slowly but surely have made changes.

Meatloaf sounds great!

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Mazzy, I totally agree about the Kraft convenience items. Gross. Am trying to get away from eating so much processed food, and I hate it when a diet gets wrapped up with commercial products. Some of the Bob Greene Oprah endorsements bother me--there's some labels on things that I would definitely not consider to be part of a truly healthy diet. I suppose it's better than other things though, and a starting point for many.
I've been enjoying the Menu Mailer for the past couple of weeks, although will abandon it once I start You on a Diet. It's gotten my portion sizes under control though, and helped me plan out what I'm eating. Made a mini meatloaf recipe last night, but modified it by shredding up a bunch of veggies and putting them in the meatloaf, and then tonight made a green chili chicken recipe to eat off of for lunch the next couple of days.

 
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Summerperk... You on a Diet is a great diet... I read the book and incorporated a lot of what they suggest into my lifestyle.

I also like the South Beach Diet, but I stay away from the Kraft convience items.

I'm a fan of Flylady, and the Body Clutter Menu Mailer sounds interesting.

All very good choices.

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Good Job choosing! I don't know a lot about those diets but as long as they promote healthy eating, it's all good!

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First choice: YOU on a diet because I have been successful with it before, it makes sense to me, and there's enough support available to make it be a thorough program for me.

Second choice: Spark or Body Clutter Menu Mailer (recipes for healthy meals that are emailed once a week along with a shopping list--kind of part of the whole "flylady" thing if you are familiar with that. The menu mailer is what I am using now, but I think You on a Diet is better for me to lose weight and truly eat healthfully.

Third choice: South Beach because I lost weight on it in the past, but I think it can be a challenging diet to stay with. Would like to know about some other options that focus on eliminating sugar and other "white" foods.

 
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Hi Tracy! Welcome to the group! Good Job!!

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Great choices.

The back up plan is a great concept... if one is not working then a back up plan is in place.

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Hi! I'm Tracy and today is Day 1 for me. I've already taken out the response cards and made copies of the reasons I want to lose weight.
For tomorrow, my two selections of "diets" are:
1) Follow the Spark Plan
2) Weight Watchers Core Plan- I've done this in the past, but did not have the mental motivation to go along with my membership $$$!

"Speak kind words. Hear kind echoes."


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Good choices, Nina! Eating sensibly is definitely the best way and it builds habits to help the weight stay off.

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MAZZYR's Photo MAZZYR Posts: 8,972
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LOL... I choose 3 back up diets... just in case... it really sets one up for success... by providing a plan two, or in my case a plan 3.

Edited by: MAZZYR at: 11/7/2007 (18:29)
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I was really resistant to picking a back-up diet. But it does make sense:

1. SparkPeople - counting calories and making knowledgeable choices.
2. WeightWatchers - I have a bunch of their cookbooks, but I've never done it. A good back-up.

One fabulous step at a time.

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Good Job, Meredith and Bethany!! I think eating healthy food with smaller portions is definitely the way to go!

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1. Counting Calories (1500-1600/day) using pre-conception guidelines to choose my foods so I am balanced nutritionally. (I want to have a baby and I want to be as healthy as possible for that.)
2. Volumetrics: This choice could change... Essentially I needed a back-up diet and this one sounded good, but I don't really know a whole lot about it... I need to get the book. :)

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1. Counting calories, with the target being the number I'd need to maintain my ideal weight (following nutrition advice of Performance Nutrition for Runners book)

2. 90/10 plan

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Bkinman,
I think you made some good choices! If cutting out caffine is hard, try cutting back on it first. We can't expect to be perfect all at once! or ever!

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Phoenician,
Looks like some good healthy choices. I know what you mean about the lifestyle change; eating healthy is a way of life for me. Even though yesterday I ate more than usual, it still wasn't really bad foods.
The volume eating thing can be bad, too. I did the Atkins diet once and lost some weight, however, when I stopped doing it I was used to eating as much as I wanted but was now eating everything and Boy, do I gain weight!

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Ok. So maybe I was OVER anaysis this pick a diet thing. I kinda had in my mind what I wanted to do, but thought I had to "pick" some "diet". So I am going to use the spark people to track. Eat higher protien - which is necessary to me. Don't eat a carb without a supporting protein. No sugar. Cut out caffine (this is the hard one for me). Then as a second, I will choose the schwarzbein principle. It is a plan I did and lost on before. It is alot like the above, but you don't track calories.

 
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Day 2 Pick two reasonable diets

Theme - "Once I accept the fact that I have to follow a healthy eating plan for life, dieting will be easier."

I picked a primary diet and a backup diet that are:
Healthy lifetime eating plans, not really diets

The no "S" diet

This is a behavior plan. No snacks. Eat only at regularly scheduled times, such as breakfast lunch
and dinner. If you need a snack, then schedule one as a routine event. No seconds - food must fit on plate and you take your meal's worth at once. No sweets - small amounts OK like sugar in tea, jam on toast. EXCEPT, sometimes on days that start with S - Saturdays, Sundays and "Special" days - Not too many special days!

Eat to Live - Almost vegan with emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Eat 2 pounds of green veggies daily, one uncooked (try green smoothies)

Backups to use if I don't lose weight are the ETL (Eat to Live)six week diet and simply to count calories.

NOTE added later - Actually I am counting calories anyway now that I am using SparkPeople and I think it helps. But I'm not real strict about calories targets, at least not yet! Now that I have been counting calories, I find myself eating more fat (mostly more butter, eggs and cheese) and I am much happier with my food, reduced cravings. That helps to eat less overall. One problem with a vegan diet is that you have to eat so much volume that it becomes a bad habit.

 
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EXONA_KITTY's Photo EXONA_KITTY Posts: 18
10/16/07 2:58 A

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BTW, this lovely butt I have on here is my "inspiration" photo (I came across it on the internet)...just so people won't think I'm vain! Heheh. Every time I see that picture, I get motivated to lose weight.

Go figure...you'd think the long term goals of health would be more motivating (which they are, don't get me wrong), but this picture just does the trick! Whatever works!


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That makes sense! I figured it had to do with portions. I need to make sure I eat enough protein, because I get hungry on all carbs. I like to have a bagel for breakfast but it's not enough. I bought some small containers of yogurt to take to work and eat about 9:30 or 10 so I'm not starved at lunch.

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40-30-30 is just in reference to your proportion of protein-carbs-fat. Some people feel better with more carbs, some iwth more protein. I seem to do well with at least 40% protein, or perhaps even 50% or so protein. I don't end up hungry so often (such as if i eat tons of fruit).

I use the calorie king to track my calories, so i really don't have to think about percentage that much. And of course it doesn't have to be "exact"....it's supposed to really be about listening to your body.

Hope that helps!

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I've never heard of the Jillian Michaels diet. What is a 40-30-30 diet? I like the idea of eating what you want; just don't know about scheduling it everyday. I do have a small piece of something when I really want it, but I retain water when I eat sugar so everyday would not be good for me. It sounds like a pretty scientific method. I think I'll check it out!

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Here's my two:

1) Jillian Michaels "diet". Basically you see what type of an "oxidizer" you are (how you burn calories..slow, blaanced, or fast). I have found I am somewhere between a balanced and fast oxidizer. So basically it's very similar to 40-30-30 diets out there. So I'll try that and then keep my calories around the 1400-1500 calorie range and exercise. she also advocates to take a portion of your calorie allowance each day (200 calories) and put it towards any type of food you want, that way you won't have to binge (and you get to practice restraint by only eating a small amount). I do really well with that.

2) If that doesn't work, then I'll just do a simple calorie counter diet (count the calories) and document everything.

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Very good choices, Marilyn! The meetings are nice to have to go to. Spark People is nice, too, because we can access it anytime we NEED to. Good Job!

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Hi I'm Marilyn and here are my 2 reasonable diets.

1. I've started weight watchers again mostly because you choose what you eat but in moderation and I also need the f2f (face to face) interaction at the meetings. I'm going to try to incorporate the "you on a diet" philosphy into this which is less process foods - no high frutose corn syrup on trans fat. More whole foods.

2. My backup diet is counting calories - making sure I get in 5 fruits/veggies a day and trying to limit my fat to no more than 30%. The food choices will be more whole foods, less process foods, no fructose corn syrup and trans fat.


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Sounds like you've picked healthy choices! It's definitely best to stay away from processed foods.

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1. Meal plan from a doctor which avoids sugar and processed foods and diet foods of any kind. I was on this plan several years ago and successfully lost weight and kept it off for years.

2. Diet Center's Reducing Diet is a nutritionally sound and well balanced diet. It's very similar to the meal plan above, but with more choices. I was on this plan... successfully lost weight and also kept it off for years.

3. South Beach Diet... very similar to the above diets... more choices... processed food diet items were a problem that I'm planning to avoid this time around.



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Right now I'm using
1) weight watchers flex plan
2) spark

They are both great ways to count what I eat.

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Hi,
1. I am cutting my portions in half and no snacking or eating at night.
2. Sort of the original Weight Watchers.

 
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Check out realage.com to find out about the You on a Diet plan.

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Sounds like a well-rounded, good eating plan!

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Briefly You on a Diet is:
about focusing on whole grains, lean protein, good fats, fresh fruit/veggie fiber—and avoiding simple sugars and trans fat. I
Eating often five or six times throughout the day so you’re constantly satisfied.
Eating plenty of fiber in the morning as it helps control afternoon cravings.
It is a complete program including exercise.
Also itis not about pounds lost but inches around your waist.

Edited by: JANSHOPS at: 9/2/2007 (15:23)
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I've heard of "You on a Diet", what is the basic principle of that?

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Sparks diet and You On a Diet. Both very reasonable in my opinion.

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Sounds like a plan to me! Glad you've thought about it and that you're working along with the rest of the team!
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Okay I forgot to post my diet yesterday but I did think about it alot, So I came up with this: I'm going to do a Zonish/high protein/low fat diet/complex carbs. I dont know if thats a diet (beside the zone part) So thats it.

Have a Great Day Everyone!

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1. planning workout and meals a day or more ahead of time.
2. visiting urban mommy's page :)
3. Believing I can do it.

Three things that guarantee failure
1. fast food
2. emotional eating
3 being in a carb coma= no movement



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Hi,
I'm on the DASH diet which I found out about when I was in a program sponsered by my medical insurance. It's main idea is having a sane and sensible diet which is low fat - no more than 25% and low sodium - no more than 2300 grams per day. My adviser for the program suggested eating 5-6 small meals each day. It also stresses lots of exercise. For me it's a good one, but I've learned that I HAVE TO read labels for high sodium content. Our food industry is just starting to be concerned with cutting sodium so it has made me eat more non-processed foods, which is good.

Thanks be to God, I am achieving my goal!

5 years ago my weight was 292. I've been off and on diets since then until I found SparksPeople.
Now I'm getting back to were "I" want to be, 165#.
I discovered the book "The Beck Diet Solution" by Dr. Beck. Her book, which uses Cognative Therapy, is helping me to adjust my mind to think like a thin person. When I can convince my mind, my body will follow.


 
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Hello Sandy,
Yes it does. I'm to eat protein, complex carbs, fiber and good oils. The author makes offers a list of suggested items in each category, but makes the point that this is a way of eating that you can take anywhere because you can find things that fit those categories anywhere. I hve not been on it long, just a few weeks. I like the simplicity of it.

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Hi everyone,

Gosh, this has been a helpful discussion. There are a million different plans out there. Sounds like we all know where we are going with our eating plans.

AND we are lucky because we also have cognitive behavior therapy that WILL WORK!

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Does the 5-Factor Diet tell you what types of things to eat at each meal? Or is that up to you?

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I am using the 5-Factor Diet which has you eating 5 meals a day. I plug them into the Sparks nutrition tracker as the 5-Factor says you don't hv to count calories...but for me that's code to eat as much as you want. So the tracker helps me stay within a reasonable amount.

I like the 5 Factor because it is easy to KNOW what to eat: protein, complex carb/fiber, good oils, water at each meal or snack. I'm never hungry because I get to eat every three hours.



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The "Idiot-Proof Diet" should be called the diet for people who are idiots enough to give us $39. This is how it worked. You went on the website, gave them $39, they gave you two lists of 30 foods from which you picked 15 each. They then took the foods you picked and arranged them into menus for 11 days. You were to follow these menus for 11 days and then for 3 days eat a low-calorie diet and then try it again. They claimed you could lose 9 lbs. in 11 days. The awful thing about it is that the meals were like this: Meal 1) roast beef and/or turkey slices. Meal 2) cottage cheese and/or broiled flounder. Meal 3) cashews and/or boiled egg. Meal 4) glass of milk and/or yogurt. One day was all vegetables and one day was all fruit. You could eat as much of the items listed that you wanted, just stop before you're full. Well, you were never eating a meal -- just picking at stuff. And my stomach cannot tolerate a no/low carb diet. I lasted 3 days and felt sick.

Weigh Down Workshop was wonderful. I still use some of the things I learned. It's a pretty intensive Bible Study, but I learned alot. I just haven't had enough time to commit to something like that -- and it's better if you have a group you meet with.

I did South Beach Diet once and lost weight but when I tried to start it up again the no/low carb thing hurt my stomach.

I did Atkins and lost weight but when I went off it I really put weight back on because Atkins teaches you to eat as much as you want -- just certain things. Well, I kept right on eating as much as I wanted after I included other things.

It's much better eating sensibly and healthy. If I wanted a piece of cake, I would allow it in to my calorie count and eat a small portion. I haven't wanted sweets though.

I really like the retraining of my mind that has occurred with Beck. I don't feel deprived like I usually do with a diet -- because I'm not thinking that I HAVE to eat this way. I'm doing it because I WANT to!

Sorry that was longer than I meant!
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Like you, i'm not a fan of the idea of a "diet" because there is something temporary sounding about it.

1. The Sparkpeople plan of tracking nutrition, calories and fitness
2. Eating only organic, whole grains, vegetables, fruits.

I like the first option much better because it gives me some freedom to indulge and when i go extreme as with going "all organic" it feels too constrictive.

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8/28/07 10:38 A

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I'm not familiar with the Idiot-Proof-Diet. I'm another that doesn't like diets that tell me specifically what to eat.

5 years ago I joined Weight Watchers. The Success 1-2-3 Plan worked while I was working it. I liked the idea if "Free" food...and teased myself that I'm so frugal was the reason that Plan worked.

I say all of that to say this: I had written Weight Watchers as 1 of the diets. But, I was kidding myself -- I haven't been following any plan.

(1) I have now set Spark as my first plan.

(2)I've not had the opportunity to be part of a "Weigh Down Workshop". I like the concept of it -- that God designed us to know when we're hungry and need food and when we've had enough. Since reading this book, that's the "plan" I've been doing.

*is my 2nd option the Sandy Diet?* HA!

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8/28/07 8:11 A

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I am using a combination of many current thoughts about eating healthy. Dr. Gott's no sugar and the YOU! on a Diet.

So I call this the ME diet. I don't eat any food that contains high fructose corn syrup, only eat whole grains, and I try to eat as many superfoods as I can.

Really, I'm not on a diet. I'm focusing on being healthy. This works well for me because otherwise I become very obsessive about what I eat. I like that we can keep track of food on the nutrition tracker.

Have a great day everyone!
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I'm sure most of us have tried MANY different diets throughout the course of our lives. My husband actually talked me into trying the "Idiot-proof Diet" -- so stupid! I don't usually like diets that tell me specifically what I should eat.

1) I like the Spark People Diet; it makes sense to control your portions and eat healthy! I always say I'm not on a "diet" (although technically a diet is what you eat) but that I'm eating healthy now!

2) The only other eating plan I've tried that worked and made sense was the "Weigh Down Workshop". It's a biblically-based program with the concept that God designed us with the ability to know when we're hungry and need food and when we've had enough. The Beck Book tells us to stop before we're stuffed.

Those are my two options and I use a blend of them all the time.

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Feeling healthy is much better than ANY food tastes!!!

STG - Have a 4 week streak!


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This is where you record your results of Day 2. Which diets did you pick? and why?

Edited by: FINDINGSANDY at: 8/27/2007 (07:07)
Feeling healthy is much better than ANY food tastes!!!

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