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5/19/13 1:37 P

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I agree about the word "diet" Amarantha. I am reading a book called Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham. It's about how cooking affected evolution of primates. When he speaks of the diets of early hominids, modern primates and homo sapiens, he isn't talking about weight reduction. How could such a simple word be destroyed by assuming "weight reduction" in front of the word?

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OP: I lost most of my weight over a period of two decades so there really has never been a final stretch for me. I have never gained the main weight back but over the years I've gone up and down some. My only strategy is to take care of any regains as soon as I can and though I've probably done and tried or researched every diet in the universe, I really do the same thing I always have (eat less, move more, track calories, exercise daily), just have done it smarter as the years rolled on. I do have a specific healthier-for-me nutritional approach that I've adopted somewhat recently and that has really helped.

I am not afraid of the word "diet," which specifically means the way of eating I habitually follow.

Best of luck with your journey.



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Olivia:
I focused on high protein low carbs. I made sure to eat enough. But I bumped up my exercise and did at least 60-90 minutes every day. I mixed up what I was doing, pilates, zumba, stationary bike, treadmill, ST DVDs; so I was doing something different most of the time. I also tried to get enough sleep.

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I didn't change anything for the last push. I'm more like NellJones...measure, weigh, track, balance. The one thing I changed at the very beginning of my journey was choosing protein for breakfast most of the time instead of cereal to keep me full through the mid-morning munchies. No special diets, no Atkins or South Beach or grapefruit or cabbage soup or whatever. Just balance. SP calculated a range for my main nutrients, and I plan my meals to hit somewhere in the range most of the time.

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I really didn't change anything except my exercise. I believe in everything in moderation and it works for me. I did try and cut back when I wanted to lose those last 3 lbs., but I always kept putting them back on so now I've decided to stick to that weight and be happy. It's only 3 lbs. I
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5/19/13 12:30 A

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I just wrote a blog about what I eat for anyone who is interested:
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5/18/13 6:43 P

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I lost my last 10 pounds (of getting to my winter goal) with calorie cycling. Though at the same time I was getting 6 freggies a day and having whole foods as much as possible. I also got a fitbit around the same time. And I was nursing a baby (though I'm 42). So this did work, however, there came a point when I didn't want to do it anymore. So I can't really vouch for the "rest of your life" aspect.

There are so many definitions of Low carb, and even if you talk a specific number of grams it makes a huge difference whether that carb is fiber in a whole food or sugar or something in between.

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I just stuck within my calorie range and the recommendations here on Spark. I believe in moderation so nothing is "off limits." I just make sure I eat balanced with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I tend to not get enough protein so I drink a Muscle Milk on those days. Hang in there and try a variety of ways. You'll find one that works for you!

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Thank you!! I know you have found what works so well for you and I pretty much have too but could use some tweaking. emoticon

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I'll post a typical day later when I have more time. They are all fairly similar. Using the food tracker just takes too much time for me since I'm not interested in counting calories.
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I wish you charted your meals for us to see Birgit! I'd love to see. emoticon emoticon

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I'm late to respond, but since my answer is a little different I will still add it.
I did things extremely differently for the last 20 lbs. I was not able to lose any more weight and keep it off for many years, regardless of exercise (about 2 hours/day quite often).
When I went low-carb-high fat (about 80% fat, 15% protein, 5% carbs) with under 50 grams/day of carbs) and grain-free, legume-free, almost sugar-free, my weight dropped and most of it was belly fat, in fact my % body fat dropped from about 28-30% to about 20% now.
But I agree that low-carb will only work long-term if you use it long-term. It is a lifestyle that I have no intention to ever give up. And, no, I don't miss bread, sweets, beans, pasta, pizza etc. that is grain-based. My low-carb,high-fat paleo diet is much tastier than anything I ever ate before. Saturated fat is a big part of it and my lipid profile is much better than ever and so are my bloodsugar levels.
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5/17/13 9:41 P

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Thanks for the feedback guys! A "diet" didn't feel right to me either. The last thirty pounds or so have been, dare I say, easy and I was just hoping I could continue to lose weight this way. I haven't really had a plateau per se so I may be freaking out for no reason. I just really wanna do this the right way! Thanks for the encouragement!

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As you can see, so far, it's rare anyone did something special that she then gave up when she got to goal. Time and time again, a year or two later, the strategy has usually backfired.

Over the years, I've evolved my own eating regime and it seems to dovetail with this online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052
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though I didn't set out to use the index specifically. I still am not a slave to it. I'm pretty sure I'll never completely stop eating Trader Joe whole wheat biscuits and bananas. I rarely eat any food alone, which changes the effect of the foods.

I'm echoing others when I say eat how you would be willing to eat forever, not to manipulate the body to reach a scale weight. Eating should not be a fight.

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I didn't really change my eating habits, but I did add some more intensity to my workouts, including doing a boot camp, to get through my last bit of weight. I've experimented a lot with my carb levels and have found that, for me personally, they don't impact my weight much. I tend to naturally fall around 150 grams most days when I'm on track and that's the level where I'm most satisfied and feel best.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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5/17/13 3:23 P

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I also watch my carbs and opt for more protein and such. I also track and plan everything out so i know where i'm at all the time.

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I just eat a well varied diet, planned in advance, weighed and measured in the preparation. I follow the old WW exchange plan and it looks pretty much like a regular American diet circa 1960: no packaged or convenience foods, extremely rare restaurant meal. It gets harder toward the end of loss (the Last Ten Pounds has been a mainstay of women's magazines for decades) because the calorie differential between maintaining and losing is so small. If you want to Stay The Same at a lower weight,you will eat less than if you Stay The Same at a higher weight. Maintenance is about sustainability. I think you do best if you eat the way you want to eat for the rest of your life, which eliminates the crazy diets, and comes down to what is comfortable and sustainable for you.

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5/17/13 1:40 P

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Olivia,
As an older woman, I found the only way I could lose weight was low carb,high protein. I used the Dukan Diet, and I am a member of that team here on SP. I don't count carbs, just stay away from the well known ones (bread, etc) except on rare occasions; even some veggies have lots of carbs, and I have to be selective with fruit, as the sugar turns to carbs. So I don't count carbs, I follow the recommendations of the Dukan Diet. I'd encourage you to check it out.

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I try to stay between 50 and 100 but my carbs come mostly from veggies.

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Thanks guys! Roughly how many carbs do you all consume a day? I have been a bit less vigilant with that in the past week or two. I was trying to get under 100 a day and I've been getting more like 115. Could that make a difference?

Here's my blog for more details about my diet and exercise routine. I do about 6 hours of cardio 3 hours of weight training and walk 15-20 miles a week. Thanks!

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I also don't do well when I add to my daily target--I maintain really well when I stick to more protein and lower carbs--that's also how I seemed to have the best success at losing the last stretch. It still takes a while--it's not as easy to lose as quickly when you have less body to move around every day, but if you stick with it and have patience with yourself, you will get there!

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I was a "yo-yo" dieter for most of my life. When I became successful on the maintenance was when I began following a type of "Mediterranean diet", but not a specific diet, just basically clean eating. I find tracking and really sticking with exercise and more overall movement during the day has been how I have maintained my 60 lb. weight loss. I find I do have to "change up" my exercise routine from time to time, partly to add interest and partly to "surprise the muscles".

Congrats on your weight loss, and best wishes to reach your goal!

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For some of us, maybe plenty of us, low carb is a way of life.
I have to use the same strategy for the rest of my life. I'm getting older and I don't need as much fuel as I used to.
For younger women that work out a lot they seem to be able to add some calories when they reach their goal.
I find if I do that the weight comes right back. I continue to track and pay daily attention because I never want to go back.

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Hi guys,

I've lost 63 pounds and my goal is to lose 90 pounds. I thought you maintainers were the best people to pose this question to:

For those of you who have lost a lot of weight, how did you manage the final stretch? Did you have to do different things to get the last 20 -30 pounds off or did the same old strategies continue to work? I'm scared to "diet" because I view diets as temporary and I want this weight to stay off for good! But maybe it wouldn't be bad to lose the last 20-30 pounds via, for instance, a hardcore low carb diet for a few months? Please advise!!

****Olivia****

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
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"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
--Robert H. Schuller

"You always pass failure on your way to success."
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"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
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"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. "
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