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8/21/12 10:48 A

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I love ginger! It settles my stomach when I have problems.

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8/21/12 8:16 A

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I agree about the cravings. I found that when I feel like something, I go to
my little jar of ginger. An Indian lady friend showed me to slice it really thin,
add a pinch of salt and fill with vinegar (I like cider vinegar). When I have that,
vila, no more hunger pangs or cravings as such. Love it.

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8/20/12 5:44 P

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Getting rid of the cravings really does help.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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8/20/12 5:03 P

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I don't know if others will agree, but I count carbs, and my calories have decreased. I never go over 1800 now, and I am a 240 lb guy.

Remove the cravings, and you will eat less.

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7/29/12 11:30 A

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I think most of us have trained ourselves to eat until we are full instead of eating until we are no longer hungry and there is a difference. If you portion out a meal and eat it you will most likely no longer be hungry but not necessarily full. But if you eat the meal slowly you can actually end up closer to full and more satisfied. The key is to not eat so fast that the 20 minutes occurs after you eat. Unfortunately we have been all trained to eat too fast too. People used to at least have an hour lunch and lots of places not offer 15 to 30 minutes.

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-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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7/29/12 5:27 A

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Yeah, there's that little thing about it taking about 20 minutes for satiety signals to get from your stomach to your brain. This is one of reasons that it's recommended that people eat slowly.

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7/28/12 10:58 A

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I need to always do the same.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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7/28/12 8:40 A

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I am going to count calories and then go to weighing my food. I must...


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7/22/12 8:43 P

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I also use a plan called No S. No snacks, no sweets and no seconds. Three meals (and I add one snack during the afternoon). But, I still have to count calories and watch portions.
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7/22/12 7:29 P

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I weigh my food but I have still been overeating and today I corrected that by stopping before I was full and found later I was actually full and didn't know it.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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7/22/12 11:22 A

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I have to count calories and watch the carb numbers. I definitely have to keep measuring my food also since my eyes tend to supersize over time which can hit me on the scale. Portion size and eating smaller meals is something I have to stay on top of.

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7/22/12 2:03 A

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Marussell, I had the same problem and have had it for years. I would lose the same six pounds over and over again. Just recently I decided to try the Alli diet, it worked ok but super expensive. I combined it with a low carb and low cal and low fat diet I lost a few lbs. Then my doctor switched me to Phentermine because the cost of Alli is just to much for me, since I started the Phentermine with the same food habits I have dropped 8 lbs. I suffer from PCOS and Endometriouses as well so weight loss is a next to impossible for me to achieve. Good luck with the weight loss.

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7/20/12 6:28 P

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Thanks to everyone who responded. I have had tests done in the past but nothing significant shows up in them. Today I have been tracking my calories and that is eye opening!! Portion sizes are a bit high. Now that we are fully moved into our new state and getting settled, I am planning to get back to a more ordered life. Including exercise and watching what I am eating. I am thankful that I did not really gain...I am not an emotional eater...just careless. emoticon

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7/20/12 6:09 P

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Counting carbs and calories works for me. I've actually gained on carb laden diets, but that is my metabolism. I follow Morticia's calorie and carb guide. Also I do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day on most days, and I strength train. This recipe helps me lose 1 to 2 pounds per week which is amazing for a person in menopause.

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7/20/12 5:42 P

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I've tried counting calories for years and the scale wouldn't budge, even when I was eating 1200-1400 calories per day with good exercise . But when I started counting carbs instead, I started losing weight so go figure! I am still not exactly watching the fat melt off my body but at least the scale is moving and that's progress. The oddest thing is that I'm actually eating a lot more calories but fewer carbs now - before whenever I increased my calories I would gain weight so it's gotta be the carbs for me. I'm kind-of new to the low-carb thing, however, so still trying to figure everything out and figure it doesn't hurt to count 'everything' for now. Good luck!
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7/20/12 5:21 P

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Marussell
I find drinking water really helps..
I also lose very very slowly.. got me down at first, then started to realize, some people have too much water as they have eaten too much salt in their diet, so lose the water weight easy, me i've always been a healthy eater so losing my weight takes alot longer..

I have tested with the water drinking lately and if i have a day where its not possible to drink much water i dont lose but sometimes i put on a few digits?? very confusing...
I have just accepted the fact that losing is gonna take longer.. when i made this decision & was less stressed about losing ;then i started losing again.. only little digits at a time so in a month i can lose maybe 1 pound.. i might put half of it back on during the next month but never the whole pound..
I'm going to try the low glycemic diet when i get back home next month as i've been adviced that it not only makes you feel better but also helps with losing.. in the long run...
If you dont get a chance to exercise during the day.. walk up and down the stairs a few times that helps with the BS...
I have heard that the portions are important & i experience that too, but its what you eat aswell...
Good carbs and good protein,fruit with a good protein etc.., almonds walnuts,berries,good peanut butter,lean meat, all tiny portions.. plus i have been eating little snacks during the day and very small potions, that really helps.. i used to eat 3 meals a day now i have like 6 a day, but very small( it works for me)
I've also been taking extra vit D lately too, to get the D3 i was adviced by a member.. It does make a difference...

I think you are doing good its just be patient and not too hard on yourself.. you are not alone with losing slowly.. I'm there too haha... It will happen losing the weight just hang in there....
I hope this helps knowing your not alone..
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It's possible that there are more things involved than just what you eat. Lately I have become convinced that hormones play a really big part in weight control, especially insulin and leptin, both of which I seem to be resistant to. You might want to consider some testing along those lines,if you haven't done so. I am in a similar situation where my weight doesn't want to budge. Good luck!

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7/20/12 4:50 P

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My opinion is that carbs and calories both count. The reason low carb works is because most people are satisfied and eat less calories but there are those who overeat the diet. Especially is you are an emotional eater as opposed to someone who eats only when hungry. My advice for people who are stuck is not for the faint of heart but it works for nearly everyone. Get your calories around 1200 a day with between 20 and 100 net carbs depending on whether you are triggered and experiencing hunger or not. The carbs are to come from low glycemic veggies and low glycemic fruits like berries and cantaloupe. PLUS get in a minimum of one hour of cardio EVERY day - 2 hours is better. Strength training 2-3 times a week. I'm 60 years old and have metabolic syndrome, etc. and this prescription will cause me to drop 10 pounds in a week.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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7/20/12 4:44 P

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I've found counting calories and watching portions and limiting between the meal snacking to help the most. I don't count carbs, but I limit amounts and measure everything. Another thing that helps for me is eating good protein at my meals. I stick pretty close to the Spark recommendations for carbohydrates/protein/fat percentages.
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7/20/12 4:14 P

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I seem to be the queen of weight maintenance. I have tried counting calories in the past and this has not helped me to lose weight. Low glycemic helps me to feel better and keep stable blood sugar but still no weight loss. I am a bit frustrated after a busy season of my life and a move to boot. I have not really gained but have not lost either in spite of consistent exercise and watching carbs. My question is: have you found more success by watching carb grams or a combination of counting carbs and calories? I have read stories of people who have a magic bullet experience but that has not been my problem. For the most part, I have noticed that portion distortion and mindlessness are my major issues. Any insight or encouragement would be appreciated. Thanks.

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