Some great points in this article. I question the suggestion about smaller meals, 5-6 per day. A recent study has shown that subjects eating multiple, smaller meals have no greater success in losing weight than those eating three full size meals. I hope sparkpeople continues to base their content on proven or widely accepted research and steers clear of taking sides on debatable subjects.
Like Jshare this came at a good time for me. I have lost 28 kilos and have 2 more to lose to reach my goal. I am finding it a real struggle to shift the last of the weight and really feel like I have been doing this diet forever. I am following the Dukan plan which is very restrictive. I think it's time for a change whilst not returning to my old eating habits.
1/28/2011 7:54:51 AM
Articles like this help keep me focused on the lifestyle issue, not the diet route. Thanks Liz!!!
9/27/2010 1:17:34 AM
I found that trying to "Diet" only led to frustration for me. I found my answer in a book by Jorge Cruise called the "Belly Fat Cure". His program suggests that you watch your sugar intake and keep it @ 15 grams of sugar or less a day and to keep your carbs @ 120 grams a day. His book offers many food items that are filling while staying within the limits of the sugar and carb intake. It's not a diet but a life style change for me. As a result of following his sugar/carb plan I have lost 25 lbs and 3.5 inches off of my waist.
I have lost some weight but I suspect the next 3 weeks will be a real test for me as we are going on a 3 week long vacation. Please wish me luck as I absolutely must avoid fats and sweets to retain my weight loss success! Thanks for the support that is always available on Spark People!!!
9/26/2010 7:38:52 AM
First off let me say I train people to get fit! One of the first things they ask me is what kind of a diet should I go on so I can look like you. My response always "DIET" is an immediate failure word! You must do a life style change with your eating habits! That means CLEAN EATING for the rest of your life. Lean protien,complex carbs,fruits veggies. Remember it takes two-eating and exercise! CALORIES IN-CALORIES OUT!! I have many success stories with clients who finally got it! Alife style change not a diet!!!
9/29/2009 12:03:56 AM
I disagree with some parts of this... I plan my lunch, eating the same food groups daily & have for almost 2 years, ie., a broth based soup, 2 veggies, 2 small fruits (usually berries) & yogurt...& I look forward to it everyday. Also, if I ate 4, 5, or 6 meals per day, regardless of how small, I'd continue to eat all day. Research has now shown it's not necessary to eat this way. I eat 3 meals & a snack & I'm content. Guess it's what works for each, not to mention, I really hate to see people eat at their desks, aten't they supposed to be working & then eat at break time in their cafeteria??
oops....I meant to continue: I agree with the poster who said that healthy eating does not need to be boring. I think what happens is that a lot of people who develop unhealthy eating habits get accustomed to bombarding their sense of taste with excess fat or food that is lower in nutrients but higher in calorie content.
Healthy eating can and should be according to individual tastes. I do, however, think that sometimes when starting any new health change it is easy to lose momentum and fall into old habits, especially when that plateau sets in. I am just now trying to get back into the swing of things, and I'm hoping I can remain determined this time.
I am new to this program,so I will give you weeekly progress (or failure) because I am making a commitment, I sure hope I can give you positive reports. As for today (Sun) the 27th of Sept. I have started with a breakfast of cinnimon toast (2 slices) and canalope,coffee, I went out for lunch and had 4oz. baked pork chop,1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 sm. roll with butter and steamed veggies. and ice water. my supper wil consist of a large salad,low fat dressing, 4 oz. baked chicken,1/2 lg.apple, ice water. my weight at this time is 210 lbs. talk to ya in a week
glad i got reminded about listening to a dvd to relax
FARMERDE I think i have the same dvd that you have and when i was looking at it everyday i lost 67 lbs and stop it and gain 25 lbs back and having such a hard time to take it off i lose 10 and gain 10 Tonight i will listen to that dvd one that you look on the dvd and one i listen to when i go to bed Thank you for putting that posting on here
I recently added a little mexican food,something I love.And in doing so I quit craving sweet things altogether.I was eating a lot of chicken and kept sinking back into bad habits but eating something I really wanted has gotten me back on track and I feel better than ever!
When I started this Spark journey two weeks ago, I was concerned about diet boredom, because it's happened to me in the past and that's why diets don't work for me. I like good food like real butter and real sugar and real salad dressing, so I had to find a way to still incorporate those foods into my weight loss plan. And so far, it's worked because I am not depriving myself of anything, but I certainly am eating less of it. Portion control was the biggest hurdle, but I've overcome that.
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