For me, logging my food opens my eyes to what choices mean. It's been so educational. I'm a newbie at this - 3.5 months in, but I find even in situations where I don't plan my food or log, I keep the count in my mind and it helps me stay within a healthy range, which for me is 1200-1600 calories.
I do this every day! I track what I eat, and I use the sparkpeople app for that on my blackberry. I love it. It keeps me accountable to everything that I put in my mouth. I have also taken my favorite recipes and figured out cal content so that way I know even what some of my favorite food had for cals. I have lost 95 pounds and have kept it off for 5 years. I love this website. I get breakdowns and if I splurge, I don't get mad at myself, I realize that I am human. When someone commits to losing weight, they should fully commit. I have tried other diets in the past, but none of them work, because they restricted what you could eat. I eat what I normally cook, I just eat a lot less. I am at 1200 cals a day and I feel great. As one of my friends put it to me a few days ago, I am the enegizer bunny. I went from a size 24 to a 10. I look great, feel great and am in better health now then I was 5 years ago. Thanks again to spark people for this website. I am truely grateful for getting my life back.
Eating low-fat food doesn't work for me at all. I didn't start losing weight until I incorporated more fat in my diet...not less. Yes, real fat has more calories, but it also keeps you satisfied so you're not hungry!
I think the log book is a good idea, I have always had success with this. I think it is a way to keep you aware of what you eat and can help with understanding your eating patterns. It can also keep you honest until you have established a routine that helps you maintain or lose the weight.
Someone mentioned earlier how keeping a log of your eating habits seems like a "diet". I have to agree. It is helpful, but it makes me feel restricted. I find that many of these tips are helpful, but they still seem like a diet to me.
I am new to all this but so far I think this spark article is on the right track. It may have some outdated stuff maybe, but over all it is good. It makes you think about all the little things we can change that help to add up to one lb lost. I hope others can learn from it as I have. Susan
As many have said, falling into the lure of "Fat Free" and "Sugar Free" can do more harm than good. That fat free mayo? Check out the sugar content. Sugar Free? Well, I've discovered (belatedly) that artificial sweeteners actually INCREASE my cravings for sweets and for food in general.
I'll agree with the "measure your foods" but it took me a VERY long time to get over the panic I felt when measuring things out.
This is not a "one size fits all" solution. I compare it to a cafeteria-style, where you pick and choose what works best for YOU and go from there.
This information is flawed, outdated and a really good way to not lose weight. The info on fats is especially inaccurate. Not all calories are created equal. Read Gary Taubes and William Davis if you want to make a life style change that will result in weight loss and improved health.
This seems pretty basic -- so basic that I've done it all, and STILL remain overweight. With all these suggestions, it is very easy to still eat more than you need ... especially if, like me, you're "a lady of a certain age."
So far, I haven't found a "lifestyle" approach to getting/staying slim that works for the long haul: if I eat what I enjoy in moderation, include plenty of fruits and veggies, cut sodas and fast foods out, eat sweets sparingly, and exercise in moderation most days of the week, the weight does NOT melt off. In fact, it either stays the same or inches up!
1/26/2012 11:00:58 AM
Is it just me or does this whole article look like a diet plan?
This article has some nice guidelines in it, but implying that the MOST successful way to lose weight is by using a log and recording everything is misleading.
For example, people who have anxiety or suffer from "all or nothing" syndrome often find that logging everything eventually triggers them to fall OFF the bandwagon. Also, what about sensible eating strategies for life? I don't know about you all, but if I'm not planning on keeping a calorie log for life, I shouldn't be using one now, according to established psych theory on the subject.
Also, get real with the fat and alcohol. I drink twice a week or so and it is a relaxing way to remind me that I am prisoner to no diet.
I've tried various strategies for controlling my weight. The ones that work best for me are pretty much the exact opposite of what experts tell us to do. For instance, I find that fats are quite satiating for me. If I eat fatty foods, they fill me up and I'm not hungry. I can literally eat cream cheese by the brick and not gain weight. By contrast, the experts keep telling us to eat low-fat carbohydrate foods. When I do that, I gain weight. It doesn't matter if the carbohydrate foods are high-fiber whole grains. I will pack on the pounds in very short order. Also, carbohydrate foods of any kind trigger cravings, and I soon want more. My best strategy has been to get the bulk of my carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, to get sufficient protein from meats, and to eat fat. One must remember, the original advice to eat a low-fat diet was based on an assumption, not research. Since that advice was given, this nation has gotten fatter.
People keep asking me what am i doing. This article is a great simple way to explain it. I love pizza and don't eat it as often as I used to but I will remember now to dab it with a napkin. I usually have a nice salad with my pizza to keep me eating less or I will eat a whole pie. I was a little concerned about the olive oil as I have read that when cooking it you have to be careful to cook it at low to medium temperatures. The other thing I think we should be careful about is the fat free foods as they sometimes have more sugar than the real stuff.
Most of the ideas are basic and good. However, I take exception to the recommendation to substitute "Lite" products for the real thing (mayo, sour cream, ice cream, chocolate, for example). I tried this once. Yuck! This backfires, leaving you with a craving. Avoid faux foods! Learn to enjoy just a little of the real thing. Hey, it worked for Julia Child.
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