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When dieting, how long do you usually go before losing momentum?


3 days
18% (8243 votes)
2 weeks
29% (13062 votes)
4 weeks
21% (9436 votes)
8 weeks
12% (5348 votes)
12 weeks
7% (2974 votes)
More than 12 weeks
13% (5999 votes)
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CEVIZAGACE

6/22/2015 7:26:27 AM

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It differs; there are times when I don't even manage three days, and some years ago I got to 6 months, reached my goal weight and to my disappointment felt neither healthier nor happier. After that, I've had episodes of eating well for some weeks, and getting into binges for the next few weeks.

BURNINGTHYME101

11/9/2014 8:50:12 AM

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I lost to fast the first Time. This time I'm taking it slow and hubby is joining me so I hope that this will help me stick to program. I also have made a lot of Spark Friends that have blesses me with their motivational spirit, stories and encouragement during the dark times. THANK YOU!

PUGGLEMONKEY

5/3/2013 1:55:13 PM

I lose a few pounds (1200 cal or less diet and cardio 6 days per week, strength training 4 days) and then plateau. My husband and kids eat whatever/whenever they want and gain nothing. My husband is active but no formal exercise plan, but can lose 5 pounds by skipping lunch a couple of days. I guess my kids are lucky that they take after their dad. I'm skipping desert while they are having pie or ice cream. The thing is, I have totally revamped my diet (including portion sizes) and activity level yet seem to maintain a set weight, albeit 20 pounds less than before. I maintained a 20 pound heavier weight while eating what I liked and not exercising. I sometimes wonder if 20 pounds is really worth the sacrifices.

FROGSMILE

4/22/2013 6:05:45 AM

I used to lose momentum when dieting quite quickly but now I regard my diet as lifestyle. I make minor adjustments periodically but the diet is just the "way I eat". Special events are departures from my normal diet and I don't regard them as falling off the wagon, I just enjoy the occasion.

TRACKSALL

12/18/2012 10:01:49 PM

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I've never been on a diet before - so this is all new to me - but in most activities I pursue, after a month I start losing interest. Should be interesting to see if I can be Sparked into making a lifelong change! I certainly pray so.

BLUE42DOWN

11/2/2012 4:08:43 PM

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I never really engaged in "dieting". I did decrease my portion sizes to real servings rather than 3+ and I've stuck with eating reasonable amounts for over a year now.

SLCHERIE

5/10/2012 11:28:48 AM

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I stay on track until I lose all the weight I need too, than I keep it off for 2 or 3 years, than for the next 3 or 4 years I put it slowly back on. This has been going on for the last 35 years. After I lose weight this time I am going to do my best to keep it off!!

SEPTLEFTY

11/10/2011 8:00:06 PM

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very good information

HAWKTHREE

10/30/2011 8:51:23 AM

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As a Type 2 diabetic controlling it with diet alone, I can stay within calories and be exercising and still gain weight if my carbs are within the acceptable SparkPeople range. I have to do low carbs to control weight and my sugar levels. The cravings for sweets drop and the cheating episodes are fewer.

JAJABEE1

10/27/2011 9:54:39 AM

Uh,oh! On the Today show this morning it was stated that a new study found that when checked 6 months after losing 10% of their body weight, people's hormones that cause a desire to eat INCREASE. So it's not all in our heads or about lack of willpower!

NINACNM

9/26/2011 5:18:24 PM

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I lose weight VERY slowly. On 1400 - 1600cal a day, with lots of varied activity it has taken 6 months to lose 20 pounds! I have really had to work on my head and accept that I'm in this for the long haul. I tend to stall for weeks at a time and then drop 2-3lb. NY times had a really good article about the whole decrease the cals - increase the exercise myth. It isn't always so simple. Just plug away and if there is a slip, just get back on track.

KAITIEALEXANDRA

9/26/2011 10:26:47 AM

I feel like I've been trying for months to lose the weight that seemed came on so easily this summer. It seems every week I get up and say this is the week I'll stay positive and by the end I am just stuck in a rut again! Here's to another Monday and another start!!

ABBYCOCO

9/26/2011 6:42:33 AM

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I can typically stick with any major diet change, until life comes up with a major stress, when I'll blow it for a day, and hit the simple carbs.

GALLEYGIRL_02

9/26/2011 6:07:38 AM

I get easily discouraged, so I try to stay OFF the scale! I can be doing good on my eating & exercising, and actually FEEL better physically & emotionally, but if I get on the scale and it shows only a SMALL loss, I get discouraged:( Thinking of each 1/4 lb. loss as a stick of butter helps:) so I lost 10 sticks this week! YAY! Sounds much better than 2 1/2 lbs. lol Too bad I can't take them all off my tummy!

EMINSOL

9/15/2011 8:22:05 PM

I lost 50 lbs last year on my own. I still needed to lose 50 more. I slowed down because it was Xmas and we celebrate big. Gained about 10 pounds and then got back on track, but I didn't lose alot, just that 10 pounds. I started WW the 2nd week in Jan. and I couldn't lose but @ 1 lb a week. I know this sounds cheap, but $40/month for 4 pounds is not my idea of losing. I quit WW after 5 months (only 17 pounds) and again I gained back 10 pounds. I finally started again about a month ago because I have my daughter's wedding coming up in 2 months. I would love to lose 20 pounds before then and after that another 25 lbs would be great. It is such a struggle. I read about all you ladies who have done so well. I try to get inspired, but it is so hard and I really miss having a treat. My husband is so thin and he loves me no matter what (we have been married 40 years) and sometimes I just want to be like him and eat anything! BAD GENES I guess!

I notice that I do best if I get on my recumbent bike everyday. It is pretty easy but sometimes I just get lazy.

Stay focused, I love to read your notes, I see other people like me too and we just have to get back up when we fall down.

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