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3/29/14 5:47 P

If you're managing roughly a pound a week just by eating sensibly and reducing portions, then you're doing great! You still get to the same place, and you can be confident that every pound you lose is one you'll never see again, since what you're doing is quite sustainable. Keep doing it (with just slightly larger portions than now) once you reach maintenance and you should be good to go.

The 10-15 pound per week promises are not just misleading, you have to understand; without a drastic exercise program they are flat-out impossible. Think about it; your metabolism daily for an averagely active woman is about 2000 calories per day, so that right there is your maximum daily calorie deficit. If you eat NOTHING. 2000x7 = 14000 calories per week. That is just four pounds. And you don't eat nothing; the typical starvation rations allowed by diets like this seem to run around 500-800m calories daily, which means your deficit is actually going to be only 2/3 to 3/4 of the 14000, meaning about 2.5-3 pounds per week of non-water weight. That's it! That's the rock-bottom maximum of lost weight that actually matters. People can and will lose more than that initially on a plan like this, without exercise, due to loss of sodium, particularly if they're starting off very overweight or have health issues that cause excess water retention. But it's just water. And as soon as they give up and return to eating more normal foods, BAM, almost all the "lost weight" comes back, and they feel like failures, for no good reason at all!

Stick to your slow and steady. You will get there, you'll be comfortable and healthy doing it, and you will feel great.

3/29/14 3:04 P

Quite honestly I tracked religiously for the first 4 weeks then as a working mom I found it to be way too time consuming. I do not allow myself to eat any sweets and at mealtime I would only take a small portion of whatever the family eats. A typical breakfast is a piece of fruit, snack 28 almonds, grilled chicken and veggies for lunch, apple with PB2 for snack, small portion of family dinner, 1 frozen banana blended with almond milk for a sweet treat. I simply don't want to spend hours tracking food. Maybe someday I will have time for that.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,317
3/29/14 2:38 P

I took a quick peek at your Spark page, to see if you've been tracking your food.... and if you do, it doesn't seem that you're using the Spark Nutrition Tracker. I started out losing weight by just cutting out the junk food, fast food, and sugar-y, dessert type stuff (wasn't much of a soda drinker). And I lost some weight, just doing that. But I really needed to actually start tracking everything I ate and working at staying within my calorie ranges. I really needed to weigh and measure my food, and count out those pretzels or whatever, to see what a serving size really was.

And while I would have absolutely loved it if I lost 2 pounds a week.... it quickly became apparent to me that that wasn't how it was going to work for me. If you have a LOT of weight to lose, 2 lbs. a week is maybe realistic. But for the rest of us-- no. Disappointing... but the time is going to go by anyway. And I'll take a pound or half a pound (or the memorable week where I did everything "right" and lost a whopping 1/10 pound). Because over time, it all adds up. And I lost the weight and have kept it off. (Thank you, Sparkpeople.)

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3/29/14 12:23 P

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Slow and steady is always best. You are making changes to last a lifetime. And remember, the weight didn't come on over night. It won't come off that way either.

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3/29/14 12:18 P

I think MissRuth explained this current trend quite well. I really have nothing else to add to that. I belong a couple of teams on here and someone brought up the Omni Diet so I went on a website and that lists every diet that is coming down the pike. I read the outline of the food plan since some other women here on SP were talking about it. The one thing that this particular diet did not mention was "weight loss", which I thought was interesting. However, it did say that this particular food plan would "cure' what seems to be a growing trend of people who suffer from various food allergies all the way up to dementia and some forms of cancer. Well, that is a pretty strong statement and although I am not doubting the author's sincerity (I have seen this person on PBS) I do think that only if I had tried everything else and it had not worked would I consider trying some of these food plans.

I know that one of the trends is to "cure all" with food and although I am the first person to believe that eating healthy is certainly one way of staying healthy, it does not take into consideration our daily exposure to environmental toxins, air pollution as well as genetics and family history. Not to mention the fact that only a small percentage of people can actually afford some of these "exotic" foods and I think about the people who need good nutrition the most---the poor and single parent households-- and they certainly couldn't afford such a "luxurious" food plan.Where is the social responsibility in all of this? We have these rarefied individuals with shiny clean insides but living in a polluted and unjust "outside". Sometimes I think we have missed the boat in how we are to be a light to the world.


3/29/14 11:49 A

MISSRUTH I loved that answer. By day 5 I knew this type of extreme seemed wrong. I was losing 1 lb or less per week by eating smaller portions and cutting out refined sugar, soda and artificial sweeteners. I was looking for a way to change up my metabolism a bit. I guess slow and steady is best, just very frustrating.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,317
3/29/14 11:11 A

Haven't tried that particular diet. The problem with all of those types of diets, is that they are very restrictive, and are not sustainable for the long term. Yes you *may* lose weight by following their eating plan to the letter.... but you won't keep the weight off because it's not teaching you how to adjust your eating in a way that you can then keep going, for the rest of your life.

And they will often leave you feeling tired and hungry and ready to eat everything that isn't nailed down or moldy, once the week is over-- because they're not providing the nutrients your body needs. The claims they make about losing 10 pounds or 13 pounds or more-- I'm sure there's probably small print somewhere that says "results aren't typical". Or the 10 pound loss is, if you weighed over 250 or more, to begin with. And what they don't tell you is that the biggest part of whatever loss you have, is water weight only and not fat.

Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I could make up a hundred (or more) user names for myself and post glowing reviews on a website for just about anything. All that guy needed was a couple friends with some time on their hands, to make up user names and write reviews.

Spark does not condone that type of dieting. You're much better off making small changes to the types and quantities of food you eat, gradually adding more changes as you feel ready to make them. Things that you can stick to, for the rest of your life. Lifestyle changes, if you will. Switch from white bread to a whole wheat. Switch from grabbing fast food, to cooking at home in quantities where you can freeze the extras in single-serve portions, for a quick meal on a busy night. Drink more water and less Coke. Swap out the chips with your sandwich, for some carrot sticks and green pepper strips. A baked potato instead of fries. Use the Nutrition Tracker to keep track of everything you eat; stay within your calorie ranges and choose foods that will keep your carbs/ fat/ protein within the proper ranges.

3/29/14 9:53 A

I stumbled across this eating plan on Pinterest from Hub Pages by a guy named Bilaras and decided to try it. It promises and has hundreds of online comments of losing up to 10-13 pounds in one week. It is a strict day by day list of foods to eat, all fruits and vegetables and a bit of skim milk and rice on days 4-7. I have never done anything this extreme. I am on day 6 of 7 and have lost almost 5 pounds. Not thrilled with the results in comparison to 10 pounds but 5 pounds in one week has very rarely happened for me. I really want to give up on these last two days because I am so tired and hungry and not in the mood to eat nothing but veggies and rice today. :(

Anyone else ever try this plan? Were you able to keep the weight off? Did you lose what they promised by sticking it out the whole week?

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