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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

I tried Eat To Live, a low fat vegan diet. While not being 100% perfect, I lost twenty plus pounds fairly easily and didn’t find the lack of meat and dairy as hard as I had thought it would be. However, my cholesterol numbers jumped up dramatically and my doctor was unhappy. After a year and a half, I didn’t really want to go without meat and dairy for the rest of my life and it is extremely difficult to maintain socially in this part of the country. So, I started having meat, dairy, and oil more often. Over the next year I gained 6 of those pounds back.

Next I switched to eating a low-carb (Paleo type) diet and within two weeks my cholesterol number had dropped significantly. My doctor was happy, but the weight started back up. Now, just in the month of July 2013, I have gained close to four pounds!

What am I to do? Every diet leaves something out. I don’t want to have eliminate any food group and I don’t want to use “diet or fat-free” foods that are filled with all sorts of unnatural chemicals. Does that mean I’m left with having to cut portions, go hungry, and exercise all day long? That certainly is not me.
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    How about instead of "dieting", just trying to eat healthier choice by choice?
    Your body may be confused while you are trying all these different diets. I know you are trying to do right by your body by trying to get the weight off though. Some people lose weight more slowly than others and that is okay. As someone else mentioned, you do not have to give up everything entirely. Making healthy choices day by day will get your numbers back to where they need to be.

    Don't be too discouraged about the numbers. You can get the lbs you gained back off. It just may take a little more time this time around. I don't know how tall you are but your weight may be just right for your height. That may not stop you from wanting to lose a little bit more, but don't be too hard on yourself. The road to health is a learning process for everyone.

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    Comment edited on: 8/1/2013 7:32:11 PM
    I do feel that paleo/primal type diets are the best or at least ones that focus on eating less processed foods. But calories and carbs still count and I always have to monitor mine and restrict them plus exercise to lose weight.
    1727 days ago
    I think there is some wisdom in what you said about realizing that you don't want to go without meat and dairy for the rest of your life. Fad diets, which includes Paleo, Atkins and even Weight Watchers aren't really intended for lifelong use, and one of the core things that has always attracted me to Spark is that the site is more about a lifestyle change than just a temporary diet. You don't have to stop eating the things you love entirely, and you certainly shouldn't go hungry. There is an old part of the site which is now only accessible through the coach feature. Though I think you can also follow it independently if you know how. I went ahead and found the link for you.
    /sparkdiet.asp I hope this all helps! If you ever need any help or motivation please don't hesitate to reach out!
    1727 days ago
    The real meaning of diet is what you eat. Everyone has a diet, but it is true that some people's diets cause them to gain weight or have other difficult problems. It does make sense to have smaller portions if you are gaining weight with the portions you do have. If you eat slowly then the smaller portions will be more satisfying. Many people eat way too fast. If you make sure to drink water first when you feel hungry, you will find you don't need to eat as much. And some exercise is good for you. There are too many people in nursing homes who can no longer walk because they ate too much and didn't exercise. Then is when they regret letting themselves go since it shortens life and make life more miserable.
    1727 days ago
    You could try weight watchers, where your not forced to give up certain foods.
    1727 days ago
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