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9/14/17 12:33 P

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I am 59 and am close to my goal weight and have been close for years, within 10 pounds to go. But, if I am not eating the proper food, real food, and eat processed junk I do not lose but will gain.

You mentioned that you spent a lot of money on the grains that Furhman sells, well, from my understanding, Furhman is a low-carb guru and limits grains to no more than 1 cup a day.

Also, don't get too hung up on the number on the scale. That only tells part of the story. In my weight loss journey, I plateaued 10 pounds above my goal weight for 1 year. Yes, 1 year, the scale would not budge no matter what i did. But, I dropped 2 jean sizes while while weighing the same weight.

Moral of the story: Don't get discouraged, keep focusing on whole food plant based and eat the lower calorie foods (veggies) first. Make sure you eat enough food, real food.

Good luck!

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8/30/17 5:54 P

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We find it amazing how great our results can be by following the suggestions of SP. Including the consumption of water. I have tried everything for 30 years and always yo-yo'd back and forth. Since Jan 1 there has been over 30 lbs lost.



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8/11/17 6:29 P

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If by any chance you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, the plant based diet may not work with your metabolism if you are eating loads of grains. If you are pre-diabetic, those grains and things like tomatoes, some onions, yams, potatoes tend to turn to sugar pretty fast and can make it quite difficult to lose.

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8/10/17 7:30 A

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Well.... you don't say how much you have to lose, but if it isn't a lot (I peeked at your Spark Page and you've got a 10-24 lbs to lose team there)-- there is no way to create a calorie deficit large enough to lose faster. Eating less and less isn't going to do it-- you'll end up messing with your metabolism (slowing it down) to counteract the lack of food.

The only way someone could lose up to 20 lbs. in 6 weeks, is if they have a lot to lose in the first place.

I don't think you mentioned whether you track your calories eaten-- I know vegetarians who are overweight; you can eat a plant-based diet, and still be overeating. Do you weigh or measure your food?

I like some of the stuff Fuhrman says, but on other stuff... not so much. He can be a little sketchy on the trustworthiness of his statements. He's a doctor and has spent years specializing in health and weight loss. But sometimes he seems to be glossing over certain facts or bending the truth, in order to bolster his own claims.

The bottom line is that a plant-based diet can be a healthy diet. So I wouldn't say it's money down the drain, especially for the foods you've purchased. And you'll get a lot of use out of the storage containers. But no, Fuhrman is not a magic bullet.

I'd agree with previous posters who said-- exercise. I lost the weight post-menopausal and it was exercise that boosted my metabolism and helped me lose. About a pound a week is a really good rate of loss, if you haven't got a lot to lose.

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8/9/17 10:10 P

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I find it amazing the results that can be created by doing the recommendations of SP, especially the correct consumption of water.



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8/3/17 10:34 P

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If you are in your fifties or older and don't have a lot to lose a pound a week is a really good rate of loss. The older you are the tougher it is to lose. I would suggest lots of strength training to increase your metabolism.

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8/3/17 1:26 P

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Four pounds in 4 weeks is marvelous... really.
Patience.

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8/3/17 12:31 P

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I've been on this diet for a month now. I wish I could say that I had lost a reasonable amount of weight on this plant-based diet, but I haven't. I've lost four pounds, whereas I'm suppose to lose a lot more weight than that according to Fuhrman's book. I've almost become obsessed with eating less and less each day because I'm not seeing the scale move. (I know I'll be told to put the scale away, but I REALLY want to lose weight.) So what the heck is the problem?

I've spent a lot of money purchasing all Dr. Furhman's books and all the extra grains, etc. to put on salads and mak various recipes, fresh produce, even the appropriate storage containers (glass, not plastic). This all cost quite a lot of money to switch over to plant-based. So here I am again this morning, having looked at the scale and almost thrown it out the window.

I'm so disapointed about this because I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I feel like I've been duped, like this is all some kind of a scam... and I know that is CRAZY thinking. Where is Dr. Fuhrman when you need him?

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