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I appreciate that the key point in the article is finding what will work for each of us...according to our lifestyle and personal preferences. Great food for thought! Report
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Thank you for the advice! I did learn something from the article and then went on to read more from a couple of the links. What I am understanding is that it is important to make small changes that stick. Sometimes, I get frustrated that my weight loss isn't happening as fast as I would like. But, I have lost almost 20 pounds and can now walk more than 2 miles when I work out. I have learned to eat healthier, have weaned us off of MOST processed foods, and expect to do even better when my youngest leaves for college in the fall. This article helped me see that there is no right way...only a way that fits your lifestyle. Report
This is one of the most sensible, easily comprehensible plans for formulating a healthy lifestyle. A framework, without micromanagement. Thank you! Report
As a Nurse entering the field of Wellness Coaching, I find people want to be guided in the best food choices. When my patients are given the freedom of choice without working with them to build a sample plan, they become overwhelmed. I find this to be especially true of people with chronic conditions. Newly diagnosed diabetics are a good example of this. It's so very difficult with the fad "diet" craze, to get people to make long-term lifestyle changes.
Good article.
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Great article like so many said and I can actually say I learned something from it. It is not about dieting it is about lifestyle changes something you as a person can live with. No one knows you better than you know yourself. I have found as I get older I can't eat all the foods I use to eat. So pay attention to your body research and find what will work for you to accomplish your goals. My motto: One day at a time, if I fall I get back up and try again. Report
One of the best articles I have ever read! This time around, I'm not following a particular plan (although I do incorporate some recipes or even entire meals from a VERY sensible plan I was on years ago). For the most part, I eat what I want if I really want something, but I try to compensate elsewhere and try to make sure I get enough fruits/veggies and water. I also log EVERYTHING and own those calories - no matter what. If I go over, I go over and try to do better next time. So far it's been slow going, but I FEEL so much better and I am seeing progress -it's just taking a little longer this time. Report
Great article. I wish there would be another article incorporating weight loss and people on medications that thwart weight loss.
Good common sense article. Food choices are not one size fits all. Any plan, supplement, or advice needs to be read with caution. The other information all plan should include is how to adapt it and more important - who the diet is not good for. Report
Nice article. I like that it's very straightforward and sensible without any complex ideas or calculations. I've been exploring what kind of eating plan I want for 2015 to make it my year of getting on the path to weight loss and good health (at age 45, it's about time!) so I've been really confused about eating plans. I'm a vegan and there is a whole school of thought in the vegan health world that a very low fat (less than 10% of calories) vegan diet based only on whole plant foods is the answer. But I have tried this diet in the past and it always led me to binge eating episodes. So I am now trying to make my peace with foods and find something that is more balanced. It's just as you say - the best health plan is the one you will stick to for the long term.

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Thank you for pointing out there is nothing wrong with the word "diet." I've grown so weary of reading people's comments talking about how bad that word is. Report
I agree with this article too. I wish I would have figured it out many years ago, but through trial and error, the restrictive eating plans just don't work for long. We need a variety of good, healthy, food and enjoy a treat on occasion too. I'm health driven, but enjoy some indulgent meals and treats that I wouldn't eat everyday. I'm not afraid of a hamburger, fries, nor ice cream or chocolate either, but I only have them once in awhile. I don't have a passion for junk food anymore, but I eat about 85/15 healthy foods but don't go off the deep end on the 15%. I enjoy in moderation. Report
I agree with this article and philosophy. The tools people need to lose weight or go on a diet amounts to know the portions of a serving size, the nutritional benefits of that serving size, and how that fits in to what you are eating on a daily basis. I truly feel once food is not your enemy, you can enjoy all food in reasonable portions and not feel deprived and eat in such a way to feel better about how you fuel your body. Build what you eat based on the food pyramid, allowing a bite or two of some kind of dessert and such, but be mindful what you are putting in your body and the amount. Food is too be enjoyed and life is too short to live in deprivation. I also do not believe any one food group should be eliminated unless you have a health reason to eliminate. Alone with mindful eating, get your body moving. No excuses, there are plenty of workouts that can be done from walking to chair some research. Report

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