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

3 days
18% (8244 votes)
2 weeks
29% (13066 votes)
4 weeks
21% (9438 votes)
8 weeks
12% (5348 votes)
12 weeks
7% (2975 votes)
More than 12 weeks
13% (5999 votes)
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6/29/2017 9:59:50 PM

Totally True!
I've learned that there is reduction phase, and then there is "living" phase.
Living phase involves eating healthy for life, not just to stay a certain size.
This means keeping a food journal and knowing my body's reaction to various foods.
Took me a long time to learn that.


7/31/2015 7:39:22 AM

That's why I'm not going to diet again. I have been eating healthy whole foods preferably, tracking my food and staying within calorie range for 68 days. I plan for an occasional dessert and have gone above range a handful of times. This is how I'm going to eat for the rest of my life. There will be days I will go off track but eating mindfully is a habit I've learned here on SP and is a life changer for me.


6/22/2015 7:26:27 AM

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.


11/9/2014 8:50:12 AM

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!


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.


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.


12/18/2012 10:01:49 PM

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.


11/2/2012 4:08:43 PM

BLUE48DOWN's SparkPage
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.


5/10/2012 11:28:48 AM

SLCHERIE's SparkPage
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!!


11/10/2011 8:00:06 PM

very good information


10/30/2011 8:51:23 AM

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.


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!


9/26/2011 5:18:24 PM

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.


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!!


9/26/2011 6:42:33 AM

ABBYCOCO's SparkPage
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.

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