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Old 02-15-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Would everyone mind sharing what type of plan they are on? I'm doing the low-carb thing, but I don't think I'll be able to be on this long term. I'm sure I need to add more foods, maybe that would help. I am losing weight, BUT if I'm not changing my lifestyle, I'm never going to be able to maintain. I'm hoping as I lose some of this weight, I can go off some of my meds for back pain.

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Old 02-15-2008, 08:25 PM   #2
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I used to do weight watchers until I got stuck on a plateau that lasted months.

I am now on a hybrid nutrisystem alternated days with my own foods, loosely following the Zone. Overall - I guess it is low to moderate gi eating. The weight is coming off again.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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I've stopped counting.. and it feels so good. I'm trying to follow the book by Dr Gillian McKeith from the British tv show "you are what you eat" - all natural, no processed foods. Eat as much as you want. Exercise even more. I joined the Y two weeks ago.

So lots of exercise, lots of water and lots of good whole foods.

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Old 02-15-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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I'm personally just calorie counting, trying to eat foods higher in protein and such, smaller portion sizes, more vegetables.

I've personally never tried any diet plans like weight watchers, or nutrisystem. I really wanted to just do my own thing. I felt I would probably stick to it better if it wasn't someone else's plan.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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I do weight watcher point system. I enjoy it
Still trying again. Never completely quiting this journey.
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Hit my highest weight again due to pregnancy. Nursing on WW.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:40 PM   #6
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I have tried just about every plan there is. Counting calories (I still do that once in awhile), exchange plans, weight watchers, slim fast, cabbage soup, atkins, south beach, jenny craig, hypnosis tapes, hospital nutrition group, sugar busters, Overeaters anonymous. I lost weight, and gained it back. All it got me was morbid obesity.

I am doing the eat-like-a-sensible-person, veggies/fruit based, normal portions eating plan. I found this works for me. I quit eating crap and started eating healthy foods. I stopped sodas and drink lots of water. So far, so good!
Lost 103 pounds, regained 80+, taking it off again.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:05 AM   #7
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i find calorie counting to most effective for me. but ive been reading the zone diet plan and have started to dabble in that as well.

Having a bad day on a diet and giving up is liking saying "I tripped on a stair, I might as well just throw myself down the rest of them".
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Old 02-16-2008, 11:40 AM   #8
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I started off with the Southbeach diet and lost 30 pounds. I've now added calorie counting. I've got to say, calorie counting has definitely started me on the path of losing again and I love it! For the most part, I still eat Southbeach approved foods as the eating plan is extremely healthy. However, I now can have an occasional off-plan food and count it into my calorie allowance for the day....and, I still lose! Very very exciting stuff! The most important aspect to calorie counting for me is that I can do this for life. That is very important as I not only want to lose the weight, but I want to keep it off once I get to goal.
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:03 PM   #9
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HI...My food plan is "organized" calorie counting. I have a range of 1300 - 1700 calories that I follow. I include in my day - 2-4 fruits, 2 dairy (cheese counts), lean protein (most often), lots of veggies, sweet or treats every now and then, healthy fats & healthy starches. For my heart health I aim to have no more than 15 grams of sat. fat or 200 grams of cholesterol. I am really likeing this.

Like you I've been on every plan in the world. This seems to be going well. It seems livable, too.

My friend, Gretchen (who counts calories too) says...it's not a "sin" if you can count it in.

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:04 PM   #10
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Old 02-16-2008, 12:10 PM   #11
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I calorie count and try to eat mostly whole foods.

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Old 02-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #12
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Calorie counting. I tell my self that I can eat whatever I want as long as I count it...
Also, on Sat (my weigh in day) I have started not writing anything down and simply keeping a running total of calories. In my mind I believe this will help me in the long term 'cause if this is truly a lifestyle thing I need to be completely focused all of the time...or, maybe I am just a little lazy!

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Old 02-16-2008, 01:17 PM   #13
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I am trying to keep a general calorie count while eating wholesome foods. I don't calorie count very strictly, but in the past it worked so I am trying to do this again. I ate foods that I really liked and I was never hungry. I've considered weight watchers too though.

Mini-goal 1: Reach 257lbs
Mini-goal 2: Reach 222lbs
Mini-goal 3: Reach 209lbs
Mini-goal 4: Reach 199!
Mini-goal 5: Reach 179 lbs (overweight BMI category!!)
Mini-goal 6: Reach 160lbs
Final goal: Reach 145lbs

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Old 02-16-2008, 04:40 PM   #14
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Do those of you that calorie count use one of the online trackers? I've tried and ended up frustrated at having to enter all my foods. I don't have a ton of time during the day to do this, so maybe just a journal.

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Old 02-16-2008, 07:16 PM   #15
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I calorie count and keep track on fitday. It does take time but now that I've visited for about 4 months, almost everything I eat is in there and I can just go to custom foods and select it. It has work up front but gets better as you go.

One thing I've done with fitday is enter averages. For instance, one food I like is yoplait light yogurt. There are about 5 different flavors I like. Instead of entering each one, I took all 5, averaged out the calories, proteins, fats, carbs, etc. and made one entry in fitday called "yoplait light". True, I don't get exact counts on my calories, but over the course of a week it tends to average out pretty well.

I try to stick to a range of 1200-1600 calories a day, but about once a week I'll go off plan (not alot but I will go out to eat with friends) -- usually up to about 2000 calories. I've still lost weight and have found that after the 2000 calorie day I will drop weight if I've been at a standstill.
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