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Old 03-12-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default What have you tried?

My mother-in-law has started seattle sutton and one of my friends is now trying accupuncture. All in the pursuit of weight loss. It really got me to thinking about how much time, effort and money I have spent over the years trying to lose weight. I have tried:

Counting Calories
Weight Watchers
Overeaters Anonymous
Jenny Craig
Richard Simmons Food Mover
Working with a Personal Trainer (high protein)
Fit for life (food combining)
Dr. Prescribed weight-loss pills
Coffee/tomato diet
Cabbage soup diet
The zone
Health seminars
Nutritionist (exchanges)

I'm sure there are many more. What have you tried??

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Old 03-12-2003, 12:08 PM   #2
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i've tried a much shorter list:

Counting Calories
Weight Watchers
Metabolife (for like, one bottle)
Nutritionist (she sucked)

sigh. counting calories is the way to go for me. =)

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302 / 179 / 170

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My weight loss from 2002-2009:
244 / 175 (lowest) / 170
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Old 03-12-2003, 12:20 PM   #3
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My family doctor gave me speed when I was in high school, although he said I didn't need to lose weight. It worked--but the side effects, wow!

In my "natural phase", I tried a local naturopath who had a vegetarian program that included tofu. I can't remember the name of it.

Purging (that landed me in the hospital)

A low carb diet--can't remember which one.

A dietician recommended by my doctor.

Weight Watchers, which is the only way I've ever lost weight.

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Old 03-12-2003, 12:41 PM   #4
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I'm probably the odd one out, but until now I've never tried to lose weight. I just didn't care before, I know it bothered me that I was overweight, but I honestly did not try to lose weight until last summer.
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Old 03-12-2003, 12:58 PM   #5
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Wink It might be easier to list what I haven't tried!

I've been "dieting" since I was about nine, so I have quite an extensive list. Since I'm getting older, though, I probably only remember half of them

Let's see . . .
Weight Watchers (three or four times)
Jenny Craig
Counting Calories
Dean Ornish
Carbohydrate Addicts Diet (CAD)
Physician's Weight Loss
12-day Diet
Grapefruit Diet
Sugar Busters
Richard Simmon's Deal-a-Meal
Richard Simmon's Food Mover
Revival Soy
Slim Fast
Cabbage Soup Diet
Diabetic Exchange

Besides Revival Soy & Slim Fast, there was another "shake" program that I did. I don't remember the name of it, but I remember throwing up the shakes

I should be the thinnest person in the world right now
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:00 PM   #6
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Weigh Down Workshop
Weight Watchers
Atkins (I still watch my carbs tho for health reasons)
Cambridge Diet
Soup Diet
Hollywood Diet
Deal-a-Meal (Richard Simmons)
Self Imposed starvation and exercise
Prescribed Diet pills (don't remember what they were my parents put me on them when I was younger)

All this never worked cuz I love EATING. I love flavors and textures. Which is why I had the lap-band surgery in December. It's working for me, cuz I can still enjoy my food.
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:08 PM   #7
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Raelynn, I'm with you. Until last January, I really didn't care what I weighed, so I never tried to lose weight.

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Old 03-12-2003, 01:32 PM   #8
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The Body Shop--sponsored through our hospital, a program for overweight kids. I think I still have the book somewhere. I was 9 or 10.

In 6th grade I received a very old Weight Watchers booklet from my counselor. All that weighing & measuring? Too much work for a 12 y/o.

Phentermine. Lost about 70#, gained back 100, am now down 42 from that.

Dietician (exchanges)

Xenadrine (blech--helped me to not eat by making me feel pukey all day, but on speed as well, )

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Old 03-12-2003, 01:34 PM   #9
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Like some of you, I'm sure I can't remember them all!

Weight Watchers (at least 8 times)
Jenny Craig
Phen Fen (thankfully only for 2 weeks)
Carb Addicts
Overeaters Anonymous
No wheat, or any kind of sugar for 6 months
Weigh Down Workshop
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Total WW loss to date: 2.6 lbs
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Old 03-12-2003, 07:14 PM   #10
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My favorite diet:
Bingers Diet, where whatever you can stuff in your face when no one is looking is free calories.
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Old 03-12-2003, 07:37 PM   #11
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weight watchers - atleast 20 times since I was about 13.
Now doing weight watchers by myself.

That's it

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Old 03-12-2003, 08:52 PM   #12
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It seems like I have always been on some diet. Mostly of my own design. My most succesful (so far) was Dr. Dean Ornish's Eat More Weigh Less. I lost 100 lbs on that but I was starving for 2 years. I have taken all the pills, I have starved myself, I have binged and purged (oh yeah when you quit and your body has to start digesting food you will be so ill!!!!). I have low fat it, low carbed it, cabbage souped it. Bleach. I am doing BFL because Bill looks at it from a whole person giving instead of taking.

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bljeghbe' chugh vaj blHegh- Klingon for Surrender or Die

Weight Jan 2006- 257 lbs
Current weight-202.8 (5'7 1/2)
Goal weight-155 lbs.
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Old 03-12-2003, 10:05 PM   #13
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I'm with Raelynn and Denise for the most part.

I tried a couple of things but never seriously, like Slim Fast and appetite supressoin pills, never for more than a day or two a piece though.

WW is the only "formal" attempt I've made, and so for me, the success has been fabulous so far, and I feel like this is something I can live with forever, not just until I'm where I want to be.
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Old 03-12-2003, 11:28 PM   #14
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Mostly, I've tried to lose weight through exercise. I've never done any formal program. I know now that exercise is only part of the deal. I have to keep my calories in range in order to lose.
Highest Weight Ever 250/Regain after attaining goal 168/Current 160/Goal 145 at 5',9"
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Old 03-13-2003, 12:23 AM   #15
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wow!!! let's see what i can remember. and folks, this list will show you all just how old i am!!!

ayds, the diet candy
thyroid supplements
WW [several times]
richard simmons
and more but i have to go to sleep now...
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Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders

start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180

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