100 lb. Club - Diet plans

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02-15-2008, 09:11 PM
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.

Thanks everyone,

02-15-2008, 09:25 PM
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.

02-15-2008, 09:51 PM
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.

02-15-2008, 09:53 PM
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. :)

02-16-2008, 12:17 AM
I do weight watcher point system. I enjoy it

02-16-2008, 12:40 AM
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!

math puppy
02-16-2008, 05:05 AM
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. :)

02-16-2008, 12:40 PM
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.

02-16-2008, 01:03 PM
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.

02-16-2008, 01:04 PM
Calorie counting all the way, baby! :D

02-16-2008, 01:10 PM
I calorie count and try to eat mostly whole foods.

02-16-2008, 01:30 PM
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!

02-16-2008, 02:17 PM
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.

02-16-2008, 05:40 PM
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.


02-16-2008, 08:16 PM
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.

02-16-2008, 09:04 PM
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.


I too count calories. It is without a doubt the only way for me to set portion limits and hold myself accountable. Eating healthy foods never worked for me ALONE, I needed the combination of the healthy foods + the calorie counting. Healthy foods have calories too! Also, with calorie counting I get to have occasional splurges without "going off my diet". I just plan for it in advance. It is something I can do for life

Anyway, I know it can be a bit time consuming, especially in the beginning, but it is time well spent. VERY WELL SPENT. Losing weight does involve some work afterall.

I eat so many of the same foods that I already know the calorie counts for most of them, so that's where it gets easier. I know how many calories my breakfast is, my lunch, my dinner and my snacks.

A journal is absolutely fine, by the way. However you do it is fine. Just do it!!! Gosh, I simply can't contain my love of calorie counting, can I? ;)

02-16-2008, 09:55 PM
I don't use an online calorie counter - holy cow do people really have time for that? I simply use my best judgement (if it is not obvious) and ALWAYS round up!

Good luck to you!

02-16-2008, 10:01 PM
I'm using WW Flex -- I LOVE points. But I keep an eye on calories and fat content as well. I've been following the You: On a Diet advice from Dr. Oz and the Beck Diet Solution to help change my behavioral patterns.

Most importantly of all, for me -- exercise. I alternate between Turbo Jam and a number of Yoga programs almost every day of the week.

02-16-2008, 10:14 PM
Wow, all you calorie counters! I guess I'll turn to that when I plateau. It's too much work right now. ;)

For me, I'm doing a South Beach kind of thing because it's the foods I like and it makes sense and that's kind of how I was eating before I thoroughly committed to this. I'm trying to eat whole foods, as few processed foods as possible, and if they are processed, high in protein. So I'm doing a lot of fresh vegetables, a ton of beans, dairy (yogurt, ricotta), nuts, soups, eggs.

02-16-2008, 11:24 PM
my own form of low carb with portion control on the latter part of the diet but still strict on the carb.

02-17-2008, 12:03 AM
I've been doing Southbeach for over a year and my weight loss had stalled. I guess I just didn't really know how much I was eating each day. Believe me, I had no trouble overeating on the healthy foods! Now that I'm tracking calories, my weight loss has started to steadily decline. I don't like spending the necessary time to get up and going on Fitday or the other sites, so I open my own excel spreadsheet each day and I use the calorie book that I bought at Wal-mart. For those of you who aren't tracking your points or your calories and your weight loss has slowed down or stopped completely, I encourage you to try for just two or three days. You might be amazed at how many calories you're consuming each day....even if you are eating healthy.

02-17-2008, 12:06 PM
I count my calories and I exercise 6 days a week. :)

02-17-2008, 08:08 PM
I tried Atkins once, dropped 35 lbs., ate a cookie and gained back 50 :D

Now I'm taking bits & pieces from all the plans that I like, and modifying it to suit me

Basically it's :

* Eat Breakfast! Include some lean protein
* Eat Regular Portion Sizes
* Schedule snacks (during day for me)
* NO snacks after kitchen closes @ 8pm
* When going out to dinner, it's not a free-for-all to see how much I can get for my $$$. I get a container right away and box up half to have for lunch the next day.
* Special days are just that - DAY - not a weeklong blitz
* forgive myself - not tooooo easily -- for slip ups, and get back on track the next MEAL, not the next day or week.
* hardest one so far is to incorporate more movement - but I'm workin' on it!
* Stay as close to "real" food as possible

02-17-2008, 09:22 PM
I am a calorie counter. Its been working well for me. Like trazey I did Atkins, I also tried the Fat Smash Diet. I am much happier counting calories and doing my best to eat healthy. Something that I have learned from yo yo dieting is that I am someone that cannot eat white bread, white potatoes or white rice (even though I do eat white rice every once in a while). I track my calories on the prevention websites health tracker.

02-18-2008, 12:48 PM
I've pretty much done about all of them in the past too.

My plan—plan my meals, plan my exercise and follow the plan. :) I write out dinners a week at a time. I choose from the same things for breakfast—slimfast shake, oatmeal and toast, grapefruit and toast, egg substitute omelet. Lunches are pretty much soup and sandwich right now. I may bring leftovers every now and then or opt for something else. When sandwiches start to bore me I'll find something else. Dinners are still what I've always had, I just watch my portions.
I also have plenty of snacks at the ready—100 cal. snack packs, yogurt, fruit, veggies, etc.
I don't count calories because I don't want to get caught up in the numbers. If I'm having a craving or wanting something that I know is higher in calories/fat. I will log my food for the day into fitday and see where I'm at. I know most days I'm well under 1800 and usually between 1200-1500. I'll do this until I stop losing and then move on to something else.

02-23-2008, 08:55 PM
Thanks for all of the advice!!!!!!