20-Somethings - What kind of plan are you doin to lose weight?

06-11-2009, 07:26 PM
Are you following any "Diet" i.e Atkins, South beach etc etc..

what are you doing and how is it working for you?

I'm nosy:o lol

06-11-2009, 08:36 PM
I used to do South Beach. And I still to some extent follow it in a common sense way; very little white starches for example.

I used to be a very strict calorie counter but honestly it just gets me too crazy sometimes. You shouldn't have to use a teaspoon to measure out your butter every time you make toast! But now that I'd gone through that crazy calorie counting time, I pretty much know what everything I eat is. And I keep a running tally in my head all the time.

So I just try to follow the food guide we were taught in school pretty much. Fruits, veggies, protien servings the size of a deck of cards etc etc.

06-11-2009, 09:19 PM
I read about fitday.com on this site and just got around to checking it out. I was pretty skeptical about it, bc I don't think the calories on paper translate that well into what you're actually eating and that can mislead you. For instance, I had a turkey sandwich for lunch today, which you can find on fitday, but you can't really tell the computer that you made the sandwhich with 100 calorie pita, 2 slices of shaved turkey, raw spinach, and baba ganouj. I guess you can measure those things out and enter the calories, but I'm not into that level of calorie counting.

However, as a ball-parking device, it is actually really cool. You can put in all your stats, and the over view page shows you visually what you've eaten and what you've burned, if you're getting all your nutrients, and how far you are toward your weightloss goal. Definitely worth checking out :)

Iconised Ghost
06-11-2009, 09:32 PM
i'm calorie counting (yes im one of those obsessive people who makes a sandwich and enters each individual ingredient into thedailyplate.com lol), and im moving towards not just counting calories but making calories count as well (lol so cheesy), so having good fuel as well as the right amounts

06-11-2009, 09:33 PM

yeah I was a big calorie counter too but, I said screw this..I rather save myself the frustration and just eyeball stuff..like hotnewspirits said, a deck of cards for meat sizes and stuff..

Im actually on this plan called burn the fat feed the muscle..from a e-book..i think its awesome, it has worked quite well for me i must say..if anyone is interested, i can email it to you for free;)..its a $40 book..

06-11-2009, 09:34 PM
I'm a calorie counter also. I think it's the easiest thing for me. I like having control of how much I eat. It's the total opposite of my relationship with food before. It feels good. And if I want pasta, bread, or a treat, I can!

06-11-2009, 09:35 PM
I have done SB in the past with success but I over ate the "approved" foods too... LOL So now I am a Weight Watcher member. Love it!! I choose as many healthy filling foods as a can, but the points helps me with portion control and I can fit in speical events without going off plan.

I have lost over 45 lbs since Sept. 09- :carrot:

06-11-2009, 11:14 PM
i've done the low carbs but I came to the realization I love mac and cheese and calzones to much to give up. So i just calorie count and have everything in moderation. Best thing since slice bread. Ha no pun intended! Also I wear a gadget called gowear fit/ bodybugg that tells me how much calories I burn a day. So with me calorie counting and watching the calories being burnt through out the day I can know exactly how much weight I am losing for the week.

06-11-2009, 11:22 PM
I do Weight Watchers. It's pretty much just a version of Calorie Counting which won't drive me crazy. I'm one of those that would get waaaay to detailed with counting each calorie. WW points are loose enough to let me relax and enjoy my food. YMMV

06-11-2009, 11:31 PM
I'm a calorie-counter.

06-11-2009, 11:37 PM
I'm mostly following the "paleo" diet. No grains or dairy, and definitely no processed foods. I'm not trying to do it in a low carb way though; I'm eating a ton of fruit. I've been slacking lately, but I feel great when I'm on it, and I find I eat far less than I did when I was getting my carbs from grains. I noticed I was a couple of pounds down the first week, but I attribute that to loss of bloat moreso than loss of fat.

I can't do the calorie counting thing. I get obsessive. When I'm not calorie counting I lose more and I'm far less stressed. I wish it made me feel in control, but I feel less in control than when I'm not calorie counting. I think I'm a little weird. :P

06-12-2009, 12:01 AM
I'm a not too strict calorie counter. I don't use measuring cups or spoons but eye ball it. I try to stay within 1200-1500 calories everyday. I know that is a big difference so i usually only have one or two 1500 calorie days. I also workout at least 5 days a week. Alternating between 30 minutes on the eliptical and some Jillian Michael's videos which range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Been doing this for 7 weeks so far and lost 11 pounds. Oh i also try to stay far far far away from trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.

06-12-2009, 12:17 AM
I'm a very strict calorie counter. I measure everything I eat, write it down in a notebook, and enter it on fitday.com. I probably won't be able to keep up this amount of work forever, but it feels good to be in control of my food while my body learns what a 4 oz piece of chicken looks like.

06-12-2009, 01:56 AM
No, I'm not doing any special diet. Just mostly whole foods, if that counts. I also count calories and grams of fat.

06-12-2009, 02:13 AM
What works best for me is loosely counting calories. Like others I've done the super intense calorie counting so I basically eyeball everything but I keep count in my head and keep a pretty good estimate of what I'm eating.

06-12-2009, 03:06 AM
Nutrisystem and calorie counting... :) Working well so far, though I think I'm slowing down a bit from my initial wham bam weight loss. Can't complain though. :)

06-12-2009, 04:16 AM
Also doing Nutrisystem-D with my wife. We hope to see some great results soon!https://tipgnome.com/images/smile8.gif

06-12-2009, 08:00 AM
I don't have any kind of plan, I just eat less and exercise more. It works!

06-12-2009, 10:42 AM
I'm doing Weight Watchers. For some reason I can't wrap my head around calorie-counting - the "bigger numbers" get to me, but if I know I have 26 points a day, its some how easier for me to do that. It also helps me keep track of exactly how much exercise I'm doing (4 points worth as opposed to ??? calories).

06-12-2009, 11:36 AM
Weight Watchers

06-12-2009, 01:31 PM
I use balanced servings:
2 Protein
2 Starch
3-5 Vegetable
3 Fruit
2 Fat
1-2 Dairy
1 'Free Extra'

Based on Herbal Magic (with some tweaks). As long as I follow this, I'm great! Too bad weekend indulgences with social drinking gets in the way. :s

06-12-2009, 02:10 PM
I eat less and workout more. Once I started feeling better the foods I normally loved just didn't seem worth it..

I almost always allow myself whatever I am craving - but differently. I love ribs - instead of eating an entire portion to myself I share with my boyfriend. I love ice cream so instead of eating a whole thing of ben and jerry's I have a skinny cow...I hate fat free cheese so I eat a smaller portion of the real thing....etc etc

Also giving up diet coke was a HUGE thing for me. Diet coke triggered so many "snack" foods for me and also quitting smoking really helped because I know I must listen to what my body wants/needs instead of masking it with a cigarette.

06-12-2009, 02:20 PM
For anyone of those out there doing Weight Watchers, how much on average do you spend per week?? I am interested in joining as I think having a more structured plan will help with my weight loss however my budget is a little low at the moment.

06-12-2009, 02:26 PM
I joined the "at work" program so it was 180 for 17 weeks - it comes with the eTools as well (which I don't use, really).

I think you can just use the eTools for a LOT less than that, you just don't get to go to the meetings.

To be quite honest though, I never found that the meetings help me. The work environment is a little different because I know these people and its easier to open up, but I'm the youngest and everyone else has a family that they have to work around. I'm on my own. The support I've found on 3FC has done me much better than anything I've ever had experienced at the meetings, so you could probably just get the eTools and use this as your "meeting." I haven't decided if I'm going to renew the at work program in a few weeks, I was seriously considering just using my materials that I have (my point calculator and food list) and just go from there. Once you learn the system, I don't see why you need to keep paying for it as long as you have something to keep you accountable.

06-12-2009, 03:30 PM
I count calroies and use myfitnesspal.com to track them. I'm not too obsessive with measuring everything out, I just eyeball it.

06-12-2009, 03:56 PM
I attend weekly meetings at a center! I love my meeting!! :) :)

I purchase the monthly pass which is $39.95/month and includes free E-tools which can be used for online tracking and a ton of other material.

There is online only which is less I am not sure of the cost, but you don't get to go to meetings or recieve materials at the meeting.

You can check out a meeting for free right now to decided before you buy. If you like it you can pay or fees and get your week one materials right then... You recieve various material during the first 12 weeks- I think it's 12.. I am at week 20 so its been a bit since I had materials handed to me at the weigh in.

You should just go to a meeting to check it out if your interested. :)

My boyfriend splits the cost with me to help me cover it... I work parttime for min. wage and attend school fulltime right now so I don't think I could do it without his help! I just love him! :P

06-12-2009, 05:25 PM
Yeah, I think you have to find a meeting that works for you - I've heard that's a very important part. There aren't many 20-something meetings around here, so I'll admit that's probably been my downfall :)

I think eTools alone is like 13 a month.

06-12-2009, 05:37 PM
akacutie and stellarose Thanks for the advice on WW :)