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Wild Vulpix
06-24-2010, 01:44 PM
So I was just reading this old thread on 3FC and the topic boiled down to "everyone is different" and advice we use, even the most common advice, can't be universal because... we're all different!

So what makes YOU different or unique when it comes to weight loss? What common advice just doesn't work for you?



For me:
- x meals a day is NOT helpful. It just makes me think of food all day!
- Chew sugarless gum; it curbs cravings! NOT! It makes me CRAVE badly!
- I'm a proud drinker of diet soda, and happily use splenda when and if I want it :cool:
- Calorie count often means more to me than nutritional value
- "Eating healthy" translates to "low-carb diet" in my brain.
- Although I have a maximum calorie limit... I don't have a minimum.


Ciao
06-24-2010, 01:59 PM
-Same with you, sugarless/mint gum just does
NOT work with me.
-Not exercising. I can lose pounds
a day just from eating right.
-Calorie counting. I cannot count calories
to save my life.
-Eating carbs, starch, etc. They actually
HELP me lose more weight! A nice bowl of
spaghetti or a potato is just what my body needs.

Beach Patrol
06-24-2010, 02:17 PM
Low fat doesn't work for me (fat gives flavor, & is good for your brain)

Low-carb doesn't work for me (I love carbs too much!)

Increasing calories doesn't work for me.

Decreasing calories is NOT working for me! Argh!

wah. :(


CanadianCutie
06-24-2010, 02:18 PM
I'm with you two on the gum. I just end up craving.
twenty minutes of exercise a day for me. I can't have days off, or I don't want to start again, no matter how good it makes me feel to exercise.

SCraver
06-24-2010, 02:39 PM
- I have tried to cut back on my carbs, but LOW carb for me will NEVER happen.
- Sometimes doing things that make me happy and keep my moods more even are more effective in helping me lose weight than anything else.
- I hate counting calories or points. I have done both and they have helped me realize what a portion it. But trying to track it all on a daily basis makes me crazy.
- I can't take a whole "day off". I can totally ruin all my weeks hard work with one day of eating like crazy.

Shmead
06-24-2010, 02:45 PM
Artificial sweeteners do not make my insulin spike, or cause cravings.

I can never get my heart rate over 120, no matter how hard I push.

I drink less than a glass of pure water a MONTH--all Crystal Lite, tea, coffee, and diet sodas.

ncuneo
06-24-2010, 03:41 PM
Pretty much all my water has crystal light or something of that nature, I drink 100oz a day and count it all as water and this works for me.

I lose at ridiculously high calorie levels

I have a "cheat" meal pretty much every weekend (but it's generally accounted for in my calorie levels)

I generally don't gain weight durning TOM

I lose weight in batches instead of weekly (this wasn't the case in the begining)

I love having a balanced diet that has the right kind of carbs (whole grains, fruit, beans, etc.)

Gum does work for me

mandalinn82
06-24-2010, 03:59 PM
I eat dessert, every night, right before bed. Pretty sure that breaks a TON of rules (no eating before bed, don't eat dessert, etc) but it works for me. Otherwise I feel deprived.

I don't really do portion control at home. I mean, sure, my portions of high calorie items (whole grains, fats, proteins) are controlled. But when I eat, I eat GIGANTIC PLATES OF FOOD. It's just all vegetable, and therefore calorie controlled. I like to be full.

If calorie counting calculators were accurate, I would have dropped to a negative weight about a year ago. Seriously, my body just doesn't burn a lot. I had to make peace with that.

I have no foods that I love, but have decided to never eat again. I still eat, on a special occasion, sweet baked goods that are hugely caloric and spike my blood sugar. Ideal? Absolutely not. But I would never, ever choose to give up those rare indulgences (especially cupcakes, which I am fascinated with and try at bakeries all around the country), no matter how bad they are for me.

Gum doesn't help me with cravings, but it does help me during exercise. I am usually working fast and furious, with no time to grab a drink, and my mouth will end up parched during a workout. Chewing sugar free gum keeps it moist. I hydrate before and after, but not generally during. I go through a TON of gum because I chew a stick or two per workout, and that's 8-10x a week!

caryesings
06-24-2010, 04:12 PM
I think I'm pretty unique with my weigh in strategy, i.e. not getting on a scale at all for the first 72 days and no more than once a month since then.

This seems to be the area that is rejected whenever someone asks me how I've lost the weight. Calorie counting? "Check" . Logging food and exercise? "Check". Exercise at least 6 hours a week? I lose some folks on this one. Don't get on the scale more than once a month? "Are you insane????".

motivated chickie
06-24-2010, 04:45 PM
I do some things that I've never or rarely heard talked about on the board before.

1) I only eat 2 meals per day. And on rare occasions, one meal. I like to pack it in and forget about it. I don't feel hungry, dizzy or hypoglycemic from it.

2) I rarely drink water & exist on caffeinated beverages. This is not a habit that I like or I am proud of, but I've lost weight fine.

3) I have binge eating disorder. My binges are extremely high calorie (2,000-3,000 cal), but my body has adapted to the overeating. I can burn off a 3,000 calorie binge in a few days. That can be bad because I rationalize a mega binge by saying that it doesn't matter, I can burn it off really fast.

4) I'm a veggie addict. If a meal doesn't include heaping servings of multiple vegetables, I am not happy.

5) I drink alcohol and don't worry about it. I lose weight fine doing that, but I usually couple alcohol with a couple of hours of dancing.

I guess those are some of my unique characteristics. I'm glad to see I'm not the only non-water drinker out there. :)

ninepaw
06-24-2010, 05:00 PM
Oooh, this is fun! :D

1. I hate counting calories. I find it cumbersom to thik about constantly, and I just flat out refuse to deal with it. I've gained a realistic perspective on portion sizing, so I'm just not eating as much.

2. TOM is not something that really seems to affect my weight. I can get through just fine and still come out of that week down a pound or two, or at least exactly the same.

3. I don't think I will ever switch to things like natural peanut butter and the like. Artificial sweeteners, whatever.... I'm more focused on other aspects of my diet than that. :)

4. I am one of the daily weighers. I know so many people on here have discovered it frustrating and discouraging, but I am quite the opposite. It gives me more drive. I start my day off with whatever number I'm at, and it's on my mind in some way for the rest of the day, fuelling my decisions. I love it!

5. I probably indulge in something I shouldn't a couple times a week, and that works for me. I have yet to truly feel deprived, and it hasn't sent me over the edge into a crazy eating tailspin. I just have whatever it is, and get on with my life and my weight loss.

All of this just reinforces that what works for one, may not work for another. Fantastic!

Rochester
06-24-2010, 05:21 PM
1. I hate diet plans. I cannot stand the thought of someone telling me what I can and cannot eat. Just reading the lists of forbidden foods drives me batty, and trying to think of food as points just seems weirdly wrong.

2. I am obsessively organized about my whole process - I plan meals for the week, I calorie count religiously, I create spreadsheets for weight loss, I log all of my exercise.

3. My best method for losing weight is getting rid of all grains. My body loathes carbs, and will only tolerate a reasonable amount of fruits & veggies.

4. I can eat high fat foods - cheese, bacon, red meat, 4% cottage cheese - and still lose (and not have a problem with my cholesterol).

5. I refuse to eat "diet food" - Lean Cuisine, meal replacement bars, Crystal Light. I want to eat real food not chemicals. My focus is on health, not weight loss.

jenjen
06-24-2010, 06:42 PM
1. I consider myself a calorie counter, but I don't keep an log or journal of what I eat each day. I keep a running total in my head.

2. I hate on-line calorie counters (for the most part). Give me a book so I can look it up.

3. I rarely eat breakfast. It's all I can do to get myself out of bed.

4. I eat 2 meals a day with an evening snack. I've tried the 5-6 small meals a day & just can't do it. I tend to over-eat.

5. No food is off limits as long as I budget for it. I may put off eating it and then decide I don't want it. It's refreshing to know if I want a piece of cake and I have budgeted for it that I can enjoy it.

Elladorine
06-24-2010, 07:45 PM
Calorie-counting makes me stressed and obsessive. Being stressed and obsessive makes me go overboard on cutting back on food even when I know better, so instead I just watch what kind of food I have and the portions. This doesn't mean I completely avoid calorie content, but it does mean I have to trust myself to be aware of and watch what I eat without having to obsess over tracking every little crumb.

I absolutely can't have aspartame (the artificial sweetener), although I can have sucralose in small amounts. But for the most part I try to avoid chemicals in general, which severely limits what I can have to drink. I mostly stick with water and plain tea. And as for juices, I keep them limited but allow myself grapefruit juice and either pure cranberry juice (not cocktail, that's way too sugary) or "lite" cranberry juice sweetened with sucralose (not "diet," as it has aspartame added to it). And don't even get me started on on all the sodas either pumped full of HFCS or aspartame and thus have to avoid . . .

I can't have any seafood due to an allergy I acquired in my late teens. This is very disappointing as it cuts out many healthy options I used to be able to enjoy.

sweetnlow28
06-24-2010, 08:46 PM
This thread is fun. It makes me feel better because no one is perfect and we all have our diet "quirks" ;)

I am a proud user of Splenda and go through a large bag of it every month or so.

Crystal Light is my friend, I am not a fan of water, especially our nasty city water.

I eat a tiny breakfast so I can have 300 calories of popcorn, cheese and a hot cocoa made with splenda every night without fail.

Gum has never worked for me. Its like a tease because its not real food

I can't do "cheat days" because I would easily eat 5000 calories :o if left to my own devices

I have been known to strip naked and step on the scale five times if I see a number I think is wrong....Like that tee shirt weighed two pounds LOL

LisaMarie71
06-24-2010, 08:55 PM
I like reading these!

For me, what makes me unique (especially on this board) is that I will never (and I repeat, NEVER) give up any particular kind of food for good. Well, besides meat. I gave that up in January but it has nothing to do with weight loss, and it was absolutely no problem to give it up.

The only thing that has ever worked for me is calorie counting/portion control. If I can't eat whatever I want and just control the calorie count, I won't stick to it. No way. Tell me not to eat sugar and I'll swallow a bucket of it.

And guess what, folks? You CAN still eat sugar and lose weight. 110 pounds of it, in fact. I ate tons of sugar while losing all that weight a few years back (and no, sugar isn't what put it back on -- the massive quantity of food I ate when I was pregnant did that). Is eating sugar the healthiest thing to do? Of course not. We should all eat only whole foods that have been around since caveman times, but I bet cavemen would've eaten birthday cake if someone had known how to make it! :lol:

Aclai4067
06-24-2010, 09:06 PM
- I HAVE to exercise. My weight loss slows to a crawl and eventually a hault without it.

- I don't care about carbs AT ALL. I don't even know how many carbs is a lot or a little, and that doesn't bother me at all.

- I think counting points is easier than counting calories. Even though you have to calculate points and the calories are right on the box. Because points encompass a range, I can relax more. I would be too anal if I counted calories (what if I estimate off by 5!!!!)

- I have to track. Somehow going off plan doesn't count if I don't write it down.

- I weigh myself daily but it only counts on Saturday.

- Snacking is bad for me. It doesn't fill me up and then leaves me with too few points for my meal.

- I hate artifical sweeteners, and therefore, Diet soda and Crystal Light. I can drink over half my days points away if I'm not careful (mmm... regular soda, orange juice, and alcohol!)

- I binge eat, so I have to be very careful what I keep in the house.

dcapulet
06-24-2010, 09:40 PM
Cheat days throw me off

Over-thinking meals make me more hungry

If I must skip breakfast, I can do so without overeating later in the day

saef
06-24-2010, 09:44 PM
- At my very lowest weight, I used to eat three huge thick crumbling slices of my own home-made whole wheat bread every day. (Two in the morning, one with my lunch -- and the latter substituted for protein!!!) I baked every few weekends & froze whole loaves. To this day, I do eat bread. No gluten issues here. No carb fear & loathing, either. But I am **extremely** particular about it & even bread at better restaurants doesn't usually make the cut. (How picky am I? There are about five bakeries in all of Manhattan whose bread I'll even bother with, and the only cellophane package wrapped bread I'll eat is the Ezekiel brand. Yeah, call me Bread B**tch.)

- I am capable of bingeing on sugarfree gum, chewing my way through two whole packs in a matter of hours. The flavor is best after the first few chews. Unfortunately, sugarfree gum in that quantity gives me gas & diarrhea, so I try NEVER to do this when I'm going to be out in public.

- Splenda is my friend. I'll even use Equal. But I prefer Splenda.

- I do not count calories, but I do look them up on new things & I am vaguely mindful of them. I do so much home-made cooking & so many things are stews & soups & etc. that I found estimating them always maddening.

- I cannot lose much weight by dieting alone. I also have to be active. This is probably because I have a sedentary job & most of my hobbies are sedentary.

- I have lost over 100 pounds before, in my early 30s, during which time I developed anorexia & then binge eating disorder. This time around, when I resolved to lose weight, everything I did revolved around doing it for health, rather than vanity, and for me this meant not counting a lot, not being rigid, not being uptight, not being obsessive. I did that before: I obsessively restricted, counted, recorded, filled massive amounts of little notebooks with numbers in tiny pinched handwriting. Everything I did this time around was part of an effort to counter that perfectionistic, and ultimately imprisoning, tendency in myself. I wanted this time to be long slow & easygoing & more natural. And to be athletic because I liked it. Thus, I am always vaguely freaked out by anyone who posts & says they're going out for something Xtreme -- it calls to something dangerous & unhealthy inside of me.

StephanieM
06-24-2010, 10:52 PM
I cannot for the life of me log stuff down, but I always know what I ate and the calorie amounts, and I know what I weigh every day. I have to do a mental tally so I know I'm actually living the lifestyle I've chosen, but I will never write it down.

I'll try for a few days, but it'll never stick for more than a week. I'm the same way with my fitness blog, once a month!

Chewing gum just makes me wish I had food in my mouth I could swallow.

I'm very conceited about how my body's changing. I'm not suffering the self image issues some of the losers feel as their body changes, I feel great.

Natalia
06-24-2010, 11:32 PM
Fun Thread!!

- I hate water, but can force myself to consume it if it's mixed with Crystal Lite or as Coke Zero. I cannot drink fast so tend to sip throughout the day.

- If I don't keep a close eye on carbs (mostly grains and sugars) then I have to cut calories to drastic measures to lose weight. The weight comes off far easier in less time watching my grains and sugars.

- it's easier for me to say NO to sugar than to have some. Once I have some of it, I require more.

- Splenda and aspartame do not make me crave; I can wolf it down happily until the cows come home. And as for the chemicals, I'm hoping to be so full of preservatives I'll live to be 150! LOL

-Not big on gum but it doesn't seem to trigger anything for me

- I enjoy entering my food on 3FC but I hate the logging software like dailyplate and fitday. It's just a huge hassle and PITA for me and has me thinking about food too much.

- I only weigh about once a month, as everytime I have failed in the past was from demotivation from not seeing the scale move . I refuse to give it power or define my success. I will weigh periodically, as an informational tool, nothing more. Because of this, I have noticed a big change in my attitude regarding weight loss and being on plan.

Wild Vulpix
06-25-2010, 12:07 AM
Some more:

- I HAVE to weigh in every day. If I decide to weigh in once a week or once a month, I always overestimate how much I've lost and am always disappointed when I get the real numbers. If I weigh in daily, then I don't focus on it so much.

- I have to weigh myself (fully clothed) before I go to bed... I then use that weight and gamble on how much I think I'll weigh in the morning. By weighing at night, I can usually guess if the scale will be higher than I want it to in the morning, so when I DO weigh in in the morning, the number won't ruin my day because I already pretty much know what it is.

- I'm another not-water drinker :) I've tried so hard to get in my water in the past... and failed. Yellow pee for me!

- I do not believe in "starvation mode." At least not how it's described on weight loss forums.

- Reading threads on 3FC and browsing the board makes me feel like I'm losing weight faster :lol: I really should spend less time reading and browsing, and more time doing some cardio... Oh well :D

JustImagine
06-25-2010, 01:00 AM
I absolutely hate diet plans, they drive me insane.

I am possibly the most picky eater any dietitian has come across.

I drink too much water, and I drink water when I feel like I'm snack craving my pee by the end of the day is as clear as water.

I forget to eat all day long when beginning a diet then run to the kitchen every hour or so once 10 p.m. hits.

I hate weighing myself it makes me obsessive, yet I do it a lot.

If I begin going to the gym every day, I cannot skip a day or else I will begin skipping all the time.

I am horrible at logging what I do, I can't remember, so I refuse to.

I hate taking before/after pictures.

At my weight(I also smoke) I should have high cholesterol and other health related problems. I have perfect levels of cholesterol, health and my bad cholesterol is even lower than what it should be. It puts my doctors in a frenzy.

ninepaw
06-25-2010, 01:36 AM
Some more for me!

- I refuse to write down and track my food in any way other than mental estimations, but I keep my weight and exercise recorded daily on a spreadsheet.

- I can chew gum and not go crazy. In fact, when I get particularly snacky and nothing seems to satisfy me, I get a stick of gum and start chewing in the most obnoxious way I can possibly manage to. Works almost every time!

- I have at LEAST four different places that I'm using to keep myself on track mentally - 3FC, A blog, My Spreadsheet, and a Journal. That journal is also where I'm keeping track of my measurements every 2 weeks or so.I like keeping myself accountable.

asharksrevenge
06-25-2010, 02:15 AM
Here's mine:

I love carbs, and like another poster mentioned, I have no idea if my level is high or not because I could care less.

I don't buy into the idea that as a vegetarian, I am not getting enough protein. I probably get too much, if it is possible.

I don't use weights because I am genuinely too lazy. I work out six days a week for an hour and have a couple of work out DVDs, but I can't stand the weights.

Gum only hurts me too. So do preplanned binge days masquerading as cheat days.

I am incredibly competitive. If I have someone to work against, I will win. Without that motivation, I feel a little lost.

I never stretch. I know I am supposed to to prevent injury, to warm up the body and to increase flexibility. But I don't do it. Chalk another one up to laziness.

I am no longer afraid of trying new physical adventures, even if there is a chance it will hurt, I'll be out of breath or I won't be able to get through it. Today, for the first time, I went kayaking. I wouldn't have wanted or been able to do it three months ago.

Rochester
06-25-2010, 07:35 AM
Reading threads on 3FC and browsing the board makes me feel like I'm losing weight faster :lol: I really should spend less time reading and browsing, and more time doing some cardio... Oh well :D

:rofl: I so totally relate to this!


I am incredibly competitive. If I have someone to work against, I will win. Without that motivation, I feel a little lost.

If I don't have someone to compete against, then I at least need something. The whole idea of "I have to go to the gym and exercise for 45 minutes because I'm fat" does nothing for me. I have to have very precise measurable goals. This is why I'm loving the Couch to 5K program because every week I'm moving ahead in a way that is a very obvious progression. I also have to set specific weight goals. If I don't achieve that goal, it's ok. But if I don't have that goal to work towards I get lazy.

losermom
06-25-2010, 08:03 AM
Yeah, call me Bread B**tch.)

- Splenda is my friend. I'll even use Equal. But I prefer Splenda.

- I do not count calories, but I do look them up on new things & I am vaguely mindful of them. I do so much home-made cooking & so many things are stews & soups & etc. that I found estimating them always maddening.


I became absolutely obsessed with finding the "perfect 100% whole wheat bread" recipe this winter! I found a couple. :p And I eat it almost everyday, toasted with real butter.

Bring on the artificial sweetners! My latest fav is stevia. I add it to my steel cut oatmeal every morning along with ground flax seed and bananas.

I did count calories for a couple of months while I was losing weight, but stopped when I started to drive myself crazy with it--I was starting to restrict too much. Now I am just mindful of what and how much I eat. I do sometimes calculate calories for some of my homemade cooking, especially if I eat it often. I kind of keep a mental tally of calories in my head while trying to really listen to my hunger.

Here's mine:

I love carbs, and like another poster mentioned, I have no idea if my level is high or not because I could care less.

I never stretch. I know I am supposed to to prevent injury, to warm up the body and to increase flexibility. But I don't do it. Chalk another one up to laziness.


Obviously I LOVE carbs! What with my homemade bread and oatmeal. I have swapped out white for brown in most cases though. But I do have a hard time with whole-wheat pasta. My family likes it, but I still prefer the white stuff.

Another non-stretcher here. I'm naturally pretty flexible. I can easily touch the floor with my palms.

Here's my biggie:

Excessive water makes me constipated.:o I drink 80+ oz of the stuff daily and crave it. DD22 has the same issues. I have to take a psyllium husk supplement to get things moving and grooving down there.

TJFitnessDiva
06-25-2010, 08:38 AM
A few of mine ;)

-I have to track everything by either counting points or calories, my "eye balling" is way off with portions lol

-I chew sf gum a lot! I think of it as a pacifier. The need to chew is there even if I'm not hungry.

-exercise is a must for me. When I was losing, at first I had that temporary gain but for the rest of my WL it was smooth going down.

- I graze....all day long lol if I don't have gum in my mouth & it's not meal time you can catch me snacking on a serving of raw veggies. I can make that serving last all day ;)

- I can not keep any sugary snacks like little debbies in the house or I'll binge. I can do this & not feel guilty about depriving my kids or DH too lol I have no remorse about making everyone eat healthy at home!