Originally Posted by mamanmag
thank you very much for your reply!
I'll look into those apps you recommended and see if I can't try doing something with
the woman who was getting me through the Ideal Protein said it's the protein packs that make you loose 20 pounds a month, so without that, even with a balanced diet, I won't loose to that point (and I need to loose my weight to my 135 pounds by the end of 2014 for career reasons)
do you have any suggestions on a way to loose quickly as I change my diet as well?
I definitely understand wanting to lose the weight for your career, and it is possible to lose the weight without going to extremes. I took a glance at the Ideal Protein forums
(it's under the packaged meal systems forum), and it looks like there are a lot of people who do a do-it-yourself method also, so you will probably find a lot of help there if you really enjoyed how that system worked.
For myself, I do calorie counting, and like I mentioned in my original post I document my mental and physical changes so I can identify trigger foods. I am meticulous about my food intake about 95% of the time (there are days where I do not count, which are generally special occasions). i use a fitbit one to track all of my movement and exercise so that I can be as close to accurate as possible and make sure I'm always in a decent deficit for the day. I've been dieting for just over 17 weeks now, and I've lost over 25lbs. I chose calorie counting because I love all different types of food and didn't want to give that up. calorie Counting (Weight watchers is similar) allows me to eat the things that I like, just not in the same large quantities.
The best diet is going to be the one that fits as closely into your lifestyle as possible. That's why I mentioned making smaller lifestyle changes, things that are simple enough that you can do it 100% of the time. For me that started with cutting out soda. Once the initial 2 weeks of ickyness wore off from the withdrawal, I felt much better. Then I moved to lowering my carb intake. Then I moved to walking more often, etc. You don't want to feel restricted on your diet, otherwise it tends to build resentment, which can cause rebellion/binges.
I could go on and on about my own experiences with dieting, what's worked for me, etc. But the thing is, what works for one person may not work for another. Browse the different forums, read the stickies to see what different diets are about, and look for things that already fit your own lifestyle
Good luck! You can do this!!
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