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Old 08-22-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Wow, I lost weight.

I have started using the Food Pyramid and it has worked out pretty well for me. I just count my servings and stop when I have enough of each food group.

Has anyone else here used this simple approach?

If you don't have an actual food addiction, this approach may be the way to go!
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Old 08-22-2009, 03:48 PM   #2
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good for you!! i cant do this approach because i tend to overeat if i dont have some accountability, but everyone is different. im glad you found something that works.
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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Yes, and I track on mypyramidtracker.gov. It will calculate what a serving is based on what you've eaten (not always as you'd expect!). And will adjust how many servings you need based on your weight goals. Can also track your exercise on the same site and it calculates that into your allowance.

It gives you smiley faces if you get your servings and sat fat and sodium in line too.

As you can see from my ticker, it's working for me.
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by caryesings View Post
Yes, and I track on mypyramidtracker.gov..
Interesting, I didn't know about that website, although personally I would not want to hand my health information to the govt. I've just been using the standard pyramid.

Besides limiting my servings I also only eat nutrient-rich foods now, like whole grain breads and raw vegetables. Just doing that reduced my hunger and I no longer stuff myself. I avoid addictive foods too, like chocolate.

Turns out most of my craving was due to eating nutrient-poor foods like Coca-cola, white bread and pasta, plus eating way too much carbs. 80% of my calories were carbs when it should be 40-65%. Since I restored balance to my diet I've felt better and lost fat.

I'm using a free program on my phone to track my intake, see mangia.tk, which lets me keep track on a daily basis what I eat wherever I am, but it's not strictly necessary. I can keep count of my servings on paper, too.

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Old 08-24-2009, 11:45 AM   #5
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wow anuk this is great! i feel the same way....the white carbs....just dragged me down...now i have more energy....less tired during the day as well...totally agree on this but glad you shared that you were using the food pyramid ...how r fruits working in this?
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