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Old 09-13-2011, 10:51 AM   #16  
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Good old calorie counting ( 1350-1700/day) usually the lower end though unless Ive done a lot of exercise or am particularly hungry. I started out low carbin' it with the south beach diet. It works very well but once I realized I could still have my carbs and lose I started eating mostly low GI fruit and brown/ wheat, clean carbs. (which is still the overall premise of the SB diet now that I think about it.)
I workout 6-7 days per week which may seem like a lot but I almost feel like my body is programmed to move almost everyday now...

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:57 AM   #17  
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I count calories 1200 sometimes less sometimes more, just depends on the day.

My husband and I have been walking at least 30 minutes 5-6 times a week for the last couple weeks.

I drink NOTHING but water, it's been over a month since I stopped everything else.

I've developed some kind of "allergic" reaction to anything with anything resembling bread [white or wheat doesn't matter] & caffeine & dairy [not butter for some reason] & cocoa & greasy, greasy foods. I get severe migraines, so I usually only eat things like meat, vegetables & fruits.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:03 AM   #18  
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Counting calories... I usually end up with two 1300 calorie days, four 1500 calorie days, and one 1800 calorie day. I'd like to change that to five 1200-1300 calorie days per week and two 1800 calorie days (hint: weekends!!)

I've been working out 5 times a week, mostly cardio. I try to do three days for an hour, and 2 days for 30mins. I've only been doing strength training in my arms, as they're a problem area which I think I could improve. (Other problem area is stomach, but I sorta think that is a lost cause).
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:21 AM   #19  
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Counting calories, usually 1200-1400, although 90% of the time it's 1200.

I mean PURE counting calories. While I do eat healthy, if I want something considered unhealthy, I will eat it as long as it fits into that range. Yes, that includes fast food. I can't handle fast food more than once every two weeks though.

I love Wendy's chicken nuggets

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:21 AM   #20  
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Calorie counting but not too strict... whenever people ask how I've lost so much weight and what plan I'm on, I say "The Lisa Diet" because I'm really just doing my own thing here! I eat a lot of fruit, fresh veggies, yogurt, light cheeses, almonds, chicken, tuna... plus I prepare my own meals and don't rely too much on processed foods... which is hard with a 4 year old! I do eat Smart Ones at work sometimes- if I dont have time to make anything else. and TONS of water and working out at least an hour 4x or more a week. I used to use the excuse that I don't have time to go to the gym, but then I started to realize I would get home and sit down and watch TV for much more than an hour- that I could fit the gym in if I can fit TV in! So I usually do a class (because its more fun!) or I walk/run for an hour.

I decided that this time, I wasn't following any "plan". Plans didn't work for me- they never taught me how to live AFTER weight loss, and I ALWAYS gained it back plus some. I am making my own plan- learning new ways to cook for myself and my family, being more aware of the nutrition of things I eat, and having an attitude that it is about SO MUCH MORE than weight loss- this is my LIFE. And you know what? If I decide I REALLY want to go to Pizza Hut (My favorite! hehe) then we GO. Of course, I try not to make a habit of it, and I may work a little harder at the gym that night...but I will NOT deprive myself of life I still go to crab feasts, bull roasts, and other social events where food is the main event... but I am more concious now of portion sizes. So if I want to have a crabcake, I have one- just not 3...haha! I am loving it so far- I don't feel deprived at all! Be encouraged everyone- if I can do this, so can you!
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:50 AM   #21  
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I don't count calories or do a program. I eat more fruits and vegetables (most of the time I still eat junk food) than I do everything else and try to exercise 4 or 6+ hours a week. I started out not exercising so much but I realized it helps the weight loss accelerate for me. I eat until I'm full and snack a lot. It's a slower idea of losing weight (because it's trial and error) but it's worked out for me. I'm hoping because I used this way I'll keep the weight off because I'm forming habits and I like the foods I'm eating and I enjoy exercising (most of the time, I get sulky like everyone else from time to time).
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:56 PM   #22  
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I don't count calories, I learned portion control.. I prepare all of my meals. I've always been a clean eater( veggies, fruit, whole grains etc.) I'm not to much of a meat eater but I do eat it. I eat chicken, fish, lots of seafood & turkey. I drink tons of water & green tea. I workout out 5xs a week... I don't deprive myself from sweets because I'm not a big fan of snack cakes, candy bars, chips, cookies, etc. For example I may eat 3-4 oreo cookies in one day but will not want them anymore for the rest of the month. I really would have to crave something sweet in order for me to eat it.. I don't care for chocolate so I guess that's a big plus ...

I'm down to 183.8 (12lbs) and I started at 196.5 in August.. I would have been down more if I exercised like I was supposed to lol
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:06 AM   #23  
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I have had success with calorie counting in the past. You can loss weight by diet alone without exercise. But I found that exercise helps me to control my diet that much better. Because I feel I worked really hard at burning off the calories and I don't want to screw it up with over eating. I use two iPhone apps, Loseit and MyFitnessPal. Either one will work.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:56 AM   #24  
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I also calorie count and eat mostly whole foods. Although on days where I am craving other stuff, I allow myself to eat it, but I still stay within my predetermined calorie range.
I run 5 days a week, 1 day is cross training and 1 day is rest.
I lost 101 lbs. in 11.5 months.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:23 AM   #25  
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Moderation really is key! And so is timing of what you eat. I eat all the fresh vegetables and fruits around. I eat plenty of chicken breast, turkey, and fish. I stay away from white carbs at all times and eat brown carbs ( whole grain pasta, brown rice, and bran cereal) in moderation before 5pm. I stop eating after 7pm ( unless its a fruit or fresh veggie snack). I drink loads of coffee and green tea and sweeten them with splenda ( once you aquire the taste its pretty good). I dont deprive myself. I know that my diet is very healthy because it consists of low sodium ( no frozen packaged food and no processed meats), I eat healthy fats like avocados and olive oil. If i want to drink a latte at Starbucks, or if I want to get that turkey sandwich fromt he deli thats made with cheese and mayo, Ill get it. A little bad fat or a little bad sugar each day is okay, as long as its a little and as long as you make up for it in the gym.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:07 AM   #26  
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Eating 3 meals a day and training for a 10k and currently a half marathon has brought me success so far. The training includes 3 runs, 3 cross training and 3 strength training sessions a week.

I'm now following the Insanity Nutrition Guide. It's not a diet though - it's just a healthy way of eating. I eat 5 meals a day totalling in 2200 calories, but the food itself is all healthy. It's vegetables, fruits and whole grain carbs. Some of you might think 2200 is too much, but when you're exercising hard 6 days of the week your body needs the fuel!

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Old 09-15-2011, 02:29 PM   #27  
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weight watchers online and running.

i started first with running-- i bought cute running clothes and a good pair of shoes and sports bra. then, I set the goal of running a half marathon in a year. i finished couch to 5k and have fallen in love with running around the neighborhood. i'm shocked that I can now run 3 miles at a time and counting.

i was annoyed that my eating habits were keeping me from losing weight even though i was getting stronger and losing inches, so i decided to to try weight watchers online again. its been working now that i realized that weight watchers wants you to work out at least 18 points a week-- something i didn't realize the first time around. and also, i'm not afraid to use my points and am not cheating on my food log...
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:43 PM   #28  
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I guess I am going to step out of the box... I am doing Ideal Protien. Its pretty exspensive, but I am getting some AMAZING results.... So I can't/don't complain about the price.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:36 AM   #29  
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For about 6 weeks I have been very low carb, and Atkins induction for three weeks or so before that. For my goals of losing fat and gaining muscle, Dirty Carnivore is the way to go! (BTW it's pretty much meat, cheese, and eggs with spices when I want them)

And I don't work out. I play with the kids or hula hoop but have not got the time or will to do anything more formal.

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I work out about 3-5 days a week running and doing kettle bells. I recently added situps and pushups because I wanted to be able to actually do them. I eat anywhere from 1400-2000 calories a day, depending. I zig zag through the week, and this has brought be pretty great success.
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