Dieting, Anyone?

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  1. Mal Campbell

    Mal Campbell Well-Known Member
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    Well, it seems like I've been on a diet my entire adult life. I've done pretty good staying at a healthy weight, but it does tend to go up and down. Especially now that I've gotten older. Last year I slipped real bad and gained about 30-40 pounds, so once again, I'm on the diet roller coaster, going down thankfully. I've lost 25 pounds, and would like to lose another 20-30. I've found good old fashioned "counting calories" and watching portion sizes to work best for me. I'm also cutting back snacking - which is really, really, really hard - can you hear that chocolate cake calling me??

    Anybody else struggling with this? Tell me about your successes and set-backs.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    I lost forty pounds in a month on NutriSystem. Then the amount of weight loss slows considerably, and the food gets boring, I start cheating, and it no longer works. I did well on Atkins (the old Atkins diet), then I went off of it over Thanksgiving and Christmas and, even without cheating, it didn't seem to work anymore when I went back on it. Not so dramatically, but I can lose weight, and certainly keep from gaining more, when I eat soup at least six days a week, with normal food on Saturdays.
     
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    Ken I also eat soup to help control my weight, and I find it easier to just eat soup than always looking for something for dinner. Do you make your soup or are you eating soup out of a can? I make my own soup with lots of vegetables and what is in the refrig.
     
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    I used to be relatively normal sized - up until two years ago I was bike riding 11 miles a day and 33 on weekends... then I ripped a tendon in my ankle, but didn't quite know what it was... Went to the doctor, who told me I had gout... gave me pills to take... which did nothing, obviously since I didn't have gout...

    It took me a year to find a foot specialist who knew what it was right away... For a year, my "doctor" kept telling me it was gout and to keep taking the pills which did nothing... even when my tests showed I didn't have gout... by that point I had permanently damaged my foot and ankle and had become disabled because of their misdiagnosis.... I've been trying to find a lawyer to sue the doc for medical malpractice, but so far none of em wanna take it... not enough money in it for em...

    I haven't been able to ride my bike since, and can barely walk a block... gained about 50 pounds and am struggling to get rid of it... ughhh
     
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  5. Ken Anderson

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    I make my own, and it's kind of fun. I'll make a very large pot of soup, refrigerating what I don't eat. It actually tastes better the second day, and I'm not generally fond of leftovers. I've made all sorts of soup. Sometimes I'll start out with some sort of a plan, or recipe, but I abandon that pretty early on. Within reason, of course, it doesn't seem that I have to control the amount that I eat so much if I'm eating soup.
     
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    My apologies, somehow I ended up ranting and raving! Back to the topic... Yep, I'm always dieting! :)
     
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    I see people all the time go on these crazy diets that simply do not work. What it comes down to is the calories like you said. You can literally eat anything you want and as long as you don't eat over your daily limit of calories you will not gain a single pound. At one point in my life I was very heavy and decided I needed to change. I was tired of being overweight. I began to count my calories and exercise and it did wonders for me. Some days it is still tough to not over eat but for the most part I do very good and have kept the weight off for quite some time.
     
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    I know it sounds counter intuitive, but when I raise the amount of certain fats and oils in my diet my hunger and weight both go down. This includes things like olive oil, coconut oil, etc. Even butter has the effect of killing hunger for a lot longer than any carbohydrates. A new trend now is to put butter into coffee which I found to be pretty tasty and can use it to go a whole day without a meal if necessary. I'm not recommending that, but I have lost weight doing it.
     
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    I'm more concerned about having a nutritionally balanced diet than counting calories. I know I will be more resistent to disease and less prone to tiredness if my diet has all the right nutritional elements. This means that I don't want to consume 'empty calories' in cakes, cookies or candies and would rather eat fruit, vegetables, proteins and the sort of fats and carbohydrates that are necessary for me to stay in good health.
     
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    I am really, really discouraged about trying to lose weight. Especially in the last few years, my metabolism seems to have slow down to almost nothing. Back in 2012, I counted calories (about 1,100 a day) and I was able to lose 1.5 pounds per week. So a couple of years later, I tried to do the same thing and NOTHING happened. I increased my exercise, still nothing. Last summer I was able to lose 14 pounds but have gained about half back already. To make a long story short, one of my indoor cats got fleas so I spent the ENTIRE summer sweeping floors, mopping floors, vacuuming upholstery, laundry, etc. Once I stopped doing that in the fall, the weight loss stopped. Right now, I have no idea what else to do to try to get the scale to move again except to repeat what I did last summer. I just cannot get motivated to do nothing but vacuum for 3 months again in order to get the scale to move. Life is short, I don't think I want to spend the rest of my life vacuuming and do nothing but that.
     
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    I've been dieting several years but last got semi-serious about it.. Since last September I've lost forty-four pounds. I'm hoping to lose a few more pounds.I'm no longer counting calories but i do have a sense of the calorie content of many foods. I'm just backing away from the table sooner. What works for me won't necessarily work for any one else. Worker works is the way I'd goat it.
    I going to try to lose weight and will weigh in weekly, I guess on Saturday mornings and will record it somewhere on this dieting forum. I hope some of you will join me. Or I can join you in losing a few pounds.
     
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    I am never successful in dieting because hunger gets me all the time. With the help of my colleagues in the office, we launched the so called cracker challenge where lunch is crackers only. I lost some pound with that but it's too difficult to maintain that lifestyle particularly when I am invited to a lunch meeting (usually held in a restaurant). My only way now to lose weight is to eat little but when the food is good it is so hard to abide by that, hahahaaah.
     
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    My diet is to eat less and to back away from the table rather than keep eating. Once in a while I skip the evening meal but I usually have fruit or a small bowl of soup in the evening.
     
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    :oops:That's what I got to learn is to push away from the table. Doctor's order's loose 6 pounds when I go see her in Feb. and luckily it's towards the later part of the month! Wish me luck for the doctor's visit!:rolleyes:
     
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    Dieting, well.......no! We still eat pizza, fries, burgers, hot dogs and the such, but definitely watch our sugar intake. We are both Diabetic II and now only buy No Sugar Added canned fruit, Sugar Free flavored coffee creamer, Splenda in coffee and over real fruit. No cakes, very little-to-no candy at Easter, Christmas or Valentines Day, same goes for cookies.

    I knew a lady, back in the later 80's, that went thru Nutri-System and lost 35 pounds. Only problem was, a family crisis happened, she got emotional and gained it all back.

    Funny thing is, there are people in Hollywood who have the finances to lose weight and haven't. Don't know how Tom Hanks looks now, but I have seen him when he was "puggy" looking. Same goes for Alec Baldwin.

    Unfortunately, gaining weight and having a hard time losing it, just seems to go along with age. I was pretty skinny up until I turned 50 and then the weight started coming and not leaving. A supervisor I had back then, pointed it out to me. I thought, "thanks dude!" (saying that to myself, very sarcastically). I'm 6'1" and weigh 232. I don't lose and don't gain over that.
    Heck, I remember, when I was in my 40's, wearing a man's size 26 Slim Fit Wrangler jeans. Of course, back then I was working full-time in a warehouse, square dancing and had a horse.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh, that's a pretty nice comment, hahahaaah. That lifestyle of eating what you want is the life most people dream. As what my husband would always say, let's enjoy life and as long as we do not indulge in anthing destructive (to our body) then it is all right as long as you do it moderately - that goes with food, activities, lifestyle. But speaking of weight gain, that seems to be the problem of the majority so maybe we can live with that.
     
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  17. Martin Alonzo

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    A few years ago I was 240 lbs. and like a lot of others I was on that roller coaster loss 10 lbs. and gain 20 lbs. I went on all kinds of different diets they all work so so and then the munches would set in and I would say I am only eating a little. After I became knowledgeable on what caused it I stay away from the foods that were destroying my digestion system [gluten] and also foods that were unhealthy [oils processed meats] and then the weight just fell off I found myself eating less because I was full and did not want more. I was still enjoying things like ice cream but the weight kept dropping until I reached 170 lbs. and then it stopped. My diet regulates itself and I do not exercise.
     
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    I need to lose some weight. I thought about going back on NutriSystem but instead I'll just go on a low-calorie diet for a while, beginning with twenty-four hours of fasting and a few days of a liquid diet. That seems to be the equivalent of pressing a reset button, allowing pretty much any reasonable diet to be effective for a while. I can usually get 20-40 pounds off, but I can't seem to get back to what I weighed up until the age of forty. Still, I can get some weight off and, if things go as usual, I can hold it there for a year or so before gradually building up again.
     
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    I lost 70lbs without a diet or exercise. It was so natural it even suprized me.

    Overweight made easy to understand.

    If your body needs to get oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide to will be forced to breathe. You can prevent this by holding your breath but in time you will fail. Even if you are under water and know if you breathe it will cause your death but your body will force you to still breathe.

    If your body was running low on water it would cause you to drink even if what you were going to drink was unhealthy. This can be seen by alkaline [poison] water holes where you see dead animals or sailor who drink salt water trying to survive and they know but can’t resist drinking.

    If your body needs rest it will cause you to go to sleep. This will happen even when you don’t want to like a driver falling asleep behind the wheel of a car. You can fight it or take drugs but n time you will lose. If you try and stop any of these things the end result is death. Your body will do anything to get what it needs

    These are easily accepted and understood but when it comes to overweight people think it is different, because that what they have been told.

    When your body gets mineral deficient the body will force you to get them usually by eating and you will be driven by hunger until the body gets what it needs. This is known by the people selling foods like Lays potato chips saying I bet you can’t just eat one.

    In the veterinarian medicine they know when a cow, horse or other animals starts eating none food things they give them a salt block [mineral block] and the problem goes away. A pregnant woman finds herself having cravings because the child inside is using up all the minerals so the body has to replace them. There is a disease called pica doctor say it is rare but I say no. Pica see people eating none foods like light bulbs or the stuff in the kitty litter or licking paint off the walls. If there were eating potato chips or French fries, ect. They would not call it pica but it really is.
    So what your body is craving is nutrition and the foods we eat do not have it or we are not absorbing it because of a digestive problem like gluten intolerance.
    When you get the right nutrition your hunger will disappear and losing weight will happen naturally
    Linus Pauling two times Nobel Prize winner said you could trace every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.
     
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    @Ken Anderson Your experience history is similar to the way mine played out, but being older than you, I suspect I have lost more muscle mass and replaced it with fat tissue. Muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue. I can truthfully say my body weight today, (I will be 74 soon), is the same as it was when I was 20, 160-165 lbs. But, as a young man I had little fat tissue.

    My weight-reduction philosophy is rather simple. Get a narrow full-length mirror, if you do not already have one, perhaps mount it on a closet door in your bedroom. When you feel you ought to lose some weight, check your reflection in that mirror. IT will tell you far more than your scales, which for me, are practically useless. If you feel your reflection says "suitable", don't bother with dieting. If it's not what you might think as being worthwhile-appearing, watch the food intake for a couple of weeks. Another good check is the "belt buckle" location.

    Of course, the mirror-method is only adequately useful if it is performed naked!

    Frank
     
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    I'm picking up again on this "Dieting Any One" to continue conversations about dieting and about weekly weigh-ins to help keep up with my diet and have anyone who wants to join in on this dieting and weight loss effort.

    I'm picking up again on this August 11, 2017: Okay, I started my diet again last night. I weighed in at 188 pounds and I'm hoping to lose fifteen pounds (really need to lose 30 # but I'd rather do it in small doses). I've had my evening meal and day is done. I consumed 978 calories to day. I'm going to weigh in in the morning (Saturday) and try to weigh in once a week on a Saturday morning and I'm hoping to see my pounds slowly slip away. Everyone's welcome.
     
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    @Bill Boggs
    Bill, IMO, determination is the most important thing, and you sound full of determination! My concern about reduced calorie eating is, always has been, insufficient protein. We have several organs working constantly, to keep us alive aside from all other issues. Most important are the Heart muscle, and the Diaphragm muscles, which draw air in and out of the lungs. Both of those muscles need energy, as well as sufficient protein. Good protein quantity seems to always go hand-in-hand with high calories, so one must be careful. Moderately active adults need about 60 grams of protein daily. Problem is, prots can't be stored in the body. Here is where the multiple tiny-meal daily idea gains merit. Eat 4 helpings of 15 g of protein each day, and be assured the body doesn't "rob" the required deficit from the unused muscles. It WILL do that, to successfully feed the heart and diaphragm.

    Prots go hand in hand with fats, unfortunately. High prot foods are invariably meats, whether red meat, poultry, fish, bacon. Fish have fats beneficial to the heart, "Omega 3 & 4", but red meat lacks them. Poultry is probably better than red meats (beef), but has been implicated in reported "doctoring" with hormones.

    Beans are fairly high in prots, but lack 1 of the 8 or so necessary prots, unfortunately. Eggs are good for prots, especially the whites.

    One word of warning regarding meats: almost all "lunch meats", sausage, ham, "turkey breast", Spam, Treet, a whole host of others contain preservatives, which almost invariable include Sodium Nitrite. Nitrites are handled by our livers by turning them into Nitrosamines, which are proven Carcinogens. Recently, we've found lunch meats of various kinds labeled "no preservatives", and we buy those exclusively.

    Bacon is generally bad news. Though, some is available w/o nitrates. Eaten in a restaurant, nitrites are guaranteed.

    IMO, best bang for the buck prot-wise is canned tuna and salmon. Just my 2 cents..............Frank
     
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    It's almost six am Saturday morning here in Oklahoma's central daylight time zone. I have been up since four am. Checked the news to see that the world had not blown itself up or any other disasters in play. Read over Frank's comments above about proteins. I had made a list the other day for my wife to pick up a few proteins which included these items if not available here at home, in preparation for starting a diet. The list includes eggs, nuts,chicken breasts, oats, cottage cheese, milk, lean beef,broccoli, fish, lentils, Brussel sprouts, and shrimp. I weighed a few minutes ago: 187.0 pounds. Nothing to write home about but only started this adventure a couple days ago. I'm down one pound so I'm headed in the right direction, but a long way to go. Hope a good weekend is in store for all reading this. Cheers.
     
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    Fat is stored energy so my problem for being over weight was the fault of Canada they kept saying conserve energy. Ha Ha Now I am not living in Canada I lost the weight. Dieting seem to be very difficult if you cannot control the erg to eat and that is linked to mineral deficiencies certain minerals if they are missing the body craves them and drives the body to eat.
     
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    It is quite amusing when you look at the medical system and their ignorance for example if you look up the illness pica you will find it called a mental disorder caused by a mineral deficiency. This disorder is when a person has an overwhelming erg to eat things considered non food like paint, dirt, and feces. There are a few minerals that will cause this but normally they say iron deficiency. If a person had an erg to eat other things like foods they do not call it pica and what is the difference is one is socially excepted and the other is not and yet it is the same illness they just missed the mark.
     
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