What I Learned from My Fatsecret Diet Buddies

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Posted: 15 Sep 2010, 13:54
Buddies are a good thing. You can learn a lot of good things from them. Here's some of the things I learned.

1. Your scale will make you crazy. Don't over-think or stress out about every little fluctuation of your scale. Look at the overall trend.

2. There is no one diet that will work for everyone. Each person has to figure out what's right for them. Your diet works, if it works for you. I have some buddies who are vegetarians and some who are near-carnivores like me. They all are showing good steady weight loss, because they all take a moderate healthy approach to their diets.

3. Elimination diets only eliminate fat temporarily. When you remove whole groups of food in the short term from your diet, the weight will come back as soon as you stop eliminating. Eat a well-rounded diet that you can stay with for a long period of time. I have a kind of enforced elimination due to allergies, but I try to get a wide variety of the non-allergic foods.

4. Don't stay hungry. Starvation diets are worse than not dieting at all. When you starve yourself, you lower your metabolic rate. When your hunger overtakes you (which it will), you will binge and end up more overweight than before.

5. Forgive yourself. If you slip up on your diet, let it go, and get back with the program. In fact, chart all the intake of your mistakes, it will be instructive for the rest of us (OMG, I didn't know THAT had so many calories!)

6. We're all in this together. Don't be embarrassed about your weight, your intake, etc. We are all on the journey to a new healthy lifestyle.

So, go out there and find some people to be your FatSecret buddies that you can learn from. That's not just the skinny people either. Several of my Fatsecret buddies started in the 300's and 400's, and they are making good, steady progress. I probably learn more from their experience than anyone.

You are not alone...

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Posted: 15 Sep 2010, 15:27
I second that! Smile
August 1, 2005 I weighed in at 415 lbs! I am not that person anymore but I am not the person I want to be either. I have started a new journey to lose ALL the weight and gain the whole ME Smile

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Posted: 15 Sep 2010, 18:50
Wonderful post... I needed that!
Ebony Mac

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Posted: 15 Sep 2010, 18:58
The biggest thing I learned is that I am not alone. No matter what the issue, many other people are going through the exact same thing. All my life I felt like I was the only person with these issues- I felt like the fattest, the laziest, the most unhealthy. No more, I know there are many out there who go through the exact same thing. And being open about it on here has helped me be more open "in real life" also.

The buddy system rocks Smile
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Posted: 15 Sep 2010, 19:07
I loved your post! Very Happy Very uplifting and encouraging! ^.^ Thank you.
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Posted: 24 Sep 2010, 00:04
Great post, thank you!!
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Posted: 25 Sep 2010, 10:51
I appreciate your reflections! I am happy to have this forum and to learn from wonderful people like you.
"Work as if it all depends on you. Pray as if it all depends on God" ~ Mark Twain

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Posted: 26 Sep 2010, 12:59
This post helped me realize that I do obsess about the scale and every little fluctuation. I'm trying to stop that bad habit. I just get down in the dumps when I weigh myself and it says I gain even a tiny ounce. I do weight watchers and I have lost 50 pounds using this program in 8 months. So I should be proud of myself and not let a temporary water weight gain ruin my positive attitude.

Thank you for posting this it's a really helpful post and I think it can help a lot of people who have insecurities and those who over think the scale! Smile

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