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There are no diets that will get you what you want, only a fundamental lifestye change
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Joined: May 11
Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 12:09
So many people say "I need to lose weight" and then they investigate the latest diet and stick with it for a week or two and then fall off the wagon and feel miserable. Wash, rinse, repeat. Sound familiar?
To manifest true change you need to examine your underlying lifestyle, not just the food your consuming. Diet is short term. Is that what you really want? Or do you want long lasting lifetime results? Go look at my weight chart. I don't belong to a gym, I just choose food that my body knows how to process and makes the most efficient and lean "me" I can be and so my weight stays almost the same over time. Effortless weight management, boundless energy, it can all by yours if you WANT it to be.
Change is not easy, but if you really are looking for something that's going to last then CHANGE (mentally, psychically, emotionally) is really what you need, not another diet.
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Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 06:38
I agree with you.. there should be the non-diet life changer.
It is all a delicate balancing act, and the more you practice the better you get.
Joined: Feb 11
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 07:44
hat? A good question to ask yourself BEFORE you put anything in your mouth.....
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Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 07:46
I doubt there is anyone on this site who doesn't casually throw around the words "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change", but when the rubber hits the road, it is harder -- and yet, strangely easier -- then a person might think to make the change.
Unlike you, Gratefull, I've struggled with my weight my entire adult life, but like you, it took a physical problem to make me realize that I really needed to rethink some of the things I was doing to myself. Using the tools on this site has been such an eye opener for me. I knew when I joined that my diet wasn't the healthiest, but I had no idea how out of control I really was. It's been a series of small steps with correspondingly small results, but I've finally accepted that the small changes are the lasting changes and small changes in a series are going to be the lifestyle change I'm trying to make.
Joined: Dec 10
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 08:01
I concur, Gratefull.
Joined: May 11
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 11:45
@Bluewater...you hit the nail on the head. 1 small change at a time is all humans can really handle if its going to be long term change. The majority of folks get all excited and try and change 50 things all at once with eating and dieting. They are doomed to failure and that's been proven again and again in scientific literature. The process is simple....the execution is hard.
1) Eat less carbs
2) Eat more protein
3) Eat more vegetables
4) Lift heavy things
5) Get good sleep
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Joined: Jan 08
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 13:21
I'm in the same boat as BlueWaterBottle as I have been a lifetime dieter and "washed, rinsed and repeated" the same mistakes over and over. It wasn't until about 4 years ago when my dad was told he needed quintuple bypass surgery that everything started to fall into place. I had just been diagnosed with "borderline" high blood pressure and was taking a mild diuretic to treat it. When I heard about my dad, I knew I was looking at my future.
I started to make permanent changes to my lifestyle and diet that were doable and livable. I cut out red meat and saturated fats, fast food and most restaurant food. I stopped baking all the time and found new, healthier recipes that my whole family enjoys. I tried new foods like veggie burgers, lentils, beans, quinoa, etc. and found I like them! I added in exercise. I joined a gym. Then I added in weight lifting (and gained about 10 lbs of muscle in the past 3 months alone!).
Now, 85 lbs later, I am off the blood pressure meds and am the thinnest I've been in my adult life. I'm zeroing in on my goal weight but, having never been at a "goal weight", I'm not 100% sure what that goal will ultimately be. I'm pretty sure I'm within 15 to 20 lbs of it right now. "Wash, rinse, repeat."
IT NEVER GETS EASIER - YOU JUST GET BETTER.
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 19:14
This is an interesting thread, because everyone who SUCCESSFULLY achieves significant weight loss (and keeps it off) knows that the whole process involves a complete physical and mental transformation; one with the potential to fundamentally re-define your entire life.
The right plan is the plan that works for you.
Whatever approach you choose to weight loss, achieving results ultimately requires changes in thinking and behavior necessary to successfully integrate new habits to your daily life.
The first and most important step is to embrace reality and accept accountability. We are not "plump" or "chunky" or "hefty". We are FAT, in some case morbidly obese, and we have done it to ourselves.
Every time we take a bite we make a choice. We choose to eat an entire bag of potato chips despite the artery-clogging hydrogenated oils and sky-high sodium level. We decide to polish off the apple pie, despite the sickeningly-sweet blast of glucose, which makes our bodies less likely to burn stored fat. We walk ourselves to the buffet for a fourth or fifth time to load up on deep fried treats at the Chinese Buffet, and then choose to drive to the mailbox instead of walk.
The difference between success and failure lies in the ability to re-define your relationship with food, and with the prominence and priority food occupies in your life. Learning about nutrition, metabolism and effects of compounds like fats and sugar help us to understand the mechanics of weight loss. Knowledge is power. With an understanding of the chemical and biological processes at work, it becomes easier to rationalize, and therefore modify our behavior.
Constant situational awareness is also critical to making new behaviors effective. Exercising daily, closely monitoring weight status (FatSecret is excellent for this), making thoughtful food choices, practicing discretion and restraint, and understanding that most people simply need significantly less food than they consume for healthy living, are all part of remaining aware of, and therefore attentive to, the issue.
Another important consideration is simplicity. Ease of integration into your daily life makes the difference between long-term success and frustration. The more easily your plan integrates with your lifestyle, the fewer excuses there are to procrastinate and self-defeat.
I have lost 130 lbs since October, 2011 using FatSecret to track caloric intake, exercise and weight. It has required a complete change in lifestyle and thinking which has had an amazing effect on every other aspect of my daily life, from the clothes I wear to the people I meet. Anyone can do this. All it takes is a sense responsibility for the problem (and the solution), a change in thinking and constant awareness of behavior and goals.
Joined: Jul 12
Posted: 18 Aug 2012, 02:01
I also agree with what everyone says.
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