dieting, a good method?

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    Nov 14, 2007 12:27 PM GMT
    well, basically right, i feel i'm totally overweight. i'm like in the 110 percentile. lol. so i'm like trying to plan a workout schedule and a diet to help me lose weight.

    should i do a proper normal diet, a vegetarian or a vegan diet ?

    does the different type of diet differ in any way ?

    what's your opinion ? really appreciate response. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 15, 2007 12:25 AM GMT
    i'm doing the Southbeach diet and mostly organic foods. it's expensive but worth it!
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    Nov 15, 2007 1:02 AM GMT
    It's going to depend on a number of factors, like cost (because we all can't afford South Beach or complete organic), ease, and also tolerance, allergies and such. I mean the list can keep going but you know what I mean.

    Now, when you say 'lose weight', I'm assuming you want to lose body fat and lower your percentage. You're on the right track so far: diet AND exercise are key. Just one, you won't go far, but together? Whoa, nelly!

    Persistence is key. Can't expect results overnight. Make sure you have a plan that has a beginning, middle and end, and that your goals are clear. Do you want to drop x amount of pounds? Wear a certain size? Even just look good naked? Be honest with your goal(s). You'll be more likely to stick with it.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 15, 2007 1:48 AM GMT
    I've been very lucky in life and never had to diet. That said, I eat responsibly - I don't eat gigantic portions, I try not to snack too much, and I exercise.

    There's a lot of evidence out there that dieting doesn't even work, so trying to find a good method is a lost cause. Your body needs less food that you think it does, so it's all about portion control. Obviously, you need to burn more calories than you take in in order to lose weight. Taking a good walk after dinner can help. Experts say light to moderate exercise, like walking daily, can be just as effective as more intense exercise.

    But, in order for you to succeed, you can't completely deprive yourself. You can't completely purge the foods from your diet that you enjoy: pizza, beer, ice cream, potato chips, whatever. That's another way to set yourself up for failure.

    OK, maybe I'm really lucky -- I'm in my early 40s and still have a metabolism in high gear. A year ago I had my cholesterol check and it came back the stellar results, low numbers of the bad and high numbers of the good. I told the nurse practitioner that I was a bit surprised that they were so good given that I eat 2-3 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (yes, ice cream -- not frozen yogurt) each week. She told me I could eat more than that. I was a bit stunned as the doctor walked in. I asked him the same question, expecting he might steer me in another direction, but he said, "Hey, if you got it, enjoy it while you can." So, for now I am!

    Good luck.
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    Dec 18, 2007 1:16 AM GMT
    I don't think a diet is what you're looking for. The very nature of a diet is that it is something that ends .... and that will just get you back to where you are now.

    What I've discovered is that it requires a real change in your relationship to food. What & when you eat. I was pretty lucky getting away with eating & drinking what I wanted ... until I turned 40. 2 years later & going up in pant sizes year on year .. well it had to stop.

    What I've done, with the help of a trainer:

    no white flour (grainy whole meals or Weight Watchers bread)
    no sugar
    red meats & pork - rarely
    skinless chicken & fish - mostly
    no rice
    no pasta
    veg makes up the bulk of main meals (excluding breakfast)
    6 meals a day - never skip a meal
    never go hungry
    drink at least 5 pints of ice cold water a day
    fresh juice only with breakfast
    no soft drink, snacks, etc...
    stay away from processed foods as much as possible (that includes prepared diet foods)
    cheat once a week !!

    It sounds daunting but after a short while it becomes second nature. I honestly can't imagine going back to the way I used to eat. A surprising side benefit has been that there are hardly any leftovers (though I'm sure the dogs would argue about that being a benefit!!)

    One thing I've found really helpful - keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat & drink including the time.

    Just last week I was told by my trainer that I'm not eating enough & I need to start eating more! How cool is that ?