Has anyone found a diet that actually works?

Dieting and weight loss  - Dieting, man getting on scales
April 6, 2008 11:11am CST
I feel like I have tried pretty much every diet that there is? So far, none have worked long term. The weight comes off to begin with, but then comes back, with reinforcements. I don't expect to be able to take a tablet and instantly weigh 2 stone less, but it would be nice to see some results for my hard work. Any suggestions?
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@mbs730 (2152)
• Canada
7 Apr 08
Smaller portions, and replacing sodas and juices with water and getting some exercise in the day will help you shed the pounds. Not easy to do but thats the only way it will work.
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7 Apr 08
Appreciate the advice. I'm trying to drink more water as it helps the digestive system. I really need to work on the exercise :)
• China
8 Apr 08
I agree with mbs730 too!and I think a well-regulated diet habit will also works.So,don't eat too much when you have a good appetite,the best way is take every meal but not too much.when you don't feel hungry,stop to eat any piece!
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8 Apr 08
Thanks for the input Lisa. I think just talking about eating sensibly helps the brain to focus on it. I do seem to be thinking about food quite a lot these days. Not necessarily drooling about what I'm going to eat, but sometimes, "what would be a sensible balanced meal for dinner tomorrow", that sort of thing. Keep the comments coming, as I need to keep thinking healthy.
@1hopefulman (31728)
• Canada
7 Jan 09
Psalm 139:14 (New Living Translation) 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. How beautiful and wonderful the body is! When we have our health we truly almost have everything. The challenge of weight maintainance is as complex as is the human body. I think it all starts in the mind. So we must have a picture of what we want to look like, as far as weight is concerned. Then we must work, and work hard, to make the picture, a reality. Cheer up, it can be done! You should eat the healthiest foods you can find. The most healthy foods are fruits and vegetables. So eat lots of them, fresh and raw, as mother nature produced them. Don't try to improve on mother nature, you can't. Exercise, even more important than waht we eat. Walking, simply the best exercise. Do lots of walking. Drink lots of pure water. Most of the time we are not hungry, we are thirsty. Wish you the best of success.
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7 Jan 09
Thanks very much for those wise words. Have started again with the New Year, and am feeling quite positive and focused so far. Am managing to drink plenty water. Need to work on the exercise. Thanks for your response. :)
@1hopefulman (31728)
• Canada
8 Jan 09
Good for you! Keep us updated on how you are doing. We are behind you all the way!
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9 Jan 09
Aw thanks, great to know there is support out there. Thanks again.
• United States
6 Apr 08
its best to make sure you workout every day. its best to do it 30 minutes after you wake up because your buring pure fat. I usually either briskly walk when I wake up or I take a morning jog depending whether or not im lazy that day lol. but the diet I would reccomend that hasant let me down yet is baked chicken and salad. I bought a lot of chicken and marinated it and baked it and after that I froze them. I usually ate 2 pieces with a huge salad to accompany them. that was the best diet I was ever on and it actually tasted good.
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6 Apr 08
Not sure that I would be able to manage a morning jog, but perhaps I should make time for something first thing in the morning. Good idea about cooking the chicken and freezing it. What did you do for salad? I'm not usually a salad fan, so all suggestions appreciated.
• United States
9 Apr 08
salad wise I purchased dole spring mix salad. I also bought a bag of doles hearts delight too just to mix and match lol but a salad is a salad lol. but those are my two favorite to purchase. you could also make your own and throw in your favorite veggies.
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9 Apr 08
Will cruise down the vegetable and salad aisle next time I am shopping and see what takes my fancy. :)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Well i've been losing weight and I haven't been using any diet at all. What I have done is changed my lifestyle. I think that this is the first step because if you change your lifestyle there is no way that you will gain more weight with this new lifestyle that have gained. The good thing of what I have been doing is that I am eating in smaller portions and am still able to eat some of my favorite things like cookies and ice cream. But I do it in moderations. I exercise regularly but there are times when I'm swamped with stuff and don't do it. I haven't been losing weight like crazy, I'm taking it slow so that in the end it doesn't come back fast. But to seriously succeed you need to know that you want to do this and it's not only for a few months but for a lifetime. You need to changed your lifestyle and not even make it a huge change either. Good luck with this.
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6 Apr 08
Great idea to eat smaller portions. It's not that I eat junk food, I eat good quality food, but I know I don't exercise enough. I work in an office, so I am sat down an awful lot. Need to make room for exercise in my busy life. Thanks for response :)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Oh okay well yeah it is kind of hard to make time for exercise. I still have trouble when it comes that. But I try as hard as I can to make some time. Good luck with making the time.
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6 Apr 08
I also think it's good to have a "buddy" when it comes to keeping motivated. I have started emailing with my Mum about what I have eaten during the day and what exercise I'm planning. I think it is probably helping her more than me at the moment, because she has gone down a dress size! Thanks again for the feedback.
@Fishmomma (11467)
• United States
6 Apr 08
Bananas - They are great to eat on top of cereal. I love bananas.
I have not found a diet that works and think diets don't work. I'm losing weight; however, I had to make a lifestyle change to be successful. One problem I found was how much food was high in fat and calories was in my house. It was time to donate all of the high fat and calories food to Food Share. This filled the trunk, so I managed to be a big help to Food Share. I found several jars of gravy, which is one way to add calories to a dish quickly. They are now gone. I'm no longer having that big serving of mashed potatoes and gravy. I found ice cream topping, which is really not good to eat when you want to reduce pounds. I'm no longer eating ice cream and that made a quick difference, as I was having a small dish of ice cream every evening. I'm now eating more fruit and vegetables each day. Each day I start with some fruit which helps me get a good start to the day. I'm no longer having that donut that just gives me a sugar high, which causes me to just feel hungry in an hour. My suggestion eat a good breakfast, so that you start the day feeling good. I found when I miss breakfast, then I'm more likely to eat the wrong foods the rest of the day.
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6 Apr 08
That's a great response. I do try to eat breakfast, but I'm usually in a rush to get out of the door. I think I need to allow myself more time in a morning to have a substantial breakfast. I agree that fruit in a morning is a good choice since it gets the metabolism going. I will try to include this perhaps a few times a week.
16 Apr 08
Thanks for the response kiwimeg, good advice, we should all have breakfast every morning.
@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I think the only diet that works is a healthy diet.. fruit, fruit.. more fruit and veggies and whole grains and lean meats if you're not vegan.. I went on what I call a "cheap foods diet" - as I can't afford lots of different fruits.. so I always have lots of apples, oranges, and bananas heaped up in a big basket on the counter.. and grapes I pick at while I'm cooking... as I'm less hungry when the meal is ready.. and then I buy frozen veggies at the discount grocery store (where I get most of my groceries).. and buy the bags of salad, a bag of spinach, and also some fresh mushrooms at the same store, and I use a low fat dressing, and add an equal amount of water to the dressing! so I use less.. Then what is needed is to get a bit more exercise than usual.. They say if you fail on one day, don't try to starve yourself the next day, at it just sabotages you.. If the diet is too strict, we are gearing our self toward failure.. And we should try to pick an exercise, walking, dancing... that we enjoy. I agree with what others have said, it's a lifestyle change.. I prayed, and quietly and expectantly waited for the blessing, and now I'm somewhat shocked at how much I love my fruit and salads, whereas for years if I bought them, I never ended up eating them!! Good luck!
15 Apr 08
I like your advice, it makes so much sense. I'm trying the more fruit and veg approach, and I'm hoping it will become habit instead of chore. Thanks for the response, much appreciated.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Atkins worked for me. I lost 13 pounds, but did gain most of it back eventually. I think that when ever you do any diet you have to do the maintenance plan afterwards, I have never did the maintenance part of the diet, and I think that is why I always end up gaining it back. Gaining it back is the worst part. It seems like it takes a month to lose 5 pounds, and 3 days to put it back on, so frustrating. I have been doing South Beach for 4 days now, the first three days were hard, today was not too bad. I will let everyone know how it goes.
11 Apr 08
I have tried Atkins several times, and I have had the same results as you. The first time I lost about 10lb which was great, but then I could not maintain it as I felt it was too unbalanced and I had completely cut out too many good foods like fruit etc. I have gone back to a couple of times, but have never been quite so strict each time, and have never had the same success as I did initially. I'm trying to keep a bit more balance these days, so I'm not currently following a diet plan, just trying to eat healthy and exercise a bit. I really hope the South Beach work for you, and look forward to hearing how you are getting on. :)
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
10 Apr 08
i am having some success with my latest diet but i have no willpower! I read 2 good books: potatoes not prozac and the good mood diet and both had some great tips on what to eat and what not to eat...
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10 Apr 08
I think we all struggle with willpower from time to time, I need to get into the mindset with dieting and then I start to see results. This discussion has really helped me to stay focused, it is good to hear how other people are getting on. Thanks for the response. :)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I have read a few about the diets... "Dieting" is a fancy term given by corporate America to sell you more products. If you eat smaller portion meals and excerise you should notice a difference. Try not being so hard on yourself {causes stress, can cause weight gain} Grapefruits {organic} are great meals for breakfast and help shed pounds. eat as many as you want.
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9 Apr 08
That is a great suggestion, I will add grapefruit to my shopping list. I know I use the word diet, but I don't actually follow a prescribed diet such as weight watchers or slimming world. When I say diet I mean "way of eating more healthily", but the word diet is much shorter and easier to type! Keep the ideas coming.