Diets which ones are good or bad and why?

@tdavis (117)
United States
December 19, 2008 7:59pm CST
What diets have you tried? Which were the best and why, and which ones were no good. Have you tried any of the pills or powders, which ones worked and which ones didn't? I have tried several, ones that stop you from absorbing fat, one that was suppose to emulsify fat, an the only thing that shrunk was my wallet. Just trying to find out which ones work and which ones don't and why.
4 responses
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
20 Dec 08
In terms of pills, powders and all of those magical weight loss cures, I just don't waste my money on them. I think that I've tried every diet ever invented. LOL. South Beach works best for me because I believe that I am carb sensitive but for the long term, I can't stay away from them and I end up gaining the weight back. I like it because I don't feel hungry and at least initially, the weight comes off fairly quickly. Once Weight Watchers went to points, I didn't seem to be able to lose weight on it. I've lost weight on virtually every diet that I've been on but I finally realize that unless I'm going to make permanent changes in my lifestyle, I'm just going to pack the pounds back on. In January, I'm going to start on Bob Greene's Best Life Diet. I think that Oprah is going to go back on it on 1/5. Hope that's the one that finally works. Whatever diet you choose, good luck to you.
@tdavis (117)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Thanks, is the Bob greene diet forever, or just until you get where you want to be? I am not sure about Oprah, she goes up and down like people change clothing. Like i said before, I did lose weight on Atkins, but as soon as I started eating carbs I grew again. I am currently just trying to switch my bad eating habits for good ones, it's slow but so far they are changes I can live with instead of just tolerate for a period of time. Thanks again for your answer.
• United States
20 Dec 08
The Bob Greene diet is about a permanent change to your eating and exercise habits. He doesn't advocate making huge changes but advocates making small changes until they become integrated into your lifestyle. For instance in the first four weeks, he suggests that you stop eating two hours before you go to bed and among other things gaging your level of exercise and working your way up to another level. In phase two, his program incorporates understanding why you overeat etc. Oprah did use this program and was successful with it. According to her, when she was diagnosed with a thyroid problem, she just gave up. She stopped exercising and went back to her old eating habits and as a result, she put on 40 lbs in 2 years.
@donna22 (1120)
21 Dec 08
I dont beleive in diets. The only one I have ever tried was Weight Watchers which was good and no foods are banned but I just found that counting points made me conscious of trying to lose weight and was not always convenient to do. The way to lose weight is through healthy diet and exercise. It is not rocket science. I think anyone who is genuinely eating helathy and exercising and is not losing weight should go see a Doctor. People were losing weight long before diets such as Atkins etc became popular. Atkins is one diet I very much disagree with. We need a certain amounts of carbs for energy. We even need fat but not too much. No food group should be banned totally. Also what you have to remember about diets is that although they may make you lose weight this will only be while you are on that diet. It is all very well going on some 6 week miracle diet but what happens after the 6 weeks? You will go back to your old ways and no doubt put the weight back on. Being on a diet makes you more coscious of trying to lose weight. Changing etaing habits in general and having things in modertaion will not do this.
@tdavis (117)
• United States
21 Dec 08
donna22, Sounds good to me. A lot of it is mental, just making small changes and using common sense, and paying attention to your body. Thanks for your response, it was right on. Terry
@donna22 (1120)
21 Dec 08
I have read things like do not eat fruit after a meal and I said to my mam "oh now thats where Ive been going wrong! I had my apple AFTER my grilled fish and steamed vegetables."
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
20 Dec 08
I tried few of them and at the end I'm just listening to what my dad said once to me. When you finish a meal, you still have to have the feeling you're still hungry. Drink a glass of water and that'll fill you up. Eat more times a day, but every time just a little bit. In this way, the body can use all the ingredients in a proper time and will be ready for the next"batch". If you eat a lot in one time, the body has problems and takes more time to decompose the ingredients. I try not to eat fat, not to eat meat with rice or potatoes , but with vegetables. Drink lots of water.Eat fruits and vegetables. Not every day is a good day, time is short and life very demanding, but I try my best. And I have not gained weight in the last 2 years.