What REALLY works?

@lbinkley (1076)
United States
January 5, 2008 10:44am CST
I am tired of seeing all of the infomercials for miracle diets, or workout videos that everyone is promoting. Even funny looking gadgets that are supposed to have you slim in no time. I REALLY want to lose weight this year, and I am really wanting to go the distance and do it. I am just curious if anything has or is working for any of you mylotters out there. Have you had great success with something? Has a certain diet or workout worked wonders for you or been a total flop?
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@polachicago (18718)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I have the same weight for last 30 years of my life and I am very skinny. I have to tell you that it all depends on what you eat, how often you eat and what is your lifestyle. Diet should be as individual as you are and diet that works for X may not work for you. I am working now on my nutrition book that will cover that aspect. It is all about your personal diet without being hungry or eating something that you don't like. In many cases stress and lock of movement is the key. To start with I would walk for 15 minutes a day and try to reduce stress....
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
That might actually help me a lot.. just to reduce stress.. I seem to have a lot of it these days? Does that really make a difference in being able to lose weight do you think? Thanks for the reply!
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
WOW... believe it or not that sounds fairly simple!!
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@polachicago (18718)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Yes, it does. You have to eat very slow. During the weekend play good music when eating.... Small plates, small portions but eat more often... Every 3-4 hours if you can... Play relaxing music, classical, new age, sounds of nature... Do not eat after 7PM, just drink... Don't drink soda...water, tea and coffee only. No coffee after 3PM... Baby steps, big results!
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@Adoniah (7513)
• United States
6 Jan 08
When I was 32, I lost 108lbs. simply by not eating after 3 o'clock in the afternoon. If you eat this way your body will reach its optimum weight. You have to eat breakfast and lunch though or you will probably croak from starvation. You can really eat a lot in the morning. If you are diabetic or anything, you have to eat a light snack of fruit or cheese in the evening so your sugar doesn't go too low. I was working hard too, doing construction work, but I was doing that before when I was heavy. But I did have a lot of muscle which helps take off fat faster.
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Thanks so much for your response. I think I should try this, although I am a night owl and get up a lil later so I may have to adjust the times. I should see how this works out though! Thanks!
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Definitely something to think about... thanks!
@Adoniah (7513)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Your body has an internal clock. No matter what you actually do, it still runs on this clock. That clock starts to run down at 3 in the afternoon. If you feed your body the last time at 3 you stand the best chance of burning those calories off. If you wait til later, it gets harder and harder for you body to burn them off. It is better to change you lifestyle than to eat later.
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@reinydawn (11645)
• United States
6 Jan 08
What has worked for me in the past - and I'm going to get back to RIGHT NOW - is #1 eating the proper foods and #2 exercising regurlarly. I'm with a program that prints out your meals/recipes/shopping list for the week for what you should eat depending on your weight, height, goals, exercise. I walk at least 2 miles a day - around my neighborhood, it's FREE. The biggest problem I have it I love to eat (candy and desserts mostly) and I have to stay away from them. I don't buy stuff that's not on my shopping list, otherwise I'll eat it! If it's not on the house, I'm less likely to make a special trip for it. I wish you the best of luck!!!
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Thank you so much for that! If you don't mind... what program is it that you are with? I might be interested in checking it out!
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
awesome, thanks for the reply!
@reinydawn (11645)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Sure it's actually a company I represent. If you check my profile and visit the health related link, there is a fitness tab in there that gives a little information about what we do. It's usually best to talk to people one-on-one so feel free to add your contact info on the page and I'll get right back to you about it. We've just started a new diet sweepstakes too - top prize is a $5,000 vacation.
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@brimia (6581)
• United States
6 Jan 08
What's worked for my husband and I is cutting out processed foods. We really read labels now and avoid any enriched flour, corn syrup, too much sugar, hydrogenated oils/fats, and fried foods. We eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains and cereals, nuts, and drink lots of water. We don't deprive ourselves or count calories. We do make sure we exercise at least 20 minutes everyday....walking, biking, aerobics video, weights...anything.
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Sounds like something that would definitely work! Thanks for the reply!
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• United States
6 Jan 08
I have been doing Weight Watchers. So far I have lost a little over 10 pounds which doesn't sound like much but because I am learning how to eat responsibly I was able to continue to lose weight over the holiday season. I like this plan because you still eat normal everyday food but you learn how to eat it in the right portions.
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I would actually like to do weight watchers because my doctor and my mom have both had really great results with it. Problem is I can't afford it.... :( But in the future if I can I might actually try it out because I hear so many good things
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• United States
6 Jan 08
I am the diet fad queen! :) I am willing to try anything once and the ones that work twice. However my income doesnt always allow for that, but today I did go buy myself an excercise ball, resistance bands, and an excerball dvd! Im also going to start my alli diet again now that the holidays are over!! I really want the slim in six workout videos just to spice things up a bit, but dang talk about just handing someone your wallet. Im sure a lot of them do work, but you just have to increase your excercise and watch what you eat. Im still waiting for the miracle pill that works over night!! Let me know if you hear about it okay :)
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Do be sure to let me know if that works for you, because I might just have to go invest in one myself. I need to start working out more, I just need to force myself to make the time! LOL! And if I ever do hear of that pill I will let you know!
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@DeenaD (2684)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I think the only thing that truly works for losing weight is the old standby - diet combined with exercise. Gimmick diets and pills never work in the long term.
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Thanks for the reply!
@kylesmiles (1910)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I like doing pilates and yoga. I also enjoy going for a walk with my son. I just keep it simple! :) have you found anything yet? any ideas on what you want to do?
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
7 Feb 08
oh i'm just doing whatever I can right now...
• United States
6 Jan 08
I must first state that I have tried a lot of these weight loss products,gadgets,tapes etc. And some have been effective in their own way. The first thing you have to decide is your will power and how much you are willing to invest in your weight loss i.e. money, time, changes. Once you have doen that you are well on your way. Now I personally do not have tons to spend on expensive food or special meals. I have a family and it makes it hard when you have to spend tons on your own food. However if you are a single person programs like Jenny craig are extremly effective. I lose amazing weight on it, but I was spending over $200 a week on food just for myself in a household of four people (so,I am sure you can see hwy that is not for everyone). The zone diet is another one that was really great, I liked the fact that you can eat whatever you want to it is all about portions and when you eat them. The only problem with this one for me was that every thing has to be measured and there was no way for me to make whole meals for the family because I was only able to have measured amounts, so that was a no go. Nutrisystem is amazing!!! And cost so much less than the others. Do your workouts and eat the food and it is as if the weight just melts off. There are tons of meal options so you don't have to have the same meals within the same week. So if you can spare @ 200 & some change a month it is well worth every penny. So at this point though I was so discouraged, I wanted a method that would not cost hundreds outside of my regular grocery budget and I had almost given up hope. Till I was talking to an old college buddy. She told me that she had used weight watchers to lose the weight from having her son. So I thought sure, okay how much is this going to cost me. I was surprised they have it where you can either go into meetng or do it completly online. I only spend maybe about $20 a month (i think it may be less, not sure off hand), and I do it all online.I am proud to say that I have lost over 11 pounds to date. You eat the same things that everyone else is eating it is all about portion control basically. I do my workouts (sometimes as little as a 15 min walk.So I would say that you really have to decide what will work for you. I have single friends that use Jenny with great success, I also have married friends w/o children that do well on it. However I have every family dynamic you can think of that has had success with weight watchers.Good luck! I hope that you find a method that helps you. Hope that this all helps. I understand how frustrating the process can be.
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
You have no idea how frustrating it is... wait... actually you do!!! Yeah, that is what is really bringing me down right now is that I don't have a lot of money, but I want to get into a program where there is a support system, ya know? That would be great!!! At any rate, it's good to hear someone elses take on this. Thank you so much for the tips!
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• United States
27 Feb 08
I tried Nutrisystem many years ago. I actually really liked the food and the convenience. I lost about 50lbs but gained it back and then some over the 10 years following my success. I'm glad that hasn't happened for you! As long as I ate their food I was fine...but then when I went off...kaboom!
@Trace86 (5031)
• United States
5 Jan 08
I have seen some strange products with fantastical claims of success. I think that the only thing that really works is to change how and what you eat. Also exercising once in a while wouldn't hurt. I am trying to drink more water and not so much pop. My weakness is sweets. Any kind of sweets will do. Cookies, ice cream, flavored milk and chocolate. I saw a commercial today for a patch that you put on the bottom of your foot at night and it is supposed to detoxify your body and help you lose weight. I had to laugh. Good luck!
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Well, thanks for the reply! And wow... a patch? HAHA. Now That's a good one! lol!
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
6 Jan 08
Actually dieting tricks work different with different people. I mean, its not sure that if your friend loses 10pounds on certain diet plan, then you will also get the same results. It does depend from body to body because the specification and needs changes from body to body. I think you should consult your physician to work on a diet plan that will both be good for your body as well as yield results. To tell you, I lost around 10Kgs working on a diet plan only in a time span of 15-20 days.
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Thanks for the reply!
@berlay (40)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
HI, please dont tired. I know and felt your experience. All you have to do is discipline yourself. If you really want to lose weight, do the best thing. Have a heavy breakfast, have brisk walking every morning, have just 1 cup of rice, and start your dinner before 6pm. No. midnight snacks okay. That works. I tell you. Discipline and have plenty of sleep. No need of gadgets or work out videos.
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Thanks for the encouragement!
• China
6 Jan 08
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@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
6 Jan 08
ummmm, ok thanks?
• Australia
11 Jan 08
I too have searched high & low for the right way to lose weight and most importantly KEEP IT OFF! I have tried almost everything. I have lost weight and have gained it double. Two years ago i had lapbanding done, where they put a ring around the top of your stomach which reduces the amount you eat. if u try to overeat, the food will bounce back up. I know that sounds disgusting, but it isnt as bad as it sounds. The food that comes up hasnt touched the stomach, therefore it tastes like the food you ate. The beauty about lapbanding is that the band is adjustable, so u can have a bit of a break from dieting. Yes! u still have to watch what you eat and need to exercise. But at least it controls the AMOUNT you conume. I recommend u do the research in lapbanding, and i am always here to help if u need more guidance or information. I also suggest getting councelling if u havent already done so because u need to get to the bottom of the reason u have a few extra kgs. My moto is: eat small amounts when u are hungry and dont stick to 3 meals a day. Ur stomach knows when it needs sustainance and it will let u know when it makes funny noises. Remember i am here to help u and others struggling with weight issues.
@lbinkley (1076)
• United States
7 Feb 08
thanks for the reply! Something to think about I suppose
• India
8 Jan 08
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• India
8 Jan 08
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@rsa101 (37853)
• Philippines
27 Feb 08
For me there is a seminar I attended that has something to do with goal setting and one of my goals before then was to lose weight. One thing I learned from there is to start making goals that havce value to you and right now since you are also on a weight lose goal. Decipher why you want to lose weight and then put some words that will make you excited doing it. For example, I love myself that is why I am excited to go into an exercise regiment to make me a healthier and sexier. Something like that and try saying that to youself to inspire you from doing it. Sometimes its all in the mind that keeps you from moving to what you desire in life. Those gadgets pills does help if your mind is into it.
@oscar6 (1938)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I have dropped 22 pounds in three months. What really helped me was eating better.I was going out to eat a lot every week. now I go out zero or sometimes once a week. I also journaled everything I ate to help me keep track of my calories. If you go to the website webmd they have awesome weight loss tools that will tell you how many calories you need a day to lose weight for your height and current weight. Really the best weight loss program is just to eat healthy and exercise. There is no magic pill, I know I wish there was. Also just by changing simple things in your everyday life can really add up. For example I never drink soda and I always take the stairs and never elevators.
• United States
27 Feb 08
In my 43 years, I've probably tried everything going short of surgery. Last June, a friend introduced me to Isagenix. Not only have I released enough weight to go from a size 26 to an 18 (and I'm still losing) but my health has completely turned around! I haven't been sick at all this winter. It is all natural - no funky chemicals or fake sugars that make you gain more weight. AND it is not a quick fix. This is a program I can see myself using for the rest of my life - it is not a diet. It is a nutritional cleansing program that can be used by children, adults and elders for better health. I am an Isabeliever!! Yes, it is network marketing (my website is lautz_tm.isagenix.com), but it isn't like Amway - more like Avon! If it is something you use - why not make some money on it too?
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 08
What is just beginning to work for me is to quit dieting and start eating healthy foods in smaller portions being heavy on veggies. fruits. lean meat, lo fat diary. and a moderate amount of whole grains plus thirty minutes every day of some sort of aerobic exercise even just walking. when eating out cut the portion in half and take the other half home for a later meal. I am a diabetic so its crucial that this year I lose the weight I am not even going to say how much because I am too embarrassed so am saying I am going to go the distance this time. I let a fall a year ago that left me with a bionic shoulder that has limited the amount I can lift my left arm to practically nothing stop me from doing all the things I know I should do. Now I have decided not to let anything stop me