What Diet Have You Used to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

United States
May 23, 2008 12:30pm CST
I have tried many diets over the last 7 years and nothing worked except Atkins. with Atkins I was able to loose weight but when I stopped doing Atkins the weight plus all his friends came back on. I was at the thrift store the other day and I bought 4 different diet books. One of them was 3 Hour Diet by Jorge Cruise. What he says really makes a lot of sense and I am going to give it a try. Hopefully with the diet and my new Wii Fit I will loose this extra person I have on my back. What diet have you been sucessful with? How much did you loose and how long have you kept it off?
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@drakesuyat (1063)
• Philippines
24 May 08
i always jog early in the morning to catch some fresh air and after that some taebo exercises and sit ups program for my abs hehe. eating exact amount and right food surely helps. of course, nothing is really better than the "sweat it all out" exercise. it wont just help you lose weight but it surely makes your day alive! im looking forward to having those Wii Fit too in case the weather is not that good.
• United States
24 May 08
I got my Wii Fit in this afternoon. It will definately give you a workout! I already knew I am not coordinated and the Wii Fit confirmed that! LOL
• Philippines
24 May 08
LOL! i would recommend it to my friends as well eventhough i havent owned one coz it will surely make you laugh once you're informed of your weight status! lol
• United States
23 May 08
The only thing that you have to do to lose weight and to keep it off is to change your lifestyle. I've changed my lifestyle and although i'm losing weight slowly I am losing it and not gaining it. What I have done is that I have cut the number of times that I drink soda. I've only drank like two cans of soda this week and I didn't even drink the whole thing. I gave like more than half of it to my mother and to my younger sister. I also cut the amount of candy that I eat. I have been binging these last few days but I have made sure to stop and start all over again. Just because you lose track one day it doesn't mean anything you need to get back up on that horse and keep going. Right now to tell you the truth I have a big bar of Nestle's Crunch Chocolate bar, a regular sized three muskateers, and some other candy but I haven't touched any of it. So now when you are eating food just eat the regular food that you eat. But, the big but is that you need to eat in small portions. And you have to eat at least five times a day. Every three hours but these meals have to be in small portions so that you give your stomach time to digest the other food. That is why you should eat in small portions, so that your stomach doesn't have so much food that it needs to work on. When you eat a lot your giving your stomach a hard job to digest all that food so what the stomach ends up doing is storing it and turning it into fat. Now if you can you should at leat excersise thirty minutes every day or at least three times a day. I was able to excercise for like an hour and eleven minutes today and I feel really good. You could just run or do some other easy exercise. If you change your lifestyle you will be able to keep off the pounds and not gain any more weight. Good luck with this.
• United States
24 May 08
You are so right. It has to be a lifestyle change and not a "diet". I have joined SparkPeople for support and I am slowly getting rid of bad habits. I am cutting out soft drinks and drinking water or Crystal Light instead. I am trying to get up and get moving but it is so hard because I don't have any energy. I am working on eating better and more often. Hopefully things will start moving soon!
• United States
24 May 08
Take it easy. Easy and slow wins the race. And you know what excercise actually gives you more energy. So good luck with that and it's good that you are cutting some of your bad habits away.
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
23 May 08
You may want to check out the site sparkpeople.com it is a free site that allows you to track all calories consumed, and all calories spent. There are great food ideas and lots of amazing people that will help to motivate you. So far I have lost about 25 pounds with this site, it really is amazing to me that it is free. Good luck.
• United States
24 May 08
I joined SparkPeople a few days ago and I love it! My user id is pholdermomof3 so look me up.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
27 May 08
I have had the best luck with diets that stress portion control. One thing about the ones like Atkins is that you are depriving your body of something (carbs) and once you reintroduce it back into your eating habits your body does not know what to do with it. You should eat well rounded meals, watching how much you eat, and EXERCISE. You have to burn off what you do eat or it just stays.
• United States
24 May 08
I used diets for many years and got no results. So now I wathc my portion sizes netter and am losing weight. I use the portion control diret,,and am exercising more. Bottom line? Less food in, more pounds off! But it is also important to make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet while you keep you prtions at a correct size. No calorie counting..just common sense!-I still eat a little of everything? but it is like..fruits, veggies, carbs and meats..but I watch how much.
@hanirose (307)
• Philippines
24 May 08
i just eat a lot in the morning, eat less for lunch, and eat just an apple during dinner and that's after 6. I also jog everyday for 15 minutes. I drink a lot of water in the mornings too.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
24 May 08
I'd like to know why you "stopped" Atkins in the first place? If you were losing the weight then why did you stop? Atkins takes you through different levels until you reach the one where you know exactly what you can permit yourself to eat as far as carbs go. Once you know that then you will never be fat again, as long as you don't over indulge on those carbs. You now know how to "do" Atkins. You now know that with Atkins you will take those pounds off fast. You now know that losing weight can be a permanent thing. And you know that you never ever go hungry on Atkins. You'll have felt really good too. You didn't say why you stopped Atkins. I wonder why you don't just pick up where you left off. After all if it's the one type of diet that works for you then why on earth would you stop? But please don't just start on a diet and then go off it again and again. You'll end up with metabolic syndrome and then you won't be able to lose any kind of weight no matter how strict your feeding habits are. If you want a fresher take on the low carb diet I can highly recommend the Perricone Weight Loss diet. You won't just lose weight you'll also look great. Read it and you'll know why.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
24 May 08
I dont actually follow any particular diet pattern.When I think I need to diet I tottaly go of sweets and avoid fatty food.I feel it works well for me.Even a month of sticking to this helps shed weight.
@jhartana (1085)
• Australia
24 May 08
I've been trying really hard to change my eating lifestyle. My doctor has warned me to change the way I eat and to reduce the weight. I've been diagnose to have fatty liver and certainly it is not a good condition. What my doctor has suggested me is not to eat any carbohydrate foods including potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, etc). I regularly consume them but it's really hard to reject eating them. Yeah I know I got to start otherwise the condition will get even worse. So far I've shed 1kg since I met my doctor about 2 months ago. See this have shown that it's really hard and doctor would like to see that I can shed 8kg in a month but I cannot afford it. Perhaps I have to initiate myself to shed further weight really soon!
• United States
24 May 08
The Wii Fit sounds fun! I will have to check it out. What worked for me was exercise and using the at-home kit from weight watchers (counting points). I never went to any meetings. The exercise played a HUGE part in my weight loss. I started in April 2007 and reached my goal in Sept. 2007. I lost 25 lbs and feel great. The exercise I chose was riding my bike on a local trail and gradually working up to longer rides. I also started walking which led to jogging and I actually did my first 5K last November. Good luck to you. It is challenging but so worth the results!
@vaishalik (237)
• India
24 May 08
You have tried many, now try our watertherapy & you will surely get results. Drink water before every eating. Also drink 1.25 litres of water which is kept overnight in a copper pot, berore brushing, early in the morning & don't eat anything for at least one hour. You can practice for this startintg with one glass.
• United States
23 May 08
I am in the same boat as you and am still trying to figure this thing out. I love Atkins. It makes me have a ton of energy, after the induction flu feeling of course. I have been pulling away from that recently due to the fact that I am just not into eating that heavy of foods. I am of a mind now that a balance has be found. You cannot expect to completely cut out carbs and want to live your life like that forever. Some people can, but frankly, I don't have the money for all of that. I am finding that a fruit or shake in the morning after I workout (more about this in a minute), salads for lunch and dinner with a protein. I believe that the body needs fat. Turkey doesn't provide enough of it. So a moderate fat protein is a great middle line. If you love beef, get a lean chuck or sirloin based, not so much bacon or pork products (more about this in a few too!). Snacks should be light, but enjoyable and have a nutritional punch. How about natural trail mixes or crisp veggies with your favorite dip? Carrots and celery go just as good with that french onion, ranch, even salsa con queso as chips do! As for working out... It is by no means required. Its a lie that you can't lose weight without it. You can if you find the right program.... HOWEVER... How you want to look at the end of your journey will determine if you utilize this tool. If you have a lot to lose, you better find a way to fill that extra skin, because all of it won't bounce back. Having a little muscle tone and a lean sculpted look is far better in my opinion than loose hanging skin. There are remedies for this such as skin brushing, but keep in mind that only goes so far and it only helps if you do it along the way. Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, pepperoni and whatnot are all chemical baths and they are not effective foods for being healthy. If you just want to lose weight to look good, then by all means eat this stuff like its going out of style. I prefer to have a healthy balance. My newest plan is all about keeping things light, natural as can be and it is a lifestyle change, it truely is. You cannot do the same things you have always done and expect the same results. It is the definition of insanity you know...
@megumiart (3780)
• United States
23 May 08
If you want to loose weight and keep it off, I think it means you need to completely give your life style a makeover. If you start a diet, loose some pounds, and then go back to your old ways weght its bound to come back on. I would suggest making exercise a part of your daily/weekly lifetyle, it doesn't have to be rigorous, at least a walk or taking stairs instead of elavators, and changing your eating habits; cut out fatty foods. Red meat can often be substituted with turkey [e.g. ground turkey instead of ground beef, turkey sausage intead of pork sausage] and cut out fried and greasy foods. Hope this helps. :]