diets that actually work?
October 6, 2008 8:15pm CST
does anyone know of any diets that actually work? I've tried a lot of different diets, and none seemed to work for me. i get quiet a bit of exercise during the day, but even that with these diets don't work. in the past seven days, I've got out and done a lot of running and playing basketball and football, me and my friend and a few cousins play tag or hide n seek, which have their fair bit of exercise, but even with that and my mom cooking healthy, I've only lost maybe two or three pounds. at one time, i weighed 390, i quickly lost 20 pounds, but, i stopped losing, so i gave up... now 'm trying to lose again, but this time, I'm not losing near as quickly, but I'm getting more exercise than the first time, and eating quiet a bit healthier. it isn't wanting to work, I've been trying for about a month now, and in that month, I've only lost MAYBE 10 pounds. I'm not wanting to give up this time, but, it's complicated, and I'm Bipolar too, so that makes me want to give up even more. Any advice would be appreciated!
• United States
7 Oct 08
How old are you and how tall are you? Losing weight is such a tough subject because everybody responds differently, even if you use the same plan. I'm not a big promoter of diets per se, but I do know of one that nearly always gets good results - Weight Watchers. The easy part about this diet plan is that you use points and tally them up daily. You can eat almost anything but you need to stay within your points for the day. It's mostly about calorie counting and portion control, but it helps you get jumpstarted. The not so easy part about this plan is that if you buy their food, it is a little more expensive. Weight Watchers has ready made frozen meals, snacks, etc and each serving is clearly marked with the point totals. You can also join and go to the weekly meetings and weigh-ins and receive support and help from nutritionists and other people. If you've lost 10 lbs in one month, that is actually phenomenal. Most people who are losing weight might lose 6-8 lbs in a month. Remember that you are trying to learn a new lifestyle, not just lose weight. After you have lost weight, you have to have new habits that help you maintain your new weight so you don't immediately begin gaining it back. Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? How about fiber? You can get fiber in most fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain breads, cereals, etc. Fiber helps you feel full longer and also does not add to your total calories. Another thing I am thinking, have you talked to your doctor about your medication? If you are on something, you might want to make sure it doesn't prevent your efforts to lose weight. Some medications do by increasing your appetite and making you tired, so you feel like eating and not exercising. Don't give up!! It sounds like you are on the verge of starting/continuing a healthy habit and caring about your body. It will help you long term by giving you more energy, preventing future health problems extra weight can cause like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, back pain, knee pain, problems with your joints, arthritis, etc. It's excellent that a lot of your exercise is fun stuff you are enjoying with other people. That is the best way to keep it in focus and to WANT to continue doing it. Just make time every day. Check out this site for some calculators, a place to enter meals/calorie totals, and exercise. www.sparkpeople.com OR wwww.fitday.com
• United States
7 Oct 08
Ok I am trying to lose weight and the way I diet I lost 6 pounds in a week it's not that hard you just have to keep you mind off of food so you don't eat so much. What I do is eat small meals like today I hade a banana and some v8 juice for breakfast and for lunch I had a grilled chicken salad thats all I had and I only eat when I am hurgy. I also have help with a free site called sparkpeople.com that will tell you hoe many calories you need to burn to get to the weigth you at what every time and day you wont to be at that weight. you should check out the site it can help you a lot. The main thing is you need to change the way you eat and try not to eat so much as you are eating if you feel you are not hurgy then stop eating and save what ever is left for later. I hope this helps.
• United States
7 Oct 08
About ten years ago, I had surgery to have an umbilical hernia repaired. At the time I weighed around 200 pounds. I lost about 65 pounds in the next 6 months - I was drinking Slim Fast milk shakes every day (the Slim Fast powder stuff mixed with Lowfat milk and a scoop of lowfat ice cream) - BUT I don't know if it was simply the surgery altering my metabolism or the fact that the surgeon told me never to gain any weight because he had put permanent stitches in my belly and that they might bust and cause me a bunch of trouble or a combination of all of that. Well, I've gained back about 50 of those pounds so evidently I didn't do something right. I really think the best bet is to change eating habits completely. Mine aren't that good I know. Good luck to you - I wish you the best!