The diet craze is a hoax

@sigma77 (5385)
United States
February 12, 2007 7:42pm CST
Are any of you hooked on dieting? If all these diets work so well, how come there is a new one on the market every week? The facts are that diets don't work for most people. Convincing people to take diet pills and supplements is one of the biggest scams in the fitness industry. It has never been scientifically proven that they work for any length of time. Diets have been around for decades and still this country has more people gaining more weight than ever before. The answer is eating to be healthy and adding in some form of exercise. This will very for different kinds of metabolisms. Have you ever had any real success with dieting? What kinds of diets have you tried? I have been able to lose 2 pounds a month over the last 6 months just by eating 5 smaller meals a day instead of 3 bigger ones. I also have added walking as part of my health project. I was about 30-35 pounds over weight. And I am not really engaged in this yet.
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• United States
2 Mar 07
I have tried many diets. Starving, carbs only, fruits and veggies only, weight watchers. I go up and down like a yoyo. I loose to fast, and then it just comes back. If I do not exercise, it will not even come off. Well, I don't care anymore. I am very inactive because I have no way to leave the house, and I have a problem with a foot so I cannot walk or jump around. I just am who I am now, and that is about 20 pounds more.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Well, 20 pounds is not that much. You might be able to work with weights where you don't have to do alot of movement with your feet. In this way, you will build some muscle that will help burn more fats. Starvation will never work, because there will alway be minimums to maintain as far as calorie intake. I am sorry to here that you don't care anymore about losing weight. I can understand if you have decided to accept yourself as you are. Nothing wrong in that.
• United States
11 Apr 07
Well, here is an update. I just lost 7 pounds. No exercise, just eating very little. I have always been thin, and I don't want to be heavy if possible.
@patootie (3593)
13 Feb 07
If any diet plan really worked .. the whole world would be using it .. it's that simple .. I tried the 'smaller portions, more often' .. put on weight .. Slim Fast .. put on weight .. well let's save space .. any diet you name it I've tried it and usually stayed the same or put on weight .. worst ever was Weight Watchers .. put on 1 stone in 4 weeks .. gee thanks WW !! My problem is other than for very short periods I cannot exercise .. I am 97% sedentary .. I simple eat too much for the effort I do every day .. But I cannot really cut back anymore .. and in any case when I do cut back I don't really lose weight as my body thinks it's about to starve and stores the calories rather than let me burn them up as energy there and then .. Ironically the amount I now eat doesn't make me put on weight .. but if I reduce I can't lose !
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
13 Feb 07
It looks like you have a special problem of not being able to get your matabolism running at a higher rate. You are right, no amount of cutting back will help in your case. You do have to take in a minimum amount of calories. Is there any way you could lift weights? Even while sitting you might be able to use small dumbells to get your muscles working and therefore generate a higher metabolic rate.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I agree with you. I do not believe in the veracity of dieting. It just seems too go to be true. I do not diet (unfortunately, I have to watch my weight, because if I get too skinny, I could become unhealthy, but, I have fast metabolism, and a busy schedule...so it is very difficult). In college, my biology professor told everyone that if they ever wanted to lose weight, they would have to do it the way they gained it, and that is through calories. He said that calories, are the only things that matter, if you cut your intake, and exercise, you should be healthy in no time. For years, I have only delt with calories, even before he told us that. I try to not lose more than I take in, but I know that many others are the opposite of me, and so they should take in less than they lose, until they reach a sufficient weight. I have never dieted and do not support it, I believe in eating right, and exercising. I know too many people who diet, but they really need to change what they eat, and should try to do something physical, because that is their real problem. I am glad that you are doing well, good luck.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Thanks for responding. You have a problem that many will envy you for...not having to lose weight, but keeping from losing it. From what research I have found, keeping your metabolic rate higher consumes more calories. So cutting calories by a small amount can work wonders. In many cases, diets restrict calories to low levels that do not support losing weight because the body goes into "saving fat mode" to protect itself from losing to much muscle.
• United States
13 Feb 07
walking is good exercize for those people who are able to walk on a normal basis but people like me with a handicap that can't walk too long at one time will not be able to lose the weight I can walk around the house but so to be able to walk outside for about 15 minutes to a half hour it will be impossiable so I have made my own exercize regamine up I sit in my rocker recliner and lean back where it is all the way down and with my knees upon the foot rest I will then bring the back up to a sitting position with my knees still bent it stretches the muscle in your stomach witch will help you to flatten your stomach just as good as walking does I do this dueing the commericals of a tv show and or movie that I may watch in the evenings so I figure that the commercials are about 10 minutes long and with all the commercials I will have done my exercizing for the day
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
13 Feb 07
That is a great idea. Any continious movement can help increase your metabolism rate. Thanks.