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ICANDOITIN2010 Posts: 231
3/8/10 8:47 P

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I use the Spark Plan as a guide I try and use comparable foods to what they have on the meal plan for the day. It's been working out ok so far and I keep with in the calorie range they suggest for the amount of weight I want to lose.

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BABYSUMO Posts: 6
3/8/10 4:39 P

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It's only day 3 of my diet, so...here is the plan :

Hyper-proteinated for the first three weeks (goal 8/10kg drop, 500g/ day)
Low-carb for 48 weeks after that (goal : the rest)

in between no more beers, fine wines and Islay whikies, and 30 minutes cardio + weights twice or thrice a week.

oh yes, and tracking everything that I eat makes a big change...

It will work this time, as I'm doing it just for myself with no outside pressure...

Edited by: BABYSUMO at: 3/8/2010 (16:40)
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3/8/10 3:38 P

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I've tried "diets" some with alright results some not but I always end up still overwt. Honestly, it is the focus on being more active on life, making minigoals like try to get at least 1 pc of fruit/day this wk, and tracking. When I record and have an honest look at what i am consuming only can i respond more appropriately. It really helps to compare what I eat to how others eat. I do this searching for ideas or to see if what i am doing is not balanced.

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far Iíve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already. - Dave Barry


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TKOBABE's Photo TKOBABE Posts: 26
3/3/10 4:59 P

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Great responses so far! I always like to see what is working for others. I too am a very picky eater, well not too picky, but there are a few foods I won't eat and then there are some I will only eat when cooked and mixed into something. The variety here of what works for you all is great! I don't have much faith in the pre-set diets that are on websites (much like the one on here) that are the same foods for everyone, just maybe different calorie ranges. A specific type of diet may work for one person but not for another. This is the same for workout routines. You have to do what works for you and you will only find what works for you by trial and error. I journal what I write and I'm thankful for that. I was really struggling with regaining weight I had lost until I got out my old journals and was looking at the way I was eating when I was doing well and what kind of workouts I was doing. My body reacts better to weight lifting and high intensity cardio (i.e. 2 hours of boxing 4-5 days a week). When I moved and had to stop boxing, that's when everything started to spiral out of control. Well, guess what folks? I'm now back in control and I'm going to keep it that way. It may sound a bit selfish, but I'm putting my health and fitness first and foremost once again. If I don't take care of me, I won't be around to take care of my kids. Keep up the good work everyone!!

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3/3/10 6:21 A

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I follow SparkPeople's plan, eating regular foods just watching portion size and total calories/fat/carbs/protein/etc. I make sure to keep in the range they've set for me. I don't follow the meal plans they put out as I'm a very picky eater and don't like many of the foods they put on there so I choose my own foods instead but make sure I get all my nutrients and so forth.

When the munchies hit, I first have a glass of water...if that doesn't work, I have fresh veggies in the fridge all the time (I love carrots and celery). Every now and then though I do give in to tastier fare so I don't deprive myself. I just try to work those extras into my plan so I don't go over.



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3/2/10 4:47 P

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I don't follow any I try to watch what I eat and get plenty of exercise and drink plenty water

Lenae C
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3/1/10 2:13 P

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I do not follow any specific diet. I try to keep my diet balanced according to the recommended ranges but then pretty much eat what I like, is available, is in season (for fruit/veggies). I know I don't meet all my numbers on all days but I know I am doing a lot better than I was when I didn't track anything and it has helped a lot in the last 10 1/2 months.

Mindy

Started Spark April 14, 2009.

Hit first Goal October 2010 !

Hit second goal (145) in June, 2011.

Then I went on vacation - still trying to recover :)


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3/1/10 12:44 A

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Many of the long time consistent losers say that they don't lose weight if they don't use the nutrition and fitness trackers even if they still blog and do team discussions. But I don't.
I have gorged and dieted myself to the point of being insulin resistant, having a geriatric metabolism and hormonal system shot to bits, oh and I felt 10 years older. I have tried most diets, but for me the following seems to work: I follow Dr Johnson's Alternate Day Diet.
I feel my right age at last, am losing slowly, have more energy. Feel as if my life has been changed. I do serious weights and have not lost to much muscle mass compared to other diets I have been on (I know it doesn't make sense on this diet)
For chocolate cravings 80% choclolate- very small piece, has very little sugar. Or a teaspoon of organic cocoa in hot milk with a bit of honey and nutmeg. My tastebuds have changed.
Hope at last

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2/28/10 6:51 P

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I have run into that problem too when I'm following my plan. My husband doesn't much care for me having to eat something different than the rest of the family, but they don't want to eat what I'm eating, which is usually chicken and veggies. Makes it hard sometimes. Just keep reminding them that you are doing this for your health. Hopefully the complaining will be lessened.

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AMYMOMOF2LS's Photo AMYMOMOF2LS Posts: 515
2/28/10 2:30 P

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I follow eating a healthy diet...I monitor my calories, fat and carbs!! :) That is how I lost all of my weight when my daughter was born and now it's working again!! :) I love beeing able to use the tracker on SparkPeople!! :)

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2/28/10 1:54 P

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I follow/try a more carb restricted diet. Throught this I have found that I have some form of yeast/sugar disadvantage. The problem I have is that I am the only one overweight in my house and we have more proportionally balanced meals for the rest of the family. I also consistantly feel like a burden b/c my family will complain "Are you eating what I fixed or something you are going to make!" It causes minor strains in our household, which relates but is a whole other problem in our house.

EST. Michigan, USA


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2/28/10 9:28 A

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I am using weight watchers. I like their system a lot and it gives me all of the control I need. It works if you are consistent.

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TKOBABE's Photo TKOBABE Posts: 26
2/28/10 1:28 A

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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what type of diet plans everyone follows (or tries to follow) and how it has or is working for you? I create my own plans but would work better if I actually stuck to it. I have in the past and it has worked very well for me. Does anyone follow the plans that SparkPeople creates for you? And what do you do when a craving hits you?

Here's my answer:
I create my own plans which are balanced with proteins, carbs and fats. I don't believe in cutting out anything from the diet entirely. I have looked at the SparkPeople diet and it's higher carb than I would like. If I were training for a marathon or something like that it would be a GREAT plan! I like to keep everything simple and very little thinking to the whole process. I prepare foods in advance for the most part, am pretty flexible with dinner, and keep healthy snacks on hand for when I'm on the go. As for cravings - if I have a chocolate craving, I allow myself 1 Hershey Kiss or a spoonful of peanut butter or Nutella (cocoa hazlenut butter); if I'm wanting something salty or crunchy either lite popcorn or nuts.

Here's a quick snack for you:

1 box sugar free Jell-O instant pudding mix (your choice of flavors)
1 scoop (which ever flavor will work with your pudding) 100% whey protein powder (Optimum nutrition makes a flavorless whey powder that mixes with anything)

Add protein powder to pudding mix and prepare according to package directions.

I put mine in single serve containers so I have a yummy high protein snack on hand. Enjoy!!

~Crystal~

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