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    A bit ago , I watched Dr Oz, suggest a serving of barley a day. I had never tasted it before, so I bought some, cooked it, ...Hey! wasn't bad at all. So, now I have been putting some on everything!! I mix some n with my scrambled egg breakfast, sprinkle some in my lunch salad, & at dinner, there s usually always something to add it to. The idea is, it makes you feel full. I used to snack all night. Now, I'm not looking for anything! Funny, I'm saving calories & money!!!So it definitely worked for me, just started 6 weeks ago & lost 9 lbs. Doesn't sound like much, but it is to me!! I thought I heard somewhere a pound a week was healthy. I eat all the meals I usually have in the past, just less, so no special cooking. Except making the barley. I make it & it store in the fridge for a week.
    If anyone else tries this , give me an update , how you are doing!

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    This is the only diet that worked for me and doesn't involve any extra food cost is the metabolic diet. I lost all my extra weight (I cheated a lot too) and had to start eating more to quit losing. My family ate the same meals I prepared and never knew it was my diet. It cost me about $200 for the initial consultation and food guidelines but no extra cost at all after that. The recipe book is wonderful. I think most places it's called the Weight Loss Clinic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dottie View Post
    I am thinking of trying Nutri System. Has anybody tried it and if so what's your experience with it.
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    I am not a fussy eater - there is very little I don't like (peas, squid, anchovies are a few) but I absolutely hated Nutrisystem food. Ordered it from QVC several years ago - tried one snack and thought it would be tastier to eat cardboard. Sent the whole 4-week package back immediately and calcelled my auto ship. And I wrote them a note to let them know what I thought about their food. I'm a lifetime Weight Watcher from more than 20 years ago - periodically fall off the wagon and just climb back on. (I'm off that wagon at the moment!!). You can eat just about anything anyone else is eating - portion control (my big problem) is always the answer.

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    A friend tried NutriSystem about 2 years ago. Stayed on it to lose a considerable amount of weight. Went off, and gained it all back. I guess he forgot about portion size. to me what mostly works is "eat less, move more" and be aware of portion sizes, even using measuring cups and a kitchen scale til you get used to what a serving is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    I tried so many diets over the years, that I finally gave up when my weight reached 504 lbs. (yes, you read that right 504 lbs!) I decided to make one last effort and if it did not help, I would just resign myself to being fat. I made an appointment with a nutritionist in 2008. She was a wonderful, caring lady, whose first question was "What stops you from being able to follow a diet?" I had never asked myself that question. As she and I talked, she was able to tell me that my first problem seemed to be remembering all the "rules" attached to each diet. Her suggestion has been a miracle weight loss 'diet' for me so I will pass it along in case it will help one of you.
    Her instruction was so simple, I have lost over two hundred pounds using it. She said "Never eat anything if you can't tell what it was, when it grew." That was so easy to follow no matter who was doing the cooking. An example would be you know a carrot was a carrot when it grew, but what does a bread plant look like? Flour does not grow already ground, so none of that. (No, you can't pretend it is breadfruit!) For those of us who have memory problems this is the easiest diet ever. The best thing she taught me was that a serving of anything is never bigger than your palm. The whole idea is so simple and I have my measuring unit attached to my hand, so nothing to forget! I eat meat, veggies, and fruit. I have also discovered that a lot of the things that were toxic to my health were things I did from habit not from taste. (Frying foods, sauces, gravy, whipped cream, etc.) Keeping it simple has been my life story for the last 24 years, but this is the first time it has saved me. Please use whatever works for you, but remember starving yourself makes your body go into "survival mode" and it starts saving everything for later. Yes, I tried Nutri-system, and the food was just awful. Over processed, over cooked, under seasoned, bland. MRE's that my BFF's DH gave me, were more appetizing. The photos of the food made it look appetizing, but the reality was yech! Good luck on your get healthy plan.
    This makes a lot of sense! Thank you for sharing it.

    How are you doing now?

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    I follow a really simple plan...no refined flour; no refined sugar. Natural starches/sugars are fine. Took me about 15 months but lost 65 lbs. Since not working and thus not being quite as active have put back on @20 lbs but that's it. Have been doing this for almost 10 years now. Diets don't work long term...changing you eating habits does.

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    I tried it a year ago when it was "Today's Special Value" on QVC. I didn't like most of the food and I was STILL hungry. Also heard that they are using radiation to make the food have a longer shelf life. If you can WALK, do that because that is the simplest and easy way to lose weight.
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    My son-in-law bought a months worth of the stuff and tried three things and he was done. I thought I might try it since he was going to throw it out. It was the worse stuff I ever tried to eat. I told him I understand why you lose weight...You can't stand the food so you don't eat....LOL

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    I just lost 25lbs. On weight watchers. You eat regular food and you loss slowly. 1or2 lbs.a week. But you won't gain it back. Those fast weight loss diets are a disaster for me. I gained all my weight back on Jenny Craig . Do it slow and do it right. You chance of keeping it off is better inthe long run. If you want more info you can send me a message. Barb
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    I saw an article that said to eat 2 eggs for breakfast. The egg protein is what makes you feel full and satisfied until lunch. That sure worked for me. I've been eating the two eggs for breakfast for about three years now. Wasn't even thing about losing weight when I started. And it has stayed off.
    The other things I do are =
    1. no cake in the house unless it is pumpkin cake, carrot cake, zucchini cake or - you get the picture. And these cakes I make are only for special occasions or pot lucks, so I have help eating them.
    2. Keep away from sugar as much as possible. I will eat sweet things somewhere else, but seldom buy them and never have them at home any more.
    3. Stay away from white flour. I have found that sweet rolls and white bread seem like poison to me. They turn immediately to sugar in your stomach.
    4. I have a small piece of DARK chocolate when I get the urge to snack, and then have a cup of tea. That seems to take away the urge to have more of anything. The chocolate is good for you, and makes me feel rewarded and satisfied.
    5. The most important one! EAT SOME FAT! As in butter and bacon and beef and pork. Not a lot, but your brain needs fat, and when it is satisfied with a little fat, you don't feel the need to be eating all that sugar stuff.
    So fry those eggs in butter! They really taste good.
    And do your cooking with fresh vegetables in water-less cookware. You can cook almost water-less in most any cookware, but the good stuff makes it easier. And water-less is a lot more healthy!
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    Very true about Nutri System. I think that you can do just as well by having a small bowl of cereal in the morning, a Healthy Choice meal at lunch and dinner, each accompanied by a salad or fruit. Snack on fresh, uncooked veggies like snap peas, carrots, etc.

    Now if only I could follow my own advice!
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    I did NS for 6 mos and lost 75lbs. I was so happy, then my ex came home from his cruise and he was happy so he said but I had high doubts when for my birthday, he bought me a large birthday cake. He said he was trying to be nice, it was the first time in 7 yrs of marriage that he'd gotten me a cake or anything sweet. Once I went off the diet I gained the weight back.

    Over 20 yrs ago I had weight loss surgery. It has lots of trials and tribulations, its no easy fix like most think. You still have to work at it or you'll gain your weight back. There were lots of things I hadn't been told in advance so it was a shocker the first time I tried to eat a little of my sons birthday cake, on bite sent me to the bathroom. About 10yrs after my surgery I had gotten a night job and went back up to 160 + and then one night I said this is crazy, I didn't go thru this surgery to be overweight. The problem back then was that they never really deal with why you gained your weight and you have a tendancy to put it back on. A friend just had it about 2 yrs ago and they have changed some things like she had to get a trainer and a certain amount of excercising afterwards and a few other things that are good for any weight loss program.

    I went on the Southbeach diet because it mimics the diet for the WLS the most. Low carbs, low fat and high healthy protein. The other diet that mimics it is kind of the same but it just says high protein, no matter what kind. I couldn't believe when a co-worker brought a giant bag of fried bacon in to snack on, saying she needs lots of protein. Come on now, that's just wrong that a grown up person would do that. I've sinced learned this person is one who can justify anything she does to make it right in her mind. Anyway's about 2 months later I was back down to 140 and stayed that way for several yrs. Now I'm back down to 121 and have maintained it for quite some times. Its a struggle sometimes but its worth it. The thing that most don't realize that after surgery, you can make your body get used to all of those things that made you over weight in the first place but I refuse to do that to myself. I know lots who have and you can't tell they've ever had surgery and have put lots of weight back on.

    addressing the gall bladder ....when I had my surgery the doctor removed mine, as he did all of his patients. The reason is that when we lose weight we have a tendancy not to drink enough water to flush our system out and that's why people have issues with thier gall bladders. They aren't being flushed of the toxins. When I went in for screening, I already had 5 gallstones that amazed the doctors that I couldnt feel them, they were big.

    If I were to recommend any diet it would be South Beach because its a healthy life style change but you can still eat a little of what you like once you are on track but if you follow the diet you'll be eating healthier.

    The second one I know that lots of people have success with is WW, the problem with it, like NS and others like it, is you are constantly putting out more money and then if you have a money crunch the first thing you stop is your weight loss program. With SB, you learn how to incorporate normal food into your normal life and its easy to stay on because you aren't constantly putting out money for programs and the food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc View Post
    I have never tried but my daughter said it was awful and so have a lot of her clients.
    When I tried it, over 20 yrs ago, it was good and I had no problems eating it and was successful. Most people don't know that at one time, Jenny Craig and NS was the same company. I can't remember which one was first but it was a worker that worked for the company that started their own. I think NS was first but can't remember so not saying for sure. No matter what, you have to adjust and address your eating habits and monitor your vitamin levels. I get mine checked by the doctor and I don't take multis, I take what I know I need, mag. zinc, calcium, vit D, etc. I go and get my levels checked every 6 mos and have the amounts that I take adjusted accordingly.
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    By the way, check on line, SouthBeach used to have a free website to help you along and lots of good recipes. I love thier cookbooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    From her comments portion I am presuming she is selling this vitamix stuff........another diet aid...once off! puff weight gained plus!!!!! WW seems to be the most practical. It's a hand to mouth addiction!
    Actually, I've been following her for about a year and this vitamix is new to the site although I know she uses a Vitamix blender and she probably has sponsors. That said, I've never seen a single recipe that has any "diet aids" in it. Her approach is very sound - eat healthy food, control your portions, and exercise.

    For those who didn't see my original post, this is the site we are talking about.http://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/
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    My sister and I tried it, if you like eating sawdust, go for it - threw away three weeks worth of food, it was that bad to us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Normabeth View Post
    My sister and I tried it, if you like eating sawdust, go for it - threw away three weeks worth of food, it was that bad to us.
    I have tried losing weight more times than I can remember ! In 1985 I was down to 115 and felt good. I need a goal to lose weight ! this one was my daughters graduation.
    I now have begun using Calciium Beninite Clay. (sp) It helps with weight loss and really helps with your health. If you do this use a good one. you can go to aboutclay.com or Global Light Networks you can get a good one at either place and good information at either place.
    One needs to eat right and move ! walking works. I also garden eat fruits, vegies and you need protein so meat and/or eggs help. Now to just follow my suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    I have done them all one time or another...every diet is just a DIET! I gained back all my losses plus some. I have learned some good things from each one though and now I am learning to live on less food, but not less weight because I am much less active now.

    I eat turkey and chicken, avacado, and as little breads as I can manage. I juice breakfast (1/2 veggies and 1/3 fruit/and protein. I eat salads when out mostly and try to cook a good dinner....this is my down fall...I don't enjoy cooking any more and I wish I would, so I end up with more frozen foods, or easy potatoes in the micro...stuff like that. My snacks are mostly almonds and once in a while pretzels. Boring ain't it! And I am not loosing, mostly maintaining my 50 pounds overage!

    Some of us have a very slow metabolism even though the Drs. say just eat less. (I also use an app My Fitness - to track these foods and I eat between 1200-1400 cal a day.) This might be my best tip for everyone....track your eating.

    PS...anything that needs advertised sp much isn't working or worth your time.
    I agree with you just count your calories I am going to try and lose 25 pounds by counting calories.
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    I am on my 11th day of MyFitnessPal.com and have started seeing results by journaling, adequate water intake and following their calculated caloric, fat, protein, sodium, fiber grams for my personal weight loss. The tracking keeps me accountable otherwise I stuff the good bad stuff all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I wouldn't try any of those'
    There is a secret to losing weight. It is you have to eat less and move more. One thousand calories a day is good for me.
    I can't agree more!!!! All of these programs and products...toss them. Start by cutting out ALL processed foods...full of chemicals anyway, and tons of fat and no nutrition.
    Once you've done that, you will start to naturally adapt to getting back to eating the way we were meant to..real food...the weight will just drop off and stay off.
    There is no magic program.

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    I bought the starter kit at Wal- mart. Food was ok. A friend of mine lost quite a bit on the home delivery program. All diet programs are pricey so if you are going to invest the money... Invest the effort

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    Dottie, I am surprise no one has mentioned the TOPS organization...Take off Pounds Sensibly...take a look at www.tops.org and yes there is a group that meets in your town. Yearly membership is $28.00 ...monthly dues is usually under $5.00...it is all about accountability and encouragement. Weekly weigh ins and encouragement. There is not a "single" diet or weight plan offered, but you choose what works for you, turn in a weekly menu (optional) and listen to programs about a variety of plans or menus that educate and enlighten you and give you hope. Sometimes there are incentive games for losing and alway healthy living stressed. I am the weight recorder in our group, have been in it for several years, and lost over 45 pounds. Now to get busy on the next 50...lol. These groups also have local rallys and state and national gatherings which are great. Good luck.
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