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    What is your favorite weight lost plan/strategy?

    I need to quit procrastinating and loose some tonnage.

    Do you diet and exercise or just diet or just exercise?

    What plan has been successful for you?

    I need something that my husband can also benefit from.

    Looking forward to discussing this. I imagine there are several success stories out there. Thanks in advance.

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    I followed Dr. Peter Gott's 'No Flour; No Sugar' plan. Was very successful. I lost about 65 or more lbs. in just over a year. It's really as simple as the title suggests - no refined flour, no refined sugar. Natural sugars/starches are fine so you really do have a balanced diet. It does require quite a bit of label reading at first, particularly if you're used to buying lots of packaged foods. As with any diet though, you have to make it a life-style change, not just a diet. I'm not as diligent as I was for the first few years so have gained a few lbs back (about 15-20) but could easily drop that again. I still follow this eating plan about 8 years later. There are books available for this but you really don't need them. There is also a cookbook to give you some ideas for different ways of making various dishes. Use oatmeal for filler (like meatloaf, etc.) and the like.

    Good luck with your journey.

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    I noticed a difference (lost 10 pounds) when I started walking at least 2 miles a day, or more.
    the experts say 30 minutes exercise 3 times a week - that is bull-hockey and will not do a thing. I aim for 1-2 hours a day, almost every day.

    Also, do not keep foods in the house that you shouldn't eat. It is a lot easier to resist temptation ONCE in the grocery store, than multiple times at home.

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    In 1972 I weighed 159 lbs. I went on Weight Watchers and lost 29 lbs. in four months and have kept the weight off since then. I now weigh 130 lbs. and weigh in at WW once a month. I used to exercise a lot, but I had a few falls and now I am afraid to walk outside. I eat pretty much what I want, but do not eat greasy and fried foods. Also, watch how many sweets I consume. I have learned to change my eating habits, that is the only way to be successful.

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    I've been trying to lose the same 20 lbs. for 10 years. I have given up and just try to eat healthy and go for a 30 minute walk every evening. I comfort myself with the thought that at least I'm not gaining weight.

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    i recently started using myfitnesspal.com. i have lost 7 pounds. i am not an exerciser and never will be, so my only other choice is to watch what i'm eating. i like that the site tracks your calories for the day and holds me accountable for everything i put in my mouth. i use smaller plates and take much smaller bits. i have 1 or 2 sweets a day, but savor every morsel of it.
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    South Beach Diet, love the energy I get. I go back on it every couple of years just for fun.

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    Several years ago, I fell in the shower and messed up the ligaments in one of my knees, leaving me unable to walk very far or exercise much. As a result, I've gotten rather fluffy.

    DH and I enjoy driving through a nearby park on weekend mornings (lots of deer), and one morning we saw two of the STRANGEST bicycles we'd ever seen. They had 3 wheels, and the riders were sitting down, reclined in a chair rather than being upright on a regular bike seat. Suddenly I realized I might could do that! I can't ride a regular bike, thanks to my unstable knee, but by golly, I might could ride one of those 3-wheeled bikes!

    We hurried home and got online to see what those bikes were called. Aha! They're recumbent trikes! Where can we buy one, and how much are they? I was soooo excited!

    ... until I found out that a decent starter trike costs anywhere from $1,500 to $2,200. Instant bummer.

    We got to poking around online, and found where a few people had built their own recumbent trike. DH is pretty handy. Maybe he could build one!

    And he did exactly that! He finished it up about 3 weeks ago, and as soon as I started riding it, I also started counting calories. Between the trike riding and watching what I eat, I can tell I've already lost some. My legs have gotten quite a bit stronger, too! At first I could only go a couple of miles, but now I'm able to ride almost 9 miles in a day.

    So basically my plan is to pedal my fanny off, and try to keep it under 1,800 calories a day. (I'd actually like it to be a little lower than that, but I get horribly irritable and headache-y if I feel like I'm "starving".)

    Here's my trike. I'm so proud of it, and proud of DH for building it for me! He's building one for himself, too.

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    Move it and you'll lose it. I have to keep a little on the lean side to ease stress on my arthritic joints, so just stick to a healthy diet (nothing extreme, just healthy choices) and exercise daily...oh and doing warm up yoga stretches first thing each morning.

    Love that recumbent trike! We live in the hills so dog walking and gardening are my main things to do. The incline to get to our house from one direction is very steep, so a bike of any sort isn't in my future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i recently started using myfitnesspal.com. i have lost 7 pounds. i am not an exerciser and never will be, so my only other choice is to watch what i'm eating. i like that the site tracks your calories for the day and holds me accountable for everything i put in my mouth. i use smaller plates and take much smaller bits. i have 1 or 2 sweets a day, but savor every morsel of it.
    I use this site also. It has been a big help to me to be accountable for everything that goes into my mouth. My weight loss has been slow but steady. Since starting last Oct. at 180 lbs, am now down to 160 and I feel so much better. My niece also uses this site and has lost 34 lbs in the last about 8 months. Good Luck on your journey.

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    My doctor years ago told me to "eat less, move more" and that is what works for me. I also don't keep a lot of junk in the house. I also have not eliminated anything from my diet, but am careful with quantity and frequency of some things. I know I am in trouble with bread, so don't keep it. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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    I lost 20 lbs in 4 months with these changes: No cokes or other sodas. No candy, few desserts. No ice cream. 2 pieces of bread per day, no more. When you eat between meals, eat fruit or vegetables - including at the movies. Park at the back of the parking lot always. Walk more whenever you can. That was all = no diet per say, no books, etc. I quit because 20 was all I needed.

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    freshly cooked Irish oatmeal in the morning and the only other foods here are fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries. My downfall was breads and cheeses so do not buy them any more ...... seems to be working, good energy, focus on quilting not food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post
    Several years ago, I fell in the shower and messed up the ligaments in one of my knees, leaving me unable to walk very far or exercise much. As a result, I've gotten rather fluffy.

    DH and I enjoy driving through a nearby park on weekend mornings (lots of deer), and one morning we saw two of the STRANGEST bicycles we'd ever seen. They had 3 wheels, and the riders were sitting down, reclined in a chair rather than being upright on a regular bike seat. Suddenly I realized I might could do that! I can't ride a regular bike, thanks to my unstable knee, but by golly, I might could ride one of those 3-wheeled bikes!

    We hurried home and got online to see what those bikes were called. Aha! They're recumbent trikes! Where can we buy one, and how much are they? I was soooo excited!

    ... until I found out that a decent starter trike costs anywhere from $1,500 to $2,200. Instant bummer.

    We got to poking around online, and found where a few people had built their own recumbent trike. DH is pretty handy. Maybe he could build one!

    And he did exactly that! He finished it up about 3 weeks ago, and as soon as I started riding it, I also started counting calories. Between the trike riding and watching what I eat, I can tell I've already lost some. My legs have gotten quite a bit stronger, too! At first I could only go a couple of miles, but now I'm able to ride almost 9 miles in a day.

    So basically my plan is to pedal my fanny off, and try to keep it under 1,800 calories a day. (I'd actually like it to be a little lower than that, but I get horribly irritable and headache-y if I feel like I'm "starving".)

    Here's my trike. I'm so proud of it, and proud of DH for building it for me! He's building one for himself, too.

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    zThis one would do it for me - if I could find a safe road! I contemplated a large tricycle for the same reason.(They start at $600...now I have a rollator which at least gives me support in case my knee gives way.It has saved a few falls.

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    It's very frustrating when I go to a site like SparkPeople and read about all the things I should be doing to lose weight, and I am ALREADY doing them all. No sodas, candy, ice cream, junk foods, fried foods, don't eat out, eat very little meat, mostly whole grains, fruits, vegs, drink water with meals. I eat a good breakfast and lunch and very light supper around 4pm. No snacking at night, I am hungry when I go to bed. And yet it is a struggle to lose weight. I did lose 10 pounds from walking but have plateau'd.

    I have the utmost sympathy for people who are struggling with their weight, it is HARD WORK.

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    I try to eat healthy 90% of the time and allow myself 10% to eat the things I love. Try cutting back on portion sizes, adding a few more healthy foods and get some more exercise (just move more - you don't need to join a gym). Make the changes slowly over time and you are more likely to stick with them. Most of all, be patient. The weight did not come on over night so it isn't going to leave over night. Good luck!!

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    I walk with my dog 2 miles each morning. Have stopped eating chocolate really love chocolate - except for very special occasion. I cut my portions in half and often don't eat at night....I really think about if I am hungry or just bored or just think it is time to eat. If I only eat when I am truly hungry, I eat a LOT less. It's amazing how often, your brain is just looking for something to keep the mouth busy! I lost 30 pounds in a month (granted it was a very stressful month and I really had no appetite) but I'm keeping it off and working on the next 30 pounds.

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    what works for me is the cabbage soup diet What hasn't worked was the Vegan diet my dr put me on.. I have also found if I allow myself 1 treat a week it gives me something to look forward to, and makes it a little easier to stick to my diet
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    I've found the best way to lose is what I've heard called The Southern Diet. "Well, shut my mouth!"

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    I agree with Stitchnripper... eat less, move more. It's all about portion control and exercise. It's an eye opener when you actually measure your portions and see what the correct portion size should be. I also like Leslie Sansonne's Walk Away the Pounds and have had success with her DVDs. It's something you can do in your home at whatever time works for you. The DVDs range from 30-45 minutes. I've lost a lot of weight on WeightWatchers which basically is just eating healthy... a lot of fruits and veggies and lean meats.
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    Reduce the caloric intake and rev up the exercise. I got some barbells at Wal-Mart and started a weight training program at home. Lots of exercise books out there that helped me get started. If you can't walk, no problem, use ankle weights, sit in a chair and do leg lifts. Do bicep and tricep curls. You can lie on the bed and do abdominal crunches. If you can walk add that in with the weight lifting. Muscles burn a lot of calories. I only lift 12 pounds, I started with 1 pound weights and have worked up. I can see the difference and feel the difference. I do not eat junk food, sweets, anything with white flour and beef. I eat 6 small meals a day of 200-250 calories, most of which is protein, good carbs and a little fat. This keeps the blood sugar level, no sugar spikes and I never feel hungry.

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    I've lost 50lbs over the past year. Basically cutting out all refined and processed foods. No flour (or any grains) and no white sugar. I do use coconut flour and flax meal to bake grain free breads, pancakes, pie crusts, cakes....etc.....

    No GM foods, either. The GAPS diet is what has worked for us. )
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    Paleo Diet. Don't know why it's called a diet. You can eat as much as you want, and the pounds drop off.

    Basically it's eating the way our ancestors ate before industrialization -- eat grass-fed and finished meat (you would be surprised what today's commercialized animals are fed which is passed on to us), pastured chickens (don't be fooled by free-roaming), eggs from pastured chickens, wild caught fish, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, preferably organic. Don't eat GM (genetically modified) foods such as soy and corn. No grains, sugar, or processed food.

    This lifestyle is healthy! Especially anyone suffering from modern-day health problems (allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, etc.,) will notice a difference.

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    Right now I am on a low carb diet. Have lost 8 lbs. in 4 weeks. Have not cheated at all ! ! Started out walking 15 minutes everyday and am up to 30 minutes a day. Eat lots of meat and salads and Jello. Very little bread and other starches. Like corn , potatoes , sweet veggies etc. etc. Working so far. Yeah ! ! !

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    I watch carbs and count calories (or at least make sure I am aware of them) and work out regularly at a gym. I lift weights at least twice a week, and do cardio workouts (run 3 miles or take a 45 minute "spin" class) three times a week. I avoid sugar, so no candy, cookies, ice cream or cake-- unless it's a special birthday~

    Try switching from white potatoes to sweet potatoes. They taste better and have a lower glycemic index.
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