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Diets which have worked for you?

Hi, at twelve stone nine pounds i have managed to get a bit overweight. The only diet I have previously succeeded on was the old style weight watchers, where I dropped a couple of stone. However, I am seriously lacking motivation and do not feel I will stick to protein and vegetables that weightwatchers guides you towards. I need to slim my waist down. What diet should I follow and what worked for you or didn’t work for you?

Unfortunately I don’t have any advice. In my case it didn’t matter what I did I couldn’t lose weight. I only lost weight when I switched meds.

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What didn’t work for me :

  • Weight watchers
  • Atkins
  • Keto diet
  • Losing weight quickly by calorie counting

What did work for me :

Losing weight slowly by calorie counting.

I use this android app

It’s also available for iPhone.

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Eating less and moving more is when I get the best results.

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Eating less and lower carb has helped me in the past.

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start to set walking destinations or goals thats what i am doing Ive been out most of the day walking around

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The only diet that worked for me was strict Keto with daily exercise. Definitely stay away from bread and all sweets and processed salty foods (crisps etc), and I even ate smaller portions of meat too. It worked, but it didn’t feel sustainable. Eventually I wanted to eat “like normal” and it all undid itself.

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When I was in college I did one diet that worked for me. I had few rules and they were very simple. 1) No fried food 2) No junk food (like sweets, soda, etc) 3) Only one entree per meal. (Ie cutting down on serving size, so like for example instead of getting 2 burgers I could only get 1, or i couldn’t have spaghetti and a hotdog I had to pick one or the other). On top of this I went to the gym 4-5 days a week for several weeks. I lost 5 lbs i think. Kind of pitiful but it is the only diet I ever went on where I actually lost weight and kept it off.

I have really been trying to have a mostly plant based diet lately and I just find it so difficult. This is because if you want good healthy food, it really has to be homemade. In my experience healthy food options at restaurants or takeout or microwave meals tend to just be…awful. Or “fake healthy”. The trouble with the homemade thing is cooking takes work, meal planning, grocery shopping, and then having to actually take time to cook and clean dishes. It’s a lot when you work a full time high stress job, 12 hour shifts. And on top of that I am not the best cook. My mom has been a vegan for decades and has cooked for even longer. She knows exactly from years of trial and error what to make that is tasty and very healthy and does it well. But I am not able to eat every meal at my parents house or have my mom cook for me every meal unfortunately.

Inevitably I just end up going back to takeout every day. Takeout or fast food makes up like 90% of my meals because it requires no effort or thought.

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I lost 60 pounds on the Atkins. On resperidone. Never went hungry.

I gained it all back after a few years and tried the Dukan Diet. A little easier to follow and I lost 68 lbs. On resperidone. Again, rarely went hungry.

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This diet is highly recommended. My nutritionist recommended it and it ranks highly out of 40 reviewed diets I researched. It scores highly for being healthy. It is a little pricey. it scored highly for being sustainable i.e. easy to follow.

it lowers blood pressure.

If you are interested I’ll leave the research to you.

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i lost 40 pounds on the one meal a day diet last winter. i was trying to get rid of my belly and while it did get smaller, mostly i lost a lot of size on my arms and legs instead, which i didn’t want. i just ate 1000 calories a day at night, for dinner, i would sleep in through morning, and drink coffee until dinner, never exercised, well sometimes i walked. i have since put the weight back on intentionally and now work on my physique and exercise regularly. currently i weigh 155 pounds and wouldn’t mind getting up to 170 175 pounds. i think i weighed 165 when i went on the diet.

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The only way I ever lost weight was to power walk 3 miles a day. I ate whatever I felt like eating. But I don’t eat fast food and I don’t eat a lot of meat just because my town doesn’t have fast food restaurants and I don’t prefer meat.

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Something that worked for me was the Mediterranean diet. It’s very healthy. Not extreme.

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Omnivore diet doesn’t work for me.

But that’s just me.

And who knows it might change in the future.

My diet styles keep changing you see.

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The hcg diet worked for me years ago and the keto/low carb diet is helping me now.

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Lots of bacon and pork chops?

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Lol no the hcg diet is a 500 calorie diet and you take the hcg drops/injections each day … no sugar, oil, butter… no fat… very low carbs… chicken or fish.

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Thanks very much. I will read through this later on. I am a little cautious that it might be more expensive because I am on welfare but perhaps there are ingredients I could substitute etc that might be cheaper… Also, I am hoping that it is fairly simple to follow. Some tracking diets make food become obsessional.

I lost 50 lbs. slowly over a year and a halfs time by cutting my calories down to 1200 a day, tracking my calories, weighing myself weekly, and doing Hatha yoga for a half hour 5 days a week.

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Meal Replacement Diet Shakes just as a kick starter. Lost a little weight, enough to give me the confidence to start exercising and eating more sensibly.

I really should start this regime again.

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