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TeamChef
March 3rd, 2005, 09:21 PM
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POLL QUESTION: Do Diets Really Work?

Poll question is based on the following quote:

"If you're thinking of going on a diet to lose those extra pounds
think again. Long-term weight control through dieting is near
impossible, for the simple reason is that diets promote only short
term solutions not long term."

Gary Matthews - http://www.recipesecrets.net/maxfit.html

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 12:16 AM
I lost 35 pounds on The South Beach Diet and I've never felt better about myself. This whole thing about diets not working is just crap!

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 12:41 AM
I have been on every diet there is and when I stick to it I easily lose the weight; however, once I go off, which I always do I gain my weight back plus some. I'm starting to believe that diets really don't work

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 12:45 AM
I have to agree with Gary, most diets are for short term weight loss. And I've seen many who gain the weight back, and more! Too hard on the body's system. Another thing is, we as individuals, require different regimens. Meaning, what's good for one person may be horrible for another. WE have to be careful. Personally, I believe that exercise is key. <marquee>:idea:

cubskim
March 4th, 2005, 01:49 AM
I agree with the statement, BUT if a diet to lose weight turns into a lifetime plan, than it does work. I've been on WW for almost 14 months, I've lost 78.5 lbs, 6.5 while on maintenance, and during these 14 months, I've seen at least 3 family members join WW for a 2nd time now. They are doing the quick-fix, and that's not lifetime-lasting.

Exercise and water are very important!

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 04:03 AM
No, i will not.

In fact, i am used to it now. I started following the South Beach Diet and it really help a lot because of their 3 phase diet plan which is very ideal for a working man like me.

I used to be 115 kgs but since i enrolled three months ago, my weight is now 92 kgs and going down every week.

Thanks and to those who are dieting, never stop.....

Sincerely,

Albert

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 10:31 AM
Diets are a temporary change in what you eat and the amount you eat. "Diets" will work for most people for temporary weight loss. For long term weight loss, or meeting your ideal weight, you must have a permanent change in life-style. Food must be looked at differently and used as a tool for good health, not a fun activity to indulge into. We have failed in not teaching our country the value of eating properly. Media has made billions of dollars by advertising junk food as the "cool" foods to eat. All at the expense of our country's health. If we were as concerned for the well-being of eachother as we are for the amount of money we have in our bank acounts, then the word "diet" wouldn't even exist in our vocabulary.

Allison Kirby
Trinity, TX

Anonymous
March 4th, 2005, 05:34 PM
Diets are, for the most part, designed to take weight off immediately. As far as they go, most of them work OK. However, if you want to lose weight, and KEEP it off, you need to view your body as a caloric bank account. If you put in more calories than you burn, you'll gain weight. The secret is to either put in less calories, and/or use more calories on a day-to-day basis. It doesn't matter WHAT you eat. It DOES matter, though, HOW MUCH you eat, versus what you do for exercise. Pick something that isn't too strenuous for your body to handle, and do it. Run? fine. Jog? same thing. Swim? Go right ahead. Ride a bicycle? Great! The important thing is that you need to do it EVERY DAY if you can. Drink water all you want. No calories! Another tip: Don't deny yourself of a favorite food simply because it has calories. Just don't go crazy with it. A last word: If you MUST go on a strict regimen, do it for six days out of the week. The seventh day? Indulge yourself. That will keep you from developing the craving that leads to many a dieter's downfall.

Anonymous
March 7th, 2005, 09:19 PM
Please register for the forum (menu bar above) and cast your vote for this poll.

POLL QUESTION: Do Diets Really Work?

Poll question is based on the following quote:

"If you're thinking of going on a diet to lose those extra pounds
think again. Long-term weight control through dieting is near
impossible, for the simple reason is that diets promote only short
term solutions not long term."

Gary Matthews - http://www.recipesecrets.net/maxfit.html
:idea: It depends on whether you mean dieting as a change in life style, if it is a change in life style, mean you change not only what you eat, but how you look at food and eating in general along with exercise, etc. than I would say I am all for it. I don't think that diet alone is the answer, diet top me means it is something you do for a period of time to reach a certain goal, but then what? Do you go back to your old habits, or do you continue to diet??? Or do you make this change, because your desire is to change your life st yle because it is healthier???

Anonymous
March 9th, 2005, 07:10 PM
I would like to here more about this The South Beach Diet. Please tell me more? thanks Kerrie


I lost 35 pounds on The South Beach Diet and I've never felt better about myself. This whole thing about diets not working is just crap!

Anonymous
March 11th, 2005, 04:53 PM
:twisted: yoyu should stop dieting for at least for a month. It will be ok i promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/i][/b]







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anamaria
April 26th, 2005, 11:03 AM
I was always heavy as a child and teen. When I turned 21 I was away at University and amazingly avoided gaining the "freshman 15" :!: I had no choice but to walk around (I had no car), and learn to cook for myself. Without trying I was able to lose 45 pounds, and at age 25 I have yet to gain back the weight.

I do not exercise very much - parking far away and walking to the door, is exercise for me - and try to eat healthy. What works for me is eating a few small meals throughout the day including fruit, carbs and proteins.

I am very happy with my current weight of 115lbs at 5'2. I'm not sickly skinny and am in my healthy weight range, for my age and height. My boyfriend of 6.5 years never even noticed (well I'm sure he did but he never commented)I lost the weight which proved that he loved me for me, not what size I am.

The key is not obsessing, don't go overboard and remember that everyone is different, what works for one person may not work for you. And never lose weight for anyone but you!

Best of luck to all those who are trying to lose weight :D

glory68
May 10th, 2005, 04:27 AM
Diets work if you only have a little to lose. However, if you have a lot to lose, or want to maintain a healthy standard, the lifestyle has to change. My Grandmother has been a big inspiration, she's in her 80's and never lets her weight get more than 5 lbs past her "ideal" weight. It has saved her life, since she has terrible arthritis. If she didn't stop and diet when the scales started going up, she wouldn't be able to walk now!

Anonymous
August 13th, 2005, 12:33 PM
TRY THE McDONALDS DIET. ONE LADY ATE McD'S FOR 90 DAYS AND LOST 37 LBS. LOTS A LUCK REDSKIN

MarkII
September 6th, 2005, 08:58 AM
TRY THE McDONALDS DIET. ONE LADY ATE McD'S FOR 90 DAYS AND LOST 37 LBS. LOTS A LUCK REDSKIN

REDSKIN,

Diets don't work! Conscious regulation of food intake, reducing size of portions, limiting the amount of red meat and starchy foods is necessary. Try eating poultry or fish 4 days a week, meat on Wednesday only and whatever you want (excpt maybe pizza) on the Weekend. I did it that way, refraining from eating much of what I cooked and went from 185 to 154 lost 6" around waist. Feel great!

Mark (Chef Marco) Roberts.

gregamartin
December 5th, 2005, 04:55 PM
Please register for the forum (menu bar above) and cast your vote for this poll.

POLL QUESTION: Do Diets Really Work?

Poll question is based on the following quote:

"If you're thinking of going on a diet to lose those extra pounds
think again. Long-term weight control through dieting is near
impossible, for the simple reason is that diets promote only short
term solutions not long term."

Gary Matthews - http://www.recipesecrets.net/maxfit.html

Try something as simple as not using the word diet. I lost forty (40)
pounds over the summer, but not by dieting. I used, and still use, a sensible eating plan. Most people that diet end up gaining back more weight than they lost, because the body adjusts to our caloric intake. Throw some changes in food choices in to your plan. Get more active physically. We don't have to run a marathon, just some regular scheduled activity. Watch when you eat as much as what you eat. Late night eating will pack on the pounds as much or more than over-eating, because we are not as active sleeping as we are when we are awake.

Brackman
January 6th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Diets work, but you really need to do some kind of exercise and stick with your exercise routine! I find when I exercise and keep it up I can usually eat anything I want, whenever I want to. I think exercise is the key! :D

wildbillcudas
March 19th, 2006, 06:42 PM
To me "diet " is what you eat, whether it is vegetarian, or just no red meat. I have changed my eating HABITS. I eat the greatest amount of food first thing in the morning. By lunch time I may have a few hunger pangs, so I eat less. By the time "supper" comes around I am not really hungry at all. But if I am, I cut up raw vegetables and drizzle just a little salad dressing(any kind) on them and toss. I call this my backwards diet, because I am eating backwards by having my big meal first.
I suffer from RSD and I really have to watch what exercises I can do without problems. I have lost 35 pounds, so far, but I have a long ways to go.
PLEASE NOTE!! Under no circumstances do I give up chocolate in any size shape or form.(my family wouldn't survive!)

Kitchen Witch
March 19th, 2006, 07:33 PM
Diets and dieting.

No matter what we eat - it is our "diet". To me - a diet is what you eat to sustain yourself - whether it is "good" or "bad" for you. And with today's lifestyles - it's very easy NOT to eat a healthy diet.

There are more fast-food restaurants and grocery stores selling "fast" foods than there are place to work lately! Maybe it would be nice to send some of our fast food restaurants to other countries and keep more businesses here so that we have better jobs!

Two parents working full time jobs makes it very hard for a family to have good wholesome and nutritious meals. There seems to be no time anymore for so many. And that forces us into eating a lot of "empty" calories.

There are so many diets out there. The one that may work for me may not work for you and vice versa. Lose the weight and gain it back - with a bit more to boot. After a while - yo-yo dieting is not good for you.

The best thing to do - is to choose healthy foods - eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and although there has been a lot of talk about low-carb diets - all that meat is not good for you. Smaller portions of meat and a lot of fruits and veggies are much better for you. And don't forget portion control. Do you know how big your stomach is??? Isn't it supposed to be about fist-size?? Take a look at your plate. Is all that going to fit in that small stomach of yours??? And remember - you will never shrink your stomach - but you can shrink your appetite.

How is your food prepared?? Watch all those fats and oils and deep fried goodies that taste so good. Instead of deep frying - bake them in the oven - it is just as good and healthier for you. Can you eat a green salad with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cukes, radishes, etc. WITHOUT any dressing? Try it. You will find some really good tasting veggies there. Instead of pouring on the dressings - allow yourself a tablespoon or two in a separate dish and lightly dip just a bit of each forkful in the dressing. I have seen people pour on enough dressing for a dozen salads! Or try lemon juice or balsamic vinegar with some herbs. That is very good.

Watching portions very closely will allow you to enjoy sauces, breads and even desserts - all in moderation. If you haven't got the time to count each calorie you are ingesting and track your daily exercise to see if you are using as many as you think you are - then take a few days and actually measure your portions and track your exercise. Look up calories. Look up portions. It may surprise you.

And move. Walk more. Get up and change the channel instead of using the remote. Don't sit too long - get up and walk around the house or take a walk outside. Pop in those old Sweatin' to the Oldies tapes. Even 5 or 10 minutes is better than nothing. Touch your toes. Stretch. Do deep breathing. It all helps.

Do you eat breakfast?? You should. It helps to get your metabolism going. Many have lost weight by eating 4 meals a day instead of 3; some by eating 5 or 6 smaller meals. Personally - I could see 4 - making one of the meals fresh fruit after dinner and before bed.....but 5 or 6 meals to me is like telling my body I can eat all day!

Well all of this is just my opinion. I'll hush for now.

KW

Poutine
April 25th, 2006, 01:00 AM
Moderation, healthy eating and exercise as a life style is the way to go.

(I suppose this is a diet, just not a fad diet.)

:)

Emme
September 25th, 2006, 09:32 PM
;) I think excercise is the key too. I've always been obsessed with my weight. I have been up and down for years, but right now I"m the thinnest I've ever been. I've decided to give up the dieting, and just eat moderatley, and excercise, and I am maintaining my weight. I've also decided that I will not weigh myself anymore, and just go by the way my clothes fit. It has helped me to not be so obsessive. I realized I don't want my to daughters to feel that way about themselves.

Emma~Gaby
May 19th, 2007, 07:00 PM
I think it all depends on what the diet teaches you & how long term it is... I've tried dieting, and while i'll lose a bit of weight, I always end up putting it back on when I stop the diet..

But I've now been on WW for 3 months & have lost 11.4kg/25.1lb & I think the difference is that it's teaching me about healthy eating & having a healthy life style... What i've learnt so far at WW, I can't imagine NOT carrying on for the rest of my life, even after I leave WW (which won't be for a long while lol).... I like being able to eat (to a certain extent) what I want, and it's been very valuable, learning what healthier options there are, to my 'frankenstein' (trigger) foods....

I also think different things work for different people

matt07
November 26th, 2007, 05:32 PM
The term diet usually refers to a specific period of time. Sure you might lose a decent amount of weight while on a diet, but chances are you will slowly (perhaps even quickly) gain the weight back.

If you want to stay healthy and keep off those extra pounds of fat, consider a lifestyle change and stick with it.

mazzucazze
August 8th, 2010, 09:23 PM
I believe that the extremes (only diet or only exercise to lose weight) in the long term will not work. They will maybe provide a temporary weight loss but that's it. If those are not pursued together and combined with a change in life style i can't really see how in the long term they could work.

Vickster
February 28th, 2011, 03:38 PM
Motivation is the key, once your in the 'zone' you will lose weight

jamesfrankko
May 3rd, 2011, 06:02 PM
I accept been on every diet there is and if I stick to it I calmly lose the weight; however, already I go off, which I consistently do I accretion my weight aback additional some. I'm starting to accept that diets absolutely don't plan .

almonds
May 3rd, 2011, 10:32 PM
The word "DIET" is a generic term. Whatever you eat is your diet. There's nothing wrong with "going on a different" diet to lose weight BUT it is wrong to think that after losing the weight a person thinks they can return to the eating pattern that got them into trouble.

Hopefully, when you change your diet, you're doing it in a healthy way: eating less & eating healthier & moving more. Once the weight is lost, go ahead & increase your calories to maintain your weight but that doesn't mean overindulge. It just means eat a bit extra of the healthy items & allow for an occasional splurge.

gavind
June 7th, 2012, 09:23 AM
DIET should be viewed as a lifestyle. Part of our routine. Until we learn to accept that, it will be the time that we will get huge progress. https://imagicon.info/cat/15-25/icon_smile.gif