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As you all know, weight loss can be very challenging. Partly for this reason, most people have tried many different diets and weight loss programs, usually with poor long-term results. Some of these methods can even be unsafe.
A previous blog asked you to share experiences on strategies that have helped you manage your weight. For this blog, if you've tried weight loss methods that didn't work, were unsafe, expensive, or that you just wish you hadn't tried, please share it so others can learn from your experience.
Donald Hensrud, M.D.
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My best diet advice is to find a way of eating that works for you. If hunger is your problem then eat small meals more frequently. I found that eating about 200 calories about every 2 hours works better than 3 larger meals and 1 snack. I also found that eating lower carb (not no carb) helps with weight loss.
A typical day might be 1. an egg white omelet with sauteed veggies and a 1/2 cup of blueberries with cinnamon, 2. 100 cal cottage cheese with 1/2 cup rinsed or no added sugar tangerines or peaches, 3. 2-3 oz low fat meat over salad made with low starch veggies, 4. a protein bar, 5. 200 calories of mixed nuts, 6. 2-3 lean meat with steamed vegies and small salad, 7. 100 cal choc pudding with cool whip. Calories 1200-1400 I use Truvia to sweeten hot drinks, etc. and allow for a splash of alcohol if I want.
Some folks can eat yogurt. I thing the Greek yogurt is a good choice, but watch the sugar or add your own sweetening .
Anyways good luck finding a lifelong plan for yourself that keeps the calories and sugars under control. Weight loss takes time.
DR BERNSTEIN MAKES YOU LOSE MONEY QUICKLY. OH SURE YOU LOSE WEIGHT QUICKLY BUT TRY TO KEEP IT OFF....GOOD LUCK WITH THAT....AS LONG AS YOU STAY EXTREMELY STRICT, NOT EVEN AN EXTRA GREEN BEAN, THEN YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. HE MARKETS HIMSELF WELL BUT HE IS A CROOK TO PUT IT MILDLY.
ANYONE CAN LOSE WEIGHT ...THE KEY IS KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF. I LOST OVER 80 LBS ON DR. BERNSTEIN IN A 6 MONTH PERIOD, WHEN I REACHED MY GOAL AND WENT OFF THE VITAMIN B12 SHOTS AND INTRODUCED EXTRA FOODS, THEN THE WEIGHT CAME BACK ON AS QUICKLY AS IT WAS TAKEN OFF, AND MY BANK ACCOUNT WAS OVER $2500.00 LIGHTER. STAY AWAY FROM DR. BERNSTEIN. WHAT A JOKE HIS ORGANIZATION IS...ONE HUGE MONEY MAKING MACHINE SET UP TO LOOK LIKE A CLINIC WITH REAL NURSES WHICH THEY ARE NOT REAL NURSES......SHAME ON YOU DR. BERNSTEIN...YOU BAG OF SMELLY POOP!
I tried Medifast for 4 days. I have never felt so terrible. Indigestion, heartburn, fatigue, gnawing, gurgling stomachache, headache. The worst gas and burping I've ever experienced. My tongue even felt sore, and I had a bad metallic/medicinal taste in my mouth.
Have heard of others with similar symptoms. Our bodies were not designed to ingest such massive amounts of soy. The "food" is awful.
Hate to say it, but "healthy lifestyle" is the key. Shortcuts don't work. I'm going to cut out wine with dinner and eat my last meal earlier.
Off to the gym now!
I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I have lost 40lbs so far on Curves Complete and I really like it.
You go to Curves to work-out, wear a pedometer and up your walking, get a great diet website with healthy eating (lean protein and dairy, veg & fruit, whole grains, nuts, great recipes), and weekly one-on-one coaching (great accountability). My hubbie is following the diet with me (1.5 times my servings) and he is losing well too. There is also a plan for taking a break from dieting or going on maintance where you just eat normally and healthfully and do a quick version of the diet if you ever go up by more than 3 lbs.
Seems to be a well-kept secret, but it also seems to be the OPPOSITE of a fad diet. I heartily recommend it.
I got sucked into the Omnitrition hCG diet. I did lose some weight but had to stop because the side effects became overwhelming. Once I stopped, even though I was eating less than I would to maintain a weight normally, that weight was coming back quickly. One of the biggest problems I have with this diet is that after you've had a good weight loss the first week (as with any diet), you get pressured to become a distributor and sell their products. I realized that this was because so few people stick with the program. It is unstainable for most people. If they didn't have newbies selling, the company would probably go under.
The only diet that worked for me was the GM one. I have tried a couple of others, including meal replacement, but neither can I stick to them for a long time, nor do they work on me. I have hypothyroidism as well.
I lost weight on Weight Watchers, but then had to be on morphine six months while waiting for back surgery, and gained it all back, even though I still followed the program. I am waiting for more surgery on my shoulders, and am frustrated and feel like giving up. Nothing seems to work. My doctor just says, 'do the math'.She tells me my thyroid is fine. You can do the math, and still gain! I'm tired of the battle.
I tried many diets and lost and gained back.
I finally realized that the only way I would
lose weight and keep it off was to change my
lifestye and eating habits. Was great to hear
of someone who did the same thing. I cut
back what I normally ate and ate half. I lost
30 lbs and am still working on losing more.
Weight Watchers is a good diet but my mind
just can't get around all the counting points.
Thanks for your excellent advice.
I FOUND THAT THE MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM BECOME VERY EXPENSIVE, I JOINED THE LIFE LONG PROGRAM, THAT I DID NOT KNOW AT THE TIME MEANT THAT I NEEDED TO GO IN AND BE WEIGHTED ONCE EVERY WEEK OR TWO FOR LIFETIME ALSO PURCHASE THEIR FOODS, WHICH WAS VERY EXPENSIVE FOR AN AVERAGE PERSON LIKE ME. I AM NOT VERY OVERWEIGHT, BUT LOST ONLY 10PDS FOR THE 3 MONTHS I STAYED DEDECATED, I EVEN BOUGHT THEIR SUPPELEMENT PILLS, 2 DIFFERENT KINDS. I DONT THINK THE PROGRAM IS WORTH THE MONEY, YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO WEIGHTWATCHERS AT LEAST THEY HAVE REAL MEALS, NOT STUFF IN PACKAGES THAT YOU ADD WATER TO.
I've struggled with my weight all my life. I've tried every kind of fad diet. The only thing that worked for me to take off and more importantly - keep off - large amounts of weight are eating smaller portions of healthy food and increasing my exercise. I've been a steady fan of Dr. Ian K Smith's diet books. I've lost and kept the weight off with each plan. I lost 60 pounds, had a baby and gained 45 pounds, lost that weight, had a second baby and gained 25 pounds, and now I'm down 60 pounds again. Always, I go back to Dr. Ian's books as the plan shows you how to eat, portion size, and when/how long to exercise. Once I finish about 5-6 weeks on this, I can maintain because I'm so used to eating this way. If I ever fall off, I re-do the diet again to get back on track.
I still have about 20 pounds I want to lose. I discovered a love of exercise in the past 5 years. I work out twice daily on most days. I do cardio in the AM and then weight training at night. Increasing my workouts steadily has definitely helped me to keep the weight off these past 3 years. Try to find something active that you love to do and then it won't be difficult.
Dieting - the story of my life, since I was 12 years old. Not because I was an overweight kid, just the usual watching yourself grow up and developing curves is SCARY, not to mention how the media portrays women. I've tried everything (just about). Starving myself, Weight Watchers, Atkins, some 'magic pill' and energy drink that some telemarketer sold me in a weak moment, even having a dieticien follow me up. I'm 28 years old and sad to say diets just don't seem to work for me anymore. I'm 5'2", 150 lbs. The BMI chart says I'm overweight. I don't know what it is but when you have kids life just seems more stressful and I eat to cope with stress. My down fall is sweet stuff; overall I eat very healthy, I love my fruit & veggies, I can cut out all carbs from starch BUT I have to have my chocolate, desserts, etc. And when I start I don't stop at only one helping!! I don't know whether I should go for the Mayo Clinic Diet, I mean I KNOW what I should do I just can't seem to do it anymore. I seem to be able to stick to a diet for 2 weeks and even get results (about 5 lbs) and then all hell breaks lose and I can't stand the starvation/limitations anymore and off I go gaining back all the weight I've just lost and more. Do you recommend the Mayo Diet Book or? What's this HCG diet that everyone's talking about?
I gained weight after quitting smoking and after I had my children. In my mid-30's, I made up my own version of The Protein Power plan, making it fit my lifestyle. I had tons of eggs, meats, cottage cheese, vegetables and salad. I did feel great during my weight loss period - I lost 40 pounds and it was the first time I was not hungry between meals. However, I went back to University as an adult student and the weight slowly crept back on as I gave up the diet for more convenient and 'on-the-go' foods. 10 years after the protein based diet I am 50 pounds overweight. This summer I decided to join a 'sensible' weight loss clinic that focuses on slow weight loss and a healthy balance of a variety of foods. The only down side is counting calories, but its a way to know what you are consuming. You do have to measure until you get to know what a tablespoon, a half a cup or 3 ounces looks like. I'm hoping I won't have to do that forever because it's tedious. Another great thing my weight loss clinic suggested was Myfitnesspal - its an app you can download to make calorie counting much easier and even fun! It has keep me on track so far. I've lost 10 pounds but it's take me a whole month.
Two of my friends are on the HCG diet, have lost 20 pounds repectively and claim that theyre not hungry. We'll see!
Not being interested in unhealthy "fad" diets, but finding post-menopausal weight gain almost impossible to shift even on strict regimes of 800 calories a day, I saw Dr Moreno's 17 Day Diet positively evaluated and decided to try it. Although I have had little difficulty complying with various dietary restrictions, I found the allowable choices on this plan so lacking variety and choice that I actually felt like crying with disappointment most of the time. I am a skilled, eager cook and there is barely a food I don't enjoy, so no matter the eating plan, I have always been able to create meals I can enjoy; however the allowable foods on this diet were so tightly restricted that I found myself just eating things I did not enjoy at all. For example, my breakfast the first morning was scrambled egg whites, only. I managed to perservere for 4 days, and did lose some weight, but had also lost all joy in eating and a great deal of my general good spirits and normally irrepressible cheerfulness. I reverted back to my normal diet of low calorie, widely varied, healthy food. I took the book I had purchased to work and left it in the tea room for anyone who wanted it to take home. I attached a note : This diet will help you lose weight, but will also make youi very sad.
Three of my friends did the HCG diet and raved about it. One lost 150lbs, another 80lbs and the last 40lbs. When they first described it to me I thought it sounded crazy and dangerous. Then I read about it myself and it was on Dr. Oz and as miserable as I've been decided to try it. I'm 4 days into it and have lost 2.5lbs. I've heard so many positive stories about it that I really hope it works.
Just ended South Beach diet for 4 whole days and almost killed my partner, lol, finally broke down and had a piece of whole wheat pita bread and feel 100% better. The side effects of a extremely low carb diet like Atkins and South Beach are not pleasant!! Would not recommend, plus you do eat too many high calorie fats!!! Have been on diets my whole life, weight watchers worked the best and lost 30 lbs and kept it off for many years. Yes, the points are a pain to count but it does work. Weight loss and getting healthy is not a quick fix! Whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies, with of course the dreaded exercise thrown in is the only way to lose weight. I do believe counting carbs or eating more whole grains does help and keeps you more satisfied than white flour and sugar. I also agree with a earlier post that Atkins and other low carb diets can get you addicted to really high fat, high calorie foods. Please join Weight watchers or see a registered dietitians for best results and remember if you want it to stay off it will come off slowly.
I started the Body By Vi Challenge a year ago and haven't looked back! The shake tastes amazing and has so much versatility of flavors , I never feel deprived and eat regular snacks along with the program throughout the day. I lost my muffins top in the first month and now continue to use the products to maintain healthy weight and gain more lean muscle. The product seemed pricey at first but I saved money on groceries that would go bad in my fridge and now make smarter buying decisions in the grocery store. The huge bonus that I've never seen with any other company anywhere is that I legitimately get my products for free since the second month! A $200 kit every month costs me $17 for the shipping! This program is no joke! It is helping real people like me and I have many friends who have joined with me who have lost up to 28 lbs in their first month, others are reducing their need for prescription medications which I think should be anyone's ambition! It's legit.
Eight years ago, I gave birth to my second child, only 14 months apart from each other. I ended up being 25 lbs over weight. I looked to the Mayo Clinic and learned how to lose weight without all the gimmicks. I bought the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for every body and started counting calories. I thought I was starving, and kept going until my weight matched my 5 ft frame. I have never looked back. Counting calories keeps me sane and feeling energized. Today, I have osteoarthritis, and an autoimmune disease so I have turned to a plant based diet. Plant based has reduced my symptoms of osteoarthritis and, I have an enormous amounts of energy. I train for triathlons and swim 2 miles a few times a week. My weight is still below prepregnancy weight.
I have been on the nutrisystem diet for the last 6 months and have lost about 30 pounds. But the thought of eating those processed foods for the rest of my life has made me decide to go to something sensible that I can maintain - portion control, mostly fruits and veggies (vegetarian by choice) and increase my activity levels. I've been fat my entire life and at 67, I'm tired of my life revolving around the latest attempt to diet. One of the things that has helped me the most is that I weigh in weekly with my doctor - that accountability is critical for me. I'll continue to do that. But I have to find something that I can actually live with!
I have just finished losing 50 lbs. with Take Shape for Life. You have a health coach and they use Medifast products for the weight loss phase. I have never felt so energetic, nor has my dr. been so pleased as where I am now with my health. Google "Take Shape for Life" and read about it. Be sure you do it with a health coach (free). Having someone to be accountable to has been very helpful.
I like what Jim said about eating half portions. Cutting down on what eat makes since, probably more fiber (apples, Carrots, etc.) would help. I would also suggest doing twice the activity. So eat half as much and do twice as much.
I've tried most of them. As an ex-military officer I had to diet twice a year to make the semi-annual weigh-in, so I'd starve Sunday through Friday eating 2 eggs on dry toast in the morning, an apple for lunch, and a baked chicken breast with a small can of spinach at night--and no drinking. On Saturday, I'd wake up with a drink in my hand, drink all day long, then eat whatever I wanted that night in enormous portion sizes. That worked fine when I was young; but after 50 it's a bit extreme; Oh, I've tried it again, but I never made it through the first day. Atkins worked extremely well for over a year. I lost right at 100 pounds before French bread and Fettuccine Alfredo won them back. Nutrisystem worked very well, too--50 pounds gone, until I got tired of opening their foil pouches to find a piece of mystery meat floating in chemicals. Weight Watchers did a great job at knocking 75 pounds off me but I couldn't stand the "unsatisfied" feeling anymore and left them. South Beach was a slower-result Atkins--I didn't find it at all different. Just recently, after hitting the 300 lb. mark again after 10 years of struggling, I watched "Forks Over Knives" and gave vegetarianism a try--No meat, no fish, no poultry. Only vegetables and dairy. I gained 30 pounds in 5 weeks. I have no idea what to do now, but I might as well check out the Mayo Clinic Diet. "Lifestyle change" is foolish, though. I'm 58 years old and I'm not going to change my li
Does anyone have any experience they can share about the Body by Vi (Visalis)diet pyramid scheme? I am a health care professional- this diet scheme seems to be the flavour of the month so to speak. Dietitians in my area have been seeing quite a few patients for wt loss who are asking about this program. It is very expensive and the company makes outrageous claims which are not research/evidence based.
My Boyfriend and I did the Belly Fat Diet. It was hard to start but we caught on quickly. The food choices were ok, but most of the specialty items were only available in the US. All I know is that I was constipated, which not the case for me ever, and I felt sick all the time. Just didn't feel myself at all for 2 weeks. I lost 1 lb in 2 weeks. I think my tummy was less bloated, but not really. Not really a fan of it. I did try Weight Watchers years ago and it was by far the best. Its so easy to gain weight, but its 3x harder to lose it.
Weight Watchers helped me lose weight, but I also think it made me insane. Counting points becomes an obsession, and when you even suggest to the leaders that you may go off the diet, they make you feel horrible by telling you that you will gain everything back. My friends were so sick of hearing about my points that I almost had none. I guess I'd warn people that its a good diet for weight loss, but bad for your mind.
Has anyone tried SLIM or Medifast?? Looking for opinions, did either work? Would like to see Mayo Clinic Professional opinions/research
The Bernstein Diet. I followed the diet to a tee, I exercised regularly with a personal trainer and over 2 months lost 35 lbs. However, I gained back all of the weight plus 20 lbs over the past 3 years. While on the diet I felt weak all the time and it was very costly. I am peri-menopausal in my mid 40's and have hormone levels that are completely out of wack, according to my doctor. Perhaps this is the reason that I have gained the weight, I don't know. I watch my fat intake, I avoid salt and I eat my vegetables, protein and carbs. I take a multivitamin, vit B, D and C daily and I drink very little if any alcohol. Although I got fast results as promised from the Bernstein diet, I would NOT recommend it. The HCG diet is basically the same thing with even fewer Calories. Again I lost weight quickly, but had severe headaches, nausea, weakness and dizziness as well as severe diarrhea every time I ate. The no or low carb diets work quickly but the second you begin to eat carbs again, your body just packs on the pounds. I love my carbs, bread, pasta and rice so this type of lifestyle would not work for me long-term. I feel better when I am eating a balanced diet, even though I may be overweight, being thin and feeling awful for me is not a lifestyle I would choose.
I tired the Atkins diet; i can say that in that month, I was extremely weak, nauseated on occasions and "down". I lost a couple of pounds, but felt that my belly fat was reduced. Unfortunately as soon as I stopped the diet, the pounds came back.
I tried the South Beach diet. I felt pretty awful for the first few days of phase 1 while my body got used to the reduced amount of carbohydrates. The cravings for carbs stopped and I lost about 15 pounds in phase one. Unfortunately, with phase 2, when I started adding back in a small amount of 'healthy' carbs, the cravings came back worse than ever! Not just food cravings, also cravings for alcohol and tobacco and I had quit smoking 25 years ago! I think this diet messed with my body chemistry in a most unhealthy way. I've gained about half the weight back but it is ALL at my waist so even though I am still lighter on the scale, my waist is a couple of inches larger than when I started the diet. I wish I'd never tried this experiment.
I am 5 feet with weight of 155lbs. i had to loose some weight due to prediabetic situation and my doc suggested me to take Alli with Exercise and healthy eating.
I took Alli for 15 days,exercising regularly
2hr per day and had reduced food intake.After 15 days i realise that i do not eat very fatty food and doing exercise,not loosing anything.I stopped taking Alli but still eat properly and exercise.Rather did lost 3 lbs with exercise and healthy eating in 3 weeks but my stomach,thigh and left side under arm sizes became 4,2,and 3 inches bigger.I went to my prymory physician why am i getting bigger from evrywhere.As soon as i stopped Alli happened in 10 days and it is convincing me that this happened because of Alli and i am bigger then before.No clothes fits me.and i can't even sleep that why i took this medication.Does anyone has answer why Alli has this side effect and how can i reverse this?
I tried the Atkins diet years ago and stuck to it religiously for two weeks; I didn't even loose one pound, and I was exercising too. My bowel movements became irregular which might explain why I felt like crap (pun intended). I felt horrid for the full two weeks, so I do not recommend that diet to anyone.
I was 225 pounds. I am 50. Over the last 20 years I have tried all the diets and have gained and lost the same 10 pounds 10 times.
One day I had a brainstorm, which probably sounds obvious beyond belief but here it is. If I want to be 40 or 50 pounds lighter for the rest of my life, I need to basically cut in half what I eat, for the rest of my life.
I eat whatever I want, only half. Where I used to have a two egg omelette, I now have a one egg omelette. A burger becomes half a burger. A bowl of cereal and a banana becomes half a bowl and half a banana.
I lost 15 pounds in eight weeks. This was perhaps a slower pace of weight loss than I might have wanted, but it was pretty painless, because I eat (half of) what I always ate (which includes dessert, wine, red meat and the occasional Godiva truffle).
After a while, the volume constraint becomes second nature and I started to make decisions about what are the right foods to eat. For example, starches and breads really feel like empty calories so it is easy to drop them in place of something more "nutritionally efficient".
While still the early stage, I feel like I can do this for the rest of my life, which is the point. A calorie counting diet, or a carbohydrate diet always felt like a stage that I would have until I got to a goal and then I would have to relearn something new. Why not just learn the right thing once right off the bat? Let's hope this works - forever.
The worst diet was the high protein liquid diet. I went through what seemed like a drug withdrawal. It only allowed 600 calories a day and it made feel like I had the flu. I will stick with losing weight the good old fashion way. Eating small balanced portions 6x a day with moderate exercise. No more gimmicks for me.
Worst diet for me was Atkins. It worked very well actually, I lost weight quickly and easily after my youngest daughter was born (went from 160lbs to 120lbs in 6 months) and stayed within about 10 lbs of 120 for years (while doing Atkins off and on when I started gaining it back).
The reason I now hate Atkins is because it made me develop basically an addiction to "rich" high fat foods because when I was eating low carb I also ate a lot of fats and proteins. Now I want to eat a more balanced diet, but it is so difficult because I have a hard time eating things that are low fat. I have also discovered that my Cholesterol is very high which I totally blame Atkins diet for.
I'm getting married soon, and now I have no idea how to lose weight because Atkins was the only diet that worked for me but I don't know how to give up the fats!
1 weight-loss plan encourages taking 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, daily,
supposedly rids the body of belly fat....is this safe? I have COPD, enlarges prostate, and have had cataract operations on both eyes, now undergoing injections in left eye to cure "macular degeneration", have had 4 of 10 scheduled...my question is: is this vinegar therapy advised for my condition?
I know the cure to obesity. I discovered it by accident. I am very poor and do not know how to patent it or what to do with this information. You can eat anything you want, as much as you want anytime you want, I don't know if this will work for everyone, It is working for me because I was a binge eater. Do not have surgery, it is not necessary and it has nothing to do with it. Forgive yourself if you are a binge eater because you couldn't help it. Diet and Excercise is a myth as well. When I started this "program, method" or whatever you want to call it, I weighed 280 lbs. I am 5' 2" tall. I am keeping a record, food journal, weight etc. I know no one will believe until I get all my weight off. It is nothing you ingest so do not take any drugs, berries, formulas, teas etc.
I have tried many diets, and sometimes they worked for a little while, but then Id gain the bloat back again hense the weight. Someone told me I might have celiacs because my stomache was extended, so I bought the book Living with ciliacs disease by sue hasset, and even though I don't have celiacs disease she has a lot of recipes i've used and like magic my bloat was gone and my acid reflux also. I know this sounds crazy but but just following her recipes(no bread, sugar, dairy) I lost 25 pounds in about 3months. Now I eat what I should, but if I go off my routine and eat bread, or dairy I pay right away. just an idea about what worked for me.( more energy too)
Marianne, there have been many so-called Mayo Clinic Diets over the years and what you describe was probably one of them. We've never been associated with any of those diets, until we published the 'real' Mayo Clinic Diet! Many of you and others have been through a lot of diets and a lot of challenges trying to manage weight. Michelle, your story is inspiring, we should all treat ourselves that way! We hope The Mayo Clinic Diet can help improve health and manage weight in a way that you can live with and enjoy long-term.
I have finally dedided to start the program. I just hurt my lower back and I need to
loose 20 pounds. I am very hopeful it will work.
Gout Diet ** Okay, I read what I wrote and should have edited it. Sorry about that! But if you made it through it, I hope it helped in some way.
Here are two URL’s that are may help. Limit and stagger foods low in purines, and try to avoid those high in purines. Please note this is just a starting point and in on way a complete list. Writing down what (and how much) you eat and drink can help you in understanding what food help set your gout attack off. ** http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=51 ** http://www.gout.com/treating-gout-pain/healthy-lifestyle.aspx
Gout diet - I have had two parents with gout, and I was disappointed when I saw Mayo Clinic Gout Diet. With what I've found and experienced this is incorrect. My Dad has dealt with gout for over 10 years. I had to become very active in finding foods he should stay away from foods high in purine. Any diet out there on the www that says you should drink lemon water is "WRONG". Avoid lemons and like fruit.
Good luck and remember everyone as different reactions to some foods, and it may not just be one they ate the kicked off an attack but a combinations of several even if they are low in purine.
My dad can't hardly taste beef, and he was a big beef eater.
My mom enjoyed coffee everyday, but her kidney doctor told her no more coffee or tea.
There was a new gout med that my mom took for a little while that brought her uric acid level down from 13 to 7. You have to be careful with it and have blood test monthly - the med is called Uloric 40 MG. She did not stay on it once her level lowered - IMP blood test! Once her levels were lowered I staggered purine foods never more then one an a given meal, and only her favorites as treats here and there.
I urge you to be careful with trying gout med combinations. The first combination given to my mother put her in the hospital with no immune system with in the first blood test, after only being on it for a few weeks.
I won't let my dad try it unless he makes a commitment to go in for regular blood test.
I have lost 90 pounds with the support of the group Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). It does not cost an arm and a leg--only $26 per year for national dues and a small monthly fee at the chapter level. My chapter dues are $2/month. Go to www.tops.org to find out more information and to find a chapter near you. They are non profit and the oldest weight loss support group in the country.
Obese. Depressed. Endlessly binging. Up and down, down and up in weight. That was me until 28 years ago. What changed? Did I find a new diet that finally worked? Did I find THE exercise that I could stick with? No. It's not about a specific diet, nor a particular exercise. I simply tired of polluting myself and treating my body like a trash can. I questioned what made it ok to damage myself, while I would not dare doing the same to loved ones. I decided to treat myself with dignity. I created images of what the unhealthy food is doing inside of my body; I repeatedly thought of how I feel after eating whether healthy or unhealthy food; I talked to myself while preparing food, thinking of its benefits; I imagined lying on a hospital bed somewhere knowing that I could have prevented it. The thinking is all automatic at this point, and now, in my late 50's, my weight is in the healthy range, it has not changed in all those years, and most importantly, I am no longer enslaved by food; rather, I treat my body with the dignity I deserve, knowing with confidence that withput that, I cannot be the person I want to be, the person that I must be in order to fully be there for others.
I was always thin no matter what i ate until menopause. then i got depress start eating and now i can't lose the extra pounds. Last year I went to a place , lost 2.5lb. in 10 days but as soon i got home, i gained 3lb. the diet was no fats, small portions, but sweets and pastas or carbs were n all meals.
I know of a place that diabetic people can lose weight in one month and keep the sugar normal. they only eat veggies raw and some fruits i am not sure about meats or fish, I know nothing is cooked and everything is fresh, no can food, no frozen food, etc.. the problem I see with this diet is when you get home... its difficult to follow. I know i lost some a few years ago and now i can't lose more.
Atkins Diet. I was on it for two weeks and lost only 1 pound. I felt that if I had to eat one more egg or piece of meat, I would die. Diets that cut out foods don't work. The diet advertises you can eat the foods you love, but I am not a meat/egg/cheese lover.
DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW OF OR HAVE A COPY OF THIS PARTICULAR DIET. I WENT ON IT IN 1971. I THOUGHT IT WAS FROM THE MAYO CLINIC. MAYBE NOT THOUGH. YOU COULD LOSE UP TO 20 LBS. IN 2 WEEKS. IT REALLY DID WORK. YOU HAD TO EAT EXACTLY WHAT IT SAID. IT WAS THE SAME BREAKFAST EACH DAY LKE EGGS, GRAPEFRUIT ETC. TOMATOES. MEAT WAS ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK AND FISH ONCE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW , THANKS , MARIANNE
Here I go again. Another diet....100 lbs at 10, 165 at 16, 181 when second child is born, top weight 235 lbs. Now 183 lbs. I am 59 years old and 4 foot 11 inches tall.
Been on a diet since age 16.....imagine being treated for heart failure from 2 to 16 years, then prescribed diet pills to lose weight. Been on every diet out there. I got to 123 lbs when boarding and the meals cooked for me. Lost 70 lbs before kidney transplant surgery using T3 supplement prescribed to boost metabolism. Now on immunosuppressant drugs and have gained 40 lbs since surgery. I have uncontrolled eating when alone. Depressed and agoraphobic. No consistency. Difficulty exercising because don't want to exercise with massive abdominal hernia. I know how to eat healthy. It is discouraging knowing my girth will not decrease because of the inoperable abdominal hernia. I need to purge cupboards, plan meals, exercise and shop at farmer's markets. I have to forget about looking good as the hernia will never let that happen. My husband (my kidney donor) is very supportive and wants to eat healthy too. Lunch box goodies are a challenge. Losing weight is a war with my mind and my body. How long will I try this time when the scale shows no loss or weight gains? Losing weight is a lonely journey. I am the only one who can make it happen....
Having discordered eating all of my life, I believe we are all soldiers together in a war. It does feel like war. One that most other people don't understand. The Mayo Clinic Diet, clearly addresses many of the issues we face. Providing behavior counseling is so key to change. I've been working with a health coach near to my home, she has basically guided me toward the recommended way of eating that is in the Mayo Clinic book. Going to my local farmers market on Saturday's is a pure pleasure! I love bringing home local farm fresh vegee's and fruit. My frustration is that I haven't lost weight in the 3 months working with her and am frustrated. My excercise had slowed down as I had a knee injury. Probably due to the 190lbs on my 5 ft 4" frame!! I'm swimming know everyday and the knee is better. I'm excited to embark on this new path on my journey to healthful living, heading out to Border's for the Mayo Clinic Diet Journal! ( Here are my stats! I'm 52, my first diet was at the age of 10, I've been through many diets, my lowest weight I can ever remember was 150 in 5th grade) It is critical that I lose weight now, expecially with the government requiring that they know all American's BMI by 2014!! Aren't we all afraid of the government regulating our care based upon our weight!!!)
Yes its a challenging fact that reducing weight is not that easy.Strict diet is needed to maintain or to reduce weight.
Over the past 10yrs I've lost and kept off 70lbs. I've recently purchased the Mayo Clinic diet book for help kicking 10 more pounds. I read this book and was encouraged by it because their recommendations are exactly the things I've done and felt during my weight loss journey. If one follows the guidelines and tips in this book I gaurantee you'll lose weight and feel better but to remember that it takes time is so important.
How does one get enough calcium on this diet. I normally have 2 glasses 1% milk and one container of yogurt a day as I cannot take calcium supplements. If I continue that I would have no proteins other than the dairy in my diet. I was told not to take calcium supplements because of a history of calcium Oxalate kidney stones. Help.
Twenty years ago I went on a diet that was fantastic. You never felt hungry, ate three meals a day, and the weight just melted off. It had been created by an obese doctor (sorry, his name is lost in memory) who had tried every other diet. The catch was that you must eat everything on the diet and nothing else. You could not substitute. It was difficult because you had to do a lot of cooking and even make your salad dressings. It was a well balanced diet giving you all the nutrients your body needs and I lost ten pounds easily. But I wasted a lot of food since I live alone and had to cook in larger portions than the diet required.
The next time I needed to lose weight I went on the Atkins diet and lost twenty pounds. Needless to say, as noted above, it does not furnish all the nutrients the body needs and when you go off of it the pounds quickly come back. I think moderation in all things is the best way to lose weight; forgoing pastry, candy and all the high calorie goodies we crave (or eating them as a rare treat).
I have tried them all. Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, of course Weight Watchers and more.
I will share something funny with you. In the early 90's, before Weight Watchers released their points counting plan they had a plan called The Freedom Plan. On this plan you ate free veggies and fruits without counting! You used portion control for everything else. Sound familiar? It was a wonderful plan and the one I was most successful on. Of course a year later they released their Points counting system, I got rid of my Freedom materials and jumped on the bandwagon. Sad, sorry mistake! No more free fruits and now I could eat all the junk I wanted as long as the points added up!
But now we have the Mayo Clinic Diet! The free fruits and veggies are a lifesaver for a volume eater like me. I am dead serious. They are what saves me. Plus I'm eating more of them than I've eaten in a long time, which is a very good thing!
I discovered Atkins several years ago and my sister and I were elated!! What! ...burgers, bacon and egss!! What's not to love! And we lost weight and were happy...for a while. Then we started to truly miss carbs. We are big fruit eaters and love rice and beans. I began to get headaches and became constipated. What we thought was a miracle became a disappointment. My body craved all the fruits and veggies that were a no-no and further more needed them! Also, I just didn't feel like myself. I felt lethargic (sp?) I understand it is somewhat safe to do this diet for a very short period of time, but in the long run, eating low fat small portioned proteins, whole grains, and all you want fresh veggies and fruit while moving your body is truly the way to go. I love the Mayo Diet! I have used this philosophy of lifestyle and I keep my weight were it belongs!! I do have the occasional treats on special occations in moderation, and I DO NOT feel deprived of the foods I love which indeed include all kinds of fruits and vegetables, beans and brown rice, quinoa and the like!! Yes, pie too (my vice)..Another benefit is in just knowing that I am undoubtedly doing my body good and teaching my daughter healthy body image and lifestyle.
My mother was very healthful-food conscious well before anyone thought about it. She would say if you want to lose weight, eat everything but smaller portions and drink a lot of water.
I had tried the "Skinny Chicks" diet, and even though I lost weight, I became so preoccupied with measuring foods and following a specific food plan (percentage of carbs, protein, fat) that it was a relief to move on to rediscover how to eat "intuitively," listening and honoring my own body's hunger and fullness signals. I think most "diets" are wrong to trust because they are external controls which lead us to ignore our internal signals. Without body sense, true peace and natural eating is impossible.
I tried a diet that I saw on an infomercial late at night. It required that I eat only certain foods at certain meals. It eliminated salt completely (which is next to impossible by the way), and I wasn't allowed any dairy products. I lost 10 pounds, but I could only stick with it for about three weeks before I was tired of trying to keep all of my meal requirements straight. That kind of diet isn't one that you can keep for a lifetime, so it really didn't make sense to do. The smartest plans are those that are easy to fit into your lifestyle now and in the future.
I went on the Jenny Craig program, I needed to lose about 20 lb.
I was hungry all the time, it was very hard to stick to the diet and ONLY the diet. I finally lost the 20 lb by walking to work every morning. It was almost one mile walk and I did it as fast as it was possible for the added cardiac benefits. It is my firm believe that diets will do next to nothing if we don't burn the calories we take in. If you only eat 600 calories a day but burn barely 500 with just the daily motions of life, the other 100 calories are going to turn into fat. After a few years of this, you find you have gaine 20, 30 or 40 lb while watching what you eat.
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