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What advice would you give to people who are dieting?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on October 21, 2005

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“I think the best way is to use moderation in all things and eat a balanced diet. Not an all meat, all veggie or all anything diet.”

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“Watch what you eat every day and how many calories you take in. You should always try to exercise after you eat.”

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“To make a real lifestyle change and not just go with the fad diets. Don’t just cut out certain food groups. Try to eat a little bit of everything.”

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“Basically reduce calorie intake and exercise. It’s simple enough, but it’s easier said than done.”

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Ceallach 8 years, 6 months ago

oldfashionedgirl: I'll send you a message on your email. I think Hoe Cakes is a delightful name!

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oldfashiongirl 8 years, 6 months ago

E.M.

Oh, that's OK, no harm done, but am at a loss to know what "ho cakes" mean these days. I'm nearly 80 and not real hip on these modern sayings and I live a pretty sheltered llife. Don't bother to explain as

you'll probably get zapped off. They say my "hoe cakes" were so called because farm workers would start a fire and put their hoes in it to get hot and then put their cornbread mixture on the hoe to cook both sides. Pretty high-tech for the late 1800's.

More on cornbread: My sister went to Taipei, Formosa as her Army husband was transferred there. He wanted some cornbread and my sis didn't have Mom's old clay pot with blue, pink and green lines painted on outside that Mom used to indicate how far up the bowl you would put the meal and the next line would be where you would add the buttermilk,etc. As she didn't have the exact measurements required, she had some learning to do to make that cornbread. Poor thing!!

IP: Sure hope you have a good day tomorrow and you don't get rained out.

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Ceallach 8 years, 6 months ago

ld: I see what you mean (in a twisted sort of way :) Slim, apparently healthy people die every day, after denying themselves all those peanut cluster blizzards.

e_m: There probably was, there have been some really dumb diet plan out there.

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bearded_gnome 8 years, 6 months ago

only 300 calories?

put those stilletto heels on a woman with a nice pair of legs and man will shed more than 300. also, add in, say, ballroom dancing? could range into the thousands...

nonsweet cornbread rocks, but I eat it only rarely.

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lunacydetector 8 years, 6 months ago

my advice to dieters: eat each meal like it's your last. :)

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

Yup. It's certainly been 'head'ed in that direction, hasn't it?

Speaking of head, wasn't there some diet where one had to drink thirty glasses of water a day?

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jshaw 8 years, 6 months ago

I usually lose weight over Thanksgiving. Getting together with my morbidly obese family members is a pretty good appetite supresent. I love my grandmother more than anyone, but at 400 pounds, she is an example of what NOT to do. You are what you eat, and if you like to eat lots of fatty foods, guess what!

Stop dieting. Change your mindset. Get into therapy for emotional problems that cause you to overeat.

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Ceallach 8 years, 6 months ago

In my heart I KNEW you could not let that go by for long, even if you tried :)

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

ofg--my sincere apologies! It is VERY important to give credit where credit's due. I was hasty in reading the first line of your cornbread post:

"Ceallach: You asked about cornbread. No, I don't put sugar in it and only use coarse yellow meal. Here is my dad's recipe for "Cornbread hoecakes."

I just added your name in my file as the author. Thank you for setting me straight. Of course you know Ho Cakes nowadays have taken on a whooole 'nuther meaning :)

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livinlowcarbman 8 years, 6 months ago

As a 180+ pound weight loss success story, I can personally vouch for the fact that finding a way of eating that you can do for the rest of your life is the main key to losing and maintaining your weight permanently. It does no good to go on a "diet" if you don't make the appropriate changes to keep the weight off.

Additionally, a regular exercise routine and diehard commitment to never ever give up both go a long way towards making sure those pounds never creep back on.

You can learn more about my weight loss success story at LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com.

THANKS for the opportunity to share my voice in this discussion!

Jimmy Moore, author of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com livinlowcarbman@charter.net

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Ceallach 8 years, 6 months ago

oldfashionedgirl: be gentle with e_m, he just gets his women mixed up once in a while :) I knew it wasn't my recipe, I'm strickly a sweet, yellow meal, cornbread girl.

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 6 months ago

Bearded gnome, I find nothing offensive about your post! On the topic of weight loss and exercise, a good romp in the hay can burn up to 300 calories. Yee Haw! (we'll see how long this one lasts)

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canyon_wren 8 years, 6 months ago

Yes TG can be a real hazard. But I have found that it takes more than one good meal to sabotage oneself with the points system. Also, if you have been eating a lot less right along, you get full a lot sooner. I love to make pies (I made 13 Dutch apple pies in one evening for a banquet once), but can usually pass on those--except for homemade pecan pie!

I brought home a nice T-bone on sale a while back--then figured out it was worth 30 points--more than my entire day's allowance. I stuck it in the freezer with a large-print note to that effect, and just got it out the other day for my birthday. Got to celebrate once in a while!

One woman I read about said she sticks to light stuff during the week and doesn't worry about it on weekends. I fix Sunday dinner for my daughter and son-in-law most weeks, and don't worry for that particular day. That seems to work out okay.

I agree that it is easy to talk oneself into stopping by Wendy's or wherever after work, rather than fixing something at home!

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bearded_gnome 8 years, 6 months ago

topside, have a good day, now that you're gone, we can really talk you down?

seriously, my major diet choice, five years ago, was just to simply cut out about all simple carbs, limit complex carbs and those should be high fiber/nutrition complex carbs. after months on that, hitting thanksgiving, no problem, because the pie, cake, etc., a vastly smaller serving was plenty because my body ain't so used to sugar any more. so, honestly, half or less than half my usual previous serving of pie/cake, and I had had enough.
use spices to make the foods as savory as possible which are not so limited.
that's why my bread comes from wheatfields, lower in salt, and less processed bread. I typically only eat fruit with breakfast, along with 10-16oz of protein.

you're right, this topic has been handled so nice today on here!

oh, now that topside is gone, I meant to mention, nobody has mentioned the weight loss benefits of an increased sex life; great way to burn more calories. I expect this will get this post to be "removed by the site staff?" I feel left out, none of mine have been pulled yet!

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oldfashiongirl 8 years, 6 months ago

Finally I can comment on something that I know about. I have been a Weight Watcher for 33 years and have lost 2000 pounds since 1972 and lost it all, i.e. 87 in 1st year, then gained back 40, lost 60 and put back on 70, well, you see where I'm going. Having been in hospital for 3 weeks in June I lost 45 and am now down to a respectable 139. It ain't easy!!!

Some of my favorite "helps" are:

Get all the forbidden stuff out of the house, or you will eat it. Cakes, cookies, ice cream and the like.

Never eat anywhere except at your place setting at the dining room table. Don't eat in bedroom, living room, or your car--only designated places.

Don't punish your children by not making them a good dessert once in a while. I did this in first year and never ate a bite of it. I never cheated from June 30, 1972 till Nov 17, 1972 when I lost the 87 pounds and never had a weight gain, only one week I weighed the same as the week before. We children would go on vacation and I would pack about 10 cans of tuna(packed in water), and took baggies with cut up veggies and fruits. Many a time I stopped for DQ's blizzards for them, but not for me. WHAT DISCIPINE!!

The best rule is always have something in the house to eat--no junk food!!

We were required in the earlier days to drink milk every day and my skin was so clear and glossy. You were to have 1 tablespoon of fat per day and checking up on that I realized at 11:00PM I had not consumed it, so I dutifuly took a tablespoon of mayonnaise and ate it.

Ms Canada: I like to make my own dressing and love your idea of adding Crystal Light to it, I always add a packet of aspartame to mine.

Even Money: Please give credit where it is due, as in the Cornbread Hoecakes-that was my recipe I posted. It is so good that I think I'll do some for dinner tonight--but that's not WW's recipe!! probably gain a couple of pounds. I have a low cal ice cream recipe I make i n summer--doesn't taste like Ben and Jerry's, but it is cold and sweet.

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Bo_L 8 years, 6 months ago

1 meal on thanksgiving won't set me back. Only one meal though.... not 3 from 3 different families and not leftovers for a week like usual. just one meal. no biggy... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. :-)

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

THis is prob. my last post of the day but, I just wanted to say that I think it's great everyone is being "cool" with each other about the topic. Is it because the weight issue will affect all of us either now or later? I don't know but I have one question aobut the upcoming holidays. How do you deal with it? I mean when I think about the WW pt system, the avg turkey-day meal would kill it. Do you just take a day off or what?

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

canyon_wren, throw driving and talking on the cell phone into the mix, and you can be the poster child for driving disasters. ;)

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canyon_wren 8 years, 6 months ago

ms_canada--thanks for the good recipe! Homemade dressings are definitely superior.

On the subject of "recipes," one way to have already cooked chicken in the freezer is to poach boneless skinless chicken breasts in a can of chicken broth in a large skillet. The breasts won't be covered with the broth. You simmer them, covered, for about 15 minutes, then turn and simmer the other side for about 10. Wrap individually and freeze in a freezer bag. It's so handy to have to add to a salad, etc., and the broth gives the chicken more flavor.

I haven't been to Weight Watchers, but my sister shared the points system and it really does work. Like Bowhunter_99 said, if you treat it like a bank account--or spending money--you soon decide "Hey, I'm not going to waste those points on something worthless. I'll save them up for something good. "

My trouble is, I read while I'm eating. When I read non-fiction, I can stop reading when I'm through, but with fiction, I have to find something else to eat so I can keep reading! I know that the "experts" say don't read while you're eating but that's definitely one of life's pleasures!

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

Oops--I said, "great big meat." :)

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

ms_c, I just added your dressing recipe to Ceallach's sugar-free "Cornbread hoecakes" recipe.

Combined with sunflower_sue's 'Not-feel-bad' sandwich, I'll be set for the weekend!

(I'm still abruptly chopping the sandwich in half with that great big meat cleaver though :( WHACK!)

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ms_canada 8 years, 6 months ago

Fat free salad dressings have brought a couple of comments this am. I make my own dressing, not fat free because we need to have 3 tsp. of good fat a day. The dressing I make is made with white balsamic vinegar and good olive oil. 1/3 oil, 2/3 vinegar. some dijon mustard, a few drops worstershire sauce, garlic powder and my secret ingredient 1 tsp. Crystal light lemonade powder. Put this in a jar with a good lid so that you can shake it up good when you go to use it. It is yummy on baby spinach leaves, romaine or a combination of the two. Add a few toasted pine nuts a shake or two of low fat parmesan cheese and you have a salad to die for.

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 6 months ago

OK, I'm in the gene pool that can go to the gym 7 days a week and NOT lose weight. For me, it's all about the food!

I like to eat...put on 70 lbs with my last baby!!! I was going to the gym and taking off NONE of the extra weight. Light bulb..."maybe you should change what you eat!"

I borrowed my sis' old weight watchers books and took off every pound. That was about 7 years ago and now I could really stand to lose 10 to 12 lbs. again. That's not too bad of a gain for 7 years but I don't want to keep going up. VEGGIES! LEAN MEAT! And my own personal rule: I'm only allowed to bake on weekends.

Oh, and 100 laps around a roundabout wouldn't hurt...unless you were run over, of course. :o)

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Bo_L 8 years, 6 months ago

Actually once you get the habit down its not too bad. Here is what i did that helped me go from 28% body fat to 23% in just 2 months.... I was 230 lbs.... now i am 198.

Sample day:

5:30am: cardio 45min 7am: 2 servings old fashion oatmeal, 1scoop protein powder, banana 10am: baked potatoe(no condements on it), 4oz chicken, Tbsp natural peanut butter 1pm: 4oz chicken, 1/2 Can green beans, banana, natural apple sauce, 1Tbsp natural peanut butter 4pm: 4oz chicken, 1/2 Can corn, apple sauce, peanut butter 630pm: 4oz chicken, 1/2 Can peas, 1/2 Tbsp flax seed oil 7pm: lift weights 9pm: 16oz skim milk, 1 scoop protein. I also drink about 1.5 gallons to 2 gallons of water a day. only water, no pop.

The hardest part of eating like this is preparing all the chicken and taking meals every where i go.

I recommend this e-book "burn the fat feed the muscle" this is what i read and really got me the knowledge i needed to put this eating healthy stuff to good use.

later, bo

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hurlehey 8 years, 6 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 6 months ago

e_m,

"You don't need to feel bad to learn how to make a sandwich."

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lunacydetector 8 years, 6 months ago

even_money said: "There's just no substitute for fine melons."

INDEED! i absolutely LOVE fine melons.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

C- Yes I am aware of the Toy trap. It was a favorite of my sister's and myself. I used to hound my dad until I had all the Dukes of Hazard collectables. Anyway, we are trying to avoid those traps that are primarily caused by TV. We only let her watch NOGGIN and Baby Einstein videos which have no McDs commercials.

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jonas 8 years, 6 months ago

neoppls says:"Once you hit 80, I'm fairly certain that each day involves playing checkers and a lot of time sitting, waiting to die. Let's not add onto those years."

My wife and I plan on, the day we turn 80, taking up BASE jumping. I figure it's a good rush, and a Darwinic approach to being too old, all wrapped up in one.

Exercise is, to my opinion, more important than diet. That said, I was on blessed3x's smokes and jack diet from 20 to 24, and I was well under insurably overweight. Probably too much so, but you always gotta find something to gripe about.

Still, it helps to resent your bodies need for food and sleep, because then if no one else is watching you, you just never really do either until you absolutely need to.

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Ceallach 8 years, 6 months ago

Topside: The ad campaigns target the young ones. If she hasn't already started doing so, your daughter will soon know what fast food places are giving her favorite collectible toys. That's how they continue getting you!!

So many good suggestions today (overlooking the posts where people are just being mean). I have known many people who use the Weight Watcher's point system, even if they do not attend meetings, and have been very successful. Those who regained some or most of the loss were also falling back into the fast food trap. I say trap because as a single person I know it is tempting to grab a fast meal on your way home. Quick, easy and in some cases economical.

My current note to self is not to eat desserts until I am no longer wearing previous desserts :) But then the DQ Blizzard commercials come on and ..... well, some of you know what I mean.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

BTW-I have a 27mo old daughter and she couldn't tell you who George Washington is either but she can name all the friggin wiggles, and Dora the explorer and Blues Clues. THat whole scene really proved nothing to me. When wig wearing slave owners get their own cartoon then kids will know who they are.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

What about that dude in Supersize me who ate bascially nothing but Big Macs? A little hole in the theory. He is an exception to the rule but I found it humurous that in the middle of his very non-scientific experiment there was a dude who totally bucked his theory.

Spurlock totally misconstrued his experiment. Everytime I saw him he didn't just have 1 value meal in front of him he had like multiple sandwiches and shakes. Seriously, later in the movie he was eating like, half the menu at each meal. I ate a lot of McDs back in the day and I couldn't eat that much. He got the point across but the experiment was definitely flawed.

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canyon_wren 8 years, 6 months ago

Good comments from ms-canada, badger, and bearded gnome. Recent news articles have said that the Weight Watchers program is the only really successful diet. I have used it just to keep from gaining too much and it is great.

So much of my (and others, I suppose) eating is out of boredom. Living alone, I can keep from having snack stuff on hand (it is amazing how many "points" potato chips, etc. have!). I agree that portions are the critical issue--and avoiding junk food.

Also, I don't see how folks could possibly eat all the servings of everything suggested on the food pyramid. I keep track of a week at a time and if I haven't had fruit one day, I make sure I have it the next., etc.

One key is to cut down on the amount of meat you eat. Unfortunately, I crave meat and cheese--can do without desserts! Fortunately, I do love vegetables.

I agree, too, that low fat dressings, etc. often have their own harmful ingredients. I would rather have the real stuff less often.

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

This morning I served cantaloupe slices with buttered toast and bacon for breakfast. A few minutes ago I was feeling the need for a small snack and finished the slices leftover from breakfast.

There's just no substitute for fine melons.

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Gootsie 8 years, 6 months ago

Hang out with people fatter than you are. And buy clothes that are too big.

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juscin3 8 years, 6 months ago

Looks like you can't win for losing! I have found out not only the food that I eat, it also has to do with my thyroid. Some people will gain weight from it, some people will lose from it. Depends on what type you have wrong with your thyroid. For me its hyperthyroidism. You have to take synthroid to help with it and it does work, it helps control your eating habits. Even if you ate fruits or veggies for in between, you don't have that hunger or mind telling you that you are hungry while being on the med. Dr's say that women are most suceptible (sp?) in having problems with their thyroid. Might get it checked out! Could help ya. :)

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bearded_gnome 8 years, 6 months ago

the ots question, eat less, do more, lose weight exercises mind and body.

low fat dressings are a crock, they are usually high in sodium, and concentrate carbs compared to the regular forms. no thanks.

I guess I caused this article and the question, last night I referenced "glutony" in a post.

the most important thing I learned about eating is to stop when you're satisfied, put it away or throw it away, you don't need to clean your plate.

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bearded_gnome 8 years, 6 months ago

guess I'm post 40-something here.

wanted to post my appreciation for the lawrence road workers, and no this is not sarcasm!
yesterday, they actually graded my alley, the second time in one year! we used to never see them guys at all. and before these two gradings, there were about a dozen massive craters, all gone now!
dunno why my lowly neighborhood gets this attention, semiannual grading, but now the alley is smoother than most the streets, pothole infested, in lawrence.
thanks!

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ms_canada 8 years, 6 months ago

e_m - no, but if you send me the recipe, I might just do that. Have you ever tried turnips with a dress in a soft cinnamon hue? Very attractive!

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

ms_c, ever tried yams dressed in stiletto heels?

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 6 months ago

Yeah... the only people that'd benefit from watching that movie are idiots who don't realize that eating McDonald's 3 times a day for a month is sorta of kinda bad for you. Granted, there are some of them out there.

That being said, I enjoy that guy's (Spurlock?) tv show, 30 Days. A bit contrived in spots but nothing nearly as bad as Supersize Me.

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1derer 8 years, 6 months ago

I work with a very "slim" man who swims each lunch hour, follows a very healthy eating regimen and can't get his cholesterol under 300. He is a slim walking time bomb on a very healthy diet and exercise program. Go figure.

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thunderbuns 8 years, 6 months ago

If your shadow weighs 42 lbs. and you enjoy Big Macs, you should watch the movie "Supersize me!". That'll keep ya on your diet AND away from "fast food". After all, you don't want thunderbuns do ya??

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lunacydetector 8 years, 6 months ago

a balanced diet -a cookie in each hand.

just remember these two things:

Sweets are the destiny that shapes our ends.

It's not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it's the seconds.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

THanks, Ms Canada. THat is good advice. It's good to have help out there.

Insurance table weights are the biggest joke ever! According to mine I should weigh like 200 lbs or something extremely absured. If I got down to 200 lbs on my big frame I would make Iggy Pop look like the Fat dude Hugo on "Lost". But, before that I'd be dead, seriously.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 6 months ago

"slim" doesn't alway equal "healthy". Remember the Ali McBeal actress who looked like she was about to drop dead of starvation?

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 6 months ago

"Overweight" is not a medical term. It's a social term. For some reason, insurance companies use the social term. As always, the lesson here it that insurance companies are the ultimate suckers of satan's c#*@.

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badger 8 years, 6 months ago

The 'insurance table' weights are notoriously off. According to my doctor, to reach my 'insurance table weight' on my frame, I'd need to lose all my fat, most of my muscle, and an internal organ or two. My bone mass comprises something like eighty per cent of my 'target' weight according to the charts and numbers. I'm not overweight or unhealthy by medical standards. Didn't you read the part where weight is a meaningless number? If I'd have to give up my spleen to reach the 'right' weight, isn't that a good sign that the 'right' weight is wrong?

No, Hannibal_Lecter, you may not have my liver, before you even ask.

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offtotheright 8 years, 6 months ago

If you are so healthy, then why are you 40 pounds overweight? I don't think I'll take your advise on staying slim....

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badger 8 years, 6 months ago

My advice to people who are dieting:

Forget about your weight. It's just a fairly meaningless number. Weighing 180 pounds at 25% body fat is less healthy than weighing 200 pounds at 10%.

Even body fat isn't that critical a number. The real numbers that matter are your blood pressure, your heart rate, your cholesterol readings. If those are good, that means more than being a size 6 with bad or mediocre readings.

How's your quality of life? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded? Can you walk two city blocks without sitting down to rest? If not, are you under a doctor's care for the reason you can't (medication, disability, so on)?

If your chemistry gives you bad news, or you can't do the things you want, start with small changes. Switch from Minute Rice to brown rice. Try lowfat ranch dressing on that baked potato instead of sour cream and butter. Add baked, broiled, or grilled fish to your diet once a week, and have one bona fide vegetable at every meal (no. potatoes, though they grow in the ground, cannot count). Keep one of those little bags of baby carrots handy for snacking, along with more of that low-fat dressing (yeah, it's not great, but if it's replacing potato chips or cookies, any little bit helps).

Park your car a couple of blocks from where you're going and walk the last distance. Take a class in tai chi or bellydancing or kickboxing or something else that interests you and gets you moving.

It's hard to make drastic life changes like giving up fast food, taking up a daily strenuous exercise program, or starting a diet, and the harder it is the less likely you are to stick with it. If you start with the small changes, you build healthy habits.

I'm currently 40 pounds over my 'insurance table' weight. However, my cholesterol levels and ratios, my blood pressure, and my heart rate are lower than average. Last week I hiked two miles without fatigue. The week before, five. This week, seven (very different terrain is the reason for the different distances). I consider myself healthy. I walk a mile in the evenings twice a week.

It's little changes and healthy habits, not blaming our neurotic society or McDonald's or television or whatever.

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ms_canada 8 years, 6 months ago

Topside - good for you - stick with it. And tir, you have some good advice there.
As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I learned a lot about eating a balanced and healthy diet. This is an excellent weight loss program. I believe that each person has to find their own comfort zone in dieting. Mine is to eat 5 small meals a day. Someone above said that everyone knows how to eat properly, but sorry that is just not true. Many people grew up on a very unhealthy diet. A lot of people never eat veggies. Mostly because there is nothing very appealing about a plate of naked green beans or asparagus. I love veggies more than anything else and I have a multitude of ways to dress them and make them very appealing. You may or may not know that in the WW program you count points not calories. Most veggies are zero points and you can eat almost as much as you want. At WW meetings you learn so many things about following a good, healthy diet. And not only from the leaders, the members bring lots of tips and recipes. I am a senior lady with a very active lifestyle, I am very healthy, never get colds or flu and I attribute that to my healthy eating and good long walks. Have a nice day and a good breakfast all!

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

Besides, how does he take a bite out of anything with that manic frozen smile on his face? Maybe he puts the sandwich in a juicer first.

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blue73harley 8 years, 6 months ago

That Burger King guy with his "meat-normous" sandwich creeps me out!

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

1derer-your name reminds me of that movie "that thing you do" when he tried to name his band the "oneders". Then everyone called them the O-knee-ders until Tom Hanks changed it. Funny. Anyway you also bring up a good point my sister got on some anti-depression meds and gained like 30 pounds in a month! Fortunately, she finally got off it and switched to something else and has lost most of it.

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1derer 8 years, 6 months ago

Remain young, active and healthy.

Whatever you may do, do not let your metabolism start slowing down when you are 40 or so years old.

Take care not to become disabled or develop a physical or mental condition that causes you to take any types of medications which, even though they may help you live a longer, more productive life, may cause weight gain.

Always remember, physical appearance is the test by which people are judged. The outside is far more important than the inside.

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Aiko 8 years, 6 months ago

Avoid the popular diet in Lawrence of "Cakes all day and Cookies all night". Oh, and you need to actually move around a bit. Instead of sitting on you arsses.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

igaimd- I agree, there is no fat gene, people need to just own up. However, there are things like thyroid conditions and slow metabolisms that can stack the deck against you. These conditions can be heriditary, but shouldn't be a cop-out, just another hurdle to jump over. Sometimes it takes a little medication to help or just taking extra, extra care in what you eat.

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Topside 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm with costello. I'm a big guy (6'4" and about 325lbs) and no suprise I used to play football. Anyway, it is easier said than done. I just started Weight Watchers after I saw what it could do for people. My wife and her friends all joined and all lost weight. Most of them kept it off too (except the booze hound).
ottr is right, although insensitive to fat people, that just cutting out fast food would help most people. 1 McD's hamburger, that's hamburger, that comes with kids meals is like a third of your daliy intake. Yikes! It's all about portion control and I partially blame the food companies for that. Example, some foods are "twin wrapped" but only one is a serving. What the hell are you supposed to due with the other one except eat it? They don' t come in little zip-lock bags! I used to travel a lot and I feel that if companies packaged "to go" foods based on their serving size it would help.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 6 months ago

Think about Hot Carl! That'll kill your appetite.

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craigers 8 years, 6 months ago

Put the Double Quarter pounder down fatty!!! If I was giving advice, that is what I would say. I am just joking. I would agree with the others eat less and exercise more.

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

On the Nature of Relinquishing Control

Dr. Phil. Jack LeLane. Richard Simmons. The South Beach Diet. Popular culture inciting us to take control of our lives. The implication here is that you must do these things if you want to be healthy.

Yet at the same time we build roundabouts, speed humps, programmable thermostats and automated telephone answering systems. The message here comes through loud and clear, "just let it go." Relinquish control.

No wonder we're neurotic. The moment I feel motivated to take control, I find myself confronted by hitting all the red lights on 23rd street. If I turn the knob on the dashboard from red to blue while the defrost is selected, the air-conditioning automatically switches on. If I just want the furnace on while taking a shower, I have to find my glasses and re-flipping-program the damned thermostat from 5 + 2 to 6 + 1, check what time it is, anticipate how long my shower will take, and create a 'special day'. Suppose you are waiting on the phone for customer service and something comes up. You can't simply hang up because you already have 20 minutes and umpteen button selections invested in this. Grrrrr.

So we invent ever more varieties of comfort food. Ummmm. Dove cookies. Two pound cheeseburgers. Fries with that. It's a vicious circle.

Wanna know the best diet? Find a place to live in the world which minimizes stress. Find small and seemingly insignificant ways to regain control over the world around you. Be honest with your boss and tell him/her that if they want this prioritized, something else has gotta wait or be eliminated altogether. Find control in your life and you just may find yourself reaching for a Granny Smith apple instead of the Hagen-Daaz. Unfortunately the name for this is: The Impossible Diet.

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tir 8 years, 6 months ago

Clean all the junk food out of your cabinets and fridge, and replace it with healthy food. Then don't buy any more junk food. If you don't have bad stuff within easy reach, it's less likely you'll eat it.

Make yourself walk more by parking further away from your destination and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

And whatever you do, don't skip breakfast or you'll feel like you're starving and want to pig out later.

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Genetic02 8 years, 6 months ago

Try scheduling your meals according to the parts of the day, during which you are most active.

Eat breakfast. It will make you less hungry come lunch.

IF you take a lunch break in the middle of your work day, eat a larger meal for lunch. You will probably burn off many of the calories consumed during the second half of the work day.

Don't eat a huge dinner, if you're just going to follow it up, by sitting on the couch or lying down all evening.

Exercise is pivotal. Remember, you can't spot-reduce!

Consider what OMB and Bowhunter99 said, too.

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ive_got_my_ascot_n_my_dickie 8 years, 6 months ago

It's a no-brainer: eat right and exercise. I don't buy into the nonsense that there's a "fat gene." Did the fat gene force you to eat that whole box of Twinkies? I think not. "Well, my parents are fat, so I'm fat, too. It's the genetics." Wrong. You've adapted your parents' poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, THAT'S the problem.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 6 months ago

Push your car to work once a week!

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neopolss 8 years, 6 months ago

f the diet. f the haters. f being healthy.

Everything gives you cancer these days. That said, do you really want to tack on 10 years to your life? Once you hit 80, I'm fairly certain that each day involves playing checkers and a lot of time sitting, waiting to die. Let's not add onto those years.

Eat my friends, and eat well. Someone has to eat a fill for the poor hungry children around the world...

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 6 months ago

What to tell someone who is dieting? Don't do it. Dieting is horrible for your body and never works long term. Eat right (don't pretend you don't know what that means... everyone does they just want to find exceptions) and exercise (same deal).

so simple...

caloric intake - burned calories = +/- net

Or do what blessed 3x says. And perhaps add in a blow or meth habit.

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Bowhunter99 8 years, 6 months ago

Think of your body as a bank account.. If you keep putting calories that you don't use, it will be FULL of them. (as in you will be fat).

Even if you stop adding calories to your bank, you will still have a large balance, and therefore will only help you MAINTAIN your current weight.

How to withdraw? Exercise.

There is no other way.

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bankboy119 8 years, 6 months ago

Exercise, even if it's only walking....though if you're just walking you probably have to watch what you're eating a little closer.

If I eat what I normally do but also work out then I end up eating more because my body needs more energy after I'm done.

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offtotheright 8 years, 6 months ago

This weight question really should have been asked when the weather was warmer, on Mass Street.

The interviewer could have asked all of the fatso's with their guts hanging out of their jeans and short shirts this question.

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Spoken1 8 years, 6 months ago

"Posted by offtotheright (anonymous) on October 21, 2005 at 6:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Stop eating fast food!"

This coming from the right wing that brought you ketchup as a vegtable in school lunches.

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i_tching 8 years, 6 months ago

Exercise, become educated in nutrition, and count calories.

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costello 8 years, 6 months ago

None of these people look like they have a weight problem. Although, I suppose it would be awkward to walk up to fat people on the street and ask the best way to lose weight. As a fat person myself, I agree with Ryan: "It's easier said than done." I could also cheerfully agree with Samantha - "Try to eat a little bit of everything" - but I don't think it will help me lose weight. ;-) Samantha probably said that because she works in a restaurant!

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even_money 8 years, 6 months ago

"You don't need tight-fitting pants to whistle while you work."

http://www.mangydog.com/games/drphil.php

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