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8/20/19 7:45 P

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Eat as closely to what you want, when you want it, in quantities that match the calories that you are expending. Odds are that what works for you long term isn't going to be the exact same thing as works for someone else. So cherry pick the things that you like best and cobble them together to meet your needs.

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8/20/19 2:42 P

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8/20/19 8:43 A

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You exercise quite intensively which will stimulate your appetite. This is where most people stumble because smaller portions just don't cut it and eventually you will break down and cheat because of intense cravings.

I follow the McDougall Plan, but there are several similar programs like Forks over Knives, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, Eat to live....

Generally, half of your plate is good healthy carbs (potatoes, rice, etc)--these will make you feel full and satisfy your cravings. These carbohydrates are also what provides the body with energy. One fourth of your plate is vegetables or fruit and one fourth of your plate are legumes which provide protein (but not excessive enough to stress kidneys).

I find that this satisfies without making me feel I've deprived myself of anything.

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8/20/19 3:45 A

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The first thing I did when I began this journey is let go of the idea of going on a “diet.” Instead I decided to make a healthier eating, lifestyle change. I did not want restrictions, or to avoid whole food groups. I purchased a kitchen scale and measuring tools and decided to make portion control and moderation the way I chose to lose weight.

I track my food every day. The Nutrition Tracker and my scale are the number one tools in my weight loss arsenal. Every BLT (bite, lick, taste) the good, the bad, and the ugly gets recorded. When I lose I can look back on those weeks and see what I did right. When I don’t, I can look back and see what I did wrong as well.

There is no “one size fits all” in weight loss. I chose to do low sodium, low carb, and Whole Foods with as little processed foods as possible.

My weight was not swift but it was steady. Over 3.5 years, I am down 83 pounds. I have had long plateaus, a couple of gains, and a lot of staying the same. However, I know if I just keep moving forward I will reach my goal. It is only 10 pounds away. I set no time limit on my journey because the time was going to pass anyway and it might as well pass while I was doing something to become a healthier, thinner me.

Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”

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8/20/19 2:24 A

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My best habit is filling out my nutrition tracker in advance so I can be it sure it meets my needs. I never did well following a specific diet so I do it my way. I can lower my carbs or add protein if I feel that would help me. If I crave pizza, I can make sure I eat well enough the rest of the day to allow me to have it.
I don't exclude much of anything, but in general I prefer low carb. I have to watch my cholesterol and I seldom have or want sugar.

You might give that a try as it gives you a lot more freedom to balance your diet every day. Wishing you well.


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8/20/19 12:32 A

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Everybody is different re likes/needs so it isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' situation. Some do really well low carbing, or even Keto, which is extremely low carbs, but others need more carbs to their diet.

It has been proven that diets per se (in the normally accepted context) don't actually work, but a healthy lifestyle, which includes healthy nutrition and exercise, does work. My personal opinion is that most people do well by staying in the middle of the road where it comes to ranges for carbs, protein and fats. Pay great attention to how much you eat. I suggest weighing all of you food for increased accuracy, and enter it all into the nutrition tracker. THEN analyze the results. That way you can see where your problem areas are and where you need to adjust.

Remember, as mentioned, this is a healthy lifestyle journey - a journey for a lifetime. Whatever you choose NEEDS to be something that you can stick with for life!

I reached my goal years ago, but I still weigh all my food and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker to ensure that I stay there. It doesn't mean that I don't occasionally go overboard, because I do, but MY occasional is maybe once in a month or two, and the rest balances that out. I also don't drink alcohol so it leaves a lot more room for real food.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/20/2019 (05:21)
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8/19/19 6:53 P

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So I’ve been researching and researching the best diet plan to loose weight and keep it off. I’ve always struggled with my weight growing up. I keep active and have always been conscious of my diet and always struggled to obtain a nice figure. I’ve friend low carb and have success until I break down and get pizza or cheat. My workouts suffer as I do intense hiit workouts/weight lifting 3 times a week and some shorter/cardio works out other days. Any advice on the best diet plan/ nutritional habits to help me loose some pounds. I’ve heard such mixed reviews of the keto diets and other diet plans.

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