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Best diet?



  • beard_runner
    beard_runner Posts: 26 Member
    What is the best diet that is not only going to jump start my weight loss, but will also help me maintain a healthy lifestyle and won’t hurt the pocket book?

    Be interested to hear the outcome on this. Im looking too!

    @beard_runner, have you read the responses already posted?

    Yes. I just meant its a topic I am interested in learning more about :)
  • WinoGelato
    WinoGelato Posts: 13,458 Member
    edited July 2018
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    A balanced healthy diet and if that doesn’t work well for you try a lower carb one 👍

    Why? Low carbs don’t inherently cause weight loss. A calorie deficit does.

    Why not?
    Why question my opinion? I don’t see you picking apart anyone else’s post, is it my resting b.ch face? Lol

    I made a suggestion of a healthy balanced diet or the latter because It works for me. Some people have problems losing due to high carbs.

    Just because something works for you doesn’t mean everything else is wrong.

    Unfortunately neither of your recommendations specify the one thing that’s required for weight loss and that’s a calorie deficit. It’s possible to eat a healthy balanced diet that exceeds calorie requirements, as well as a low carb diet that fails to achieve a calorie deficit, and no weight loss will result.

    The fact the op has posted on mfp I already would expect they were using the calorie counting on here

    We see countless people who come to these boards who either aren’t using MFP to track calories, or they aren’t logging accurately, or that they simply don’t think that calories matter because the mainstream media focuses on quick fixes and anti carb and other “diets” that fail to address the root cause of weight losses.

    So you completely ignore the fact I suggested a healthy balanced diet first and jumped on the low carb part of what I said lol

    Never mind it’s a good thing I know what mfp is like

    A healthy balanced diet is important, for nutrition and overall health aspects and can also help with satiety. However just like the term “clean eating” it isn’t always specific enough to give helpful guidance to someone, nor does it have anything to do with weight loss.

    If by knowing what MFP is like you mean a place that values science and logic over woo and pseudoscience, with patient veteran posters who have stuck around for years after achieving our own weight loss goals to try to help new posters wade through the BS about weight loss that can be so frustratingly perpetuated everywhere you look these days... then yes, I think that’s a good thing also.
  • 4legsRbetterthan2
    4legsRbetterthan2 Posts: 19,459 MFP Moderator
    Hey All,

    Friendly reminder to stay focused on the questions of the op. If you want to debate something another poster brings up please head on over to the debate board.

    Its super easy to quote a few posts, copy and paste them into a debate thread, and pick up where you left off.

    mfp moderator
  • 4legsRbetterthan2
    4legsRbetterthan2 Posts: 19,459 MFP Moderator
    What is the best diet that is not only going to jump start my weight loss, but will also help me maintain a healthy lifestyle and won’t hurt the pocket book?

    there isn't really a way to jump start your weight loss. Depending on how much about your eating style you change you may see large water weight drops up front, or you may not. Cutting carbs and sodium usually result in the larges water weight drops, but thats not really fat loss, and it will come right back if you eat more of those again.

    I personally eat pretty much everything I ate before going on my diet, just watch my portions better, and balance those items so they fit in my calorie goal. (for example, bulk up dinner with lots of veggies and eat one piece of bread instead of 2 to keep it lower calorie)

    I don't really have advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is such a subjective term and can mean grossly different things to different people. If you have specific goals feel free to elaborate and you may get better answers to that part of your question.
  • Diatonic12
    Diatonic12 Posts: 32,344 Member
    The one that allows you stick to your calorie goals and feel the most satisfied. The one that's reasonably balanced/nutritious and contains foods you enjoy eating. The one you can sustain with minimal effort.

    Success comes from consistency and adherence - not from some fad diet you're miserable on and burn out/binge after two weeks because you can't stand it anymore.

    I'm not sitting on this anymore. Full disclosure.

    AnvilHead, you helped me see the light. During the last decade, I was jumping on other diet bandwagons, food resets and combining protocols. One in particular, I really tried to wrap my head around. I went full cult, full tilt boogie. It never really made sense to me but I tried to convince myself that it did. In the end, I felt totally and completely duped by it. I would come here and read your posts. They were the counterbalance to all of that food malarkey and horsesheet.

    Your posts helped me deprogram myself from dieting and food protocols. I began to see that many of these food protocols were written as a cover for disordered eating. Compartmentalized thinking and eating with a corresponding rule for every situation. They were leading others to adopt their rules and regulations for disordered eating.

    Everything within my being began to rebel against it. The more I read what you had to say the easier it became to pull myself away from all it. I was here for a few years before I ever said anything. I still listen to what you have to say because it makes so much sense to me.

    As we say out here in the sticks, horsesense is alot like deodorant - those who need it the most seldom use it. But you've good horsesense in spades. I always look forward to what you have to say. You're my spirit animal.

    Now, I don't give two hoots about the gym and that's never going to change. I simply took it back outside where I belong. You should write a book. I would buy it. It could be a field manual for those who need to stay afloat in a world filled with diets and ballyhoo and eating [email protected] foods that are only a temporary bandaid.

    I did throw all of my dieting books into the bin. I'll never buy another one and to say I'm through with dieting is to understate my personality by several thousand degrees. I don't ever want to be duped again. Thanks for listening.

  • Lounmoun
    Lounmoun Posts: 8,428 Member
    What is the best diet that is not only going to jump start my weight loss, but will also help me maintain a healthy lifestyle and won’t hurt the pocket book?

    Weight loss is about having a calorie deficit. You can create a calorie deficit by reducing calorie intake, increasing activity (calorie burn) or both.

    You don't have to buy special food to lose weight.
    A healthy diet is not a specific list of food but everything you consume working together to meet your body's needs. You need to look at nutrients of foods you eat and how they fit your whole day. There are a lot of ways to "eat healthy".

    You don't need to jump start anything.
    If you are not losing a good place to start is logging everything you consume as accurately as you can. Use a food scale. Check that database entries you use are correct. Even if you scan a label the entry that pops up can be incorrect so check it against the label of your product. If you are cooking, use the recipe feature to log it.

    Meal planning is a good idea if you have a tight budget or want to make more thoughtful choices.
    Low budget friendly foods where I live are things like oatmeal, tuna, whole chicken or chicken thighs, dry beans, lentils, rice, pasta, bread, peanut butter, eggs, potatoes, carrots, apples, ground turkey, cabbage, onions, canned tomatoes, frozen vegetables.

    You should start with just logging what you normally eat and sticking to your calorie goal. You want to eat in a way you can sustain. You can alter your diet in small steps like getting more protein or having more vegetables on your plate.

    Low budget menu planning and recipes:

    Some MFP threads you may find useful:

    I find food ideas on Pinterest a lot.