Tell me it's possible without any special diet? :(



  • MichelleLaree13
    MichelleLaree13 Posts: 865 Member
    i count calories to make sure I dont eat to much but also so I know I can eat more calories.
    I eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains and then whatever I want to fill up my calorie limit I set for myself.
  • connectedcats
    connectedcats Posts: 17 Member
    I've decided to just watch what I eat, log everything and set a realistic weight loss. I found as I'm short my calorie requirement a day, without extra exercise is set at 1200. At that level I can only expect to loose 1.5 lbs a week. That in itself is worth knowing, I've often got disallusioned when I haven't lost at least 2lb per week (and I rarely managed that).
    This time I'm looking at lifestyle changes and healthy eating with sensible portions and the occasional treat. I'm not 'on a diet', because that is not something I can sustain (I know, I've tried enough times!).
    When (note the when, not if), I get down to a healthy weight I'll increase calories carefully so I know what I can eat without gaining weight (rather than using the 'average' level - I'm sure I'm not an average woman :) ).
  • Graceious1
    Graceious1 Posts: 716 Member
    Eat Less, Move More. 5 servings of fruit/veg every day.

    My philosophy exactly
  • angieleighbyrd
    angieleighbyrd Posts: 989 Member
    I did cut a lot out of my diet. I mostly just cut out red meat (for the most part) added a lot of turkey and chicken, more veggies, and more fruit. I have good days and bad, but I generally eat what I want and just stay within calorie range. There are a lot of things I avoid just because they are so high in calories that it's not worth losing half my calories for the day. I had a candy bar yesterday. I made it fit in my range. You don't have to cut everything out. Fad diets don't work.
  • waskier
    waskier Posts: 254 Member
    I accomplished my weight loss by watching what I eat and exercising regularly, but no special diet. I use the daily and weekly nutritional content part of MFP to alter things such as the brands of bread I purchase, using dijon mustard instead of mayo, etc. I also bought a small electric scale to measure portion sizes. You can do it you just have to be stubborn and meticulous. I went from a complete couch potato 1 year ago to my second half marathon a week from today and my first full marathon this December.

    Log every day, exercise moderately 6 days a week and make sure you look for NSVs!
  • WendyTerry420
    WendyTerry420 Posts: 13,276 Member
    I am losing through exercising, watching my protein, and keeping my calories under my TDEE. Yes, it works. You don't have to eat special foods.
  • vjrose
    vjrose Posts: 809 Member
    Absolutely, eating healthy and working out, that's all you need. Oh and don't entirely deny yourself your favorite goodies. Restrictive diets just don't work. Moderation, portion size, and sensible food will get the job done.
  • tjphelps73
    tjphelps73 Posts: 171 Member
    Yep - no fad dieter here. Every pound loss was done the old fashion way...through hard work and determination.
  • AllonsYtotheTardis
    AllonsYtotheTardis Posts: 16,948 Member
    No special diet for me either. Just small changes to how I eat, and some exercise. Making sure I get more veggies though, because I know I was lacking in those before.

    I want to be able to sustain this eating pattern - I don't want to have to re-adjust after I hit my goal weight.
  • survivor1952
    survivor1952 Posts: 250 Member
    I did Nutri-System - lost 35 lbs. Gained it abck within 2 years. I did South Beach - lost 25 gained it back within a year...see a pattern here??? Only way to lose & keep it off is cut calories, eat sensibly & exercise more. Period! Never deprive yourself of any foods (unless dr. tells you to for health reasons). Just learn PORTION CONTROL and move more. Took me years & years & years to learn this. I did & now I am happy. There are no quick fixes. You Can Do It !!! Best of luck, you are in good company here. :flowerforyou:
  • darrensurrey
    darrensurrey Posts: 3,944 Member
    I'm on the Eat **** And Die-t.

    So yes, it's possible without any special diet. :)

    Ok, I don't eat particularly poorly (chicken salad for lunch today) but I eat what I fancy, generally.

    What I am toying with is the outcome of eating any old ****e I fancy and doing a 16 hour fast on Monday mornings to counteract any interesting food I've eaten with the family over the weekend.
  • capriciousmoon
    capriciousmoon Posts: 1,263 Member
    Just make sure you keep an accurate food diary and you should be able to eat however you want. It's just a good idea if most of what you eat is healthy.

    I lost 100 lbs with just a food diary and walking once or twice a day. The only foods I cut out were things that didn't work for me personally, like pasta, to me it's not filling at all and will cause me to overeat.
  • Giraffe33991
    Giraffe33991 Posts: 434 Member
    That's how I did it. Cut out the junk, counted calories and exercised my *kitten* off!!

    Don't jump on the bandwagon of the latest quick weight loss gimmick. If you want to keep it off for good, you need to retrain yourself how and when to eat.
  • jwalworth
    jwalworth Posts: 32 Member
    There is only one program that works -- ELEM (Eat Less, Exercise More). Any "diet" that claims to delivery superior / faster results is no different than the Nigerian prince asking you to send your bank info because he needs to deposit money in the US. You don't believe that because its too good to be true -- same for any "diet" program.

    Now don't get me wrong there are a lot of good reasons (religious / moral / health reasons) to significantly alter the nature of your food consumption -- i.e. if your are diagnosed with diabetes you better change and/or eliminate certain parts of your diet -- but short of that there is no reason to cut anything completely from your diet -- just eat less.

    Proof in point. I have not eliminated anything from my diet. I eat less, exercise 5-6 times a week and have lost just shy of 50 pounds in just over two months. And I eat dark chocolate almost every night and half a homemade pizza almost every Friday.

    Weight loss is simply -- its not easy and anyone who confuses the two and or tries to tell you differently is trying to sell something or lying or most likely both.
  • pixtotts
    pixtotts Posts: 552 Member
    iv only lost 10lbs so far this time, and thats just getting rid of the rubbish noone should eat anyway... crisps, fizzy drinks, sweets
    and the sugar is mostly for teeth not weight loss...

    i dropped 2 dress sizes when i went to uni just by eating healthy, its not about some weird and wonderful diet its about being sensible ....
  • Exill
    Exill Posts: 155 Member
    Actually, you're much more likely to keep the weight off if you don't follow a fad diet. You need to change your lifestyle and continue it for the rest of your life or else you'll fall back into your old ways. But you shouldn't deprive yourself of foods you love, just eat less of them. I eat chocolate every day, but instead of a whole 100g bar I only have a few pieces. It takes awhile to get used to the changes and getting over the cravings, but the longer you go the easier and easier it becomes. It can take many months or years, but it's worth it. Take it slow and don't expect huge changes. The slower you lose the weight the better chance you have of it staying off.

    I lost my weight by counting my calories and not overeating. I did very little exercise. I don't like "working out" and get my exercise primarily from walking 15-30 minutes a day. If you're cutting back on your food intake, then you're going to lose weight. There's no mystery to weight loss, but exercise allows you to eat more, ups your metabolism, and helps you feel better mentally, especially if you're getting outside.
  • chocl8girl
    chocl8girl Posts: 1,968 Member
    "diet" is a 4-letter word. That includes the word die. Don't do it! Seriously. Education is what is needed. Learn what portion sizes actually are. Learn how many calories things have in them. Learn whet your triggers are. Learn how to manage them. Learn how to eat better (as in, less processed, greasy, or otherwise non-nutritive foods), and eat less, and move more. That's it.

    You CAN do this! It's a mind-set, a re-training of your thoughts, a de-coupling of what you've been told you need to eat by the media or people around you, and what you actually need to eat. Good luck!!!
  • Linbo93
    Linbo93 Posts: 229 Member
    Go to iTunes and listen to a few episodes of the podcast Fat2Fit radio. These guys revolutionized how I view diet/excercise and they are the reason my ticker says "53 pounds lost."

    I cannot even imagine I would ever stop doing what I'm doing to live my healthy lifestyle, and I have them to thank.

    Check. Them. Out!!!

    (and, good luck!)
  • artslady96
    artslady96 Posts: 132 Member
    Yes, it is completely possible to loose weight without a "special" fad diet. All it takes is commitment to eating within designated calorie limits, making the healthiest choices possible given one's finances and lifestyle, exercising regularly, and patience. It won't come off overnight, but it didn't all appear overnight either. I've dropped 61lbs this way.
  • Please tell me there are people out there who have lost their weigh by just watching their foods, eating a little less, and exercising??! *sigh*

    This is exactly what I've been doing. Fad diets don't work for me in the long run - I've tried many, without success. I had to find what worked for me, and MFP has been instrumental in my journey. I eat whatever I want, within reason, and I move more (thank you FitBit!). Portion control has been crucial for me, along with daily food logging and no cheat days/meals. It's working for me so far, and I can't see why it won't continue to work for the rest of my life.

    Best of luck on your journey! :flowerforyou: