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  • I always wanted to lose weight to "look better" but it was the threat of Metformin and blood pressure medicines that finally shoved me into action. Weighing, as I did, 257 on a smallish 5'4" frame, I had dozens of false starts, but then my doctor and I attempted 7 different blood pressure meds, all with terribly annoying…
  • I eat about 1100 calories once a day. Works for me.
  • I believe the rhetoric of neither camp. FOR MYSELF- life is better without added sugar. I eat lowish carb fruit every day and sometimes add a third portion of fruit. I sweeten with Truvia or Stevia. Do not consider what I say as advice. I'm just stating what makes me happy.
  • I prefer to limit carbs, and my doctor and I work together to achieve my best health results. I don't call what I do by name. It's not Atkins or Paleo or South Beach. It's what I do to feel good and lose weight. I eat lower carb veggies and fruit, eggs and nuts, occasional meat/fowl/seafood. I've lost 85 pounds and feel…
  • I don't eat grain at all, and since omitting it, I never crave it. We are all different.
  • I eat all of my calories within a three hour window at around 5:30-8:00. Works great.
  • Obesity is considered a strictly or mostly cosmetic issue rather than a serious health concern, and weight loss "guidance" can be any nonsense that will sell a book.
  • After a year at my new size I'm still finding it somewhat frustrating to figure out what to wear and how to balance purchasing. I'd sure rather be buying smaller than buying larger though.
  • Why is the MT considered an "antithesis" of Paleo eating?
  • I was medically diagnosed several years ago with Fibromyalgia, so my situation definitely waxes and wanes. Since cleaning up my eating habits and doing some vigorous walking almost every day, I've had fewer really bad flares and have overall felt better. I've found that with a pair of headphones on, I can do many times…
  • Ana, I'm THRILLED that the equation approach has worked exactly as you wanted it too. After having lost (and regained) several times during my life, I decided to do some extra planning this time, and it has worked fine FOR ME. For example, salt has been implicated in increasing a tendency towards severe cravings, a problem…
  • Several MONTHS ago, I asked the same question as OP is asking now, and truthfully, I received several relatively low nonhelpful answers, many of which were very negative about what was perceived as being my mistakes. I continued to stick with what I was doing, and have recently learned a few things that I'll throw out that…
  • I started in April 2013 T 257 on a small framed 5'4". I incorporated a number of health/weight loss based techniques including concepts from Paleo and Intermittent Fasting. SO- I eat one carefully planned meal/day usually including egg/eggwhites, a rainbow of veggies, nuts, and berries or a green apple. I've lost 85…
  • fatninja, I want to thank you for your post, and thanks also to PhilipMSPT. I'm in exactly your situation. I've lost 85 pounds since April 2013, but stopped this last April and now toss that 4-5 pounds back and forth. Still staying pretty much within the guidelines, and have no intention of giving up. I really have made a…
  • I SO BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!! Never give up.
  • I knew myself well enough to know that I had always been crazed by numbers, so my goal, from the very beginning, was to eat one delicious meal planned to be packed with my nutritional needs, and not eat after it until it was time for my next meal. This has proven more powerful and more successful than anything I have ever…
  • Why not consider yourself a success at being a wonderful daughter and a daughter focused on keeping yourself well and strong. Start right now, this minute, make your plan for a nutritious meal as soon as you're hungry again. After you've enjoyed your next meal, give yourself points for a successful managing of ONE MEAL,…
  • FOR ME, sugar is always a problem, and I do much better when I limit my consumption to my fruit serving once a day. OBVIOUSLY, most people do not share my concern. My point is, if you aren't losing and are always eating at your sugar limit, whether consumed in healthy foods or not, you can tinker with your sugar intake…
  • By this stage of the game, I've come to consider the fact that anything that I know is not good for me or that detracts from my ultimate goal, is NO treat. Sometimes when I buy new, smaller sized clothes, I mentally designate them as a "treat". I try to dissociate anything I eat from the categories of treat/punishment,…
  • I'm old and short, and sag all over the place but as some others have mentioned, this beats the heck out of the alternative. I just dress my sags up as much as possible in my size 12s and enjoy the ride!
  • Added salt, grain, dairy, and all sweeteners but Erythritol and stevia. About 85 pounds down in total and much MUCH better craving management. I eat almost NO processed foods, EVER. Feel like a million bucks!
  • For those of us who have had to lose a lot, I take it as a push to become much more active and that's what I do. For myself, even the idea of micromanaging is counterproductive, so "guesstimates" work fine. One of my activities is "aerobic singing" and I'm serious about that. As a trained singer, I know that 45 minutes of…
  • I'm an old woman doing moderate-low carb with the input of my internist and endocrinologist, and even I eat more than you do. If you are even moderately active, even 1200 is not high for a young man. EAT MORE!
  • I understand the point of OP's comment, but since this is the first time in my adult life that I have found a comfortable and demonstrably healthy way to lose weight and live with the way I'm doing it, I'm going to have to very respectfully disagree.
  • My official MFP limit is 1350, but I rarely reach it. When I started I was VERY inactive (think slug) but I'm slowly getting into adding more activity to my life, so I may start thinking about adding back a bit from my exercise calories.
  • I've read, and it is true for me, that sodium can cause carb cravings in sensitive people. I've done MUCH better since I eliminated all added salt. I also don't eat processed food, which notoriously is loaded with sodium.
  • My 100+ extra pounds were binging/craving related. They diminished considerably when I adopted a no-grain, no-dairy, no added sodium, no added sugar eating plan. I have recently bought a couple bottles of yacon syrup and it seems helpful. I was particularly interested in ot because my weight loss had slowed drastically in…
  • I don't care what "type" of weight I lose. I eat what I plan for the day, do my dance steps, and record my numbers. "Numbers" is the least important category of the three.
  • My initial reason was JUST health. After losing 40 or so pounds, I will not lie, my vanity did definitely kick in. At my present 80+ weight loss! I feel better than I have in 30 years, or even possibly ever. That is what keeps me Keep in' on. Eat grain? Eat dairy? Eat salt? Eat sugar? FEEL LOUSY!! I'm not stupid- now that…
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