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Diet revisited (ver 1,354.75) — 8 Comments

  1. Good luck! Even though it’s a struggle, you’re not ignoring it, which is my biggest problem.

    You don’t mention hydration much when you talk about your diet. I can always tell by how hungry I am and how many cravings I get whether I’m drinking enough water. I have to remind myself frequently and I hope it becomes a habit someday but I’m not there yet.

  2. Oh, about 99.99% of all I drink is water, and lots of it. At least 2-3 liters per day. I drink water all the time.

    doug

  3. 2-3 liters is great! I only manage 2-3 IF I’m actively conscious of it. Otherwise I’ll do things like bring a 1 liter tumbler of water to work with me and bring it home 3/4 full. I’ll finish it with dinner but by then most of the day is gone and I’ve only had 1 liter.

    I enjoyed the pictures you posted of your lunch. Maybe doing that is a good motivational technique? I know in the past I’ve set up a Flickr account and took pictures of everything I ate. It was a way to “keep me honest” but it was also fun to look back and visually see what I was eating, how varied it was, etc, which was something the log in MyFitnessPal wasn’t giving me.

    Of course it’s entirely possible I just like seeing what kind of fun Japanese food you eat. Good luck!

  4. Don’t you feel dehydrated? Or do you drink other things in addition to water? I sort of lucked out in the beverage department in that my favorite drink just happens to be plain water, and I don’t like alcohol, or coffee. I might sometimes have some green tea or unsweetened black tea.

    doug

  5. I’m sorry you are having so much trouble.
    I agree with the other responders. All I drink is water. That’s it. Except if we go out for dinner then I drink only fresh-brewed iced tea. If they don’t have that, I drink water. I just came down 3 lbs and I’m excited! I’ve been stuck at 180 lbs for a month and I was just beside myself! That was after I reduced my caloric count! Now I think I may lose 1 lb a week.

    Maybe you should go to your Dr. For a Physical of sort. Look for lumps and bumps, ck your Thyroid and what ever he sees fit. I don’t think exercise plays that big a part of weight loss. I’m basically sedentary. Just walk the dog because of my back pain.

    I wish you luck and get fierce about your diet! You know you have to be in the right mind to get results!!

    Oh! happy Easter!
    Nancy

  6. Oh, I’ve been checked lots of times. My lack of weight loss is no mystery. I’ve just been eating too much.

    Happy Easter to you too.

  7. Per #2, the connection between exercise and weight loss is a real puzzlement to me. About five years ago, on a previous Weight Watchers adventure, I started running. Even after I fell off the WW wagon I kept running simply because I enjoy it and I like the way I feel when I’m running regularly. Now I’m back with WW again and typically earning about 50 or 60 activity points per week (as measured by my Fitbit) just from running and walking, which would be in the neighborhood of 2500 calories.

    Yet all this activity has little impact on my weight loss. I do very well on staying within my WW points budget, and on top of that I have all these activity points which I never consume – yet I often have weeks where I lose nothing or even gain a little.

    It SEEMS obvious that CaloriesConsumed – CaloriesBurned == NetWeightChange but my experience is it’s not the case at least over any apparent time frame. But if I’m not burning fat calories when I run, where is that energy coming from? The whole thing is really puzzling.

    I wish I could tell you why so many of us eventually fall off the wagon, because then I could stop doing it myself. This is my third time on the WW program, and the vast majority of people in my particular group (including my wife) are in the same circumstance. Getting the weight off is difficult but doable. Keeping it off is apparently quite a lot harder.

  8. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but I believe it is something like 90% of people who rebound. On any diet.

    It’s easy to feel enthusiastic about a diet when you first go on it and feel it’s working. The question that needs to be asked though is what percentage of people keep their weight off after, say, two years. Two years is always the tipping point for me.

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