I agree with dragon. i have tried many diets and actually succeeded on many of them, but it was all short term. once i introduced 'other foods' i gained weight back. i find a balanced diet with protein, carbs and fat works best for me and tracking EVERYTHING. i can easily lose track of what i eat so logging it is a must for me. good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,636 7/21/12 11:25 A
Why not skip the diets?
You don't need to diet at all. You can make healthy choices within your normal diet, and lose weight by eating LESS! That's what I've done. When I got started, I didn't change what I was eating AT ALL... I just ate less of it. Instead of eating two double portions of my favorite pasta, I stop at ONE, and mix it half-and-half with whole wheat (I don't like the texture of whole wheat pasta.)
I started cutting back my sodas to one a day, and now I've switched to Coke Zero for that one a day, freeing up all those liquid calories for real food.
I eat steaks, potatos, cheese, chips, fries... all those things traditionally labeled as "bad" for you.
If you're not sure where to start, start where you are. TRack your own food for a couple of days without making changes, and where you need to start making changes will become clear. Everyone has trouble zones when it comes to food; the trick is to start finding and fixing those spots.
Maybe you're like me, a carbaholic who was eating pasta 3-4 times a week. Cutting back to once a week and swapping regular for wheat was a good place to start. Maybe you're a sweet addict... figure out what triggers you to eat those.
There is no right answer; weight loss comes down to eating fewer, quality calories than you burn day to day. Dieting doesn't work; make healthy lifestyle changes you can keep up forever!
And if you're confused about something, come here and ask! You get the benefit of multiple people who have researched the same thing, and generally, we can all bang our heads together and find the answers supported by science and fact.
i think you have to remember that there isn't a single correct answer for everyone. there are many different ways that work. and as long as you end up finding a way that works for you, you're good. it's a bit like a choose your own adventure book. you and the person next to you might not read the same story. but that's okay. there are many different adventures and endings in that one book.
Fitness Minutes: (930)
122 7/21/12 9:51 A
I had a lot of troubling figuring out which information was the right information when I started out too. All of the programs I looked at had very restrictive diet plans that I knew I would never follow. What it eventually came down to was making some rules for myself that were simple but have been working for me. I am drinking water only, having a portion of a lean protein, a complex carb, and a ton of veggies every meal, and greatly reducing my intake of processed and sugar foods. I haven't been counting calories on any kind of regular basis, and I haven't felt restricted.
Fitness Minutes: (1,089)
150 7/21/12 9:29 A
Hi guys!! Just needed this space to get this off my chest (sorry for that). Lately, I've been reading a lot about healthy living and nutrition and found so much helpful information as very contradicting ones which is leaving me overwhelmed, confused and plain ol' frustrated. Ugghh!!! I thought I had everything figured out but now I don't even know where to start (or better said, continue). I suffer from PCOS so I thought maybe something along the lines of low carb, paleo-ish diet without that much "restriction", but I'm not so sure anymore. Anyway, thanks for listening to me. Have a great day guys!! :D
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.