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Cut Calories Without Dieting

Cut Fat and Calories Without Deprivation

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  • I've gotten to the point where I refuse to go on a "diet". If it's not something that I can maintain for the rest of my life, I won't do it. I'm eating a healthy diet of vegetables, lean meats and whole grains and watching my portions. You know what? I'm losing weight now and am not constantly stressed out about whether I'm losing weight or constantly thinking about food. Thanks for the great article to remind us all that it is a healthy lifestyle, not a crash diet.
  • I used to buy every fat substitute on the market. I drove myself nuts. Then, like low nicotine cigs, I found I just ate more of the unreal stuff. I gained weight. No more. Full on except milk and portion control. That is the way to go.
  • Interesting article and well written. It's nice to think we know what we need and want ... and. I've been a portion watcher for as long as I can remember ... probably since the debut of the 8 oz burger in the late 60s. At that time I could eat "the whole thing" along with fries and dessert and lots of beer ... it didn't affect me ... or so I thought. Fast forward to getting even just a little older and more sedentary and the same food is a killer to the body.

    First know yourself and your weakness. Mine are simple: ice cream (full fat - nothing else is the same so I can do without); cheesecake (only the good stuff) and red meat - mooing softly. Ice cream doesn't come home to the freezer ... I can't leave it alone. Cheesecake? Only if that IS dinner and on occasion it can be. Red meat ... well ulcers took care of that one for me. It's too hard to digest in quantity. Sigh.

  • NANATERRI1
    This is a very interesting article. Kudos!
  • FOXGLOVE999
    I think that people often mistakenly believe that the lowfat craze actually caused people to eat a lowfat diet. This is doubtful, at best. I use lowfat and reduced fat products and still go over the recommended fat intake of 30%. I suspect this is true of most Americans.

    While I do eat fat, I also eat carbs, sugar etc. Everything in moderation, and the pounds are coming off. I think it's completely reasonable to track for the rest of my life, if not for calories, than for nutrients. Once set up, it's very simple, I spend maybe 10 minutes a day tracking. Like someone else said, it's a basic self-care thing, like brushing your teeth.
  • I do better if I count calories and eat the full-fat, full-flavor versions of things.
    I started losing more weight when I threw out the PAM and started cooking in butter again.
  • Since the no fat, low fat craze started ,people have continued to gain. Why,? The doctors believe it's SUGAR, CARBS that is more dangerous than the fat.
    So before you automaticly ditch most fat.. Ditch the sugar and heavy carbs.
    Not that you should eat large amounts of fat. There has to be limits in every food group.
  • good to know. Thanks.
  • Alot of great things in this article.
  • For me, logging my food opens my eyes to what choices mean. It's been so educational. I'm a newbie at this - 3.5 months in, but I find even in situations where I don't plan my food or log, I keep the count in my mind and it helps me stay within a healthy range, which for me is 1200-1600 calories.
  • I do this every day! I track what I eat, and I use the sparkpeople app for that on my blackberry. I love it. It keeps me accountable to everything that I put in my mouth. I have also taken my favorite recipes and figured out cal content so that way I know even what some of my favorite food had for cals. I have lost 95 pounds and have kept it off for 5 years. I love this website. I get breakdowns and if I splurge, I don't get mad at myself, I realize that I am human. When someone commits to losing weight, they should fully commit. I have tried other diets in the past, but none of them work, because they restricted what you could eat. I eat what I normally cook, I just eat a lot less. I am at 1200 cals a day and I feel great. As one of my friends put it to me a few days ago, I am the enegizer bunny. I went from a size 24 to a 10. I look great, feel great and am in better health now then I was 5 years ago. Thanks again to spark people for this website. I am truely grateful for getting my life back.
  • Eating low-fat food doesn't work for me at all. I didn't start losing weight until I incorporated more fat in my diet...not less. Yes, real fat has more calories, but it also keeps you satisfied so you're not hungry!
  • I think the log book is a good idea, I have always had success with this. I think it is a way to keep you aware of what you eat and can help with understanding your eating patterns. It can also keep you honest until you have established a routine that helps you maintain or lose the weight.
  • Someone mentioned earlier how keeping a log of your eating habits seems like a "diet". I have to agree. It is helpful, but it makes me feel restricted. I find that many of these tips are helpful, but they still seem like a diet to me.
  • I am new to all this but so far I think this spark article is on the right track. It may have some outdated stuff maybe, but over all it is good. It makes you think about all the little things we can change that help to add up to one lb lost. I hope others can learn from it as I have. Susan

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