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Weight Management Tips??

May 25th, 2007 at 11:15 am

I know this topic isn't exactly "financial" in nature, but it could actually one's finances a great deal! A person of healthy weight can save on health care, chiropractic, etc. A person whose cravings aren't out of control doesn't buy junk food (at least not a lot of it). A person who is physically active uses less gasoline if he/she is able to bike or walk places instead of taking a vehicle.

So now that I've made a "financial" case for being at a healthy weight, how does one GET and STAY there?? I've struggled with weight my entire life, starting as a child all the way through until now. There were times that I was at a healthy weight, but that was usually after starving myself and exercising like crazy. Is that really what it takes? Or are there things that average-sized people do that I'm missing?

I am attempting to walk 2 miles FAST every day and have been staying away from grains and dairy (just to see if these things are affecting my body adversely). I feel pretty good when doing these things and maybe this is my answer.

I guess this is my question: Is there anyone who has struggled with weight and found a LIFESTYLE answer. Not a crash diet or a pharmacy pill that when you discontinue using them the weight piles on. I'm looking for tips that can be used for a LIFETIME and help attain and maintain a healthy weight.

Please share!

**Update to Entry**
Someone asked about why I'm limiting grains and dairy. The reason is because I don't feel good when I eat them. And this includes the good grains (home-ground, homemade wheat bread, etc). The dairy that I really do well with is the homemade kefir and yogurt. So I do have a smoothie sometimes in the morning. I am going to see how I do with the brown rice, as well.

7 Responses to “Weight Management Tips??”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Marry someone who is weight conscious - LOL.

    Seriously, I have some intense eating issues, but having a husband who cooks homecooked meals and refuses to buy junk, etc. REALLY helps. Plus it really takes no effort on my part. I think it is kind of the opposite of when spouses that aren't on diets sabotage the other spouse's diet just because they aren't on the same page.

    Overall though I Recommend the principles of Weight Watchers. Not that you even have to join, but the point system is wonderful and the whole philosophy is on point - eat fewer calories and/or burn more. That is how you lose weight - and you have to work at it for the rest of your life. But it is a diet that you can cater to your needs and won't leae you feeling deprived either.

    I also swear by walking, wonderful wonderful workout you can do almost any time, any where. The more you do these things and feel good the more you will want to do it. Wink
    My mother is obese and has been on every diet known to man but Weight Watchers is the only one I have seen that ever worked. You just can't abandon the whole thing when you lose the weight, but the nice thing is it takes less effort to maintain than lose.

  2. ktmarvels Says:

    Hi! While this may not be the most economical suggestion I've know plenty of people (myself included) who have had success using Weight Watchers. You have to pay for the weekly meetings and sometimes registration, but you get a good idea about what are healthy foods and from the meetings you have a built in support group. They have two different programs one where you can eat whatever you like you just have to keep track of it and another where you don't have to keep track of things, just only eat certain foods.

    A free option is tracking your calories and/or exercise on a program called fitday.com.
    Hope this helps, and good luck!

  3. tinapbeana Says:

    well, i would point out that there is a difference between being overweight and being unhealthy. folks who appear big can in fact be the models of health, and vice versa...

    with that said, my belief regarding food is to go for as much unprocessed as possible and get the biggest nutritional bang for your caloric buck. i still eat hamburgers and fries, but not as much as the general public.

    a site you might want to check out: World's Healthiest Foods

  4. rduell Says:

    I have joined Weight Watchers online. Right now the first 3 months cost $45.95 and from then on it's $16.95 per month.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    Why are you avoiding grains and dairy? Whole grains are a vital part of the diet. Not highly processed things like Wonder bread and frosted flakes but long grain brown rice and whole wheat bread and whole grain cereals and pastas. These foods are full of nutrients, high in fiber, fill you up more and keep you full longer and help stabilize your sugar metabolism. IMO, avoiding grains is a mistake, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

    And low or no fat dairy products are also important sources of nutrition, protein, calcium, vitamins A and D, etc.

    So keep grains and dairy in your diet, but do it properly. Ice cream and Oreos aren't the way you want to get your dairy and grains.

  6. daybyday Says:

    What works the best for me is doing what I was told to do when I had gestational diabetes. The dietitian mentioned that the original Weight Watchers was based on the diabetes diet. Anyway, this is what I do:

    Eat 6 meals a day, each 2-3 hours apart (I use a timer to let me know when it's okay to eat again.)

    Breakfast:
    1-2 oz protein (egg, cheese, meat, fish, cottage cheese, or peanut butter)
    30 grams carbs (things like milk, bread, pasta, rice, vegetables, or fruit) (If nutrition label shows fiber grams, subtract those from your carb count.)

    Snack:
    1 oz protein
    15 grams carbs

    Lunch:
    2-3 oz protein
    45 grams carbs

    Snack:
    1 oz. protein
    15 grams carbs

    Dinner:
    2-3 oz protein
    45 grams carbs

    Snack:
    1 oz protein
    30 grams carbs

    It's very easy once you get used to it.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I understand where you are coming from. I too have dealt with weight issues most of my life. I've tried weight watchers, weigh down, etc. (I have never used diet pills though - a few times was sorely tempted to do so.)

    The only way to lose weight and keep it off to to take in less calories than you burn. It's also a good idea to get checked out to see if there are any medical issues for your weight - i.e. hypothyroidism, etc.

    A wonderful site I'd like to suggest is Sparkpeople.com. I have been a member there for nearly a year now and just love it. Best of all it is totally free. In the time I've been there, I have so far managed to lose nearly 50 lbs. I have also made some wonderfully supportive internet friends and found great motivation on various teams. There also is a wealth of information on nutrition, exercise, and motivation.

    I also am trying to limit my intake of dairy, and somewhat limit my intake of grains. I am trying to eat with the view in mind that 90% of everything I eat should be as nutrient dense as possible. Mostly I am eating a large amount of fruits and veggies, plus legumes and a handful of almonds everyday.

    I've stumbled on my journey - which is partly why I'm not closer to my goal. But the most important thing is that when I stumble, I have been able to pick myself up and try again. The longer I keep at it, the more a part of my lifestyle it becomes.

    My username is laneerg if you decide to check Spark out.

    Laura

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