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Old 12-24-2000, 11:48 AM   #1
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Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

Hi all...and Happy Holidays.

I am in my mid 30's...and am about 80 pounds overweight with high cholestoral, etc. My doc says I HAVE to lose weight...and I agree...but she has warned me over and over NOT to diet...no Aitkins, no Low Fat, nothing. She says that Weight Watchers is the ONLY way to go if a person doesn't have the knowledge to lose weight on their own.

I checked into weight watchers...it is too expensive. I can't afford it. Plus...I have other health issues that prevent me from going to scheduled meetings, etc. In a nutshell...i have Fibromyalgia and a bad back...so sometimes I am flat on my back for a couple of days.

I sometimes think I may suffer from depression...but my doc says no. The only exercise that she (doc) has ok'd me to do is light walking...and only if it doesn't hurt much. So for me, my weight loss is going to have to be pretty much diet alone.

I know, I know...I SHOULD be able to afford Weight Watchers...but there are other things to consider in my life...too numerous to mention.

My question...can anyone tell me the "jist" of Weight Watchers plans? (outside of quit eating so much!)

Oh...by the way...I gained my weight after I FINALLY quit smoking three years ago. I never, ever had a weight problem till then. I think I replaced cigarettes with tootsie rolls!

Thanks in advance for your answers!

 
Old 12-28-2000, 09:18 AM   #2
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Re: Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

I am very suprised that a doctor would say that Weight Watchers is the only way to go. It isn't. Maybe your doctor is trying to steer you away from fad diets which is good, but at the same time, she has also guided you away from other ways of helping you lose weight. There is no weight loss plan that works for everyone.

She probably doesn't want you counting calories and fat grams either. That's ok. Try eating smaller portions at each meal. Cutting down on junk food helps as well. I don't know if your doctor considers that "dieting', but eliminating some calories from a diet are necessary for weight loss. Also, try and get some daily excercise: walk for half an hour, do some light strength training, bike for a half hr, etc.

Weight Watchers is NOT the only way to go. Good luck!

 
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Old 01-04-2001, 06:25 PM   #3
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Re: Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

Di, I really sympathize with you; we have a lot in common. I have about 80 lbs to lose and I have FM. It is a curse isn't it. I just saw Richard Simmons on QVC this weekend and I think he was selling his food mover program separetly from the the package in which he sells the food mover with the exercise tapes. His program is very affordable and is focused on the type of diet that your Dr is recommending for you. You might be able to call QVC and check to see if you could still order it. I have a great deal of pain if I overdo the exercise. Let me know how you are making out.

 
Old 01-04-2001, 10:40 PM   #4
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Re: Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

If you have a bad back, like I do it is very difficult to lose weight and keep it down. I do it by just not eating very much and what I don't eat is: Bread (except whole wheat and not much of that), beans, pasta, potatoes, candy, cookies, cakes, sugar,colas, fruit drinks with added sweetners.
What I do eat (in small portions) is red meat,chicken,fish,lean pork(all with NO breading). green veggies, rice, peppers (lots of peppers-all kinds). I drink fruit juice (no sugars) and lots of water.
I walk, some days just a block or two, more when I can (I wear a back brace when I do).
I manage to keep my weight within 20 lbs of what it should be. If I could increase my exercise I would be ok. I am going to look into CLA (conjugated Linoleic Acid or Octadecadienoic acid) and see if I can afford it. It is supposed to be in health food stores. It made a few rats loose some fat so I think that I might just qualify.

 
Old 01-08-2001, 12:03 PM   #5
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Re: Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

Weight watchers has an financial assistance program where I live. Call the main office in your area and request financial assistance. They will send you a form to complete. I think the process took less than 10 days. I paid only $5 a week.

 
Old 01-08-2001, 02:15 PM   #6
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Re: Can't afford Weight Watchers or others...help!

Hi,
Tricky and TrickyDick (cousins? <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">) are pretty right on with their advice. I'm not TOOOOOO surprised by the 'only weight watchers' attitude. Before I became a nutritionist, I had a hospital dietician tell me Jenny Craig's program is the only way! Paying someone weekly for me to lose weight just didn't make sense to me, unless you really require the counseling support along with it.

As far as the $$$$, please don't feel like you SHOULD be able to afford it. Everyone's economic situation is different, as are the priorities of how money is spent. As a med. professional and nutritionist, I find it VERY inappropriate and unprofessional to state that one technique is correct for everyone, or that only a technique that requires a dedicated income is the only solution! There are ALWAYS other options.

I have NEVER met an overweight person (well, except people on dialysis, or other severe illness) who is not a carbohydrate junkie. Myself included. I also have FM, along with a # of orthopedic problems. So my weight loss, too, has had to come from diet, not exercise (though, yes, we do STILL need to get up and move EVERYDAY!) I also have never met or worked with an FM'er who ate AT LEAST 3 meals a day.(my experience doesn't mean they don't exist.

The best help for me was TOTAL elimination of ALL processed, packaged foods. No more breads, pastas, sugars, white flour products, ANY canned/bottled beverage (except pure water) even diet sodas. I do eat, like TrickyDick, whole grain breads OCCASSIONALLY (less than 2x's per week). Significantly increase your intake of BRIGHTLY COLORED vegetables, and 2-3 fruits (FRESH!) per day. I limit my meat intake to 3 oz serving once a day, too. I've had GREAT improvement in FM symptoms eating this way, along with a slow and steady weight loss. I don't do scales regularly, so can't give you a weekly #, but I've lost between 20 & 30 pounds (more accurately, 3 clothes sizes!) since February.

Also, WATER! It is VITAL that you keep your body hydrated, so drink lots!

Meal frequency, both for weight loss and FM management, is a key issue. Try giving your body SOME food (can be just an apple, or small handfull of raw seeds or nuts, etc) every few hours (4 max.). This doesn't mean increase your caloric intake, just split it up throughout your day. Keeping the body adequately fueled, without periods of starvation and excess, PREVENTS/reduces the storage of fat, thus increasing weight loss.

Good luck!

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