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Re: Diets that work and diets that don't work...

Re: Diets that work and diets that don't work...

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Posted by Annie on October 20, 2000 at 08:56:51:

In Reply to: Re: Diets that work and diets that don't work... posted by Lisa on October 19, 2000 at 12:17:21:

: : : I have tried SO many diets. I'm so tired of it. I am so lost that when I go to the grocery store, I just can't make a decision anymore. So I end up buying a mix of fresh vegetables (in the first aisle when I'm "trying again") and junk food (toward the last aisle and the check-out, when I just give up again).
: : : I think I know that "low fat" is a crock -- it seems the food producers have taken out the fat and replaced it with corn syrup or some such.
: : : Nutri-sweet is supposedly BAD now. Stevia is too expensive.

: : : So here's what I've tried:
: : : 1989 Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet - T Type: lost 8 lbs. in three weeks. Very hard to manage the intervals between meals, but I did it.
: : : 1991 Jenny Craig: about 5 lbs. in six weeks. My counselor had me drinking 16 glasses of water a day, so I think that's the only reason I lost anything! Then I decided it wasn't worth the expense.
: : : 1992 Atkins' Diet revolution: I immediately felt so much energy and my blood work showed tremendous improvement. The first 11 pounds came off quickly and overall I lost 25 lbs. in 2 1/2 months (covering Thanksgiving AND Christmas! Wow.) But in January I hit a plateau and then started regaining. Maybe I couldn't adjust to the lifestyle changes required? Most of the weight stayed off for a long time, but I bounded between 145 and 155 for a couple of years...
: : : 1998 Cabbage Soup Diet: This was a great diet. I lost 11 pounds in two weeks. The weight came off "in all the right places" and stayed off after I finished the diet. But, geeez, the thought of doing it again to get rid of the last ten pounds was too much to contemplate--!
: : : 1998 21 Day Slim Down: I did this the full 21 days; I exercised, I watched my fat intake -- I actually gained weight on this one. But took it off again by going back to Atkins. But low carb has given me very SLOW results since I was on it that first time. And my energy doesn't elevate at all. So I have a hard time sticking to it more than a week or two at a time now.
: : : 1999 Adele Puhn's 5 Day Miracle Diet: this lasted about three days before I ate something I shouldn't have... I didn't lose anything, but I felt great.
: : : 2000 3 Day Diet: Hah! 0 pounds. And weird. Tried this one in college, too (it's the one that started me drinking coffee, black), but I didn't know it was the same diet until after I bought it here on the Internet.
: : : 2000 Eat for Your Type - Type O: I felt very healthy eating this way but because I'd been SO indoctrinated by the low carb mentality, I had a hard time justifying the consumption of rice and rye bread... I might try it again.
: : : 2000 Phytopharma: This is my current attempt. It's really bad. I feel bloated all the time and I've actually GAINED 4 lbs. in the two weeks I've tried it. Today's the LAST day.

: : : I've been losing and regaining the same 5-20 pounds for years and nothing has gotten me even close to my goal weight. Which isn't outrageous. I think 130-135 pounds is reasonable for a 5'4 1/2" woman. I've made it as far as 145 (size 10 dress) on Atkins, but I just get stuck there. Over the summer I was dieting and walking a couple of hours every day (really, every day) and just maintained my weight.
: : : So here I am. I'm stuck and lost and confused. Does ANYONE have any helpful suggestions?
: : ::::::::::::seems to me, of all those things, you're still leaning towards Atkin's.. I had the same problems.. hit a plateau, wearing a size 14.. down 6 sizes, but came to a halt for 1 year... then I would cheat and still eat low carbs.. until i realized a week ago, that I was out of ketosis..and needed to do the first 2 weeks again to get back in... I started losing again!! slower now, but I broke the plateau! someone here at work also told me tough, if you are exercising, and hit a big plateau , that I am probably the size I should be, just need to tone the saggy stuff?? well, I'll believe that next plateau I hit! I'd get back into ketosis, and try it again! or try the suzanne sommers diet! good luck--keep us posted

: Yeah... I'm going to have to do Atkins. Or some variation on it. (I forgot to say I tried Pyruvate & Chitosol supplements, too. The Pyruvate really works, but it's very hard not to binge-eat. Chitosol is a joke.)

You just wrote the story of my life. Atkins was the only one that worked so Monday morning I start the 14 days of hell to reach the glorious road to skinny and happy. God bless us and give us the strength not to attack those Halloween goodies. Gosk I just am a fool for CHOCOLATE!!! Woa is me --it is a NO NO!!!! I ate boxes of diet chocolate pudding --but not the 1/2 cup per day. I ate the whole thing in a days run. I destroyed my first attempt at the Atkins diet. No more--I know what works and I will behave myself this time.

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