Have you successfully lost weight? What was your secret? (Page 1)

A. Formal diet program (e.g., Weight Watchers)
26% (128 votes)
B. Cooking healthier at home/delicious recipes
27% (132 votes)
C. Getting a friend or family member on board to lose with me
3% (15 votes)
D. Cool mobile app or website
3% (16 votes)
E. Exercise program
20% (97 votes)
F. Other, I'll explain in the comments
21% (105 votes)
Total votes: 493
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Anonymous wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

Cutting out sugar and

Cutting out sugar and fast-digesting carbs. Treating myself to a cheat day on the weekend only. And working out for one hour three times a week.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

Changing my habits... eating

Changing my habits... eating more healthfully and exercising regularly. :)

sarahl wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

I had to make smart choices

I had to make smart choices with food, adding lots more: whole grains, sweet potatoes (more veggies!!), whole wheat pastry flour, high fiber foods, etc. While limiting the white stuff to every once in a great while ( love my carbs-marionberry scones-bread-etc.:) Also I got committed to exercise routines that kept my muscles guessing.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 34 weeks ago

I took a nutrition and

I took a nutrition and exercise course, learned a ton! Since then, I continue to cook healthy meals and exercise daily. I may go up and down a few pounds, but I've kept the weight off, and it's been 18 years.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

A change in what I eat and

A change in what I eat and more exercise is what helped me to lose 20lbs.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

At 57 yrs. of age, I had

At 57 yrs. of age, I had knees that were bone on bone and needed to be replaced, I could barley walk unaided. I had also hit the menopause wall. Even if I ate salad I gained weight, my weight gain was mostly due to extreme lack of exercise, not what I ate nor the amount that I ate. In order to have my knees replaced the Dr. told me I had to loose weight......see the problem here? So out of desperation I went to a bariatric Dr. and had bariatric surgery (RNY) I'm not sorry that I did such a drastic thing. Really, if you don't eat correctly this will teach you how to eat correctly.....there is no choice any longer. Because the amount of food that you cannot eat, you must eat what is good for you. The thing that I found out was that I was already eating pretty well, a little to much sometimes, like bread and butter and desserts, when really I didn't need them but wanted them. So now, 3 yrs. after surgery, I have lost and mainted the loss of 130 lbs. I exercise every single day, sometimes at the gym, sometimes taking a bike ride or a walk, but I do something every single day. My portions are 3-4 oz. of protien at every meal, fruits, veg. very little starches, very little sugar, although on special occasions I allow myself a couple of bites of something decadent so as not to feel deprived. Really, I eat like a normal person, with normal amounts, I just leave out the white breads/pastas/junk know, the bad stuff. I don't recommend this for everyone, but for me it was a blessing, my knees were replaced, I can exercise again, that gave me my life back, and as for the bariatric surgery, it allowed me to once again live a full rich life, to move, instead of watching life pass me by. Just practice portion control, that is the best piece of advice, that, and do a little exercise every single day.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I lost 105 pounds with weight

I lost 105 pounds with weight watchers. I also received support from family and friends who also were dieting. I also started to cooking healthy buy food magazines that help making receipes health and tasty. As I lost weight I also joined a gym and exercise daily. So my opinion you need everything to be successful. I have never been this thin in my life and I am greatful for all the help I received on my journey.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I lost weight by changing one

I lost weight by changing one habit at a time.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Cut out 99% ice cream and

Cut out 99% ice cream and candy. Walk at least 45 mins. daily.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

First, I found an exercise I

First, I found an exercise I actually like doing-Zumba classes. I've always loved dance, so when I go to the classes 5-6 times a week I have fun and it doesn't feel painful. I think that's really the key, finding one exercise you enjoy and just being consistent with it. I also added a short weight routine to my classes which I do a couple times a week.
As for food, I am a food writer so I wasn't about to eliminate anything, but I did read Food Matters by Mark Bittman and a lot changed after that. I started to pay attention to what was in food, and cut out a lot of processed foods because of it. I also cut my intake of refined grains a great deal-at least during the week. Veggies have become the main focus of my meals (mostly for cost, but also health)-I rarely cook meat at home.
On the weekends, and whenever I get an intense craving, I let don't try and suppress it. I drink, I eat pizza with my boyfriend, go to happy hour, whatever. I've found the more you try and fully cut something out, the more you crave it.

Because I did these things, I lost 20 lbs, and feel way more in tune with my nutrition which is nice. Of course, eating healthy is such a big part of this change, and without Eating Well's website (and mag), I probably would be a little lost.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Six Week Body Makeover

Six Week Body Makeover baby!!! I absolutely recommend it!

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Using CalorieCount to track

Using CalorieCount to track my nutrition and my calories in v. calories out. I've lost 35lbs. since July! This, plus my usual exercise routine, has shaved off the extra pounds.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Portion control, getting a

Portion control, getting a friend to push me to exercise when I didn't want to do it and healthier food choices.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

eat consciously - pay

eat consciously - pay attention to my food while I'm eating.
give myself the freedom to eat what my body wants.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I tried a self-monitored

I tried a self-monitored program using an online program to reduce and record calories. Then I tried a chiropractor-sponsored program that used supplements and monitored fat, muscle mass, and water body composition. Currently, I'm working on a lifestyle change program for long term healthy weight. About five years ago, I tried a health plan sponsored class that tracked calories and steps walked. I think the lifestyle class I'm in now will have the longest lasting impact of all my previous choices/experiences.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

My success is a combination

My success is a combination of Weight Watchers @ Work, exercise every day (except for Sundays, because I volunteer at a Farmer's Market here), and eating healthy (no sodas, processed/junk food, etc.) and I have gotten rid of 101 pounds so far! EW has great recipes (the stuffed peppers, with a smokey cheese are delicious) and useful/relevant articles. Keep up the good work - it's great support - thanks! Susan H

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Joined the YMCA's program "10

Joined the YMCA's program "10 week weight loss challenge" (like the "Biggest Loser" with a friend. It was awesome and I lost 22 lbs in 10 weeks!

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I started the " I DON"T DO

I started the " I DON"T DO DIET!" plan at church, with a great support team approach! I have "temple-training every Saturday morning at 7 am, and then two groups at church on Sunday afternoon! The temple training is the equivalent of military bootcamp, with 3 various levels of intensity. I'm still on level one but hope to get to the top-tier by the end of my journey! I have lost over 110 lbs. since my divorce last year. I have stress,but now it's productive stress. I can manage this stress much better than the kind where no one wins! Whole, raw foods are healthy for the body. The farther we take them away from the form that GOD intended us to use them in isn't good. The exercise that I rely on for stress reduction is water aerobics. I do a lot of walking now. Water is a main component to A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I have used

I have used for information and to track my eating habits. This really makes me aware of how many calories are in different foods. Exercising more with varied activities and cooking at home are also another way that has been beneficial. Getting 8 hours of sleep a night is a big plus so I don't eat because I am tired and looking for energy.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

90% of all 'formal diet

90% of all 'formal diet programs' fail. You have to change your eating lifestyle totally. Going 'on' a diet insinuates that at some point you'll go 'off' the diet. This is the wrong attitude.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

combination of things:

combination of things: cooking at home using healthy recipes, counting calories, reducing calories, and consistent exercise program. Leaving out one does not work for me. Must be the combination.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

How are you defining

How are you defining "success"? I understand that weight loss is not truly considered a "success" until it has been maintained for 5+ years. I've been maintaining a ~140-pound loss for a year, so I have four to go before I can really call myself a success.

That said, here's how I did it:

* Portion control—less of (almost) everything. I kept a written food journal for nearly all of the time that I was losing. I didn't count calories, though I'd estimate that I was usually around 1500. When I got a food scale for baking purposes, I started actually weighing my food. (I did start to count calories as I shifted into maintenance, as I actually ended up losing more than I initially intended.)

* Fruits and vegetables at every meal.

* Lots of fiber—whole grains and legumes in addition to the fruits and veg. It's a rare day when I don't get at least 40 g fiber.

* Lean meats and cheeses instead of fattier ones.

* While I was losing, no HFCS or trans fats. This proved to be a handy shortcut to eliminating most processed "junk" food. I've loosened a little on the HFCS, but I'm still super-strict about my trans fat intake.

* Asking myself "Is this worth the calories?" when faced with high-calorie foods. I've become much more finicky about my indulgences. I'm genuinely not tempted by most candy, junk foods, or fast food. That's not to say I don't eat sweets, but I'd much rather have a little dark chocolate than a Snickers bar ... a bowl of popcorn instead of potato chips ... a homemade chocolate chip cookie or brownie instead of Chips Ahoy or Little Debbie.

* And yes, more cooking at home! I've become much more creative in the kitchen, though I'm still looking to stretch my repertoire. Easier to control ingredients and portions. Cheaper, too! A year ago, we bought a house just outside the city limits, and it's become less convenient to eat out, too.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

It is all about portion

It is all about portion control and controlling what goes into everything you cook. Eating out has too many hidden traps for those who want to eat healthy and/or loose weight. Also, eating frequently - 5 or 6 times per day will keep your metabolism up and burn calories.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I found it too difficult to

I found it too difficult to stick with because I felt deprived, but the weight melted off without even trying with a month on the "Paleo diet". Also known as cave man (or woman) diet. It has humorously been described as eating anything you could catch with nothing but a bowl and a sharpened stick. This is meat, must be lean, nuts except peanuts, fruit, vegetables except potatoes and... that's it. No grains, no beans. The idea is that we lived for 2 million years on this diet and are genetically predisposed to thrive on it. Beans and grains were not eaten until 8000 years ago when we figured out how to grow and roast them. Obviously nothing invented in modern times.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Finally realizing what was

Finally realizing what was keeping me from doing the things I love- my husband. And deciding that I was finally going to take charge of my life and live it the way I want to- and not wait for him to do things, or more importantly put-down everything I want to do. I recently traveled to Las Vegas for my nephew's wedding by myself and hiked around Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon- something he would never have agreed to do! I have decided that after my middle child graduates in June that I will make changes around here! It's now MY TIME to do the things I want to do! Not just always giving in to him! He loses.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I started a daily hiking

I started a daily hiking regimen and because I felt so much better, it led me to develop much healthier cooking and eating habits. It's all about balance.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I've tried all kinds of diets

I've tried all kinds of diets but as an emotional eater it just didn't work. The best result I'd had in the past was a seventy pound loss on Nutrisystem, while it was still in the storefront stage and there were actual personal counselors and weigh-ins. Later attempts were not successful. I've recently had the gastric sleeve procedure and have lost sixty pounds since the start of the program Kaiser put me on which included classes for improving food choices and dealing with my emotional and self-image issues. I was skeptical of the surgical approach which is why I waited over six years to proceed but I am now a believer.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

eating chicken, fish, less

eating chicken, fish, less fried foods, fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables, 1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit daily. Also turkey meat. No soda. Walk 10,000 steps 3 or 4 days a week. Walk at least 4,000 steps the other days a week.

mitchhellman wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Knowing myself was key. Since

Knowing myself was key. Since I am not the kind of person who wakes up and knows what he wants for lunch, I kept a lot of low-cal options available at work so I always had something to satisfy a particular craving. I went to the market frequently and roamed the aisles looking at various foods to see whether I would be interested in trying them and whether they were low in calories, fat, etc. On my day off, I would often cook two meals: one for dinner that night, another in the slow cooker to be eaten later in the week. I thought of my diet as a budget: I had roughly 800-900 calories to 'spend' during the day before going home to a sensible dinner (for which I generally did not count calories).

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

By simply eating fewer

By simply eating fewer calories.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

Doctor guided with natural

Doctor guided with natural supplements.

Anonymous wrote 6 years 35 weeks ago

I lost weight by bringing the

I lost weight by bringing the same healthy (yummy) salad to work every day for like a year. It was fresh and delicious and had cottage cheese and tamari almonds on top to keep me satisfied. That kind of routine really worked for me. I lost 15 pounds just eating a healthier lunch.

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