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Well, I read online that being accountable in a diet is what makes it work. Like they said that in Weight Watchers it's the weekly meetings and public weigh ins that really leads to success well, I thought I'd give it a shot. My mom says I only need to lose about 20 pounds but I want to lose 50 pounds. (I've done the research and I can lose 50 pounds and be at a healthy weight). I am going to start a diet and maybe try water fasting (credit to LS for that idea as I saw her mention the benefits in another thread). Anyone want to do a public diet log on this thread? We can update every week how much we weigh (you don't have to do that if you don't want to ;) and then we can update everyday or every other day what we ate and how much we exercised. That way we can be accountable to each other! Well, if anyone wants to do it just let me know :) I don't want to post all that stuff here all alone. :cool:

I also think that my diet/exercise will help tremendously with the depression and anxiety issues I've been having. I'll also update any mood changes that correlate with my plan.
 

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Hi Amaris, yea for you taking control of your weight loss! It is alway good to be in a healthy weight category. I am an exercise/rehab specialist, not an RD or diet expert, but it does kinda go with helping my clients stay healthy. I would really be careful of fad diets (water included) as they are almost always a temporary fix. It is alway best if you can prepare an easy meal that is minimally processed. And exercise every day....take one day to do a stretch, easy yoga, easy pilates etc...and the rest make sure you are getting a good cardio (1 hour max) and some weight training (pilates, weights, even body weight exercises). There is a lot of good information available...take a look and if I can help you...send me a note!

There is enough out there to make us unhealthy without having to carry around extra weight too....here's to everyones good healthy lifestyle....and let me point out, our Chihuahua's or other pets are part of it, from walking US to helping our mental states.... CHEERS:):):)
 

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lol yeah I don't think I'll be trying fad diets but when I read up on water fasting I was under the impression that it was good for your health, do you think it would be okay to do? I was thinking that maybe one day out of every week or every other week I would go for the whole day, just one day of drinking nothing but water. I'm also going to start taking Cupcake on a walk 2 x each day instead of only 1. Let me know if you think it's not a good idea for the water thing. I thought it was lol :-( but if not I'll just stick to good ol' cutting down on fried foods and eating less. I'm also trying to transition to drinking ONLY water as I absolutely love soda.
 

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Hey Amaris,

I'd say before trying water fasting you should start by learning to eat healthy.
Cut out all junk food and sugars(except natural fruit sugar). That alone will
make you loose. Start adding a little exercise too, as little as 20 minutes per
day, and you will start seeing results. I do water fasting as a last resort for
my disease, not as a diet. Yes people do it also to loose weight, but please do
your research before throwing yourself in it, because it isn't easy, there are
yucky side effects if done incorrectly. I honestly don't believe you need to be
counting calories either, you are young if you just eat healthy and exercise
you'll be happy. I got hubby into healthy eating, I got him to quit smoking and
drinking. Once he stopped eating unhealthy foods he got more energy and
started exercising, walking, running. He lost about 40 pounds and now does
not know how he ever lived any other way. You also mentioned drinking only
water and no other drinks, that I love. Because so much crap is in soft drinks
and juices, you are better off without them. If you want juice, buy a juicer
and make your own fresh. Also I can tell you from personal experience good
nutrition does help ease depression, I eat a lot of nutrients and antioxidants
and I find it lifts my spirits. Honestly there is a connection between body and
mind, keep your body healthy and your mind will feel better. Anyways, I wish
you luck and hope all the best for you! :)
 

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lol yeah I don't think I'll be trying fad diets but when I read up on water fasting I was under the impression that it was good for your health, do you think it would be okay to do? I was thinking that maybe one day out of every week or every other week I would go for the whole day, just one day of drinking nothing but water. I'm also going to start taking Cupcake on a walk 2 x each day instead of only 1. Let me know if you think it's not a good idea for the water thing. I thought it was lol :-( but if not I'll just stick to good ol' cutting down on fried foods and eating less. I'm also trying to transition to drinking ONLY water as I absolutely love soda.
I would avoid the "water diet" thing. Healthy eating is best. Limit or cut out except for the rare occasion the "white" stuff...sugar, white rice, potatoes etc...Moderation is key. If you feel that things are totally off limit sometimes it makes us crazy for them, so give yourself a little leeway, but try to stay "clean". Do avoid soda's, make a mix of sparkling water or club soda and juice if you need some bubbles:) We like to mix it about 3/4 sparkle water and 1/4 juice--white grape is a favorite! And yes, lots of pure water, it's the best thing going. Your walks are good, but also kick it up a bit (maybe carry Cupcake or go solo) and walk fast with your arms pumping. If you are at the park make an interval walk...walk a bit the go down for some push ups, walk more and go down for some ab work (I'm not a crunch fan but love the low plank---like a full boy's push up position but not on hands, instead on your forearms---keep your tummy really pulled in and stop as soon as you feel anything in your back--work up to a min.)
Remember, you need to expend as many calories as you take in to maintain weight, and you need to expend more calories than you take in to loose weight! For now though, just move move move and clean up your diet. Your body and mind will thank you! Keep in touch:)
 

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Weight Watchers is very sensible and balanced. I had to start watching my weight 35 years ago (age 13), and WW has one of the best approaches.
 

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I do weight watchers. I lost 53 LBs in 2010 and have maintained the weight loss since then. I love weight watchers. It really helped me learn to eat healthier. Things I thought were healthy I learned were not necessarly. for example, dried fruits and nuts. They are good for you however, they are high in calories so you must eat them in moderation or you will gain while eating them. And with the daily food journaling and weekly weigh ins I learned so much about how my body processes food. What works for me personally and what does not. It is a commitment. Weight Watchers is not a diet. It is a lifestyle of eating healthy. Things I thought were healthy were not necessarly so. A salad loaded with cheese, processed meats and dressing can carry more calories and fat then a steak and potato. Weight Watchers will help you learn to get the most foods for the least calories so you are not hungry while losing weight. If you don't want to join Weight Watchers consider eating healthier. Stop eating fried food, carb rich breads with butter and sweet drinks and you will see remarkable changes.
Hope this helps. :p
 
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