Monday, July 5, 2010

Controversial

What I am doing to lose weight seems to be controversial in some way. I'm not sure why complete strangers or casual acquaintances have any interest or investment in what I eat or don't eat, or what other people choose to eat. There was a lady I knew who'd lost a lot of weight by going vegan. Her friends and family labelled her a 'fanatic,' and told her she was foolish for cutting out meat and dairy and that there was no way she'd be able to sustain it. She got to be the butt of jokes, and heard tales around her office about how she'd gone crazy and done drastic things to lose her weight. Another lady I used to talk with lost weight by cutting out junk food and eating lots of natural foods. Her 'friend' berated her for eating a banana as a snack, because it had "too much sugar." And me? I eat out of packets. I don't eat fruit at all. And I get "you're just going to gain it all back" and "you're hurting your body" comments as well as "you're losing mostly muscle" because I am eating an average of only 900 calories per day.

Extreme? Maybe. I'd say yes, 900 calories per day is extreme. Eating out of packets and cutting out sugar, flour, grains, milk, potatoes, and fruits is extreme. But I think I had an extreme problem. And I do not think extreme = bad, in all cases.

I've mentioned before how I went to my doctor 9 weeks into Medifast for a complete physical and health assessment. My doctor was amazed at the improvement in my health, and my blood work was much better as well. My "nutritional assessment" was great (as shown by blood work) and my doctor told me to keep on doing Medifast. My headaches, heart palpitations, and acid reflux disappeared. My joint pain was reduced dramatically. And because I am eating 75-110 grams of quality protein per day, I am not losing muscle mass. So, since I am getting good, healthy results from my method, why would people attack it?

Maybe part is jealousy. A lot of times people feel threatened seeing someone else succeed at weight loss. In fact we all have those feelings to some extent. When I was stalled for 20 months I'd see other bloggers getting to goal and I'd panic and wonder, "how can they do it? what is wrong with me? if they can do it and I can't, maybe I am defective!" I was wrong... I was not defective... but the feelings were still there. And people might see your weight loss as a threat in that way, or because you'll be sexy and get more guys than they will, or you'll be a *different person* than the familiar fat one they know and love.

Another part is ignorance, I think... People think of 900 calories and imagine trying to get enough nutrition in there to sustain a person, and it is very difficult to do. It almost takes a professional... a doctor... a nutritionist. And that is exactly who designed this program. I get what I need from my 900 calories. My body is in better health than it has been in over 15 years. I am stronger, happier, more capable. Yet, it is hard for people to fathom that ANYONE can exist on 900 calories.

Picture this:
Me on the couch, drinking Coke, eating hot dogs on white buns and Cheetos, polishing off a batch of brownie batter and having Pizza Rolls dipped in Ranch for dinner. Probably taking in 3500 calories per day, minimum. How much nutrition do you think I was getting?
Not enough protein.
Too many refined carbs.
WAY too much fat, salt, and sugar.
Very little in the way of fiber or nutrients unless I took a vitamin.
No water.

Now, picture this:
Me working in the yard, drinking green tea, coming in to fix my packets of Medifast food every couple of hours, drinking tons of water, walking my daughter to the park, and fixing fresh vegetables and lean meat sauteed in olive oil for dinner. How much nutrition do you think I was getting?
Plenty of high quality protein (75-110 grams).
Very limited refined carbs (80-85 grams of carbs per day).
About 20% of my calories from HEALTHY fats.
Limited sodium and almost no sugar.
Plenty of fiber and nutrients not only in the packets but in the fresh vegetables I eat daily.
16 oz of water at every meal and snack, and more in between.

Which ME was in better shape nutritionally? Which ME has a better quality of life?
Unequivocally, the latter.

Sure, there is something in between. There was the me who counted calories for 2+ years, averaging about 1500-1700 per day, eating lots of healthy foods but not enough protein, and still too much junk and sugar. Still the binges several times a month. Still not able to consistently lose weight.

People see me thinner, happier, stronger. Yet some still feel the need to say,
"That's not healthy!"
As if they know better than my doctor. As if they understand my body better than I do.
And so it is controversial, eating out of packets. Some say it's great, some say it's foolish.

But here is what I say.

THANK GOODNESS I did not listen to the worry in my head when I was offered free Medifast... the worry that said, "people who read your blog won't like this. They might not read anymore. They might think you are nuts, eating out of packets. They might think you sold out."

Thank goodness I did not say NO to the offer because of THAT. Thank goodness I did my research and felt right about it and did what I believed was best for *me*... not for my blog, not for readers, not for Medifast. For ME. I don't get anything out of Medifast but the free food I eat, and they could not pay me a million bucks to LIE on my blog about what their diet is like. I've said in my reviews that some meals taste like crap. I've said it isn't easy, it is still work. It is not a magic bullet. But I also will say, this is right for *me* at this time.I took Medifast up on their offer because I have integrity. If I'd turned them down based on what my readers might think, I'd have been disloyal to myself. This whole journey... the blog... is about getting me healthier. I love that it helps others along the way... not necessarily by anyone trying the same diet *I* am trying, but by seeing that you have to find a way that works for *you* and stick by it and do it day after day after day until you get to your goals. You have to be loyal to YOU.

So don't let people bring you down. You'll hear all kinds of nonsense on your journey, from "you're eating too much" to "you're eating too little," "you exercise too much" and "you're skinny enough as it is." Know yourself. Ask your doctor. Research your options. Switch plans and speeds when necessary. And do what is best for YOUR body... because what anyone else says about it is *their* business. Not your issue. You shouldn't have to defend your food choices. I explain mine so that people understand... but if the Food Police comes knockin' on my door and is not interested in facts or explanations, I send them packing.

And that can be controversial too :)

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lyn, my mom in law was under much scrutiny for choosing to eat 1000 calories a day. She lost 180 lbs doing so. Everyone kept telling her she was going to gain it back as soon as she raised her calories. Everyone had a voice on what she should or should not be doing but she did it her way and she's going on 6 years of keeping all the weight off. She's healthy and happy.
I say do it the way you feel is best, take what advice may apply and throw out the rest. Good luck to you.

Kyle Gershman said...

Lyn...you are awesome and you know what you are doing is right for you. With over 1500 followers (I imagine), you are statistically going to run into those that you correctly characterized as either jealous or ignorant...bound to happen.

I know I don't comment as much anymore, but I still keep tabs. I'm very happy that your new lifestyle is working out so well for you and your pics are proving it.

Kurzweil - MF Boards said...

LOVE this post, Lyn!!

Anonymous said...

why do you care what anyone thinks.. you are in charge of you.. just do what is right for you and screw everyone else.. life is too short to worry about what other people think..

Lori said...

Just as we all have gained weight for different reasons, we all need different ways to take the weight off. There is no single correct plan.

screaming fatgirl said...

I think people who are losing weight are a little too quick to jump on the "they're jealous" bandwagon. I think fear is often the largest motivator of people's responses. They feel threatened by extreme behavior which is successful because they fear that they will be expected to follow the same extremes in order to achieve similar success. This type of fear isn't entirely baseless.

In many areas of life, we see that the bar keeps being raised for what is expected of people. If everyone could go on a Medifast style diet and lose weight, then everyone would be expected to follow suit. Obviously, this is unlikely to happen, but it is common for extremes to become the norm when enough people embrace them. There was a time when hitting the gym 3 times a week would seem extreme (in the 50's). Now, it's seen as very moderate in terms of an exercise commitment. I really don't think it's jealousy so much as fear of the unusual and ignorance. They simply don't want to feel any pressure to embrace an extreme lifestyle, and your success creates that sort of pressure.

Personally, I don't care how people live their lives as long as no one else gets harmed by their behavior. People can wire their jaws shut and not eat for a year for all I care. It's their body and their lives. That being said, there is a reasonable and objective argument to be made that using any type of fasting behavior to lose weight won't leave you with the tools to eat healthily at the end of the process or help you "normalize" your eating (as you are practicing extremes). This argument *can* be made, but it isn't my place to make it for people who aren't asking for my opinion. However, I'm guessing that the people who take issue with what you do feel that the very existence of your blog and your public sharing means that you seek their approval and advice. They would be wrong about that. ;-)

Suzie said...

Lyn, I'm so sorry that people are making you feel that way. Keep up the good work that you are doing, you are getting healthier and stronger every day!

Lanie Painie said...

No matter what you do in life, people will always be giving you unsolicited advice. Parenting, career, dieting, college, etc etc etc.

My line is "I'm prepared to live with the consequences of my choices. Thank you very much."

froggy said...

Somehow this reminded me of a moment - My SIL and I were sitting around with her four college age daughters, and my nieces, and we were all talking about weight loss, diets and the current fad of the moment. Two of the girls maybe could have needed to lose 20 lbs, if that, the other two didn't. My SIL and I had been battling weight for YEARS. But here we were - the oracles of weight loss and they were asking *us* questions! LOLOL!

Tammy said...

I'm going to email you. I hope you have time to reply tomorrow. :)

Anonymous said...

Really, if you are getting positive feedback from your doctor and your body, there is no need to listen to others negativity. I'd ask them which medical school they went to! Chances are they will be left with their tongues hanging out of their mouths :)

Jess @ THIR said...

Lyn, I completely understand what you said about seeing other people around you losing weight, esp. some who started before you and overtaking you and hitting goal... I am going that at the moment, I got ill and I've been stagnant for almost a year, and I see people who I guided and mentored doing so much better than I...
It's hard to keep your head up and think better of it, but I am getting there.

I am glad you mentioned this. Helped me to put my thoughts and feeling into perspective, really.

Kelly L said...

You go, girlfriend.. You know your body - your Dr. gave you the green light - Well done.. and yes, I am jealous..

Love to you
Kelly
I've Become My Mother

Julie Lost and Found said...

I think it's a combination of slight jealousy and possibly a coping mechanism to make oneself feel better? I don't know.

I certainly wouldn't worry about it. Each person needs to only be concerned with their own body.

I'm really amazed at your persistence, perseverance and consistency and continue to be inspired.

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

AMEN!! I am on Medifast too and it's been the BEST THING for me and my husband.. the ONLY thing that is "drastic" enough to work for us. I only wish I could get my food for free too!! :)

~Margene

Sandy said...

Right on Lyn! Very well said. It's all about individual health, what we need to do to make our bodies healthy, and no 2 people are the same. Obviously what you're doing is working for you so keep it up!

Traci said...

oh how true this is. I'm already getting people telling me that I must be very close to my goal. Seriously, did I ask you? People have no idea what I weigh, so why would they think they know better about someone's body than that person. Great blog.

Dinah Soar said...

I have kept up with your journey for 3 years now. You have had the best success by far on Medifast. And your recent labs show it is helping you.

Ignore the naysayers. Some people love feeling superior. I imagine some of your critics may have a genuine concern and interest in your success. But that doesn't mean they are wise in their advice to you.

Yes, it will probably be harder once you are off the packaged foods. But without those packaged foods where would you be now?? Those packaged foods may be saving your life ultimately.

You were spinning your wheels, in a rut for 2 years. Now you're making tremendous progress and healthier than ever. What's not to love about that?

Twix said...

Sometimes it's best to tune out the noise and follow what you know is best for you. :) I'm happy for you!

screwdestiny said...

I stopped caring a long time ago what other people think about what I do. If they're offering genuine, good advice, I'll consider listening. Otherwise, what people think of me is none of my business. You shouldn't care either. I'm glad that what you're doing is going well for you. Keep rocking, Lyn. I'll still read. :)

ginastarke said...

Hi lyn
I'm on an what people call an Extreme Diet too- Atkins. I can't imagine the squawking you've had to listen to. Sometimes it takes an extreme diet to cause the lifestyle changer people make all those references to. Keep fighting the good fight!

theantijared said...

I think what you are doing is great.

It shows in your writing now as well. Your writing is so different now, like you get it....like you want it.

Medifast, Atkins, Weight Watchers, whatever. I am happy that you feel good. I am happy you are in onederland. I am happy that your face will be shown soon.

More than that, I am happy that you..are happy.

Anonymous said...

I was one of the doubters, out of ignorance! I'm glad to have read of your work here and to have learned more about what can be a useful program, though not one I will follow.
I worried that if you slipped up, you'd feel defeated and give up. That's another thing I'm glad to be wrong about!
And THAT is an example I really choose to follow.
Marie

Anonymous said...

Lyn-
I think it is great what you are doing! You found what works for you and you are sticking with it! I know that for me I cannot eat that low of calories without feeling sick. The lowest I can go is about 1300 right now. I am not sure if it is my body trying to adjust to eating less calories or if it me consuming less sugar. You have now caught up to me in weight loss so I have some motivation to stick with you on this weight loss journey!
Blessings my friend,
Sarah Lownsbery
Sarah_lownsbery(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christie said...

I'm beginning to think it's not so much which diet or eating plan people choose to follow which determines success, but a total change in thinking about food and diet.

On my current plan, I'm eating more calories than I did on previous diets, but what's different is that I truly recognise now that I'm in it for the long haul, and that a lot of the changes I'm making have to be *permanent.*

Good on you for following your own intuition about what's right for you. Don't listen to the complainers!

Lisa said...

OMGosh.. I wish I could just smack whoever told you "you're just going to gain it all back" right in the mouth.. and I'm not violent but I did do kickboxing for a few years lol. Get as far away as possible from anyone who would tell you that.

I've lost over 70 lbs eating mostly lean cuisines and cliff bars. No nutritionist would say that's a healthy diet, but it works for me. I'm working on incorporating healtier stuff like fish and veggies, but it takes a while when you've spent a lifetime eating processed crap.

You will NOT gain this weight back for exactly the same reason I won't. You look at food differently now, you know the consequences of eating crap and it just isn't worth it. That doesn't mean I don't crave stuff, it just means I don't give into it constantly like I used to. I know how much I have to excersise to burn off calories and it has to really be worth it to me to put them back in my body.

I almost bought the mother of all brownies yesterday. I wanted some chocolate so bad. It was 470 calories... no way had I burned off that much at the track. And THAT right there is the difference. Before I would have probably bought 2 and eaten them both.. cause you know pms is a good excuse to eat crap lol.

Keep positive people around you. I guess I am lucky? that no one has said that to me... but then they probably know I'd kickbox their ass. ha ha I crack myself up.

Oh and I'm totally jealous that you are getting by on 900 calories a day and your foods free :o)

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that you are the person who inspired me to start my weight loss journey, the hardest thing I have ever done - yep it's HARD work - and you are the person I admire most in the world right now. Keep going.

wendy

LHA said...

Well said. Losing weight is a tough, tough thing. I think some criticism can come from people who do not have food addictions and issues because they don't understand the compulsion to overeat, especially on certain foods. Unless you have truly experienced the overwhelming urge to overeat, you can't see why anyone would need to follow any type of diet, especially one that might be considered "rigid" or "extreme".

In my long journey toward healthy living, a very, very dear friend asked me once, "Why don't you just stop overeating if you want to lose weight?" Oh, my! Yes, that would certainly be a wonderful solution, but for those of us who are addicted to food, who use food to cope with emotional issues, and who have been doing this for many years, to "just stop overeating" would be a dream come true!

Just keep doing what is working for you. Like all of us, you struggle from time to time to stay with any eating plan. Anyone who has been obese and struggled to lose weight and keep it off understands what you are doing, and how difficult and important it is. Stay the course, and know there are millions of others out here marching right along with you. Thank you for your blog and your inspiration!

carla said...

a to the MEN.

fitness isnt about fitting in :)
and my life is FILLED with no judgment.
if it is working for you--who am I to tell you it is not.
GO LYN.

Julie said...

You know your body best and you are doing what is right for you. People who say negative things are more than likely just jealous. You are incredible!

Shawn said...

Keep up the good work Lyn. Don't let others negative comments bother you. Sometimes people don't think before they talk. Sometimes because they don't understand, they criticize. I have had numerous comments and objections over what I've done in the past. Everyone must do what is best for them. Keep up the good work!!!! You have no one to answer to but yourself!!!1

Karen said...

GREAT POST!!! And I agree 100%!

Bonita Gordita said...

What a great post. You explained yourself well. Glad you are making the choices for YOU and not the naysayers. Keep it up, girl.

Momma Hunt said...

Good for you that you are not going to let negativity stand in your way. I know that each of us is on a journey and there is no easy way to get to our goals, if it was we would all be at our goal weight and never worry about food all the time. Congrats on your successes however you got them!

Laryssa said...

Excellent post! After trying so many different things to lose weight and regulate my glucose levels (Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, only whole grains, etc.), my doctor came to a conclusion: my body doesn't know how to handle simple carbs. Now that I'm on off carbs, I'm losing weight and finally my glucose levels are decreasing.

I always tell people that have some comment to make about how I'm eating "unhealthy" that, just like some folks can't eat fish because their body can't properly digest it, my body can't properly digest carbs! We're all different and what works for one doesn't always work for another person. We each have to find our own system that works ... you've found yours with Medifast.

Deedah said...

I think everyone is different. We aren't machines for which there's some sort of formula or standard program for losing weight. I went to a nutritionist once who told me that for me to lose weight I needed to eat 1,700 calories per day! I KNOW MY OWN BODY and I know that's too many calories, especially since I gained weight by eating that much in the first place. For me, maintaining is 1,500 calories per day with exercise. Losing weight is, like you, around 900 calories per day, which people don't realize is a lot of food if you're eating good, wholesome foods. Obviously you know your own body too, and Medifast is definatly working!

D said...

Lyn, you should never have to justify doing Medifast if that's what works for you. All the best to you!

Just one note, though... unless you're doing heavy, full-body strength training and about 1g of protein per pound of lean body mass, you're likley losing quite a bit of muscle. People who lose weight, even by taking the "sensible" approach, typically lose a pound of lean body mass per pound of fat when they diet. Medifast may claim otherwise, but it's simply the way it is.

Tay Tay said...

Jealous is what they are. I just commented on another blog about how when I was thin everyone was so "concerned" that I was "too thin" Now that I am overweight, those same people are now "concerned" that I may get diabetes. Some people will never have a positive thing to say no matter what you do. You look great & you are an inspiration to me & so many others. Keep up the good work!

Stacey
SWPA

Fat Grump said...

Bravo Lyn! I am one who relishes a bit of controversy :) Wouldn't it be boring if we all read from the same script.

I have been saying for a long time that there is no right or wrong way to lose weight. We have to find our own way and do what suits us, and that involves experimentation and trial and error. I imagine that we are all trying to find a way which works and you have certainly found a way of eating which you can sustain and which works for you. Your Medifast programme has been an unqualified success I'd say. Some things work, some don't, and if it suits you, that is all that matters.

Your progress has been inspirational... Medifast or not, and you are learning lessons and sharing them along the way. The Medifast way isn't for everyone, but who really cares? We all want to weigh less and feel better and that entails finding a way of eating and exercising that works. Personally I think I need to be locked away, handcuffed to a wall and fed bread and water for a year and when I emerged as thin as a super-model I dare say I'd still be criticised ;-) We can't win 'em all, but we can win our own battles.

Jo said...

Hey Lyn,

Do what works for you. Don't listen to anyone except those who cheer you on!

Still anxiously awaiting the recipe for Faux Potato Salad...yummm!

Lyn said...

D~

Actually, my doctor said losing muscle on a high protein diet is very minimal. There are studies that back this up. I am sure there is some amount of muscle loss in losing 80 pounds, but I am sure of one thing... there is no way I have lost 40 pounds of muscle!

-J.Darling said...

You can almost liken it to an alcoholic who drowns their unhappiness in the momentary high of booze. When they quit, they CAN'T TOUCH IT for a VERY long time, often times forever, because it triggers that old habit.

Extreme? To some who can handle a glass of wine with dinner, sure. But it's far more socially acceptable because people recognize alcoholism as a problem.

Binge eating and obesity are SO COMMON, I think people forget that it's DEADLY. Sure, you make not drive under the influence of a donut - but it ends your life in a million ways and hurts those around you in a million different ways too.

Medifast done right is AA for binge eaters. ;) It's helped me stay on track!

Sarah@LowStressWeightLoss said...

I totally agree that each person needs to find the path that is right for themselves. I also learned that what's worked in the past might not work today.

I'm glad you took the time to defend yourself & your choices & remind people that it's really about what works for YOU

andria said...

It's funny (not funny ha ha), but this is the way it is no matter what size you are. I've never struggled with my weight, but have occasionally put on ten pounds, lost them, etc. If I ever say something like "I don't want dessert" or "I'm just not liking the way my pants fit" people immediately analyze your food intake, and offer all kinds of unhelpful platitudes like "you don't need to lose weight!" "Have some fun!"

I used to live with a girl who was bulimic and anorexic who always made a point of eating in front of other girls just so she wouldn't have to get lectured for dieting. Of course, she threw it all up afterward.

I always try to be mindful of how I react if someone is telling me they want to lose weight. If you're too supportive, it may make him or her feel fat; if you're too indifferent, they may not feel supported enough--it's a slippery slope for everyone.

I avoid the word diet as much as possible, but I would think in cases where you are clearly trying to get healthy, people should be supportive of anything that makes you feel better and lose weight. You're too smart and dedicated to let it all pile back on, and you're not relying on medifast to do the work for you like many people probably would.

This is rambling and nonsensical, but my point is--don't let it get to you, but get used to it because it probably will never change, sad to say.

Mandy said...

Here's an few old fashion lesson that the population has forgotten -
-If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all!

I say congrats, I think that what you are doing is amazing. I may not know you personally, but that doesn't stop me from being proud of you for having the courage to change your life.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the middle. I think medifast has been a successful tool for you and as long as it works, work it. But I also think the psmf approach is radical and not necessrily nutritious enough to stay on for 6 months or a year. I know you can get vitamins in pills, but it's astonishing to me to read that you're missing the fruits of summer. You're still 40 pounds from "normal" weight (if that's even a useful number), but you seem even further from a "normal" approach to eating, less fast-or-feast and more about having small portions. I do think you'll yo-yo around before hitting goal (or after), but if you can do that for 20pounds plus or minus goal, in order to learn balance, golden. I also think it can help long term maintenance to hit diet plateaus where the body "rests" and rebalances at times, like it resets your mental and psychological image of "fat you" versus "thin you". don't know. Regain is a difficult issue.

Jennifer said...

Nice post Lyn! I agree with you. Having been on Medifast I heard a lot of the same things. And it was annoying and even hurtful at times. This plan was formulated by doctors. And actually it was MY DR who offered the plan to me! So block the negativity and when you question yourself pull out that bloodwork that shows that you are bettering yourself! Although I am not longer on MF I have learned so many things from the plan and I am a better person for having been on it. I lost about 40 of my 63 lbs on it and I forever grateful for it.

Jennifer
http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

beerab said...

Wow I didn't realize Medifast was so low calorie- but you are right- if the foods are nutritionally dense you should be okay.

I think that's dumb to be honest- you'll lose readers by going on Medifast? Who is this blog for? YOU or them? I love when I get comments on my blog but if I never got one comment I'd still blog cuz it's for ME.

Keep it up girl! People always think they know better than doctors but that's not always true! Specially when it comes to weight loss- when people say "well just stop eating" I say "you'll never understand that being overweight is about MORE than food."

Kenny said...

Your post really hit home with me, as I have also noticed so much negative commentary when people ask me about what I'm doing to lose weight. "That's not enough calories to survive!" "You're setting yourself up for failure!!" And yet people don't bat an eye about gastric bypass or lapband. Guess what? Those procedures are to help you drastically lower your calories! It's annoying when everyone thinks they know it all when it comes to nutrition. I mean isn't that what fat is for? To be burned for fuel when you have a calorie deficit? High time we started doing it. I applaud you.

Blah, I'm venting (and rambling) but this is a great post and a great blog. Congratulations on all your success.

She woke up FAT said...

I too have been the subject of criticism over my vegan diet. When you say you don't eat meat it's one thing but the minute you criticize dairy your labeled a nut.Well if I have to be a nut then at least I am a happy nut.
I'm glad you have the back bone to do what you know is right for you, after all you are the only one that matters to your body.

Anonymous said...

A thought-provoking post! Bottom line, I think that people get very invested in the concept that what works for them is necessarily the formula that everyone else must follow. I see that in my own reaction to your description of Medifast, which is not something that I think would work for me. Some time ago, I lost a good deal of weight with Jenny Craig -- another packaged food plan. The plan worked great, but I did not do a good job of transitioning into an eating plan that worked for me over the long term, and I gained back all the weight that I lost. Looking back, it was clear that was because I didn't follow the Jenny Craig program for maintenance. So, I don't think it's by any means a foregone conclusion that you will regain the weight -- but it is something that you will probably want to think about and plan for. I've been reading your blog for a while, and I know that you had a pretty healthy eating pattern before you started on Medifast, but you still had some challenges with binging. For me, at least, I can get into a "Zone" of really following my diet plan perfectly for days, or even months. I feel like I've really changed forever. But the underlying issues can still be there! Anyway, that's my thought for the day!

Moongirl said...

Awesome Post. Awesome.

Brandipants said...

You are awesome and I am so glad you don't listen to other people. Weight loss is different for everyone and different things work for different people! You are an inspiration to me and I sure hope one day I will be at a healthier weight too. Keep up the great work! I know how hard it is to loose a lot of weight (since I am still there)so don't let anyone tell you that you are foolish! CongratS!!!!

Ms. PJ Geek said...

I thought I'd add to your big time numerous comments. I used to follow a fresh and local meal delivery system that was based on the American Diabetic Association and American Cancer and Heart Associations. And I did lose weight on it, but after a while I plateaued. These diets are basically larger in carbs, less fat, even less protein. I would have fish twice a week, Beef twice a week, and then mostly turkey / chicken / veggie substitutes for the meat.

I just started a new meal delivery system called Bistro md which is higher protein, lower carb. about 1200 cal a day though for heavy exercisers it recommends an extra protein and fruit. I think it's similar to medifast in that I get protein based snacks mid morning and mid afternoon. What's different is they provide 3 meals a day -frozen but tasty. I'm losing weight. I'm visibly gaining muscle because I've changed my workouts too.

I'm not receiving any compensation from the company and I have't even told them I'm a blogger. I've done a couple of posts about it. I was nervous after following your blog with all the negative comments or comments that are well meaning but seem to still question your intent and your plan.

This works for me for now. Glad your plan works for you.

Ms. PJ Geek said...

Oh just to add. I see a registered dietician and both she and my doc support this plan . There is a lot of diet info and health info out there that people read and hear , so when something a bit "radical" to that shows up it is questioned. In extreme situations you need extreme measures sometimes. Our weight of 100+ pnds is extreme. Formal md supervised weight loss apparently can go as low as 700 cal / day total. And the fact that we've been trying to lose weight , yo yoing with binges, etc makes it more resistant for us to lose weight anyway. Oh well, stepping off soap box now. I support you 110%

Anonymous said...

You're doing great, Lyn, and I personally wouldn't worry about the nay-sayers. They're always going to be around... thinking everybody wants to know what they think!

Wanda

Anonymous said...

It's not so much about 'gaining it all back', but making sure that you have a serious plan for transitioning off packaged foods.

I've seen way too many friends do gangbusters with pre-packaged diets (be it Medifast or something else). They don't learn how to eat and how to deal with making their own meals (other than the one lean and green meal). It becomes harder to transition back to a less structured eating.

That, and once your body gets used to 900 calories a day it can be way too easy to gain weight. Having said all that, I hope you can avoid the pitfalls. It isn't a given that you'll gain it all back, just something to be cautious about.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

not sure about other diets, but Medifast has a Transition & Maintenance plan which (if I continue) will take me about 16 weeks to do, adding back in things like grains, fruits, dairy, all real foods and cutting out the Medifast. So the lessons are there for those who need them, although admittedly some people don't bother.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you are doing is CLEARLY working! Keep it up and don't listen to the naysayers!

clickmom said...

Lyn, I have multiple food allergies. The kind where your throat swells and you can't breath and people still respond in disbelief that I could exist with out these foods. (mostly dairy OMG- people love their dairy) My experience is that folks do not want to have to think about what they are putting in their mouths. They just can't be bothered and it makes them feel better to put you down (for being conscientious) when they aren't willing to do the research and gain the knowledge. Keep up the good work, watching your progress is inspirational (and I am still jealous!)

Catherine F. said...

We are all trying on shoes and seeing if they fit ........ what fits for one person may be uncomfortable for another. This is the beauty of the blogging forum. We all share our experiences and what works for us. Maybe it will strike a chord with someone else, but that's not why we do it. We do our own method because it fits what our bodies need and respond to. I think we are all legends!

Neesha said...

I say, 'eh'. People tell me the same thing when I tell them I won't give up chocolate or eating what I want in my efforts to lose weight. I'm down 40 lbs, back in the 'overweight' territory and out of the 'obese' territory. I did it my way, by controlling my portion sizes, exercising, and giving a damn. I'm going on a year of keeping these 40 lbs off. And yet people would tell me: Well, you would've lost so much more if you'd just cut out all sugar and skipped desserts. Maybe, or maybe I would've given up a long time ago and binged my way into gaining weight again. My weight loss path is going on 3 years. I've been losing very slowly for 3 years. And I am proud of myself. The message is that we all have to find our own way of losing weight. And everyone will have an opinion. I know my way is working so I've stopped listening.

leighluta said...

Well I say go for it! If it works just work it! I'm at a place right now where I dont even know how to get back on the band wagon! I wish I was in your spot!

ohiofarmgirl said...

Really..who cares what they think...just set your site on the prize. Dianntha

Tamzin said...

You do what is best for you! And it sounds like you are :)

Shan said...

Great post, hun! It reminds me of the saying...Opinions are like buttholes..everyone has one, and they usually stink!

That's how I feel about diet critics. We all have our share of critics no matter what "plan" we choose to follow. It's like the world is looking for people to fail. It's pathetic.

Great job keeping it up, and not letting others bring you down!

Lynne said...

I am with Tony. I am happy you are happy. Period.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, don't listen to anyone! Please stay with what you are doing, it is working for YOU! People are quick to criticize, but honestly, I've spent years bouncing back and forth to Weight Watchers, and I know so many people who have lost weight "the right way" who gain it right back! Maintenance is the key. I lost nearly 50 pounds when I was 18-19 by starving myself, and kept it off for nearly 20 years (then gained it all back and much more between infertility drugs, pregancy, early menopause, and a pituitary tumor that resulted in Cushings disease.)
I am ready to start Medifast myself, based on my own doctor's recommendations. Weight Watchers is NOT working for me, I am too far gone, sadly. I'll need something more restrictive to take any weight off, and will need to drop below 1000 calories as well. Every body is different, please don't worry about what anyone else says. You are doing GREAT.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I think you have the best weight loss blog going. It's the only one that really delves into the psychological issues behind obesity. Thanks for being so honest.

Other bloggers just chirp on and on about the healthy way they fix food, how great they feel, how anyone can do it, blahblahblah. Too bad they stop the preaching and disappear when they gain back the weight!

Rachel said...

If we all worried more about ourselves and less about other people, the world would probably be a much happier and healthier place!

Anonymous said...

I'm on the "whatever works for you" bandwagon. It's absolutely true that it will always be hard for us to maintain our weight once we lose because it's all mental. We may follow the "plan" 100% but I think in our minds we will crave the pleasure we got from eating too much or the wrong things. If we were the type to eat just to stay alive we would never have gotten so overweight in the first place. That's just my opinion, maybe others have proven me wrong ...

PaulaM

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

I worried about the same things, too, before I started HCG. And I had to remind myself that my blog is for ME and not for anyone else. And that the choices I make have to be right for ME, not anyone else.

I love what Tony said - you seem happier, Lyn. And that's a comment I've received from readers who didn't bail on my after I started the HCG. And THAT is what matters, to me. I'm glad you're doing what works for you and I look forward to continuing to learn from your story!

Anonymous said...

Hi, stumbled accross your blog, I think what you are doing is incredible. You started a long and difficult journey and you have done so well, what works for you is what works for you regardless of what other people think. As long as you are keeping yourself well you are doing the right thing. I wish you well and will follow your blog with interest, good luck xxx

Anonymous said...

This is such a great post for a lot of different reasons. The thing that kills me about the way our society views public health, especially pertaining to obesity, is that for some reason, it is seen as acceptable to comment on something that should be a private matter. You are doing what you can right now to improve your health, and that's really great. But even if you were still sitting on the coach eating those cheetos and that brownie batter, NO ONE, (baring a select obvious few like doctor, SO, etc.) has the right to tell you that you shouldn't do those things. It's none of their business. It's not good for you to do those things, but you're not perfect and neither are they.

Anonymous said...

I love this post! My father-in-law has been obese for many years and recently lost 30 pounds on Medifast. I'm a big believer that everyone has to do what works for them to be at their healthiest. For me, it's a detailed food journal so I can make sure I am eating enough nutritious food. I'm sure some people would think I was crazy if they saw my notebook with everything I've eaten for the past 6 months, but it works for me!

Anyway, good luck! You inspire me!

-J

Expat said...

Who cares what anyone else thinks! I know that's a lot easier to type than deal with but at the end of the day its how you feel and what works for you that matters. Stay true to yourself and your choices and the rest will work itself out.

Nicole said...

DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!! GO GO GO LYN!! :)

Anonymous said...

People love to judge those who are trying to improve themselves. I am not a supporter of any extreme weight loss "quick fixes" but that is obviously not your thing either. Keep checking in with your health care providers to reassure you are staying onthe healthy path and your children and body will thank you!
-Christina

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