Friday, September 2, 2016

Thinking About Diet


Since I've been doing pretty well with the exercise (biking and walking more), I have started to think more about diet. I probably complicate things when I start trying to decide what to eat, whether it be right now for one meal, or overall for long term. I guess I have spent so much time reading and learning about different eating patterns and diets and their pros and cons, that I can see the good and bad in pretty much everything. And yet, when it comes down to it, I'm a complete flake that can't decide. I can't seem to pick one thing and just stick to it.

I've done it in the past. I've gone weeks and months and close to a year on a couple of plans, mainly:

2003: 4 months of South Beach Diet = 33 pounds lost
2007-2008: 11 months of calorie counting = 64 pounds lost
2010: 8 months of Medifast = 59 pounds lost
2014: 2 months of AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) = 16 pounds lost
2015: 3 more months of AIP = 11 pounds lost
I was also completely gluten free for almost 10 months in 2015, but weight loss was not huge... like a pound a month.

I have floundered around, tried different things for shorter periods of time and didn't lose or lost and quickly regained. My brain always goes back to "what worked" and I start thinking I need to go back and do one of those things again. But every time I make an attempt I don't last long and fail.

I don't even know WHAT to do with the diet anymore. "Just eat whole foods" is all nice and everything, but I have never lost weight that way. Feel healthier, yes. But not lose weight. Eating whole foods has to be combined with something else for me to succeed at weight loss... whether that be calorie counting or AIP. And then there's Medifast... which I have tried to replicate with store bought shakes that have the same nutritional profile. All of this trial and (mostly) error sucks the life, desire, and drive out of my weight loss efforts.

If you were me, what would you do? Aside from exercise, how would you deal with the diet part? I weigh 242 pounds. Doctor tells me that whatever I do, it should limit starchy, sugary, high carb foods. I feel like I have basically 3 options. And of course, my final option that I am looking into is weight loss surgery, which I will do if I am unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. So please tell me, what do you think I should do? I do not WANT to restrict, but something has to change for me to get this weight off. Winging it is not working.

A. calorie counting
B. AIP
C. Medifast/Wonderslim (shakes all day and a measured meat/veggie low carb dinner)
D. something else... what?

Please leave a vote. I will do whatever most people think I should do. If there are a ton of unsigned, Anonymous comments I will go with what most *non-Anonymous* people think I should do (somehow, I trust you more!). I appreciate your help.


55 comments:

Kristi said...

Calorie counting REAL WHOLE FOODS.

lisa~sunshine said...

Calorie counting and weighing real whole foods

MargieAnne said...

Since my last comment there has been a new post by http://lorettasjourney.blogspot.co.nz/ titled Aug 31st A Turning Point & Why I Was Wrong. This might be of interest to you since it talks about getting your thinking right first.

As far as diet is concerned-

My personal choice is definitely gluten free but I have discovered that it is also wise to keep track of calories. They do matter but to a lesser degree than I once thought. You probably know that carbohydrates and proteins each have 4 calories per gram weight while fat has 9 calories per gram. Weight for weight fat is more costly calorie wise. But not all calories are equal in the way the body metabolizes them. A lot of people make the serious mistake when they go low carb high fat of eating too many calories or they over restrict their fruit and vegetables. I believe it is really a matter of finding what works for you. The balance between protein, fat and carbohydrate is delicate for some of us. I discovered this when I was experimenting with a ketogenic diet.

The reason behind me going gluten or wheat free was that as long as I ate baked goods and bread I was eating way too many 'empty' or not very nutritional calories. Then I discovered my body and mind were so much healthier without wheat anyway.

But I did fall into a trap. I tried too hard to be in ketosis by reducing my carbs too low and eating more fat than was good for me because it seemed the way to go. What works for some people was not good for me and I had to pull back on the fats no matter how healthy.

I found that calories do matter but choose the right foods. Our bodies need say around 1200 calories per day. I believe that if we follow a diet below 1200 calories per day for a sustained length of time that we run the risk of messing up our hormones. It takes a longtime to re-balance things.

If I were calorie counting, (I'm not because it's too inconvenient in our current living situation), I'd choose something like 25% protein, 45% fat, 30% carbohydrate all from vegetables and fruit.

I strongly believe that eating more fat is essential to good health but it was a no brainer for me having grown up before the anti-fat hysteria. I think your generation have a huge hurdle to leap over to feel good about eating butter, bacon and fat on grass fed meat. There are many fats I will not touch with a barge poll. I'm very fussy about the fats I do eat. It's worth doing research on this. It's worth checking out the source of your fats to ensure they are compatible with good health.

Now I've written this I'm not sure about how helpful it is but I'm baby-sitting so no more time to edit. I hope you understand what I'm getting at.

All the best. Blessings

Beth said...

Hi Lyn, I remember you from my medifast days. The only thing I will recommend is DO NOT USE Medifast. I did the whole nine yards, transition, everything by the book. But I struggled, I was working out 5-6 days a week, for an hour (at least) a day. I struggled to keep it off while trying to incorporate "regular" foods in my diet, any little variance, and I would gain a couple of pounds. after a year of staying within 10-15 pounds of my loss, I slowing started putting it back on, and boy oh boy did it come back on. I finally came to the conclusion that it had really screwed up my metabolism. Now that excuse doesn't justify me gaining everything back. I knew what I should do, and didn't do it, I slid down the slippery hill. I've got other things going on in my life too, so that has affected some of my choices (again not an excuse, just what it is). Now I am looking to do something more realistic to lose some weight, but also remain healthy at the same time. A little more exercise will help, and getting back into cooking a decent meal once a day (that was the one thing I have taken from Medifast, smaller more frequent "meals" and want to get back to that) with the smaller meals 4 or 5 times a day (but still healthy). My addiction is COKE, plain ole full calorie coke, I quit it once before, so i know I can do it again! The one thing I don't do is make excuses for myself anymore, I need to own up to what I am doing, and change it...maybe it will be one step at a time, but I find something structured is best for me, and limiting my choices. But if I am going to have a salad for dinner, I will not weigh my veggies, or count my condiments (other than very fattening salad dressings, but I keep to balsamic vinaigrette)...you know these things I speak of :) So for me it will be pairing down the choices, more veggies than meat, and staying away from the soda. You are doing good, you have half of it accomplished with the exercise, so you can do this! Good luck!! Beth

jmaret said...

D. Trim Healthy Mama is an option. I've done all of the ones you have listed as well. I'm 54, my highest weight was 270 and I'm 5'10" I've lost 15 pounds and I started on August 1, this year. I have hypothyroid, Hashimoto's to be exact. AIP was very hard not to mention expensive!

Gina said...

Eat To Live by Dr. Furman makes the most sense to me. It's vegan and he calls it "nutritarian." And you can eat as much as you want.

Anna said...

Hi, Lyn, I've been reading you since I started Medifast (June 7th). I took your words to heart, and have started researching, NOW, how to transition and keep the pounds off. There are a few things in this diet that I think I'll have to adopt as "life changes:" stay lower carb, incorporate protein into each meal, eat small meals throughout the day, and drink lots of water.

I've lost weight before, mostly by counting calories, but had never done a commercial program like this; nevertheless, I can sympathize with you because it's really hard to go back to any kind of a diet once you've lost and regained weight.

My vote in for calorie counting, yet incorporating the small, frequent meals and with an eye to staying low carb/high protein/moderate fat.

Good luck!

p.s. I really miss some of the recipes you used to post. If you come across any good ones, please do share!

Luisa said...

Counting calories!

A+ said...

D weight Watchers. Loosing weight is 70% about eating right and portion control and 30% about exercise.

Joy said...

As Michael Pollan wrote:
"Eat (real) food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
Joy Clark xxx

Bonnie Matthews said...

Hi Lyn, well in my opinion it's not just what you eat, it's when you eat it and with what. And also what way you are exercising. At least for me, and I lost 130 lbs by eating no carbs in the morning at all. Ate good complex carbs post workouts and always had protein with every meal - at least 20g per meal. And if I had 1 piece of fruit a day I'd make sure to have it before 6pm with some protein also. The thing that also helped me, was do make your body burn fat for you. To do this several ways, you can workout doing intervals where you get your heart rate up for x amount of time; then recover and repeat. and create an "afterburn" effect so that your body will continue to burn fat and/or carbs even at rest after you work out for several hours. Additionally, you can also get your body to burn fat by getting it into a ketosis state. Google that. I am not a medical professional and am not providing this as a health professional, but it does work and has worked for me - by reducing carbs for several days so that your body has to use fat stores for energy. This is an incredible way for you to burn rapidly if you do it safely. Lastly, eating foods that contain thermogenic properties also help boost metabolism, like cayenne peppers - google it! :) Wishing you the best in your continued successes.

Sarah said...

Hi Lyn-

Have you ever looked into intermittent fasting? I eat in a roughly 6 hour eating window (10 to 4 usually) and it has changed my life. IF has many health benefits but for me the biggest change has come mentally. We know diets and strict rules don't work long term, yet what choice do we have other than to keep trying when we have our weight and health to worry about? I beat my head into a wall daily for 17 years before I decided to try something new, and it's been incredible.

It's not for everyone, but just thought I'd share since it's been such a game changer for me. FYI the first week or so, the hunger and light headedness is pretty rough. And then it goes away, just like that. I really had to see it to see it to believe it, but it does. I even work out in the evenings, and rather than make me hungrier, I find that it suppresses my appetite further until morning. It's awesome! Even if you don't think you would like it, might be worth trying to see what happens for a couple weeks? I wish you the best of luck and I hope you find what works for you!

Anna said...

Have you tried The Fast Metabolism Diet? You can read some excerpt about how the diet works and try if it will fit your reference.

KarenChaya said...

What I did at 340 was to have the RnY bariatric surgery. It has you losing about 100 pounds in the first 3 to 6 months, but after that you are on your own if you want to keep losing weight. I went down to 224 pounds, but have since not followed the rules of chewing 30 times each, not drinking liquids with solids, I haven't followed the eat no fruit without a protein paired with it, haven't exercised regularly and stopped having my protein drinks (whey protein). So, I began to add the weight back. I am still pretty ok, though. I weight 270, and that is still considered a success because I didn't gain it ALL back. And, it took over five years to go up to that number. I have a lot of confidence I can lose my last 100 pounds. You can, too. A high protein, low but good fats, and few but good carbs, along with stuffing yourself with 0 calorie foods is a good way to go.

Lisa Bóha said...

Anna said: My vote in for calorie counting, yet incorporating the small, frequent meals and with an eye to staying low carb/high protein/moderate fat.

Yep, this is my vote, too, plus a trick I stole from bodybuilders--meal prep. Once or twice a week I bulk cook meats, etc., then weigh and portion it out into separate plastic containers to grab and go during the week. Pair this with a fast breakfast option and it makes things so easy to "set it and forget it".

JMT said...

Weight Watchers is really a good sensible program,. The Smart Points system pushes you toward real food, and away from sugars and saturated fat. Oprah,who has also been a yoyo dieter, has done really well on it. If you go to meetings you will get tons of support, too.

Anonymous said...

My vote is for low carb and calorie counting with 100% tracking. I'd cut to no more than 50 net carbs a day and calories somewhere between 1100 - 1600. The reason is the low carb helps control insulin response (I know you aren't diabetic but I think your Victoza experience plus success on Medifast shows there is something going on with how your body processes carbs/sugar) and calorie counting because it is sustainable long term with the right mindset, and it works.

I think that addresses the hormone side of things, which we are learning about. It's not just calories in calories out. But it also does monitor calories, which matter. And it is simple and allows you to have anything you want if you plan for it. Measuring net carbs allows you essentially unlimited non-starchy vegetables.

It is combining the two things that have worked best for you in the past. And if you do go for WLS, you'll need to watch these things anyway so it is good practice if you end up having surgery. What did your doc say about surgery?

purpleivy said...

Have you looked at Dr David Ludwig's 'Always Hungry'? He's a paediatric endocrinologist. This plan seems to suit a lot of people and I have read about lots of folk who have reduced medication for various things as their blood tests have improved so much.

I think in particular it's good for maintaining good blood sugar levels. I tried it for a period and did quite well, though weight loss was not fast, it was steady. Most notable were the NSV's of reduced inflamation in joints and others.

He has a website where you can read about the principles of the Food plan. https://www.drdavidludwig.com/ His wife works hard on recipes to use as well.

Hillary Gras said...

Counting calories, weighing food, and eating clean (no preservatives, refined sugars, etc)

Lucy said...

I wouldn't recommend surgery. I have seven friends who did it. Six have all gained the weight back and then some. The one that didn't, went thru a nasty divorce and got so sick over it that she stopped eating. I wonder if she will do ok with food once she is no longer in deep depression. Weight watchers now leans toward clean food, whole eating, smaller portions. They don't promote "eat anything" like they used to do. It seems people who have eliminated sugar and cut back carbs do well. I'm in the same boat as you. My appetite is bigger than any diet out there and I am never satisfied when I eat smaller portions.

Vickie said...

First of all, anything that includes the words "eat as much as you want" is problematic. On so many levels.

Real food vote too. (Not processed).

Proportional. Fat, carbs, protein. Vote too.

If you are seriously considering surgery, then I think the smartest thing, regardless of "votes" is to eat as if you had the surgery. I think that is 1200 to lose and 1400 to maintain. (Adding the real food philosophy, which is not typical of the surgery folks). And really do it. As if you actually had the surgery. Stick with it. No - it did not work last week, what should I do this week? thoughts. Stick with it. Because if you have surgery, that s what you will be doing. If you have surgery and do not stick with it, you will regain, same as anything else. Surgery, without surgery. No complications. No risk. No downtime.

Lyn said...

What great feedback! Thank you. Sometimes when we overthink something it gets too confusing, so it is nice to have your 'voices of reason' as someone looking in, to give me your insights. I am keeping track of all suggestions and not ruling anything out.

As far as questions that have been asked:

Sarah, I have a friend who does IF and I have considered doing that myself. For a short (too short) time I was limiting my eating to between 10am and 7pm but never got it shorter than that (got super hungry after 10, and we have dinner just after 6 due to family members coming home from work). Even that shortened window did feel better and help me eat less (rather than a 7am to 10pm window I was eating before). I think the time window would be a helpful tool when combined with whatever eating plan I end up using, thank you.

Anna, no I have not tried that diet but will look it up and see what it's about.

Anon, the doctor told me surgery was probably a good option and gave me the name of a local clinic. She said they do information nights where they explain the surgery options and programs in detail. I am going to attend and get more information. I don't have a referral yet and I believe that has to come from my primary doctor.

purpleivy, I am not familiar with that, but will look that up. Thank you for the website.

Anonymous said...

I think calorie counting works the best. The hardest part is doing a best efforts guess of unlabeled food. I do not have an app, just a running total in my head and a scrap of paper if I need it. Yesterday was a very hectic day for me with all day travel, stressful work things, with the added stress of the flight delays in the south-east. Zero meal planning, chopping of veggies, use of apps, etc.
Breakfast - breakfast bread from a hotel buffet. I had four small pieces that I guessed at being 300-400 calories
Lunch - Chain restaurant sandwich 690 calories
Dinner - airport chain restaurant chicken, 440 calories for a breast and 260 for the tiny biscuit it came with. Salad with no dressing (lettuce, cabbage, tomato, cucumber) that I didn't count any calories for.
Airplane pretzels 45 calories
Home - 1.5 glasses wine. 300 calories
Total of 2085 calories if I split the difference on breakfast. I was legitimately hungry for everything I ate and probably walked 4-5 miles that day. My drinks were water and unsweetened tea (and a bit of milk in my morning coffee which might have added on 20 or 30 calories). No desserts because with alcohol and fried chicken (even one piece), I couldn't really fit that in. It would have been so easy to go to 2500 or 3000 - some fries and a side or two with my chicken, sweetened drinks, a bag of candy to nibble on my flight.
Is this a diet that will put me on the cover of Women's Health? No. It is the diet that puts me into my pants and lets me zip them. I have a huge propensity to overeat, which I don't feel terrible about since I share it with many of the population. A Good appetite is healthy, it means we are not dying! But I know I need to watch what I eat and I do.

Sharon Jones said...

Hi Lyn,
I've been reading your blog for years but have never commented. I always look forward to reading your posts. You have been such an inspiration. My vote is definitely for calorie counting....healthy carbs, healthy fats and high quality protein.

Anonymous said...

I thought you were going to do whatever got the most votes. How are you "not ruling anything out"?

FTR I vote for Medifast.

Lyn said...

last Anon~

Correct, I am going to do whatever diet the majority thinks is best. That doesn't necessarily rule out suggestions in books or videos that people have left in the comments, or keeping their suggestions for possible future use/incorporation.

Jenny bobbitt said...

i have read your whole blog. i think you should realize *all* of the options work if you stick to it. So which was easiest for you for You to stick to for whatever reason..convenience, time, hunger levels in the plan? they all work. consistency is all that matters.
i would also argue anything that restricts volume also restricts calories so...if you chose medifast (for example) you are restricting calories inherently. Good Luck!!!!!

no one said...

Hi Lyn
I have been a long time lurker but want to say your refusal to quit is inspiring!.
Looking at what's worked for you, and on the other hand your big temptations/indulgences I would suggest that something that was the best cross between AIP and medifast would work. low carb real fresh food, that avoids processed products even if they are low carb or whatever.
Perhaps get a check for Food intolerances rather than allergies as in my experince (I have several) they can lead to terrible cravings and failure to loose weight even when sticking ridgedly to a diet plan.
No,or only occasional(like once every couple of months for a special occasion) refined grains and sugar, avoid gluten, caffiene (and to be honest, anything you emotionally feel you can't do without, which makes it suspect for intolerance and worth eliminating for 2+ weeks to see if it makes a difference). You will need to judge if eliminating dairy will help for you or not, but its probably best to stay away from soya and soya oil.
Lots of fresh organic produce and use whole spices and fresh herbs nothing processed, cold pressed virgin oils and pastured butter(if including dairy) and meats. Make the focus of meals protein and veggies with maybe 1 piece of fruit a day. Raw cacao and stevia are some options to provide chocolate/sweetness. Coyo have some great coconut live yoguhrts.
I realise this means making everything yourself but you sound like a fantastic cook and it would be worth a try for say a month to see how it worked for you.
Other comments have usful ideas on eating time limits which seem good.
Plus keep exercising - muscle burns fat.
If you still have the planteur faciitus I can recomend Tuli gel heel cups. My podiatrist suggested them and I have gone from struggling with 4000 steps a day to over 10000 in a month
Janet

Lyn said...

As for what was easiest for me to stick to... I would have to say Medifast was. But it was only easy the first time around. I tried to go back on Medifast several times over the following years and every time I failed. It got harder and harder to just drink shakes and packets.

I think everyone who reads my blog knows how I don't want to calorie count. How I did it for so long and it started feeling obsessive to me. But I can see that, so far, calorie counting is the most highly suggested method for me. Maybe it has been long enough of a break that it won't be so bad if that is what I have to do. Whatever method ends up getting the most votes, I will give it my all, 100%. I just needed to stop thinking and re-thinking over "what should I do? Which method is best?" and this post takes that decision and confusion away. Thank you for participating in this with me.

Anonymous said...

Calorie counting

SunnyTechGirl said...

Hi Lyn, If I understand correctly you have tried to lose weight using many different methods and you have been successful with each of these food plans. I don't think there is a "perfect" plan but I do think that some plans will meet your needs better than others depending on where you find your trouble spots to be. Rather than let others choose for you by voting for their favourite plan it might be better to meet with a nutritionist and evaluate your likes and dislikes in a food plan and develop a personal food plan that best meets your needs. I suggest a nutritionist since you mention being confused about which plan to choose and I feel you've had enough experiences to understand what has worked best for you and why. I also wonder if instead of concentrating on the food plan rather than how life events or circumstances have resulted in you being diverted from plans that have been working might be the wrong direction for long term success. You might find Overeaters Anonymous very helpful in providing a community of support for long term success. I like the focus on dealing with life successfully and not just isolating the food as the problem. I have found that it is very rarely "just the food." I wish you every success with whatever you choose.

Anonymous said...

what diet way are you eating right now?

I vote Paleo.

Anonymous said...

Portion size, no sugar, no starch, low carb

Overeaters anonymous, counseling with a psychologist

Lyn said...

Anon/asking~

Right now I am eating pizza, crackers, and a piece of chocolate. Not exactly a "plan" of any type. Although dinner will be beef and salad with hummus and pita. So yeah, need some structure here...

Anonymous said...

Trim Healthy Mama. It's changed the lives of so many people. Join some of the THM FB groups and read the testimonies. Seriously. It's simple, the food is good, no deprivation. I eat pizza, crackers and chocolate whenever I want and I've lost 60 lbs so far this year. Low carb, healthy recipes. Easy to make. Did I mention no deprivation????

emmegebe said...

My vote is for 9+ servings of vegetables a day, and protein and fat however you want to fit them in. Put vegetables at the center of every meal: make veggies the part you put the most thought into, rounding the meal out with proteins and fats. I used to mentally start with the protein and it was a huge shift to switch that around and start with the veggies. Avoid most non-vegetable carbs and especially most sugars.

For example, breakfast could be a pile of sauteed or roasted vegetables with an egg or two on top, or a smoothie made with steamed & cooled sweet potato, spinach, and a couple spoonfuls of almond butter. Lunch could be a big salad or soup loaded with veggies, with some nuts, cheese, or diced meats stirred in to either one.

I think this way of eating is both health-promoting and sustainable, and it should mesh really well with your CSA boxes and farmer's market shopping habit! It would also mesh well with many other types of diets or calorie counting

Pam L said...

Hey Lynn,

Long time reader. I like all your ideas. I would love to see you stick with something reasonable for the long term. I vote for calorie counting and like someone else said aiming for a nutrient breakdown of something like 30% protein, 45% fat, and 25% carbs (from fruit/veges) a day. I am calorie counting using MyFitnessPal, and it tells you all those breakdowns every day you log your intake. I am friends on MyFitnessPal with my husband, my mom, and 2 sisters, and that seems to really help me be accountable. If I eat it, I log it. Then they can see it. I also measure most everything to make sure I am not overeating. I am 5'10" and weigh 183 lbs. I would like to lose 10 pounds (which was around my lowest in April 2016- and has been my lowest in YEARS), then maybe 10 more if I can do that. So I set my calories at 1400- sometimes I aim for 1600. Those ranges allow me to lose every week if I consistently log my intake.

Oh, and for 8 straight days I had NO sugar. I really figured to break my bad habits I had to go cold turkey- give up junk! It wasn't too bad- a headache for about 3 days- and now after 8 days, my energy levels are amazing. I am fueling my body with real, healthy food, and I can tell a HUGE difference. Now we had a birthday and I had to make a cake, which I had a small piece of. But that's ok. I can already feel the sugar affecting me, and I honestly think I feel a LOT better without it. So I am going to try to keep it up.

The other aspect is mental. Sometimes what helps me is to have a pair of pants or a shirt in my closet that I want to fit into. When I get an urge to overeat, or eat junk, I either think about those pants and how much I want to wear them, or go try them on. Sometimes we have to make a goal for ourselves and during the tough times recall that goal. That is something l learned in Weight Watchers years ago.

Good luck with whatever you choose. I'm hoping you do something other than surgery. I find it amazing all the stories above of people who have done that--and gained their weight back. It doesn't really seem like a healthy solution. :(

Anonymous said...

I think a food delivery service like Jenny Craig would make sense for a few weeks to show how little food X amount of calories really are. One can easily cheat if not weighing foods correctly.

I also think you should read The Diet Fix. One thing the author said really stuck with me. "if you can't HAPPILY eat any less you are at your best weight". None of these plans will work if you can't maintain that loss and if you can't come to terms with having to eat much less for the rest of your life. How good does it do you to go on a plan you threat and then end up bingeing?

LHA said...

Lyn, I have enjoyed reading all of the comments of the other readers. I have been thinking about your question and it made me think about what I really believe is a good weight loss method. Like you, when I count caloriers, carbs, etc. it becomes somewhat of an obsession and in my case is likely to end up making me obsess about food all the time, leading to overeating. So my vote is strongly against counting calories I think that medi-fast and other prepackaged diet plans can work in the short term but the risk of regaining when you transition to normal food is very high. It doesn't seem to retrain the eating habits that led to obesity in the first place. AIP is so restrictive that it seems unlikely that you can stay on it successfully for any extended period of time. The only suggestion I have is: no sugar, greatly reduced grains and starches, small portions, eat only when hungry, and eat your smallest meal of the day in the evening. I also think that intermittent fasting can play a role in this kind of eating plan even if you don't do it every day. Exceptions to the eating plan need to be very rare and allowed cautiously. Exercise is good for mental and physical health but frankly I think it doesn't have a huge effect on weight loss unless you are doing an extreme amount of something strenuous. I honestly believe that you know what works best for you even though you feel kind of stuck at the moment. I hope that you find a path forward that really feels right to you. Good luck!

JM said...

I can totally relate to not being able to "diet" any longer. For me, it has to be sustainable, meaning, can i eat this way for the forsee able future? For me, any restriction will lead to a greater binge. So i need a spiritual solution.
I hope that you find what you are looking for!!
There is a great website about the F*&^ it diet,
TFID for short, look it up,
pretty interesting stuff!

Lynelle said...

Please please try Trim Healthy Mama!!

Anonymous said...

Why don't you do a little reading about food limits during WWII in Great Britain, which limited things like butter/fat, meat, sugar, flour, etc. Apparently, during those years from 1939 to the mid-1950s, people were never healthier! Also, I've found that learning about periods of deprivation, like the Great Depression, helps me to put things in perspective, and makes me feel rather ashamed of our "I want it, and I want it NOW!" approach to eating (and everything else). I believe self-restraint builds character and forces us to focus on things outside of ourselves and our me, me, me desires.

I believe there are plenty of websites about WWII food rationing, and, if I recall correctly, there was a woman who blogged about following a "rationed" diet and her weight-loss experiences. Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I vote Weighdowndiet diet.

nic0ll3tt3 said...

We've already discussed my vote: low carb, moderate protein, high fat. Also known as: Ketogenic Diet.

It's painfully obvious that you have hormonal issues with how your body stores and processes energy. NOTHING will change until you address the hormonal issues. And nothing addresses the hormonal side as well as low carb.

-Nikki

Anonymous said...

why are you eating pizza, crackers, candy and then having a big dinner an hour later? I hope your binge eating isn't back!

Lyn said...

Lots of interesting votes!

Last anon~

I'm not. "Pizza, crackers, and chocolate" were not eaten all at once or right before dinner. Those are just some of the things I have eaten in the last couple of days that were particularly un-diety (high carb/grains/sugar). I am also eating things like steak, fish, veggies and fruit (but not all at once!) No binges.

Down With Bullies said...

Low Carb, any way you do it!

Anonymous said...

I think one way to make calorie counting less tedious is to do the work up front. Pick maybe 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners that all meet your nutritional/caloric goals, that are whole foods, and just eat those things. If you mix and match from those lists, you don't have to count every day. Then when you go out to eat, do your best to pick something that resembles your regular meals and don't stress too much about it but know that you've most likely gone over your calories for the day. One other thing that might work is something I saw in self magazine a while back which is to leave room in your day (not too much, maybe 200 calories) to eat whatever you want. They called them "happy calories." So if you wanted something like a cupcake or potato salad, that's really the only thing you would have to track or count, and just make sure you stay in the limit. Good luck!
Maria

Sunflower Girl said...

This is exactly what I have been going through forever as well. I'm actually going to be starting a "weight loss" blog today for this reason. To give me some direction! I came across your blog looking for ideas!

I am in the same boat as you are. I lost a lot of weight before without trying changing my diet for other reasons and that spun me into an eating disorder spiral where I struggled with anorexia and body dysmorphia. I eventually got to a better place and maintained a healthy weight for years. I had a lot of health problems after having my child and gained back all of the weight plus some.

I am definitely not going to do what I did the first time because it wasn't healthy and it wouldn't work for me anymore, so I am having to take a new approach. I want to be careful, but I don't want to remain stagnant and do nothing and just let time pass by while I don't lose weight.

My best advice I can give to you is to do something you can maintain forever. Don't do a diet you dread or struggle with or one that leaves you feeling deprived. When I first lost the weight I cut everything out and I maintained it for quite awhile. Some people can and that's fine, but overall it left me feeling out of control and bad for cravings. It didn't work for me in the long term. So if there is a diet out there you really enjoyed "weight watchers," "south beach," or one with meals and shakes or whatever it is, do it. The most important thing is to lose the weight and lose it healthfully as you can. I feel like me worrying about what is the "healthiest" or "best" diet is wasting time where having the extra weight is much more unhealthy than whatever I could eat to lose weight.

I can't tell you what that diet is, but I can tell you what I plan to do. I plan to not cut out any foods that I don't have to. I plan to increase the fruit and vegetable amounts I eat to the point they are the majority of my diet and to be sure I get enough carbs, protein, fats and so on by making sure I have some at each meal. For foods that aren't so "healthy," I plan to still eat them but eat them less frequently and in much smaller quantities. When I go into it with the mentality, "I can no longer eat this again...." I go on full out binges to have "this" before it starts and then cave shortly into it binging again on "this." At least half my plate is going to be full of produce at every meal because I definitely don't eat enough of it.

This is what I am going to do, but it may not work for everyone. So you gotta think... What works best for me? What diet is the most appealing to me? And... what diet can I stick with forever? That is the most important. Find something and stick with it and hopefully have some enjoyment in it as well :). I am sorry I can't offer the best solution, but I hope I gave some perspective into what would be the best course for you to go.

Sorry for the super loooong comment. I will be looking forward to following your blog journey!

Anonymous said...

Calorie counting. It works!

Sam J. said...

There is the issue. You are eating the wrong foods (as I am sure you know.)
Get that junk out of the house.

Anna said...

Hi, Lyn!

What I love about this diet is that you get to eat 5 times per day. 3 meals and 2 snacks. It does not involve calorie counting. Only focusing on healthy foods while avoiding the unhealthy ones like wheat, soy, corn, etc. You need to follow three phases for each week to help repair your metabolism. One thing that made me interested in this diet is that, it won't make you hungry! The author believes that you should make peace with food to heal your body. And restricting yourself not only will make you feel frustrated but also make your body withhold the fats you're desperately trying to lose. You can look it up here: http://thefastmetabolismdietcommunity.com (you can remove the link though if you want).

Sophie said...

Atkins Diet. Cut out sugar and grains completely for life.

Amy said...

I have always felt really good on South Beach and found it easy to follow because you can create whatever you want from the list of approved stuff. It will help you keep your starchy/sugary carbs lower and improve your bloodwork (blood sugars/cholesterol). My triglycerides were once in the 600's and after 2 mos on South Beach they were less than 100! I also like that there is very little counting and measuring in SBD, I hate counting and tracking more than I hate restricting certain foods.
Ultimately, you have to choose the eating style that makes you *FEEL* the best and fits with your lifestyle or you're just fighting a losing battle.

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