What is best?

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Registered: 02-21-2007
What is best?
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:51pm

Hey everyone, are most of you on some type of weight loss program, or do you basically just eat healthy and exercise?  Which do you think is best. following a program, or doing your own thing?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 02-27-2014 - 3:57pm
Hi! I am counting calories, watching fat/cholesterol/sugar/carbs and exercising. I've lost 65 pounds in 6 months doing that. I just started again and am down 8 pounds in 3 weeks. :)
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sat, 03-01-2014 - 8:35am
Wow! You're doing great, UBER!
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sat, 03-01-2014 - 9:54am

Hi Daisy2378,

It's not mandatory to follow a program. You can eat healthy and exercise on your own. I was clinically obese. Then I started counting calories,avoiding refined carbs,sugar and high fat food, also exercising 5 days a week (swim and weight train). And now I'm just 4.5 lbs away from my ideal weight. If I can do it, anybody can do it.

Erin, 

way to go girl ! I'm so proud of you !!

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Registered: 01-15-2014
Mon, 03-17-2014 - 10:33am

I think both healthy eating and following a program simultaneously works great if done correctly. By using sensible eating habits and practicing portion control weight will begin to shed off the body and stay off. One key aspect of non-diet weight loss methods is learning to eat nutritious foods. Find the exercise that keeps your heart rate up.

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 03-17-2014 - 3:34pm

For me, just eating healthy and exercising works for maintaining but not for losing weight. Healthy foods can be very calorie dense, and portion size is important. Counting calories works best for me for losing, but I have friends who have done well with Weight Watchers/points. If you're serious about the exercise part, wearing a heart rate monitor is really helpful because then you know how hard you are working, and often the program can tell you how many calories you burned.

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In reply to: elc11
Mon, 03-17-2014 - 3:34pm

Good job Erin, that's fantastic!!