a weighty issue

Sal - posted on 01/07/2012 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i tried to post this before but lost it....if it is found let me know so i can close one...
with the new year here there has been the usual push for new years resolutions and obvioisly weight loss is one of the big ones, with my summer magazine reading, radio in the car and the usual tv stuff i have seen a HUGE increase in targeted marketing from the wieghtloss industry as a whole, self help diet book, chemist based meal repalcements, gyms, lifestyle coaches and personal trainers, weightloss groups and premade meal comapanies, it has really made me think,
how much responsiblilty can be placed on these companies for the fact that we have such massive weight problems pretty much over the developed world, people look at fast food, modern transport our sedate lifestyles as the blame and yes they definatly had an impact on our increased weight but the weightloss industry also has a part to take as well, how many times have you heard (or said yourself) i'd love to lose weight but i can t afford the gym, i can t afford jenny craig, i havent time for weight watchers meetings???
has the weight loss industry made us belive that we are incapable of losing weight our selves, from almost every diet i have seen the basic rule is eat less do more....go onto shakes or a very restrictive diet and the moment you stop the weight flyes back on with vengence, and we get back on the cycle again and fork out more cash to another comapny the latest book just to do it all again....
my resolution this year is simple not to diet ever again, each month i'd like to weigh less than one previous one, but i;m not looking for a 20kg loss anytime soon, and live the eat less do more,
there is an add here at the moment about smoking which is pretty simple "every smoke you dont have is doing you good" im going to adopt this for my motto, every cake i dont have is doing me good....watch this space....

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I don't think you need anything to lose weight other than your own feet and the self-control to limit what you put in your mouth. You don't need a gym, you don't need diets, you don't need shakes. Eat less. Eat better. Stop with the sweets. Exercise. It's really quite simple - if you eat more calories in a day than you burn off, you will gain weight. If you eat fewer calories, you lose weight. I've lost 80 pounds in the eight months since the last set of twins were born. I have 15 more to go until I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I expect to lose in about 6 weeks. I lost 100 pounds with the first set of twins in about 6 months post-pregnancy. How? Reduce calories, drink more water, and occasional walking. It's not rocket science, but it does take self-control.

Tam - posted on 01/07/2012

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People keep looking for shortcuts when it comes to weight loss. The only actual proven methods are healthy diet and moderate exercise that is not the same each time, for example, if you run a mile every day, thats great. But eventually you will plateau, and need to change your regimen.



You don't need a gym membership, supplements, pills, or premade meals. The thing that actually stands in most peoples way is lack of motivation, lack of understanding of how the human body works, and lack of fitness and diet education.



I've always struggled to keep my weight at a good level, believe you me. However, keeping myself at a particular weight is a job requirement and should I fail to do so, I lose my job. 'Diets' don't work. Weight loss and then weight maintenance has to be a lifestyle, not a temporary thing.



A lot of times when it comes to diets, people lose weight quickly and then think they can go back to their normal habits. The reality is, whenever you limit your intake of essentials, such as cutting out all sugars, or cutting out all fats, etc, you send your body into conservation mode. It reacts as though it is being starved. You lose a lot of weight fast, but much of that is water weight. And when you come off the diet, the water weight returns and the body begins storing loads of fat because of the normal physical reaction to starvation - create reserves of energy in case that situation happens again. Thus, the rollercoaster effect. People diet, then gain, then diet, then gain, like a yoyo going back and forth.



I could go on, but suffice it to say that if someone, be it a business or a commercial or what-have-you, tries to tell you that you can lose weight by sitting on your ass and taking a pill, or ingesting a supplement (those arent regulated by the FDA, by the way, and can be pretty harmful sometimes) or only working out for 15 minutes a day, they are utterly full of compacted frog feces.

Sherri - posted on 01/07/2012

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The gym is a god sent and it really has a ton of merit. Maybe not the shady diets persay but the gym is a huge ally and really needed especially when you live where I do and it is so cold 6mo's of the year. Plus trying to work out at home is virtually impossible with all the kids underfoot etc.

Amanda - posted on 01/07/2012

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I tried one of those shakes once, just out of curiosity they are revolting. I honestly don't know how people stick to those sort of diets.
Most gyms are ridiculously expensive, plus alot don't offer childcare facilities or it's very limited. I am very lucky that the gym I attend is resonably priced, local and offers a fantastic childcare setting to leave the little ones at.
I think if a person is totally committed to loosing weight, changing their lifestyles, and making healthy choices there is no reason they can't achieve their goals without shelling out 100's or 1000's of dollars to do it.
A walk or jog around the block with the kids doesn't cost a thing and it will have a knock on effect on our kids lifes as well.

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Sal - posted on 01/15/2012

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Hey my jeans fit without cutting me in half..... first time since I got them....

Esther - posted on 01/15/2012

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I agree, many people see the weight loss programs as the answer to their weight problems. But once they lose the weight they go right back to the lifestyle they had before the diet.. I've seen a dietician once and that really helped me a lot. She taught me some great things. Now, if I want to lose weight, I check out the body building and fitness websites. They have some great tips on nutrition, which I don't follow completely of course since I'm not a body builder..

I've lost 2.4 kg (5.3) lbs in the past 2 weeks!

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I agree with whoever said that weightloss is not something you do on the side--but not just weightloss, maintaining and controlling your weight as well. If you only focus on your habits until you reach your goal, you'll get fat again.



Maintaining a healthy weight must be a part of your thought processes, decisions, and actions EVERY DAY. If you eat 2000 calories of junk everyday and only think about your weight for the hour you spend at the gym in the evenings, you are going to drift. With every bite taking, we must think about whether the nutrients and satisfaction gained from the food are worth the amount of calories gained from the food. If you can only eat 1200 calories in a day, do you really want to spend half of them eating a bag of chips with no nutritional value and little to no hunger satisfaction? Of course not. You want to get the most nutrients for the least amount of calories--think of it like your financial budget: You want to get the best value for your dollar right? Getting the most nutrients per calorie is the same concept.



Modern society is impatient; that is why the fad diets flourish, but we cannot blame them for our weight woes. They deliver if followed to a tee, but none of them promise to keep the weight off after you finish the program unless you continue following it for the rest of your life. There is no one to blame for not loosing the weight, or for gaining it back, but ourselves.

Sal - posted on 01/14/2012

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I was at the markets yesterday and saw this post illustrated perfectly, there was a larger lady selling off stuff before she moved, she had atleast 6 different diet books, an ab crunched a load of weight watchers "tools" any number of weight loss magazines and I mean years worth weight loss cook books thinking she might of seen the light and got off the wagon I was wrong she mentioned that she didn't need them as she was getting a lap band and lipo..... Also there were hundreds of DVDs and scrap booking gear....

Mrs. - posted on 01/14/2012

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The best thing I ever did to get myself off the diet/self destructive/my value is in the food I eat train was to get some good therapy. That and I read Geneen Roth's early books about compulsive eating and followed the general guidelines of eat when you're hungry, stop when you are full (also, don't hide your eating and don't demonize foods, like cake).



I also exercise to help keep my head straight, more than to keep my body thin.



It doesn't mean I don't have struggles with my body in my head. It does mean that, with the exception of my pregnancy, I haven't gained weight since my early twenties. I've lost weight because I crave healthy things and have some medical restrictions on my diet (due to health issues and allergies), but other than that no change in weight. No yo-yoing up and down.

Sylvia - posted on 01/13/2012

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I know, isn't it awesome? I didn't make it up, though -- I got it from Jo Walton (a favourite author of mine who lives in Montreal), who uses it on her blog.

Firebird - posted on 01/12/2012

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Ok this is my only input on this conversation and I just want to say to Sylvia, "hippopotaperson" is officially my new favourite word! LMAO

Esther - posted on 01/08/2012

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I agree, losing weight isn't something you do on the side. It's a choice you make and you need to work hard to stick to it. You have to really want it.



I lost a total of 15 kg (35 lbs) after having my son. In the past 3 months I gained back 6 kg because of everything I stuffed into my face. So now I'm back to tracking what I eat. If I just eat what I want I make unhealthy choices. It's a change in eating habit for me. I don't work out a lot, but enough to maintain my weight if I eat healthy.

Everytime I want to eat something "bad" I try and ask myself "is this really worth gaining weight?!" the anwer is no 95% of the time. I like your motto Sal, I'm borrowing it.

My goal is to lose the weight I put back on and antoher 2 kg by my sons 3rd birthday in april. I already lost 1.5 kg in the first week, so I've got 6.5 kg to go (14 lbs)

Sylvia - posted on 01/08/2012

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Vicki, my trouble has been that after DD stopped nursing, I didn't immediately stop eating like I was still nursing :P

Medic - posted on 01/08/2012

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Vicki- where do you live, I am currently on the tail end of paramedic academy and we have to pass a fitness test but not have a specific BMI. I am a bit over weight but I can pass the fitness test easily.

Tam - posted on 01/08/2012

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Active duty Navy. We have to weigh in and do a physical fitness test every six months.

Vicki - posted on 01/08/2012

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So I'm reading this while eating cake. I'm actually lighter now than I've been for years, I put this down to being constantly active with a toddler and breastfeeding for a few years. It's certainly not due to eating brilliantly! I bake a lot, eat a lot of chocolate. I don't drink soft drinks, or really anything other than water, maybe one cup or tea or juice a week and a few glasses of wine. I like to make sure my food is 'real' but don't worry so much about the actual sugar or fat.

I do need to maintain a healthy weight. In a few years (depending on if/when we have number 2) I want to apply to be a paramedic, I'm studying at the moment. I'll need to pass a fitness test and have a healthy bmi to get in.

Tam I'm really curious about what job you do!

Celeste - posted on 01/08/2012

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To lose weight, I think you have to *WANT* to lose weight and not make any excuses. You don't have to use all these "diet" program. There are a ton of free programs that you can use.

However, I will say that I love Weight Watchers. They teach you how to eat and that this is a life style change. Not a "I'll lose 20 lbs and go back to my old habits" diet.

I'm about 45 lbs over weight and I know what it takes to take to lose weigh. It's my own fault for gaining the weight. I ate too much!

Even though it's not in our budget for WW's, I'm still tracking everything I eat. I am a runner (I run races so I still want to run) so the being active isn't an issue for me, though I know I need to mix it up.

Sylvia - posted on 01/07/2012

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See, this is exactly why I don't drive. (My mom doesn't understand this. She thinks I'm "handicapped" by my lack of a driver's licence. Entertainingly, she has now started trying to do more walking because she's decided she needs to lose weight.) If I didn't have to get everywhere on foot, by bike, or by public transit, I would totally be a hippopotaperson. I like to eat, I like to bake, I like to read, I'm not into team sports, and working out bores me. I started doing yoga recently, and I like it, but really the only thing I'm able to stick with consistently every day is ... walking a lot. I have an iPod, the library has audiobooks, iTunes has free podcasts -- it's awesome. The earbuds even stop me from getting earaches when I'm walking to work in subzero weather ;)

The best shape I was ever in (I even had some upper body strength for a change!) was at the end of my mat leave, since I'd just spent 13 months walking everywhere while carrying a baby. (Oh, and nursing her. Turns out nursing burns a TON of calories. I lost 50 pounds in a year.)

Fad diets, diet pills, Herbal Magic, Ultra Slimfast ... it all pisses me off. The only way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Whatever helps you start doing that and keep doing it -- joining a gym, buying exercise equipment, going to Weight Watchers, counting calories, even things like getting your stomach stapled -- if that's what it takes, fine. But like Tam said, anything that claims to enable you to lose weight without changing anything else about your life is horse puckey. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is :P

Tam - posted on 01/07/2012

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Oh, I'm not saying that gyms don't serve a purpose. Only that they aren't an absolute necessity. They certainly do make a workout regimen easier to plan and accomplish, I have to admit. Cardio and weights all located at the same place, as well as room to do calisthenics and resistance training and even pools really ARE worth it.

The problem is when people use the lack of access to a gym as the reason they don't accomplish their stated goals regarding weight. You CAN lose weight without gyms, but it takes more effort.

Katherine - posted on 01/07/2012

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its so true, I always hear people saying I'd love to lose some weight...hell I'm right up there with them. But it's something you've got to do for yourself and your family!!

I started (well was supposed to start) december 1st with my weight loss (I had previously lost 100lbs on la weightloss - only to have it all and then some join me again....and then get pregnant....)

I contacted a local heath and nutrition guy who also is into body building...he's put me onto a plan that will be changing all the time, that still allows me all the yummy foods (eventually).

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