Diet - Oswego,IL

Updated on June 15, 2010
L.R. asks from Oswego, IL
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Help!!! I need to lose 30 lbs and I know everyone raves about weight watchers... but it just doesn't work for me... what can i do... I'm ready to just throw in the towel and come to terms that i'm fat!

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answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Couch potato to 5K...

Oh and I hate weight watchers... I tried it to and I did not loose anything!

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answers from Chicago on

I have the same problem. Ive tried WW and stuck with it for a few weeks and did lose weight, but couldnt stick to it for a long period. I think any diet works as long as you stick to it, but i havent found one that i can do long term, so that sucks. Im going to read what everyone else suggests too, maybe there is something i havent tried! Wish i had a better answer for you but thought i'd tell you , you are not alone. Im searching too. Hoping to find something i can stick to forever and lose weight, eat healthy, keep the weight off, etc. Good luck. Let me know if you find something great.

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answers from Chicago on

Hi L.,
I'm one of those people that have been dieting for years, tried all kids of diets, south beach, atkins, pills, wanted fast results etc. Whatever I lost on those, I gained back plus more after going back to normal eating.

Last year after my 3rd baby was born I got serious about this, set my mind that it would take me a long time to loose all the weight I gained with all 3 kids, that there was no quick fix, just healthy eating plus working out.

I got Jillian Michael's book "Master your Metabolism" from the library. She's a trainer on the Biggest Looser, and I figured since she can get 400+ lbs people to loose weight, she's got to know what she's doing. I read her book twice, made some notes. I have learned about all this bad stuff in our food, high fructose corn syrup which is in so many things and so much more that is affecting our metabolism..... now my whole family is eating so much healthier. Whole grains, lots of fruits/vegetables, legumes, healthy fats... and all natural...

Also I started working out at home 30-45 minutes every other day doing various dvd's I get from library., After a few month I switched to every day, taking 1 day off during the week.
It's been 9 months and I have lost 40 lbs.

I also use Spark People once in a while, at first I did every day, but then learned how much food I needed a day and now don't login every day, just kind of know how much food I need....

It's going slow, but it's working. I have another 40 lbs or so to loose, but the combination is working.

The healthy eating, working out, logging in calories and mind set - whenever I overeat or skip a workout I get right back on track the next day. Before I would just say, "oh I screwed up yesterday, might as well eat more today, and the next day and the next..."
So I think setting up your mind on the fact that it will take a while and it's ok if you screw up your diet or skip a workout. Just get right back to it the next day..... Even if you're stuck in a plateau, or gain a few lbs, it's ok, just keep working out and get back on the horse as soon as possible....

I hope this helps.
Good luck.

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answers from Topeka on

The secret to any diet is that you need to burn more calories that you take in!! There is a great website/community online called Spark People that is such a great source of support and information!!! Go check it out and see what you think.
Journal everything that you eat...and see where you are sabotaging your efforts.
Spark People has a wonderful exercise section and tells you how many calories you are burning at whatever activity you you can see what exercise is the most helpful.
Don't go to extremes, you need to learn to eat sensibly but to eat "everyday foods"....not prepackaged things from some diet program that is just going to cost you a lot of money and not teach you a thing about living in the "real world".
Good luck to is a hard that i struggle with every single day

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answers from Chicago on

I just recently lost 30 lbs :) I have tried just about everything. What worked for me is logging everything I put in my mouth & and exercising everyday. Sometimes two times a day. I used a free website- it has just about every food you can think of (you can log one single M & M). You create a profile and it tells you how many calories you can eat and then you can put in your exercise and eat more calories. I didn't belong to a health club and needed to workout at home. I used the Wii Fit and EA Active (1 &2). I also did some strength training with a TRX (resistance training) and walked the dog very fast. If you are serious about losing weight you have to fully commit- believe me it is the only thing that worked. Be careful of the the responses that are trying to sell you products. I look at it this way- if there really was a magic pill, drink, etc.... EVERYONE would already know about it and already be using it. In March I got a bodybugg (they use them on Biggest Loser). That measures how many calories I burn. It's been helpful, but in the end- worked just as well (& the bodybugg is expensive). Anyway, good luck and if you need anything else feel free to send me a message- I totally know what you are going through (I was about to give up and just concede to being fat too).

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answers from Bloomington on

Weight watchers will work for anyone who is committed to losing weight. If you are not committed and you are not motivated nothing will work. Something has to "click" inside your head and change you view of things.
I have lost over 100 pounds. I do weight watchers. There are times that it didn't work, but that was when I wasn't motivated to be healthy.
It all adds up to wether or not you want to be healthy or "Fat"

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answers from Chicago on

Oh, don't throw in the towel. It is easier than you think. The basic idea of a good, healthy diet is one that you can stick with forever, and not feel like you're missing out on anything. Look into Engine 2 Diet, Raw Food Revolution Diet, and Eat to Live. All of these books will be a tremendous help to you. Eat to Live can be purchased on cd as well.
Look at He has a blog link on his site that could also be very helpful.
The basic idea of these diets is to change your outlook on food to nourishment and fuel- what kind of fuel are you putting into your body?
If you stay away from animal-derived foods (all meat, dairy, etc) and limit
oils, sugar, and white flour products, and instead eat a plant-based diet of vegtables, fruit, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), and whole grains (barley, oats, quinoa,) YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, feel so much better, and look wonderful. No doubt about it! If you add moderate exercise a few times a week, you'll feel even better!
This is coming from a thin, healthy woman. I hope it helps you. You deserve to feel great about yourself.

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answers from Chicago on

Here's something that has worked for me. Eliminate eating late at night, eat a minumum of five times a day. Include a lot more fruits and vegetables and when you need a good meal replacement and other nutrional supplements try these products.

They have worked for me and I have slowly lost 23 lbs. I have about 28 more to go to look and feel good. I love the Nutrishake for a morning or noon time meal especially when I am on the go. The LeVive provides extra energy and supplies me with vitamins and antioxidants. Try them you will love it, I do.


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answers from Atlanta on

HI L.,

My husband lost 110 pounds taking an absorbable multivitamin/mineral complex. There was no trick, just good nutrition. The problem these days is that even if people eat "healthy" sometimes the nutrition does not absorb properly for certain reasons. Nutrition balances the body in all areas including weight. My husband lost 60 pounds without changing ANY diet or activity level. His best friend lost 50 and my sister in law dropped 15 and wasn't even trying to lose any (but was a little overweight). If this direction interests you, get back to me and I can explain further and can get you some information on the vitamins we take.

God bless,




answers from Chicago on

I have used a product called CINCH it is designed to help you loose inches and keep your muscle mass. It taste great and it very reasonabling priced. my husband lost a lot of weight from this. If your interested you can e-mail me at [email protected] and we can talk more.

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answers from Chicago on

I saw Dr. Wasson (Naperville) ###-###-#### and lost 27 pounds in a short amount of time and it's going on 2 years and I'm still doing great.

He takes PPO and is an amazing doctor. He resets your metabolisim if you stick with his plan.




answers from Chicago on

We are using the SCD diet and the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and my kids are stronger, we are stronger, my DH and I have lost weight.. even his sleep apnea is gone. We are not exercising either (sad to say!)

You can learn more on my blog if you want... we sort of lost the weight by accident since we're doing it for Autoimmune disease...




answers from Chicago on

there is no special magic bullet to losing weight. It's really simple math - calories in have to be lower than calories out. So any weight lost plan will work if you do the plan correctly. You have to eat less, watch your portions in a healthy manner and move more. I am not talking about exercise necessarily, but I am saying to move more. One on the best exercises a new exerciser can do is walking. It's free and all you need in equipment is a pair of shoes. If you can't walk outside, find a mall or park district that you can walk it.

All that being said - Weight Watchers tells you to watch your portion sizes, have 2 milk servings, 5 fruits/veggies, 2 lean proteins, 2 tsp. of healthy oil, 6 8 oz. glasses of liquids, whole grains whenever possible and a multi-vitamin daily. If you work the program the program will work for you. Any program will work for you if you work at the program. Don't sell yourself short - YOU CAN DO IT!



answers from Kansas City on

LOVE Spark People!
Funny you mention WW, my dear husband and I were just talking about it. We've both been at different times. He was in an all men's group, but neither one of us liked the meetings. I always had problems with the whole food diary thing. To me you can write things down but it's just words on paper.

At Spark People you enter your food "diary" and I can see in a pie graph and other ways that I understand what I'm eating.

Plus I try to eat "clean" and In MY OPINION, WW is all about the artificial sweeteners which I think are poison.

Good Luck



answers from Detroit on

Hi L.---I agree that you need to think about your 'diet' as a way of life, not a short term solution to losing weight. Following a plant-based diet is the best way to do that. The more nutrient dense, calorie dilute foods you eat, the faster you will drop weight. Think in terms of adding fiber, not just reducing calories. That way you will keep your tummy full and you won't be hungry.

Remember that no foods are off limits. Just be sure you know the difference between a food that promotes health and longevity and a TREAT. No treats in the house, only on special occasions. Bake a cake to take somewhere, have a piece then make sure that you share the rest...none comes home.

I highly recommend taking Wellness 101, a class offered by a Naturopath who has her PhD in Nutrition. It is a distance based class and you will learn how to eat for good health. Do that and your body will lose weight all by itself. I think she is starting a weight loss class soon. Go to and check it out. Ask for Kelly when you call. Tell her that D. McCall sent you.

If you would like any additional info, I would be happy to help. I've read all of the materials for wellness 101, I just have to turn in my homework. It's an eye-opening program and I know you'll love it.

BTW, I used to live in New Lenox. There is a really great health education lecture on June 25 in Lisle. It would be a great place to start learning how to optimize your health. Let me know and I'd be happy to send you a flyer. I'd be there except I have a family graduation celebration to attend. Good luck. Hope to talk to you soon. D. ###-###-####



answers from Chicago on

After years of unsuccessful dieting Eliminating Gluten [BROW -- Bran, Rye, Oats, wheat] worked for me. Continue to Track your food points, but keep it natural + add extra fiber.


answers from Jacksonville on

Check out "The Alternate Day Diet".



answers from New York on

The one true way to loose weight is a combination of watching what you eat and excercise. Try cutting your daily intake of calories by 10%. Nows a great time of year to start eating more fruits and veggies. Also, its nice outside so trying going for a long walk or bike ride each day.

Also, watch what you drink. There are lots of calories in most beverages. Be sure to drink at least 58 ounces (7 glasses) of water (just plain water, possibly with a fruit slice) a day. If you don't drink other beverages like coffee or tea, increase the water intake to a minimum of 64 ounces.


answers from Dallas on

I'm a Shaklee Distributor and I will agree with Christine. It works! My husband has done it and I have customers that feel better than they have in years on it. I would urge you to contact Christine and see what she has to say, and then me if you would like to know more.
Don't give up! You can feel good and lose the weight that you want to lose.

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