Seeking Diet Help!!

Updated on January 08, 2009
R.F. asks from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Hello! Is there anyone out there who could give me a lead on a good weightloss supplement? I don't know what else to do. I need to lose 15 pounds. It used to be so easy for me but now I can't get it off!! I started exercising every day and eating 1200-1400 calories a day but nothing is working. I look horrible!! I am only 5' tall so an extra 10 pounds on me sends me to go buy new clothes! And, it's not fun when the sizes keep getting larger! So, if anyone has any advice on an over-the-counter supplement that has worked for you, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with me!! Thanks a bunch!!

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K.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Someone mentioned Weight Watchers already, but I will also add my two cents about it. I lost 18 pounds one summer on it because it forced me to pay attention to my portions. As everyone else has already said, it won't be easy but supplements are really not the answer. I am working on the last 20 pounds right now and it has been slow going. For weeks I saw no changes and then I suddenly lost 3 pounds when I started really paying attention to calories but NOT going below 1200 and actually staying closer to 1500. As others have said, dropping to low actually works against you. Most fitness and nutrition experts say that a pound a week is a healthy loss, so you are looking at 10 weeks. It might be that you lose 2 or 3 one week and then none the next, but don't give up. It will happen!

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

I'm not familiar with any supplements for dieting, but try cutting out "starches." NOT carbs... but starches.
Complex carbs are fine...but it's the simple refined starches that can make some people gain weight. ie: white rice, bread, potatoes etc.

I too am 5' tall. So I know even 5 pounds can really add on a lot of weight. Lots of people I know lost a lot of weight from just cutting out rice. (here where I live, rice is a daily staple).

Good luck!

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A.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Search for "Lipovox" on the net. Worked for me, and I am not crazy about diet pills AT ALL! Clears acne too if needed. :)

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M.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

If your lookin' for a quick fix, I'm sure anything over the counter will do. I've done the Green Tea, Hydroxycut, ect. But if you want to change your weight and over all health, look up the Fat Flush Plan.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

I am also 5 foot tall, so I understand. For me, the only thing that works is a strict calorie counting program. I've done the 1200 calorie thing where literally everything I ate got written down for calories, carb, protein, and fat. It's hard for me not to fudge on it, so I broke down and joined Jenny Craig. It really does work, and it takes the guess work and possiblilty of cheating away from me.

Good luck, J.

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S.I.

answers from San Diego on

Hi R.,

I'll have to disagree with one of the moms who has, in general, good advice. Many small meals will actually make weight loss HARDER. This is because blood insulin stays UP for at least 3 hours after a meal, so if you "graze" throughout the day, you cannot burn fat.

Nor does cutting calories necessarily help, because depending on what meals you cut calories on, the body thinks you're going into starvation mode and then BURNS fewer calories, not more.

Here are some suggestions that should help you lose weight more easily (though don't get disappointed if you lose only 1-2 lbs. a week):

Have a SUBSTANTIAL breakfast each day that includes protein (eggs, fish, tofu, etc.). Evidence shows that people who skip breakfast are heavier and more prone to diabetes. Having a hearty breakfast actual sends signals to your brain to burn MORE calories throughout the day.

Make sure you get plenty of veggies, cooked as well as raw, and cut back on "simple" carbs like pastas and breads.

Have your last meal of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime (longer if you can), and don't snack during the evening. This will also help decrease your insulin levels during the night, which in turn sends signals to your brain to burn more calories while you sleep.

In short, a hearty breakfast and an early dinner, with meals spaced out rather than two close together, will help. You're doing great already with the exercise.

Best of luck!

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N.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

HI, the only way I have learned to lose weight is to work hard. For someone of your height, you may need to eat less calories than 1200. I am 5'7 and 1200 is my weight loss caloric rate. I drink hot green tea twice a day, put flax on my cereal (fiber one) and eat very lightly. I also do spin classes and weights at least 4 times a week. I have dropped 15 pounds since March doing this. It takes time but the other fast diets and crazy pills just make my heart race and do not work. I wish you luck. It is a tough battle but you CAN overcome it! Try The Biggest Loser Workout DVD and books! They are fantastic!!!

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P.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, R.,

No weight loss supplement! You're now coming into an age where you have everything in life fighting against weight loss. Combat that with a total change in your eating habits. I suggest Weight Watchers. It's not a diet as much as it is a life changing way of eating FAR MORE HEALTHY WITHOUT cutting out anything. YES, YOU CAN STILL HAVE DESSERT AND THAT GLASS OF WINE. You have two plans to choose from, FLEX or CORE. You'll also be teaching your kids about good choices because what you learn from WW also carries through to the rest of your family as they too will be doing the healthy eating habits that you will be passing on to them. I highly AND HEALTHILY recommend trying that first before anything else. It's so affordable and DOABLE! It's also a real test in your honesty with yourself! GOOD LUCK. MAYBE I'LL SEE YOU AT THE MEETING. I go Mondays at the Sherman Oaks facility, and the leader is Rosie. She lost over 100 lbs and did it without exercise. When WW first came to be, it was all about just eating right, and that's how she did it. Now, they encourage exercise. Believe me, if you bite it, you WRITE IT! IT'S ALL ABOUT HONESTY.

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A.G.

answers from San Diego on

Hi R.,
No matter what you cut your calories down to--you are not going to lose weight if you are not eating the right things. One of the best eating plans I ever did was call Fat Flush. It really taught me how to eat food that will help you lose weight---PLUS it teaches you what supplements are best for weight loss. It is all natural and organic--it combines healthy eating and natural supplements that you can get at any health food store. DO NOT USE DIET PILLS---they are only temporary fixes---you will only gain the weight back. I have a 5 month old--and am nursing--so I cannot diet. But, the skills that I learned through researching The Fat Flush diet has helped me lose 50 pounds. You can pick up the book at any book store. Good luck.

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S.B.

answers from San Diego on

The diet industry is out there for one reason--to make money. It preys on people who want a quick fix instead of a lifestyle adjustment. If you use a supplement, then you'll just put the weight back on when you stop using it and going back to eating real food. The only sure-fire way to lose weight is have your calories out be greater than your calories in. You also need to be careful about eating too few calories for the amount of exercise you're doing. If you take in too few calories, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down, which prevents you from losing weight. There is a fine balance that you need to maintain.

Instead of wasting your money on a fad diet or supplement, go to the local gym and make an appointment with a personal trainer. A certified personal trainer knows all about diet, exercise, and appropriate caloric intake for your activity level. If you don't feel comfortable going to a gym, make an appointment with a certified nutritionist. Eating more fruits, veggies, and whole grains will help you lose weight too. Cut back on the sodas and drink plain water instead. This method will take longer than the quick fix of a diet pill. But the weight will stay off as long as you maintain healthy eating habits. Your husband and kids will also benefit from a healthier diet.

I'm also short (5'1") and lost the last 10 lbs. of my baby weight by cutting back on the desserts (I have a big-time sweet tooth) and eating smaller portions/meals about 5 times/day. Some of these "meals" are a piece of fruit or two. My co-workers tease me about eating all the time. I also run a lot, which helps to keep the weight off.

Good luck. It will take time, but the weight will come off. I never thought those last 10 lbs. would come off just from making some minor dietary adjustments, but they did.

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B.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Traditional diets don't work. Isagenix Nutritional Body Cleansing does.
Go here http://liveitdontdiet.isagenix.com/us/en/isavideos.dhtml

and watch the ARE YOU TOXIC video. I not only relased 42 pounds, I have kept it off for over 2 years.

No diet, no harmful stimulants, nothing unnatural, just pure food, and clean living. But you have to want it. You have to want to do something that works. It is not a "quick fix? that is harmful to you, it is a quality fix that lasts a lifetime. So it's up to you. Do you really want to make a difference in your health and weight?

B.
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S.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

You know in your heart there is no "quick fix" or nobody would be 10-15 lbs. overweight! Try Weight Watchers---it's a wonderful, sane, healthy program that lets you eat ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING---just in moderation, which is what we all need to do!! Combine that with some exercise (a combination of cardio and weight training or cardiosculpt is the best!) and those extra pounds will melt away!! You can go online and locate a meeting place near you to provide the support you need to make wise choices.

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S.T.

answers from San Diego on

If you are staying towards the 1200 calorie area and exercising, unless you have a lot of weight to loose you will not shed the pounds that way, that is too little food and you have most likely sent your body into "food trauma" RELAX about the 15 lbs. Change your exercise routine or add a little "more" to it. More meaning, if your are not sweating you are not working hard enough.

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L.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,

If you have already set time aside to work-out, then I strongly suggest running! I use to work out 3-4 times a week and saw myself toning-up but not losing the inches I was hoping to lose. Long story short, my daughter runs track and practices 3X/week. Instead of sitting in the car for 1 1/2 hrs waiting for her, I decided to run myself. I would run, do lunges, squats etc. I lost amazing inches in no time. My eating habits stayed about the same, but running really worked for me! good luck

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T.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,

I totally get it! I am 5 feet tall as well and I completely understand the weight thing. I joined Jenny Craig and it's has helped a lot. It's really all portion control and working out nothing else will really do the trick~ If you can't afford to join a program just eat on a small plate instead of a big plate and you need to eat atleast 5 to 6 times a day just again portion control!
Hope this info helps.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,
I would first recommend working out, but from your bio you just might not have the time. I am a group ex/dance teacher
so my job helps me with that, but there is a product i have heard about called alli(can be found online at my alli.com) that I have heard good things about. My girlfriend also lost a little weight by drinking diet green tea she bought at cosco.
Make sure that you are eating enough, and not putting your body into starvation mode. And good stuff, whole grains, fruits,veggies and protein. '
Good luck!
J.

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B.B.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

drink lots of water, and make sure the 1200-1400 calories are what your body needs, i.e. lean proteins, fiber, whole grains. limit your sodium, fat, and sugar substitutes because they can make you bloat (this means no diet sodas!). if you need you caffeine kick, try tea with lemon or do sun tea with an herbal tea bag mixed in, like peppermint or cranberry. they give you good flavor with no sugar or sugar substitutes. try to do 5 small meals vs 3 large ones, this will keep you fuller longer and sustaine your metabolism. also, eat more in the earlier hours to kick of your metabolism, NEVER skip breakfast. this slows you down for the whole day. and remember, if you drop below 1200 cal. your body thinks its being starved and will hold on to any calories you put in it, which completely negates what you are trying to do. also, try to incorporate light weights into your routine. this will also boost your metabolism each day, even if you just do weights 3 times a week. good luck!!

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T.S.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Yes Reenee I have a great suggestion for you.
Go to www.youngliving.us click on products then click on nutritional supplements and order either the 5 day nutrative cleanse (the first producton the list) which is yum, easy and healthy, OR order Power meal as a meal replacment. All the Young Living oils are natural and WORK. I just became a distributor and you can use my number to get distributor price. Just decide what you want online and then call the YL office at 1800-###-###-#### and give them my number 914239 to get the discount. If you enjoy the products order as much as you want under my number, if you would like to be a distributor email me [email protected]____.com. cheers and happy weight loss!!

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.

My best advice is to pick up a book called ABS DIET FOR WOMEN
I have had great success with it as my hubby and friends have as well. It's not a diet as much as fueling your body-honestly I could NEVER diet and eat yucky foods-the workout is manageable in 35 minutes and really not too taxing-builds some strength and so do-able. I am the biggest skeptic there is.

IF you have any questions I will help in any way I can or my friends can help too! Good luck whatever you choose!
B.

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E.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but I cringe when people start talking about using diet "supplements." Most of them are very bad for your heart, amongst other things. My best success - lost 5 pounds in one week without even trying to lose weight, just trying to eat healthier for some health problems I was having, was doing these things:

1. Eating small, more frequent meals (like 4-6 small portions of food a day - it's a metabolism boost, and better for your digestive system and blood sugar overall)
2. Avoid eating too many carbs (and cut out as much sugar as you can)
3. Eat more raw vegetables and protein
4. Drink lots of water (and don't drink anything else - even juice isn't good for you).
5. Add these good fats (they keep you satisfied longer with less and are good for your HDL levels): Avocado, Olive Oil (uncooked, and olives too), RAW nuts & seeds (especially walnuts), dark chocolate (Trader Joe's sells these 70% cocoa bars at 100 calories each that really satisfy that chocolate/sweet craving).

If you must use a supplement, at least check with your doctor first. I don't know anyone who's tried it, but I know Alli (sp?) is advertised as being a "healthier" weight loss supplement.

Good luck!

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M.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,

The first thing is you need to de-stress. I know it's hard considering you're a mom of 3 and work full-time and have two home-businesses, but if you're stressed out, the diet and exercise won't be effective.

Next, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep (7 to 9 hours a night). Again, I know it's hard, but it's a must.

Finally, I never lost as much weight as I did when I had gestational diabetes. The diet they put me on was healthy. My weight did not increase at all during my pregnancy. After I had my baby, I dropped 30 pounds. Sure, I was breastfeeding, too, but I really think it was the diet. I only drank water and milk. I reduced my carb intake. The carbs I did have were mostly limited to fruit and whole grains. Also, the 3 meals with 3 snacks in between were really effective. Your body needs to have fuel to burn. You want a steady burn, and you want healthy fuel.

Also, my relatives have done really great with Weight Watchers.

I'm 4'11", so I totally feel your "pain". My family and I are trying to get back on the healthy train ourselves.

My best to you!

God bless you!
M.

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.!

I have tried everything - Herbalife, Isagenix, Weight Watchers, Ultralite, Body for Life, etc. There is only one thing that has really worked for me - Dr. Simeon's protocol. It resets your metabolism and when you're done, you're done. You can't go crazy eating cake and ice cream, but you can eat normally. You don't need to eat like a rabbit the rest of your life. The fat comes off of your "worst" areas (the manuscript explains why). I've lost 37 pounds. My husband lost 25 and I have numerous friends on it.

Here is a link to the manuscript that explains the diet:

http://www.hcgdietinfo.com/HCG_Diet-Dr-Simeons-Manuscript...

Here is a link where you can get HCG (which you need):

Oral:

http://www.releana.com/

Injectible:

http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s46405-s-HCG-PREGNYL.aspx

This is not an MLM, I am not a doctor and I have no financial gain whatsoever in this. Send me a private email if you want any more info or help. [email protected]____.com

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K.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Okay R. you have to look long term with this. I am also 34 and have had three kids. My job requires sitting at a desk so I thought that I was not active enough for the food I was eating. I discoverd my-calorie-counter.com and it is a free resource to help you monitor your intake, activity levels and meet your long term goal. I know ten pounds is hard to look at but if you lose it right you will keep it from coming back with friends. Did you know that you burn calories while you sleep and carrying your baby burns calories. If you don't eat enough calories compared to what you are burning then your body is just storing what you are bringing in. Go on the website and give yourself a week to monitor your input against your output and then adjust accordingly. Our bodies are smart and are built to survive so you have to have balence.

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J.L.

answers from San Diego on

Hi R., The only thing that has ever worked for me was Herbalife, I had went from an size 18 to a size 12 over one summer, It can get exspensive, but I love it, when i was able to do it. J.

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C.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi R., another spin on the diet for you. I did the same thing with the calorie count and it worked for the first 5 lbs. I started eating 6 times a day in small portions and that worked a little more. However, I would still like to see another 10 lbs go away. So in my reading and research, I have found that there is MSG in all of our food. I get bad headaches from the stuff and that is what started my search, but it actually tastes really good and that is what makes you keep eating Doritos, and yummy crackers, and everything else we binge on.

I have been reading the labels before purchasing and am trying to just not keep the stuff in the house. MSG is found in spices, crackers, salad dressings, bullion cubes, and so much more. Google "MSG in our food" and take a look for yourself.

Anyway, I am starting to peel more pounds.

C.

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M.A.

answers from Atlanta on

I have heard that it is better to eat six small meals a day as opposed to three large meals, that it helps increase your metabolism and helps burn more calories in turn you loose more weight faster but I am still to try it. I just had a little boy 2months ago and I am looking to loose at least 40 pounds to get back to my post baby weight and right now I am exclusively breast feeding so I cant really take anything right now. but if you find anything that is good and works for you, will you please let me know so i can look into it when i finish nursing.

Thanks,
M. A

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H.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello! I am currently working on a Bachelors in natural health - I have been helping a few of my friends as I learn. One friend has lost 46 pounds! There is no quick fix or "diet" that will work for any length of time. I would be happy to get together and chat with you if you are interested in changing the way you eat to lose a little weight, but mostly to be as healthy as you can be. My email is [email protected]____.com to hear from you! :)

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A.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,
The Southbeach diet and Weight Watchers are great resources. They both have online programs. Make sure you eat a little protein before carbs. This helps slow down the digestive process. Stay away from refined, preserved fried, battered and fast foods. Eat smaller portions but more frequently (4-5 times a day - this includes snacks) This will help rev up your metabolism. Eating too few meals will make you put weight on! Very important-get enough sleep. To little sleep has been proven to lend to weight gain believe it or not! Same with stress! Exercise is a great outlet for stress so keep working out. Do some weight training as well. The more muscle the more calories your body will burn at rest.
Good luck!

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S.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,

I lost my last 10 pounds by doing a cleanse called isagenix. It is an 11 day program it really works. I'm also 5'1" and I felt like I did everything to lose weight. Go to isagenix.com to see more information. It is the healthiest cleanse I have ever come across. If you want more info just email me at [email protected]____.com and I can give you more information. Everyone thought I'd only lose water weight, but I finally got back in to my old sizes.

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L.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,
Weight Watchers is the only thing that ever worked for me. Try to join when they are having free registration and let them teach you the plan. You may have to buy a couple of books but once you've got it down, you can do it on your own.

GOod luck.

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A.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

WEIGHT WATCHERS!!!!! I know that it isnt a supplement but it WORKS!!! If you are serious about loosing the weight this will work, and I know that it takes times but attending the meetings is a biggy in the success of weight watchers. The support of everyone else going through exactly what you are going through! Good Luck!

H.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

How old is your youngest? My preg. weight wouldn't budge until my little girl was 6 months. My freind who tried to loose weight after her first and couldn't found out it was because she was pregnant again. It sound like your doing it right. Good luck.

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S.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

I did the south beach diet-followed the plan, worked out 20 min on tread mill, then swam about 20 min, 4-5 times a week. Lost 25lbs in a few months and after having a baby kept it off (with breastfeeding) It works, and I have seen other people loose on it too. You dont need suppliments, just follow the meal plan-first 2 weeks are hard. Its a lifestyle change so you need to be mentally ready, it wont work if you arent. Good luck!
Go get the book or you can sign up online-I just read the book and got some of the cookbooks.
S.

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S.M.

answers from San Diego on

I don't have any faith in diet supplements. But I do know that Weight Watchers works. If you don't have time to go to meetings (although the group support really helps), their program is also available on line at Weightwatchers.com. It includes support groups, meal plans and recipes, and much more information. Whatever you do, try honestly writing down everything you eat. You'll be surprised what extras you probably eat without realizing it. You have to be honest about everything you eat, though.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Greetings R.,
My suggestion is to: give up dairy for a while, and increase your fiber intake. You would be amazed at the results. Studies have shown that the average adult has 1/4lb. of fecal matter in their intestines. Esp, if you eat a good portion of your diet from dairy, as it is difficult to digest. Try to just cut it out for a few days, or you could replace it with soy products. This (soy) tends to be a expensive option, though. Also remember.... Muscle weighs more than fat, if you have been working out, you may be seeing no "weight loss", because you have more muscle mass.
The best of luck to you! Have a beautiful day
M.

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A.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Isagenix always works wonders for me and keeps the weight off. I lost over 10lbs in 9 days and felt great afterwards. I kept the weight off til I had my baby and now I'm just waiting til I'm done nursing to do it again!

A link is: www.justinmarquis.isagenix.com

Good luck!

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S.G.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi R.,
I am also short and every pound looks twice as bad on me. I was always very fortunate with good genes and never had any trouble with my weight until I was in my late 30's. I tried several things and the one that worked for me and was really easy, was Herbalife. I also get high accolades from my doctor on my health at my check ups while using the vitamins/supplements. It is not diet pills but rather a healthy alternative to losing weight. You don't need to contact a distributor or pay high prices, you can get the products on ebay for a fraction of the cost. (Make sure you ask the seller how fresh the products are before buying though). Look up the different programs on the internet but when you're ready to buy, go to ebay and get what you need to save money.
The shakes are delicious and mine taste as good as any smoothie at a Jamba Juice!!! Yum I love them! To lose weight you do 2 shakes a day (with your vitamins and supplements you get all the nutrition you need) and then I eat anything I want for dinner and I mean ANYTHING (pizza, pasta, mexican, steak, etc....)! The reason it works is because I am not depriving myself of anything I want. I even have a small dessert every now and then after dinner to satisfy my cravings. However, the shakes are sweet, you make them with juice and fruit so that really feeds the sweet tooth and you really find you are okay without a dessert. (Look up recipes on the internet or make up your own). The better I was, the more I lost, but even when I splurged I still lost. Just remember LOTS of water and don't give in during the day....stick to the shakes and know that your reward is at dinner. To maintain your weight you just do 1 shake a day and 2 regular healthy meals.

To get started....Your basic needs are:

Protein shake mix (for your shakes)
Multi vitmain (called formula 2)

If you want to add these you can, but not necessary....
Total Control (boosts metabolism and builds energy)
Cell Activator (nutrient support formula)
Thermobond (fiber tablets) I call them fat burners

Then you can add other products if you like ( I also take a heart smart pill with omega 3, garden Z (equivalent to a load of veggies) and I add herbal tea concentrate into my shakes for a boost of energy, but those are all optional.

I'd try the basics first and see if it works for you. then you can add extra products if you like it.

These are all healthy products(vitamins and supplements) not drugs and you will feel great!!!
Good Luck!

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V.I.

answers from Los Angeles on

Same here...I finally tried weight watchers..been thin ever since. A slip up here and there but overall didn't have to big clothing every again! Use to do WW and work out 4 days a week before I had my baby. Right now I only walk once or twice a week at the Rose bowl with my baby and do weight watcher. I enjoy the workout and the food! The results have been really good and remains good!

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R.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have tried every diet. I am the exact same age as you and have two children too. The only one that is working for me is http://www.Ibeatobesity.com For the first time in years, the scale is going down. I lost a few pounds following drfurhman.com but then it plateued. When I did this websites, Raw Food Boot Camp (I am in the second half of week two now), I've dropped a total of 10 pounds since July! (4 of those were on one and a half weeks at raw food boot camp!)

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R.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear R.,
I actually am petite as well and feel that I've finally found the best (and healthiest) weight loss solution. My husband and I are distributors for a functional health beverage supplement that, when combined with other natural ingredients, really works to flush the fat out of your system. If you're interested, please email me directly and I can give you more information.
R.

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N.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R.,

I am a personal trainer. If you can give me an idea of what you are eating every day and time of day as well as what you are doing for exercise, I might be able to help you. sometimes it is just changing things slightly and it can make a world of differene.
There are lots of great powders and such out there but I would say to stay away from all the "diet pills". They usually are not good for you and you can gain the weight back shortly after you stop using them.
Am happy to help..just let me know.

N.

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K.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

My friend just lost about 20lbs by cutting out all flour. A no gluten diet will make you loose weight pretty fast. Yu can still have carbs, she eats alot of rice and potato.

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C.N.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Dear R.,

Drink a large glass of water before a meal, then when you get hungry inbetween meals, try to drink water to fill up and wait for the meal to eat. That is what I am doing. C. N.

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E.C.

answers from Honolulu on

Hi!
Well, I can't recommend supplements, been there, tried that, doesn't last. Honestly, I lost that last 10 pounds by cutting out EVERYTHING refined, no pasta, no white rice, nothing packaged (i.e., chips, soda, granola bars, anything that is concocted/manufactured in a factory and then wrapped in pretty colors)...and ate lots of veggies/fruits/brown rice/organic or hormone-free meat and drank only water. I lost easily a pound a week without exercise, so in two months, eight pounds fell off my body. Add exercise after that, and I am below high school weight. To give you an idea of what I look like, I am 32 years old, 5' (well, really, 4'11.75"), after giving birth to my second child I was at 133lbs., managed to lose 8 pounds by the time 2nd baby was a year old. At the end of Feb. started eating only whole foods (weight was 125), now it's mid-August and I'm roughly at 113.

I started the whole foods likestyle on advice of my naturopathic doctor, to turn around the psoriasis on my skin (Praise God it's working!). I started exercising two months after, just walking at first, fitness videos here and there. Now I am training for a super sprint triathlon, something I've always wanted to do and now feel am ready to try.

Don't give up! Like my doctor said, if we eat God's food, our bodies will begin to heal themselves. I'm a believer...

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A.L.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi, R.! There is an awesome new product called FORM that is a gastric bulking agent. Taking 1-2 capsules 30-60 minutes prior to a meal allows you to eat less without feeling deprived. The patented SWELL technology allows the 100's of microbeads inside the capsule to swell to over 500 times their size when taken with 6-12 oz. of water. This creates a smaller stomach capacity thus allowing you to eat less, feel full sooner and for much longer. The product then flushes from your system naturally, is not absorbed and has no nasty side effects like some of the other supplements and dietary aids. Used in conjuction with the FIXX meal replacement shake it works as a 1-2 punch to your metabolism and weight loss goals. For more information, check out www.DontStressEatLess.com. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]____.com a Great Day! ~ A.

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L.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, R.,

I am not a believer in diet supplements, and I think that it's fine to eat rice and bread, assuming you're not consuming sumo-size portions. (Millions, if not billions, of people in the world stay skinny eating just rice.) Some people who post on this website, as well as probably most of the general public, are confused about the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates and nutrition in general. For accurate information, consult a dietician or physician. The overweight people I know tend to eat a lot of sugar and fat and no/few vegetables and exercise infrequently or not at all.

I come from a shorter than average family and I gained 35 pounds during my first pregnancy that went to term, so I relate to what you are saying. At age 42, two years after that pregnancy and ten months after my last pregnancy (resulting in the birth of my second son), I am back to my normal weight of 110 pounds. A few things helped.

First, I tracked my typical diet for a couple of weeks, just item, amount and time of day consumed. By looking at the log, I realized that I didn't drink nearly as much water as was healthy. I took the log to a dietician who advised me on diet.

Second, and most importantly, I resumed weight training. A little (moderately heavy 30 minutes 3 or 4 per week) goes a long way. For a few decades, I swam, cycled, played tennis, and practiced martial arts as much as 25 hours per week. I've found that weight training is a less strenuous and much faster way to get slim. Of course, aerobic exercise provides many benefits, so I haven't droppped it completely.

Third, I quit focusing on my figure and instead focused on caring for my two kids and everthing else in my life. Emotionally and physically I feel better.

Good luck,
Lynne E

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J.W.

answers from Reno on

I have an all natural "Inch Loss" program that I have been using for about 4 months. I have lost a size since I have been on it. There is also a product that is spacifically for weight loss.

The website is: twinow.com/jlwagner. It will show you one product, which is Generate 1000. This is the product I have been using that has the side effect of inch loss. Call me if you want more information, I will be happy to help you.

J.

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J.W.

answers from San Diego on

You could try Slimmetry, it is an organic pre meal tablet. It has a money back gaurntee if you use it correctly and feel it does not work.

You also need a good daily vitamin and maybe an energy source that is organic.

If you are interested reply to me and I can get you set up for what you need, or go to we-us.mychoices.biz and it is easy to place an order. My toll free number is 888-600-4380, say "line 2" and "find them" and my cell phone will ring. Good luck!!

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E.N.

answers from San Diego on

I see you got a ton of responses already, so if your head isn't spinning by now, I'll throw my two cents in...

I have recently started a program through "BodyPro Chiropractic and Wellness" based on a book called "The 7 Principles of Fat Burning," by chiropractor/nutritionist Eric Berg (I think he's on the east coast). If I could sum it up, I think the basic idea is that our bodies store fat and can't let go of it because of imbalances in our hormonal/glands/organ health. It's not always a simple equation of "calories in, calories out." The health of your glands and organs needs to be in balance before your body can begin burning the fat.

It is not an easy plan to follow, but he is not attempting to start a popular diet, he's just saying this is how you need to eat in order to be healthy. Then if you're healthy, your body can let go of extra weight.

The first two weeks are a very strict diet of raw organic vegetables, raw nuts and some fruit - this is to start healing your liver (he says all of the body processes go through the liver), then you begin to add proteins based on your body type (some types need less protein, some types need more). You basically need to eat everything raw, organic, unprocessed, etc, even meats should be cooked rare.

I have been on this for almost 4 weeks now. It has been miserable, but I am finally missing the foods that I love less and less, and finding more enjoyment in raw vegetables, fruits and meat. I have lost some weight, but I'm not actually burning fat yet. The doctor/nutritionist I am seeing said it would take several weeks before my body could be healthy enough to burn fat. My husband has been doing this, too, just for his health (he didn't need to lose weight), he has dropped 10 pounds and feels great. He could easily start to "cheat" occassionally and eat those forbidden foods without any drastic negative effects, but he sticks to it to support and help me (he's a good guy!). I need to lose about 60 pounds so it will take me a little while.

Sorry, this is a lot more than just "two cents!" If you are interested, you don't have to go through "BodyPro" (it's pretty expensive, but they are great people there, and for my level of "unhealth" I really needed their treatments to help me get healthy) you can pick up the book and just do it on your own. One of the doctors at "BodyPro" does free seminars a couple times a month on Saturdays, no obligation. Their office is in Santa Ana, next to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in the "Logos" building. You could find information for that on their website if you are interested, www.bodypro.com.

I wish you all the best in this quest!

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M.C.

answers from Honolulu on

Maybe you are not eating enough!!! I was eating very little and exercising heavily a few years ago and was still gaining weight. I went on the Atkins diet and lost 15 pounds in six months and kept it off until I got pregnant!! I did not stay on the diet, but it worked pretty well for a kick start to weight loss. I think you need to do some research into this because a friend of mine did weight watchers and actually increased the calories she ate and lost weight. Good luck, but don't starve yourself - your body might be hoarding all of the fat in case you have to cross the Mojave Desert or something. That also happened to me when I nursed my kids. I kept all of the weight on until I weaned and then I lost it without much effort. My body kept every fat cell to make milk. Good luck

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M.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello R. ...

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C.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi R. - I just went to a lecture last night by an excersize physiologist named Jack Medina (JackMedina.com)who cautioned the audience about pretty much every diet pill/gimic out there. He emphasized that healthy weight loss happens over time with consistent and proper excersize and healthy eating habits. He explained that it's only physically possible to lose a maximum of 3 and 1/2 pounds or fat in 7 days, and the rest is water and protein - that's why when people waste money on these quick weight loss pills and diets people typically gain the weight they lost quickly back quickly, especially if they go back to the same old eating habits.

I was about 5'4" and 140 lbs and growing in the wrong direction when I got really serious about adopting a healthy mindset and commitment to healthy diet and exercise and it's changed my life. The primary nutritional aids that I use are from a product called Juice Plus. I drink the Juice Plus complete nutritional shake for breakfast almost every day and it's nutritionally packed from plant sources and satisfies me til lunch(it comes in powder form - choc and van). I lost 20 lbs safely over a few months and have been able to keep it off give or take a few lbs after fun weekend BBQs!)

I take Juice Plus capsules every day that is 28 actual fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduced to powder form to ensure I've got enough nutrition in my body to reduce my risk of illness, improve my immune system and allows my body to let go of fat more easily) I've learned what foods are the highest quality (for instance: apples are great, cantelope is 8x better!) Jack Medina has an awesome program called NutriPoints that teaches adults and kids what foods to eat and which to avoid (gives them all scores based on nutritional quality - higher score the better). The key is to learn what foods are better for you and find a variety of them that you like and incorporate them into your daily eating habits. Also, don't let your body get hungry. Every couple hours you need something good and nutritious with water to keep you fueled and let the fat know that it doesn't need to stick around!

I carry a bottle of water with me at all times! Really important because it keeps you hydrated (most of your body and organs are made of water and needs to be replenished to BE and feel healthier) and water also helps increase motabolism. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces every day. When I get hungry between meals, I snack on a couple nuts and Juice Plus Thins which are choc and apple cinnamon wafers with Fiber and Chromium. Juice Plus Thins also have an natural element that helps to build lean muscle mass (less fat/more definition) so you'll have better results from your work-outs.

I make much more sensible choices now. Eat more salads chock full of veggies, add a few nuts for Omega 3s, use lighter dressing (still delicious full of a variety of vegetables and chicken or fish). I serve smaller servings and don't go back for seconds as often. I avoid red meat, processed foods, processed meats, sodas and sweetened drinks, I choose lower sodium and lower sugar foods and try to avoid things with hydrogenated oil and high-fructose corn syrup. If you're a soda drinker you can lose about 15 lbs in a year just by eliminating one can of soda every day without making any other changes.

I exercize 4 times per week. Jack Medina emphasized that a short, intense workout is more effective than a long one. Variety in your workouts is key to work many different muscle groups.

Lastly, be willing to turn these tips into habits over time and continue to educate yourself about health and how your body works so you KNOW what the products you choose are doing to you and why. Since I've gotten involved with using and THEN sharing Juice Plus to help other people get healthier, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about keeping myself and my family healthier for the long term.

Whatever you choose to do to help you lose weight, be sure you ask for the independent research proving the product is safe, gets into your bloodstream and actually does what it claims. Most products cannot product this kind of research. Juice Plus has more gold standard research published in peer reviewed medical journals proving it's effectiveness on health than any other nutritional product in the world.

If you'd like more information on the products I've mentioned, please call me at ###-###-####, or email at [email protected]____.com can read about the research on Juice Plus at www.Caprice4JuicePlus.com. I wish you the best on your road to better health!!

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A.C.

answers from San Diego on

Hi,
Have you tried enviga? It's a calorie burner. I really got hooked on the berry flavor - I drink one with lunch every day. I guess you can drink up to 3 a day, but that would get very expensive! You'll find it at the grocery store of Target near the iced tea products.
Good luck!

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