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are you here because you don't want to pay for a nutritionist and don't have time for an in person group? do you do both? which one works better for you?

"Carmen Martinez, a registered dietician and the bionutrition director for the University of Southern California's General Clinical Research Center, said that attending in-person dieting support groups and working with a licensed nutritionist is likely to be more effective than online forums. She noted, however, that many dieters say they do not have the time to attend in-person support groups and do not want to pay to see a nutritionist"

Sat. Oct 13, 5:31pm

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I've been to a nutritionist and I've done the in person group thing. Holding myself accountable, regardless of on line or in person, is key. The most I ever lost at Weight Watchers was about 10 pounds. At Lindora, I lost 15 pounds. So far here on Peer Trainer I've lost 35 pounds in six months. This, by far, is working best for me.

Saturday, October 13, 2007, 6:05 PM

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I have also done both and neither was as successful as I have been her too.
I think it is because you have daily input. If you want to reach out there is almost always someone on line that gives an instant response.
Also I never kept track of what I ate over a long period of time. I have been dieting for 6 months now and I think this is the longest stretch all at one time that I have ever stayed with any program. So far I have lost 123 pounds. 103 of that in the 6 months. I love Peertrainer.

I would say that it totally depends upon the person and their goals and determination.

Saturday, October 13, 2007, 6:27 PM

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If you have a particular dietary peculiarity I suppose a nutritionist might be necessary, but for the vast majority of us, everything we need to know about nutrition is contained in the food pyramid. I didn't get fat because I didn't know what good nutrition is, but because I ignored it and ate too much to boot. My peers at PT offer me the motivation to apply that knowledge and stick to it. And our peers here will pretty much weed out the fad diet crap. Losing weight is hard, but it's not rocket science.

Saturday, October 13, 2007, 7:10 PM

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online weight loss support groups

one thing about the online format is that I feel as if I have no excuse. It is there literally anytime I need it, unless I am in the remote woods.

Monday, October 15, 2007, 11:50 AM

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I don't see it as an "either-or" proposition. I think both will really help. Peer Trainer is about community and writing it down is all about awareness for me (not even accountability).

A nutritionist can be really helpful for specific questions and to help work out a long term strategy. I think one or two meetings and a good reference book will help on that front. One of the problems I see here is some folks don't have good nutrition strategies and they shoot themselves in the foot....but you can get that all set up in a meeting or two.

Monday, October 15, 2007, 8:13 PM

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on-line support groups for dieters

this is the 3rd one I have been involved in, and by far I am the most successful here.

One comment I'll make about nutritionists is that I keep reading different, conflicting advice. Some say eat dairy,others say avoid. Some day 5 servings of fruits and veggies, others say 15 or more! Some say meat kills you, others point out that people have eaten meat for thousands of years with no problem. At the end of the day, it boils down to common sense for me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 8:39 AM

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of course that nutritionist is going to have a negative outlook on online weightloss support like PT... it's cutting into her bottom line profits. with that said... i've tried every fad diet out there with no success and ended up fatter, with PT i've lost 43 pounds in 7 months with 17 to go.... woohoo PT!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 9:00 AM

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Tremendous weight loss! How do you "stay in touch" online in Peer?

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 9:45 AM

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Thursday, October 18, 2007, 9:54 AM

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weight loss groups online

the whole idea is that you join groups here. You'll see groups and teams at the top of the site. Groups are 4 people max, teams are unlimited people.

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 1:14 PM

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