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If you'd like to lose weight and be healthy (forever)...

(I put this in another post, but thought it might be worth making a post just about this)

Stay away from:
Hydrogenated/Patially Hydrogenated Oils
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Enriched White Flour/White Flour
White rice
White pasta
Artificial Preservatives
Chemical Sweeteners
Artificial Coloring

Focus on eating:
Healthy Oils

Move every day and do something that strengthens your muscles!

(am I leaving anything out?)

When people say, "What are you doing?" "Tell me your secret!"

-This is it.

Thu. Jan 24, 8:07pm

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You on a Diet

Thursday, January 24, 2008, 8:20 PM

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Thursday, January 24, 2008, 8:25 PM

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Yeah I totally agree with that!

What's your own personal story, OP? Have you lost weight, etc? Just curious.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 1:49 AM

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I've lost 20 lbs. and am very close to my goal weight. I have more energy then when I was a teenager! Who knew it was this simple? I had never even considered "hydrogenated oils" or "high fructose corn syrup" before I read "You on a Diet". It made me want to learn a lot about the foods I was eating. And I have! I eat totally different, now. BUT, I still have junk food-just a healthier version.

Only a very small amount of people had weight problems until all these food additives came around in the 50's.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 1:16 PM

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Other things happening in the 50's = the birth of suburbs, mainstreaming of TV.
I personally don't have TV (I have a TV for movies but no reception of channels). If I really want to watch a program I go to my gym where they have individual TVs on the cardio machines - sounds silly but it works for me!
I also moved to the downtown area of a small city. I love weekends where I park my car on friday and don't get in it until Monday (I work 20 miles away so walking to work would be a stretch :) - but if I could I would)

Friday, January 25, 2008, 1:49 PM

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I'm also reading a book 'In Defense of Food' that points out that 50 years ago our mothers told us 'No snacking before lunch/dinner" In other words, we weren't programmed to eat all day long (and again, there were a lot fewer overweight people.) Now people fear if they go 3 hours without eating their metabolism is going to plummet to the point they're going to pack on the pounds, or worse - feel a hunger pang! There's sound logic in that advice for many, so need to go all nuts about it for those who think it's necessary. It's just another observation in how eating and food has changed over the years.

Back to the OP - same as you. Eat well, eat less. Exercise.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 5:54 PM

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PP, You make a good point about not snacking before dinner, but I don't know that it's something that works for everyone. If I'm not eating a little every few hours, I can almost count on a binge once I do eat. I eat every 2-3 hours and I feel very even all day. BTW, I'm the OP.

Friday, January 25, 2008, 7:03 PM

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I'm not knocking the suggestion, OP. There are some people who feel better and can definitely better regulate their intake with mini-meals throughout the day.

Just noting that eating has become a 24/7 activity, which I don't imagine was the case decades ago. There's now a whole 'snacking' industry, the 4th meal, etc. There's food everywhere, all the time - it makes resisting it very difficult. I've yet to attend a meeting at work where there wasn't some spread available! I think of myself and how I pack snacks for 2.5 hour plane trip - like I can't make it 3-4 hours without eating?! When I think about it, I find it funny. It just made me think - is all.

Yay to you, btw! Those are huge changes to make in the diet seeing how the vast majority of what's in the supermarket (and restaurants) these days contain those things on your 'avoid' list. It took me a long time to cut those things out, and I've added wheat to that list, too. But, like you, I feel SO much better and my cravings for salt and sweets are gone!

Friday, January 25, 2008, 9:59 PM

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8:30 a.m. - that's so true! Every day after school we'd run back outside and play until dinner. All summer long, too. I rarely see kids running around our neighborhood - ever. No pickup games of kickball or football , no hide and seek, no games of tage - it's all organized sports and classes run by adults, which just isn't the same as good ole fashioned play.

And as adults we don't even need to leave our office chair to talk to anyone anymore or deliver things. With the fabulousness of technology comes a very sedentary lifestyle unless we go out of our way to get exercise!

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 11:05 AM

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since we are anonymous here, I will share this. I was reading a website a few nights ago regarding high fructose corn syrup - and what foods it is contained in, and the comments folllowing the initial list someone made to add more foods they knew of.

Someone posted that they had had a chronic diarrhea, ibs sort of problem for 6 years until they took some sort of fructose breath test that showed they were allergic to it, or something like that. I must say that I have had that same problem for years - you wouldn't think so considering my weight, and had tests for bacteria, but couldn't quite go to the colonscopy thing and just decided to live with it. After all, I could eat as much of whatever I wanted and not gain weight. Course in my mid 30's that changed - I still had the diarrhea, but I gained weight, and I had really bad eating habits.

Now I am just wondering if the problem is high fructose corn syrup.

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 11:15 PM

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