The Weight Loss Journey
So, my intention is to encourage your readers to evaluated their own health and visit their doctor prior to adopting a new diet if they think it might be necessary. As an added bonus, I now do all the cooking for my girlfriend, which has really helped our love life. Check it out thoroughly. Anyone can do this diet. It feels a little bit like "paying it forward". I do believe that everyone is different and will champion any plan that works for someone as long as they are not compromising their health in the process.
It encourages consumption of plenty of vegetables that help people to maintain a happy and active life. Similarly Bistro MD—a program created by Dr. Cederquist—brings healthy food right to your door. A Nutrisystem promo code is for online purchases only. If you purchase the product from a Walmart, the coupon will not apply. Coupons change every few months, and the old ones expire, so just search online for a Bistro MD coupon to find the one that works.
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Bipolar Patients Can Lose Weight - Nutrisystem Coupons Can Help A lot of us bipolars know how tough it can be for us to lose our extra weight while we are on our prescribed medications. What did the study find? Some of the factors located are: Many bipolar patients do not have the socioeconomic means to join gyms where they could properly exercise to shed the extra weight.
I am a 47yr. So at the beginning of the year I decided to change things, Breakfast every day Oatmeal, banana, blueberries, coffee Cal. Lunch 3 to 4 oz of lean protein meat, chicken, fish and veggies about Cal.
I also have been exercising regularly 30 min cardio 30min weights 5 days a week. That worked for the first 8 to 10 weeks dropped to Lbs. Great… Then I decide to hang out, a few week ago, went out friday, Sat, and sun. Monday I was at …. I figured get back on the train and pull it all back, so got on the same routine since I did now 2 weeks later , what gives. But over time it should be trending down.
I was under eating probably or under for a long time. I am very active.. I am 60 and had a gastric by pass and lost lbs but I met the love of my life who is s chief and gained back 50 lbs. Focus on consistency and getting engaged with the process so you can stay motivated long enough to see results. I am very overweight and have to take steroids for a medical condition.
I am not very mobile because of my medical conditions and I restrict my calorie intake to between cals a day but cannot loose weight. Could you help please.
Only way to find out would be to slightly drop them and see what happens. I was eating I know I should be eating more but how do I increase calories without the scale going up? Hi tony — it sounds like many people struggle with this. I, too, was undereating for a long time less than a day for over a year and working out tons some days hard and some days just walking 30 thousand steps. I understand logically that I need to eat more and do more effective workouts as I put my body into a bad place.
But even in adding more calories back eating at now and have balanced my macros so I actually have some fat intake. The scale and inches increase literally every week. Perhaps you could create another post answering this question for those of us who still struggle.
How long could this process take? Is it ok to tackle adding calories in and scaling back workouts at the same time, or should we be trying one at a time? Our bodies do a great job of self-regulating how much to eat if you let it.
See what you end up eating based on what your body tells you. It might be higher or it might be lower than you think. But once you have that intake figured out you can adjust accordingly to manipulate your body weight.
Eating so little everyday is kinda sad…. Hi buddy, do you mind if I share this information on my Facebook.? As a PT, I was explaining this very thing last night to a client…. I struggled with anorexia between the age of 14 and 16 and in those two years i had to gain about punds, to be at a Health weight. I ended up gaining around 50 pounds, and i really dont feel feel good at this weight.
I eat calories monday-friday, and i eat calories saturday and sunday, to have a calorie deficit in average. I have NOT lost weight for a month or two, rather i have gained some pounds. I dont know what to do anymore… any helpfull advice? It would be greatly appriciated.
Hi Helene, when people have struggled with eating disorders I tend to take a non calorie counting approach. I find that focusing on the minutia of calories can lead to a resurfacing of emotions that caused the disorder in the first place. I would also work more on consistency day to day in your food intake and not worry about the calorie high days on the weekends.
Doing that will lower your food intake and could possible help with your weight loss. I even gain know, when I should be in a caloric deficit. Yes, I would work on consistency first. It takes practice but you have to learn to start trusting yourself around food again. I am 44 and weight and want to lose pounds. I try to do SPIN class 3 times a week but have been slacking due to cold weather.
I will continue my 3 times a week but how many calories do I eat to lose? Work on adherence and consistency with your eating and exercise. Choose exercise because you enjoy it, not because it gives you a weight loss effect. Get very consistent with that. Most people will lose weight once they do that with the majority of their meals.
And if not, it makes it really easy to adjust your food intake once that habit is in place. I found this article to be very interesting as I have recently been researching reverse dieting. After restricting calories I am down to calories and maintain a weight of 44kg with light exercise.
Yet my TDEE is My goal is to increase calories and build some muscle tone…is the idea to increase to your TDEE at once and then slowly increase from there?
My GW is in between kg. Thank you for your help. TDEE can be changed, and reverse dieting is a way to do that. I would personally start with an extra calories for a few weeks to see how that works out for you. After that you can go in calorie jumps to give your metabolism a chance to adapt. Do you recommend adding the to total of or adding it to the making it ?
Should I listen to hunger signals? It just represents a certain amount of food to increase by, on average. Just consciously a little more. During reverse dieting it can be useful to break out the scale and calorie counting tools. But tape measurements, progress pics, and paying attention to how your clothes are fitting are also ways to monitor external changes.
All this information is great. But I am still a little confused. I have been on Nutrisystem and am currently on Jenny. Both seem to work the same way. I am about lb and looking to get to or They both put me on a calorie day with food.
But where I get lost is the amount of exercise I need to do per week with this intake. I was told that I need to do enough exercise to burn the I eat plus more calories to loose weight. I have been doing 1 hour of a treadmill 5 days a week.
I guess where I am confused is what is the target calorie burn you need based on the calorie intake? Those two programs you mentioned are notorious for their calorie diets. In my opinion they cause more harm than good, although some lives have definitely been changed from them. Exercise is one very small part of your energy expenditure. The goal is to get in a modest energy deficit. You take that feedback and adjust your energy balance.
Hi Gina, I would just continue doing the things that helped you lose 9lbs. The weight gain when you started exercising is very common and is simply energy stores within the muscle increasing muscle glycogen. This is very discouraging. Hard to say, Lisa. Double check your calorie tracking.
That has a different set of circumstances to it. I could really use your input! I had a son in January. For 5 months now o have not lost a single lb. I have a wedding in November and a dress fitting in July. She has info pertaining specifically to your situation, in addition to a calorie calculator you can use. Hi Tony, I am cm tall female, I weigh 48Kg, I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and take 25mg.
I did not have hypothyroidism last year, its come about recently. I have suffered from Bulimia in the past more than 3 years ago. Today I am fit and pretty strong i have been lifting weights for 3 years, I workout using heavy weights x4 weekly and I also do some cardio in my rest days. I can deadlift 80kg for a few reps. I track my macro-nutrients diligently, I eat daily g Protein, g carbs and 30g Fat calories. My diet includes lots of water, veg and fruit, along with lean meats.
My fats come from healthy sources like avocados, coconut, nuts and seeds. My problem is that I cannot seem to eat more than without gaining fat. Do you think my hypothyroidism is due to low long periods of low calorie intake? I have also had a couple of missed periods recently. If I select high fibre nutritious food then will leave me reasonably satisfied but there is no margin for even biscuits as a treat. Shall I increase my calories slowly reverse diet and accept extra fat and hopefully muscle?
But none of that really matters. At your current stats you are going to be hard pressed to lose any more weight, as your weight is already so low. What I would advise is to hang out at maintenance calories and push the strength training. Focus less on your weight, regardless of whether it goes up or not, and more on your body composition.
With more food will likely come more weight, but the fat gain should be minimal if any so long as you continue getting stronger and you take the calorie rise slowly. I had knee surgery 4 years ago and was told I could never jog again. I really enjoyed running so I got depressed and gained over 30 pounds, to a whopping lbs! For the past 5 weeks, my total weight loss was 11 pounds. I track my calories.
I eat , depending on how much I burn with exercise. I started lifting lb weights with my legs. Why am I losing so slow? This week, I lost 0. When I was 9 months pregnant, I weighed lbs. How did I get here? Your advice is so helpful.
I look forward to your response. Oops, I forgot to say that I exercise daily, alternating cardio and cardio plus weight lifting every other day. Hi Cynthia, 11lbs in 5 weeks is actually really good.
It takes time for the weight to come off. A pound a week for a year is 52lbs. Would you be happy with that? Thank you for responding to my question! I will use this time to work concurrently on my body image, as you suggested.
It is very kind of you to take the time to help those struggling with weight. Hi, I am sitting at lb and 5ft 7. I have just recently started training and counting calories, averaging about a day. I train for 45 mins twice a week, bootcamp stuff, cardio and weights etc.
Any advise would be appreciated. Check out this explanation — https: Some of it I won't touch again. But a lot of it is really fairly decent and some of it I downright love And then for those foods you're not so crazy about, there are all sorts of creative people out there on the internet who find ways to prepare foods in completely different ways that do make them enjoyable. For example, unlike Alanna, I can't stand the chocolate shakes.
But they make a pretty decent cupcake! I never thought that a program that provides most of your food for me would ever work. I LOVE fresh foods -- fruit in particular was hard for me to give up. When you see results like this as quickly as this, suddenly it's not quite the sacrifice. And I know when I reach my goal I get to have those foods again. I love this journey and I love helping others reach their health goals as well.
There's no better feeling than this! Good for you for taking control of this, and I say whatever works! Great job so far!! However, once I had a little success with Medifast I was motivated to keep going. Since starting my Medifast journey I have started exercising regularly, my foot pain from plantar fasciitis is all but gone along with all my other aches and pains and I no longer get migraines regularly.
I have also started tracking all my food in MyFitnessPal and I will continue to do that after I get back to eating real food to help maintain my weight loss. Yes - Medifast is not a perfect plan and I would much rather be eating fresh food that I prepare myself, however I needed this to help jump start positive changes in my health.
I wish you continued success on Medifast and your journey to better health. I like it, thank you. And you're the second person today to mention a half marathon, good for you and Mark!
It really is a life-saver for so many. Six months is excellent, stay with it! Good luck with doing WW with your friend, here's to both of you! I so get that. I'm so glad you've found something that is working for you now.
We have different ideas on what's processed food and what's not processed food, but I hear you on each of your points. And I'm so glad you brought up the long-term support, that was new to me.
I remember when we first knew one another and talked about the differences between Weight Watchers my way and South Beach yours. The weight isn't "melting off" me like it does for some on Medifast but still, each day when I get on the scale, each day when I feel bones I haven't felt in some years, I feel grateful. I would've expected better of you guys.
Your reasons for switching from WW to MF could have been written by me last summer. I had lost on WW, but the gained back exactly half of it, all the while attending meetings faithfully and sort of following the program. When my daughter decided to try MF last January, I was supportive of her but skeptical of the meal replacements. She did really well, so I decided I would give it a try. I decided to commit to 2 months and see where I was.
Well, 6 months later, I am still here and down 50 lbs. It isn't easy, but it certainly is simple. I am a longtime and, fortunately, a successful -- so far -- WW member , and I read you for inspiration and recipes.
I wish you nothing but the best with this and hope you will update us in your "journey. Meanwhile, keep on cookin' with Medifast. I'm glad you found a plan that works for you at this time. Thank you for your honesty and courage to write about your switch. Keep up your success. Looks like you don't have too much farther to go! My story is that 11 years ago I lost 40 pounds in about two months. It was too much too fast, but I was "ready", as you say, to just get rid of the weight.
I dieted and exercised the heck out of every day--eating very little. After losing the weight I felt better and ate normal, healthy meals.
Over the last five years I have gained about 15 pounds. Reaching 40 was like a stopwatch to my metabolism. In November I picked up running to spend more time with fit family and friends. I am doing the "Run Double C25K"--an app to help you run a 5k in 9 weeks. Since I have never ran a step in my life, this is a challenge, but I want to be healthier, fit, and to spend time with other healthy people to stay on track.
I haven't lost one pound and use that as motivation to keep moving. Surely all those skinny runners looked just like me when they started! Alanna you look great and each of us will succeed using different methods, sometimes even the same methods at different times. Can't wait to hear more about your successes. Thanks for your honesty and for revealing that different things work for different people at different times of life.
A friend at work lost a lot of weight using Medifast and it's transformed her life--she even just went platinum blonde and is still slender after transitioning to mainly real food again--in her early 60s. I lost a little over 30 pounds counting calories in my early 40s when I developed hypertension and around 10 of them slipped back on with perimenopause I've figured out I need more protein now and less carbs.
Hard realization for a carb lover, but my body is talking! Thanks for the inspiration! And you size up the program exactly right, "It isn't easy, but it certainly is simple. I didn't realize you were a successful WW!! You've really got me thinking on that one This column inspired me to take a chance on a new program. I've been considering going back to WW "again", to loose the 20 pounds which crept back over the last 6 months.
But I'm a very picky eater, a great cook, and to top it off, help my neice operate her scratch bakery. Not a good weight loss combination. Since I am certain you are particular about food with a discerning palate would you be willing to share your favorite medifast "meals". It's a short list. At first, I could tolerate the chicken noodle soup but I've got three boxes on hand and am having to force myself to eat one a day just to get rid of it. I like the spice pancakes and the chocolate pudding but don't order them because I really don't want to get used to sweet and carb-y things, which I didn't eat before and certainly don't want to get started on.
I hated the eggs. I hated the sloppy joes. I hated the vegetable soup. I liked so few things, I sent everything except shakes and bars back Medifast has a good return policy and stopped trying any others. I'm not bored with the shakes, they're filling, they help me drink more liquid, I like them hot and cold. I know that the Medifast forum is full of people who take the food and turn them into something else eg some today who doesn't like the chocolate shakes says that they make good brownies but I do not want to pretend this is "cooking" or "real food".
So I ignore those possibilities. For the record, I am NOT a picky eater with real food. While there are a few things I don't care for sweetbreads and Wonder bread or prefer cooked one way more than another boiled kale vs sauteed kale , it is rare for me to not like something. The one thing I'd say is, do everything you can t take charge now at 20 pounds. Don't let it turn into 30 or 40 or worse. I wish I'd followed my own advice.
Thank you for the article. I at a point where I really need to loose the weight-again-and keep it off this time. My health is affected by the extra weight. I know of other people who have chosen meal replacement programs with great success.
My question to you which I can't find in the article is why this program and not Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem? I was younger than 40 at the time and thought "not me!!
To be honest, I was in my late 40s when I began to notice this. It wasn't just weight creeping up, it was that I didn't feel well eating like I did when I was younger. At about the same time I read about a group of people who maintained their health and had minimal weight gain throughout their lifetimes. It didn't prompt me to eat the way they did, but it did inspire me to find out how people in other countries and cultures ate. There were a lot of similarities and some differences -- mostly in exactly what they ate.
I also started thinking back to when I was growing up in the s and s -- when it was rare to see someone who was truly overweight. I was also in contact with older adults, many of whom weren't significantly overweight and had few health problems. I either observed or asked them about their eating habits. I started noticing some similarities.
The slim, healthy people in other countries and the slim, relatively healthy older adults I saw had some things in common. Most never ate processed foods. If they did, they were consumed rarely. And contrary to the advice now to snack throughout the day, most never snacked.
If they did snack it was only once a day. Among the older adults, those who were slim ate less than they had when they were younger.
Not little enough to be malnourished, but definitely less than when they were in their prime. I eat three meals daily and rarely snack. About the only time I snack is if a meal is going to be significantly late. I do eat less at meals. Two of my meals, usually breakfast and lunch, tend to be smaller and one is larger.
I don't feel deprived because I'm satisfied with how much and what I eat. There's nothing I don't eat, but many things that I don't eat often. If I really want something, I have it. I also have a general plan of what to eat at meals. I'm also a fan of Michael Pollan's mantra: I've found that I don't need to eat as much real food to be satisfied. Another thing I learned is that it's perfectly normal, in fact, somewhat necessary, for a woman to gain pounds from the time she's about 20 until her mids.
It has to do with reproduction. This has been observed throughout the world and throughout history. It's even observed in art where maidens are slim and matrons are, well, more matronly. Part of the reason it may be hard for those of us "of a certain age" to lose weight is that we're not supposed to weigh the same as when we were younger.
Alanna, I wish you the best of luck on Medi-Fast! A couple of years ago my friend lost 40 pounds on the program, at the same time I was losing 20 lbs on Jenny Craig. Two years later, she's gained 35 lbs back, and I've gained Since I've gone vegan 9 months ago none of those "packaged" plans will work for me, they all rely on animal protein of some sort.
However, if you "use" Medifast as a jumping point and maintain from there, awesome! I just couldn't do it, call me a packaged diet failure. Alanna, you look wonderful!
I really enjoyed your story. I'ts similar to mine. I lost 80lbs and my husband lost lbs on WW about 12 years ago. I am a lifetime member and even worked for WW as a meeting leader for a year quit because a new job forced me to travel a lot. However, like many of us, I've gained the weight back. I wanted to do Medifast for a while, but I was worried that it really didn't teach about how to cook or eat. It, like many other weight loss programs, just gives you the food to eat to lose weight.
I liked learning what a portion is i. However, my sister-in-law pointed out something to me. She said, "You worked for WW, you know how much to eat, how to cook, and what you should do.
You're just having a hard time doing it. If you're goal is to lose weight and feel better, Medifast can help you do that. Then implement what you know you should do to keep it off.
I just was having a hard time doing the WW plan; too "open" for me right now. So, on to Medifast. I've lost 38lbs in 3 months and I haven't had one issue following the plan. Thanks so much for your post and inspraition. So glad you posted this!
As it turned out, I just got back from a trip and started on Medifast yesterday for the first time the package arrived while I was away. Love the tip about making the shake with coffee. I'll definitely try that. I don't have a lot of weight to lose only about 15 pounds , but have just not been able to motivate myself to reduce my food intake enough to get rid of it.
I think that putting myself on a diet like this where I have specific food to eat each day is the kind of structure I need to jump-start my weight loss. I usually eat well fresh foods from scratch, with lots of lean protein and veggies, not many sweets , so the idea of the pre-packaged food wasn't all that exciting to me. I just bought the 2-week variety pack to try it out. If it works out OK, I'll order more. Since I don't need to lose a lot, I don't expect to be on it for more than a few months.
If I find it hard to stick with it for a long stretch of time, perhaps I'll try alternating the Medifast food with home-cooked food on alternate weeks or even alternate days. As long as I'm lowering my overall food intake, I should still lose weight, though more slowly, of course.
Congratulations on your weight loss, and sticking with it! It's a great inspiration to me. Hi Alanna--I left a message on your blog but I guess it was after you closed it to comments. I am just wondering why you chose medifast over other meal replacement systems like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig.
Congrats on your weight loss--I hope to be down 20 to 30 lbs by this summer. In part, that's because I didn't "choose" Medifast, it chose me by virtue of my friends Kathy and Georgia starting it.
I did no other research. I honestly didn't even think of it but also know that I am often confounded by too many choices, leading to long periods of indecision. Sorry, not much help as you make your own deliberations! The "snack" ideas do resonate, since one of the things I most appreciate about Medifast is the frequency of the food intake. A meal implies something else, and for me, at least for now and I hope for later, more small and healthy meals during the course of a day feels right, keeping my sugar levels even over many hours.
My idea for these "non meal" meals are a small bowl of vegetable soup or a small salad or a small piece of protein or a small piece of fruit. There IS a difference between a girl's physique and a "matron's". My very thin friends somehow appear gaunt and wiry and tired, those with some healthy weight seem to glow.
Thank you, thank you, for adding so much to this conversation. Is "vegan" working as a weight loss vehicle for you? Mark Bittman of course lost many, many pounds with his "vegan until dinner" approach. I know that the first time I gained weight, back in my 30s, was when I stopped eating meat. It's not fair to blame vegetarianism, it's just that I wasn't well-educated and switched to cheese as one protein source. That is terrific, go, go, go. And it really encourages me that I'm not alone in using both WW and Medifast as different tools at different times in our lives.
Your sister is a wise woman! If you're not used to caffeine, be careful using a full 2 cups of coffee to make the shake, it will, at least it did me, give you a bad-bad case of the shakes! Really interesting post - I'll be looking forward to hearing about your experiences going forward.
Keep up the good work. Just for clarification, by "snack" I mean anything eaten between the three major meals. I define "treat" as cake, cookies, anything dessert-like. I don't see popcorn as a treat so much, but carmel corn or any of the sweetened popcorns would be a treat.
So a snack isn't necessarily a treat, but it could be. Your goal around "thinking about food less" really hit home for me. Any tips on how you reached this goal would be appreciated! I have been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since , but spent a lot of that time over goal. Two years ago, I got back down to goal and am now working part time for Weight Watchers. I agree that the importance of maintaining a healthy weight trumps other considerations.
I believe everyone must do what works best for them. I am so glad that you are losing weight, becoming healthier and feeling better about yourself. Losing weight is difficult, and maintaining a healthy weight is even more difficult. We constantly must start over and try new techniques.
Good luck on your healthy living journey. By the way, my husband and I enjoyed Chicken Sybil for lunch today. Alanna, so feel like we could be sisters.
Have treasured this blog, along with Veggie Ventures for years. Have been on and off WW for almost 40 years. Still believe WW is best program if you take time to plan and follow program. Four years ago I was at my highest weight ever.
My father in law had been on Medifast without telling us. He asked if I really wanted to loose weight. I had been skeptical about packaged foods and cost. Yet when you really step back and think about it, it was skilled at buying ingredients with the best of intentions, changing plans, forgetting the recipe and then throwing away the food. Wasted food, larger clothes, and most importantly diminishing health can be even more costly than the MF plan.
With thyroid issues, to ease my mind, I also checked with our family physician. He gave his seal of approval. Originally I questioned how some of the prepackaged "meals" could keep me full. Like you, it took trial and error to find the meals I preferred. Tastes do change over time. Recommend reconsidering some of the items you did not like earlier. I started Medifast in May and am approaching 60 pounds lost. This is my "mindless", stress management diet. I keep a variety of products well stocked so I can change my mind easily for each meal.
Looking forward to maintenance, I can see Medifast as a quick option if those pesky 5 or so pound start to creep back on. I do believe that everyone is different and will champion any plan that works for someone as long as they are not compromising their health in the process. For me, going truly low carb makes a difference. It irritates me to see all of the high carb options with WW and the many "healthy" frozen entrees by a number of brands.
Wish they'd focus more on ramping up veggies and decreasing carbs. Enough of my Saturday morning rant. Thanks for being a blessing to so many of your readers. Dear Alanna, I have only just "met" you having stumbled on your site while looking for a recipe. I am a Weight Watchers Lifer who after several false starts on WW finally lost over 70 lbs 8 years ago and have kept it off.
What did I do differently my last time on WW? I had also heard the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and execting different results. Once I lost the weight it was always "Woo Hoo! This time was different. Then when I reached my goal weight 8 years ago I was so excited because I was finally able to start what I had set out to do when I joined.
It was like I was finally in front of the door I had been waiting for for so long. I was going to start the maintenance program. And I have never looked back. If you think you can eat a lot on WW when losing weight, you should see what Maintenance looks like!