What weight loss plans work for you?

  1. I just started back on the Weight Watchers diet this past week and find it works best for me. Although the 15 lbs. I lost a couple of years ago on the program crept back on, I found it to be a sensible, nutritionally sound and balanced program, and when I attended the meetings, I found them to be inspirational and educational. I'm not attending the meetings this time, but am following the plan on my own using their "Points" system. I find that I must write down what I eat in order to lose the weight by keeping track of my points. (For those unfamiliar with the points system, points are assigned to a food based on fat, fiber and calories. A fast-food fried chicken breast is 10 points while a 3 oz. skinless, cooked chicken breast is 3 points. Most vegetables have 0 to 1 point and most fruit has 1 to 2 points. Also, the greater the fiber content in a food, the more you can eat. I found a bread that has 3 grams of fiber and 90 calories and each slice is only one point. Some soups have 8 to 10 grams of fiber and you can eat the whole can of soup for only 2 points. Weight Watchers gives you a sort of slide-rule device which can be used to calculate points from any food label. For my weight and for weight loss to occur, I'm allowed 25 points/day. Exercise is assigned points as well. An hour of moderate exercise equals 3 points-- 3 points more I can EAT! )

    I've never been obese but I've battled with my weight most of my life and am at the point where I know I must change my eating habits if I want to maintain a lower weight and quit the battle, and I believe Weight Watchers is my best and healthiest bet for the long haul. I could never tolerate a high-protein diet like Atkin's because I don't like meat that much and enjoy and feel the need for carbs. Here's a link to Weight Watchers if anyone's interested:

    http://www.weightwatchers.com/r_vg_index.asp

    So, what diets have worked for you, your family and friends, or your patients?
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  2. Poll: What weight loss plan works best for you?

    • Group programs (Weight Watcher, T.O.P.S., OA)

      18.42% 7
    • Liquid diets (Slimfast, Optifast)

      7.89% 3
    • High protein, low carb (Atkins)

      10.53% 4
    • Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, LA Weight Loss

      5.26% 2
    • Diabetic exchanges

      2.63% 1
    • Counting calories

      5.26% 2
    • I eat anything I want, but in small portions

      5.26% 2
    • I eat anything I want but maintain/lose weight with strenuous exercise

      7.89% 3
    • The Seefood Diet: I see food and I eat it!

      28.95% 11
    • Other

      7.89% 3
    38 Votes
  3. 48 Comments

  4. by   KaraLea
    I have tried Weight watchers, Opifast, Jenny Craig, TOPS, Atkins, Phen/Fen, and Xenacal. So far each has worked about the same except for Atkins. I just can't stay away from the pasta. I am now using Weight Watchers with some Diabetic exchange thrown in. My mother's family is full of diabetics and I have PCOS, so I really try to watch my blood sugar (which usually is low).
  5. by   DebsZoo
    I have lost 50 lbs., over 18 months' time on Suzanne Somers program. It is very similar to Atkins..........but 100% whole wheat is allowed, fruits are allowed and the main idea is combinations of what you eat. I have found that it is easy to stick to, and I am still eating all of the food groups.
  6. by   dcottrill
    There was an interesting program regarding weight loss on the Discovery Channel this evening. Sadly, we are eating ourselves to death!!! The one quote that sticks in my mind is, "I love Snickers bars, and I'm not giving them up just so I can meet society's idea of normal." Gee!!! I could stand to lose a pound or two myself, so I know how difficult it can be. But a 400 pound person shoving candy bars down her gullet is just spitting in the face of the Grim Reaper.
  7. by   nursedawn67
    So the Weight Watchers program works? I have thought about it, but not sure...don't want to spend the money until I hear more.
  8. by   live4today
    I want QUICK results, so if anyone knows a way to get the weight off QUICK, SPILL...I'm listening! :chuckle
  9. by   nursedawn67
    I did Meridia for a couple of months and that worked good..lost 14 pounds...but then had a problem with my blood pressure and was taken off of it...of course I'm hearing that Meridia is pulled of off the market now...anyone else heard of it being pulled???
  10. by   RN-PA
    greer128 posted:
    So the Weight Watchers program works? I have thought about it, but not sure...don't want to spend the money until I hear more.
    It has worked for me in the past and a unit clerk at work has lost nearly 45 lbs. over the last 6 months on Weight Watchers; of course, the problem with any diet is how to avoid gaining the weight back.

    I try to not even call it a diet, rather, a "plan" or "program". I have to approach it as a change for life if I don't want to keep yo-yoing, and Weight Watchers has helped me with portion control and awareness of fat/fiber/calorie content in foods. It's a pain to have to write down foods and their points, but it's the only way to see how much can be eaten in a day and helps you to plan for special events or treats. You can have an ice cream cone but you may need to eat lighter then at breakfast or lunch, or make sure you have a good work-out to gain more points. Once you know the point value of your favorite foods, it gets easier to write and plan. They even have a fast-food point book. It's a real eye-opener to discover that a Taco Bell Taco salad with shell and salsa is 18 points! (I'm only allowed 25 points/day for weight loss.) Also, rather than eating mindlessly, grabbing handfuls of crackers or a big bowl of ice cream, I measure or count out what is a serving. Once you see what a half cup of ice cream looks like or how 31 cheese crackers fits in a dish, you don't have to keep measuring each time.

    My problem is the way that I handle stress or reward myself with food; if I don't find other methods besides eating or develop the self-discipline to limit my intake, I'll end up gaining the weight back. It's really hard sometime because my husband and I love sweets-- love going out for a drive and sharing a DQ Blizzard (medium chocolate chip cookie dough Blizzard: 22 points), stopping for coffee and doughnuts at Dunkin doughnuts (chocolate frosted cake doughnut: 7 points), or a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone (1 kid's scoop- 1/2 cup- deluxe ice cream: 4 points). It's not that I can never have sweets again, I just can't afford to eat much of them without planning or exercising if I want to lose or maintain weight.

    You can always check out the website I posted or attend a meeting for free to see whether Weight Watchers might work for you.
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by RN-PA
    greer128 posted:


    It has worked for me in the past and a unit clerk at work has lost nearly 45 lbs. over the last 6 months on Weight Watchers; of course, the problem with any diet is how to avoid gaining the weight back.

    I try to not even call it a diet, rather, a "plan" or "program". I have to approach it as a change for life if I don't want to keep yo-yoing, and Weight Watchers has helped me with portion control and awareness of fat/fiber/calorie content in foods. It's a pain to have to write down foods and their points, but it's the only way to see how much can be eaten in a day and helps you to plan for special events or treats. You can have an ice cream cone but you may need to eat lighter then at breakfast or lunch, or make sure you have a good work-out to gain more points. Once you know the point value of your favorite foods, it gets easier to write and plan. They even have a fast-food point book. It's a real eye-opener to discover that a Taco Bell Taco salad with shell and salsa is 18 points! (I'm only allowed 25 points/day for weight loss.) Also, rather than eating mindlessly, grabbing handfuls of crackers or a big bowl of ice cream, I measure or count out what is a serving. Once you see what a half cup of ice cream looks like or how 31 cheese crackers fits in a dish, you don't have to keep measuring each time.

    My problem is the way that I handle stress or reward myself with food; if I don't find other methods besides eating or develop the self-discipline to limit my intake, I'll end up gaining the weight back. It's really hard sometime because my husband and I love sweets-- love going out for a drive and sharing a DQ Blizzard (medium chocolate chip cookie dough Blizzard: 22 points), stopping for coffee and doughnuts at Dunkin doughnuts (chocolate frosted cake doughnut: 7 points), or a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone (1 kid's scoop- 1/2 cup- deluxe ice cream: 4 points). It's not that I can never have sweets again, I just can't afford to eat much of them without planning or exercising if I want to lose or maintain weight.

    You can always check out the website I posted or attend a meeting for free to see whether Weight Watchers might work for you.

    Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it...I may give it a try!
  12. by   JJFROG
    Eat less and get moving!
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    Anybody see the latest issue of People magazine with Carnie Wilson on the cover? She had gastric bypass surgery in 2000 and earlier this year had mucho plastic surgery to get rid of the excess skin. Gee, if I had her money, I could get slim too just like her. An RN at work had the bariatric surg in May 2001, shes lost 210 lbs. She looks great but will need to have plastic surgery to get rid of the excess skin just like Carnie!

    As for me, I can't do Atkins. I've tried! Can't stay away from bread and pasta! My husband did it from April 1 thru May 25th and last 20 lbs. Men! They can lose weight so easily, it makes me wanna puke! Weight Watchers is too expensive, and I cant go to meetings. I need someone to break my jaw for me so it can be wired shut for a few months and all I can east is blenderized food! Any volunteers???
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I've never been into trendy diets. I'm a old fashioned girl. Whenever I want to take off a few pounds, I just count my fat grams.

    Heather
  15. by   Lausana
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    I want QUICK results, so if anyone knows a way to get the weight off QUICK, SPILL...I'm listening! :chuckle
    Get Mono or a bad case of the flu....

    I tried doing a modified slim fast plan this past semester, just one shake a day in the place of lunch and eating a small breakfast and dinner...it worked well when I was busy during the day, but when I saw or smelled someone else's food I wanted to claw it out of their hands....My parents did great on the Atkins diet, but I love carbs too much

    Oh, I also tried the 48 hr miracle diet....that is insanity, don't know what I was thinking, drinking orange drink for 2 days straight, lol.
    Last edit by Lausana on Jun 10, '02

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