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I did a lot of my dieting and weight loss "backward." While I did read a book on busting exercise and diet myths to come up with my own plan, when I was actually working to lose the weight over the past year or so, I didn't bother reading about diets. Now, I'm on a non-fiction kick so I've been reading a lot of diet books. Plus, some of them have interesting recipes.

As I read, as I talk to people who've been working on their own weight loss, and as I see different plans coming out, I'm more and more convinced there is no one "right way" to optimal health. I think the struggle is finding out what works for you, and realizing that your body isn't the same as Dr. Diet Guru A or Fitness Expert B. The books I read often have good ideas in them, as well as some truly awful ideas, but that's because only some of the information would work for me.

For example, I read this morning in a New York Times blog that one diet/fitness expert now thinks that eating breakfast isn't a magic cure-all for losing weight. Now, that makes sense to me. What I've heard about the studies on eating breakfast is that it is correlated to people who've maintained weight loss, but not that it's been proven to be causally related (i.e. they eat breakfast, but that doesn't mean it helped them lose or maintain weight loss). I'm sure for some people, eating breakfast does help them maintain or lose. For others, they can probably go without and be okay. And I don't think it helps to panic because for one day, or two, someone working to lose weight doesn't eat breakfast.

In all things, moderation.

Good news: for the past week, the scale's been giving me readings of 137-138. I've been trying to add in even more walking to my routine, and it seems to be paying off. I try to exceed 10,000 steps at least five days a week. How about you?


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  •  1 lb down. 148.5. (2+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, BadKitties

    The scale said that on Tuesday and hasn't moved. More exercise needed.

    While you're reading about diets, I read recipes. I'm convinced the principles of WW work best for me. I'm not a member, but my daughter went and taught me. Unlike so many, I have no food allergies, so I love trying new tastes. Tried this and loved it:

    Pacific Sole with Oranges & Pecans
    2 servings

    INGREDIENTS
    1 orange
    10 ounces Pacific sole, (see Note) or tilapia fillets
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    2 teaspoons unsalted butter
    1 medium shallot, minced
    2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

    PREPARATION
    1.    Using a sharp paring knife, remove the skin and white pith from orange. Hold the fruit over a medium bowl and cut between the membranes to release individual orange sections into the bowl, collecting any juice as well. Discard membranes, pith and skin.

    2.    Sprinkle both sides of fillets with salt and pepper. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add the fillets and cook 1 minute for sole or 3 minutes for tilapia. Gently flip and cook until the fish is opaque in the center and just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes for sole or 3 to 5 minutes for tilapia. Divide between 2 serving plates; tent with foil to keep warm.

    3.    Add butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 30 seconds. Add vinegar and the orange sections and juice; loosen any browned bits on the bottom of the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Spoon the sauce over the fish and sprinkle each portion with pecans and dill. Serve immediately.

    NUTRITION
    Per serving: 234 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 70 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 401 mg sodium; 556 mg potassium.

    Didn't have an orange. Used canned mandarin oranges. Didn't have white wine vinegar. Used cider vinegar.

    Also, usually have homemade cookies or cupcakes in the freezer. Yesterday, totally out of sweets, grabbed a banana and graham cracker crumbs. Safe! It worked. Gotta bake though.

  •  I lost 20 pounds last year. This year I've managed (3+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, HappyinNM, BadKitties

    to keep it off, but not lose more. I changed my eating habits, but I don't diet, and I walk around 12 miles at least every week. I find the most important thing is not to drive yourself  nuts. But I can't wait a week for a weigh-in, because it's possible for me to put on multiple pounds without knowing it. ;)

  •  Somehow I have managed to lose (3+ / 0-)
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    HappyinNM, allergywoman, BadKitties

    50 pounds over the past year. I use weight watchers, but the real motivator is that my daughter is doing it with me. I use the on line tool.

    I have more to go as I really had packed it on.

    Hi NSA. I am doing constitutionally protected stuff - like free speech. Too bad you are not!

    by glitterscale on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:20:24 PM PDT

    •  Wow!! Congrats!! You are doing amazingly (1+ / 0-)
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      glitterscale

      well!! I have a cousin and a good friend doing WW. They love it :)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:29:19 AM PDT

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  •  My weight just boomerangs!!! (0+ / 0-)

    I went from 140 (not too bad, ten pounds to lose) to 148 in two days!!! WTF? Went to the Dr and got an Rx for Phentermine. I don't take it every day.

    I'm basically sticking to lean protein, lots of veggies, and good fats (nuts, guacamole, olives) and avoiding bread, rice, cereal, pasta, dairy. Discovered that I really don't like either soy milk or almond milk. Putting them in coffee anyway.

    I was 140 yesterday morning. Haven't tried on my favorite jeans. Don't have the nerve.

    Hoping the weather will finally be conducive to exercising. First it was boiling hot, then pouring rain. Ugh. Need to get hybrid skate wheels so that I can skate indoors. Mine are outdoor only, too grippy for wood. Need to walk a LOT more!

    I am drinking a lot of water with lemon, lime, or both in it. This is good. I have thermogenic supplements, but some of them actually make me jittery. I don't like that.

    Good luck to everyone!! The wedding (not mine, lol, but my weight-loss target) is in two weeks. I am trying to fit into a size 4 dress. Don't think it will happen :( And dresses just aren't made for letting out anymore :(

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:28:16 AM PDT

    •  i bet it was water retention (0+ / 0-)

      that happens to me, especially if it's hot and humid weather.

      don't worry about being a size 4- we're not supposed to take any attention away from the bride on her special day, anyway.

      please don't wear that size 4 dress if it's not comfortable! you're going to want to dance, right?

      I'm sure you're going to look beautiful.

      "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

      by thankgodforairamerica on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 04:51:54 AM PDT

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  •  why can't i remember to come here on fridays? (0+ / 0-)

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 04:52:40 AM PDT

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