Weight Watchers: Dave Douglas Lost 220 Pounds

Unwilling To Be An Obese Parent, Dave Douglas Lost 220 Pounds

How I Gained It:?I’m a third-generation obese American who grew up fat. I was 250 pounds by age 16, and I didn’t stop there. While I had tried to lose weight with diet and exercise growing up, it never resulted in much. Being obese was a family affair, and I chose the love and security of my family over my personal health and fitness.

In college and my early adult life, I typically skipped breakfast. Lunch was optional and usually consisted of a small snack. I would then come home after a long day and eat a large dinner with dessert. I rarely ate fruit or vegetables. I loved eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Breaking Point:?My wife and I were pregnant with our first child. I knew I owed it to my son to try to break the family tree of obesity. There are so many compromises to being an obese parent: I was simply forfeiting the ability to participate in so many wonderful moments. I used to sweat so much before. I couldn’t fit in some amusement park rides. It is a tragedy to work so hard, only to find yourself too exhausted to enjoy your life.

How I Lost It:?My weight-loss journey took more than eight years. I found wonderful success with the low-carb system. The biggest change was actually thinking about what I should eat. It was a big deal for me to be conscious about my health. I dropped from 400 pounds down to 225. Our second son came, and I soon found myself back at 250. I then spent two years working out with a personal trainer, but I never found a trainer I connected with. Despite the exercise, my weight continued to climb. I eventually realized that in order to lose weight, I needed to focus on my food choices first. Adding exercise to my life wouldn’t work if I was still unable to come to terms with my obesity and its relation to my food choices.

Finally, my doctor offered me the choice between gastric bypass or Weight Watchers. As a parent of two and a committed husband, I was unwilling to take the risk of the surgery, so I chose Weight Watchers online. While doing Weight Watchers, I abstained from all exercise. It was a really big shift to measure and document my food choices, but building that discipline has given me the freedom to eat anything I want. My favorite foods now are fresh fruits like apples, oranges and bananas, and carrots. Thanks to my incredible wife, the iPhone app and my relentless focus, I was able to finally achieve a healthy BMI on March 10, 2010.

Dave Douglas Lost 220 Pounds

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Five Ways To Save Money On Diet Foods

Five Ways To Save Money On Diet Foods

“There are many advertised ways to lose weight, some require special pills or foods. One doesn’t need a diet, they need a lifestyle change,” says Dr. Grewal, creator of the SlimPlate System,?weight loss using real food.?”We as physicians need to show society how to lose weight effectively.”

Dr. Grewal and Dr. Nwe give their advice on how to save money on healthy foods:

1. Choose a diet that lets you eat real food – Spending extra cash on certain foods can hurt ones wallet, also special trips to different stores shouldn’t be necessary. One should be able to eat real food and form better eating habits while eating the same food as their family.

2. Choose a?diet?which sustains the weight loss – Choose a method that allows you to lose the weight so you don’t have to diet again and again. Yo-yo dieting can be a danger to someone’s health and costs money. That is why the doctors designed SlimPlate System for weight loss using real food and made it a one-time purchase so there is no recurring cost involved.

3. Choose a safe diet plan – Extreme diet plans like very low calorie diets can cause health problems and you may end up spending more for your health.

4. Don’t believe in gimmicky diet pills – Don’t waste money on gimmicky pills touted as weight-loss vitamins. If it was that easy, they wouldn’t have to sell it. If a diet doesn’t require a lifestyle change, then it will not provide long-term?weight-loss results.

5. When a friend recommends a diet, check the long-term results on the diet before considering it – Did users gain the weight back? Diets are different for each individual; it is best to choose a natural weight loss that offers long-term results. Look and see; did people on that diet really kept the weight off or they gained it even more?

The SlimPlate System, created by the doctors, is unique as it saves money by not having to buy frozen foods or diet pills. People can lose weight and build a diet around the everyday foods they eat by using the SlimPlate System.
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Woman Bets She’ll Lose Big

Woman bets she’ll lose big — and Wins |CNN

Sara Lugger was skeptical as she placed her first $5 bet. But she realized that all she had to lose was weight — and a few bucks if the money didn’t motivate her to get in shape.

A friend’s success had inspired Lugger to join?DietBet, a website that hosts private and public games where people can bet on their own weight loss. Each game sets a goal, such as losing 4% of your body weight, and users who reach that goal split the pot.

Lugger was 34 and weighed 342 pounds.

She had struggled with obesity most of her life. In the ninth grade, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and doctors put her on prednisone. The steroid made it difficult for her to maintain a normal weight.

But in 2004, Lugger had surgery to fix the colitis. “From there on out, I couldn’t blame anything but my poor habits.”

Shortly after her birthday in February?2013, Lugger decided that reaching 350 pounds would be “unacceptable.” The Oxford, Michigan, resident realized that her

Sara Lugger weighed 342 pound

weight was holding her back from doing the things she wanted to do.

She had been the heaviest person in her college classes, where she studied to become a physical therapist. And although family and friends never said anything outright, she noticed they didn’t exactly try to set her up on dates.

She avoided social situations and outdoor activities that might call attention to her size, and she worried about traveling because fitting in an airplane seat was difficult.

“For weeks before I flew, that would be on my mind,” she said.

After signing up for DietBet, Lugger made a plan. She threw out all the junk food in her house. She decided she would wake up 30 minutes early every morning to work out on her elliptical machine. Then, at lunch, she would use the physical therapy equipment at her office to strength train. That way, if she wanted to go out with friends in the evening, she wouldn’t miss a workout.

Before-Sara Lugger now weighs 198 pound

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Keep Eating Well After A Successful Weight Loss Diet

Nutrition month: How to keep eating well

Some people I know just finished a group ?Biggest Loser?-type contest to lose weight. One of them was urging the others to keep up the support so they could keep the weight off.

I second that, but for another reason: if you start eating well while on a diet (most ? not all ? diets improve your daily food intake), why stop when it?s over? Lots of people know how to lose weight. Very few of us know how to keep it off. And continuing on a healthy eating plan as part of a permament lifestyle change is a way to do that.

Best way to not pack on the pounds is to really look at what you were eating before and what your daily meals consisted of while on the diet. Did you ditch the late-night pizza? Are you eating more vegetables? Is water, not juice or soda, your drink of choice now? Well, then keep up the good work.

Too many don?t realize that when you change your eating habits for the better, that should be for always. If it?s just done temporarily, then there?s a very good chance the pounds are going to come back.

For others, the diet might have been too low in calories and that will be difficult if impossible to maintain for the rest of your life. For still others, more and more experts believe that carbohydrates ? particularly the refined variety ? and processed food are why we keep gaining weight, even when we think we are only eating the good stuff.

You also have to have a plan for after the weight loss. That?s advice I learned from Chris Powell of ?Extreme Makeover.? Helping others in their struggle to be a healthier person is one way to keep yourself accountable, according to Powell. Often no longer having that goal ? personal weight loss ? leaves people without the motivation and focus they?d had and the weight can start creeping back on, he told me.

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Intermittent Dieting: The Best Way To Lose Weight

Two-week On, Two-week Off Diet ‘is The Best Way To Lose Weight Because It Stops Your Metabolism Slowing Down’

It could be the perfect solution for those who want to lose weight but lack willpower.?People who diet two-weeks on, two-weeks off lose more weight than those who deprive themselves week in, week out, a study found.?It is thought that the on-off approach stops the body from finding ways to compensate for the lack of calories and so ensures the pounds keep falling off.

Researcher Nuala Byrne followed the fortunes of 36 obese men as they tried to lose weight.?Half dieted continuously for 16 weeks, cutting their calories by a third. The others followed a pattern in which they dieted for a fortnight, then had two weeks off, then dieted again.

Although their programme lasted 30 weeks overall, just 16 weeks were spent dieting, the same as for the first group.?Those on the on-off diet lost more than two stone on average ? 55 per cent more than the men who dieted non-stop, the International Congress on Obesity heard.?What is more, their extra weight loss couldn?t be explained away by their programme lasting longer, as they shed very little weight during the rest periods.

Professor Byrne believes they did better because their bodies didn?t switch to an energy-conserving survival mode.?Backing this up, she showed that resting metabolic rate, the amount of energy the body spends when ticking over, dropped less in the men on the on-off diet. This should have helped stop their weight loss from levelling off.

Professor Byrne, of the Bond Institute of Health and Sport in Queensland, also plans to check if intermittent dieting stops the body from trying to claw back the missed calories in other ways, such as by increasing appetite. She said: ?Given that long-term weight loss is a challenge we are interested in finding ways to overcome the biological and behavioural impediments to losing weight.

?The results from our study are encouraging as they suggest providing ?rest periods? can overcome some of the compensatory biological factors which reduce weight loss efficiency during continuous dieting.??She added that the highly-popular 5:2 diet, in which slimmers drastically cut their calorie intake two days a week may have the same effect. However, there is a risk that those following the 5.2 diet will overeat on normal days because they are free to eat what they want.

In contrast, her diet is less extreme and contains instructions for both the ?on? and ?off? phases.?Professor Byrne said that she believes her diet plan ?has the potential to appeal to almost anyone?.
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How To Diet Like A Man

How To Diet Like A Man And Lose More Weight

You’ve been sweating away on the elliptical for months and obsessing over your diet (kale again?), and the scale is at a standstill. Meanwhile, your husband announces his desire to get in shape. He swears off beer and voil? ?two weeks later, his spare tire is gone. What gives?

Unfortunately for us, “weight loss is stacked in favor of men on account of differences in hormones, metabolism and muscle mass,” explains Dr. Sean Bourke, co-founder of JumpstartMD, a group of medical weight-loss clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thanks to a biological edge (think more testosterone?which helps build muscle, which in turn helps burn more calories), men will lose 1 to 2 more pounds a week than women who are the same age and starting weight if they’re following the same routine, said Bourke.

Still, that doesn’t mean you have to stand back and let him be the biggest loser. Learn the science behind men’s seem- ingly random strategies, and you can optimize them for your own body.

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