Wife and I did it on Nutri-System. Very pricey. Cheaper if both of you go on the diet. Wife lost 40, I lost 60 pounds. It wasn't too hard to lose, BUT! Harder to keep off. However, my blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar and cholesterol were totally out of control. I figured a diet was cheaper than major medical problems. My doctor was also surprised how much the weight loss helped.
They gave me basically 6 meals a day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. The snacks are either fiber bars, low fat cheese, or piece of fruit. No alcohol, that was the hardest part. I make my own beer.
Nutri-System teaches you how to eat different and weigh out your foods. Several meals a day keeps the blood sugar from spiking. Harder to keep it off because these are the big things that add weight. Alcohol, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, & crackers.
I think any of the programs would work. I think getting into the regiment, weighing yourself every day, writing down everything you stuff into your mouth starts to educate you on the garbage we eat.
Prior to the diet I was eating once a day, drinking coffee all day and gaining weight. When your blood sugar spikes way up you just don't burn calories. I had been eating like that for several years and I am in my mid 70s.
We go out to dinner once or maybe twice a week now but the rest of the time we stick pretty close to watching what we eat.
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Very good, congratulations!
For everyone wanting to know how to lose weight my suggestion is read the book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. He explains how food has changed over the years and most of what we eatnow is 'food like' products, not real food. It also explains why what we are eating is the cause of so many illnesses.
Good job! DW and I are also back on the regimen. We follow the Weight Watcher program and it keeps us going slowly in the right direction. We are happy with a 1 or 2 lb. weekly loss. Ours is mainly a problem of portion control, we just eat too darn much! We have found we can eat almost anything if we are careful about how MUCH of it we eat. That 2nd helping of mashed potatoes and gravy is a no-no now. As an added advantage I have found we now eat twice instead of once we I cook. I can cook on Mon. Wed. and Friday and have wonderful meals all week by just supplementing a salad or some fruit here and there.
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I was a whisker away from going on meds for my gluclose problem so I decided to spend the $$ on a structured diet program.
I eat a protein pkg. for breakfast (omelet or drink), a protein lunch (soup, usually) plus 2 cups veg & unlimited lettuce. Dressing is sold in health market of our groc store (zero calories-many flavors, tastes great), dinner is 8 oz protein (lean beef, poultry, fish, etc - if this is less than 8 oz, add 1-2 hard boiled eggs - it's 2 oz protein - or add part of a can of tuna so you get 8 oz) with another 2 cups veg & unlimited lettuce, protein snack at 8 PM.
64 ounces of water every day & vitamin supplements, 2 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt. No fruit, dairy, rice, pasta, beans, bread, corn, carrots, beets, alcohol, even some vegs are taboo or limited to 2 x week.
In other words, no or low carbs. Protein fills me up so I'm not hungry nor do I think of food much. When I lose 80% of my goal, old foods will be introduced gradually. My closet is a lot more fun now & I feel amazing !
I put my lettuce in a mixing bowl because I can add vegs, dressing and toss it up really well. This diet is about 950 calories, 25 to 40 grams of carbs (vegs count for about 15 grams) daily.
If we eat out, we just go to our little local cafe & he fixes me a hamburger pattie & lettuce salad. I found a little squeeze container which holds 2 Tbls. dressing so I bring my own. I don't care much about eating out anyway. Do I miss anything ? Popcorn & oranges but that day will come (in moderation). BTW-men can have more protein.
A friend (nurse) did this (she weighed close to 400 lbs !!) and she looks amazing. Also 2 young brothers in our area have done this & taken off 500 pounds together ! Imagine the life-changes.
That was one of my problems, I liked burgers. Burgers are fine, it is the bun that goes straight to weight gain. Plus moderation, no second helpings. Wife loads up the plates prior to us sitting down to eat now.