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Successful weight loss

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I was wondering, according to you, what is the key to successful weight loss?

From experience: discipline, will power and organization.

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Diet soda and emphasis on fruits and vegetables sounds like a recipe for nutritional disaster to me.

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:21 AM

I don't refeed at all. At least not on purpose. I've been trying to stay in ketosis for the entire time. (I slipped and had a chocolate cake and some cupcakes recently... and my ketones took a hit). If you're interested, you can check out my blog where I've been documenting my experience at: bjjcaveman.com

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:14 PM

I've been playing with this and only recently am properly getting into ketosis. Do you refeed at all or just maintain a level state of ketosis?

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:21 AM

Weight loss, or weight loss maintenance?

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Persistence, rather than consistency. In the beginning of my weight loss journey I was really hard on myself and set my expectations too high. The key for me has been reminding myself that I'm only human, and it is better to tell yourself that I are going to try every day than to demand perfection from myself. Persisting through not meeting your goals and not falling off the wagon eventually gets you to a place where you can raise your personal bar - to the point where you've gone from consistent going over my calories for the day to now coming in under my limit. I give myself leeway because on some days I feel hungrier or would prefer more carbs, and then I don't have to feel like I need to punish myself.

And even more importantly is learning to love yourself no matter what. It took me two years to lose 40 lbs, so it was very gradual and was the result of changing my habits for the better in a long term way. It has now been 3 years since I started this journey and losing that first 40 lbs, followed by getting pregnant and giving birth (2 months ago) has shown me how amazing my body and mind are, and that I can accomplish anything I believe in myself for.

All that other stuff; organization/meal planning, food/nutrition knowledge etc, have fallen into place because I've made my goals seem approachable and it made me want to learn, and I love myself so it made me want to make the time to have good meals available.

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on February 24, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Sustainability. Losing weight is 90% diet in my experience. I've had the most success when I approach it as a change in a way of life, rather than a temporary thing.

Eating low carb and avoiding wheat products will be how I eat for the rest of my life no matter how much weight I lose.

I am currently experimenting with a way of eating called nutritional ketosis which seems to be somewhat effective AND sustainable. Depending on the results, I may continue this for the long term.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on February 25, 2013
at 01:14 PM

I've been playing with this and only recently am properly getting into ketosis. Do you refeed at all or just maintain a level state of ketosis?

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on February 26, 2013
at 06:21 AM

I don't refeed at all. At least not on purpose. I've been trying to stay in ketosis for the entire time. (I slipped and had a chocolate cake and some cupcakes recently... and my ketones took a hit). If you're interested, you can check out my blog where I've been documenting my experience at: bjjcaveman.com

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on February 26, 2013
at 06:10 AM

Start with more fiber. Fiber is good for the body under any circumstances but when we are trying to lose weight, it is even more important. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat and they keep us from being so hungry. Simple substitutions are often the easiest way to cut calories. Drinking a diet soda instead of a regular soda every day will save you 15 or more pounds in a year.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on February 26, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Diet soda and emphasis on fruits and vegetables sounds like a recipe for nutritional disaster to me.

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on February 23, 2013
at 12:55 AM

Consistency.

Why do we fall?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTWjtnKv4vE

When you fall, go back and start again???Be the change you want to see ??? Bat-Gandhi

Truth.

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on February 23, 2013
at 12:45 AM

Knowledge is so important! Like you really need to know how to read labels or your weight loss could be sabotaged. Natural flavor, vegetable protein, those both sound good, right? Not so fast. they both contain MSG which is harmful to the portion of your brain that controls your metabolism!

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on February 23, 2013
at 02:17 AM

Need to make a lifestyle change (diet, exercise, focus on priorities,etc.) with clear focus on realistic goals that are attainable within a deadline you set. Just dieting is much harder and even if you succeed most folks will slide right back to where they were because they aren't changing but rather attempting short term solutions that wont last.

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