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    Caught up in a calorie struggle
    logicalremedies posted:
    Hello everyone. i've been bouncing around various peoples' posts and there's something that i need to address. There are a lot of people who are talking about how they're trying to cut down on calories and they're not sure how many calories are good or how many calories are bad or what someone told them about how many calories they should be taking in, etc. the list goes on and on. i would like to tell everyone, not just the select few that i personally replied to, that i have an opinion about that based on my experience. This is not going to require any "corporate"expertise or anything like that. When you step on the scale it's telling you about your much you WEIGH...not how many calories you are. maybe calories are important if you're a heavily active person but if you're just trying to lose weight then you have to look at things for what they truly are. if you drink 5 lbs of water you're going to gain 5 lbs, even though water has no calories in it. the scale is measuring WEIGHT, not calories. the important thing to remember when deciding if something is good to eat or not while dieting is how heavy is the food you're about to eat? don't look at the calories. just think for yourself. if you're eating something that's very dense or full of starch and things like that it's going to take much longer for your body to break it down. by the time it's broken down you would have already consumed your next meal. see how quickly and easily things can back up on you? that's all it is. please don't fall into these corporate games where they'll tell you to eat 3 times a day just to support the economy. don't let them tell you to lose 1-3 pounds a week just so they can make money on the comebacks. there's no money in it for them if they drop your weight for you the way that your body is capable of dropping it. Trust me. those companies that make money off of feeding peoples' addictions don't want you to lose the weight. the higher ups that sell you your medicine don't want you to get better. trust yourself and think naturally. losing weight is very easy. sometimes it's just a little difficult to de-program the way so many honest, beautiful people have been programmed for so long. i can lose 2 pounds in my sleep...literally. i laugh at these corporations but i honestly feel for all the good people who are unfortunately suckered into their little money games that don't include you. BE your own president! YOU are your boss! YOU are #1! Please KNOW that! Have a glorious, logical day!
    brunosbud responded:
    I appreciate what you are trying to say and, for the most part, I agree. It's hard not to sound like a paranoid lunatic when one complains about drug companies and the "infomercialists" but 2 out of 3 adults in America are overweight. If their products are so "essential" and "effective", how do you explain this? How many times are you willing to be told, "You're not living, right."?

    We were walking down the Las Vegas Strip, last night, and I was thinking to myself, "Why is everyone walking like they just got pushed out of a car?" It's not right. It's not fair that a business hide behind the constitution and say, "My rights are protected and,'s a free country."
    logicalremedies replied to brunosbud's response:
    Hi brunosbud! thanks for the reply. Yes, you're right. People live their lives in fear, negativity and stress these days. When you see people walking around like that it's a direct reflection of what they're thinking about. Constant negative thoughts like this send very damaging signals through your body and to your organs. the body slows down because of it and the weight loss becomes slow and drawn out. losing weight is free. it involves working less, not working harder. i love your comment on being a free country. all you have to do is turn on the tv for about 2 minutes to see just how "free" we are. People concentrate on that stuff too much. they fall into their game which is what they want so they can dumb people down, just to be able to convince people that they need to spend all their money on things that they already have. Their products do nothing but OWN people. People also fall into the myth that food helps with stress. People are pounding their bodies with food 24/7 these days but people are still under so much stress. I guess food doesn't work as well as they would like it to. thanks again for the reply. i enjoyed that. have a glorious, logical day!
    PetuniaPea responded:
    When I read people's post that says they are consuming 1200 calories, or even worse, someone was consuming 700 calories a day and stated they were over 6 feet tall...and they're asking if they have an eating disorder (uh, yeah!)--I KNOW THEY ARE DOOMED FOR FAILURE.

    Playing armchair dietician is the most dangerous game people are playing.

    I lost 15 pounds in ONE YEAR, now I've been maintaining my goal weight for a while now. I did it slowly by cutting out junk food and changing my habits for the better. 1500-1600 calories a day.
    logicalremedies replied to PetuniaPea's response:
    Thanks PetuniaPea! I know exactly what you're saying. People would be pretty surprised at how easy life is when you keep things ABC. Great to hear that you're maintaining your weight now. You were ALWAYS in control. This is what i really want to help people understand. i can eat a large pizza by myself, a box of cheese-its, a bag of combos, a bag of doritos and a foot long wedge and still lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. i've already done that. i'm sure you're happy to be saving all that money from not blowing on things you don't need and don't appreciate anymore. Thanks again! Have a glorious, logical day!
    PetuniaPea replied to logicalremedies's response:
    Just wanted to add...I wasn't cutting calories the whole entire year...I just want to reiterate that point to those constantly dieting and cutting calories long term.

    I would do maybe a few months of 1500-1600, then increase that amount by 100-200 and just maintain that weight for a while. Then repeat. Then repeat again. You can kind of picture it like steps.

    By the way, I'm 5 foot tall, so I could have afforded to go down to 1200 calories very safely. Someone who's bigger than me...1200 is NOT safe. 1200 calories per day long term (for bigger/average sized people) is not a one-size-fits-all number! You're not getting the nutrients you need to be healthy! You are sabotaging your metabolism and slowing it down to where you can't lose weight. You are not giving your body enough energy to properly live!

    For example, Health magazine (key demographic is young to middle-age women, average size 5'6") always has weight-loss meal plans for a 1,350 calorie per day. One "summer weight loss" issue stated to follow a one week 1,200 calorie plan as a JUMP START, then continue at 1,350 for the summer months.

    Self magazine's weight loss meal plans ALWAYS consist of 1,600-a-day meal plans to lose weight. Again, their key demographic is young women, average height 5'6" tall!

    So my big gripe is the fact that people are cutting way too many calories and not focusing on actual HEALTH.

    I used to be an advocate for counting calories, but after seeing how people on these boards are doing it so unhealthfully, I'm now leaning toward the other diet camp's suggestion of tuning in to your hunger and learning to eat when you're actually hungry, and stop when your not, focusing on real, unprocessed foods. And also work on or seek help when it comes to emotional eating. Period. And the weight loss will come naturally, the body will be getting the nutrients it needs, and the metabolism will be strong.

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