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    UKbluegirl2 posted:
    So what diet do you think is most successful?

    I'm more of a calorie counter; being a CPA, I really do think it's all a numbers game. However DH is no good at that! He always falls off the wagon. He's 6-1 and 220 lbs, so a good weight. But he wants to lose about 20. So he's going back on the Atkins (did it last year and went from 230 down to 200ish). Obviously he is not one to STAY on Atkins; that's why I advocate calorie counting.

    Anywho, he's pushing me to do Atkins with me. I really do not want to, but said I'll give him 2 weeks. I'm at 5-3 and 125. I could stand to lose a few but arggh I want my carbs!!

    Anybody else do Atkins? It sounds way more brutal than just not eating to me....
    ryanandleigh responded:
    Right around the time I found out I was pregnant with DS, my DH went on the Atkins diet and I went on it with him. The first 2 weeks where you seriously cut out the carbs are hard. But we did it. After that DH, continued to watch the carbs but didn't stay on the plan. I found out I was pregnant so went off the plan. We have never retried it. (DS is turning 7 next month so it has been awhile.) I really need to start calorie counting. I want to lose 5 lbs and have started exercising but really haven't adjusted my diet like I should.
    Leigh, Jacen (6), Alexa (3)
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    I use the WebMD Food & Fitness Planner to track calories and activity . I have to keep a record or my little snacking gets out of control. Atkins would NOT be for me either - love my carbs too!

    A new study published today saying "skip the trendy & fad diets ". (Would Atkins fall into that category?)

    The article asks: "So what does work?" The answer: Eat less fat, get more exercise, join a weight loss program, & ask your doctor about prescription weight loss pills.

    Not sure how I feel about weight loss pills...

    UKbluegirl2 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Yes I'm not a pills fan either. Too many lawsuits years later. I Like my heart the way it is. Although, if I were obese, I may look at it differently. In the long run, which takes a harder toll on your heart, not sure.

    I may be an Atkins at home person and just count at work. Shhh don't tell DH.

    Every time I search for WebMD, it pulls up my main screen with a big sugary donut on the page. Arrg!
    VicsEandJ responded:
    I don't have the deprivation gene needed for most fad diets. The times I have successfully lot wiehtght were those when I exercised more and ate less. My big thing is portion control. If I liek soemthing, I wnat a lot fo it and truthfully no matter what it is, with very few exceptions, that's the problem.

    I wouldn't do prescription diet pills either- it seems like every one that's comeout causes major heart problems. That scares me. What is the sense in being a skinny corpse? Plus the ones that curb your appetite only work if you are the type who only eets when they are hungry and if most people only did that, obesity wouldnt' be a problem!
    lbcash responded:
    I'm an accountant too (but I don't do taxes, I am the only accountant for our hospital)!!! My husband and I also count our calories. I'm not on a diet because I actually still have a really high metabolism, but my husband is currently on a diet. He has lost 31 lbs. by counting his calories. Heart disease is very genetic in his family. His brother just had a heart attack at 42 years old and his dad had his first heart attack at 50 years old. They both smoke and are over weight so my husband has chose to take control now. I tell you I just don't know that I have the will power like he does. He's gone from 254lbs. to 223lbs.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to lbcash's response:
    Good for your husband! Men drop weight so much easier than women..not fair!

    I also manage the Diet Community - the expert Pam Peeke is very motivational and has "real life" advice. The 50 - 100 lbs Diet Club is also a great group if you want to check that out.

    It's 9:45 am here and I'm already having a not-great food day. I'm going to go early to pick up my daughter, park far away and force myself to walk this afternoon -

    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    And here's information I just found that might be helpful

    The Latest Diets and Diet Plan Evaluations
    cinder44 responded:
    I am calorie counting & eating more fruits & veggies. I don't eat much bread and when I do the scales show it, I usually gain.

    I have lost almost 40lbs since Aug& DH has lost the same doing it this way.

    I don't think I can cut calories any more. I have hit a plateau(did not lose one stinking pound last month) so I am kicking up the exercising but the Easter candy is not helping me out at all!
    Me, DH, DD(4), DS(4)
    VicsEandJ replied to cinder44's response:
    That is awesome!!

    Easter candy- and every other holiday's treat -is bad for me. Luckily I am entering in a stretch without too much to celebrate- I don't even have a family bday until the end of next month.

    I weigh myself once a week to try to keep things under control. I think it helps. More often makes me obsess about it and less often doesn't keep me as honest!
    UKbluegirl2 replied to VicsEandJ's response:
    I'm on Day 3 of Atkins. Grrr...I WANT to inhale an Easter bunny!

    Just got a lunch invite...can I stay on the wagon???

    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to UKbluegirl2's response:
    Congrats Cinder - GO UK! You can do it. Just keep that bread basket away from the table
    VicsEandJ replied to UKbluegirl2's response:
    No pain, no gain ( or loss in this case! )

    I knew a guy who did atkins once- he liked bacon cheeseburgers with no bun- he lost some weight and was only miserable about not drinking beer!

    Good luck!!
    UKbluegirl2 replied to VicsEandJ's response:
    Vickie!! that's my DH. He is lamenting over the beer and pizza; his two vices.

    Well I had a sandwich. Shhhh, don't tell. I did drink Coke Zero, but back on the wagon. Grrr!!!
    VicsEandJ replied to UKbluegirl2's response:
    To me, the good thign about Atkins is the crazy idea in my head that I could eat a lot of bacon- but I know that no beer and pizza would make me cheat- I'm with your DH!

    The no alcohol thing is big deal breaker for me with any diet paln. I don't drink a ton or everyday or even most days, but it is certainly my one vice (if you don't count cheese ) and it's my line in the sand. I find that if you eat less you automatically drink less because you feel the effects much sooner! Thta's whyt I belieive that dumb celebrity underweight women can blow over the limit on a breathlyzer but claim to have only had one drink! ha!ha!

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