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    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    In the past we had a Diet Club FAQ: we frequently referred newcomers to it-because it had some great tips, ideas for getting started, and information on just how diet clubs at WebMD work.

    Let's build a new one using this tip area (and be sure to vote saying it is helpful so it stays visible in the right side bar for new members.)

    Share your tips for new members-from how to feel comfortable as part of this support group to the tools you use and any thing that will help get the new members started on their road to a healthier lifestyle.

    I know you have tips-so hit reply and share.
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    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Tools here at WebMD that can help you lose weight:

    Food and Fitness Planner - Does a quick calculation of your target daily intake and allows you to plan your meals and exercise for the day.

    Diet Health Check Find your target calorie intake, get suggestions on how to lose weight, identify your weight loss pitfalls and get tips for overcoming them

    BMI Plus Calculator This health and weight calculator that gives personal results on 6 different weight and fitness measurements. Whether you're just getting started or have already begun your journey, this calculator will help you understand your body's needs as your body changes for optimal personal success!

    Portion Size Plate We all think we can "eyeball" a portion but studies show that most people underestimate their portion size but more than half. That can add up when it comes to trying to lose weight.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    1. Calories count-no matter what the diet you follow says-the only way to lose weight involves calories. Consume fewer calories than you need for activities of daily living in order to lose weight.

      Unless you have a super physical job-choose sedentary on the calorie calculator. That hour at the gym every day likely isn't burning as many calories as the machine says you burn. If you are losing too much weight eating at the sedentary calorie level-then add calories.

    2. Measure portions. A scale and measuring cups can tell you amazing things. Most people underestimate their portion size.

    3. Make changes slowly-don't decide that you want to lose weight so you won't eat anything you like until you lose all of the weight. Very few people stick to that type of diet and if they do-when they hit the magic number-the pounds fly back on with extra calories.

    4. Accountability-Post your DFJ (Daily Food Journal). Confess your slips, falls off the wagon, decision that dessert tasted better than healthy choices, and your success.

      The bravest, strongest, most beautiful people on these exchanges share not only their ups but their downs. Make it a habit to post daily or at least several times a week-even if you are having a horrible week or are super busy.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Newcomer FAQs

    How do I join a diet club?:
    There is nothing to "joining a diet club". Just introduce yourself and start posting.

    Do I need to follow a certain diet? No-We have members who follow a variety of approaches to shedding weight.

    You can learn the pros and cons of many diets by checking out the diets that interest you on the Diets A to Z page . Each diet listed has been evaluated by multiple health professionals.

    Most members follow a plan that simply controls calories, increases activity and changes the ways they think about food, exercise and healthy lifestyle.

    How do I find a buddy? Every member of the diet club is your buddy! All members lend each other support and accountability. Ask for help. Lend an ear. Encourage others and ask for encouragement.

    If you want to email with someone from the community-get to know us first. Then share an email address where someone can contact you off the diet club group. We recommend you use a "disposable" or junk email address. (There are services for this or you can get a gmail, yahoo or hotmail account for this purpose.) for this purpose-not your home or work email address. This keeps those email addresses from being gathered by spammers or by people you may not wish to have off the community contact with and if your home or work email address contains your full name-it may help protect your privacy.

    Who are the experts? There are no health professionals on the WebMD Diet Clubs. That said-every member of these communities knows the ins and outs of shedding weight.

    That said-related communities do have experts:

    Diet - Dr. Pam Peeke - an expert on diet and fitness and author of numerous books including Body for Life and Fit to Live.

    Fitness and Exercise - Rich Weil Rich Weil can answer all your fitness and exercise questions (though he will send you here for diet questions.)

    Food and Cooking - Elaine Magee , Dietitian- The Recipe Doctor. Elaine Magee can answer all of your questions about special diets, about how to substitute healthier foods in your diet, how to get your kids to eat healthy, how to find healthy fast food, restaurant portions and best of all-if you share a family favorite recipe-she can analyze it and help you "lighten" the recipe so that you can have your favorites and still eat healthy.

    She has written may books including "Tell me what to eat if I have IBS", "Tell Me What to Eat if I have Acid Reflux" and "Food Synergy" as well as cookbooks like "Comfort Food Makeover
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    A favorite series of mine from Dr. Pam Peeke: Think Small, Lose Big

    Tootgirl replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you for posting these tips. I have a huge question and you seem to be the perfect person to ask. I am a 40 year old woman who is 5 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. ( I know, obese!) Anyway, I recently lost 8 pounds, and it took me 2 1/2 months to do that. Now I am at a standstill even though I cut my calorie intake to, no more than 1217 calories a day and doing 1 hour of cardio at a fitness center, three days a week. What's wrong with me? Someone told me that I should be paying attention to the inches lost instead of just the scale but I'm not seeing anything there either. I am not going to stop what I'm doing but what is wrong with me?
    ldycheroke57 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    How do we post our DFJ? I'm using the Food and Fitness Planner as mine.
    Rebecca Eat to live, don't live to eat!
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to ldycheroke57's response:
    Hi & Welcome Idycheroke57,

    You can post your DFJ in the Food Log of WebMD Food & Fitness Planner.

    Or, if you want to post and share with other members for replies you can start a daily discussion and title it with the day, date and Daily Food Journal or DFJ.

    Example - Tues 01/18/11 - DFJ

    It would be fun and helpful to see what we are are eating!

    ladyfox40 responded:
    my name is maria,i wieght 211 and im 5 foot im having alot of health problems and i need ur help,can u please help me,thank you.
    kmiller2130 responded:
    Lots of water. Try to get at least 3 to 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day. Take in plenty of protein. Three servings of dairy (ex. milk, cheese, yogurt).
    Bijal2 replied to kmiller2130's response:
    Hi This is Bijal. Height 5-5' weight 145lb. want to lose weight up to 120lb. Can you please help me? DDo you have any daily diet plan of 1200 calories for veg, no meet, no beef, nofish, no pork diet? Thanks.
    hghina replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thanks it was very helpful
    msaigol replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hey there.

    I'm new to WebMD and I find it much better than the previous site I was using. It's more user friendly, more informative and has some great tools to guide my weight loss regime and help me cope with bipolar. I have loads of questions regarding my mental condition for which I've found some answers on here. I had no idea I was making so many diet mistakes until I used the weight regulating tools. I've also joined a discussion group for weight loss so I hope to find that motivation and sense of belonging I'm looking for to keep me on track. Thanks for reaching out to me and others!


    slats726 responded:
    Ok, I am brand new as of tonite and my one tip would be something I have used. When you eat your supper hopefully it will be healthy just take one serving of each item that is on the table or 1/2 a serving if it is fattening. EAT, Then push yourself back from the table and take your plate to the sink and wash it and put it away in the Dishwasher. That is all!!!
    Janice Cauffman
    SMUKKYPKD1 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hey, thanks for the tip. I am Doris, weights 167lbs and 5ft 5inch tall. Really wanna loss weight down to 130lb. My main issue is that its really hard for me to commit to exercising. Whenever i start, i go for like 3days then stop. I'm gonna start exercising again and make sure i count my calories. I have never jointed a discussion group before so im hoping that this will keep me motivated.

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