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  • The weight loss ads have begun....grrr

    Oh my holy hell, just the last 2 days the amount of weight loss adds on tv has skyrocketed!

    All the shakes, prepared foods, pills and promises of getting thin fast is making my head spin.

    The sadness of all the ppl who are desperate to lose weight and will spend hundreds of dollars and affect their health is such a negative way is saddening.

    So glad I never tried any of them. Was always afraid of negatively affecting my health for the long term. Those plans never felt 'natural'.

    Anyone out there get really involved in those programs and notice negative affects??
    44 F 5'5
    SW 205.4
    CW 180.4
    GW 150

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    Most fail quickly, so the long-term effect of joining a CW program is loss of $$$ and gain of a few pounds.

    I don't watch television. Not watching television is good for your mental health.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
      Most fail quickly, so the long-term effect of joining a CW program is loss of $$$ and gain of a few pounds.

      I don't watch television. Not watching television is good for your mental health.
      Ditto and ditto. I was on weight watchers a long time ago. I lost some weight, hated that I had to eat low fat, started playing tennis more, ate what I wanted, gained some weight back. Oh well...

      I also only watch what I can find on Netflix. Not watching tv means I don't have to be subjected to the "new year's resolutions" and "get the body you want now" crap. Thank God!

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      • #4
        New Years "resolutioners" coming to a gym near you!
        52 year old Male
        Goal: 185lbs
        April 10th: 220lbs

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        • #5
          This site will see an increase in people, too. At least for a while.

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          • #6
            I never got the whole "paying someone else for me to lose weight" thing. I do the work. I bust my hump and back in CW days, I deprive myself often to lose weight, and someone else gets paid?

            Now give me a program that pays me money for every pound I lose, and I'm there.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • #7
              I was a resolutionist and that was 5 years ago. I have never paid for a plan, but I followed an eDiets advice/generic plan and it worked like a charm for me until I had a baby. After that I have lost my baby weight on Jillian Michael's (outdated) idea of the oxidizer type, which worked until I depleted nutrients. The most stable plan was Mark Hyman's (again, a book from the library) the Supermetabolism, which was basically a whole foods diet plan. It was my best time. Then I started restricting more and more going Paleo, Primal, Low Carb.... what have you and f**d with the success. Now, I am working my way back to whole foods and healthy home-cooked meals.

              You really do not need to invest into anything if you have a library handy & access to the internet. No harm in trying.
              Last edited by Leida; 12-27-2013, 01:12 PM.
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              When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                "paying someone else for me to lose weight" thing.
                This is just a small part of the "Paying someone else to make me healthy" thing. Be it weight loss, exercise, going to the doctor to be treated for some lifestyle related disorder or paying extra for the "Low fat" processed crap in the grocery store, most Americans are looking for the lazy way out. Eating right and exercise is too hard. Taking pills and having surgeries are (apparently) easier.
                Randal
                AKA: Texas Grok

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by texas.grok View Post
                  Taking pills and having surgeries are (apparently) easier.
                  I know someone who actually gained weight on purpose so he would be able to have weight loss surgery. He wasn't heavy enough to qualify, so he actively ate to gain and make the cut (literally). But it turns out he has another condition that disqualifies him, so he's was out of luck anyway.

                  Usually a very smart man, but not in this case.
                  Durp.

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                  • #10
                    Some people take a weightloss/fitness plan more seriously if they make a financial commitment. I'm that way. I pay $100 a month for CrossFit and damned if I am going to waste money by not going.

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                    Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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                    • #11
                      My organic grocery store is in the same shopping center as the a Gold's Gym. I dread navigating the parking lot for the next month.
                      5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                        Some people take a weightloss/fitness plan more seriously if they make a financial commitment. I'm that way. I pay $100 a month for CrossFit and damned if I am going to waste money by not going.
                        The financial commitment is a big contributor to the success of name brand weight and fitness programs.

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                        • #13
                          YOU SAID IT!! So stupid. It's called eating high protein and healthy fats and non starchy veggies! COMMON PEOPLE!!!! If it were rocket science, you'd have to go to school for it!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Damn, I will once again have a hard time finding space in my gym's parking lot, which will be filled with the empty promises of 1 month's worth of human resolve. I dislike how this happens in winter, when I have no choice but to exercise indoors. :|
                            My chocolatey Primal journey

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                            • #15
                              I love not having TV. I don't have to see the same stupid ads.

                              That said, I never paid to be on a diet plan. I've always been a lone wolf, so the group support thing didn't appeal to me. And, if the conventional dietary advice at the time was correct, how hard was it to weigh/measure your food, cut fat, and keep your calories below a certain limit? Sure, it took a bit of effort, but it wasn't exactly rocket surgery.

                              Too bad lowfat CW didn't work, and I just ended up hungry, cranky, bedeviled by cravings, and ready to binge again. Because damn it, I knew how to do it.

                              So no Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, or Opti-Fast. I couldn't afford them, anyway. I never drank Slim-Fast, or went on the Cabbage Soup diet, or the Master Cleanse. As a teenager, I did order some diet pills from the back pages of a magazine, but the first time I took them I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest, so I threw them away.

                              I wanted to lose weight so badly--and I wanted to lose it fast. But somehow, I knew that the only way that worked was by restricting calories, paying attention to what I ate, and getting some exercise, and that promises to lose weight fast were just that. I was really skeptical. Plus, I didn't want to spend what little money I had on anything that wasn't certain to work. The speedy "diet pills" not only made my heart race; they left me feeling like an idiot for falling for ridiculous promises in the first place. I wasn't about to make that same mistake again.

                              I did eventually pay $.69 at Goodwill for a paperback copy of Atkins' New Diet Revolution, however, which turned out to be exactly what I needed at the time. But the only reason I did it was because enough people around me were actually losing weight by following it. And that was the first (and last) weight-loss diet book I'd ever bought.

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