Failed Attempts to Lose Weight

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  1. Alisha says:

    As a vegetarian, I tried Atkins because my parents tried to do it…yeah, dumb move. There was almost nothing I could eat. Unless you count beans and olives.

  2. Chris Clarke says:

    I get the impression that you’ve never failed because you’ve never actually tried.

  3. Cyn says:

    Well my parents both did Atkins – bacon, butter, steaks, eggs every day… until my mom’s teeth started looking like a cast-iron pan.

    I’ve used Slimfast (ha!) diet coke and cookies (that didn’t go well either) water diet – you fill up with water and run to the bathroom for exercise (no, I’m not kidding) energy drinks – which works for a few hours, then you have a headache and get shaky and cranky.

    Now I’m exercising, and I feel healthier, even if I haven’t lost much weight.

  4. Ryan says:

    There are ways to make a low carb (not a no- carb, mind you) diet work. The point being that, if you are watching your carb intake, you’re generally also reducing caloric intake. That coupled with exercise can be a very efficient weight loss method. I know, because I’m doing it now 🙂 . Great site Tyler! Keep it up man. You’re an inspiration to many!

  5. Juncti says:

    I’ve only done the eat 5 or 6 small meals keeping calories below 1900 a day, and exercise.

    Worked quite well, but I was doing this after Katrina which wasn’t a good time. Grocery stores had limited items, only a few were even open, and you had to wait in a long line out in the sun just to enter the store. Most restaurants were still closed, and those that were open had what they called “limited menus”. That basically meant you took what you could get and liked it.

    I plan on revisiting this diet soon, just need to get motivated to start up. I will definitely be blogging the diet too as Tyler had mentioned how much that adds accountability to stay on course.

  6. Lyn says:

    Oh I tried just about every diet on the books too, but I actually worked them for weeks or months at a time. I’d like 10, 20, 30 pounds and then gain it all back plus more.

    This is the first and only time I have lost over 35 pounds and kept it off. And it isn’t a special diet or pill or magical program. I am really proud of myself.

    You are doing great 🙂

  7. Coryad says:

    Ugh I’ve tried everything too. No carb, no sugar, no meat, no this, no that. Pills, pills, more pills, salads….. blech.
    Now I eat less of the foods I like and move more. Period. I lose weight slower than any human on earth, but I DO lose! I run, I like it, I stick with it, it works.

  8. jon b says:

    I completely agree. The difference of attempts from than “2 hours” to 2 days shows the difference willpower and real “want vs. need”argument makes.

  9. Tyler says:

    Keep it up, you will!

  10. Tyler says:

    I’m glad. Just curious, why are you waiting so long to start your new lifestyle? Are things hectic right now?

  11. Tyler says:

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  12. Tyler says:

    That’s a good strategy, my friend.

  13. Tyler says:

    I don’t like olives. My sister-in-law loves them, but she’s also a very weird person.

  14. Cole says:

    I haven’t tried many diets other than either straight up exercise and/or not eating bad stuff. Only with my latest go at it have I been REALLY even analyzing food to any extent; before, I’d just count calories and try to work out as much as possible. Now, I count calories and try to keep track of what makes up those calories. Protein calories good because I weight train as well as cardio, fat calories always bad. Sugar calories? Well, bad in large quantities, but necessary for energy. So, I think you have to find a ratio that works for you. Right now I don’t have a specific ratio of calorie intake, I’m just going for as little fat as possible and not worrying too much about anything else. It seems to be working quite well!

  15. Joe says:

    I tried both Atkins and the South Beach diets. Both are essentially carb-restricted diets that rely on an initial period of carb deprivation to cause you to dump 10 to 15 lbs of retained water. Didn’t work for me at all. I also tried the Slimfast diet and that was a joke. I felt like crap.

    What has worked this time was keeping a food diary, monitoring not just my caloric intake but the ratio of macro-nutrients (I’ve found for me that if my carb ratio goes too high I gain weight, even when I’m within my normal caloric range for a day) I consume. On top of that I run 3 times a week and do some body weight resistance training.

  16. Will says:

    I’ve gotta admit, it’s pretty much been the Gym and Salad Regimen for me since January. But the results speak for themselves. I’ve lost this weight a few times over the past twenty years – Diet Workshop program, Atkins – with good results, but the problem was always maintenance.

    This time around, I’d like to think I’ve finally learned the difference between “diet” and “lifestyle change.” They gym and salad won’t be going away anytime soon for me; that’s what I need to keep the weight off. Allowing myself a couple of cheat meals a month makes it manageable. Let’s see how I do after I hit goal at year’s end, but I’m feeling good about this time 🙂

  17. Juncti says:

    A little hectic but probably not as hectic as some people. Laziness is definitely part of it, probably a trait of many overweight people.

    Another problem is I have so few items in that meal rotation, I know I’ll get bored of it fast. So I really think I need to find some good recipes so I don’t fall off the wagon so to speak.

    At times I was eating things like a large can of tuna with 18 crushed wheat thins, and some mustard. Because it fit into my calorie profile. Didn’t taste bad, but certainly not going to sustain a diet.

    It’s also hard because each weekend I’m over at people’s houses and wind up eating what they have and it’s never healthy stuff. So I guess the only option there would be to not go, or bring my own little portioned foods and resist all that temptation on a regular basis. Plus football season cookouts.

    But I guess that all falls back on laziness. That and no support, when I start my diet I start it alone and no one is coming with me.

    Going to have to get started one of these days, need to restart my blog too (again, lazy lol).

    Until then, I’m stuck in the same schedule as many other dieters, my diet starts next week, and next week it’s always next week.

  18. Daniel says:

    I had tried weight loss a couple times in the past; failed ones? I tried regular dieting, but I would go off track a couple days later.

    I’ve been dieting since June 2, 2009 when I started out at 246.4 pounds. I now weight 210.4 lbs (today was my lowest weigh-in in YEARS). During my first month, I lost over 25 lbs. That was back when I was tracking all calorie, carb and fat intake.

    So whats the diet? Sensible eating and drinking under 1,500 calories. What does sensitive eating mean? No fried foods, no junk food, NO SODA (Seriously, High Fructose Corn Syrup is the devil!), no fast food, eating as much organic as possible. I ride a bike once or twice a week and it works great and it also renewed my interest in bicycling.

    I can’t remember a time where I have felt better about myself. My current goal is 200 by Halloween.

  19. Steve says:

    I used to weigh over 400 pounds and I’m currently around 300 and still losing and just like you Tyler, I went the route of exercising more. I tried Atkins, those chitosan pills and every other fad out there and I lost a lot and have it kept it off just by eating less and exercising more.

    Oh and love the site as well. More inspirational than someone yelling at me.

  20. Joe says:

    About 5.5 years ago I decided that I had enough of being overweight and tired. I was 385 pounds and 23 years old at the time. I dedicated myself to going to the gym, but not going crazy at the gym (an hour on the treadmill and some light lifting plus an hour swimming in the pool). I went at least 5 times per week. I’ve always had a good diet (no fast food, no soda, lots of water), but my portion sizes were obscene. So I lessened my portions and still ate the healthy food. I went from 385 pounds to 260 pounds in about a year. I felt great.

    Then two things happened. First, my gall bladder went (the doctor said it was a result of losing too much weight too quickly). As such, my body had (and continues to have) a hard time processing fat out of my foods. Second, I graduated from graduate school and landed a great job an hour from my home. This means that I am out of the house from 7:30am until about 6:30pm and exhausted by the time I get home.

    Slowly, the weight came back on. When I was in graduate school, even though I went to a school that was 45 minutes from my house, I had so much free time that going to the gym was easy. It’s extremely hard to lose weight when you’re out of the house in a sedentary office setting for 8 hours each day with an hour commute on either end of that work day.

    Last winter I reached 380 pounds again. At that point, I was disgusted. I joined a gym down the street and went there every day for over a month. Maybe 10 pounds came off. So I stopped going to the gym.

    However, due to an active summer and the dietary changes that I’ve made over the last few months (smaller portions), I dropped 50 pounds so that I’m weighing in at about 330 now. I’ve been at this weight for about a month and I’m confident that I can lose another 70 and sit at 260 (which is where I want to be in the short term).

    The lesson that I’ve learned is that you have to get into shape when you have the freedom to do so. Because if you wait until you have an executive-type job and a lengthy commute, it’ll be harder than you could imagine.

  21. Holly says:

    In my first year of college I lost 20 pounds by taking the then-popular diet drug “fen-fen”. I also forgot to eat and my mother started putting Ensure in my car because without it, I would just not eat all day. As soon as I went off the drug after moving out and going off their health insurance I put on the twenty pounds almost overnight…plus another twenty for fun! Fast forward 14 years and I’m finally back in the size I was at that time – with no drugs….just rough calorie counting and exercise daily.

  22. Dee says:

    Oh godddddddd – the cabbage soup diet. I tried that one as well, with as much luck as you. YUCK!!!

    I also tried SlimQuick for Women, which I did lose a few pounds with, but quickly gave up because it was WAY too expensive.

    I am presently undergoing my (hopefully) final attempt to lose weight, and have lost about 12 pounds in less than a month. What am I doing? Eating right – reducing portion sizes, eating regular meals and snacks to keep metabolism up, choosing healthier alternatives, and EXERCISING. I’m actually finding myself enjoying the exercise now that I’ve made a routine of it (though not the last two days since I’ve hurt my leg somehow. 🙁 )

    I enjoy reading your blog – very inspiring! You look great – I’m hoping I can soon join you in the ranks of people with successful weight loss! I’ve got quite a ways to go, but I really, really feel like I can get there this time.


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