questionswhat is the best diet you were ever on?

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Why do you think I am dieting? Does my avatar look like it's overweight?

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eat a variety of food in moderation whenever you are hungry.
keep calories at the same level as calories burned per day or less.

THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET OR SUPER DIET.

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Taco Bell - put in a little, get rid of a lot.

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Weight Watchers is good, as it teaches you how to eat properly. I went from 276 lbs to 215 in about 6 months. Unfortunately, they move the meeting place I was going to and I stopped going, and have gain a bunch back, but not all of it. I know how I eat and lack of exercise is wrong, and I'm working on changing it. It's amazing what even 30 minutes of exercise a day can do!

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The no zombie brains after dark diet.
It's really good. I kind of have a Jared-like fame because of it, and no, my stomach wasn't stapled either!

See, it works like this: (Kind of like a Mogwai diet in that there are very specific rules that cannot and should not be broken)
1) Don't go out after dark. There be zombies in them thar hills!
2) Don't talk to strangers, especially with diseased hanging limbs and a pronounced speech impediment that sounds a little something like this: "mmmrrmmph.... brains!"
3) Don't go by the Necromonger rule of keep what you kill. Kill it with the brain-shot then get rid of it by burning it.
4) No matter how much it looks like bacon, do not eat it.
5) When your girlfriend or boyfriend starts with a little playful nibbling of the earlobes, and then progresses to full blown unrestrained hickeys be a little leery. I suggest using your useless sports memorabilia to protect your most valuable diet resource.. your brain. They may look at you funny or drool.

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Eat less (particularly cookies and ice cream), move more.
Not terribly difficult in theory. A bit more difficult in practice. But it works.
If you want more specifics:
Drink only water, (hot, unsweetened) tea, (skim) milk and a bit (like 1 cup per day) of gatorade.
Eat lots of vegetables and some fruit each day.
Eat mostly "real", "unprocessed" food.
Add leafy green vegetables (I like spinach) to sandwiches to help make them more filling without adding extra calories.
Keep condiments, particularly creamy ones, to a minimum.
And 90-ish minutes of relatively high intensity time at the gym 5 days/week.

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I went from a size 12 to a 4 on South Beach. But I did Phase 1 for two months (it's only supposed to be two weeks). I've been able to maintain but I work out every day. I'm not very hard on myself anymore as far as food goes unless I start to put some weight back on, then I go back and do it again.

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I've been losing a lot of weight lately but it wasn't an intentional diet. I just wanted to decrease my grocery budget so I started buying more dry rice, beans, and other grains along with more fresh veggies.

I don't count calories or eat any less, but I think just getting off the processed foods made a big difference. I've lost 20 pounds in the last 7-8 weeks.

I think it will be fairly easy to stick to since the primary benefit was that I'm saving a couple hundred dollars per month on my food budget.

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I lost 85lbs in about a year two years ago on the sensational fad diet called "Eat less. Exercise more." The way it works is you join one of the many calorie tracking sites (I used Livestrong.com)and start tracking everything you eat. Cut back over the course of a couple of weeks to 1200 calories a day (1800 if you are a guy). Keep as close as possible to 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat. Buy a food scale. Learn to like healthier foods, and find room in your budget for them as they cost at least 2-3x as much as the bad ones. Walk briskly 2 miles a day on work days and 4 miles a day on weekends at a speed of over 4mph. Climb 20 flights of stairs 2x a day at the office. Do situps first thing in the morning and weights or punching bag in the afternoon. Take some fun classes like zumba or kickboxing. Succeed or fail, love yourself.