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Anyone have weight loss tips or successful weight loss programs that work? Christian based weight loss ideas preferred. thanks

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Stop eating for "external" reasons (reasons that originate outside the stomach, such as emotions, mindless habits, eating in response to the time on the clock, etc.), and start tuning into your hunger pangs. If you don't feel actual hunger pangs but you're tempted to eat, then pray and/or become distracted. Go for a walk. And eat smaller portions and exercise,too. I'm a physician with a Cornell nutrition degree. I lost 75 pounds and kept it off for 26 years. I'll be discussing my book The Eden Diet on the family life network of radio stations on 11/17/08 at 7:10CST. My book just recently became available through the major bookstore chains. The ISBN is 978-0-9820341-0-1.
---Rita on 11/13/08

The best weight loss tip in the world....burn more calories than you eat!
---Ben on 1/1/08

Eat organic when you can. Organic food is not only healthier, but since it doesnt have all the junk in it like regular food, it fills you up and and you wont get hungry again for awhile. You can also get dumb bells and other things, but basically staying active is a good idea. For instance, walk or/and bike when you can instead of driving. You'll not only shed the pounds but save gas money too.
---Kyoko on 3/12/07

Some have said, forget about weight and diet and go for health.
---jhonny on 3/5/07

I watch Denise Austin (excerise lady) and she knows alot about the body and how to excerise and not hurt your body. I've also learned alot by watching my husband when he came home from the Police Academy. they had to do certain excerises in a certian amount of time. And what they done was simple.
---Rebecca_D on 3/4/07

Some have struggled to find the right excercise. Some like to climb poles or walls. Others like to join as many gyms as they can. Some like it when it hurts, others like it gentle. Excercise starts with getting the hands over the head. Dancing even alone is joyful. Avoid burdensome methodologies. Deep breathing is good excercise. Vigorous after bath scrubbing is good excercise. Beleive it or not, even meditating on excercise is good excercise.
---jhonny on 3/4/07

---mark on 3/3/07

Mary. That's a good point. "I've kept my weight in check". Sometimes if we can just maintain the level of health or weight we're at we're doing well. Certainly a good way to start.
---jhonny on 3/3/07

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You've posted some excellent replies; especially about water; I also agree with robyn and marya35.

Vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements are extremely beneficial to overall health. We really don't get enough in our diet, even if we eat a lot of fruits and veggies; however, you can get too much of a good thing... I would advise anyone just beginning to learn about vitamins to stick with the "RDA" (Recommended Daily Allowance.)
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Stress, in some form, causes almost every kind of health problem including depression and anxiety, which often lead to obesity.
It's interesting- in the Bible, distress is referred to as "heaviness."

I've been working on loosing weight and have gradually lost 40 pounds so far. To reduce stress, feel better and loose weight, I do as many of the following as I can to the best of my ability...
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Seek Jesus (The Prince of Peace)... trust Him and meditate on His Word and pray...

Isa 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You."

Rom 8:6 "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Also, Rom. 14:17 and Jer. 33:6
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Fear God, love and obey Him, love and do good to others, and forgive...Unforgiveness is a heavy weight to carry.

Read the book of Ecclesiastes... I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and frequently feel overwhelmed by my circumstances... Ecclesiastes helps me to put things into perspective, not to stress about the "cares of this world," and to remember what's really important.
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Learn about nutrition: I've learned a lot by listening to and reading books by Christian doctors and nutritionists such as Dr. Don Colbert and Jordan S. Rubin.

Eat right...Fast and junk food produce more stress on our bodies than the stress they relieve by being quick and easy.

Eat breakfast...Getting up a half hour to an hour earlier to cook something is well worth the effort.
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Eat smaller, more frequent meals...Digestion takes a lot of energy: Food is supposed to give us energy; however when we eat too much, energy is used to deal with the excess rather than burn calories; this causes us to feel tired shortly after eating and the fat gets stored.

I must continually repent of gluttony. Each time it gets easier to ignore that extra portion or that sweet, gooey thing that's calling my name.
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

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Exercise... Not only does this burn calories, it reduces stress.

Get enough sleep/rest.

De-clutter, and get organized...Our environment affects us more than we realize. According to Peter Walsh, an organizational expert, and author; obesity and a cluttered home environment are related.

I did an I-net search on weight loss success stories and was very encouraged by reading how others have lost weight.
---Tbabe on 3/3/07

Mary. This may sound ridiculous, but do you know they have photographed the almost immediate results of prayer on water. It is wonderful that you continued that practice. Thatnk you for your testimony.
---jhonny on 3/2/07

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I joined a weight loss group at a church near by called Over-eaters Victorious and that was a lot of years ago. I still always think of the lesson on asking God to bless everything we eat ---- It's impossible to say "God, please bless this donut and make it nourishing to my body." I've kept my weight in check for many years now. And I am in very good health at age 70.
---marya35 on 3/2/07

It is a sin to overeat. Stop eating overly large food proportions and drink proportions.Eat more fruits and veggies. Cut out the sweets and junk foods. Fast more often and ask the Lord to help us and we will be at our ideal weight, which will be pleasing to the Lord. He wants us to be healthy in mind, body and soul.
Be blessed.
---robyn on 3/2/07

Drinking plenty of water will keep you from dehydrating.
Water flushes out toxins from your body. Water filters and purifies; blood, cells, muscle and fat.
Junk food, not water, will wash away the vital nutrients...vitamins and minerals.
Water will wash away harmful acids.

Too much salt intake without water causes imbalance."Your Body's Many Cries For Water"
All metabolic processes take place in a water based enviroment.
---jhonny on 3/1/07

I wounder how vitamins can help us with weight loss and diet. Anybody know?
---Zapie on 3/1/07

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I read that Nita, just awful! We should drink liquids daily, especially water, however TOO much water isn't good. It will wash away many of our vitamins and minerals from our bodies that we need!
---NVBarbara on 3/1/07

Rebecca is right. A lady died a month ago at a water drinking contest. It was a promotional contest, she didn't win either.
She chugged as much water as she could in a short amount of time. It killed her. Electrolytes and everything else went haywire.
---Nita on 2/28/07

Rebecca, I found it interesting what you said about people can drowned from drinking too much water, I just get super dizzy after drinking water, then feel like fainting. However, I have a peanut butter addiction, I do not know how to break. A few years ago, I cut out all bread, sugar and flour products, then lost around 40 lbs, however with the peanut butter addiction I gained it back.
---Cynthia_1 on 2/28/07

Fasting for addiction and other clinical conditions may be a good step before going on medications. Although taking meds. is easier.
Fasting is often misrepresented. Taking something out, like coffee or sugar or dairy can be a fasting. Also just eating one or two items for a week can be fasting. Just drinking liquids can be fasting.
Self-discipline and self-restraint is a purpose for proverbs. Proper guidelines are therein. Not all disciplines and restraints are profitable.
---jhonny on 2/28/07

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I agree, fasting to lose weight is never a good idea. However fasting AND prayer is completely different and something I don't believe should ever be discouraged. Fasting and prayer will change your life. It will make you more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, better able to hear His voice and His direction.

On another note, I've been experimenting with Interval Walking. It's an easier way to exercise yet burns tons more calories and tons more fat. It's interesting. Check it out on the Internet.
---DoryLory on 2/27/07

Mackey: Having been in treatement for binge eating disorder, and been in groups with bulimics and anorexics, I am totally opposed to fasting for people with food/eating disorders/weight problems. One of the problems with large people is that they have not developed a disciplined eating life style. I was advised by a dear Christian friend that the best thing I could do would be to eat according to the guidance of the nutritionist at the eating disorder center.
---Madison1101 on 2/27/07

Hi Masckey. I suggest fasting for food addiction. If there is food addiction or substance abuse of some sort. Fasting is often a short cut, to other solutions which take significant amounts of time. Fasting does not have to be for 24 hours. It can be a morning or an afternoon or an evening. Just get started.
---jhonny on 2/27/07

What do you guys think of the typical weight loss tip of fasting?
---Mackey on 2/27/07

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Hunger is often a need for water. Metabolic rates are affected by anxiety, and other fear based stressors. Opinions vary on how to cope. Everyone agrees three large meals a day when under stress is unhealthy and causes weight gain. The body is in protection mode and holds onto and builds fat cells for stored energy and protection. We need much more soft and gentle quietude in the ritual of eating. Loud noises cause a fight or flee reaction. Tension.
---jhonny on 2/26/07

I lost about 30 pounds by eating one meal a day. That stopped working so I started eating three smaller meals a day and lost another 20. One of my favorite tricks is to eat two full cans of vegetables along with whatever you eat for your dinner. Whether it be a steak or chicken or whatever, you get stuffed from about 700-800 calories. You will be satified, won't ask for seconds, and still eat a low calorie meal. Trust me, vegetables is a great way to still get a full stomach on a diet.
---Matthew on 2/26/07

Bruce is there not a larger town close by where you could have this procedure done? The closer to your chest the excess fat is, the more likely you are to have a heart attack. My brother has found that out the hard way!
Nope, most DIEts don't work. Its a mindset that we have to get into to eat more healthy, and get some exercise and make it a lifetime habit. Many just have 'arm disease', they don't know when to push away from the table!
---NVBarbara on 2/25/07

Accordig to fitness guru Susan Powder, diets don't work. Although she had everyone learning formulas to calculate the true fat content in products. People who need to feel protected or safe, from abuse or whatever, often will hold more weight. With the advent of disipating diseases like a.i.d.s. Having a little extra weight seems preferable. Sedentary lifestyle. We sit to work, sit to eat, sit for t.v. we sit for the computor, we sit at church, we sit in the car. We do a lot of sitting.
---jhonny on 2/25/07

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I am so glad for you. It looks like that option is not there for me. There are no doctors around here to do it.
---BRUCE5656 on 2/23/07

Bruce: I have lost 65 pounds in 6 months. I need to get to the gym more, but stomach pain in the past two weeks has kept me away from strenuous exercise. Thanks for asking.
---Madison1101 on 2/23/07

Susie, It really depends on if one is [moving] or not, walking is something that many can do, and it's enjoyable, any [brisk] movement for at least 30-45 minutes as often as needed will make a difference. Pop is loaded with sugar, and is a problem area for most, some can drink it like water. Nothing can substitute good water. 100% Cranberry juice is good too, it's flushes toxins out the body. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/23/07

MrsMorgan....I did not drink soda for six years and lost not one pound. Started drinking it again and have not gained any weight. To lose weight and maintain, the best thing is to start getting more exercise and becoming more active.
---Susie on 2/23/07

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How is that working out for you?
---BRUCE5656 on 2/23/07

Eat breakfast. Because around lunch time, you will be hungry but not that hungry. If you skip breakfast, your body slows down and you get hungry earlier and tend to eat more. I used to weight 137 lbs, now I'm down to 115 lbs. I had trouble with my kidney, so I was on pain meds for about 6 months. But I eat every 4-6 hours so I could take a pill. I do recommend that, (get sick). Did you know a person can drown by drinking too much water? So don't drink too much water.
---Rebecca_D on 2/23/07

Drink more water and less soda pop, and walk , walk , walk. Walking is my favorite form of exercise. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 2/22/07

Every time you get hungry and want to eat more then you should say a prayer or two or three. Drinnk lots of water and chew gum.
---grace3869 on 2/22/07

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Ben. How profound and true. I gave you a vote.LOL.
---john on 2/22/07

At the end of the day, your movement needs to exceed the food intake.
If you lay around and sit too much, you'll blow up like a toad.
---Dottie on 2/22/07

The only thing that worked for me was gastric bypass surgery. Sorry I can't be more help.
---Madison1101 on 2/22/07

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