I don't blog often about the very low calorie commercial weight loss plan I used (I'll save you some time.. I used Medifast/Take Shape for Life). Disclosure: I get nothing in return from TSFL or Medifast for blogging about this, just my own story. I got a few discounts 2 years ago from a few people in real life that saw my results and tried it. Also, I am no longer on Medifast/TSFL.
Here's the reason for the topic:
Dr. Sharma, an obesity MD in Canada has a topic today about low calorie diets and weight maintenance. Here is a link to his article. Please comment on his article (be respectful and add to the discussion) if you've had experience with low calorie diets and weight maintenance). We all go through a lot of hard work to lose and maintain using different methods. All I ask is that we be respectful in disagreeing and agreeing.
I used the Take Shape for Life plan to drop my 70 + pounds in a steady and for me safe way. I feel that I was probably weeks or months away from a massive, life altering event like a heart attack or stroke at the age of 45.
Just MY facts:
I was unable to get into the mind set that I needed to save my own life on the Standard American Diet so I signed up for the plan. It worked very, very well for me for phase 1- weight loss and in phase 2 transition. I purposly transitioned to Paleo for long term maintenance.
Maybe woo-woo :
I'm probably alive today because I was able to stay on plan on a low calorie plan and find clarity on being grain free and stop my emotional/binge eating. I also found my way to Paleo/Primal during this time of clarity.
|Big Paleo Breakfast- look Mom, no counting points!|
Why am I blogging about this today? 75% of my blog traffic comes from people searching for Medifast/TSFL topics, recipes. About 5-10% of my site traffic comes from those transitioning from Medifast/TSFL to a more Paleo/Primal approach for either loss or maintenance.
Find what works for you and build your own template to your best health. We are stronger together. Sharing what works. Here is the modified comment I posted at Dr. Sharma's. (see below the photo)
|Getting my weight loss & maintenance plans lined up in a row like these beach cottages|
Hello Dr. Sharma,
Thank you for your work in the field of obesity. I had been overweight since the age of 6 to the age of 45, (I’m now 47) with lots of attempts, large weight losses (60 pounds, with 70 regained). via Weight Watchers. In mid 2011, I started a commercial weight loss packaged VLCD with a loss of 2 pounds per week, I lost 70 pounds. I found this approach very effective for me, but I did not want to maintain my weight on packaged foods.
I transitioned over from the packaged diet to a Paleo food template (95% of the time). I find this food template (once optimized for my own body- I’m post autoimmune thyroid disease) to be very sustainable in keeping the weight off, keeping emotional/binge eating urges to a new time low (I’ve been in long term remission since the VLCD).
Not only is my health great, but I also went completely through menopause the first year of weight maintenance. I have about a +/- 3 pound variance around 115 pounds, I’m 5’1″ so that puts me right in the middle of my BMI range. I walk for 10,000 steps a day, strength train 1-2 times a week, sprint once a week.
I’m now 21 months+ into weight maintenance. Sleeping well, rarely ever sick and feeling like I’m 27 instead of 47. Very few menopause symptoms. If I eat junky food, my hot flashes and scale have a notable uptick. I’m rarely have cravings or am hungry- just normal hunger.
I blog (non-commercial) at http://gardengirlkp.blogspot.com/ and I update my progress with graphs monthly, maintenance photos and blood work/biomarkers when I have labs done. I share my n=1 experiences. Feel free to ask questions. I’m a single parent with a teen aged daughter, 2 hour daily commute, mainly desk job, and I work in health care in a licensed position in a laboratory.
Thank you again for your important work in the field of obesity, weight loss, and weight maintenance.