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OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) May 12, 2024 11:31 AM
       OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) May 12, 2024 12:13 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) May 12, 2024 12:33 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) May 12, 2024 12:41 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Larry [MN]) May 12, 2024 1:38 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by NE [PA]) May 12, 2024 2:02 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) May 12, 2024 2:04 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by OREO [WI]) May 12, 2024 2:15 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by 6x6 [TN]) May 12, 2024 4:39 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by 6x6 [TN]) May 12, 2024 4:44 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by wmh [NC]) May 12, 2024 4:46 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by MikeA [TX]) May 12, 2024 6:54 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by MC [PA]) May 12, 2024 6:59 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Vee [OH]) May 12, 2024 7:05 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Robin [WI]) May 12, 2024 7:34 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 12, 2024 8:05 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) May 12, 2024 9:50 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Small potatoes [NY]) May 12, 2024 10:58 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Nicole [PA]) May 13, 2024 10:07 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by MC [PA]) May 14, 2024 8:24 AM
       OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) May 14, 2024 10:44 AM
       OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) May 14, 2024 12:06 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Phil [OR]) May 14, 2024 1:23 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) May 14, 2024 3:50 PM
       OT: Weight & Health (by Sandy [CO]) May 15, 2024 1:33 AM

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OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 11:31 AM

FWIW, hereís how my wife and I have maintained our weight, _+/- 6 lbs, and physical condition for the past 30 years. Iím 61 and sheís 59. I thought it might be helpful to share my life and Iíd love to hear about how you stay healthy!

ē Keep tempting foods out of the house. This is key. We donít have ice cream, cookies, tasty chips (we have plain chips), or any other calorie dense snack around.

ē Donít eat after dinner. Good habit for maintaining weight and sleeping well. When you don't have tempting treats around, not snacking is easier.

ē Ask family and friends not to expose us to food that tempts us. My daughter brings us some treats now and then, but itís not a lot and itís not a habit.

ē Weigh ourselves several times a week. When the scale goes up, we donít panic or beat ourselves up, but we reduce tempting food around and portion size, and we donít make a big deal about it.

ē We donít count calories and weíve never ďdietedĒ.

ē We treat ourselves when we eat out, but donít keep treats at home.

ē We both wear Fitbits (fitness trackers) and enjoy watching the number of steps we take, and how many calories we burn on a run or out dancing, but we donít take it too seriously, we just have fun with it.

ē We walk, run, dance and rock climb together. Great exercise, fun and conversation.

ē We eat good food. Today's breakfast: scrambled eggs, blueberry and broccoli smoothie, chicken sausage, onions and chickpeas.

ē Try to keep up with health maintenance: colonoscopes and vaccinations like shingles

Love to hear how you maintain your physical and mental health!


OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 12:13 PM

Ditto. Add avoid sugars and sugary drinks. Avoid caffeine. --172.59.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 12:33 PM

I agree on the sugar and sugary drinks. I'm a sugar addict and try to limit my sweets to Costco samples. I believe our bodies aren't built to handle all the sugar that's paraded around us and we gobble up.

And yes caffeine. Sleep is an important part of health and any more than a cup of coffee at 10am doesn't help it --173.63.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 12:41 PM

i see people going down hill with health where do not quit smoking and will not change diet when progressed to type 1. The pandemic caused a real strain on the health care system where it took considerable time for elective surgery where was two weeks from going into hospital where decided to go for private medical procedure where was in one hour then out. If went into hospital would have been in there for three days along possibility of complications as a laser was used instead steam process. Now slowly recovering from last year. Normal BMI Index along with avoid soft drinks, orange juice, ice cream, chocolate bars and salty foods as this what brought down blood pressure to normal levels along with exercise. People do not realize they are pre diabetic where due poor diet go from to type 2 then progress to type 1. As a result of high sugar diet the body can not process that high level sucrose where have a lot body fat where they are going to become diabetic. So in the end they have a stroke where if survive they wind up in nursing home. When was at the massive major hospital for tests on the way out the door there vans taking people to the nursing homes. 80 kg, 1.8 meters is right in the normal BMI index. --207.236.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 1:38 PM

These new weight loss drugs (Ozempic, etc) are proving that people simply eat too much. These drugs work by slowing digestion so your stomach empties more slowly and you feel full longer. So you eat less and you lose weight. Itís all very simple. Itís not that you eat too many carbs, sugar, gluten, fat, corn syrup, etc. Itís that people eat too much.

Food manufacturers have perfected junk foods that taste so good you over eat them. Your advice to keep junk foods out of your house is great advice. If I have Doritos in the house I keep going back for more. They are so good but they are empty calories. --172.58.x.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 2:02 PM

Wife and I started Keto in April 2023. Iíve lost about 40-50 lbs. We do IF, trying for 20 & 4, but usually ends up 16 & 8. Gave up processed foods & sugar. Not 100% as we do cheat sometimes. But overall good. Once we got the garbage out of our system, we stopped getting ďhangryĒ & it was easy to go long stretches without a meal. --24.152.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 2:04 PM

Add avoid Corn anything! So genetically modified it not good for me anymore. And High Fructose anything --172.59.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 2:15 PM

I avoid doctors like the plague because I don't believe in them. I avoid prescriptions when at all possible. My grandfather was a pharmacist and told his kids (my late mom) not to take prescriptions. As a result, she was only on two prescriptions at the age of 93.

When I do see a doc for my two scripts, it's once a year and she threatens to cut me off if I don't come in. If I am having a medical issue, I go to an excellent, natural nurse practitioner. Insurance doesn't cover her, but for $100, I get an entire hour of her care, prescriptions (I needed an inhaler), and peace of mind; priceless.

My once a year doc put me on a mediterraneon diet to reduce my cholesterol. It didn't agree with my stomach so I switched myself to a low saturated fat diet. Was a perfect weight for my height, but the diet has caused me to lose 7 pounds over 6 months. Keeping snacks in our house is not usual. If I want to treat myself I go to our local Natural Food store and have them whip me up an 8 oz organic monkey shake; banana, cocoa powder, oat milk. I drink 4 oz and freeze 4 oz for another time. I intermittently fast within a 6 hour window as it seems to help with food allergies. Sometimes I forget to eat because I'm not hungry. --75.11.xx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 4:39 PM

First step, do as OREO, avoid the doctors.

Second, don't do drugs, prescription or otherwise, if at all possible. ALL medications have side effects.

Next, don't do diets but rather a lifestyle change as diets don't work, at least not for long. Eat the proper foods and drink the proper liquids in the proper amounts, get off the couch, keep moving, and you will be the proper weight that you are meant to be at.

Turn off the TV, put down the newspaper, stay away from social media, and NEVER listen to the government and their "experts" and you can keep your mental health in check.

Admittedly, I don't do workout routines as I should, but I do exercise every day working on a house, crawling under, kneeling down, squatting, lifting, ect....

I like your list. I need to add dancing. I also weigh every day and don't count calories. I treat the weight the same as you and it works great that way.

I don't worry about doctors' visits or vaccines, especially now.

Thanks for sharing your health tips. May you and your wife live long and prosper.


OT: Weight & Health (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 4:44 PM

I forgot sleep, imagine that. It is very important to get enough, I agree. Unfortunately, my mind is always racing and I have a hard time sleeping sometimes. I need to get more though as I work 7 days a week. I should take more time off to rest at least. Should take the weekends off. --76.129.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by wmh [NC]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 4:46 PM

Don't be smug. Just because something works for you doesn't mean it works for someone else. Our bodies process all kinds of things differently - we are not carbon copies of each other.

I come from a family of four children. Back in the day, we all ate the same, did the same things, took the same vacation, had the same treats, etc. Mom cooked at home, we never went out to dinner except maybe once a year, etc. It was the 50's/60's.

My oldest brother struggled with weight his entire life, from the moment he was BORN. At the end of his life he was walking 5 miles a day and taking several mountain climbing vacations a year. Was fat his entire life even so. My middle brother was a rail his entire life. My sister is thin as a stick, and I am round as an apple.

My two oldest sons: #1 was fat from birth. Huge. Half my height at birth too. He has worked out nearly every day his entire life, was a wrestler in high school, joined the Army, etc. Has an amazing gym in his home, a trainer that comes in on the regular, and a live-in cook. And yet he's huge. Huge.

His brother is thin without effort - still wears clothes from high school, doesn't even think about watching his diet, drinks alcohol, doesn't exercise...I take that back he started walking last year. But he's almost 50 so that's not why he's thin.

My third son has a different dad, my DH, and he's middle of the road: struggles with Dad Bod at 35, but nothing to write home about. Works out sometimes, eats pretty well - just normal.

I'm glad what works for you works for you, but don't assume it would work for everyone. --173.28.xx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 6:54 PM

I lost 50 pounds in about 3 months and got below my ideal body weight. How? Throat cancer. Hard to eat when you have a 3rd degree burn on the inside of your throat from radiation and the chemo drugs work much better than ozempic. I don't recommend that as a weight loss program though. I have managed to keep half of that weight off for 2 years now.

Portion size is something we focus on. When we go out to eat we almost always divide each serving into a healthy portion. In almost all cases, the restaurant size is about twice what a healthy portion is. We and take home a box and have it the next day.

The other thing that helps is to skip a meal or two in a fasting period every couple of weeks. That helps shrink the stomach so that even if you lose track of portion size, you can't eat as much. --209.205.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by MC [PA]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 6:59 PM

I posted a larger response earlier but it didn't go through. I am still able to be fairly active so I am. I have coworkers who complain about thier weight and ailments. I suggested that the majority of people can change things just by moving more multiple times. No.one wants to hear it. They just talk about how this or that hurts. I have zero sympathy and have shown it.

I am not in ideal shape but I am in better shape than the majority of those I know. My kids are active at work and at home so that helps them. There is no "one size fits all". It is all about moderation. --73.230.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 7:05 PM

Pistachios, just a handful watching a baseball game.


OT: Weight & Health (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 7:34 PM

WMH is right: one size doesn't fit all. I won the good-genes lottery. But upbringing helps: with nine kids to feed, my mom didn't buy empty-calorie snack food. We drank OJ for breakfast and milk for lunch and dinner. Whole-wheat bread. All the fresh fruit we could eat. Desserts were once a week on Sunday nights: ice cream or oatmeal cookies. Food was there to nourish us, not provide stress relief or entertainment.

Those habits persist, although DH keeps buying chips. My routine when I'm in the middle of a rehab: I pack a PB&J sandwich, two clementines, and several bottles of water. I eat half a sandwich when I get hungry for breakfast, the other half when I get hungry again, and the clementines when I'm on my way home after a long day of rehab work. Then a small dinner. Keeps the pounds off like magic.

When I'm home doing paperwork, though--anything in the house with sugar can and will be eaten! I try not to do too much paperwork... --104.230.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 8:05 PM

I am in Shape......Round is a shape --24.101.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 9:50 PM

Robert, it seems like sugar is a common thread for health problems and like you said, itís all around us in seemingly innocent food like orange juice, ice cream, fruit juice, you name it.

Yeah Larry, I think they run experiments to make foods taste so good, youíll almost kill yourself eating more.

That is great NE, that you and your wife did it together and got on a good road. And as for cheating, I read once, itís like when you get a flat tire, you donít get out of your car and puncture the other three tires.

Plenty, my daughter read what you wrote tonight over dinner and laughed in satisfied agreement with you.

Thanks for the smoothie recipe, OREO! And, Iíll bet a lot of folks wish they could forget to eat!


OT: Weight & Health (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 12, 2024 10:58 PM

I do not eat like I used to. Just have one plate. Have not eaten McDonald's or fast food in over 5 years, if I had to eat that on the road I'd get the fish sandwich. I eat nothing w artificial color or flavor. Thing that stuck w me from a relative that was on weight watchers is look at something and decide if it's "worth it". So much is not and it makes it easier to say no. Second thing is eating in a restricted time frame of no more than 9 hours combined w having last meal many hours before bedtime. Still figuring on the new recommendation to eat 30 grams of protein at every meal. --172.59.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2024 10:07 PM

All I can say is "wow!". I live very differently than most of the above posters. My family eats what we want and like.

I will comment on the first post of +/- 6 pounds over the years. I can fluctuate that much up and down in any given week.

I also avoid doctors whenever possible and HATE the medical system and the circus/business it has become. I do take one pill that basically keeps me alive for a genetic blood disorder but other than than, I have very little to do with the medical system.

But deprive myself of sweets and other things I love? To possibly live a few months longer? No thanks. --98.237.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by MC [PA]) Posted on: May 14, 2024 8:24 AM

I don't deprve. Just not a fan of certain things anymore. Moderation is the key. --73.230.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 14, 2024 10:44 AM

6x6, it seems avoiding doctors is a common thread here, but Iíd suggest instead, see a doctor on a regular basis, but not take every test, vaccination, and antibiotic they recommend. Just my two cents

My wife recently had to go into the hospital with bleeding in her intestine caused by H Pylori. The bleeding stopped and they prescribed her a few antibiotics and a medication to reduce stomach acid. Sheís decided not to take the antibiotics and instead go with a natural remedy.

I think your right on with lifestyle changes, eating good foods and keep moving. A good one for me is to take the end-of-meal conversation out on a walk. And yeah, staying away from social media and the internet in general to ďkeep your mental health in checkĒ

Thanks for you kind wish of May you and your wife live long and prosper :-)

As for sleep, I try to read before bed, to calm my mind.

WMH, Iím sorry I came across as smug. I didnít mean to say this is easy or that what works for me will work for you, Iím just sharing what works for me. My daughter and I really enjoyed reading about you and your familyís history and how siblings can be so different from each other.

MikeA, I happy you made it through the cancer and great tip about the boxing when going out. A friend of ours boxes half his meal before he starts the meal. Interesting about the fasting and Iím going to look into that. Thank you!

MC, you are right and like 6x6 said keep moving. Iíve found the fitbit has helped me to appreciate long walks and good sleep. And yes moderation. It is tough surrounded by all these tempting treats :-)

Yeah thatís a good one Vee, not bring the bag, but only what you can hold in your hand. I tend to take a big hand hold and thereís a cashew trail behind me.

Robin, I think DH and DW make it hard when they bring home tasty treats. I ask my DW to hide the almond cookies and bean buns she brings back from the Korean store so I donít know about them.

Yeah Ray-N-Pa and Iíll bet you have six pack abs but theyíre just hidden :-)


OT: Weight & Health (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 14, 2024 12:06 PM

I see a Functional Medicine Doctor and suggested everyone do so. I have an eating plan not a diet. I'm choosing to eat this way for my health which in turn keeps weight appropriate for my height and body style. For many many years I could eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, the food chain changed abs it effected my heart and health. Functional Medicine for everyone. --172.59.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by Phil [OR]) Posted on: May 14, 2024 1:23 PM

get a dog that needs LOTS of exercise and walk them every day (I try to get 5 miles with the dog a pudlepointer ..yes it is a breed)

Switch to a bike for the short commute --76.138.xxx.xxx

OT: Weight & Health (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: May 14, 2024 3:50 PM

I just read that Functional medicine is an approach to healthcare that focuses on treating the root causes of illness, rather than just managing symptoms. Makes good sense to me.

Dog walking is great. Gets you outside rain or shine and talk with some folks along the way. Good for the body and mind. I've never heard of a pudlepointer. They look like rugged dogs. --173.63.xxx.xx

OT: Weight & Health (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: May 15, 2024 1:33 AM

Iíve noticed that an effect of sugar for me is that it robs the body of oxygen. And now that I know that, Iíve incorporated that bit of information into my eating. It helps to connect the sugar with the lack of oxygen (which kills off cells) and it makes it easier to pass it up.

And I walk the dog 2x a day along with cycling and painting & cleaning houses, when empty. I eat foods that have less than 4-5 ingredients on the label and all words I recognize.

Iím looking into the effects of oxylates on the body as well. --104.28.xx.xx

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