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Anyone here lose 30-50 lbs?

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If so, how long did it take?

I desperately need to lose at least 30 lbs (but want to lose 50). I'm the type of person that gets discouraged if I don't see fast results, so i just give up
So, I'm wondering how long it took everyone else to lose this amount.
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I've lost 30 and it took me about 2 years to do that, but I have to add that my diet completely stunk the whole first year. Had I eaten better I know I could have lost it faster in the beginning.
Of course, we all lose weight at different paces for several reasons.
Working out is how I've lost it. I have lost weight thru diet modification before and always gained it back when I went back to my old ways of eating.
Working out, at first, is hard. Hard to get used to. But once the benefits start showing, and you feel stronger, it is very motivating to keep going! The jump start in my metabolism was totally worth the effort.
I need to make my diet better...I am so close to my goal weight...only 10 pounds to go...but I still keep eating the junk. can be done, mama. I wish you the best of luck!
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Well, not quite the dramatic loss you are asking about, but I did lose 19 lbs, although I have gained a few lbs (3-5) back. I am hoping for a total loss of 27 lbs. I lost 15 lbs in about 6-8 weeks. Eat to Live -- it is life changing. Check out our thread if you are interested.
hi, i'm here to second moonshine. i lost 30 (i think) after my first was born doing eat to live. i lost some after my second was born, but not as much. we haven't been doing eat to live for a long time for various personal reasons, but i intend to get back to it this week. it really is an amazing, life-changing way of living if you can stick with it. my dh and i have hoped to make it so much a part of our kids lives that they don't struggle with some of the weight and illnesses that are endemic in american life now.
Yup~60 pounds in three months. Eat to Live worked but only when I did it grain free. He only advocates one grain a day, but it wasn't until I eliminated all grains that the weight just poured off. I combined it with the specific carbohydrate diet (for gut healing, yeast and bacterial infections) and saw major and very quick changes. I ate constantly in the beginning, and was NEVER hungry. It is difficult only in hte sense that you have to make everything from scratch-and with two little ones the idea was intimidating! It was not really that bad after the learning curve. Not to mention that so many people on this board are doing it so there is a great support system. Everyone I know was shocked though-the weight just fell off. I am so much healthier now too-no more yeast, dizziness, fatigue or food allergies, plus my kids are healed of their allergies and off the autism spectrum.
With healthy eating habits, and regular exercise, I lost 50 lbs in about 6 months. I worked out at Curves, and kept track of the foods I ate at .
Just wanted to add the Joel Fuhrman of E2L is a family care practitioner. He has a ton of experience and gives real life accounts of people with whom he has reversed diseases. It is possibly the most healthful plan you can follow once you know alot about nutrition. He also has a great book about kids called Disease-Proof Your Child. You can read about his philosophies on his site also check out the Eat To Live thread if you are interested.

When people say it's life changing they are right. You will cure yourself of conditions you didn't even know you had!
I lost 31 lbs in 5.5 mths doing Weight Watchers. I'm still doing it and have about 9 lbs to go.
I swear I responded to your thread this AM...don't know what happened.
Anyway, I've lost more than 30-50, and for me it took about a year for the first 50.

My weight loss has been very slow, very much in fits and spurts. Some weeks, nothing. Other weeks, 3 pounds.

I didn't follow a specific program, but I have begun to take note that eat very little white carb-type foods, and junk food snacks have been completely replaced by fruits, nuts, seeds, whole-grain crackers...

Most importantly, I exercise. A lot. It is not just important for me for the calorie burn--it's much more a stress management tool. That used to be food. Now, it's running. My life is completely different from a year and a half ago. I went from a 22 to a 10 (still dropping--slllooooowwwwly!), from a 3-mile bike ride being a big deal to running 15 and walking another 1.5 just yesterday (my first half-marathon this weekend! yee-haw!). I have gone from feeling awful and not even knowing how awful I felt, to feeling terrific and looking forward to greater improvements. I feel like I can do anything.

You can.
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I've lost 25 lbs since Jan 2 using South Beach Diet. It's a totally different meal plan than I originally thought (before reading the book). Dh has lost 40-50 lbs in the same amount of time.
I'm looking to lose the same amount, 40-50lbs.

I'm doing Eat to Live like the PP suggested. It is a totally healthy way to lose weight FAST, but it takes a lot of self-discipline.

So far, so good! I've lost 13lbs in 2.5 weeks. But most of all, I feel great. I don't think I will ever go back to the standard American way of cooking/eating.
firefaery, I'm assuming you followed the vegetarian version of the Eat to Live plan? Have you gained any weight back since re-introducing animal foods into your diet?

For other who have done ETL and seen dramatic results, did you follow the veggie version of the plan or the meat-included version of the plan? ETL makes sense to me only when it includes animal fats.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack. I, too, am looking to lose another 50+ pounds. I have lost more than a hundred (on The Body Ecology program) but have been stalled for awhile after varying my diet some. I've recently added more high-intensity exercise to my life, but even that would be so much easier to continue with if I weren't carrying all of this damn weight around.
I've done the veggie version of etl. i've been a vegetarian for 14 years. one of the posters on the etl thread does etl but has yogurt occasionally. i think when i really get back into it, i may still keep the yogurt too... not sure.
I am doing the veggie version as well. I wasn't aware there was a "meat version", he clearly advocates a vegan diet thru the entire book, only saying if you "HAVE to" add meat, make it lean fish or chicken once per week. But the book is definitely about going vegan as much as personally possible.

That is what makes sense to me over the other popular "diet plans". They often let you eat foods that are not as nutritionally dense, in moderation, instead of advocating that you eliminate foods with highly unhealthy elements and finding nutritionally superior replacements.
There isn't really a meat version. We had very damaged guts and needed to use meat to avoid other interventions. We were vegan before that-dd has been all her life, but really had deficiency issues.
I have not gained weight adding meat, but I will say I lost the most when I eliminated grains from the E2L program. When I introduced some back, I gained. When I took them out I went right back down again.
I have read several articles about a "meat" version of E2L, and Fuhrman does mention incorporating meat into the diet for those who feel that they absolutely need it. Personally, I do not believe that a vegan diet is a healthy one. Especially for those who are trying to heal damaged guts or having definiciency issues, as ff mentioned. (And really, I don't believe many people aren't dealing with damaged guts and/or deficiency issues.)

I am still nursing, which is another reason that I feel there needs to be some animal fat (be it meat, milk, yogurt, etc.) in my diet. Also, I do NOT think the extensive use of soy products in E2L is good for anyone. I am thinking about blending a mix of E2L, NT, and SCD and seeing what happens as far as weight loss goes.

When you say all grains, ff, are you talking about things like buckwheat, quinoa (not really a grain, but lumped in that category), amaranth, millet, etc. as well as wheat, rice, oats?
Well, no, it isn't really a "meat" version, per se, but he does talk about allowing "other foods" (meat, cake, whatever) in your diet in a 90/10 sort of way. You typically start out on the 6 week plan, which is the hard core deal. After that you can switch to more 90/10.

But in a nutshell, the diet is a plant based diet -- not meat, dairy or grained based. How much of the other stuff you allow is all up to you.
Just curious what essential dietary need (besides B12 which is easy to supplement) that cannot be had with a vegan diet? Protein is easy to get enough of, even with only raw unprocessed foods, and same with calcium, vitamin A, C, D, etc.

I am nursing too, and though I do need to add more fat to the E2L I get it all from nuts and seeds and avocado. Is there something I am missing? Not being obtuse, I am genuinely curious as I am pretty new to this, and I have only read positive things about a properly executed vegan diet.
That's exactly what I did. Those 3 diets plus raw. I ate all fruits and veggies (almost all) raw. Same with nuts, but to NT standards. And yes, NO GRAINS, because I was also doing SCD. Quinoa is not a grain (as you said) so I added that occasionally-but really I do better without it. I lost weight like crazy doing all these. But it was all done with E2L in mind. I consulted with Fuhrman a couple of times because of all our issues-he really isn't as strong a vegan as E2L makes him sound. It even shows up in his subsequent book.
As for the dietary arguement-I'm really liking what I read about metabolic typing. It makes sense that some people would do better as vegans/vegetarians while others really need meat. I was vegan, and didn't do all that well as blood tests showed (and I was VERY healthy-no soy, no gluten containing grains and all grains properly prepared-I read NT before E2L!-all whole live foods with appropriate supplementation.) When I took the metabolic test I was an extreme protein type. I put it out of my mind then, but it has since resurfaced.
It's a process, but the more I learn the more fascinated I become!
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Lucysmama-that's what Boadicea is talking about. There is alot of misinformation and without a properly functioning gut there are many htings that you will be deficient in on a vegan diet.
Vitamin A is not found in a vegan diet at all. Carotenoids which are converted to vitamin A are. If your gut isn't capable of making the conversion (which is 21:1 in a healthy one) you will be deficient. B-12 is clearly another one that isn't found in a vegan diet. Essential fatty acids are tough-especially omega 3's. All the vegan sources are really omega 6's that you body needs to convert....which again, in a damaged gut may not happen. Properly done you can get plenty of calcium and protein-but many minerals will be much harder-and not usable if you haven't got vitamins A & D. In a healthy body a vegan diet may work quite well-not in one that is compromised.

What drew me to it was the fact that it is a plant based diet. Even though I'm not working to lose weight anymore, i still have that mindset and feel great because of it. I have NO doubts that as humans the diet should be exactly that. You can fight till the cow's come home about adding meat, dairy, whatever, but who's going to argue about eating a ton of veggies being a good idea?
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