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Grazing Leads to Permanent Weight Loss!

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Well, for me and this post it did anyway.  Let me explain.

I don’t have much time tonight, it’s my long day at work. So I was just going to post my food journal and head to bed. Well, after analyzing my journal I realized it was a perfect example of what I call a grazing day (something I need to do on 12 hour work days) and I thought I’d use that has a simple topic and find a few articles that discuss grazing and weight loss, something that I attribute some of my success to.

Then I found this great article about permanent weight loss. According to the article, the study found that people who lost an average of 60 pounds and kept it off for an average of five years hold seven things in common.

  1. They believe failure is to be expected, but that when you keep trying, ultimately you will be successful.
  2. Those who kept their weight off realize that deprivation leads to binging and binging leads to setbacks.
  3. They’ve learned to eat a wide variety of foods — even an occasional treat.
  4. They closely monitor their weight, daily and/or weekly tracking loss or gains.
  5. They plan for and exercise moderately for an hour each day and they add in activity wherever they can.
  6. As a permanent way of life, these weight-loss successes choose plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat and diary products and occasional allowances of sugar and fat.
  7. They eat small frequent meals — often five — spread out over the day. They Graze!

I have NEVER agreed with an article more. I believe, know, agree, did, and DO all of these things!!  

Case in points… the grazing day…


Food Points
Mommy and Me Omelets 3
orange 1
Multi Grain Mini Crisps 2
Butternut Carrot Chicken Soup/Stew 2
Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars 2
apple 1
Thai Inspired Vegetable Soup 1
lite yogurt with a handful of blueberries 2
apple 1
Simple Quesadillas made with chicken 6
Trader Joes RIce Crisps 3
Kashi Cookie and 4 oz of milk 4
Total 28
Activity
nada – 12 hour day (but did park far away at work and took the stairs! ;~P)


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Discussion

There are 18 comments so far.

    digtoesin

    March 31, 2008

    This was just the encouragement I needed today! Thank you!

    Red

    March 31, 2008

    I find grazing works exceptionally well.

    But grass just doesn’t agree with my hay fever.

    azelma

    March 31, 2008

    I agree too! More people need to follow these ideas over the “diet diet diet! count count count!” idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

    MizFit

    April 1, 2008

    all true.

    yet had at times in a society where most people do THREE SQUARES.

    my toddler is already a grazer and it drives the other moms insane.

    why they CARE Ill never know :)

    M.

    Anonymous

    April 1, 2008

    Roni,
    I enjoy your websites so much…so many great ideas! Thank you for spending so much time helping others, even after a 12 hour work day!!

    Anonymous

    April 1, 2008

    Roni,
    While I hope I am wrong…I believe there might be an error in your math for the day! Sorry!

    Roni

    April 1, 2008

    Thanks guys and as for anon… NO your are WRONG! my math is perfect!

    LOL

    Actually I just fixed it. I added the cookie ad milk at the end and forgot to updated the total.

    Thanks for letting me know!

    Anonymous

    April 1, 2008

    Cookies should be free anyways!! JK!

    Anonymous

    April 1, 2008

    I’ve found that I’ve kinda worked myself into this pattern because i am not one that can suddenly make a change in my life. I need to break things down into little bits. So, changing my food and exercise habits naturally went in this direction. Although I have just started on my LAST diet, and it hasn’t been that long yet….this seems to work for me. (So far!) Tammy
    By the way, I am posting this under “anonymous” because for some reason, I can never use the traditonal method here! I can on Greenlitebites but not here on your blog! Oh well!

    Kara

    April 1, 2008

    This is SOOO encouraging. I was just sitting here thinking “I feel like I’m eating too much today” and thought, “well it’s all healthy stuff” and read your blog, which I do everyday, and it happened to be this! What a great boost!

    Jessica

    April 1, 2008

    Just FYI, I found that the Curves Granola Bars are only 1 point!

    Crista

    April 1, 2008

    Thanks for the encouragement…I need it! Also great menu…I wish I could eat like you everyday!! You make it seem soooo easy! Thanks for the motivation. Hopefully I can get on track

    Catherine

    April 1, 2008

    Well, it’s a little irritating that you say “I do all these things” and then you say you didn’t exercise and make an excuse that you had a long day…

    So you don’t do, believe, know all of these things…

    Roni

    April 1, 2008

    Well thanks for the nasty comment Catherine.

    Actually I do plan for exercise everyday but that doesn’t always mean it happens and the second half of the point is “they add in activity wherever they can.” Which I did do by “parking far away at work and taking the stairs”

    If you are irritated by my posts then by all means please stop reading them.

    islandspice

    April 1, 2008

    Discovered blog today. Everyone has a bad day, I am happy that Roni told us she did not exercise today that makes her a real person. While exercise goes hand in hand with weight loss, if you skip one day it is not the end of the world. Hello, she lost 70 lbs. It’s just one day.

    Burning Calories

    April 2, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with us. Keep updating us regarding this topic…

    Maggie

    April 2, 2008

    Exercising isn’t just done at the gym or a work out video.

    There are a lot of other ways, you can get some exercising in. i.e. Roni, parking far away and taking the stairs.
    Moving your furniture around. If you have a 2 story home, walking up and down your stairs. Cleaning out cabinets,lifting cans in and out of cabinet. Vacuuming, cleaning house burns quite a few calories. Or put on a pedometer if you’re going to be running around doing chores all day. You’ll be amazed how many steps you put in that day and how much calories you burn. Everything around us is some type of exercising.
    No one should be discourage for not exercising, cause they didn’t make it to the gym. We’re here too encourage one another.
    And Roni Rocks when it comes to moving “it”.
    So commenter; you might want too read the entire posting next time, before you speak(type) :)

    Clinton Walker III

    August 30, 2009

    As long as a bad day does not turn into a bad week then month its ok. The key is to get back on the horse try again. It is impossible to be perfect when it comes to exercise and dieting. The key is the effort!!!