One thing I've noticed reading this board for a while, is that we've all got a lot of valuable insight. Some amazing success stories here. Some amazing works in progress. Really good people with some terrific advice.
But we all have a lot of prejudices, too, about what works and what doesn't, and what would really help people if they only listened! LOL
And there is nothing quite like being on a stall, or being hungry, or learning to cope without your favorite lifelong coping mechanism....to make you grouchy and indignant about why people stubbornly won't listen.
Can we agree that not even the doctors have this crap figured out to any kind of consensus?
Some of us have had terrific success with eating keto. Some of us eat a buttload of carbs and do great.
Some of us are exercise maniacs. Some of us are working hard to get to 5000 steps a day.
Some of us won't touch a taboo empty calorie treat food...because it's a slippery slope that shouldn't be tempted. Some of us feel the need to master eating taboo foods in moderation to prove that we are in control and have "conquered" food.
Some of us eat 600 calories a day. Some of us eat 1200 a day.
Some of us are ok with moderately consuming alcohol. Some of us are not.
Some of us are horrified by artificial sweeteners. Some of us use them by the boatload.
And here's the really shocking part:
People in BOTH CAMPS on all of these points...have been doing really well.
How cool is that?
The more I listen to all the different stories, the more convinced I am that there are a LOT of ways up this mountain. (Also cool!)
Here's another interesting question...
For some folks, success is having a low normal BMI, and being an athlete.
For some folks, success is fitting a certain size, looking a certain way, feeling attractive, getting perfect plastics and looking like a model at the end.
For some folks, success is hitting some other goal. Being able to fit in an airplane seat, Being able to play with kids and be active.
For some folks, success is getting diabetes and blood pressure and other health concerns under control.
For some folks, success is weighing under 200 pounds and not sweating it much beyond that.
For some folks, success is being mobile, being independent, going back to work, and being able to take care of themselves.
There are a lot of different versions of what success looks like. And not everyone's gonna want the same thing.
What your group of doctors says....I guarantee you....will not be anything like what another group of doctors says.
There are no hard fast answers about what works and what doesn't. What we've got...are a lot of valuable personal experiences with a LOT of different programs.
All worth sharing.
But no one has THE answer for everyone:)
Sometimes I hear....but what about the newbies? Don't we owe it to them to set a good example?
No, we really don't. We owe them our honesty. And we owe them the credit they deserve...to do their homework, read a LOT of stuff, consider all the various opinions about everything.... and figure out what they believe and what works for them:)
Just my $.02
Opinions...as always....will vary:)