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Back in 1995, I had been on Weight Watchers for 10 months and lost 40 pounds. I was so proud of myself! I went to see my doctor who promptly told me I had lost too much weight (5'6" and 167 pounds). He then went on to say, "You need to remember you are not a young girl anymore" (I was under 40). It was at that time I became conflicted and less self confident (my issues, not his advise). It felt as though I had permission to gain weight and I certainly did. It was also; however, my LAST visit with that doctor!!

Fast forward 18 years later and I am at 176. I can't wait to surpass 167 again and toast my success with a new pair of boots!

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A friend of mine went to the clinic to discuss nutrition because she needed to lose a solid chunk of weight. The doctor told her to eat Soup for Breakfast and a little salad for dinner. When the friend said she didn't think that sounded healthy, the doc responded, "well it worked for those Jews in the concentration camps."

Same doctor also told my aunt she would lose weight if she rode her bike to the next town over during school days. Aunt tried it, ten miles a day, five days a week, on a busy highway, didn't lose anything.

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Telling a food addict to "just not eat" is about as dumb as telling an alcoholic "just don't drink." The dumbest advice I ever got was to moderate myself when it comes to sugar/sweets. I realize that many of you on this board can do that; I just can't. Once I start eating sweets/sugar, the cravings begin and I'm on a bender. So...for me "moderate" was the worst advice. I spent YEARS trying to moderate while I slowly put on 70 lbs!

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Telling a food addict to "just not eat" is about as dumb as telling an alcoholic "just don't drink." The dumbest advice I ever got was to moderate myself when it comes to sugar/sweets. I realize that many of you on this board can do that; I just can't. Once I start eating sweets/sugar, the cravings begin and I'm on a bender. So...for me "moderate" was the worst advice. I spent YEARS trying to moderate while I slowly put on 70 lbs!

What was the solution for you? To stop eating the sweets or to just have one bite after surgery?

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What works for me is to not eat the first bite of sugar. Moderation is bad advice for me. I cannot moderate -- 1 jelly bean is too many and a bag of jelly Beans isn't enough (if that makes any sense...!). In other words, once I eat the sugar, there isn't enough sugar to satisfy me.

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What works for me is to not eat the first bite of sugar. Moderation is bad advice for me. I cannot moderate -- 1 jelly bean is too many and a bag of jelly Beans isn't enough (if that makes any sense...!). In other words, once I eat the sugar, there isn't enough sugar to satisfy me.

That does make sense. Do you feel like it's easier to not eat it now after surgery?

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What works for me is to not eat the first bite of sugar. Moderation is bad advice for me. I cannot moderate -- 1 jelly bean is too many and a bag of jelly Beans isn't enough (if that makes any sense...!). In other words' date=' once I eat the sugar, there isn't enough sugar to satisfy me.[/quote']

I'm the same way.....eating in moderation.....can't do it. If I open a bag of M&Ms, nothing else will get done till that bag is empty. And then I want another bag.

And no, the surgery didn't help with that at all. But learning I had that weakness.....stopping the binging before it gets started....that has helped.

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The USDA food wheel and food pyramid... especially the recommendation of 6-11 servings of grains.

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My mom still asks me every time she sees me if I ate a salad today lol

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My father is convinced I will lose weight if I eat two double cheeseburgers a day from Mcdonalds and remove the bun.

More on that here:

http://greeknugget.b...ing-advice.html

What's the worst advice you've ever gotten?

Oh my goodness, that gave me a good chuckle. Your dad sounds like a riot, how fun.

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The USDA food wheel and food pyramid... especially the recommendation of 6-11 servings of grains.

Definitely that piece of crap. And anything "no fat" or "low fat".

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I'm the same way.....eating in moderation.....can't do it. If I open a bag of M&Ms, nothing else will get done till that bag is empty. And then I want another bag.

And no, the surgery didn't help with that at all. But learning I had that weakness.....stopping the binging before it gets started....that has helped.

Thanks for being honest and open about this. I keep reading that people say one bite is enough after surgery, but i wondered if it was the case for most. It seemed too good to be true!

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Thanks for being honest and open about this. I keep reading that people say one bite is enough after surgery' date=' but i wondered if it was the case for most. It seemed too good to be true![/quote']

I think it's probably true for some people, but not for me. Anything with sugar in it.....my sleeve will let it slide right on through.

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Thanks for being honest and open about this. I keep reading that people say one bite is enough after surgery, but i wondered if it was the case for most. It seemed too good to be true!

I struggle with moderation with certain things and for me it HAS gotten easier. I can eat half a serving of doritos with my cottage cheese whereas before I would eat half of a family size bag and still want more. I can also have a small piece of chocolate on occasion.. I even had a scoop of ice cream when I was out with my sisters yesterday and I didn't spiral out of control (I actually ate about half and threw the rest out). For me it has to do with not only WHAT I eat but also the circumstances. If I'm feeling at all anxious or "binge-y" I know that giving in to some chocolate or chips will definitely act as a trigger.. BUT, if I pre-plan to have 70 calories worth of Doritos with my lunch, I am now able to eat them in moderation. I still have to be very careful as I know that certain foods can be a slippery slope but for me the sleeve is indeed helping me to learn moderation.. YMMV

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Every diet except Weight Watchers!

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