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Subject: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 2:35 PM ET
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It's a documentary on netflix, it's about losing weight fast by doing a juice fast. We bought a Breville Juicer to do this and, if you have the energy and paitence to do it, the results seem like they would be amazing. I tried for one day, my energy level was low and it's very difficult so now, I drink juice and eat vegan. Hopefully I can get down to the size I want before my wedding. Watch the movie though, it is a very good watch.

Date Posted: 3/13/2012 6:05 PM ET
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I saw that one! And while it was amazing, I doubt I could do the juice fast. But it truly was inspiring because the guy who did it, was terribly unhealthy with all kinds of problems, then he became extremely fit. And the trucker he found that asked for his help; well he was pretty inspirational too. I keep thinking, man if they can do it why can't I? They were both 100+ pounds overweight.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 10:39 AM ET
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I'd probably watch that doc but I doubt I'd agree with the diet.  I've a Breville juicer and I went through quite a phase with it.  I'm not into fasting, do not see the value of it for weight loss or anything else in particular,  just like very fresh, custom juices as a part of a healthy diet. I think the diet you engage in should be something you can live with for the rest of your life without feeling deprived or unhappy.   (good food is important to happiness!)   

I still use it but am much more into using my vitamix and stick blenders for green protein smoothies on a daily basis. That way I get more fiber and it's thick and delicious, like a shake.

Date Posted: 4/11/2012 12:46 PM ET
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I think the diet you engage in should be something you can live with for the rest of your life without feeling deprived or unhappy.


Date Posted: 6/10/2012 10:22 AM ET
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Joel Fuhrman M.D. has a really good book about fasting and eating for health. The IBSN is 0-312-18719-x   I got mine at the library. He has another called Eat to Live but my library didn't have it. If I'm not mistaken he also wrote The 80/10/10 book.

Date Posted: 6/26/2012 5:51 PM ET
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I don't agree with fasting as a way of life  either except for spiritual one day infrequent ones.

Date Posted: 6/27/2012 4:12 AM ET
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I didn't get that a liquid diet as a permanent way of eating was being touted in the film; they followed it to lose weight and correct issues they were having, including a rare skin condition, and then went on to eat healthy once goals were reached. All in all, it was a fascinating film. but I think a temporary all juice diet is not recommended for diabetics. In any event, I think no severe change in diet should be attempted without a physicians supervision.

Date Posted: 9/28/2012 11:52 AM ET
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I lost 70 pounds in 6 weeks just by drinking water!  Eveny time I felt hungry I take 10 swallows of water!  Then I go for bike ride or long walks LOL   I not only wanted to reduce weight I wanted to reduce what my stomach would hold!  Worked til 20 yrs later I gained 110 over 2 yrs!   I was then in wheelchair went from Very active to Zero!  Didnt adjust my cal intake!   

My advice Dont over do the intake on the juices!   Exercise!


Heres the Org person that discovered Juicing & he lived to 98 yrs old Jack LaLane!  I want his juicer http://www.powerjuicer.com/ 

Last Edited on: 9/30/12 2:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Subject: alterior motives
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 3:18 PM ET
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This documentary was actually funded by the Breville juicer company. Always follow the money... Now, I love me some juice... kale, ginger, apple.. YUM! But the whole juicing concept to lose weight is just calorie restriction... extreme calorie restriction and as soon you one starts to eat normally the weight begins to come back on.


Our bodies need soluble and insoluble fiber... why drink an apple when eating an apple and all that lovely ruffage fills you and is good for colon health? I think we should all be eating more fruit and veggies but to juice them as a main componant for a diet for long term health to me, is a gimmick.



Subject: never mind
Date Posted: 1/29/2013 3:25 PM ET
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Subject: Juicing
Date Posted: 1/11/2014 4:34 PM ET
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I really wanted to do the juice fast like in the film but hubby raised such a stink about it I decided it wasn't worth the aggrivation. But I firmly believe if you can get thru the first week you'll do fine on it. But you need to give your body time to adjust to a new way of getting nurishment.

Date Posted: 1/22/2014 9:51 PM ET
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A clean diet and regular exercise = weight loss

With a thyroid issue I have lost 60lbs through exercise and clean eating.  Clean eating is to calculate the calories needed each day based on your age, height and weight. Then deduct 500-800 calories to lose weight 1-2lbs.  Remove processed foods and sugar from your daily diet.   Increase your exercise.   That means more than walking around the block, it includes weight training and cardio.   Think of this as a life style change.  Diets are short term fixes.  When you do not eat your metabolism will slow down to a crawl and your body goes into starvation mode.  You must meet your daily caloric intake.

There are different dietary plans you can follow:  Paleo (updated Atkins), Ketogenic (type 1 diabetics should not do this diet), Mediterranean and High Protein/low fat and carbs.  I found High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) a successful exercise program.  Find what works for you and stick to it.  Your goals should be challenging but managable and realistic.  Always, always speak with your doctor before changing your diet and/or exercise. 

Good Luck. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2014 12:24 AM ET
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Hypothyroid so weight is always an issue.  I never count calories, I do get regular exercise and maintain sugar intake under 15 grams per day and watch the carbs (6 servings per day of 18/20 grams per serving).  Other wise, I mostly eat whatever I want.  That said, cutting the sugar removes most of the junk and non-healthy food in just that one step.

Date Posted: 3/14/2014 7:38 AM ET
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"I think the diet you engage in should be something you can live with for the rest of your life without feeling deprived or unhappy."  


i agree with that, its about changing your behavoiurs when it comes to food:) I think to abdicate sth during a diet always leads to a jojo-effect