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Q&A: Can you lose weight without dieting?

Can you lose weight without dieting?

“Diets” have been stigmatized to mean insane restriction and misery and torture and shame— rightfully so, given the fact that there are plenty of unhealthy diet options out there. But a diet is simply the way that you eat, however that is.

So is it possible to lose weight without dieting? Even more important, is it possible to “diet” without adding tons of stress to our lives? Let’s talk it out…

Over to you! What are either your weight loss stories or your best ways you manage your diet? 

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    Lisa S

    August 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I love this! I lost 50lbs just counting my calories (my fitness pal) and making better food choices but never deprive myself of the foods I love AND I’ve found love for foods that I don’t need to deprive myself of!
    Once I dropped the weight I started adding in weight training and other activities but its really the food that made the difference and I’ve kept it off for 5 years and counting.

    It makes me cringe when I hear about my friends dropping all this quick weight on diets that are unsustainable and then gain it right back – DON”T DO IT! Just make small changes and they will really make a difference over time!

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    Christin Slyngman

    August 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I love how you answered this question in the most basic and non judgmental form! (Which is why you are awesome) I am wondering, what is your take on gut health? Probiotics? Your microbiome? This topic has been getting a lot of research and airtime recently, so I was wondering what your take is on the role it has to play in our overall health, and even ability to lose weight?

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    August 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I just finished my first Whole30 and found it to be a really great way to clean up my eating. I needed some stricter rules besides “eat more salads” and it was freeing to not have to track calories/macros, and just cut out certain items and know that the balance that I was eating was doing me well. I’ve continued to eat Whole30-ish and have never been more satisfied/non-stressed about eating healthier (and still losing weight).

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    August 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Love this Erin! I’m down about 10kg this year, and am in a healthy range for the first time since probably high school. Everyone wants a quick fix but when you accept that you’re probably eating more than you think you are eating, and moving less than you think you are moving, it makes life so much easier. I thought my diet was decent and I walked enough (+ yoga, of course), to make up for my food choices, but it wasn’t enough to outrun my diet. Since making changes I’ve still eaten everything I’ve wanted to eat… just less of it. I’m a bit annoyed with myself that it took so long to figure out something so simple, but I’m about to turn 34 and have never felt better so I think I’ll get over it. 🙂

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    August 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I gained a bit of weight over a year and a half due to medication side effects. Finally found another alternative (daith piercings instead of awful migraine meds). It took some time to stop feeling like I was in a haze and then realize how much my calorie intake had risen on the drugs. I’m down 14 lbs. About 14 more to go, but making progress by lowering my calorie intake more than anything.

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    JoAnn Clafferty

    December 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    ERIN MOTZ Founder of Bad Yoga gives an informative answer to Can you lose weight without dieting. I enjoyed her answer video and her website. She is right about food and not dieting.

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