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Interview with snowwflake

Below is the interview with snowwflake, done 27 December 2015 Sunday, 18:55:16 your time.
 Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
yes
 If you are overweight, what do you think is the reason FOR YOU?
overeating, addicted to sweet things
 Are you on a diet at the moment?
yes
 What does diet mean for you?
a- Not to eat and starve myself.
b- Cutting the calories.
c- Cutting the calories plus increasing the exercise.
d- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories.
e- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories plus increasing the exercise.
f- Eating as usual but increasing the exercise.
g- Healthy life style.
h- Your own definition. Please type.
Sticking to the Up Day Down Day principle, eating within an 8-hour window (intermittent fasting), no grain, no sugar, no processed food, organic wherever possible, having homemade chicken broth and fermented vegetables every day
 Do you expect your diet to be successful, if so why? If not why?
yes, as long as I stick to it
 Have you ever managed to lose weight, but then gain again? If yes, why and how did you get back some of the weight?
3 years ago, when I started eating really healthy (particularly no sweets), I lost 10 kg without reducing quantities. Fell off the bandwagon big time, went back to eating heaps of sweets, got all of it back and more
 If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
Stuck to my guns: eating healthy, filling meals, did Zumba and swimming, started sleeping more...
 Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
1. stay away from sugar and other, hidden forms of it (fruit juice etc.) - if this is difficult, replace in the beginning with heaps of fruit or stevia extract or similar (not artificial sweeteners though!)

2. explore intermittent fasting (doesn't mean you actually don't eat!), esp. stop eating 3-4 hours before your bedtime

3. get enough sleep
 What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
Falling for processed "diet" foods, reducing food intake, then eating rubbish because they are starved
 Please tell us some important mistakes you did in your diets. We can learn from them.
reducing fat intake. Big mistake! Instead, eat healthy fats, such as coconut oil (esp. in cooking), olive oil (in salads), avocado, unhomogenized dairy, esp. grass-fed butter
 How should your close ones treat you as a dieter? Should they better be quiet on the subject, or should they push you?
encourage to eat healthy, help prepare healthy meals
 If you are living with others, how do you handle the problem of you having special diet meals while others have their usual meals?
I make the children eat healthy as well :-) and allow them to eat other stuff when we are out. It is a problem though - if there is less healthy food around
 How do you cope with eating less? For some people it really hurts and is like hell. For some others, they enjoy the light feeling. How about you?
Struggled with cravings a lot (esp. sweets). I do enjoy the light, empty feeling, but I have to anticipate when I will be ravenously hungry and be prepared with what I actually want to eat
 Could you warn us about some diet methods you got involved with that did not work?
raw food only, and vegetarian. No good for me
 Could you tell us some diet methods you got involved with that did work.
All the principles espoused on the mercola.com website - the best around!
 Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
Best thing: walk for an hour every morning on an empty stomach, once a week go swimming, once a week do Zumba. Zumba is esp. good because it is high intensity with intervals - best for weight loss.
 Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
You're welcome! :-))

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