Below is the interview with orlandotek, done 21 July 2009 Tuesday, 17:00:00 your time.
Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
I am not overweight but I had been overweight nearly my entire adult life. I am now 43. (male, 6'1) I was 300lbs. I am now 156lbs.
If you are overweight, what do you think is the reason FOR YOU?
When I was overweight it was do to abundance of food and sedentary lifestyle. Like most Americans
What do you think is the reason FOR OTHER OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE?
Over abundance of food and sedentary lifestyle. Also, poor ingredients in the food that cause problems with our metabolism like partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup that is in nearly EVERYTHING.
Are you on a diet at the moment?
I am on a healthy lifestyle that I have been on for 2 years and I have lost over 130lbs.
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.
Have you ever managed to lose weight, but then gain again? If yes, why and how did you get back some of the weight?
If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
Yes, I am at my ideal weight. I eat only whole grains, no processed grains or refined sugars. Fruits and veggies. Lowfat meat and lowfat diary. I walk 2-4 miles almost everyday.
Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
Keeping a food journal/watching calories
Walking 30 min to an hour everyday
What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
Buying 'diet' food that has poor ingredients.
Not watching portion sizes
Thinking that a diet is temporary and they can go back to old eating patterns once they lose the weight.
If you never managed to get thin until now, why do you think? A criticizing mother? Pizza Hut?
Always figured it would be too difficult to lose weight and I would have to give up good tasting food to do so.
How should your close ones treat you as a dieter? Should they better be quiet on the subject, or should they push you?
They should just support you.
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 went on the diet with my wife and we supported one another and we both lost a lot of weight.
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?
I never did that. You have to eat to be healthy. Eating the correct portion sizes and the right foods is the key.
Could you warn us about some diet methods you got involved with that did not work?
Atkins. Awful, unhealthy diet. Tried it for 10 days. Made me sick as a dog.
Could you tell us some diet methods you got involved with that did work.
You: On A Diet by Dr. Oz
Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
I walk 30-60 minutes or more most days. I also swim in the summer months.
Is there anything you`d care to say about diets?
Diets don't work. You can't look at it like a diet. It has to be a lifestyle change.