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January 15, 2013 11:48 AM
Is anyone else following this plan? I'm curious what others results have been. I'm on day 2 of Phase 1 and so far I really like it. It has surprised me how filling the food options have been and I am loving not having to count calories (although when I did yesterday just to see where I was at because I felt like I ate a ton of food I was only around 1250 calories).
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January 17, 2013 4:56 AM
Nobody else is doing this yet? So far I'm on day 4 and it has been great. It has greatly reduced my cravings, I feel better, my stomach is starting to shrink, and I'm down 1.2 pounds (at least because I didn't weight myself until on it for a full day), and my hubby is down almost 4 pounds. It has been much easier and more filling than I expected it to be.
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January 17, 2013 5:02 AM
What is this? x
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January 17, 2013 5:12 AM
I saw something in a magazine at work - D.A.S.H. stands for something? I am not a fan of anything that is restrictive / shakes / "special diet foods" ' / anything that someone can make a profit from! but this one didn't look too weird .... hope it works for you :-)
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January 17, 2013 5:13 AM
A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.

Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.
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January 17, 2013 5:18 AM
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A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.

Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.


This is what I've done. eat food, eat at a calorie deficit. That's my plan. I had a great double IPA and some sushi for dinner last night.
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January 17, 2013 5:18 AM
This looks like it could be a very healthy lifestyle on first glance. In fact, it looks quite a bit like South Beach.

http://dashdiet.org/weight_loss_solution.asp
Edited by Sabine_Stroehm On January 17, 2013 5:19 AM
January 17, 2013 5:21 AM
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This is what I've done. eat food, eat at a calorie deficit. That's my plan. I had a great double IPA and some sushi for dinner last night.


A man after my own heart...
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January 17, 2013 5:22 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DASH_diet I think the idea is lower sodium?
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January 17, 2013 5:23 AM
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A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.


Diet defined = "to select or limit the food one eats to improve one's physical condition or to lose weight"

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Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.


I agree with this :)
  15000325
January 17, 2013 5:27 AM
DASH - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

It is our governments top diet to counterbalance hypertension. The Standard American Diet with restrictions. It will help but there are much smarter and easier ways to fix the problem.
January 17, 2013 5:57 AM
My doctor recommended this to me a couple of years ago, but I just wasn't ready for any changes. Congrats on finding something that works for you and doesn't leave you feeling hungry and deprived. smile
January 17, 2013 10:48 AM
Sorry! I forgot to check back!! It's not a fad diet or some crazy weight loss scheme. It is more a healthy lifestyle and how we should be eating. Lean meats, veggies, lowfat dairy, etc. The National Institute of Health and American Heart Association both recommend the plan. It was originally designed to lower blood pressure but they found that people also lost weight (surprise, surprise). A new book came out in December the Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution which combines this approach into a lower carb version of the plan for faster weight loss. Basically there are two phases. In phase 1 - for 14 days- you completely eliminate bread, pasta, fruit, milk (high in sugar), alcohol, etc in favor of lean meat, veggies, lowfat cheeses, beans, and that sort of thing. After the two weeks you start Phase 2 and can add back these things in limited quantities so you don't completely eliminate anything but the majority of your diet is still healthy and you will still lose weight but at a slower pace.

I came across the diet in a news report because it was the top diet of the year and started to investigate. I found the new book on Amazon and ordered it.

I'm sure a lot of people don't need to read a book or follow any kind of plan to eat healthy but I do better with guidelines and this has been a great experience so far.
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January 17, 2013 10:50 AM
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A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.

Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.


True! I think this particular "diet" is less diet and more teaching you how to eat healthy and is something you can continue for life.
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January 17, 2013 10:53 AM
I saw this on the news recently and meant to check into it. I agree, its a life-style change, not a diet. My problem is that I have so many weight loss books, I feel like I'd just be buying another dust collector Glad its working for you though!
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January 17, 2013 12:00 PM
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A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.

Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.


True! I think this particular "diet" is less diet and more teaching you how to eat healthy and is something you can continue for life.


Um, eliminating food groups is not teaching you how to eat healthy.

Last time I checked, fruit is healthy part of any diet.

There are no healthy VS un-healthy foods... It's all about the calories and macro's.
  6370231
January 17, 2013 12:42 PM
It is only for two weeks that they suggest you eliminate a few food groups ... the rest of your life you include them. Fruit definitely is a healthy and important part of a regular diet. No argument there.. :)

But, I do disagree there are no healthy vs. unhealthy foods. There are definitely unhealthy foods. You can fit them into your calories for the day and I am a believer of all things in moderation but that doesn't make them healthy.

Either way, I didn't mean to offend anyone or start an argument. I was just curious if anyone else is doing this plan right now. It would be nice to have some fellow MFP friends to share progress and tips with. Everyone should do whatever works for them!
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January 17, 2013 12:49 PM
Hi - I'm on day 4, down 5.5 lbs. I am also experiencing reduced cravings. Following phase 1 pretty strictly...as well as excercising everyday for only 30 minutes of cardio. Pretty easy to follow so far. Good-luck!
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January 17, 2013 12:54 PM
Due to some medical issues, I had to do DASH strictly for a while last year to get my body sorted out. It is actually a very healthy lifestyle plan - it's not about being restrictive - but it is about eating healthy. I didn't lose a ton of weight on it, but it was pretty much the way I ate already anyway - just with less sodium.

If you are looking for a "lifestyle" change, DASH will help you learn to make healthy choices when shopping & cooking. Lots of fresh products involved which is always good. I wouldn't really consider it a "fad" diet. Most doctors will suggest using a DASH lifestyle to their patients with certain medical issues and it is endorsed by the American Heart Association for it's healthy approach to reducing sodium.

Good luck!
January 17, 2013 1:24 PM
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Hi - I'm on day 4, down 5.5 lbs. I am also experiencing reduced cravings. Following phase 1 pretty strictly...as well as excercising everyday for only 30 minutes of cardio. Pretty easy to follow so far. Good-luck!


Thanks Ken! Good luck to you too!! And I'm a Jersey native myself... Burlington County area. Relocated to Lancaster County, PA but I'll always be a Jersey girl at heart. :)
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January 18, 2013 6:01 AM
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A lot of people here don't "diet".. they just eat what they like, but in smaller portions and count the calories.

Plus, those fad diets results generally don't last as they don't really teach you anything sustainable that will help you keep the weight off in the long run.


True! I think this particular "diet" is less diet and more teaching you how to eat healthy and is something you can continue for life.


Um, eliminating food groups is not teaching you how to eat healthy.

Last time I checked, fruit is healthy part of any diet.

There are no healthy VS un-healthy foods... It's all about the calories and macro's.
Fruit used to be a treat in "the old days". But it IS healthy.
That said, I see no issue with removing it and a few other things for a short time. When I went on my "low crap" diet 12 years ago I did a 2 week detox, and that did include removing fruit. Did I need to? I dont know. Did it work? Yep. It's been 12 years of eating healthy most of the time. And I haven't gained the weight back.
I personally think the DASH approach seems reasonably healthy. If the OP can eat as the DASH plan suggests for the long term, good for her. She will have an easier time of it. And I DO think there are unhealthy foods.
Edited by Sabine_Stroehm On January 18, 2013 6:03 AM
January 18, 2013 6:06 AM
Last time I went to my doctor, she didn't say anything about my weight, but when I checked out, she had included the DASH diet. I haven't tried it yet (shame on me) and will go find it now. Anyone ever tried Volumetrics. How did you find it?
January 18, 2013 6:33 AM
Hey Stacy - So you're a Jersey girl....fantastic! I grew-up in Bergen county (Englewood), but now live in Union county, closer to the shore, or what's left of it. How's your diet going? Any recommendations about DASH? I had my first cheat lastnight...but still had a good weigh in, but understand I can't do this in phase 1. I had about 20 pretzel crisps, loaded with carbs. Any suggestions for night-time after the kids go to sleep?
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January 18, 2013 6:44 AM
Stomachs don't shrink without surgical intervention. 4 days is to soon to declare that something works, come back and tell us in 4 months how its going. Very low calorie will net you some immediate gains but will hurt you in the long run.

Why not just learn to eat healthy with appropriate portions?
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January 18, 2013 7:03 AM
Hey Tim, congrats on your success. I agree, it's all about portion control and excercise. I believe the DASH diet promotes healthy eating, which is why I chose to go this way. I'm also in this for the long-term, but am looking to follow-up Phase 1 is a jump start towards resetting my metabolism, as well as providing some early motiviation. Continued success to you.
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