The real cost of losing weight

If you need to drop some pounds, you have various methods to choose from, at varying costs. Here's what you can expect to pay.

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Nov 15, 2012 11:42AM
There's only one system which works for losing weight: Eat less and exercise more. There aren't any magic formulas, no safe drugs, nothing that works other than the above formula.  Surgery has major side effects and doesn't work for people who tend to snack a lot. (This group includes me.)
Twenty years ago I weighed over 440 pounds and lost most of it in the next eight months. I walked every day no matter what and limited my food. When I had lost enough weight, I bought a bicycle and rode it almost every day in addition to walking.  I didn't starve myself but I ate light and refused to eat between meals. As a consequence I went from 440+ to under 240 and KEPT IT OFF.  Anybody can sell a desperate person some magic formula claiming to "melt the fat off", but each and every one is lying to you. Eat less and exercise more. That's all we need to know.

Here was my weight loss plan, which I used to lose 20 pounds and keep it off for the last 3 years.  Are you ready for this?


Eat less food and go for a jog 3 times a week for 30 minutes.


That's it.  I still eat whatever I want, but now I just eat less of it. 

Nov 14, 2012 1:32AM
here's a proven one:  eat healthier more often and exercise more often.  an by exercise, you should be sweating within ten minutes.
Nov 14, 2012 7:24PM
I lost 20 lbs. in 20 days and am now 37 lbs. lighter than I was after my doctor scared me and told me if I didn't lose weight I'd get diabetes.  Blood sugar now well within spec at 90 my last physical.  How did I do it.  The first 20 days, 1000 calories of exercise and 2000 calories of food max with an ice cream cone at the end of the day to reward myself for limiting myself to 2000 calories of food.  I now do 1000 calories of activity a day with Sunday off and am keeping the weight off.  The doc told me this about 7 or 8 years ago and I've kept the daily routine up.  Cost - it used to be $450 a year at the gym, but now it's free I walk and ride my bicycle and sometimes make money doing it by picking up aluminum cans I see in the street and selling them at the recycling center.  On a typical day of walking and biking I'll see 4 aluminum cans worth about 10 cents, so now I make about $3.00 a month walking and riding my bicycle.
Nov 14, 2012 10:30AM

like a comedian once said:  "people gain weight because the hole at one end is bigger than the hole at the other end". 


quit filling the system UP!

Nov 14, 2012 2:27PM
You lost me at "Lady Ga-Ga" desire to read any further.
Nov 14, 2012 10:25AM
Sit less at the computer and get outside. Move around away from the refrigerator. Play with your sports kids. Go for a hike. Go for a bike.

Now send me the 190 Billion for this advice.

Nov 14, 2012 11:29AM
I guess if you end up spending a bunch of money, it makes it more difficult to put off losing weight? I don't know, the only cost I have incurred for my weight loss has been running shoes and clothes, and the cost to enter 10k races to motivate myself to train for them. It took me several years of tweaking the running and adjusting my diet to finally start seeing results, but in the past 5 months I've trimmed down 3 holes on my belt! I've still got a few left to go down, but I definitely didn't spent thousands of dollars trying to get here. And, now that I have my lifestyle adjusted correctly, as long as I keep these habits up, I won't have to worry about putting weight back on in a  year or two. The biggest thing is that you have to motivate yourself, which is very tough when you're overweight, but very worth it in the long run.
Nov 14, 2012 5:02AM
Maybe you should retitle this Money Companies Make by Scamming those in Need.

Nov 14, 2012 6:53PM
There are plenty of people who purchase exercise equipment with the best of intentions...  and soon store them unused in their garages or sheds.  I would suggest anyone wanting such equipment should buy them second-hand and save a lot of money
   Years ago I lost over thirty pounds by doing calisthenics for about an hour a day, 6-7 days a week and being careful of what I ate.   Unfortunately, when I ended the program, the pounds crept back.
And the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight.

Nov 17, 2012 12:07AM
My successful loss of 45 lbs. came by eating less and eating whole fruit instead of junk like cookies and cake. I also stopped eating fried foods and red meat, and chose instead white meat poultry or fish. I also don't consume refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup in beverages.
Nov 14, 2012 1:46PM

It's not working for the Kardashians........


Nov 24, 2012 10:45PM
Loosing weight is very difficult.  I had to loose 40 pounds before I was able to have knee surgery.  Went on a very low calorie diet through Opti-fast.  Very expensive, but lost the 40 pounds and 20 more pounds.  Its been 9 months, but following other advice - no soda, no chips and limited snacking I am keeping it off.  I had my knee surgery, am on the way to recovery and with my new lifestyle - including new eating habits the weight seems to be staying off.  

A cost to all this weight lost is needing lots of new clothes.  Its been fun shopping - something that wasn't as fun when I was so overweight.  
Nov 29, 2012 11:47AM
Avoid sugar, period.  Lost 67 pounds 8 months,  still have to get out an exercise which becomes easier and easier with less weight.  No juice, no soda, no bread with high grams of sugar white bread, no deserts, no cocktails with high sugar mixes, red wine is fine.  What I eat lean meats, salmon awesome, avocados, almonds, veggies, fruit, coffee moderation, multigrain breads.  I have completely avoided milk, I do have some cheese.  Feel great try it for a month, I have tried to eat a slice of strawberry pie that I used to love but now my body has actually rejected it as soon as I took a bite, all I could taste is the loaded sugar, and hated it.  
Dec 4, 2012 4:07PM
This is exactly why our food industry is designed to get us fat and keep us fat.  If diets worked, then Jenny Craig would be out of business.  It's all part of the fun, free market economy we have developed over time.  Keep us fat and sick and get in the health game, it's big bucks!
Nov 29, 2012 10:40AM
This entire article could be replaced with: PUT DOWN THE FORK AND GO RUN.
Miles are free, you hacks.

Nov 29, 2012 5:11PM
stop eating so much and walk, stop trying to park so close to the front  of the store, park get out and walk a little!!!!!!   weight loss should save you money

Nov 14, 2012 9:06AM

I've written a new weight-loss book - available soon at better book stores.  It's called "The Eat-Less Diet".  The full contents of the book are shown below.


"If you want to lose weight, eat less.  If you do that and are still not losing weight, then eat even less than that.  Excercise is helpful, but not necessary.


Continue until the desired results are achieved."


The TV talk-show tour will start as soon as the networks contact me.

Nov 14, 2012 5:29PM
The issue seems to be that what was manual labor and what was entertainment a decade or so ago is no longer. If your kids are in sports and you are in sports good for you. Most of the population of the US is the boomer generation, in their 60's or so. A percentage of those folks may exercise some but statistically, you see alot of sedentary elderly holding up in nursing care facilities etc. Younger generations grew up with the new entertainment, the video screen and the games systems. Manual labor has been replaced by automation as much as possible. Folks are paid to sit in front of a computer statistically much more than working with their backs. For the ones that can win the battle of the bulge, I salute you.
Nov 14, 2012 2:53PM
You can loose a good amount of weight over time if you stop drinking sugary drinks, eating sugary, and salted snacks alone! If not, you still won't gain weight as fast anyways.
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