My diet and weight loss forum is actually a series of separate forums, each dealing with a different area of diet and weight reduction.
New Members Forum
This forum is specifically for newcomers. When members first join the weight loss program, they drop in here to introduce themselves. This gives other members an opportunity to welcome them and offer instant encouragement.
Weekly Weigh-In Forum
Each week, members weigh-in and report how they are doing. It’s a great way to stay focused on your diet. Ann offers personal advice and tips to every member who weighs in.
Personal Logs Forum
This is where members start their own log and keep a journal of their food, exercise, and personal weight loss goals. Other members ‘visit’ to chat, encourage, offer advice and make some new friends. Some members prefer to keep a private and confidential online journal – only accessible by themselves – to record their daily food intake, exercise routines and general weight loss progress.
Diet Issues Discussion Forum
On this forum we help members to develop a WINNING ATTITUDE by discussing ALL diet issues, especially “how to overcome daily problems.”
Popular Threads Include:
If you have a bad day or a ‘splurge’, instead of worrying about it and feeling guilty, simply drop in to our Confession Corner, and tell us about it. Other members will rush to your support and haul you right back on the wagon.
Small victories are very important – they add up to the BIG success. We have a special place for you to tell us about that pie you passed up on, that candy you refused, that temptation you resisted. Tell us about it, because as a group we are proud of each others successes.
One Perfect Day
Very often, a good dieting-day is all it takes to get you started or to get you back on track if you are having difficulty staying on your diet. We have a Perfect Day thread in which members commit to achieving Just One Perfect Day on their plan.
A cheat-free weekend is something that ALL of us have difficulty with. That is why one of our members started the No-cheat-Weekend thread so others can check in on Friday and commit to a cheat-free weekend. It may not always work but it certainly helps to limit the damage!!
Top 5 Reasons for Losing Weight
Having the right Incentive is absolutely critical for successful weight loss. You must have a very clear reason WHY you want to lose weight and that is why we encourage all our members to think about WHY they are dieting and ask them to post their Top 5 Reasons. Reading through this thread is a wonderful way of staying motivated.
Late Night Eating
Snacking at night is a problem for many people. We have a great thread on this topic which includes tons of tips and advice on how to quit this habit or to incorporate healthy late-night snacks into your diet so you don’t stop losing weight.
199 Club (aka “ONEderland”)
If you weigh in excess of 200 pounds then SMASHING THE 200 POUND BARRIER is a powerful goal. That is why we started our 199 Club thread. You can talk to others who have smashed the 200 pound barrier and enjoy their help and support in doing the same!
1/2 Pound A Week Club
Many people, for various reasons, lose weight more slowly than others. This may be because of a medical condition, or because you are on meds that affect the rate you lose weight, or it may be because you have only a few pounds to lose. Whatever the reason, watching others lose weight faster can be frustrating. Because of this, we set up the 1/2 Pound A Week Club where people who lose more slowly support each other and make everything a whole lot easier.
Diet Buddy Forum
When members want to get together with another member (or several members) and lose weight together, they post their details in our Buddy Forum. We have members from every state in America and Canada – in fact recently we helped two people in the same NY apartment block get together!!
A very special place where people who have a lot of weight (100+ pounds) to lose talk to each other, share their ups and downs and give and receive advice and support from other obese individuals who understand their daily concerns.
Special thread where our senior members share tips, advice, support, chat about life in general, the kids, the grandkids, share funny stories.
New and Breastfeeding Moms
This is where our new moms talk to other new moms who are working on losing that ‘baby’ weight! Members who are breastfeeding discuss dietary needs and share tips and advice with other nursing moms. A great place to relax, get help and get a little “me-time”.
Special thread for our Brides-to-Be to talk to each other and get help and support. Many are at different stages of their weight loss journey, some just starting out, some close to their wedding goal. A place to share your excitement, news of your dress shopping, wedding and honeymoon plans and, of course, to calm some of those “wedding nerves”.
Members who have a condition that makes it more difficult to reduce weight find it really helpful to talk to others who have similiar difficulties. As well as sharing their weight loss progress, members also discuss what treatments they have tried, what has worked (and not worked).
Working shift makes it more difficult to stick to a regular eating plan. Many of our members work 12-hour shifts and use this thread to talk to others for advice and tips – about food, meal-planning and tons of other issues.
Food and Diet Recipes Forum
This forum is constantly being updated with new recipes which members have tried and tested. We have a great range of recipes, plus food advice about the best food bargains (reporting what’s in the stores), plus cooking advice for those who:
- Can’t Cook
- Need Take to Work Lunches
- Want to know Where (and what) to eat out
- Need Quick Meals for Working women
- Want to know the Awesome Kitchen Gadgets members have discovered
Physical Exercise Forum
Members of all fitness levels use this forum to find lots of tips, advice and support. We have members from 18-80 each working at their own pace.
Popular Threads Include:
- Exercise For the Obese
- What Helps Prevent Inner-Thigh Chaffing
- The Best Exercise Equipment to Buy
- How Much Exercise and How Often
- Exercises For Specific Problem Areas
- Exercise For the Physically Challenged
- Flat Stomach After Pregnancy
- Exercise with Back Problems
- Weight Lifting Pros and Cons
- Exercise Support for Curves Members
- Exercise for Saggy Chin
- Counting Steps – Log Your Steps Each Day
- Stability Balls
- Reviews of Exercise DVD’s.
Off Topic Forum
In addition to discussion forums about dieting and weight control, we also have a huge off-topic forum where members can express opinions, or get help about tons of non-weight-related issues, such as children, pets, gardening, how to quit smoking, clothes, working from home, hobbies, news and politics, finding a bra that fits, what to do about cellulite, loose skin, and hundreds more topics!!
What Members Think Of The Forum
“This is a great place for motivation, support, ideas, etc. I have literally dieted 38 of my 48 years and I HAVE LEARNED MORE IN THE SIX WEEKS SINCE I JOINED THIS GROUP than ever before. Oh, I knew all there was to know about calories, fat grams, carbs, etc. I could write my own book. What I have learned….actually, what I am learning is about self-image, positive attitude, etc. I knew all the physical stuff but here I am learning about the mental part of weight loss. I am finding out that is an essential part of any weight loss program.”