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how to lose weight (not too serious!) Tabitha

Posted by sid on June 9, 2002, at 23:32:08

In reply to Re: Losing weight, posted by Tabitha on June 9, 2002, at 3:27:10

Get orthodontic braces! Who knew? Not a serious way of losing weight... unless you do need braces of course! It's a nice side effect of the treatment for me anyway.

Oral hygiene has to be perfect in order for your teeth not to be damages in the process (24 months for me!). It takes forever to floss and brush properly, so, you don't eat often! You have t oreally be hungry to start over the eating-brushing cycle. And when you eat, you can't eat very sweet or sticky things, no very hard things either. So no more sweets, or not often anyway. Mond you, I'm somewhat of an oral hygiene freak to start with, so I needed little encouragement to follow the doctor's orders precisely. I normally brush everytime I have coffee or a glass of anything in the day - sometimes up to 8 times a day (a little OCD perhaps? I slowed down since... my gums were getting thin!).

Anyway, since getting braces, I eat a tofu-fruit milk shake in the morning (no sugar added), pasta at noon or ground meat and mash potatoes-&-veggies, and vegetable soup in the evening. Now that it does not hurt so much (the 1st week was the worse), I can vary my diet more, but I still don't eat as much as before, because I stopped eating between meals due to the time-consuming hygiene ritual.

I have lost about 3 lbs in 10 days. I want to keep my better habits once the braces are removed: no more eating or drinking (except water) between meals !

- sid




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