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Lilly-G
09:01 AM on 07/28/2011
I'm positive healthy eating was the reason he lost weight. I lost 60 pounds and have kept it all off for over 5 years and never prayed once.
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wmholt
You can't not know. You can't not care.
10:47 AM on 07/28/2011
I don't guess many people read the article. He said that the prayer motivated him to start eating healthy and exercising. What's wrong with that?

From my comment above:

"all that was left was to ask God for help. So I did, and miracles happened. I was able to focus my mind, resolve a traumatic, emotional past, and finally learn proper nutrition and enjoy moving my body on a regular basis."

People can be motivated by many things. The fact is that prayer helped him to focus and stay motivated. For others, it might an entirely different thing that motivates them, just like something motivated you to pursue healthy eating.
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02:32 AM on 07/31/2011
And still, prayer did not motivate him. He motivated himself and credited it to prayer. He fooled himself into thinking someone was hearing his prayers and helping him to stick to his weight loss program. It was still all in his own mind.
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gemmax
01:46 PM on 07/28/2011
It is great that you were able to do that, but according to my internist there are some people who have such a difficult time, even when they remain on strict diets because of their genetic makeup. Also, When one is on a program of eating correctly and regular exercise, one can actually gain weight as muscle replaces fat. Many people give up on their diets because they do not know this. They may not be losing a lot of weight, but they are looking better and becoming healthier.
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02:33 AM on 07/31/2011
My husband actually gained weight while exercising and eating better. But he is definitely fitter and has better stamina.
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Silverfern
08:57 AM on 07/28/2011
Using God to peddle self help books to the ignorant. The one aspect of your health regime you can remove Is the God bit. Keep eating well and moving.
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Diana Black Bandelow
Live and let live. And question EVERYTHING.
10:19 AM on 07/28/2011
Oldest professions in the world? Prostitution and Preaching. One sells sex, the other sells faith. Both makes people feel real good. I agree. The "god" part is absolutely unnecessary...but it sure does sell lots and lots of books. Just ask Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life.
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01:53 PM on 08/03/2011
I often like to think that priests, bishops and popes are just God / Jesus pimps. Pimping them out to the weak and needy for their own benefit.
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tek1
Freedom in all things that cause no harm.
08:49 AM on 07/28/2011
Whatever crutch you find necessary, if not more harmful (differing opinions abound here), use to your best ability. Since a "higher power" works, use it. It is fantastic to have a way to channel your energy when attempting a goal. Having the imaginary friend with you to bounce off of works extremely well.

And to those of you that have managed to take your life and your weight into your control, a thousand congratulations.
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Edward Standley
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09:33 AM on 07/28/2011
Agree. I'm not a religious person, but I figure if someone uses religious beliefs to become happier, I'm all for it.
08:48 AM on 07/28/2011
With all due respect... to lose weight, a person a person must ensure that the number of calories expended every day exceeds the number of calories ingested every day. (Technically, not *every* day but that's absolutely the way folks should think of it.)

People lose weight when they become more active and exercise more, while simultaneously reducing consumption of fats, carbs, sugars, all the the familiar sources of calories. (And it seems not to matter which source of calories is cut so long as total calories are cut.)

Prayer has nothing to do with weight loss and its a bit scandalous to assert that it might.

Prayer might help a person maintain their willpower and focus their self-discipline, so that they stay on track pursuing a healthier, more active lifestyle and improved nutrition -- but the role that God and prayer play is no greater than that.

Whether you are the prophet Elijah, the obese St. Thomas Aquinas, or the frankly rotund John Hagee, it's all the same. Get more active and expend more calories, while eating healthier and consuming fewer calories.

Higher powers never intervene to alter that equation.
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ZenGardner
I only disbelieve the unbelievable.
08:47 AM on 07/28/2011
Great... another fad diet. Can't wait to see the infomercials.
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JohnFromCensornati
Wake up! It's 1984.
10:03 AM on 07/28/2011
Is that a doughnut?
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ZenGardner
I only disbelieve the unbelievable.
10:22 AM on 07/28/2011
bagel.
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JohnFromCensornati
Wake up! It's 1984.
08:37 AM on 07/28/2011
"It's not enough to just pray away the pounds"

Yeah because that doesn't work at all.

Try walking, not over-eating, and not eating fast "food".
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MMMMarilyn
09:58 AM on 07/28/2011
AND WHAT BECAME OF THAT DOG!
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catsanon
Humans... Such silly creatures.
10:18 AM on 07/28/2011
Uh oh... now that you've mentioned it, that does present a rather disturbing thought.....
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ZenGardner
I only disbelieve the unbelievable.
10:18 AM on 07/28/2011
He ate it.