am wondering if something else might work better..
Lots of things work, as long as you keep on making
For me, what finally *worked* is realizing that I couldn't go on and off diets, I had to continue on, forever, with something
. So I stopped dieting and decided to overhaul my lifestyle, once and for all, no matter what and permanently.
That something that I spoke of, that I am willing to do indefinitely, that I am willing to MAKE work, forever, is calorie counting. I need that because it's built in accountability and forced portion control.
Wanting/needing to get the biggest bang for my calorie buck, I choose mostly whole, filling, satiating voluminous foods. Tons and tons of veggies, protein and some fruit.
I stay away from all grains (even whole ones, they don't work for me), flour, rice, sugar, fatty foods. Now that I'm in maintenance I do have the occasional splurge of these foods in controlled settings.
Again, they all work, it's more about finding something that you are willing to stick with - long term.
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