When I became serious about my weight loss, I did alot of reading over the internet on the best ways to go about doing that. I think I've learned alot, and that it has helped me. I was thinking today that it might be good to have a thread where we can all post the diet tips that we have found to work for us.
It would be nice to have them all gathered together in one place for those new to weight loss, and also might add new ideas and help focus those of us who have been down that road for a ways.
Here are the things that I learned, that help keep me on track. I understand that not everyone might agree with them all, but they seem okay to me. Please add your own, or correct mine if you wish! I'd love to hear what is working for everyone out there.
* Beware of diet solutions that involve you having to buy something,
other than the food you are actually eating. Regardless of what anyone
tells you, you do not have buy a book, plan, pills, exercise gadget, or
medical procedure. Some of these things might be useful to you, and
worth the money, but decide that for yourself, rather than letting
someone talk you into it.
* Beware of absolutes. If you here someone say something like "Never
consume any dairy!", "Stay away from all sodas period!" or "You can't
eat at McDonald's, ever!" this should be a red flag. Different things
work for different people.
* Have realistic goals. You didn't gain the weight in a month, and you
aren't going to lose it in that amount of time either. Don't get
* Pick a diet you feel you can live with for a long, long time. Like,
forever. I think alot of people go on a diet, lose their weight, then
celebrate by having a blow out meal, and then going back to eating
exactly the way they did before they lost weight. I know I've done this
a couple of times. I've got the mindset now that this this diet of mine
is the new normal, and I have to just change my old eating habits.
* Be flexible. Have a bad meal? Day? Week? Month? Life happens.
Pick up where you left off, and soldier on.
* Accept that you might feel some hunger from time to time. Yeah, it
sucks. But so does being fat. On the other hand, don't let yourself get
to that "I'm starving" feeling. Do that and you're much more likely to
binge and blow yourself out of the water.
* Consider exercise. Yes, you can lose weight without it. But it is
much harder. As you lose weight, you're body will try to conserve it's
fat reserve by burning off muscle tissue. The problem is that muscle
tissue is much more metabolically active than fat. Lose some of what
you have and you'll burn calories more slowly, making it harder to lose
* Get into portion control, even if some of the ways of it seem
ridiculous . I've taken to measuring out my salad dressings. Four
months ago this would have struck me as being anal beyond words. Yet I
have a problem with portion control. I have to measure it out, least I
just glop on what would normally be considered two or three servings.
Learn to be friends with measuring cups and spoons.
* Consider logging your foods into Fitday at
. Yeah, this seemed real anal
to me too. But it really is an eye opener how 100 calories here, 200
there really add up. Before I started doing this, I didn't really
realize how much I was actually eating. Logging it, though a pain in
the behind at first (it gets easier as you input more and more of your
custom foods), has been a real benefit to me. Logging your weight is a
good thing too. I sometimes feel that I'm not really doing that good,
but then I pull up the graph of my weight loss, see the downward trend,
and really believe that I am making progress and all this bother is
really worth is.
* Talk to other people who are dieting. This website is a good source
of information. There are many knowledgeable folks here who are happy
to help out with support and information. Consider joining a
few other weight loss web based forums or usenet newsgroups.
Misery really does love company!