Cheetara79-I TOTALLY agree with you. Yes there are SOME medical conditions that can cause tremendous water retention, and weight gain, but there is still the matter of self-control. A medical condition does not make you (me) choose high fat, high sodium, low nutrition CRAP like I did. Now, I do retain water like the geegolly Hoover Dam. I mean that. I can put on 30 pounds of water during AF (NOT an exaggeration) and lose it in a week. It's been like that since I was a teenager. It SUUUUCKS. However, I would probably retain that much water thanks to genetics, even if I was otherwise at my ideal weight, medically speaking. No one holds a gun to my head and forces me to choose unhealthy foods habitually. No one tells me to get seconds. No one tells me to fill my plate or bowl up without measuring...etc., etc., etc. Obesity, especially morbid obesity, is definitely a choice.
@Cheetara: I "get" what you're saying about it being a "choice" and in a sense, me too, I could've eaten better during my adult life but I know some may chime-in with medical conditions about why they were or have been obese and to that I say, they would know better than me.
As for the original question: I have to stop myself and think about it........cookie or no cookie? If theres a reflective surface around I'll look in it right then and that makes me not want to eat said cookie.
I totally use VANITY as my motivator: Pure Uncut China White Vanity!
I've never been much of an emotional eater. My issue has always been eating to regulate my energy level. I am very bad at sleeping, and when I'm exhausted, eating high-fat high-carb foods are a great way to keep going for another hour or two. But, then the pounds creep on.
My strategy has been to try to get more sleep (which is VERY hard for me), and to limit the starch in my diet. My body doesn't react terribly well to starchy foods in any case, and I don't like them very much, so it's not a hardship for me except when I'm tired. Actually, it's become a great signal, as I've learned that a craving for bread or potatoes or pasta means that I need to get some sleep.
Sorry for the trolling here but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that some knucklehead is gonna "one word" or "emoticon" this thread up just as soon as he sees that someone doesn't like one word replies.
Scroll up in a couple of hours, he can't resist.
(I'll add a substantial answer later, this is a good thread)
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This may be controversial. I believe that obesity is a choice. I have chosen to be obese for my entire adult life. There is no one to blame for that but myself. It is that realization that led me to start changing my life so that I have more healthy habits.
I also have not eliminated any foods from my diet. I use portion control, moderation and calorie counting to lose weight. I also don't view exercise as an excuse to eat extra food. I exercise because I enjoy it and it's good for my body.
I am working with a nutritionist so that it is not a "diet" but a lifestyle. She has helped me see that a lot of what I was doing was good (whole grains, good fats) but while I was upping my fruits and veggies I was losing my protein which was why I was getting so hungry in the evenings. I have started paying more attention to my protein. Also, becoming more active has helped. I now walk on my two 15 minute breaks at work each day. The other thing I have done is take up knitting. My big problem was eating out of boredom while watching TV in the evenings. Now I knit, keeping my hands busy.
I am vegan raw and have been so for the past two years. On occassion I may eat some beef, chicken, or fish if the need arises but then it is ALWAYS 100% green fed or wild caught. I refuse to eat whole grains as they just spike blood sugar and i won't touch dairy. I will not say that I deprive myself of a food group. I don't see it that way. I also do not look at the word DIET as a bad thing. Man gave it a bad connotation. Diet is your lifestyle. It is not something you "go on" to lose weight. It is vegan, raw, lo-cal, low carb, hi carb, vegetarian, meat and potato lovers, etc. Diet is how you eat now and in the future.
"What do you turn to as your coping mechanism of food evaporates with lifestyle change?" I can't say that I really used food as a coping mechanism. Too much sugar makes me ill, I don't eat potato chips much anymore if ever. My coping mechanism is to lose myself in a world of romance or mystery. I choose to read to escape my problems and life. I don't buy CRAP in the house, so if i did snack it would at least be healthy. Believe me there are healthy things that you can eat that will pack on the pounds too-- NUTS.
I'm not exactly sure how this can spark a debate. It's a valid question, and not entirely debatable. I generally turn to angry cleaning, or drinking water, or looking at what I've tracked so far, or questioning if I'm REALLY genuinely hungry, or just bored, or upset.
Edit: Oh. Different methods. I do not disallow any kind of food. I try to make healthy choices, but I read somewhere on spark a long time ago, like when I first joined, that DIET stands for "Don't Imagine Eating This" and that's not mentally healthy. If we deprive ourselves, that can lead to binging. For me, even though I'm huge, it has led to binging and purging which is not only unhealthy, but extremely wasteful. That's actually partly how I lost 113 pounds from 2006-2007. I looked fantastic, but I got the results far too quickly so when I hurt my knee, I gained back 40 pounds within the first year of being off track, and then an aditional 60 the following 3 years. SOOOO unhealthy! *kicks self* I do NOT want to do that again!!! I want to do things RIGHT this time...allll the time, by tracking my food, being active outside of housework, making the healthier choices, foodwise, at least 90% of the time but not depriving myself if I have a serious craving for like, a piece of cake or a candy bar, or something.
Anyone up for discussing the different methods of diet and weight loss? There are many and this thread is in need of some good conversation. No one word answers here. Reply if you have something ingenious to say or something to add to the topic being discussed. The game room has plenty of one word threads to collect your points if that is what you are looking for. Soooooo.... What do you turn to as your coping mechanism of food evaporates with lifestyle change?
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