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Dieting is not a "One Size Fits All" Thing

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lately, I've been struggling with the perfect plan to lose weight and keep it off- for me.

You see, I've been learning that calorie counting and I do NOT get along. I have a tendency to be a tad lost when it comes to trying to stay within some number range. Sometimes, I'm near the top of my range, and I'm still hungry, but the control-freak in me won't allow myself to eat more. Then, there are the days that I eat over my calorie limit before dinner. I have a hard time getting back on track when that happens.

Plus it's hard to retire from the "clean plate club" when I'm counting calories or Weight Watchers Points. In fact, I'm more likely to clean my plate when I'm counting calories... just because I want to make sure I eat what I counted. Face it, I tend to be a little OCD about this.

On the other hand, diets that restrict things- like ones that cut out certain food groups are great for the control-freak in me. They're also great because I love cooking when I get to just COOK without focusing more on measurements than the food itself (I'm a cook, not a baker).

But they become a huge problem when trying to eat out with friends. Sure, I can do just fine cutting out vegetable/soybean oil at home, but it's nearly impossible to do when eating out.

I want freedom from having to count calories/measure every bite I take... but I also want the freedom to be able to enjoy my food and eat whatever I want.

Any ideas?
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RISINGBLUESTAR 9/23/2012 2:48AM

    I agree. Not everything works for everyone. Even though tracking can be helpful, I think listening to your body signals is just as helpful. Don't stop when you are feel full, stop when you don't feel hungry anymore that way you won't get that "heavy" feeling. It's not easy but just keep trying to search for what works for you! :)

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FTSOLK 9/23/2012 12:20AM

    Unfortunately, I am RARELY able to plan for eating out since I usually know where I'm eating within minutes of getting to the restaurant. Sometimes, I don't even know IF I am eating out until the last minute.

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DISKATDREAMER 9/23/2012 12:14AM

    I have found that if I track my food the day before for the whole day I know exactly what I need to eat for the day. Sometimes I may leave part of a meal to eat later. For example if I have cereal, milk and fruit for breakfast I may save the fruit to eat an hour or two later or even later in the day.
If I know that I will be going out to eat I will look up menues and nutrition info on the computer so that I know what I will have to eat and be able to fit it in to my meal plan for the day.

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WILSONWR 9/22/2012 11:57PM

    I try to eat a lot of the high volume, low calorie foods like fresh fruits. Then I can still have a little of my favority "bad" foods and still be within my calorie range. On days that I know I'm going to be eating out, I try to really cut back on the calories that day so I can enjoy the food with my friends.

Good luck! It can be challenging at times.

Bill

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