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.