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Dieting Doesn't Work.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I've always been slim. My whole life. I felt like a slim guy, 'cuz of years of programming by my friends and family. "Vic, you're so lucky, you can eat anything you want and never gain weight". I heard that phrase hundreds of times in my youth and young adulthood.

Then I turned 40, my metabolism slowed down, and I continued to drink my beer, eat my beloved hot dogs and enjoy my fast metabolism. I noticed I got a little paunch, but when I noticed, I'd cut back and lose it. Then promptly regain it. I hardly noticed this was going on. But hey, I lift weight several times a week, and I'm stronger and look better than most all my peers, I'm doing fine.

Time passes. It's 2001 and I'm on a European vacation, and eating all the delicacies each country has to offer. It was great, I could lose any weight gain easily like I always have.
So, we get home and I'm looking at the pictures we took. Who is this fat guy?

I hated all my pictures and was going to do something about it. I had been fooling myself that I was in great shape and looked fine. I wasn't and I didn't. So I went on a 'diet' and lost a bunch of weight, probably some muscle in the process, because I just ate fewer calories not paying attention to my protein, carb and fat needs. I just ate less. I think it was a 1200 calories a day diet. I still worked out, and I had a job, so I worked every day. I was tired and hungry all the time. Diets suck. They are punishment for overindulgence.

But it worked. Or did it? I lost the excess weight. I stayed slim for a couple of years. I was able to go to a Navy reunion, and I looked great.

Again, time passes and I lose track of my diet, and start gaining again.

I was a yo-yo dieter! I got heavy again. For me, with a small frame this meant a weight gain of probably 10 pounds. Not a lot for many folks, but look what it did to me.

Yes, I lost that weight too. But now I have decided to change my lifestyle. No more dieting. This means not eliminating my treats and sweets, (and beer) but managing them. Focusing on good foods, and taking in way fewer bad foods.

My last few pounds have, admittedly, been pretty hard to lose. I'm focusing on a long range weight loss, not dieting and losing in a few weeks. I'm still able to eat for pleasure once in a while, but I understand eating for pleasure is not a good thing. I don't want my lifestyle to be one of depravation, but one of moderate intake of tasty foods. So far (a couple of years now) I have been successful.

I've developed a new passion for exercise. Running. I still exercise with my weights regularly and ride my bike. I enjoy these things, and I get to see my muscles, instead of hiding them under a layer of fat, induced by what I had fooled myself into thinking was a pleasurable pastime - overeating.

We each have our own weight and health maintenance story. The path I am following is working for me. Continue on your own path, strive for health your own way, but change your lifestyle. Don't delude yourself that eating the occasional diet dinner, drinking Diet Coke, or substituting a salad for a cheeseburger once in a while is going to help you.

Change your lifestyle. Exercise regularly and eat good foods. You can do this.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TIME-4-TINA 7/20/2013 9:11AM

    I agree, you have to indulge once in a while. For example, the coconut cake I ate last night. I entered it into my food tracker this morning and the calorie count almost gave me a heart attack! Damn Cake! Regarding dieting, I was never able to stick with a diet for more than 4 or 5 months. I would lose weight, get bored, give up, and gain it back. I have been on my "lifestyle change" for almost 2 years now. Much easier to stick with. No desire to give up. Is your wife into health and fitness? It makes it much easier if she is. I am kind of on my own in my house. My husband and kids like to work-out, however, they are not into eating healthy. Except for my daughter on occasion. My husband and son are bottomless pits.

btw, you look younger now than you did in your before shots.

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2013 9:37PM

    I'll just add to the chorus: you DO look great!! Whatever works . . .

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/18/2013 5:38PM

    You look great!

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RUNNINDOG 7/16/2013 8:35AM

    Awesome! You inspired me today!!

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    Great job. You look wonderful.

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PIXIEMOM13 7/15/2013 4:23PM

    I love GOALWTIN7's comment...

and have to say that last picture is a "WOWZA!".. I hope I look half so good when I'm your age!

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    Definitely diets work short time - lifestyle changes are the key.

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/14/2013 7:59AM

    great blog and very encouraging.

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/14/2013 6:23AM

  Looking good !!!

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DALID414 7/13/2013 7:09PM

    Somehow it always takes a picture for us to really SEE what we look like.

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MWWENSIN 7/13/2013 6:10PM

    Great Blog. Eating healthier and exercising is key. You can (and should) indulge once in a while, but that should be the exception, not the rule.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/13/2013 2:58PM

    Awesome story and something I can really relate too. Thanks for sharing!

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JDBENNING 7/13/2013 1:10PM

    Well done! Thanks for sharing your story!

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ADRIENALINE 7/13/2013 12:33PM

    Good advice!

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MASRITE 7/13/2013 11:57AM

    I need to take your advice. Need to get my head back into this and just do it. Btw, I showed my DH the last picture and his comment, "WOW!!" Keep up the great work. You're looking fine, sir!!

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JACKIE542 7/13/2013 11:51AM

    I so agree, change of likestyle, exercise, and healthy foods was so important. emoticon emoticon

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NWFL59 7/13/2013 11:50AM

    Excellent blog. Thanks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/13/2013 11:38AM

    Awesome blog!!

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JAZZMINE 7/13/2013 11:08AM

    Good advice! Thanks for the reminder!


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    That is why D I E T is really ' die ' with a T.

Well done. You look fab.


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GOALWTIN7 7/13/2013 10:42AM

  You look great! Keep up the good work. I agree that dieting doesn't work to keep it off for the long haul. It's eating healthy 90% of the time and your favorite not as healthy foods 10% of the time but in moderation. And keeping your body moving.

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