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Fluctuating Diets

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I am a very fickle person when it comes to eating, I think. I do well with a diet plan for about 2 weeks and then I come to a screeching halt and start to think another diet plan would be better. I realize that is just rebellion. But is it?

Specifically, I sway between a more calorie, protein counting diet, like that of Sparkpeople, and choosing whatever I want to eat based on true hunger and stopping when satisfied, more like Intuitive Eating. They both are great ideas and they both have merit.

It is true that counting calories, fat and protein is a good way to lose weight and stay healthy along with specific food plans (planning your meals based on certain food groups. Calories in vs. calories out. However, eating what you are wanting and learning when you are hungry and what you are hungry for, without giving into mindless cravings is also a good way to live. Hmmm.

I have tried both and they both work for me. Unfortunately, they both work very short term...literally two weeks each. So, I wonder what it would be like to alter an eating plan to change every two weeks. I don't mean going wild every two weeks for all the junk food I can eat. I mean, thinking calories, protein and fat and recording it and paying attention to being within my limits or eating from specific food groups for two weeks. Then taking two weeks to slowly eat what I want and learn the aspects of intuitive and mindful eating and hunger for two weeks.

Perhaps by doing this, the two ways of eating will converge. I always lose a little weight when I do either one. I would love to eat "what I have to for calories sake" mindfully. But when I drink my green smoothie in the morning consisting of spinach, banana, flax meal, and is not what I really want. I like it alright, but I don't slowly take down each sip and savor it. Not by a long shot. Mainly because if I drink it too slowly, the flax meal will turn the shake into a disgusting pudding, like it did while I was typing this.

Hmmmm. Still in the thinking stage. emoticon emoticon
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  • DS9KIE
    well that explains why I tend to go back and forth between Fuhrman and McDougall diets or or better yet healthy eating plan
    1677 days ago
    If this is a consistent pattern you have then you might be on to something! emoticon
    What do you have to lose???
    Good luck!!!
    1678 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I know that I won't sustain calorie-counting for ever and have found a plant-based eating plan works for me and for most foods I don't even have to worry too much about portion size. Find what works for you as we are all different but sustainability is the key!
    1678 days ago
    I too tend to keep switching convictions. However I have felt for a loooong time already that counting calories is not something I can nor want to do, for life. I think the time that I am willing and able to spend weighing my food, counting calories etcetera is (very) limited. So I decided many years ago that I won't do that any more.

    On the other hand, intuitive eating to me sounds like a much more logical way to unlearn overeating and bingeing. However, I read that it takes a long time to learn. It's a process. So in that sense I can wonder if it would work if you did it for only two weeks and then switched to another method, and vice versa.

    Karen Koenig wrote a book about the rules of 'normal' eating that you might like. The four rules are (in my own words): eat when hungry, chose foods that satisfy you, eat with pleasure and stop when satisfied.
    I'm reminded of what I read yesterday: she talks about how to bring about change. She states that it takes time to ingrain new habits in the brain and that if you go back and forth between the 'new way' and the 'old way' it creates a behavioral draw, preventing yourself from changing by reinforcing both the old and the new. I'm not sure if this would be valid with regard to what you described, but I thought I'd share it.

    PS with regard to the flax meal; you could leave it out of your smoothie and put it on your salad or in your yoghurt (if you eat yoghurt).
    1678 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2013 5:25:20 PM
    It is a little unusual maybe, but it seems to be a pattern that you find natural and are gravitating towards. So I say.....GO WITH the FLOW!
    1678 days ago
    It's worth a go! No one size fits all, right? And it stops boredom creeping in too. Most weight loss programmes need a good tweaking to get them right for you, so give it a try.
    1678 days ago
    We are all seaching for the thing that will click for us personally. I say, give it a try and see how it works!!

    1678 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I would say that alternating them would be a good idea. Anything that works and I agree that it can be hard to do the same thing all the time. That's the way I lost the bulk of my weight years ago but I also had a trainer on top of it and my exercise daily.
    1679 days ago
    Keep thinking. you will find your own path to healthy living
    1679 days ago
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