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I agree you need throw the word diet out the window, and concentrate on being healthy and learning to stay that way for the long run.
I highly encourage small goals leading up to the bigger ones as well and using the food tracker. If you use it to log everything you eat/drink, you will discover some things you never noticed before about your eating habits.
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Welcome! What I would do is try not to consider what you eat a diet. Take gradual steps to take out foods that are bad for you and work in good foods. Good foods like fresh veggies and fruits will keep you fuller and resist urges for bad foods anyway! You should consider this a lifestyle change. Something you will be committed to for he rest of your life. To me, eat a fresh hot soup of chemical free veggies and meats is wayyyy better than living on grapefruit for the rest of my life ... or even a few weeks! Haha! Find what is important to you in a diet and make it tasty! You're a chef, it seems! Make some healthy culinary magic- there are so many healthy alternatives for baking and cooking that the flavors and recipes are endless!
I'm Haley, 20 years old from Michigan. I'm going to school for culinary arts. Just joined yesterday, but I've lurked around here on and off in the past. My overall goal is to lose 50 lbs by my birthday (11/14). I've always been sort of overweight, but have such a hard time committing to diets and exercising. Mostly because I've pretty much always found friend that accept me, and so I never had the self-hating fueled urge to go on crazy diets or run for hours. I really just wanna be healthy for me, and prove to myself I can. Anywaaays, I love to talk to new people, so don't be shy!