I've been doing some reflective thinking about why I have yo-yo'd all my adult life with my weight, and I think I finally found the answer to that question.
I have tried most popular diets, joined WW several times and even tried Nutri Systems once. I went to TOPS, and I've been on and off SparkPeople for years. No matter what the diet or eating plan, it didn't work because i wasn't really changing any habits. What I was doing was substituting all kinds of "bad for me" foods with the "even worse for me" diet counterparts
I didn't change the way I was eating - just fooled myself with low-cal, low-fat, reduced calorie, baked not fried, 100 Cal Pack JUNK.. Here's the thing: if I substitute a low-carb chocolate bar (which really doesn't taste like chocolate anway) for the real chocolate, what am I learning? Nothing! I'm still eating too much chocolate. If I eat nothing but diet dinners - which are usually full of sodium - it may work for a while but, let's face it, I won't be eating Lean Cuisine for every meal for the rest of my life. So, what did I accomplish? Not much. I may have lost some weight but the minute life got back to normal, back came the weight. So, I'd start all over and do the exact same thing - expecting different results. Isn't that the definition of insanity?
Yes, I think I may be on to something and, by the way, my new SparkPeople Cookbook is what really got me thinking clearly. I started reading the book from Page 1 - no skipping ahead to the recipes - and boy, am I glad I did. I finally see the connection between eating foods that are delicious and good for you, and maintaining a slim figure.
Can anyone relate to this syndrome of fooling yourself with substitutes? What do you think is the cause of your yo yo dieting?
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He wlll make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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