I definitely agree that moderating portions of fattening foods is much better than trying to cut them out altogether. I looove Big Macs. Sometimes getting one is almost a compulsion--but I don't do it often. I've found that I crave them more if I'm telling myself I cannot have them. By making it something that's a treat to be had occasionally, even setting aside a day to do it, it's easier for me to stay on track.
I definitely agree with the site's founder--the key to real success is to make small, sustainable changes. I stopped drinking sugary drinks at work (I'm a server and they're free to us) and switched to water and lost two pounds within the first week. I didn't realize how many calories of sweet tea I was sucking down every day...and water quenches my thirst much better.
I know "baby steps" is a cliche, but it's also true in terms of weight loss.
Yeah, I agree with the exercising or working for it. I'm going to a wedding this weekend and while I haven't had it in quite awhile, I LOVE wine and I know I'll have more than a glass or two (I won't be that trashed person either, haha but the calories add up). So, this week I've stayed around 1200 calories a day instead of doing 1500 and I've been trying to get in more exercise so I could "splurge." And although I've had some slip ups, I know beyond a doubt that if I had told myself I was going to skip everything but the chicken breast at the wedding, I'd be MUCH worse this week b/c I would have though, "whats the point?" And in answer to your question - why do you keep doing this - I think the answer is twofold: a. you haven't made it a habit not to yet and b. you haven't found balance. That's how I try to look at it at least because it seems so much more controllable and like something that overtime is just going to melt away as a problem as long as I keep working on it little by little. I hope this helps!
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I'm a 'this is the last time' declarer too. I find what works for me is to not deny but to control the amount/portion and to have worked for it such as want those 2 chocolate biscuits? ... get out there and walk for them. Sometimes I don't feel like my craving after I've done the exercise so I win twice over
Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)
The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)
It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.
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