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Watch your calories but still try and consume tasty food you're actually excited for. Limiting yourself too strictly will lead to unhapiness with your diet and/or binge eating.
When we start trying to eat healthy its like salad vs pizza, margaritas vs. water w/ lemon. Be realistic and prepare foods you actually like. For example if you know you're not going to eat plain oatmeal buy the sugary version and work out more later, ease off heavy dressings slowly, etc.
Instead of making those resolutions that barely last 10 days let alone 12 months - make some goals with positive non-food related rewards. Like I'm going to be below xxx lbs by Feb and I will get a massage for reaching it.
Eat what you want, but eat everything/anything in moderation.
For all my weight loss (and moreover, maintenance), I have not been super concerned with how many carbs vs proteins vs fats, or good vs bad carbs, etc... I know I need a reasonable mix, and I know not to overdo anything. So yeah, I pretty much ignore the so-called nutritional advice, other than ..
... to not overdo (read: overeat) anything in particular or too much overall. Proof of my success? I haven't put on more than 2 pounds at any given point since losing the wieght almost 3 years ago. And I eat ANYTHING I desire.
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