diet simply means what one eats. anything you eat is automatically included and anything you pass on is out. no more no less. that being said, when i try to go vegetarian/vegan all i wanted was steak. and i don't even like steak. when i just eat how i eat, i eat steak less than once a year and happily eat mostly plant based meals. so for me, telling myself i can't have something means i want it, whether i actually like food or not. instead i choose not to have something this time. choosing not to have it means i can choose to have it later, which reduces the appeal. it's not the last opportunity to eat something, it's something i can have whenever i choose to. which ends up making it all the easier to skip this time around.
I tell myself I am eating what I want to eat..because I really am!
3/8/13 5:15 P
Me too! Just the word "diet" makes me hungry. Good thing I'm not on one!
Seriously, like everyone else has said, this isn't a "starve yourself thin then go back to eating whatever you want just to start the cycle over again" type thing. Think of what you're doing as a new way of life. No food is "off limits." We're just making smarter choices about how much and when we eat those things. Because the one sure way to make yourself crave something is to tell yourself you can't have it!
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9,717 3/8/13 12:35 P
You're revealed the problem already. :) You said it yourself:
" the more I tell myself I'm on a diet, the more I want to eat."
THEN STOP BEING ON A DIET!
Sparkpeople has found that the more people play with being on a diet, the less likely they are to succeed. Instead of going on a diet, start making healthy lifestyle changes for LIFE. This isn't some short-term quick-fix. You're not going to eat healthy for a while, and then go back to the way you got fat, right? Well, you don't want to, anyway.
Here's an article that really helped me change my perspective.
Ditch the diet, because diets don't work. Start making small changes to change your habits and lifestyle, and you'll find that you don't have to deny yourself anything that isn't "diet" food because it's all okay in moderation!
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3/8/13 12:32 P
stop telling yourself you're on a diet, because you're not.
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547 3/8/13 12:14 P
I have had a rough week with my diet, but I am just recently back, and one thing I am doing differently is eating foods I really like and fitting it into my calorie allotment. I used to eat diet food and sit in weight watcher meetings listening to women getting excited about English muffins with tomato sauce and fat free cottage cheese saying it's exactly like eating pizza! I am making healthier choices and trying to eat more whole foods, but like I said I am enjoying my food..
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3/8/13 12:01 P
That's why I never told myself I was "on a diet". I was just making better healthier choices. I still splurge every now and then. But cutting out all the stuff you think is "bad" is just going to make you want it more.
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577 3/8/13 11:43 A
Stop trying to make this harder on yourself than it needs to be.
If you're being too restrictive and denying yourself then stop. It's a recipe for disaster and you'll end up not enjoying the process and potentially giving up your goals. Work to incorporate things you like but in a healthier way. Make small changes for the better.
Remember, this is for the long haul not just until you 'get to goal'. This is about changing unhealthy habits. Enjoy the process because you're doing something good for yourself.
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3 3/8/13 11:29 A
Not sure about everyone else, but the more I tell myself I'm on a diet, the more I want to eat... Grrrr... It's Quite Frustrating! :-/