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Finally I get it: dieting doesn't work

Saturday, July 09, 2016

I have been dieting for nearly all of my adult life, on and off. I think that I am living proof that diets don't work. I am 48 today and have realised this last week that I have now come full circle. I mean I started in my early 20's with the low fat diet. Low fat everything, it worked very well, but as soon as I stopped the weight just came back on. Since then I have chosen low fat versions of most things, if it were available, low fat cheese, low fat milk, diet drinks, low fat cakes instead of full fat, less than 5% fat oven chips, reduced fat mayonnaise,fry light cooking spray etc.

I have since tried all of the main diets over the years and some of the fad diets. Some worked well initially,others didn't.

Recently I have been concentrating on whole healthy foods instead. I use good wholesome wholegrain(as far as reasonably practical) The less processed the better. I realised the other day that I have started cooking several recipes which would not have been unfamiliar to my mother and even Grandmothers. I made macaroni cheese with butter and full fat cheese. I've made fairy cakes, shepherds pie and country pie. Including butter as the fat used or virgin olive oil. When I have had these foods I have still kept within my calorie range (or close enough to be in deficit still). I am not as good at reaching my vitamin targets but I think some of that is due to the limitations of the spark food recording system. For example when I put the local milk into the system I am not able to add calcium content into the tracker. It is not possible to add vitamins etc. So I suspect I am having more than the tracker suggests. I can't even add a vitamin supplement tablet to see if I make up the deficit.

Gradually I am replacing a number of those low fat cooking techniques I have employed over the years with more traditional cooking methods. I haven't dry fried in months, using butter or virgin olive oil.

I was merely overweight when I started on this destructive yo-yo diet cycle. I have come a full circle and believe that infact all those diets have contributed in making me obese. Instead of dieting I needed to look at my life, incorporate exercise and eat in moderation and ensure that I was getting the nutrients I needed. At the start, nearly 30 years ago, if I had just made one or two small changes I may never have been fighting with my weight my entire adult life.
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  • no profile photo CD16613075
    That's quite a realization. Good for you for seeing it, now you can change!! Here's to new beginnings!!!
    1359 days ago
  • LIGHTKEEPER77
    I'm with you. It breaks my heart to think of all the destructive things I've done to my body. I went on my first diet at age 9 after reading through my mom's diet books. All of these things led to an eating disorder and the unattainable goal of perfection. Diet after diet, each one leading me to gain more weight in the end.

    I'm tired of it.
    1360 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    emoticon and I have a good feeling that this new/traditional cooking style will help you stay healthy and enjoy eating more.

    In the past I too started my diets with eliminating fats... now I too eat butter, olive oil, nuts and full fat everything - much easier! And food tastes better too...
    1360 days ago
  • DGHAG66
    I could have written this, I have dieted most of my life only to gain it back soon ad I ended the diet. My problem is sugar. I'm trying very hard to keep it under control. Its work, but I'm doing better. Good luck to you.
    1361 days ago
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