Dieting Dopers Support Thread - week of March 25

Good morning/afternoon everybody.

I’m home sick from work today. I can’t decide whether that’s a good thing or not, in terms of how I’ll end up eating today.

First, Monday is usually an off day for my exercise, so I don’t lose out on that front. And there’s a candy dish at work that often calls my name - I don’t have to deal with that.

However, I’m kinda bored here. That means I’ll be thinking about food, and I’ll be real close to the kitchen. (okay, obvious solution is to stay here upstairs and surf the 'net all day!)

So how about that as a topic for discussion - which is easier for you? Being “at the office” (whatever that means for you: work, school, home office), or when you’re just lounging around at home on your days off. Do you rely on the structure? Or are there temptations there that you don’t have to deal with at home? Discuss.

I’m going to try and eat healthy all week. That’s not all that unusual, but my motivation is that on Saturday, I’m going to be going to Farrell’s for some ice cream with various So Cal (and other) Dopers. So that’s my splurge day. That means I really need to stay on track for the next several days, so that when I have my ice cream sundae it’s no big deal.

On the activity front, I’m afraid I’ve got a tendon in my foot that’s getting a little hinky. I need to keep my head on straight and treat it well so that I can still exercise. The last thing I need is to be hurt and have my exercise regime thrown out of whack!

I hope you all fared better than I did this weekend.

I can keep on track during the week pretty well, but the weekends just kill me. Willpower, oh why hast thou foresaken me? I fell off the wagon, ate a ton of junk food and gained two pounds. I am leaving for a business trip today, and being on the road is the worst. ARRRRRRGGGHH!

Are advice and support the same thing? I don’t know but I can add this. Although it took a long time I can definitely say this product has worked for me:

If you mix it up right it has the consistency and taste of a thick sweet mousse. It has definite appetite suppressing properties. You can have a massive bowl for lunch plus one small snack and one small meal a day with lots of coffee or tea. I eat what I want on festive occasions with the realisation that if I don’t go right back to dieting the next day I’m dead meat. I also have something nice to eat every Saturday. It gets me through the week. A diet that deprives too much will not work.

I think also that I have developed a vital insight into “fat psychology”. It’s a little hard to explain but I’m convinced it’s true. It’s this: a person who has been overweight for a long time loses their conception of what their “real” body is supposed to be like - the body that they have a right to own. It has to do with perspective and spatial orientation. I forgot what having a thin leg felt like. I forgot that when I looked down I wasn’t supposed to see my buttocks. When I looked in the mirror I didn’t realise my upper arms should have been visibly disconnected from my body. It was a kind of denial or, in another sense, I’d lost the blueprint of my proper body. Denial means the impulse to diet is lost. When you realise what you should be like, what you have a right to be like and what you can be like you’ll keep on until you achieve the right appearance. Watch porn just a little bit every day to keep yourself aware of what good bodies are supposed to be like. (This is not an anti feminist idea by the way). I’d like to know if what I’ve said makes any sense to you and if you’ve heard it before or not. .

The End (of my longest post ever)

I’ve heard the similar suggestion of taping a picture of someone with the body type you want on your fridge to help keep you focused on your goals.

I have to say that if more people associated dieting with watching porn everyday, I’d bet we’d have a lot less overweight people out there! :smiley:

Dieting- it’s not just about carrot sticks anymore!

And it’s corollary:

Porn- it’s not just about masturbation anymore!

G. Nome said:

If, when you’re looking down, you’re seeing your buttocks, you have more than a weight problem, I’m sorry to say.

I’m not really doing much dieting, although I changed the way I eat (six meals a day instead of two). I’ve lost 14 pounds since 18 December. I’ve noticed this thread has been languishing a little bit. Hopefully everyone isn’t falling off the wagon.

I haven’t fallen off the wagon. I just haven’t been here much. Since the last time I posted in this thread, I’ve lost three pounds. I think I’ve gotten over my little hump. I was stuck at the same place for so long, I was elated to find that I’ve started losing again. The only thing I’ve done differently is to add more fruit to my diet. I have a big sweet tooth, so I’ve replaced sugary snacks with grapes and apples. It seems to be doing the trick.

Thanks to this thread I’ve lost 10lbs in 3 weeks. I decided to take someones advice and do the low carb thing. My only question now is how do I start eating carbs without gaining the weight back?

Thanks guys!

I have been going off and on diets for about two years, my wife for about 4 years. I’ve had some success, but would put back on every ounce and more. I finally got to that point where I realized a lifestyle change had to occur. I have now lost 25 pounds in about 6 weeks, I feel better, I eat, and I don’t feel like I have to starve myself. It’s about what I put in when hungry and the activity level.

It was just like smoking, when I finally got to the point where losing weight became a VALUE and not just and IDEAL, it started to work for me.

What’s been working
3-4 hours a week of high intensity exercise, at least ½ gallon a day of water, decaf ice tea, sugar free lemonade, smaller meals, more snacking (carrots, pickles, celery, jicama, home made salsa), meals that have smaller amounts of meat and more vegetables.

Bad food = misery

Avoiding it = feeling good about yourself

At work, it’s easier for me.

What you should do is go scarf down a nutritious & filling breakfast or brunch. That’ll take care of alot of the mental fight you have.

Make it an event - prepare it, put the radio or TV on, read the news, etc. Get it just right.
And what is all the “diet” talk? You are not dieting.

You are making smart decisions about eating right. You are eating right - which is a thoroughly rewarding experience :slight_smile:

. Diet sounds like some sort of punishment program.

Oh, by the way…for those interested in not eating right and leaning on exercise to burn the excess:

You have to walk about 50 miles to burn 1 pound of fat.

Eat right. It feels great.

Exercise because it makes you feel great, not because you are burning anything.

First: A calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Carb or not.

Find a site on the web where you can enter in your height/weight/etc and determine the number of calories you need to maintain your weight. Then check the calories on well balanced meals.

Most calories in diets should be carbs, with the rest split between protein and carbs.

Continue to avoid cheap sugar (white sugar) like that in candy and iced tea mixes and reg soda. Choose wheats instead of whites.

Simple fact: If your body needs 2,000 calories to sustain life daily, and you average about 2,000 daily, you’ll maintain the weight…eat less tha 2g on average and you’ll lose…eat more then 2g on average and you’ll gain.

search at google for …weight calorie calculator…
Repeat: a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Get the right amount of nutrition and the right amount of calories.