Anyone who visits this blog knows what an eavesdropper I am. I like to think it's because I'm a writer and, therefore, trained to gather ideas and information from the world at large. But it's probably because I'm just nosy.
The latest conversation I overheard was at a restaurant as two women were about to order.
Woman 1: "I'm on a diet, so I can't have any carbs."
Woman 2: "Oh? I'm on Weight Watchers. What are you on?"
Woman 1: "The Paleo."
Woman 2: (nodding) "I've heard of that one...the caveman diet is it?"
Woman 1: "Something like that. Although Mr. Caveman never had to turn down fresh baked bread slathered with butter and a big plate of linguini with alfredo sauce, did he?"
This sparked a conversation with my dining partner as we talked about the ins and outs of dieting. It seems like so many of us are on one diet or another and we keep trying them, despite the fact that they often don't work. My friend suggested that we're all searching for the 'right' diet - the one we can finally stick to without feeling so deprived, we have to go off them just to save our sanity.
There's a distinct difference between eating healthy and being on a diet - Healthy eaters have a healthy diet which involves making healthy choices throughout the day. Dieters are on a diet, which implies something more strict and something which doesn't give you a choice...you're on it or you're not.
My question for you is: Are you on a diet? If so, which diet are you following? Have you followed diets in the past and, if so, what motivates you to keep trying them? At what point do you determine a diet is successful? A lot of questions, I know, but vote in this week's poll and then leave a comment telling us what you think about dieting in general and what diets do (or don't do) for you specifically.
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