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Vote in This Week's Poll: Are you on a diet?

By January 21, 2013

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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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January 21, 2013 at 9:35 am
(1) Irwin says:

Diets don’t work because after reaching your goal, you go back to eating as before. And that’s if you are ‘successful’!
I have changed the way I eat. All fruits and vegetables, as much as I want. Meat portions small. Open sandwiches and limit pasta. One trick that works at dinner is that I take what I think is one half of the total I want to eat. Then have a big salad with little dressing. Then go back for seconds and guess what? I eat less than I though I would. That means you are eliminating 25% of the calories from that meal without any effort. Multiply that by 360 days a year, and the weight comes off.

January 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm
(2) Karen says:

I’m on an 8-week “kick start” diet. It’s pretty close to the way I would normally try to eat – emphasizing clean, lean proteins and fat, lots of veg, a little fruit, minimal grains. Mostly it requires strict adherence to portion size with one “cheat day” a week. Due to a disastrous combination of life circumstances, I complete stopped working out for about 3 months and ate like an idiot the whole time. I gained almost 15 pounds! This is a way to reintroduce normal portions and healthy food to my brain. I’m two weeks in, down 5 lbs and very motivated to continue to rebuild my workout routine. Exercise and eating right really do go hand-in-hand, doing one just encourages me to stick with the other.

January 29, 2013 at 9:16 am
(3) Leslie says:

I am on a constant diet between meals and snacks. I mostly rely on workouts to keep the fat down , weight is just a number, fat is the issue for me, altho I am down 80# and have kept it off for more than ten years.

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