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January 23, 2013

do diets ever work?

^^^evening baking sessions can be a dangerous thing^^^

ugh how many times do we all start a "diet" & then half way through the first day find ourselves eating chicken nuggets? a little while back mark & i counted calories for over a month & we both lost a good amount of weight! yay us! but ever since we've stopped i've just gone back to my bad habits. a cookie here & a piece of pizza there. i love food so it's really hard for me to give up some of my favorites....but....when i was eating healthier & consuming less calories i felt so much better!

how do you guys find the motivation to pass up a yummy burger & stick to a salad???? i need some help...with a side of will power, please.

40 comments:

  1. wait, chicken nuggets aren't diet food? shoot...

    but in all seriousness, i SO hear ya. i don't like diets, dieting, not eating what i want, restrictions of any kind [and the list goes on and on]. but i did find something that's been working recently. during the week, [on top of my hot yoga sessions, drinking tons of water, and choosing semi-healthy choices], i've stopped eating after 7PM. and guess what? i'm actually not hungry, a couple of [holiday] lbs down, and i feel fantastic!

    -natalie-
    thesecondbestblog.com

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  2. I am *so* going through this right now. I think the only way I keep from going insane on a diet is to allow for that cookie-here, pizza-there, so you don't get bored or over-splurge. Cooking every meal at home and packing lunches also helps me keep it under control. Plus, eating together every night allows us to eat more slowly, and have some quality time catching up! Good luck!

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  3. I think that diets need to revolve around things you LIKE to eat...and around a schedule of working out. I think eating healthy food that you like makes it a positive experience, versus following someone else's list of "don't do that"...and working out on a schedule helps motivate and discipline you to keep your eating schedule! And I've heard that having one day a week for "cheating" doesn't hurt either :)

    P.s. Following your fab blog now!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  4. haha, i don't have the power. i had a delicious salad that i was suppose to make yesterday. i had pizza instead. i suck.

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  5. No, I don't think diets ever work - because they end. I think healthy eating just needs to become a lifestyle. I'm no health expert, but I try to drink a ton of water all day long, eat a lot of fruit & veggies at breakfast & lunch, and then I tend to splurge on dinner sometimes. I like to set my weekly dinner schedule & mix it up with beef, chicken, fish & even sometimes vegetarian...if I can sneak it past my husband!! hahaha!! I'm by no means the skinniest person ever, but I feel fabulous (& my doc is happy with me)...so yeah, that works for me!

    http://herestohappinesses.blogspot.com/

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  6. Unfortunately, it's all about calorie intake so you sort of have to keep a mental list of what you ate. I agree that it's about healthy eating like Amie said. Portion control really helps. For ex: yesterday for lunch I got a chicken wrap that came with a side of salad. I ate the salad and half the wrap and took the rest home to eat for dinner. At first when you do this you might still feel like you are hungry but 15 minutes later you will be fine. That is where the willpower is necessary. good luck !!!

    You can also check out my blog for some very simple and easy (healthy) recipes
    Not Going Out Like That

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  7. I just can't help myself... I think I will never find courage to stick to my diet plan. :( I just love junk food too much... and my husband too... but then I cook a somthing healthy and feel much better :D

    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/

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  8. I don't think they do work as at some point you have to stop so you don't lose too much weight and then the weight goes back on. To be honest for me it's kind of a lifestyle thing, I choose the healthy option and I'm quite active because that's the way it's always been and it doesn't really feel right if I do anything different but I think if you get into a pattern of eating badly and not exercising it can be hard to fix. I think it's best to find exercise that fits into your life and healthy things that you like eating and maybe try lots of new recipes to find healthy ways to make the meals you feel bad eating, such as there's lots of healthy and low calorie recipes out there so you still get to eat great tastingfoods like pizza but without feeling like you've failed your healthy eating :)
    Rosalie x

    rosaliejayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Thank you for dropping by and following :) Came here and boy am I glad I did - your photos and blog content are amazing and interesting. Def following back :)

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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  10. I never go grocery shopping hungry, that way it's easy not to buy junk food! If it's not in the house, you can't eat it!

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  11. The real secret is to keep busy from Mon to Fri my diet is pretty perfect because I'm busy with work, the blog and going to bootcamp. But on weekend I tend to cheat more because I have extra free time. Another thing is to plan all your meals and snacks and eat on time. That way you will always be full, eating when you're starving is always a bad idea. What works for me is meal planning and staying occupied, when I'm bored I tend to eat. And also I don't think of it as a diet but more as a lifestyle change, if I'm craving chocolate or pizza it's ok to have a piece but not every day. I do not count calories I just can't, but I try to eat food that would perish within 5-7 days. Everything in my fridge needs to be cook, so no pre-packaged food. I know it's hard so when you're starting don't be too drastic just small changes at a time.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog Jenna. I am excited for you and your upcoming trip to SF. There are plenty of places to take pictures of.

    Love your blog as well and looking forward to staying updated! =D

    Also, I am the worse with calorie counting, I have a big sweet tooth and bake a lot of cupcakes. I feature those on my blog too.

    Brandy
    willbakeforshoes.com

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  13. I have been thinking about this for a long time, like a decade and I haven't come up with a work-able response. I am thinking about doing a series on my blog so that I have a new and different allusion of accountability. B. Jones Style has a fiercly brave series in a related vein. I am digging your post and all of your readers comments. It is a necessary conversation to get into.

    amanda
    http://thingstoholdandstir.blogspot.com/
    check us out? follow us back?

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  14. I have no will power or self control! There is no way I can pass up on a cookie...and I eat way too much processed foods! I definitely need help in this area too:)! You have a great blog! I just stumbled upon it through another blog! I'm definitely following you on GFC #186! It would be great if you could check out my blog too:)!

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  15. I don't need to "diet" per say, but I should definitely start eating healthier! I'm a college student so its a struggle (I'm literally sitting on my couch eating chicken nuggets right now...) I have found lots a "healthy" recipes for the crock pot through Pinterest, and have been slowly trying to cut out fast food! If you can spare some of that will power I will gladly take some!
    -Kourtney

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  16. It's hard to say what the trick is for willpower, I used to be really overweight (160lbs at 5'3") and I managed to lose 50lbs (I now hover between 108-110lbs) but I had tried for a couple of years before something really clicked in me and I made the changes needed to lose weight. One of the main things was actually to not be on a diet, to instead read all I could about healthy food and nutrition and just make as good a choice as I could at each meal and exercise when I could, it took a while but it all came off finally 6 years ago and I haven't put it back on since. I think I just reached the point where I decided enough was enough and really truly wanted to do it, I thought I wanted to do it before that but looking back I didn't really I was just telling myself that. One thing I will say though is losing weight is hard work but approach it with that expectation and a resolution to work at it and you will succeed :)

    Janine xx
    BakeGlueandTrend
    Giveaway Post >>> bakeglueandtrend.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/love-dress-giveaway.html

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  17. Diets never work! As cliche as it sounds, it's all about a lifestyle shift/change. Never consider healthy options a diet, consider them a lifestyle! A proper balance with moderation and slight indulgence is surely best. Have you read any of the Hungry Girl cook books? She has some great recipes! <3 Emily

    http://theskinnybyemily.blogspot.com

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  18. Cool post!!
    Follow your blog!)
    Follow me, if you want)
    http://karinamalinana.blogspot.ru/

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  19. Diets never work for me for this very reason! Haha I love baking way too much and I also love sweets way too much :) thanks for stopping by my blog- I love everything about yours and I am folowing you adding it to my favorites :)

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  20. Oh man..Diets are the worst! ..and I always fail. Recently we went on vacation so I had some motivation to get into Bikini ready shape in the middle on January. I think I would be more diligent if I did start counting calories like you guys did

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  21. Love your blog! Maybe we could follow each other on bloglovin or GFC? Please leave me a comment or follow me and I will follow you =)

    http://lepetitplastique.blogspot.com/

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  22. Gosh, I'm on the same boat as you. It's tough. Especially when someone starts baking cookies.

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  23. Very cute blog!

    and I agree with you!I keep telling myself to stop baking but I love to cook, therefore I love to eat. It's a vicious cycle....

    its-your-chance.blogspot.com

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  24. This is (part of) why I became a vegetarian. It forces me to make healthier decisions on a more consistent basis - salads, fish, veggie burgers - and stay away from things like bacon and cheeseburgers and buffalo wings (my ultimate weakness). I still indulge in comfort foods like mac & cheese, pizza, and cookies, but it's ok because I eat healthy most of the time. At least that's what I tell myself :)

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  25. <----this girl has the same problem...I don't buy "junk food"...but when i'm craving a cookie...well, i bake one! and there always seems to be some sort of baked good in my home...it really is about a complete lifestyle change..i went pescatarian for a while during college (and started doing yoga) and i felt so awesome and centered and light, but then i started implementing meat into my diet again and it all spiraled down from there. I'm still trying to get back on track..as for "dieting" and calorie counting...personally, it has never worked for me. The only things that has ever worked for me was eating a proper amount of fruits and veggies daily and exercising regularly...as for willpower..i need some of that, myself.

    Haley
    http://haleyhere.blogspot.com

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  26. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm a new follower of your blog as well. :)

    I am not an extremely healthy eater by any means, but one thing I've always done that helps me keep weight off is always ordering water when I'm eating out instead of soda. I'd rather eat my calories than drink them (plus soda makes me feel bloated) -- and it saves money, too! Not a huge tip, but every little good choice helps. :)

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  27. Hello! Just found your blog and this very post resonates so much with me. I'm shorter, so when I put on holiday weight, it shows quite easily. ANd sometimes I go through great periods, bike-riding every morning, eating small portions, heaps of greens. ANd then it goes down the drain. Ah, such a struggle, I need to get back on the wagon. Loved reading your blog :D

    http://meggymoo0.blogspot.com

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  28. What I do - or what I TRY to do - is eat really healthy during the week and then eat whatever on the weekends. I have a huge sweet tooth and crave sweets pretty much everyday, so I always try to have something with me that will satisfy that. Like some dark chocolate or kettle popcorn.

    I think the key is just try to make the healthy foods as delicious as you can. One of my favorite things to eat is super crunchy, roasted cauliflower (just tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper). So addictive!

    But yeah, occasionally I have to give in to some Cocoa Pebbles or something like that.

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  29. Thanks for stopping in at my blog, I always enjoy finding new friends there. I just want to wish you luck on finding a healthier way of eating without giving up all your favorites. I'm 50 years old, and over the past 12 or so years I had gained quite a bit of weight, topping out at 300 pounds. I have since lost 70 pounds and am on a continuing journey to reach my goal weight, I'm half way there. For me it's important to lose the weight for health reasons. I've found the best way for me is to eat 3 meals a day and I limit the amount of food that I am taking in, I don't measure, I just cut back, way back. I have worked hard at finding new ways to cook the things I love, frying is a thing of the past for the most part ... and roasting has taken over. I roast just about every veggie that I consume, and I always drink a huge glass of water before a meal, it helps to fill me up. I also have begun to use a smaller plate size, that way I put less on the plate and I eat less. I have also bought "low cal" cookbooks and I use them. My last tip would be to occasionally indulge in that burger, or that slice of cheesecake ... but make it a goal treat, knowing you can have a treat will make it easier to stay on track.

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  30. I have a hard time with this same thing. I tend to do really great for awhile and then really poor for awhile. I usually just focus on one thing at a time, like no sweets or carbs. Good luck!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  31. I often ask myself is this something you're really hungry for or are you just eating it because? I have to strive to keep candy out of my pantry, it's so easy to just reach my hand into the bag, grab a few then walk away! Of course I have my weak moments too, but if I do then I try to do some physical activity or go to the gym to cancel it out!
    LOVE your blog, you have a new follower! xox

    Alex
    www.adoredbyalex.com

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  32. First of all, thanks for following me. Second, you have such a lovely blog and I'm a new follower :) I've just started eating healthy/clean eating three weeks ago and I when I'm craving for something, I make room for it in my Calorie Count app. If my husband plans on eating out, I make sure to eat low calorie but still filling foods like apples and bananas. I don't do cheat days but if I do, I saved a picture of how you can get over binge eating on my phone (and my blog here). LOL I've also been working out and every time I think of having a burger, I just think of the hardwork I've already put in and eating a burger will not make me proud of myself. I torture myself that way. And sometimes when the craving is really bad, I google: Why is [insert food name] bad for you and that does it. Oh and don't drink liquid calories! If you like Pinterest, search "Fitspiration," if you prefer Tumblr, search "fitness" "workout" "exercise" there's so much to read that would just not want to make you eat junk and just motivate you to eat better ;)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com


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  33. I cut fried foods a while ago, at first it was difficult but after some time I got used to it and now, I don't even like the smell of fried food. Humans are born with craving sugar only, so all that fat diet came as result of bad habits.

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  34. Hi dear
    Oh, I think that's the most common when you start a diet haha
    xoxo

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  35. ohh the diets :S Is my problem! haha
    lovely blog :)
    if you like we can follow each other

    Pieces of Me... Nicky

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  36. Short answer, no. :) I try to do everything in moderation and when I binge a bit, to not go crazy. I have a few tips on my blog - Perhaps we could follow each other?

    xo Lulu
    simplylulustyle.com

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  37. Never attempted dieting for I know myself well: I cannot resist food temptations ;_;

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  38. Wonderful blog! Check out mine if you have time babe! :) xx

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  39. Well, I don't do well with diets either. I think what works best for me is to eat smaller meals, more often. So, it's about portion control for me. Even then, I can go crazy when I'm around chocolate :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

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  40. cool post

    http://jassmeenmode.blogspot.com/

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