The complex and frustrating world of dieting! Tried and tested ways for success in this area.

I’m sure that many of you out there have tried to lose weight at some point. There are so many diet plans out there but many of them don’t lead to sustained weight loss. Many of them are fine when you’re on the diet but as soon as you start eating normally again it leads to piling weight back on (sometimes more than before dieting). I have done this a few times in my life. It can be the most frustrating vicious circle which can become rather depressing.

There are many factors that lead to weight gain. Believe it or not, I was a size 16 when I was in my early 20s. I was on several medications at that point. I’m only on one medication which could potentially cause that kind of weight gain now, anti-depressants. The rest of my medication for anaemia doesn’t have that kind of effect for me. It may be different in other people but studies have shown that iron supplements actually control weight in their participants. That is more likely due to the fact that it rebalances various things that aren’t working properly causing the deficiency. I don’t like the anti clotting medication that I have to take when I’m on a monthly. I get quite bloated them but if I don’t take them I’m going to literally not be able to go anywhere. I would never encourage others to come off  their medication because that isn’t an option for some people. I couldn’t  even come off of mine yet. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to come off of anti-depressants. The things we eat are probably the main factors when it comes to weight gain. Followed by how much we move about either through exercise or just daily life.

Diets are not a long term solution for weight loss. Moderation in what we consume is more able to lead to weight loss and keeping it off. It is best to eat sugary things as you normally would in moderation. This means that your body gets used to things like sugar and fats. There won’t be a sudden weight gain if you include everything in your every day meals. Even carbs, supposedly the biggest enemy of getting slim, can be included in moderation.

The best thing to do is only eat when you’re hungry. Little and often is a way of not feeling hungry and still losing weight. Then you’re burning the calories that you’ve eaten as you go along. I find eating little bits makes me feel a lot better than eating a huge amount in one go. The key is not to get hungry while trying to lose weight otherwise you will most likely make meals that have quite large portion sizes. It is wise to not starve yourself and then eat a load of food because you’re so hungry. I know that it is quite tempting to not eat while trying to lose weight but this doesn’t work. I have tried that tactic. Either you end up getting hungry and finally eat lots of things. Or your body holds onto the fat because it thinks it is being starved. The more that you stress out about the task of losing weight, the more your body will hold onto that excess weight (I have done this). It is best to stay relaxed and not uptight about wanting to lose weight. Then go for a walk and do muscle exercises. The muscle you’ve gained will help burn fat once it is built up. Then it will be easier to keep your weight maintained due to the ratio of muscle to fat. I walk a lot. That is the easiest and cheapest exercise that you can possibly do. This is what has worked for me. I have tried so many supposedly successful ways to lose weight. This is the only option that works for me. Sometimes you have to eat normally to lose weight. I can’t calorie restrict because I don’t lose weight doing that method. 

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  1. “A diet is for life, not just for Christmas”! I think that is the mistake that so many people make, that there is dieting to lose weight and eating normally once they’re there. Except “normally” is what made them put on weight in the first place. Any given diets will eventually reach equilibrium so they are the long-term normal; so as such, they have to be something that the victim, er I mean dieter has to be comfortable with doing basically forever.

    I think it is easy to forget that diet simply means what we eat rather than a special and temporary feat of endurance. Stuff like this can I think alter one’s state of mind and overall view of the thing which determine whether it seems like a chore or punishment, or simply routine.

    In my case, protein-rich stuff tends to keep my appetite at bay, and anything with too many carbs quickly makes me very hungry and wanting to eat more. Although in occasional bouts I can exercise willpower, I strongly believe willpower to be a finite resource so it’s best not to put it to the test and squander it needlessly!

    My diet has worked for ridding me of diabetes. Years later there’s still no signs of it: from causing a heart attack it no longer needs drugs nor even special dietary restrictions to control. It’s just a shame my body won’t also comply by losing the weight it should’ve lost, but it seems the explanation for that is poor and irregular sleep. And even a mediocre night’s sleep remains elusive.

    Talking of which, stop staying up all night watching Netflix! Big day on Monday.

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