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Diet Idea: Limit Don't Eliminate Foods

Diet Idea: Limit Don't Eliminate Foods

Now that Spring is almost here, many of you have your minds on bathing suit season. Summer is inevitable. If you're trying to maintain the weight you have or to lose a couple pounds, it's true that you can't stuff your face with tons of junk food. That doesn't mean, however, that you need to completely deny yourself the foods you love. Practice a little self-control and limit those not-so-healthy foods you crave, but don't ditch them altogether.

I'm not saying you should eat unhealthy food all the time, but every once in a while, you need to let yourself indulge. Having a few bites of your favorite food can help curb your craving so you don't end up obsessing about it, breaking down, and devouring an entire plate of brownies. Make the word "moderation" your mantra.

Fit's Tips: When you go out to eat, if you want to get some French fries or a brownie sundae, order a kid-sized portion, or split them with a friend.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I cut out all the crap that I KNEW I could do without for the rest of my life (I mean, who really LIKES pop tarts? Those were the first to go from my diet). Foods that I knew I couldn't permanently give up became "sometimes" foods, so I wouldn't feel deprived.
AMP AMP 8 years
I gave up sugar and fried foods for lent. It was hard at the beginning but now I don't even miss them. But I can't lie, I can't wait to have a couple peanut M&M's come Easter Sunday!
hugsandkisses2011 hugsandkisses2011 8 years
i dont go by weight watchers, but i try to eat more healthier foods than junk. i let myself have fat days but i have more healthier days.
7kimba7 7kimba7 8 years
I follow weight watchers points, and I love that you can eat whatever you want as long as you prioritize your foods. I had pizza for lunch yesterday, but ate a really healthy breakfast and had a healthy dinner. Moderation rules.
asilgrif asilgrif 8 years
It's all about moderation and self-control. Without those things, you're not going to lose weight anyway. With those things you can have a snack now and then, and it's not going to be a problem.
NLM1212 NLM1212 8 years
I used to allow myself a cheat day, but found I was going wayyy overboard, to the point of undoing all my hard work during the week by eating way too many calories of pure crap. It works best for me to allow myself a little something every day so I don't completely lose it or think I deserve it come Saturday.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Once you pop you just can't stop... :rotfl:
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
I definitely ELIMINATE FOODS and I am JUST FINE WITH IT!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
"Junk food" and "bad foods" are relative to your mindset. I have learned over my many years that when you try to exclude/prohibit yourself from having something you consider to be "junk food" or "bad food" to such an extreme, that item can become an obsession, a pleasure and a punishment. When you slip and indulge in your "bad food" after denying yourself even a little amount, you run the risk of going WAY OVERBOARD. Then one little pleasure becomes a lasting punishment instead of a fleeting insignificant moment. Then the self punishment and even tighter restrictions are put in place to prevent further slips and a vicious cycle begins until all you have is punishment and no pleasure.I don't know if that makes sense but that's the way I think of foods now. Physically there are things that I simply cannot eat at all because it will do harm to my health but I don't deny myself an occasional treat of something that is simply fuel for my body.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
"Junk food" and "bad foods" are relative to your mindset. I have learned over my many years that when you try to exclude/prohibit yourself from having something you consider to be "junk food" or "bad food" to such an extreme, that item can become an obsession, a pleasure and a punishment. When you slip and indulge in your "bad food" after denying yourself even a little amount, you run the risk of going WAY OVERBOARD. Then one little pleasure becomes a lasting punishment instead of a fleeting insignificant moment. Then the self punishment and even tighter restrictions are put in place to prevent further slips and a vicious cycle begins until all you have is punishment and no pleasure. I don't know if that makes sense but that's the way I think of foods now. Physically there are things that I simply cannot eat at all because it will do harm to my health but I don't deny myself an occasional treat of something that is simply fuel for my body.
scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 8 years
I can completely relate to this post. I decided to swear off pizza, cold cereal and licorice for six months while I attempted to cut my body fat percentage to single digits (6%). Luckily I was able to achieve my goal! However, the last two months were sheer hell! I was miserable and enervated. I found myself fantasizing about said foods day in and day out. Once I accomplished my goal, I fell head first into a pepperoni pizza, devoured an entire box of Frosted Mini Wheates (my favorite), and polished off an entire plastic bin of Red VInes licorice within a twelve hour period. I gained fifeteen pounds of bloat in the drop of a hat. Luckily, I was able to shed the avoirdupois within a couple of weeks by diligently exercising and watching my diet! The take home message from all this is never COMPLETELY deny yourself your favorite snacks. It's just not worth it. MOST things in moderation are okay. I would never advise anybody else to take the route I took. Hopefully this serves as a cautionary tale of what NOT to do LOL. Anecdotal evidence can be very powerful.
Rini Rini 8 years
My friends and I have done this thing where its more about consciously choosing to eat whatever indulgences we want (i.e. I really just want chocolate so I'm going to have a Hershey's Kiss). Then it makes the whole eating healthier process a lot easier!
N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e 8 years
I LIVE for cheat day, while Im sweating in out at the gym and eating healthy all week, I find myself fantasizing about what Im going to eat on cheat day...it really gives me something to look forward to and much less likely to fall on track during the week.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
Yeah, I eat very minimally all week but then on Saturday and Sunday I eat a bit more of the stuff I actually want to have all week. So far since December I have lost around 15 pounds and have maintained so I guess that is working ok.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yea it's hard to just STOP. So every now and then I might have like 15 chips or something...btu then I have my cheat day. Where I pig out on all the gross food :)
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