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When Was the First Time You Tried Dieting?

We've all had that moment when we think, "I'm going to go on a diet." It's always interesting to me to hear at what age my friends started dieting and why. Even more than that, I am always shocked at the young ages women started to diet.


If you're up for it, I'd love to hear what made you want to start a diet, so share with us in the comments section below.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I grew up always thinking I looked fine; my parents never said anything about my weight and I ate very nutritious, healthy foods and was a pretty active child. In about 5th grade, puberty hit me HARD and I gained a bunch of weight really quickly. A kid in my 5th grade class called me "thunder thighs" and that's when I started thinking I was fat. I started trying to lose weight when I was in 7th grade, after we moved to a new town and I switched from going to private school to public school. I noticed all the girls at my new school cared a lot more about "boyfriends" and stuff like that. I found a diet book in the basement called "The Ideal Diet" and I followed that for about 2 weeks. All I could have was raw veggies and plain tuna on Melba toast. I couldn't stand it anymore after about 2 weeks and went back to my old eating habits. I toyed around with dieting in high school (I never did sports then, I was a total bookworm. I did ride my bike sometimes, but nothing else). When I went to college, I gained 30 lbs in 3 months by eating pizza, ice cream, and donuts all the time. I figured out that if I kept eating that way, I'd be up to 300 lbs in no time. I started doing Weight Watchers with my parents and I loved the plan. I basically stopped eating junk and started eating healthy things like whole grains, oatmeal, fruits, veggies, etc. and I dropped 30 lbs by the time I finished freshman year. Then I started exercising too and I lost even more. Now I run a LOT...8-12 miles a day and I'm actually having trouble keeping weight on. I can't believe some of you on here who had mothers that put you on diets! My grandma put my mom on a diet when she was 8 years old and my mom has weight issues to this day.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I can't remember a time before I knew what it was to be on a diet. The women in my family have weight issues and I always knew my mom thought I was fat. I never was, as a kid, but I wasn't as thin as she would have liked. I think she equated thinness with success and was afraid I'd be a failure because I was 125 pounds at 5'3". I don't really blame her, but I wish she'd have done things a little differently with me when I was growing up.
mominator mominator 9 years
20-25 after having my first child and gaining over 100 lbs. Yes that's correct. I gained over 100lbs.
jmast jmast 9 years
Wow, that's horrible! I didn't start dieting until 25-30, closer to 30 when I started gaining weight. Now I'm at my heaviest at 33 but I've lost 10 lbs since May...just 35 more to go! LOL!! But I'm doing it healthy by eating more veggies and fruits, drinking lots of water and working out 5 days a week and walking around the neighborhood with my hubby on the weekends. So I never dieted as a child but I did dance in my room and do sit ups starting at around 14 years old. But I never did a diet.
melda melda 9 years
oh and i didnt know anything about anorexia then, i learned about anorexia just last year on skinnywebsite! when i did that diet i liked the story and that girl's picture after that i didnt diet untill i was like 23 if i have too many grammer errors excuse me i am not english
melda melda 9 years
when i was 15 i read a story in magazine about a girl who had anorexia and the story's name was shrinking girl i guess and i read she didn't eat and after eating small amount of food she starts jumping and playing to burn that calories i liked the idea and i lost 12 lbs in 3 weeks by dancing dancing and not eating dinner and drinking lots of tea it felt great i still remember that day
amandaconduh amandaconduh 9 years
Can't remember a time I wasn't on a diet since from a young age my Mom was always strict about what I could and couldn't eat so I was naturally very cautious and have way to much useless information stored in my head about food labels and calories which can be attributed to her. Also a permanent voice that whispers sugar is the devil anytime I attempt at enjoy food, thanks mom. My metabolism has always been slow so I'm used to watching what I eat. I was a bit chubby when I was younger though and always tall for my age till about junior high I stopped growing. My mom still tried to keep me active growing up despite the fact I wasn't to social as a child, but I always enjoyed soccer and gymnastics I preferred non-contact sports better of course so since the summer before junior high I've done a lot kick boxing, Pilate's, and yoga etc... through the years. I enjoy working out when I make the time it's such a stress reliever. I'm now 18 and not heavy anymore thin by some peoples standards, but not my own. PS: Pilate's is the best work out by far easy, fun, affective, and gives the best results.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
and someone had asked if any of us on diets were also active in sports... i played T-Ball, took dance lessons, played volleyball, and participated in color guard and winter guard in high school. NONE of it helped me lose weight. It wasn't until I got to college that I started losing weight and I wasn't even trying then!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I was in 3rd grade and had discussed not eating dessert items for a week with some girls at a day-care/day-camp type place. So I didn't eat cookies or anything after dinner and I lost 5 pounds by the end of the week. And then I said, "Well that was fun" and started eating cookies again. lol
Lori3775 Lori3775 9 years
I was doomed from birth, I was 11 lbs 15 oz baby at birth. I was fed whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I was the youngest of 6 kids and always the biggest. Growing up i was on every single diet known to man. I was the fat girl the skinny girls kept around so the boys would like them, instead of me. I 250 lbs all through high school. I met my husband at the age of 19. We have 2 kids together and he has always loved me for me. I came to the relization that i needed gastric bypass surgery when i was 29 years old and weighted 354 lbs. My husband stood by me every step of the way and today at 32 years old I am 173 lbs. Now, to many i am still over weight, but I have lost 180 lbs and feel wonderful. I make sure my kids are in sports, and eat healthy because I never want them to go through what I have been through. It is still a struggle for me because I want to still lose more weight, and I have to work my tail off to get to my goal of 160 lbs!
lisafrank lisafrank 9 years
I remember thinking I was fat in kindergarten...started 'dieting' around the time I was 8 or 9.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Wow, those are some horrible experiences for some of you guys! I can't believe that your parents would make you diet. My parents just made sure I ate a good balanced diet. I first "dieted" at 17, and all I did was substitute the chips and cookies at lunch with apple sauce and a granola bar. I lost 15 pounds just by doing that.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
My stepmother put me on a liquid diet similar to Slim Fast shortly after she met my dad. I was around 10 and didn't think there was anything wrong with the way I looked at the time. Boy did she ever change that. :evil:
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
when I was 18-19 I did so since it is closer to 20 I picked 20-25 it is funny when I was younger I was very skinny and I still remember wearing a skirt being that skinny and some guy saying I looked like a boy in a skirt. Now unless you are that skinny you get insulted shows how much time has changed
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
Like angelfromlsu (and many others) I was called a nasty name when younger ("cow") in fourth grade by a little shi#head boy. I was in the fourth grade and was a tad chubby but my no means a cow. That started me on the diet cycle...I can remember going on salad-only stretches, bacon diets (?!), doing exercise videos, whatever. It started so young and looking at all of these comments, I realize how widespread the self-loathing is and how early it starts. Very sad...
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
Holy heck. I just read every single comment and it was eye opening. I had no idea so many people dieted so young, or received so much horrible pressure from family members. I mean, I knew it happened but I guess reading story after story about it was a bit shocking. I'm so grateful to have grown up in a family with very healthy views on food and exercise. My mum sure had her issues about other things in life but I never, ever once heard her complain about her weight, or even make any mention of it. I wasn't even really aware of diets etc until I was about 16, and then it was only from girlfriends at school. My family has thin genes, but I think it's more than that too - growing up I thought healthy food with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, small portions and going for walks after dinner every night were normal. We had KFC once a year, and that was a fun treat for us. I have a good relationship with food now and eat a very healthy diet, exercise regularly and am very slim. But I love chocolate too and can't live without it! I vow to pass on healthy body image and lifestyle habits to any children that I'm lucky enough to have. The thought of having a daughter in today's world scares the living daylights out of me though. I really hope anyone who grew up with eating/weight issues is able to break the cycle with their own children. I can't imagine how hard it would be to change thinking that was implanted from childhood but it would be so worth it.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
i first started dieting when i was 11 (i think). i used diet pills and cut calories. i guess i've never really stopped those behaviors. it pretty sad to think i've been dieting for 15 years.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I started dieting when I was 9 years old. I only ate grapes and watermelon for weeks. Some heifer called me fat in my dance class. Five years later I was 90 lbs with an eating disorder. Everyone told me how great I looked while my hair was thinning out. I am active and eating. Never will repair the damage that was done. My metabolism is shot. Struggling with my weight. But I've just graduated as an environmental engineering, going to law school, back in my ballet class in my tight leotard and that girl that called me fat dropped out of high school. I feel the score is fair.
yadihottey yadihottey 9 years
I first started dieting when I was 14 years old. I saw that I was bigger than a lot of the gymnasts on my team. (i weighed about 115) PURE MUSCLE. No one ever forced me to diet however my parents and family did hint that I could loose a little. I got down to less than 105 but when I gained the weight back I got very upset. I did multiple crash diets and over excersized often. Now, I'm very much into nutrition and am improving my life style every day. Although, I still do have my "bad days" and due to depression last year gained 25 lbs. Since then, I have knocked 10 of those off and I am at 135. My goal now is to be at a healthy 115. back where i started at my height.
laurini laurini 9 years
I did after my sophmore year of college. My grandmother kept nagging me, calling me fat (I weighed 130ish at 5'4) and comparing me to my cousin, who at the time had a very serious eating disorder. So I tired the South Beach Diet, lost 20lbs, and got really really sick. Since then I haven't gone near a "diet", now I just eat a healty diet. But every once in awhile the scale creeps up a little and I get tempted.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I did it after my first year of college. I was 18. I gained all Freshman 15 - who could resist the buffet of food available in the dorms. The summer after my first year I joined Weight Watchers..and lost a good chunk of the weight. Then upon returning to school in the fall, I started to take cardio classes to keep the weight off...It's such a cycle for me.. blah!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I started in high school...i really became image conscious when i saw all the hot older upperclassmen. Seriously, i have learned something very valuable about drinking water. First and foremost...we dont drink enough of it. Secondly...dehydration and thirst can be misconstrued as hunger. So if you are feeling hungry...drink about 8-12oz of water and wait 10 minutes. Your hunger should subside. So easy and healthy!!
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
Seeing the number of commenters that started at very early ages plus people who are baffled at how that might have occurred inspired me to write a blog entry about my own experiences with it. I wish people would approach childhood weight issues much more delicately, chances are that if the kid is active and healthy, they'll grow out of it.
1cigarrette 1cigarrette 9 years
Wow... im amazed at the amount of people who have been like me... oh well... i know im not alone now, huh? i first started dieting at 11-12 yrs old... size small and 0... and now that i look back, i had an awesome body... i'd work out 6 hours a day and ate 500 calories on a bad day... and my mom just loooved me and admired me as i got skinnier... oh well...
Mmmarshmallow Mmmarshmallow 9 years
I was about 5 or 6 years old when I went on my first diet. My Mum constantly made comments about my weight, and this was confirmed by the way I was treated outside my home - in truth, I just hit puberty very early and the shape of my body was different to everyone elses, and because it was 'different', I was therefore deemed 'fat'. I tried the cabbage soup diet, the heart patient diet, weight watchers, a diet of 800 calories a day consisting of nothing but cheese and crackers; and whenever I tried any physical activity, the other kids would point at me and say, 'What are those things on your chest and why do they jiggle?' If only somebody told me that nothing was wrong with me, and that all of that was normal! Then I might actually be 'normal' now, and not involved in a big weight loss mission!
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