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Are You on a Diet?

During the extremely food-centered holiday season, many people give up on their diets. I just read a statistic recently in Health magazine that illustrates with numbers how we women eat, diet, and lose weight. Here it is: The average woman tries 104 diets between the ages of 18 and 70. Each diet typically lasts five weeks. If you do the math, the average woman is on a diet for 10 years of her life!

I think this equation reveals much about the problems with how we diet. Many fad diets out there are not sustainable. Losing weight and keeping it off is really about making lifestyle changes and food choices you can handle for the long haul, or in concrete numbers, the other 42 years of your life.

So, what I want to know is . . .


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Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
I wish I was "just on a diet" I'm actually trying to eat MORE, in an attempt to try to normalize my eating after I have 'recovered' from anorexia. However, I do find this site to be a typically positive and healthy influence!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
No...I jsut make sure to eat right! Sometimes, I get a craving (chocolate on my period!!!) and I have to eat it! I have no choice!
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 8 years
i'm on maitanance in weight watchers after a total loss of twenty lbs.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I am always on a diet. It's not a big deal for me to eat healthy since I've always been a healthy eater. But putting myself some pressure everyday has helped me to maintain the same weight since I was 16 or so. It also helps me to avoid having late night snacks or other bad habits.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
To whoever said that counting calories is's not. That's how I've lost over 30 pounds since June. I'm not obsessive about it...I cheat on the weekends and have drinks one night a week. But it works for me. It's the only thing that's worked for me. By the way, congrats on your weight loss Jabbado!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Nope. Eating healthy is normal for me.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I'd like to lose a few extra pounds, but it's mostly eating good foods in reasonable portions. I've set a few rules for myself, but it's not an established diet and there's no calorie counting or anything. I guess you could say it's a personalized diet that I created myself that I'm always working on improving. I'm not at an unhealthy weight and I live a healthy lifestyle anyway, so I see no reason for any strict diet.
aras8218 aras8218 8 years
I do not diet! I try to eat good food and move my body, It works.
FoxyJo FoxyJo 8 years
Ha I voted on "Watching what I eat" and then remembered I had Jack-n-the-Box tacos for lunch! Yumm! But I am hitting the gym after work...I basically work my butt off at the gym so I can have my Taco splurges once in a while ;) Other then that, I do consider myself an overall healthy person. I realized (and actually lost my college weight) that I needed to change my whole lifestyle...not just my nutrition.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Nope. I'm very happy with my weight.
DevonJade DevonJade 8 years
"Moderation is key" is my mantra. I will eat any dish that appeals to me, but I watch the portion sizes. If I really want to eat a pint of Vermonty Python I do so without guilt, I just make sure to exercise and eat accordingly the rest of the day. I never want to have to go on a diet, I would rather just stop the problem before it starts by treating my body right in the first place.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When people see my eating regime, they usually ask me if I'm on a diet. But I'm not, it's just how I normally eat. I actually LIKE to eat healthy foods and I like to work out. So I basically focus on eating whole foods and working out to maintain my weight. I'm not looking to lose anything, so I'm doing what's working for me.
nycactres nycactres 8 years
I never diet. I eat whatever I want. I'm always the same weight and i run 3 miles 5-6 days a week.
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
you know what - i decided to give up on being on a "diet". i realized that everytime i do this and i start restricting myself from eating certain things - i end up sabotaging myself... so now- i realized if i just eat right - and work out - i'm good.. and every now and then i can indulge and i won't feel bad...
neonbible neonbible 8 years
Well, I will be soon...but I guess more of a healthy lifestyle change to my diet. To date I've lost around 30lbs and then got tired and impatient with the 'slow & steady approach' and tried my hand at Atkins which help me lose about 8-10 lbs fast but then my body adapted and I just can't give up fruits and healthy I'm going back to my tried and true: lean meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains in moderation, water, water, water and exercise and will hopefully lose the last 35-40lbs in about 4 months *fingers crossed*
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
i've dieted before and have decided its not for me. i dont DO diets. its as if as soon as i tell my brain its on a diet, it keeps sending hungry signals to my stomach. so i watch my food and exercise.
glamoured glamoured 8 years
I've been sort of doing the South Beach diet since April and have lost around 20 pounds so far. I find it very easy to incorporate into daily life. I'm eating low-carb most of the time, having nuts, fruits, vegetables, yoghurt and tofu or lean meat. Working out 3-4 times a week probably also contributed to the weight loss. Also, a pint of ben & jerry's every once in a while :-). I'm not even seeing it as a diet anymore, just a healthier lifestyle. I feel and look much better.
AMP AMP 8 years
Yes!!!! I lost 35 lbs last spring, then gained it all back during the summer and fall. Now I want to re-lose some of it before I go home for Christmas break b/c I know I always gain about 10 lbs over Christmas. So, right now, I'm trying to work out a lot and watch what I eat.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Just trying to eat healthy! Everything in moderation...
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Well I guess most would say I'm dieting, but really i've just dramatically changed how I eat, and eat that way most of the time (I'm not perfect, nor do I want to be!) Works for me, I've lost 90 pounds this year so far, with about another 50 lbs to go. I started off following Michael Thurmonds 6 Week Body Makeover, and basically have done that with modifications ever since. And I exercise my ass off.... :)
ehcarpenter ehcarpenter 8 years
I've never tried a particular fad diet before, just the usual portion control and healthy foods. Right now i'm doing the Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet... I've been irregular for a while and i wanted to clean out my system. I'm on Day 4 without food and i'm no longer hungry at all. My skin is better and i sleep so well. The weight loss is just a plus ;)
peaceology peaceology 8 years
i am focusing on eating healthy and watching my calories, but not exactly in the spirit in which that option was meant. i'm a recovering anorexic trying to gain weight (blahhh) and slowly up my calorie intake.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Focusing on eating healthy and working out. But I must say that we all have diets, even if we are not trying to lose weight, the term is just misused a lot.
gooniette gooniette 8 years
Not necessarily a diet. Just cutting out the late night snacking and trying to consume less wine.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
No. In school in Home Ec. and probably health classes, we always taught that people who go on fad diets (at the time the references were Slim Fast and eating low fat everything) are likely to possibly gain even more weight back so going on a temporary diet always seem like a pointless thing to do. i rather limit the things I do not need to eat that often anyway and focus on foods I should eat more of without getting into the habit of eating the same things all the time. Plus also exercise.
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