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Lifestyle vs. Diet

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Diet: You do whatever it takes to lose the pounds quickly, believing that you will stick to these changes and never regain a pound.

Lifestyle: You encounter daily challenges, but learn how to deal with them differently. Sometimes you give in, and hopefully more often, you don't. You begin to learn that you will have to do things differently, on a long-term basis, in order to realize and sustain results. The weight comes off slower, but has a better chance of staying off.

I think that this week I have begun the lifestyle approach. I had some challenges of not having enough food (eg. protein) for lunch and dinner, which made my cravings worse. I've decided to add some meat back in. I'm going to buy superfoods on a weekly basis, even if I don't go to farmers market. I need to make vegetables a daily part of my diet. I had real splurge this week, and because I wasn't used to the oil, it didn't really taste that good. I hope to do better with the sugar, because when I do have it, I'm really exhausted afterwards. Its interesting to see how quickly you become dependent on it again for energy. Sorry I'm rambling, I'm writing this just after waking up and doing my weekly weigh-in.

Loss this week:
1.5 pounds (YEAH!)
1.3% body fat
.2 BMI

I'm happy I purchased a scale that allows me to look at loss in terms of BMI and body fat, instead of weight alone. I may have to reshape my goals around body fat to be more specific. We'll see. Just happy to see my ticker move!
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    emoticon on that scale moving in the RIGHT direction....keep up the good work. This is a lifestyle and I'm so happy to embrace it!!! I had such a challenge coming off sugar--headaches and irritability for a couple of days but thank goodness I was off from work!!

    Good luck.
    3644 days ago
    I love your second paragraph about lifestyle. You've put it in a nutshell!

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    3644 days ago
    Congratulations on the weight loss - agree totally with the lifestyle change over permanent change strategy :-)
    3644 days ago
    what great insight
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    You are so right. We have to stop looking at eating "on a diet" and just eating. I have lost weight a million times and it always comes back when I start to eat "normal". I have stop dieting and started eating. The weight loss is really slow, but that's OK. I can have what I want in moderation. I was really proud of myself this week. I went to this amazing hamburger place and I knew I was going to have a hamburger. So I watched my calories during the day and ate a 100 calorie pack of almonds an hour before getting to the restaurant. Once there, I ordered a hamburger, with onion, no cheese or bacon and a baked potato. No sour cream, no butter. It was absolutely delious! I enjoyed every bite, even had a glass of red wine. Stayed within my calorie count and didn't feel one bit deprived. My weight loss may take longer, but it WILL be permanent! Sorry for the long story, just want you to know what you say makes so much sense. Good luck to you!! You can do it!
    3644 days ago
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