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Why Fear Dieting?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

My weight is heading in the right direction, 198.6 today. I had a slight increase with my new medication resulting in water retention, but I am in onederland again. Today I posted a good weigh-in for the 5% Challenge. Now to work on my Tuesday TOPS weigh-in.

I am thinking about years of being unable to successfully diet. The first obstacle was not wanting to change the foods I eat and the quantity. Was I afraid I wouldn't have enough to eat? Would I be hungry all the time? Would I not like 'diet' foods? Lack of confidence that I can be successful on a diet? Fear of failure?

Recently I have done better with my food choices, cooking style, and quantities. Overall I am making better choices and learning to offset upticks on the scale. I have some objectivity now, but I really can't understand how dieters like myself have this fear of dieting in the first place?

I have never considered weight-loss counseling but would if my weight loss stalls or I have a relapse. I think knowing why I never wanted to diet in the first place would also be the reason I would stop dieting.

Do you have a fear of dieting? Why is that you didn't want to start a diet?

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    Questioning will help you come up with answers - you've given me a lot of food for thought. Thanks for writing this today and congrats on your progress.
    123 days ago
  • SUNSHINE20113
    Do you follow WATERMELLON at all? (I might have her name wrong). She just had one of her blogs, also on fear, featured as a popular blog post. She also writes about fear and over-eating. It's also very thought-provoking, like your blog. I'm still working it out how fear relates to my own eating habits.
    124 days ago
    I think for me it's always been a yo-yo thing. I will do really well, but then reward myself with food. This is the worst thing I could do, but I continuously do it. It is a hard cycle to break. I have also considered counseling.
    124 days ago
    Sounds like your feelings are aligned with your goals, and you have a healthy outlook on things. Keep it up!
    124 days ago
    Well, if I eat to 'stuff my emotions', and/or to soothe me, then it would follow that I have fear of losing my security 'blank i.e.'...a little deep, a little silly, but probably more than a little true. It's nice, at least til the fat lady sings, literally, to stuff myself soothingly with the whole package, I'm also afraid of being not able to control myself, to not be successful, and of 'nevers' as in never be able to eat the whole bad thing again. I read people who say they eat veggies and lean meats, only, and love it--or 1/2 cup, and are satisfied That is not me...if I'm truthful, eating cups of veggies does not sooth me like cups of cookies or chips, and eating 1/2 cups just leaves me yearning for more. For now, I'm pretty happy with changes I've made, and hopefully, the rest will follow, or I'll slowly develop a lifestyle change that works for me.
    124 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    I don't have a fear of dieting. And have had to change what I eat a few times after surgery. It has helped me understand food. What effects it has on my body. Many foods I cannot eat any more. My taste has also changed. My preferences have too.
    GREAT Blog!
    emoticon emoticon on your 198.6 emoticon Onederland!
    I have been up there in 190-ville! The year was 2007.
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    125 days ago
    Congratulations on all great habits you are bringing to Onderland. What a super feeling. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    125 days ago
    Good Blog! I think "diet" gets a bad rap, I do however chose to call my changes lifestyle. I think back in the 70's I did a diet that was basically the same thing everyday. These days, in our global community we have access to a much greater variety of foods. I remember apples, for instance, there were red ones or green ones...one of each now, there are a whole bunch of reds and they all taste different!!! I date myself.


    125 days ago
    I think my fear is not wanting to change my eating habits. How can I live without (fill in the blank)???
    I haven't been successful in the past because I was still trying to eat all my favorites and fit them into my calorie range. Now, that I realize I do have to make better choices, but allow myself my favorites in moderation, I'm hoping that the key.

    Some day, I want to join you in Onderland. Thanks for posting a thought provoking blog. It was fun to read everyone's responses.
    125 days ago
    My fear is of failure, losing has been somewhat easy, I hate when people notice. The fear is that I will put it on and everyone will know who I really am.
    125 days ago
    People fear change. Diets make you change everything at once. That's why they don't work. Small changes, one at a time, implemented over time makes the biggest changes. I'm guessing when you look back, you will see that this is what you have done!
    125 days ago
    Changing habits is never easy and it is easy to just keep doing the same bad habits in eating all the foods we know and love. Change is key for me and don't slip back to the old. Love the way you look at this and we are encouraged seeing someone achieving success! emoticon
    125 days ago
  • CATE195
    I think I agree, I was afraid to diet because I wouldn't be able to eat the food that I thought should be part of everyone's diet. I loved cookies, I loved french fries, heck I even loved donuts. Well, I still love cookies but have them in moderation. I can take or leave french fries, my secret is to order the daily veggies for myself and then sneak a few of my husband's fries. And donuts, I hate donuts now.

    Keep up the great work, emoticon
    125 days ago
    I suggest that you remove the word DIET from your vocabulary, it really is not a helpful word. Think instead of healthful food, delicious fresh veggies and fruits, learning to recognize satiety and a sense of well being rather than worrying about the scale between weigh ins. emoticon
    125 days ago
  • LIS193
    Way to go getting back to onederland! Take it one day or even meal at a time making good choices.
    125 days ago
    Interesting comment
    125 days ago
    emoticon when I struggle to make good choices I sit myself down and remind myself of my "Why"

    125 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2019 1:09:14 AM
    I didn't want to change my eating habits. I am working on making better choices. Tonight I made homemade pizza on whole wheat pita bread instead of going out for some. It hit the spot and quelled the craving. I am trying to eat out less and cook healthier at home. I still like dessert but I am trying to limit it to just 3 times per week.
    125 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    Good points and great advice. you are doing so good! SO GOOD!!
    my biggest problem is I really do not think about food, I get busy, then realize I need to eat . having given it so little thought I do the "Open fridge grab what there is routine". Trying very hard to change that. And keeping crispy veggie snacks cut up and ready to go for those "grazing" moments!
    Indeed is a life change !
    125 days ago
    Fear of success? I have friends and family who LOVE to say "Oh you are FINE as you are!!" but I've come to really look at their bodies. Some of them are quite overweight. That brings on their own insecurities.

    I also HATE others looking at my body as if to give it approval or not. Does that make sense?

    So many YUMMY choices of things to eat, and yet stay in range.

    CONGRATS CONGRATS on being successful in staying in ONERDERLAND!
    125 days ago
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    125 days ago
    I like this point of view! Got to ponder on it. Thank you.
    126 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing.
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    For me it is not fear... it is not wanting the end result enough to change my dietary wants... to reasonable portions, with better choices of what, when, and how often.

    126 days ago
  • LINDA!
    It is so great that you have lost and now in onederland. Just keep doing, what you are doing. You are doing great!
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    126 days ago
    That last pic is great!
    126 days ago
    I have never had a fear of dieting. I was too thin most of my life until after menopause. Back then I seldom thought of food unless I was really hungry because I was active and busy.
    126 days ago
    I had this fear- it was of failure. I joined OA and no longer diet, my life is 1000x's better and I released 100 lbs and lots of self-hate.

    I wish you luck with your plan :-) You can achieve all you want

    126 days ago
    One day at a time. emoticon emoticon
    126 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
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    Very thought provoking! Love the photo...
    126 days ago
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