I was just reading the posts, especially the ones from new dieters and as a dieter of many years, I would like to offer some words of advice if that's ok.
When I first started dieting all I could think about was food, morning, noon and night. I became obsessed with the fact I couldn't eat certain things and craved them more. You would find me usually in the chocolate aisle or bakery section of the supermarket, crying and drooling over all the forbidden foods on display. The rest of the time I was the dieter from hell, hating on sight anyone who was either skinny or filling their face with anything fattening. If this sounds familiar then your're not alone.
After 30 years of dieting at least every other year I have finally found what I should have been doing all along, and that's just don't think about it.
I know it sounds too simple but since 23rd January I've lost 1st 6lbs and I've just made up rules that suited me.
Firstly, I don't think about food unless it's time to eat and then grab something nutritious and low calorie. I never spend hours cooking as it means I'm thinking about food and I'll end up grazing. Get a cheap notebook and write the day, time and what you ate. Also what your daily weight is. It's been a great help seeing it all in black and white, but, BE HONEST!
Secondly, find something you like to do at home while sitting down, take up reading more or knitting for example. I'm a glutton for books and You Tube in that order. Anything that occupies your mind and makes you happy.
Thirdly, try not to watch too much TV. I know it sounds silly but the food adverts are the things that really get to me and yet I can watch Masterchef no problem.
Fourth and final, weigh in every day. I know that weightwatchers etc. recommend once a week but studies have shown that dieters do better when they weigh themselves everyday. Weight fluctuates a few ounces here and there and you can get to know what your body is doing on a daily basis. Weighing every day has given me so much more incentive because I know I'll see the results of my diet straight away.
Well, there you have it. My advice for what it's worth. By making food a smaller part of my life I think I'll succeed this time. Keep your eyes on the prize guys and thanks for reading. X