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Articles > Life April, 08, 2015

The awkward realisation about my ‘diets’

Anna Lyden
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“I’ll start tomorrow” is probably one of the most well-known and famous phrases to come out of any female’s mouth.

Many females like myself, are probably able to maintain a good streak of a meat free, carb free, sugar free and dairy free diet for a maximum of 48 hours. It is evident from my experience, that now, you don’t even have to be on a low calorie or food restricting diet to technically even be on a diet. Somehow I have been able to convince myself that by simply saying “I am on a diet” to family members and myself, makes me think I am making some sort of progress.

'I'm starting the diet tomorrow' must be one of the most commonly used phrases ever!

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I find myself on numerous occasions opening the fridge or cupboards and looking at what I can nibble on. I make the excuse that the bigger the item of food the more calories; and as a result I end up picking a large variety of small foods throughout the day such as yoghurt pots, pepperami’s, 5 grapes (5 of my 5 a day) mini cheddars (simply because the flavour sounds healthier than salt and vinegar, and is physically smaller than a packet of crisps) and the occasional biscuit or apple pie. Which as an obvious result, probably means that I encounter the same if not more calories than I would have eating the larger foods I originally wanted.

Eating lots of fruit and veg should be the staple of any diet, right?

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But by constantly telling myself that I am on a diet, I am to question whether making myself constantly aware of my nutritional intake am I affecting my body in anyway? Or just satisfying my ego by saying that I am actually doing something to take care of myself. This leads me to the conclusion that when I say ‘I am on a diet’, it simply just makes me feel better about my nutritional choices. When in reality I am eating exactly the same just in different ways and can almost make it justifiable.
Could this be the diet that leads people to obesity?

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  1. Charlotte Foster

    I am always trying to diet but I always get tempted when I see all the biscuits and chocolate. I’ve tried this new thing were you can still eat all of your favourite foods but you just have to eat them in moderation and pair it with a good workout. I find that this is so much better because I not ‘starving’ myself.

  2. Heather

    It feels as though everyone has their own approach for moving towards a healthy diet, but I find it helpful to concentrate on what you’re adding to your diet, and not what you’re removing from it. If you’re cutting out junk snacks, what that means is that you’re eating healthy snacks such as fruits and nuts. If you’re cutting out carbs, what that means is you’re eating more vegetables and healthy fats in order to feel full. There is a reason why you are craving snack foods, and there is always something healthier that will satisfy you – if you’re craving something sweet, have a banana. If you’re craving savoury crunch, eat nuts or raw vegetables. Focus on making specific replacements for each thing you currently enjoy in your diet, and doing it gradually so that you don’t start snacking instead.

    There are all kinds of small tricks such as these that you will learn as long as you actually want to start eating better, stop telling people you’re on a diet and just start eating your greens instead. Remember that getting enough nutrition isn’t just for the long term benefits; the better your food, the better your mood. And it will get easier after you’ve been doing it for a while and you’re not longer sugar-addicted.

  3. Bahar

    I am trying to diet but its just so hard when you see all your favorite dishes on the table. Luckily I don’t really like chocolates and I think most people gain weight by eating too many of them. I also like to say to myself that I am on a diet. I think it is a good way to sometimes remind you of what to eat and what not to.

  4. Emma

    The only time my dieting worked was when I literally put notes on all my food saying “Snacks are the worst” and also like notes with figures for the number of people dying from obesity etc. this probably sounds extreme but I was nearly obese and I needed to stop. I also put notes in my purse so I wouldn’t buy snacks when I was out and about. I also made a conscious effort to drink 1 litre of water and 4 cups of green tea a day. SNACKS KILL YOUR DIET which is so upsetting