How to Weigh yourself:
1. When you think you are hungry, drink 2
glasses of water then wait 20 minutes before deciding
for sure if you need to eat something. Sometimes
it's thirst, not hunger.
2. Don't wait so long than you are starved and
3. Weigh yourself every morning (or every other
morning) - write it down (don't show it to anyone if you
don't want to).
4. Quote from my doctor: "If it tastes
good, spit it out."
5. If something you shouldn't eat tempts you,
don't take that first bite. If you don't take the
first bite, you will never overeat, of course you will
eventually starve to death, but you get the idea.
6. Only eat healthy foods.
7. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Even
if you don't lose weight, you'll feel better.
8. Have an eating plan, even if you don't stick
to it perfectly. Change your plan if it isn't
working for you.
9. Listen to your body. WHAT do you crave
each time you are hungry? Is it carbs, protein, or
10. Eat what you crave (either carbs, protein,
or fat) but eat a healthy choice in that category, and
don't gorge yourself.
11. Balance each eating session with 50% carbs,
25% protein, 25% fat (or whatever balance works best for
12. Find the right diet coach for you.
13. Collect diet jokes.
14. Write down everything you put in your
mouth, unless you are becoming obsessed, then don't
write down anything for awhile.
15. If you are over 45, and have been
consistently eating properly and exercising, feel like
you are starving, crave everything, can't go for more
than 1 1/2 hours without eating, and can't lose an ounce
no matter what, it might be due to hormones (peri-menopause/menopause).
Try The Menopause Diet - then let me know if it or
anything else works!
16. Avoid Eye Contact (Don't even look at
17. Think: CRE: "Chronic
Restrained Eating" (Never eat as much as you
really want to eat.)
18. Eat 250c per meal, and no meals closer than
3 hours apart.
19. Or, eat 250c to 350c per meal for your 3 main
meals, then have 1/2 cup of plain Kefir between meals to
tide you over.
Excuses to eat:
It was there.
It was there in front of me.
It was nearby in the closet.
I may never have an opportunity to eat this particular
It's hot now, and if I don't eat it, it will get cold.
It's cold now, and if I don't eat now, it will warm up.
I'm wide awake.
I'm happy and really should celebrate.
I gained a pound so it doesn't matter anyway.
I lost a pound so I deserve a reward.
I already ate one bite so the next 50 (until I'm
stuffed) don't matter.
I already "blew" my diet so I'll just punish
myself by blowing it more.
It's my favorite.
It's not my favorite but I might get hungry if I don't
This food is really special so I should appreciate it by
This food is really expensive and I don't want to waste
it so I must eat it.
Everyone else is eating so I must eat too.
Favorite Diet Books:
The Thin Commandments
Turn Up the Heat
The Maker's Diet
The Menopause Diet
2008 Summer Update:
Okay, I ought to be about 115 lbs, considering my
weight history, height, frame, etc. (I was 118 lbs on my
25th wedding anniversary and had never had a weight
problem before that.) BUT, about 5 years ago when
I began to close in on the age of 50ish, everything
changed, I gained 20 lbs. in 2 months, and despite
trying every diet imaginable, could not lose an ounce.
Then, a few months ago, I finally had a breakthrough and
lost 10 lbs and have kept it off. How did I do it?
Well, mainly by focusing on Diet Tip Number 16 above:
AVOID EYE CONTACT!
We had just arrived in Florida for 2 weeks and I told
my children that I was not setting foot in the kitchen
while we were there. I told them they were taking over
all the kitchen duties (they already help a lot anyway
so they knew what to do) and that I wanted them to just
deliver my meals (pre-determined by me to be small and
healthy) to me at the specified hours. It worked. For
the first time in 5 years I was able to stick to a lower
calorie diet plan and stop nibbling and cheating.
Keeping the 10 lbs off has been harder, but so far
I've been successful, since I have moved back into the
kitchen. I would like to lose another 10 lbs., but
seeing food and going out to eat are my two biggest
enemies. Despite my best and more constant intentions, I
have NO willpower if I see food in front of me.