[quote="Warrior1979, post:6, topic:242993"]
"Dieting" is actually easier than most people think. All one has to do is eat unprocessed foods and they're 90% of the way to a healthy lifestyle. The Paleo diet is the latest craze that works on this concept. I do disagree with the Paleo diet somewhat, in that I believe the meat content should be lower, and that there is not a problem with grains provided they are natural (the kind you'll see in a health food store with the outer hull intact).
Here's the problem. We can talk about eating unprocessed foods, and yes, this is a healthy way to eat.
But the problem is, the hyper-processed foods are so very yummy, and it's freakin' hard for most of us to give them up!
We have to be honest with ourselves and admit that yes, we really, really LOVE food that is not good for us! If we try to fool ourselves and others by saying, "Yummy! Nothing beats raw broccolli dipped in a no-fat yogurt dressing!" we're just setting ourselves up.
BTW, I like raw brocolli. But I like donuts much better. I admit it. I am not going to try to fool myself into thinking that raw brocolli is a substitute for delicious cream-filled chocolate donuts. It's not.
Be honest with yourself.
And here's what we have to do to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight- 99% of the time, we simply have to say "No" to what we really really want, and eat our 2nd or 3rd choice instead.
Ouch! That's not what Jillian Michaels tells us! She says that we should eat yummy organic vegetables and juicy fresh fruits and crunchy whole grain breads with hummus instead of butter, and lean chicken with no skin, or better, no meat at all, but plain beans.
Yes, I actually like all those things. But no way do I consider them tastier than nachoes with all the trimmings, or fried chicken, or chocolate ganache cake!
Keep in mind that Jillian Michaels is paid a whole chunka money to stay thin and healthy. It is interesting to wonder what she would do if she wasn't being paid to eat healthy and look good. She might stick with the healthy stuff. And she might not. What would YOU do if someone offered you a multi-million dollar contract to eat organic veges and work out until your muscles look like steel? I would probably do it for the sake of so much money.
But no one's offering us any money. Just the opposite. Most insurance does not cover the cost of joining a gym and hiring a trainer. And most healthy foods cost so much more than the junk. A bag of apples is around $5.00 a bag or more, while you can buy a bag of tater chips for $1.59 (or less if you are willing to eat store brands).
The point is, if we want to stay at a healthy weight, we have to learn to eat nachoes, fried chicken, and chocolate cake once in a while.
"Once in a while" is defined as one small serving every few months. Once in a while is NOT "once a day" or even "once a week.!"
And that is very, very, VERY hard for many of us to do. We want what we want when we want it, and we want as much of it as we can possibly eat!
What helps me most of the time is simply saying, "No, I can't have that, even though I want it bad enough to sell my soul for it."
After all, I want a lambourghini, but I don't buy one. I want a Victorian mansion, but I don't buy one.
So in the same way, just because I really, really want a certain food doesn't entitle me to eat it. If I've already eaten too much that day, I say (or try to say), "No."
And I'll be honest, often I don't say no. That's probably why my weight loss has been so slow. I treat myself a lot.
But overall, I eat better than I used to. Dr. Travis Storck (from the television show, The Doctors) says that people have about 200 food choices a day, and that we need to make most of those choices healthy ones. I would say that I probably make about 185 healthy food choices every day, and about 15 unhealthy ones. Hopefully someday I'll make 199 healthy choices and 1 unhealthy choice! But I'm not there yet.
I think that there are some people for whom food doesn't seem to have any power. If they are told, "Eat this, not that, because it's better for you," they'll say, "Oh, I'm glad you told me! I'll eat his, not that from now on."
People like me say, "You're kidding? I have to eat this, not that?! No way! This tastes icky, and that tastes yummy! I can't give up that! Never, ever!"
Which one are you?!
Like I said, most of us simply have to deny ourselves what we really want to eat, for the sake of our health and weight, and that's hard. Don't kid yourself--it's really hard. And a lot of people don't manage to do that--take a walk in the mall and observe how many really, really fat people are walking around. This demonstrates how hard it is to lose weight.