My advice to those wanting to keep their weight the way they want it to be, is to start with your normal diet and gradually modify it by trading bits and pieces of it for substitutes that are lower in calories; lower in salt, sugar and saturated fat. This approach is far more likely to turn into a permanent way of eating than this or that diet. Doing it this way you’ll never be over weight again because you’re eating similar to your usual diet. Simply following this or that diet will have a beginning and an end. You want something that is never ending, a diet that you can stay with and enjoy forever. I started eating differently in 1999 and I enjoy what I eat and never put weight on. Sometimes I’ll have a small portion of so called treats and I enjoy that as a little change, but often when I do this my system doesn’t feel good afterwards. Once you’ve modified your diet the way you want it to be for your weight control you’ll be able to enjoy it and stick to forever. You’ll never have to worry about losing weight again. Always remember that you can acquire a taste after about six weeks. So persevere with each of your substitutions to your diet for at least six weeks. You might at the end of that time prefer your substitute item to your usual food.

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2 Responses to Diet

  1. Mary Barsony says:

    Hi Janice. What can one do about “emotional” eating? I’m going through a fairly tough time with a nightmare of a narcissistic and demented father and his very sick and demented wife (my step-mother). They are both 93, live a 2-hr. drive (each way) away from me. I’ve spent the last 2 months setting up a situation for them where they have 24-hr. live-in care, only to find out that my father has not been paying the home-care company (although he says he has). He is deaf, and cannot be reached by phone. I’ve told my husband that for my own mental health, I want no contact with these people. So, he will be driving there this Saturday to get my father to deposit enough funds into his checking account, so that I can write the checks for him to the home-care company (I got him to sign a Power of Attorney to let me do so). It is upsetting to me that my husband has to waste his precious week-end time to attend to this awful situation. Furthermore, every time I hear abou their situation from my husband, I wind up eating cheese, chococolate, alcohol, almonds–just stuffing my face uncontrollably. Today, I was so depressed I couldn’t even do my weight training with my personal trainer! Help!!!

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