It's so much easier when I'm not on a diet!

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I had great success with Atkins last year. Lost 20 pounds right away and kept it off for months even after I slowly weaned myself off the program. Now I'm back into weight-loss mode again with just eating balanced meals (or attempting my best to) and I find it a lot less stressful. It's so much easier now that I don't have any restrictions.

Not bashing diets at all. Like I said, I lost weight and maintained with Atkins. Just thinking out loud...

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  • keegannati
    keegannati Posts: 114
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    Amen! Eat well but eat whatever you want, I say.
  • AlyRoseNYC
    AlyRoseNYC Posts: 1,075 Member
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    Amen! Eat well but eat whatever you want, I say.

    Yep. Someone on here said something really awesome the other day: The best diet is the one you can adhere to.

    I totally agree with that. This morning I literally had to run out the door. DD has her picture day today and I spent all morning doing her (wild) hair. I grabbed a meal replacement shake and a banana on the way out and a Cutie for her. Not the most ideal breakfast, but I'm so happy that it's at least an option now.
  • thelovelyLIZ
    thelovelyLIZ Posts: 1,227 Member
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    I agree. I am personally not a fan of any diet that outright bans a type of food. Everything can be eaten, it just depends on how often and how much. The only reason I would take something out of my diet entirely is if I had an allergy or I just didn't like it.
  • thoshowski
    thoshowski Posts: 135 Member
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    I totally agree. You don't feel guilty when you have a piece of chocolate or your own birthday cake. You can still enjoy them but still lose weight!
  • Reedern
    Reedern Posts: 525 Member
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    "Diets" work as a temporary fix for most people, and eventually they gain the weight back. Making a lifestyle change to include all the things you love in moderation and making sure you exercise is the key! You got it right!
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,395 MFP Moderator
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    I stopped logging a month ago to do a 90 day experient and in 4 weeks i lost 3 lbs and seeing more definition. Keep in mind when you stress over things it makes it harder for your body to let go of weight as your body releases cortisol as a defense mechanism. Also when most people diet they under eat which is why they have issues.
  • kiminikimkim
    kiminikimkim Posts: 746 Member
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    I don't feel I am on a diet on MFP. Just tracking what I eat the way I track what I spend my $$ on.
  • AlyRoseNYC
    AlyRoseNYC Posts: 1,075 Member
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    "Diets" work as a temporary fix for most people, and eventually they gain the weight back. Making a lifestyle change to include all the things you love in moderation and making sure you exercise is the key! You got it right!

    When I decided that Atkins wasn't for me, I was careful to wean myself off the program so that I wouldn't gain anything back. And I never did! I just started incorporating more carbs into my diet slowly.
  • mfpcopine
    mfpcopine Posts: 3,093 Member
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    I had great success with Atkins last year. Lost 20 pounds right away and kept it off for months even after I slowly weaned myself off the program. Now I'm back into weight-loss mode again with just eating balanced meals (or attempting my best to) and I find it a lot less stressful. It's so much easier now that I don't have any restrictions.

    Not bashing diets at all. Like I said, I lost weight and maintained with Atkins. Just thinking out loud...

    I think the Atkins Diet is the only diet I've ever formally tried. I stayed on it for two weeks. It worked, but it was expensive and stressful to plan for.

    I can't do diets. I watch what I eat.
  • AlyRoseNYC
    AlyRoseNYC Posts: 1,075 Member
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    I don't feel I am on a diet on MFP. Just tracking what I eat the way I track what I spend my $$ on.

    I don't feel like I'm a diet anymore either. It's very liberating =)
  • mfpcopine
    mfpcopine Posts: 3,093 Member
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    I don't feel I am on a diet on MFP. Just tracking what I eat the way I track what I spend my $$ on.

    I don't feel like I'm a diet anymore either. It's very liberating =)

    It's not a confining as a diet, but any time I'm logging food and not eating the food I would otherwise choose to eat, I consider it a form of calorie restriction, one that is necessary in today's world.

    I love healthy food, but I rarely eat fried food, and ideally, I'd give up sugar. They're not in the calorie budget and whenever I do eat them I always want a lot more.
  • HauteP1nk
    HauteP1nk Posts: 2,139 Member
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    I agree completely.

    I don't like the idea of dieting. They are quick fixes.

    Eating right is for life.