Forget "Diet", This is a Lifestyle Change!

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Registered: 08-25-2000
Forget "Diet", This is a Lifestyle Change!
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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 7:00am
Avatar for judy_joey
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Registered: 03-26-2003

I have a coworker that asks "are you on a diet?" everytime she sees me or anyone else eating something healthy for lunch. I always answer "no" and give some reply about having healthy foods in the house

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Registered: 08-25-2000

I agree.

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Registered: 06-16-1998

I call it eating healthy. When I "diet" it involves actually measuring foods to count calories. I'm limiting sweets (which in itself cuts back on fats since I tend to go for stuff with both sugar and fat) and paying attention to portion size and choosing healthy whole foods including for snacks. I'm not really restricting anything, just trying to make the best choices. If I feel like I have to have a cookie I'll have it, but with the understanding that its just the one and not half the bag.

I know that this is how I need to eat for the rest of my life. Sometimes I forget or choose not to do what I should, but its not like this is a short term thing or a phase. My doctor has pointed it out at the last couple of physicals...my metabolism has slowed down which is typical for my age (59) and if I don't decrease my intake and increase my activity level I will continue gaining weight. What worked to drop a few pounds in the past no longer does anything.

A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my cycling buddies, a 77yo man. He was saying that to stay trim at his age it means being hungry all of the time. While I thought that was kind of depressing I also realized that there is probably a lot of truth there...maybe not experiencing gnawing hunger pains all day, but not being able to eat until you feel stuffed either. Even active seniors have to watch their food intake. Anyway I decided that I'd better get back on the wagon and make as much progress as possible now, when its probably easier to lose than it will be in another 5 years.

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Registered: 08-25-2000

I'm not sure I want to know that each year I can eat less and less!