Archive for the ‘“Thin From Within”’ Category

The Best Diet is the One You’ll Stick With

Friday, April 10th, 2015

“For any given person, it’s really a matter of what can they stick with,” says Michael Jensen of the Mayo Clinic, summarizing an extensive review of long-term weight loss studies. In other words, whether a person loses with low-carb, Paleo, Mediterranean, or some other diet, what matters most is not the diet type, but whether or not that person’s still on track beyond the six-month point. Staying on track for a year or two, and then forever, is what promises the best and most lasting results for improved weight and health. This bottom line seems to emerge whenever diets are compared over longer periods: there are no magic bullets, and the best diet is the one you’ll stick with.

What will you stick with, though? That question itself can be hard to answer. Depending on the search terms you use, you can find over 69,000 diet books on Amazon.com (that’s for “Health, Fitness and Diet”). And the site promises, in addition, over 5,000 new releases within the next ninety days. How do you possibly know which regime will suit you, which advice will help?

The Best Diet

When I think of “the best diet is the one you’ll stick with”, I envision a two-part project.   Each part deserves thought, and usually also time for learning and trial-and-error. First, the question of what will indeed suit you needs answering. Many people, I find, know pretty much what this is. Melanie, for example, absolutely knows she feels best, loses weight, and cuts cravings when she eats a very low carbohydrate diet.   Jacqueline, however, hates eating all that meat and prefers a more vegetarian routine. She finds that avoiding sugar is the key for her to stay on track. Mark always does best when he puts the limits on eating out and focuses on simply eating a little less at each meal—portion control. Once he does that, the rest seems to fall in place. (more…)

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What Not to Say to Someone Trying to Lose Weight: And how to respond when said to you….

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I offer some thoughts on supporting each other, assertive dieting techniques and more in my recent “Thin From Within” blog at Psychology Today.

 

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Weight Loss Surgery and Sane Eating: Can they coexist?

Monday, September 15th, 2014

I revisit this important topic in my most recent Psychology TodayThin From Within” blogpost.   For more, check the “weight loss surgery” archive, left, as well.

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EAT SANELY FALL RESOLUTIONS

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Here is a reprint of a post on my Psychology Today (PT) blog, “Thin From Within” (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thin-within) that suits this time of year.

Fall, and Back-to-School time, lend themselves to resolutions.  Think about it:  This is a time of transition, often with a recommitment to routine.  It’s a season, too, that lacks the pressure that charges New Year’s Day.   Resolutions to change specific, sometimes small, habits are those most likely to succeed, in any season.  Lists of “Eat Healthier” or “Eat Lighter” targets have caught on, appearing helpfully at years-end and elsewhere.   These suggest small but significant changes that build toward better weight and health.  This fall, however, I’m thinking of “Eat More Sanely” targets instead.  Such targets surely bolster those aimed at diet.   Attitude, self-care, and behavioral goals emerge here—and any one will render the desired weight and fitness goals more likely to happen, and more likely to stick.

As with other resolutions, you can easily scan a list and say, “I need to do all of these!”  However, starting with an item that’s potentially manageable can make a bigger difference than you might think.  Starting with this one, however small, lays the groundwork for others.  This one can help build confidence and a readiness for further change.  Also, with these kinds of targets, perfection doesn’t count.  Getting started, and keeping at it, counts.

Here are eight potential “Eat More Sanely” targets that can spur important shifts.  (Each item ends with a link to related reading to get you started.) (more…)

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Sane Eating in the News: And How to Use the Info….

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Media-watching is part of the Eat Sanely mission–how can it help us, and how does it hurt us, in our efforts to eat more sanely, be happier and healthier?  Recently, more good news than usual seems to be emerging.  For some updates, and thoughts on how to use the emerging information in your own personal efforts, see my most recent Thin From Within column at Psychology Today:   http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thin-within/201405/saner-eating-makes-news-and-four-ways-use-the-news

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Be Kind to Yourself: It’s Better for Your Diet

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Lately, a number of readers have rediscovered my April 12, 2011 blog, Be Kind to Yourself:  It’s Better for Your Diet….judging by recent tweets and retweets.  So, I offer the link here to make this still-timely article easily to locate:  http://www.eatsanely.com/be-kind-to-yourself-its-better-for-your-diet

 

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Weighing in on “Weighing In”

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

 Here is a recent Thin From Within entry from Psychology Today:

(http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thin-within/201404/weighing-in-weighing-in

It’s a common question, with an answer that has shifted over time:  “How often should I weigh myself?” asks the person hoping to lose.  That person may well know the excitement of seeing the lower number….as well as the distress that an unchanged—or worse, higher!—number can bring.  More than once, this same person may have experienced the “weighing in” as the “giving up”  point of an effort to eat differently. (more…)

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Addictive Foods: Eat More, Want More….Eat Less, Enjoy More?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Read this recent post on my “Thin From Within” blog at Psychology Today!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thin-within/201403/addictive-foods

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How Can a Diet Book Help You Lose Weight?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Read here my recent Psychology Today “Thin From Within” blog:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thin-within/201401/how-diet-books-can-help-you-lose-weight

At this time of year, we’re bombarded by new advice.  Here’s how to make sense of it.

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Counting More Than Calories: Factoring in months and years

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

As we near our most weight-challenging season, I think about those who manage to navigate without gaining a “holiday seven”…..especially, those who now move through the feasts and parties and candies and dips without regaining.  There’s useful advice to be found in the media, on planning ahead, lightening traditional foods, taming stress.   A factor often neglected in weight discussions, though, is time.  Those who make lasting habit changes usually have come to appreciate the role of time.  And this sticks with them throughout even the challenging periods.

In contrast to lose-it-quick dieters, people who grasp the time factor might note something like, “It’s taken me 27 years to put the pounds on…..I guess it might take two to get if off.”   Whether they know it or not, they’re confirming the idea that “change is a process”.  And that time-limited dieting will never lead to the kind of day-in, day-out, year-in, year-out, habits and attitudes that maintain thinner physiques. (more…)

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