A Reflection on Dieting Style

- POSTED ON: Oct 02, 2012

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I do NOT believe in a one-size-fits-all-world, and I don't believe that all diets are right for everyone, but I do believe that every diet works for someone.  Part of my Diet Hobby is to read diet books, and to experiment with a variety of diets that interest  me.  Sometimes my diet experiments are with fad diets, and sometimes they are with conventional diets.  What is consistent for me within EVERY ONE of my diet experiments is that I record all foods eaten every day into my software food journal, DietPower, and I work to keep my calories at, or below, my own body's calorie burn.

Occasionally,  I'll write a review of a diet book that I've found interesting, or a review of a diet that I've experimented with.  I don't have to find a diet personally successful to review it.  At present I'm working on three different articles that combine diet book reviews with my own reviews of those diets.  For those interested, the specific three that I'll  be discussing in these upcoming articles are the "5 Bite Diet";  "Dr. Siegel's Cookie Diet"; and "The Simple Diet". 

It's important to keep in mind that I don't necessarily recommend ANY diet to ANYONE else.  I believe that each person is an experiment-of-one. We are different sizes, different ages, different sexes, different activity levels, with different genetics, and different histories, backgrounds, and experiences. 

My own style, as I work to maintain my large weight-loss, is to engage in a sort of "serial diet monogamy" while I search for a way-of-eating that is enjoyable enough for me to sustain long-term.  I do not take "breaks" between these diet experiments, in that I stay on some type of diet plan, recording my food, and counting my calories every day.... even those days between specific diets.

As I engage in this activity, I do not discount the possibility that in fact "serial diet monogamy"  might be the only way of eating that I can ever sustain long-term. My ongoing success might require a continual ongoing search, and if that proves to be the case, I think I can live with that. 

  I agree with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff when he says "Remember, it's the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate."

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On Oct 03, 2012 wrote:
Sounds like you have found the key to success, and that is "keep my calories at, or below, my own body's calorie burn". Now all I have to do is find my "calorie burn" this time around.Have to admit Terry Dunkle of DietPower was right in one of his blogs and I quote, "It's the calories stupid". I have the tools to succeed this time around, your blog, DietPower and the Challenge Forum, and my drive. Thanks.

On Oct 03, 2012 Karen925 wrote:
I too enjoy reading Yoni Freedhoff's writing.

On Oct 03, 2012 Dr. Collins wrote:
Hi John and Karen. One problem is, of course, that one's calorie burn is based on sex, age, weight, activity factor, and genetics, and except for that very small factor involving extra activity, is totally outside one's control. Yesterday's article makes some good points about this. All I can do is work to keep my own calorie intake at or less whatever my body chooses to burn. Karen, I was so pleased when I discovered Yoni Freedhoff. I've been reading over many of his past articles and finding that his philosophy is very similar to my own.

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