Stuck In A Rut!

February 21, 2010 | By | 141 Replies More

Stuck In A RutAaaah, trying to lose weight can be such a frustrating thing to do!!! I keep looking at my weight loss ticker which I so happily installed a year back, and it moves down a notch occasionally, and then it surely moves up again. After Christmas and New Year, I am right back to where I started now. I have to wear my “fat pants” (you know, I am sure everybody who is trying to lose weight has at least one pair of them in their wardrobe – the only pants that are still comfortable after you reach a certain weight, the pants you wear when everything else just feels too tight), and I feel really not good. I don’t want to admit that I might actually have to start buying more pants that size, because I sure will fit back into my size 12 pants, eventually???? 🙁 Yeah dreaming!

The problem is, I think, that the more we think about having to lose weight, the more we think about eating, and the more we seem to crave food and to eat. If we could stop ourselves from thinking about food all the time, and about diets, wouldn’t we all be much happier (and thinner)?

Many, many people who are trying to lose weight are actually stuck in the same rut – the diet yo-yo effect. Losing a few kilos (hooray!!!) and then putting them straight back on. I still tend to step on the scales at least twice a day (yes, I did not end up throwing them out, I should have!), and sometimes I am successful at losing a kilo or two, and then I am so elated that I go straight to the fridge to celebrate! How sick is that!

Emotional eating is the killer of every weight loss plan. No matter how prepared you are, if you are dealing with your emotions with food, then the emotions will take over your sound mind every time. Because they are stronger. A lot of us will have to deal with their emotional issues that make them turn to food, and find something else that will comfort us if things get tough.

Looks like I have not dealt with my emotions yet….

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  1. Best way to avoid emotional eating is to only keep good stuff in your house. Stock up on carrots, celery, apples and brocolli to munch on. Of course this doesn’t taste as good as cookies, but it doesn’t have bad calories either.

    • Hi Dave,

      I fully agree with your comment. No matter what your resolve, if you have comfort foods like cookies in your house it is almost inevitable that you’ll reach out for them and overindulge when an emotional challenge comes.

      I even try not to have too much of the foods around that I really like and that are healthy when eaten once in a while.


      Good post and I think that you are right that emotional eating is a problem for many people.

      I don’t think that it has to do with emotional problems though. It’s using food for comfort and it’s just a very strong habit that has been ingrained for so long that it’s extremely hard to get rid of.

      Some people who smoke reach for a cigarette when similarly challenged, others may reach for a drink.

      I think what Dave said in his comment is what will work for you and anybody at least partially.

      Of course if you eat too much even the healthy food will tend to increase your weight but it will be much less detrimental than the comfort foods like cookies etc.

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    • Thanks for sharing about this. I am practicing eating habits with apples. It really works for me and it really my metabolism well, I haven’t tried the other one. I better check it out.

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  2. Could I really be First Commenter?? Whoo-hoo!!

    It is so true that when we stop thinking about food all the time and just have fun living, the pounds come off. For me, at least. And now that I am wearing my jeans instead of sweats, I am eating less.

    Good luck on all. Be happy.

  3. Loosing weight is never easy. Especially just like what you had mentioned being an emotional eater where you crave for foods to make you feel better…. these comfort foods that we usually take are very high in calories. Whew!

    Anyways, if you are really very eager to loose weight you would really need self-control and discipline. You better start dealing with your emotions now. 😉

    Have a great day!

  4. Hi, Petra! I just found your blog through Twitter and it’s my first time dropping by. I blog about cellulite, so identity with what you’re saying here. I know there’s a big difference between cellulite-fat and fat-fat, but a lot of the principles are the same. I just started reading a book called Eat Fat, Lose Fat about losing weight with coconut oil. Have you heard of it? I’m excited to see how that goes. In chapter one, the authors already mentioned a great cellulite success story. I’m off to nose around your site a bit.
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Melissa, I actually did try to lose weight with coconut oil a year ago or so, and I wasn’t successful. But I wish you all the best and much success!

  5. Great post petra. Real inspiration.

  6. hospitalera says:

    I understnad you so good! Last year I managed to loose 10kg, but here it stops since months, I can’t loose more. And I have to loose far more then you do, looking at your ticker. Just let me say that when I have reached the weight you have now, I will be a happy bunny! So my hope is now in Spring and the longer days that animate me to go out more often and to exercise more. In the end there is only one way to loose fat, “more calories burnt, then eaten / day” SY
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Good luck, and a strong will! I am back into trying the “eat mostly protein, no carbs (or low carbs)” approach, we’ll see how that goes…

  7. This is a great article and it applies to everyone. I have those fat jeans as well and whenever I am in a bad mood I reach for them right away. I’m starting to think i should get rid of my fat pants and maybe that will help. The emotional eating is killing me. I have joined a gym and I have a physical trainer, I am hoping that helps me out.

  8. I think this is nice information. I think it is true that when we stop thinking about food all the time and just have fun living, the pounds come off. So getting more exercise is the best wayout.
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  9. Bill says:

    Some very true facts in your post, and it was an enjoyable reading. the number of us struggle with weight loss just because we tell ourselves we can`t is unbelievable, however this is natural – try telling a child not to touch the sweet on the table, how long can they last!!! It is all about self discipline and determination!
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  10. I usually take a cheat meal a week. So it helps me to stay away from cravings. Taking a cheat meal a week has worked very well for me.

  11. Yes, I agree. Loosing weight is really difficult especially for people who really loves eating. But, for me, eat in moderation, know the foods you eat and exercising regularly could be the best way if you want to lose weight.

  12. rickkgoh says:

    Exercise but pick one or two that you like so you won’t give up half way. Continue your exercise even you have slim down. It will be good for your general health and you will tends to gain back the unwanted pounds easily once you stop
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  13. I would like to give a free tips if you think that it is beneficial for plz use it there is not side effect of this. In morning after getting fresh take two lemon juice in a glass of water and little salt according your taste, just mix it and drink it every morning. You can do it after taking a morning walk. It would definitely beneficial for loosing weight.
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  14. I think one of the best ways to lose weight is to keep looking at your weight everyday and check how much weight you have gained on a daily basis, also if possible take a picture of yourself and look at yourself in the mirror and check how fat you look and where you need to concentrate. Most people fail to lose weight because they don’t accept themselves and fail to check their weight and body shape regularly. Accepting yourself and knowing where you are is the first step to start losing pounds in my opinion.

  15. I have my tight jeans (refuse to call them fat jeans); but, I am trying to stay out of them. Hopefully, with spring coming and the motivation of having to wear less clothing I will not need them!

  16. Trina says:

    Hi Petra,

    Your blog has really struck a chord with me. You’re being so genuine and putting your personal story on the line – I wish you all the best on your weight loss journey.

    I read about your take on emotional eating a little further down your blog – this will sound very strange but when I thought I had weight issues as a teenager (actually I was perfectly healthy) I used to clean my teeth when I felt an emotional trigger to eat. It’s something else to do, plus when you’ve just cleaned your teeth you don’t feel like eating. Your mouth is all clean and food tastes funny anyway. Not that a little trick like that really deals with the root problem of emotional eating, but at least you might get 10 minutes to think about it before you head for the fridge 🙂

    I think you’re spot on about people getting their minds so wound up around food that dieting becomes obsessive, and then counter-productive. I try to combat that effect by setting positive health goals to focus on, so that instead of thinking about losing weight I’m thinking about getting stronger or fitter or more alert.

    All the best.

  17. The best weight loss advice I ever heard was to begin with the end in mind. Picture yourself at your ideal and everytime you have a decision to make that will effect your weight loss ask yourself how it will effect your future self image. If it will have a negative effect think long and hard about which you’d prefer, the short-term joy of the food or the long-term joy of looking exactly how you want to.
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  18. I went for years thinking I just had a sweet tooth and a love of all things carbohydrate! But, it turns out that those intense sugar and carb cravings were actually candida yeast. Candida is a yeast we all have to some degree but our good bacteria in our guts keeps it at bay, but when we feed it sugar, white bread, white rice, and even certain fruits, it grows into a weed. Here is a list of some of the other major symptoms of candida:

    So, check to see if this may be causing your “rut”, and don’t be so hard on yourself. Weight loss is difficult, but candida makes it almost impossible.
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  19. Angela says:

    Petra, I hope your are out of your rut. Emotional eating is the hardest thing for me too. I have found that if I buy some new clothes (a few) in the size I’m in now so I look better, I feel better and work harder to get to the next size. It’s hard to take that step, but there is something psychological about knowing you look good no matter what your weight is. Love your blog!

  20. being healthy is my first mission in life… as i believe I need to be healthy first before I can do anything else which include time and love to my family.

    I bought jogging shoes, weighting machine and other weight loose motivator but weight loss will still be a long story 🙁 You know what!? I will never give up until I get my ideal weight.

    that is a self promise.

  21. Yes, I agree. Loosing weight is really difficult especially for me now. A year or two ago I didn’t have that problem and didn’t really have to worry about what I eat as I thought I would never gain weight…but boy am I wrong!
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  22. Anyways, if you are really very eager to loose weight you would really need self-control and discipline. You better start dealing with your emotions now

  23. I gotta be honest here…..when I was in medical school and tried to lose weight, I could not stop thinking about lasagna or cheeseburgers. It was almost as though I was addicted. Anyways, keep up the great work with your health.
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  24. Motivation help please?!?
    Ive had issues for the last year on getting anyting done. I know that when I do get things done I feel very fulfilled, but it doesnt seem like enough incentive for me to do anything. I cant get a job, Im not gettin my school work done, I long to get a girlfriend but when Im in situations that could possibly lead me down that road I back out and make excuses for myself. I feel stuck in a rut with nothing and no one to make me feel good about things I do so I dont do anyting. Any advice would help…that,s spriit:

  25. i think weight gain has alot to do with “habits”, those daily “habits” are the “rut”. replace those old habits with new healthy habits the weight will melt away 😉

    • Petra Weiss says:

      I think it takes 21 days to change a habit (roughly). So, whatever you want to change in your habits, do the “new” thing for 21 days and you should have a new habit!

  26. I think it’s a matter of discipline, if you have decided that have to look thinner and loose weight it’s only your will power that can take you through. Most dieters fall for the ‘yo-yo’ rut but I have seen many who lost weight and have stayed that way. Consult a good dietitian, many don’t even change your ‘diet amount’. They just change the timings and patterns and you see a difference.
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  27. leah says:

    I have the same problems as you do. The last time I lost 3 lbs I gained it back in a week just because I was so proud of the loss that I allowed myself to cheat- and then cheat some more. I’m an emotional eater as well and I also eat out of boredom but I’m working on it. Keeping busy seems to help a lot.
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  28. Solara says:

    Willpower is simply not enough.

  29. I completely understand what you are saying about trying so hard to lose weight with no or minimal success. It seems like I go through the same patter every year: a few months before summer I will start working out like a mad woman working to get ready for bikini season, and then once summer is over I will gain back the weight and have to start the process all over again the next year.

    And, as I get older, each year it is harder and harder to get rid of those excess pounds. You just have to keep your good attitude and keep at it and you will eventually succeed, hopefully 🙂
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Katy, I am hopeful, too! I am just trying to relax about the whole thing now. The more I think about losing weight the more I seem to put on.

  30. The holidays always put me in for a lot of future exercise. It’s so hard to hold back especially during a time when everyone else is eating so many good things. On the bright side, the summer is coming up and it will be a lot easier to get outside for those in the “snowy states”.

  31. “Emotional eating is the killer of every weight loss plan.” – I am such an emotional eater, I need to overcome that problem!

  32. The problem with most people is they don’t have the discipline of not achieving their goals. They easily succumb in temptations that’s why the diet is like a yoyo. Before going in to a diet, people shoud have disicpline first so that the determination of losing wieght is there. 🙂
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  33. It is very true that losing weight can’t be achieved as swiftly as you want. You have to undergo a lot of fitness training. But, if can’t afford, try walking every morning and also biking. This is effective, believe me.

  34. weight loss and more importantly sustained weight loss is a problem that begins and ends in the kitchen, unfortunately the temptations are all around and keeping on the right track is very hard!

  35. Hi Petra,

    I like the way you create your blog. It’s like just talking a friend face to face and pouring out something. Anyway, you are right when you say that “the more we think about having to lose weight, the more we also think about eating & crave for it more”. Proper mind set is also the key in achieving a certain goal. Thanks for reminding me to avoid emotional eating. You’re right, emotions are stronger that our will.

  36. The best way I’ve found to get off the yo-yo is not to fight your patterns but to adjust them incrementally. First is to start replacing your favorite foods with lower calorie versions that are just as tasty (hopefully healthier). Lower fat cheeses, ice creams, lower fat turkey dogs instead of hotdogs, there are some really delicious products out there. The next step is to slowly work on portion size but the main thing is to do it slowly so there isn’t a behaviorial shock. You don”t get the immediate results but over time, they last longer.
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Very good point! Any extreme changes are likely not to last very long (we are all creatures of habit, after all!), so slow changes are looking much more successful.

  37. I hate the weight scales!

    I am sure someone has been messing with them – especially when i go on them!

    I have been trying every method under the sun for the last 3 years and every now and again i lose a small amount but then a week later it is back on again.

    I just wish there was a miracle tablet we could take!

  38. jason says:

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  39. Scott says:

    From personal experience I can tell you that the “emotional eating” as you put it is truly the biggest killer of any weightloss plan. Keeping yourself busy and focusing on the positive…and the positive outcome of the diet…is key to your success. I finally realized this last summer while taking part in a biggest loser contest. Having accountability and encouragement, and seeing results kept me motivated and happy. And the weight is gone now and has not come back!

  40. I find having a daily routine is a great way to keep motivated and continue to eat healthily and exercise. Have some goals and treats to look forward to when you reach your goals. Sarah.

  41. Going on a diet is the worst method to lose weight quickly. Our body needs to be adapted to any changes in the daily routines to give the desired results. It is a fact that if you replaced a 20oz bottle of cola soda with water, you could lose up to 50 pounds in one year . What one needs to understand is that we need to substitute those fattening foods with the healthier ones. Coffee should be replaced by green tea which is very effective in making the skin healthier. Following this substitution method, one can achieve the desired results without any side effects on the body.

  42. I would like to question the seriousness of the persons who wish to lose weight. In my opinion, it is not at all difficult to lose weight. Maintaining the regular schedule of exercise and diet regime enables weight loss. Additionally, one could resort to herbal tea to facilitate the process. What is required is MOTIVATION and DETERMINATION.

  43. Great post! Love the content you have on here. According to me to lose weight in a healthy way, you should just eat when you are hungry and eat consciously, this will make you eat less than usual. Eat whatever you want to, as long as you stick to healthy food and good amount of exercise. Indulging in any form of exercise like dancing, sports or swimming helps the body to keep fit while having fun at the same time. Thanks for the information, it was quite helpful.
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  44. Regarding this emotional eating issue, my brother is like this when he gets stressed. I don’t know but he felt satisfied after eating a lot. Because of this he cannot bring back his old not-so-thin body before. That’s his biggest problem now, he cannot even stop himself of eating every now and then.
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  45. Eat less. Workout more. Forget everything else.

  46. WordVixen says:

    I know exactly what you mean about the whole thinking about weight loss makes you think about food which makes you eat the food, which makes you gain the weight thing.

    A little over a week ago I found out just how bad soy is for me (I’ve known that it suppresses the thyroid for a while, but I didn’t know that it negatively affects fertility), so I decided to cut soy out of everything (with the exception of when we go out to eat since there’s no way even the cooks would know) that we eat. But it’s in EVERYTHING. It’s the #1 ingredient in mayonnaise and my salad dressing, it’s in every bread in the grocery store (including the bakery), it’s even in my usual spaghetti sauce!

    The funny thing is, for all of my attempts at better nutrition, nothing has worked like this one thing. In removing soy from my diet I’m removing almost every processed food (except Kraft Mac & Cheese which doesn’t contain soy and which I’ve now designated as my guilty pleasure) from our menus. Now, if that doesn’t help me lose weight, I can’t imagine what will!

    (BTW, if you don’t mind soy in your food, try banning high fructose corn syrup if you’re in the USA- that’s in nearly every processed food as well).
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  47. Losing wait sucks. It can be a real challenge. I remember wearing plastic bags with duck tape rapped around the edges so no heat would get out. I also used to chew gum and instead of swallowing, I would spit out the juice and saliva. I swear I lost a few pounds just spitting alone.
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  48. I think your 2nd to last paragraph hits the nail on the head, its the emotions connected to food, and the food we like to eat which causes us to eat too much and yo-yo dieting. Crack the emotions and half the battle is won!

  49. I like the sensible and obvious approach to not keeping comfort food in your home. That is so simple yet the perfect solution. This site will be a great resource I can point out for some of my readers.

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  50. Dieting always makes me focus on food. I can’t stop thinking about it. It becomes an obsession for me. I think about when the next snack is going to be and what I’m going to be able to eat and when. I count down the minutes to my next bite of food. I hate dieting. When I relax and get involved in getting outside and walking places and trying to make healthy choices when I make food decisions, I do much better. Getting a handle on my emotions is a big one, too. Therapy and medication when necessary can be very beneficial.
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    • Justine says:

      New to this site but reading you comments with interest and ofcourse of gone through all the same problems.
      I think the best change I’ve made in my life is to exercise more which makes me be more sensible about my diet as its not nice going running feeling bits wobble.

    • Alison says:

      I agree – as soon as I even think the word ‘diet’ and I feel like im not allowed to eat certain food is when thats all i can think about. I end up eating more of those foods than I would have if I wasn’t on a ‘diet’. Its a huge mental trap. I have stopped going on diets and now just try to eat as healthy as I can.
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  51. I saw a news story on TV recently about this. One of the most difficult components of weight loss is dealing with the emotions and keeping motivated to make the sacrifices.
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  52. Having a long term plan is the best way to lose weight. Losing weight in a short period of time using diets is temporary. You will tend to put on weight again without a strategy and discipline. My advice is to think long term – follow a diet which is sustainable and enjoyable – less meat, more greens, more fiber and exercise regularly. It is better to lose a little weight this way as the weight loss will be more permanent and fit into a healthy lifestyle

  53. Stephen King says:

    Hi, I agree the biggest problem is not thinking about food. Its very hard.

    I guess I am one of the lucky ones that is happy to nibble on something healthy rather than a craving for the ‘BAD’ foods. Though, Its the lack of exercise thats keeping me in my rut.

  54. I know all too well about being stuck in a rut! I’ve been trying to lose 15 pounds for the last two years (to get back to my ideal weight I used to be at). I know it’s not that much weight, but no matter what I do, the weight won’t come off. It’s crazy. If I eat perfectly for months and workout every day, I lose 0 pounds and 0 inches! Then I get frustrated and eat whatever I want, and I don’t really gain weight. I’ve been reading one diet/health book after another, and took thyroid medication for Hypothyroid (which I was diagnosed with) but nothing works. So I’m forever stuck in a rut, but it could be worse.
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  55. I agree with previous comments that a long term plan is better than short term dieting, however I think a long term plan mixed with smaller short targets can increase the motivation.

    If your target is to lose 2 stone, that will probably seem miles away but if you set small targets within that big goal you will have motivation to achieve this and before you know it, your main goal is complete

    That’s the theory anyway !

  56. So many diet plans and even doctors don’t even address the very difficult problem of addressing the underlying cause for over eating. Addressing my emotions and the reasons I use food as the “Drug of Choice” is one of the hardest things about getting back to a reasonable weight. Thanks for the great article.
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Jim, you are so right. I am still trying to work out my emotional problems which push me to overeat and seek comfort in all the wrong foods.

  57. Emotional eating – I know all about it! I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, or bored or just antsy.

    And to make matters even worse, my hubby is going thru a stressful time (his dad is critically ill) and since he’s an emotional eater, I eat to support him! AAGGH!
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  58. Body Balance says:

    What I have found helpful is whole-food supplements. Specifically liquid form because of the higher absorbtion vs. digesting traditional vitamins, food etc…You’re going to want to get one that is “whole-food” so your body still gets what it needs (there is alot of products out there claiming to be the perfect liquid supplement, but all you end up with is a $50 fancy glass of fruit punch). I find that using these supplements not only provides by body with 10 times the nutrients than I was intaking to begin with, but it also curbs by appetite and makes me feel ten times better then when I was eating 10 hamburgers.
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  59. Peter Ooi says:

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  60. Steve says:

    Great article!

    Emotional eating is such a big problem for many people and is often the primary reason why they aren’t able to achieve their weight-loss goal.

    However, if people can find ways to replace the emotional eating with another habit that can produce the same ‘feel-good hormones’, then they may be able to overcome the problem. Exercise may be an option with the endophorphins that it produces.

    However, I know this is easier said than done!
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  61. If you wan to lose weight do something where you will busy the whole day without thinking about eating but don’t skip meals. Just budget your time.

  62. I’m not so much an emotional eater as a binge eater, which also fails to keep weight off. I’ll do well on managing my food intake and then boom…gotta have BBQ from my favorite rib shack, a hamburger from the favorite burger joint or cheesecake from the cheesecake spot.

    Yeesh! If I could just say no…
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  63. Losing weight is often thought of as simply about eating less and exercising more but the emotional responses are absolutely key to ensure you become successful. I never met anyone who transformed their body permanently without first transforming their mind. Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.

  64. I’ve hit my share of plateaus during my weight loss journey, myself. One thing that has been helpful is allowing myself one, “bad day,” where I can have some calorie-dense foods like pizza and what not, that way I’m not prone to random binge eating. Also sometimes constantly depriving yourself can also stress you out, which can result in fat gain! The big thing is, don’t beat yourself up over it.
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  65. I agree with previous comments that a long term plan is better than short term dieting, however I think a long term plan mixed with smaller short targets can increase the motivation.
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  66. Ya that’s true the more I think that I’m dieting the more I feel like having food. Rather I go for having smaller meals so that I do not feel much food carvings. Also if I fell like having cake or something high in calorie then I cut shot other calorie items from my diet.

  67. Can definitely relate to this post. It is easy to get burned out on the whole dieting thing. To bust out of it, I find change works well. Mix up your food from day to day and it will be more enjoyable and easier to stick with.
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  68. Personal challenges are a very powerful way of motivating yourself to do something new may it be some health diet program or some exam result. If there is no target it is easy to make a half-hearted effort and give up. However, when we have something very clear to aim for, it is much more likely we will actually make something happen.

  69. If you feel stuck in a rut, don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself. If you spend some time with enthusiastic / positive people, some of this energy will rub off on yourself. Even if you don’t particularly feel like doing it, meeting other people will take you out of yourself and help to re-energize yourself. I do this and it works positively.

  70. Like everything else in life, slow and steady wins the race. Losing weight should ideally be a goal set to be achieved in a span ranging for a three to six months. Most people just get too impatient too soon and their frustration ends up messing up their previous efforts.

  71. If you feel you are stuck in a rut, you don’t have to be stocked there forever as if it is you can’t move forward. Make some changes for you not to feel being stuck.

  72. I think long term diet plan would be more beneficial rather than the shorter one. You have to put more efforts in short term diet plan and most of the people doesn’t complete their plan and left their diet plan in the middle. I am also focusing on my long term diet plan and i am quite successful. I suggest everyone to go for long term diet plan because it saves your energy and its easy to adopt.

  73. Mandy says:

    A lot of times people don’t realize that the reason they can’t lose weight is because they have a thyroid issue. I personally didn’t know it and cut my calories back so much so, my thyroid went into hoard mode and I actually gained weight! For myself, having a thyroid issue was all the motivation I needed to follow a strict diet plan.
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  74. I never dieted, I always found it easier to eat freely and just torture myself in the gym LOL

  75. True, there are no quick fixes. Proper exercise and moderate food intake can work wonders. The less processed the food you eat, the better. All this easy, processed food is taking it’s nasty toll on us.

  76. Have you ever noticed that when you are on a diet it seems that food is everywhere you look? Every TV ad I see is for a restaurant or candy, every magazine by the check out stand has pictures of calorie-laden meals and deserts on its cover, and every invitation I receive is for a barbecue or other food-focused event. It really gets on a dieter’s nerves. That’s when I know I’m getting burned out on my diet regime and start searching out new recipes so I get a change in my menu. It’s easy to get in the rut of eating the same food all the time just because it’s simple to prepare. Trying something new yet healthy can help break you out of the diet rut.
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Dee, I think food is staring you in the face everywhere when you are on a diet because you are thinking about eating all the time so you will notice food a lot more. That’s one reason why “diets” don’t work. The best is to approach a totally natural relationship with food, eat when you want to eat but try to choose different options. Like, the snack at night – does it have to be chocolate or cookies? Why not have some carrots and a (low fat) dip, or some grape tomatoes or nuts to nibble on. The important thing is to have those alternative foods ready, like prepare them in advance, so it doesn’t put you off when the time comes….

  77. To deal with your emotional issues around eating, I recommend using EFT – emotional freedom technique – a wonderfully easy and simple way to get balance into areas of your life where the balance has dissapered.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Holger, EFT sounds really interesting. I did a Google search and it came up with lots of websites and information about it. Have you tried it yourself?

  78. This is such an important post.Really took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It is always good when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I must say that giving up something that has been part of our routine really demands sacrifice and denial.
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  79. I always noticed that when I’m into some fitness program I often come to the point of having great urged to have some foods. Foods that are restricted for me to have.
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  80. i found it rough to master my emotions at first to but i personally found relief in lifting….. maybe im weird but after about 2 weeks into lifting and dieting my cravings were just gone..

  81. Ahhh, the all too familiar yo-yo effect. Unfortunately, it’s not just a dieting thing, any area of our life that requires breaking old habits and creating new ones gets to be really hard. I think the psychology part is even more important then what we eat or how often we exercise, that’s why programs like WeightWatchers have such great appeal (and short lived success). I think it’s important that folks educate themselves on healthy weight loss and prepare for the long haul instead of focusing only on the pounds.

  82. Dieting is so hard because it naturally causes the yo-yo effect, unless you can speed up your metabolism in the process. Exercise becomes very important as it does speed up your metabolism, but you do have to gradually increase the intensity of your workout or you will end up in a rut. I have found that having a weekly splurge day as well as short, intense full-body workouts have helped me to stay out of the rut most of the time.
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  83. Marissa says:

    I’ve been trying to lose baby weight but I’ve recently had an injury which has contributed to the yo-yo effect for me. It’s hard when you see all of your hard work go down the tubes like that!

  84. For me it wasn’t fat pants, but fat t-shirts. Problem was I started buying a smaller size T when I began to lose a little weight, then put it all back on and more, so I had about 10 great shirts I couldn’t wear and was strutting (wobbling) around in the old ones for another 24 months before I got back down the scales and kept going. Man it felt good to finally wear those new clothes!
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  86. It’s so hard to stay out of the rut. I find that sticking to a set schedule of light exercise everyday and eating healthy helps me! totally has great suggestions too!

  87. Many people do not even try to follow a weight loss plan because they think that they would have to give up eating their favorite foods by doing so. However, what they do not know is that there are many food lovers fat loss diet plans out there, that can help them shed the fat and here is just one example.

  88. When stuck go out and do some reading into the health benefits of exercise and diet. Really understand how exercise helps decrease the risks of heart attack, stroke, diabetes etc and use this as motivation to continue your weight loss joun=rney.
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  89. GrowingRaw says:

    I think the most successful healthy eating plans work with your mind as well as your body. You have to retrain your habitats and learn how to monitor your weight and eating long term.

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  91. I also feel as though I’m stuck in a rut. It’s so hard because it’s as if my mind plays tricks on me. One day I feel as though I know where I’m headed and what I want & the next day everything feels impossible to achieve.

  92. I just keep myself so busy I don’t have time to think about food. Work, school, starting an online business, and karate club all take up my time and thoughts. I highly suggest joining some kind of fun fitness club because that keeps your mind off of food and keeps you active. Martial arts is a blast.

  93. Losing weight is never easy. It is a battle between mental and physical thoughts. I lost 50 pounds some years back and all I did was strength training and eat less then what I was eating. I also stand by the fact that a good hunger supressent is going to help people too. I like coffee or tea. It helps, but doesn’t always help. Keeping busy is a good thing to as the last comment says. Strength training, eat less and eating the right foods is key.

  94. Dijeta says:

    I like and read this blog. I’m planning to start a diet soon

  95. All post above is great and I am thankful i dropped by and take some time reading each others posts and replies..

    One thing I believe that can truly control weight loss issue is DISCIPLINE..

    when your doing things encourage yourself that its not about the restricted food or anything but its your interest to loss weight or achieve your goal and gain good posture and great healthy body..

    Hard works pays good at the end you know..
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  96. John says:

    I”m in my SKINNY JEANS After 2 years of talking about losing weight I finally did it. I lost 30 lbs in 2 months, just by eating fruit and watching the amount of fat and calories I ate. Oh and I quit drinking and smoking, that helped tremendously, and now that I’m down I’ve been able to control my wait. When I was losing weight I would only excercise at work, and I would still eat a philly cheesesteak monday night and go out for fish tacos on tuesday night. Really all I would eat was sandwiches soup, tuna fish, and chili, but I did it and am so happy now. Really the key is don’t procastinate, and realise you need to eat healthy now because if you put it off you wont in the future.
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  98. The key to eating right for fast weight loss and avoiding emotional eating is preparation. First you have to remove all of those fattening comfort foods from your house so that when the emotional binge hits they are not there. Second, you have to plan your meals, especially if you go to work. One of those keys to eating at work is bring your lunch. That way you can control cost, content, and location. Third you need accountability with your nutrition plan. You can do that by writing down what you eat, having a good family/friend support system and most importantly having a accountability partner who can reel you in when you start to go off track.

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  100. Rina says:

    You can avoid eating junk foods which will help you a lot.

  101. “Aaaah, trying to lose weight can be such a frustrating thing to do!!!” I think this line is very familiar with me. I think I’ve also used that before. 🙂
    But this post is really something worth pondering upon. Especially this line “The problem is, I think, that the more we think about having to lose weight, the more we think about eating, and the more we seem to crave food and to eat.” I very much agree with this. Yet, I am still on the pursuit.
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  102. Avoid oily items in your diet. This will help alot.

  103. Everyone seems to say these days to go ahead and eat all you want. Just concentrate on protein and good fat, like moderate amounts of olive oil and clarified butter (the best fat!). Check it out.

    Finally, eat all you want as above, but drink and sip warm or room temperature water throughout the day. I drink a gallon of distilled each day, minimum.

    Any honest diet doctor will agree with the water suggestion. It’s almost the best you can do for any health concern, and sooooo inexpensive.

  104. We must have control over eating. Though we like to eat our favorite food, if we have control over it we can lose weight easily.

  105. TheTrainer says:

    The only effective way to combat the “yo-yo” effect with dieting is to implement a complete lifestyle change, but one that is relaxed enough to be sustainable.
    The best diet is the one you can stick to!

  106. Hi Petra,
    It seems simple, does it not. “Just eat less fat and carbs.” But we have to learn to do it like babies. We have learned too many bad habits and need a way to change them. Visit lose a pound a day to find a strategy to change your eating pattern.

  107. I so agree that unsuccessful dieting is all to do with unresolved emotions. I’m a yo yo dieter. I start with good intentions and I exercise and eat properly, but as soon as I see some success, I want to treat myself for being so good.

    Definitely an emotional response and yes, you guessed it, that treat is eating. I don’t mind whether it’s Italian, Indian, Chinese, Greek, English or any thing else as long as they have a sweet menu for afters!
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  108. Just a enough self discipline and perseverance and everything will be fine. Dieting isn’t easy but being in a huge weight is even more difficult.

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  110. It is definitely true! It is easy to say eat less carbs and more on fiber and fruits. It is frustrating when you have exhausted enough and see little to no results at all. Having said that, though it is hard, if we really want to attain something, we must strive to reach for that goal. This is the essence of self-disciple.

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  116. I have the same problem, but in reverse! It’s so hard to gain weight.. if I don’t stay on a strict routine, I’ll lose everything I’ve gained. Some may think a high metabolism is a blessing, but to those of us who have it, it’s a curse!

  117. Yep! your right about when you keep on thinking about food. The more you are prone to them and the result? More eating
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  119. Lol @ Fat Pants…….its funny because it is true! While I was struggling with my weight I had clothes of all sizes, I think I have things under control now and have recently got rid of some of my bigger clothing. This is another advantage of weight loss – more closet space!
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  120. A popular weight loss diet is the low-carbohydrate diet that lessens a person’s calorie intake. Most foods that contain carbohydrates have high amounts of calories. These calories may be converted into fats when not utilized and burned.

  121. Whenever I get stuck in a weight loss rut, I find that construction of a new workout routine often helps. I try something completely different. I also have found that eating 5 or 6 mini meals a day, rather than three larger meals helps me with sustainable weight loss. My energy patterns stay more even throughout the day and I am less likely to snack heavily.

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