The Golden Rule Of All Diets – Have Fun!

November 16, 2011 | By | 91 Replies More

Having fun dietingToday is a very special day, and this is going to be a very special post – it’s the first guest post I am having on my blog!!! 🙂

Another fellow fan of a healthy diet approach to weight loss, Sara from Dukan Diet Meals, has contacted me and asked whether she would be able to post an article on my blog. After reading her article, of course I had to say yes! She is pointing something out that is so obvious but often forgotten when dieting, so we should remind ourselves of it every now and then, and I am sure dieting will be easier for it: HAVING FUN!

So here Sara goes:

Hello everyone!

My name is Sara. I am a bit of a foodie, a serial dieter and I’ve recently set up a website dedicated to Dukan Diet Recipes.

First of all, I’d like to thank Petra for giving me the opportunity to post on her blog. [absolut pleasure, Sara! 😉 ]

What I’d like to talk to you about today is one hard lesson I have learnt as a result of a thousand diets and the many occasions when, eventually, the weight has piled back on leaving me frustrated, de-motivated and, let’s be honest, very very upset.

It’s no pearl of wisdom but what I’d like to share with you all is what I think is the one golden rule of all diets: having fun. No matter what type of diet you are following or how much weight you’re hoping to lose, I can pretty much guarantee this will not work in the long term unless you stop seeing dieting as some kind of punishment instead of a healthy routine you are trying to incorporate into your lifestyle.

Do not avoid social occasions. Ever.

Hands up if you’ve ever come up with an excuse in order to avoid a meal out with friends and family while on a diet? Or how many times you have accepted the offer with what I like to call the “all-or-nothing” attitude and ended up binging on all sorts of unhealthy foods?
Well, if this time you are serious about your weight loss journey, then it’s also time to change mentality. Unless your family and friends are planning a dinner party in a fast food restaurant, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go along and opt for a healthier option when it comes to ordering. Take a look at the restaurant menu online beforehand so that you know what to expect or give them a call to see whether it’s possible for them to prepare something lighter for you. Restaurants are used to all sorts of requests so there’s no need to be shy.
Ultimately, turn your focus from the food to the great company around you. The meal in itself is just an occasion to be with your loved ones and that’s what really matters.
You will see how great it feels to realise that you can still have a great night out and avoid a slip-up at the same time.

Re-discover the pleasures of cooking home-cooked meals.

If you think being on a diet and effectively losing weight equals steamed chicken and raw vegetables then think again. I find the web to be an amazing resource for those looking to spice up their diet and refusing to settle for unappetising meals just for the sake of losing a couple of pounds.
Take a little time to cook your meals, have fun in the kitchen, research and bookmark recipes that you would like to try and do not forget to experiment with desserts too. By following this process, day after day, you will soon find yourself with a great list of tried and tested recipes that you love and you will realise that being on a weight loss plan is not so difficult after all.
And why not go a step further and invite family and friends over for a meal? Get busy in the kitchen, practice a few recipes beforehand and I can guarantee they’ll never know you’re serving diet food!
Finally, I just wanted to round this up by saying that dieting for me has been a long learning curve and I am hoping that this article will help you readers not to make my same mistakes. Dieting does not have to mean “all-or-nothing” – it’s a recipe for life.

Enjoy the dieting everyone and keep smiling!- Sara

And, please make sure to visit Sara’s site about Dukan Diet Meals!


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  1. Hey I get frustrated when I had done everything to lose weight and Im still the same weight. Now i dont care anymore. I just wanna have fun with food and see where this is heading me. thanks anyway, this is definitely a good read.
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  2. This article is result of great research of social matters and dieting habits.Always enjoy with friend parties and keep yourself happy. Use web a huge source for changing your eating habits. Along with good social and eating habits, do moderate exercise each day.
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  3. Sara and Petra,

    I totally agree with keeping your diet fun and enjoyable. You just won’t stick with it if you don’t. If you keep learning about healthy eating and trying new foods all the time, it doesn’t ever feel like you’re on a “diet”. Good article!

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    Hi Petra!

    I used to avoid many parties so as to avoid unhealthy food. I used to get tempted by seeing what others are eating and it required lot of determination to resist and go for healthy food. Nowadays, I am taking lot of fruits and vegetables. But often I feel guilty when I dine in a restaurant once in a midnight. I feel your recipes will help me out as I am also a foodie.

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  5. I think diet should be like this as you mentioned here. It should be not be like just “say no to move”. This is the right way to maintain your health as well as you can remain yourself social.

  6. Frank says:

    Thanks Petra and Sara. I completely agree with you on the fact that it is very important to enjoy yourself while dieting because most of the times its not the food but the way it is prepared is what makes it good or bad for weight loss.
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  7. This is a very supportive article about healthy diet!!!!!!!!!!!!
    After reading this article, of course, I had to say yes! She points out something that is so obvious but often forgotten when dieting,
    so we remember him from time to time, and I am sure that the diet will be easier for him: have fun!

    Thanks for this post……
    great post…

  8. Hi, Sara and Petra! This post is a good reminder that dieting should not be taken as a punishment, but a chance to eat and stay healthy 🙂 I totally agree that dieting should not hinder us from enjoying life’s pleasures. After all, it’s not just about the food but also about spending time with people you love.

  9. hey, your post is something different. your golden rule of diet is rocking.

  10. Recent studies have shown that proper diet and exercise is an important factor in fighting the aging process. Our health has become a priority in our lives and becomes more and more important as we age. The many benefits of diet and exercise include slowing down, stopping or even reversing the aging process as well as increased longevity.
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  11. Richard says:

    This is what i’m waiting for! Something which can motivate me on dieting. I’ve been through a lot of diets, from exercise, slimming tea and coffee and right now i’m taking a diet pills. I really want to trim down, but i’m bit of impatient. I forgot the word “fun”. I know this is what I should do. Thanks for the healthy tips!
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  12. I unfortunately do not get get to combine diet and fun. Always want something tasty and caloric -). But I try.

  13. I totally agree with this attitude. If we don’t view dieting with a positive perspective and allow ourselves breaks now and then, it just won’t stick.

  14. Great guest post! I for one have taken dieting way to seriously in the past and looking at it in this light helps tremendously. Gotta start home cookin =)! Thanks for the great post and keep em coming
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  15. Yes i really agree with this..

    I think that having fun, drinking lots of water and exercising will keep your calories down enough so that you can also occasionally have fun and eat a bit more…

    No need to be thinking about it all the time since then you might become obsessed with it which is not that good imo..

    Being on a diet shouldn’t prevent you from having fun, in fact it should be fun!!

  16. The real key to any successful diet is that it has to fit with in your lifestyle and be maintainable. As soon as it becomes a chore and takes the joy out of eating, then you will not be likely to maintain it. You can be healthy and still enjoy life.

  17. Michelle says:


    Thank you for contributing this article. What you have written is so true. As long as people view losing weight as a chore, it won’t work. They have to seek a balance in their diet that is healthy and fun. Given time they will achieve a healthy weight with this mentality. As you mentioned, it doesn’t’ have to be about eating celery all day but eating real food in moderation. Eating a healthy diet can and should be fun and enjoyed!

    Petra thanks for allowing Sara to contribute this article.


  18. It is very important not to get depressed by a diet. The author suggests “Have fun” and I think it is the right way to go. Diets leave room for experiments. Find what you like. Play with taste. Have fun. Thank you for this wise post.

  19. My wife and I have been trying to lose weight and eat better, and while I want to do it, she definitely views it as a punishment. You can really see how that affects her attitude towards it as she often relapses to her old eating habits and tries to get me to do the same, lol. I’ll have to try to make it more fun!
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  20. Jon says:

    I think the tip about cooking at home is a good one. It makes people appreciate what they are eating and you can take more care in creating a healthy meal.
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  21. I agree, dieting doesn’t necessarily have to mean eating boring foods. Just eating healthier. And it’s still OK to eat snacks every once in a while. My fave snacks being almonds and dark chocolate.

  22. Very useful guest post! Dieting is not really that easy. Everyone into it must have a guide like this and a lot more of motivation. I am glad to see posts like this.
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  23. Home cooked meals is the best food ever because you can watch what you eat and chose an healthy ingredients to put in your foods. It is also a way to save money than eating on a fine restaurant.

  24. shop online says:

    Great trips here on loosing weight. Can’t imagine dieting could be such a fun.

  25. Cooking at home is a great way to lose weight and save money. In these uncertain economic times saving money while achieving your goal is certainly a plus!

  26. Desmond Hume says:

    Love the tips, especially #1. Looking forward to more quality advice!
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  27. Hi Petra,

    This article is really fascinating and I can really relate on it. I was a fast food junkie ever since I moved into the city. My life has been so busy that I can’t cook my own food or visit the wet market to buy fresh vegies. After two years, my waistline was a catastrophe! Now I’m slowly getting back to living a healthy lifestyle and cooking my own meals 🙂

  28. I really liked your point regarding social occasions as that is the only time we get to spend with our loved ones and enjoy to the fullest. If you bring up the topic of dieting, I don’t think anyone is going to like it. They will just start assuming that you are trying to show off rather than being conscious about your your health. In case you still don’t want to waste all the hard work you have put in since so long, you can just eat less that search for low calorie food.

  29. I love home cooked meals! Keeping up the momentum you get when you first start a new diet is the hardest part.

  30. Gregg Evans says:

    Hi to Petra and Hello to Sara.

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I was also a sort of dieter and really tried hard just to lose weight. Honestly, I took it seriously, I mean, it’s always in my mind like being conscious to the foods I’m going to eat. But I forgot one thing, it’s really by having fun, more discipline and confidence. Thank you Sara. You inspired me.

  31. patricia says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ll definitely share this to a friend who’s in a diet for months now but can’t really take herself away from every food she’s craving! You’re right, dieting should be fun for you to be more inspired to do it on your own and not because you are forced to do it. It’s more harder to go on a diet with an unconditioned mind. More power to your site!

  32. Sara says:

    No matter what situation or position you are in or that other persons are in, treat them as you would want yourself to be treated and remember that everyone is imperfect and struggling to be better just as you are and that I am you and you are me so let’s love one another!
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  33. Dieting is not just about food and eating. Actually it is a change in whole life style. Most diet conscious people think that dieting have to mean “all-or-nothing”. But it is not true. I am also diet conscious but I never skip even one time meal. I am a huge fan of home cooked food. I use protein and fats in my food. It seems to make me feel great all the time.
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  34. Silvan says:

    In my opinion, alot of fruits and vegetables are VERY useful in terms of losing weight!
    I like your website, keep up the good work!

  35. Nik says:

    Nice tips, I agree with having fun with your diet. It’s a sure way of staying dedicated to it.
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  36. I like home cooked meals too! And of course, there is no good ol’ home cooked meal without my favorite orange tiramisu! Weehhheew! Yum yum that one is my favorite!

  37. pat says:

    Great post.keep on writing

  38. You seem to encourage people by asking them to have a little fun while dieting but trust me there is no fun in eating less. I have been trying to reduce my weight since last 4 months but only managed to reduce five pounds. For days I control myself from eating all the good stuff, but one day comes when I lose my control and eat a lot. At that point of time, I enjoy myself overlooking my weight problems but I regret the next day when I see my weight has increased again. Its a painful step to adopt and I have no idea how will I be able to follow dieting any longer.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      It’s not necessary about eating less, but also about eating the right foods at the right time. But I know first hand how hard it is. 🙁 No matter how much you know about healthy eating, sometimes your emotions get the better of you and you just crash.

  39. The best part or the best news about this article is that I feel encouraged to socialize. It is true to a lot of people that they avoid social gatherings to avoid eating a lot. But I think nowadays, when moderation has been practiced, people can motivate themselves more to go out to avoid the feeling of being deprived.

  40. Dan says:

    Good point in bringing the social aspect of diets: dieting and cooking at home. Great family reunion chances indeed.

  41. David Yee says:

    Good insight. I never thought about the “all or nothing” mentality before but I noticed I do that a lot. I am really only eating healthy when I’m working out and I care about giving my body the nutrients it needs, but when I am lazy and not working out I don’t really care.

    Do you have any tips to helping keep this healthy mindset? I know I won’t always have time to work out and I’d like to stop regressing every few months.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Has anybody got good tips to keeping the healthy mindset? I would like to hear them, too! 🙂 I guess first and foremost you should always think about what you are doing to your body if you eat the wrong foods, or how good it is for you if you eat the right foods.

  42. I personally love cooking. On weekends i help my mother in her cooking. It’s really fun to have home made food…….feeling hungry!! 🙂

  43. I just love cooking at home which gives me a chance to regulate my calorie intake and control my weight. I use olive oil to cook most of my food which is very healthy for everyone. Eating out may disturb my routine but I do cover it up by eating less or exercising a bit but I never stop myself when I am out. There is no fun in controlling yourself when you are out with anyone. I just enjoy eating to the core but at the same time, I do manage to stay fit.

  44. I have found the biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight is going on a “Diet”. What they do is starve their body till they drop some weight then they think its ok to pig out again and surprised when in a few weeks or months they have gained everything they lost back and a few extra lbs for good luck.

    Diet does not mean a reduction in your caloric intake it means the way you eat and going on a diet should mean changing the way you eat. These changes are not short term changes. Do not get the attitude that in a few weeks or even months you will be able to go back to the way you used to eat. This is the attitude that causes people to constantly regain what they lose.
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  45. It is all out there to be had. 5 portions of fruit and veg, 2l of water, keep refined sugars and salts to minimum and basically a little of what you fancy does you good. All things in moderation and nothing to excess is a good way to have healthy diet.

  46. Alvin says:

    Awesome tip. I never believe in fixing a very specific plan during weight loss or dieting. That will not allow the individual to sustain for a long time. What matters is that he or she is able to follow the plan for a period of time, not pick the most efficient plan and not able to stick to it for more than 1 week.

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  47. I eat a lot of fruits everyday and i can’t get tired of it! It’s so good for you and so tasty!

  48. You’re absolutely right – home cooked meals are the keys to the good health and when they’re being cooked in the right way (e.g. using steam) that leads to keeping good weight!

  49. Tisha says:

    For me eating green vegetables and fish its good for a healthy diet..Thanks for sharing some tips in here..
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  50. you know what , i am 26 and its time for me to get married so my family is after me to loose some weight , i think i need to lose at least 15 to 20kg according to my height , i have started to eat only one time in a day in the morning and light food or fruits in the evening , lets see how much i lose.

  51. Grassfedpork says:

    WOW!This is an amazing blog!Actually When I read this, it gives me courage to continue my diet plan.I’m a fat women and VERY DESPERATE to become thin even in a little inch. I’ve became an obese because of several reasons first I like sweets and with those carbo’s food not only that I ‘m also fond to eat a meat.That is my problem I can’t control myself for craving those delicious foods.Now I’m trying to keeping up for having my goal weight recently I go to gym and my friend offer me an organic foods instead of eating sweets that reach in calories.One of the example is fruits, vegetable and meat made by natural.In additional for this blog.Thanks I’ll follow it!more power for this website!

  52. Aimee says:

    I agree to this article! Dieting should be enjoy and not forced. It is hard to maintain a habit when you are not happy about it. Being positive on dieting helps a lot because you are enjoying it.

  53. Michael says:

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  54. Michael says:

    A little bit of exercise also goes a long way
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  56. “Ultimately, turn your focus from the food to the great company around you. ”

    This is so true. When yuo eat slow and interact you won’t need to eat as much as you used to, even while dining out, surrounded with all the delicious meals.
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  57. Jen James says:

    i can’t agree with this post more. i always say never diet but stick to an eating plan. never make dieting a chore.
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  58. Lately I have been cooking at home more. I prepare several healthy meals at once and freeze. Only takes a few minutes extra and this makes eating healthy simple.
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  59. Good points. Trying to lose weight does not mean that you need to reject your friends for dinner. You can always order fresh vegetables or fruits salad instead of steak. Or you could order the grilled chicken salad (less calories compared to your regular cheese burger) It’s always the temptation that you need to control.

    Cooking at home is not only fun but you can effectively keep track of your calories consumed and this should be one of your to-do-list to lose weight.

  60. Bill says:

    Here’s one of the great things about eating out with friend. Everyone seems to always want someone else to order first. I take the initiative and order my healthy selection and it’s awesome how many times the others (at least some of them) will follow suit. So don’t be bashful. Order by your health standards and order first.
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  61. Successful long-term weightloss requires not only a healthy eating plan but also some good psychological tools. A few “mind tricks” practiced over & over can make the differenct between a short-lived diet and long-lasting change.

  62. Nikki says:

    “Do not avoid social occasions. Ever.”

    This is a great tip. If I’m going out to a restaurant, I usually look up the nutritional values of the menu items beforehand. It really helps!
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  63. Hi Petra,

    I believe that most dieters got the wrong idea of being on a diet. They treat dieting as if they are sacrificing their freedom. They don’t understand that eating healthy foods can be as delicious if not more delicious than the unhealthy foods.

    Healthy foods DO NOT consist only vegetables and fruits. It is about how you prepare the food to make them healthy.

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  64. I always try to incorporate funny colors into my diet, it makes thing so much easier
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  65. I absolutely agree with the golden rule of dieting. Having Fun. 😀 I think when you are not having fun with your dieting and going healthy ways, you will end up hating yourself. 🙂

  66. Tom says:

    I couldn’t agree more. We have developed a custom health and wellness program and home cooked meals is a must. That said, our program is developed around your lifestyle and that includes enjoying yourself and being happy while you are on your way to being healthy. When you are happy and eating right, you have the energy to EXERCISE which is essential….and that should be fun too! That all leads to success and LONG TERM health and happiness!

  67. jency says:


    thanks for your dieting tips. i agree your ideas. Drinking More water is one of the simple diet idea right?

  68. Who doesn’t love to eat? Although my present habits dictate that I eat something every time I pass through the kitchen, I have learned that there are “recipes for life”, as you say. It’s always on my mind now and I always consider the consequences of each food intake. It gets to be a way of life…….a healthy way.

  69. I have also discovered the joy in experimenting in the kitchen with new (healthy) recipes. It’s more fun and fulfilling to focus on learning how to make a tasty new dish rather than focusing on LOOSING weight. Thanks for the encouragement – we can all use it!

  70. “Dieting does not have to mean “all-or-nothing” – it’s a recipe for life.”
    By calling it “dieting,” people have an automatic association that it is temporary, restrictive, and painful. To truly be a ‘recipe for life’ a specific eating plan should be called a nutritional approach or nutrient-focused choices or a nutritional plan for life. We need something to convey the idea this isn’t another fad, but rather what is best suited to our personal life-long health and weight goals.
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  71. I tried the phen3750 diet and to be honest it didn’t work. I’ve found regular exercise and healthy eating to be the best diet of all. Simple but it works. The hard part is sticking with it.

  72. I have tried many diets in the past but one should always eat what you like but eat in moderation. and all will be well. No fast food or additives seems to be the way.
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  73. Mike Reeson says:

    Although cooking at home can save money, there are places out there where you can eat healthy and stay to your current diet. I like to eat out a lot as well as cook at home. So when going out to eat, know where you are going and what is on the menu. Just do your research…

  74. stan says:

    I’ve always struggled with dieting and when I started when working out at my new gym they gave me advice that matches up with what your blog is about. by having fun it takes the pressure off. I’ve already lost 10 lbs since ascribing to this diet style. thanks must go to you and my personal trainers in Michigan

  75. Very nice site! You may read, or post your dieting articles, together with links on Nutrition Articles or choose another category – diets, fitness, etc.

  76. Bob says:

    A healthy diet combined with a good exercise program is always the safest way to lose weight. I personally found that if you don’t exercise when you are dieting it is a lot harder to lose weight and keep it off. Things like swimming or jogging can burn off a lot of calories and really make a difference.

  77. there are so many plans that work for weight loss, but a diet that works for someone might not necessarily work for another
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  78. Nice post !!! Yes, I agree with you that “Take a little time to cook your meals…”. I have tried lots of ways for weight loss. I never tried to cook meals, so I have to depend on others for food… After some days, I got married…. wife helped me to cook food and within 3 months I am able to lost 12 Kg. I can confidently say that cooking works for weight loss if you are aware of what to cook? and how to cook?
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  79. Zach says:

    Yes I agree that it is definitely important to have fun while trying to lose weight. If you’re enjoying what you do, you will do it consistently and excellently. You won’t be sloppy. This applies even to weight loss. Great article! Thanks!

  80. I love this post, You are very resourceful.
    Thank you for telling about diet tips.
    Yes, its not supposed to be starving yourself to death.

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  81. One of the main causes of weight gain is dieting. Dieting makes you fat. As you reduce your food intake to lose weight, your body put itself on ‘famine alert’. It gets the impression that food is scarce and therefore it slows down your metabolism to get the best use of the small amount of food it is receiving. Therefore one should eat something at regular intervals instead of dieting.

  82. Home cooked food is definitely the way to go if one wants to eat healthy and lose weight. Too much junk food around. Certainly valuable tips for all of us who suffer from yo-yo dieting. Thanx a lot for the share!

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  84. Melissa says:

    Cooking at home is one of the best ways to maintain and lose weight. Eating out is making American’s fat. Also keeping track of calories is a very effective and safe way to lose weight. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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