Dieting doesn't have to be painful

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When you think of dieting you think of starving yourself don't you? It's that sudden restriction of food you enjoy, the fact that you need to be hungry in order to lose weight, why on earth would anyone choose to do that to themselves right? But dieting doesn't have to be painful, nor do you have to starve yourself in order to lose weight. 
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I am an experienced dieter.


My weight over the past few (okay, many) years has gone up and down more times than a yo-yo in a teen's hands. I guess that's why that call it Yo-Yo Dieter. I've been 14st 8lbs and reduced it to 10st, and everywhere in between. 

Right now I weigh 14st 7lbs, this is almost the heaviest I've ever been. While I don't think my weight defines who I am I know I need to lose some weight. I'm tired all the time, I don't have the energy to do anything in the evenings and really my body has been sending me messages for a long time telling me to stop eating so much. 

But of course it's so easily done. That cheeky Chinese for dinner, the extra slice of bread with a meal, or even the portion sizes getting bigger because you don't want to waste such a nice meal. I've done it all. I eat the same as the Hubby even though I know I shouldn't. 

It is time.

Time to stop eating so much.
Time to stop drinking so much.
Time to listen to my body.


  • Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments. 


Bethenny Frankel


The quote says it all really doesn't it? If we make the right food choices we will be healthier and maybe lose a little weight. That doesn't mean I'm about to start eating avocado on toast for breakfast (*shudders*) but it does mean that changes are afoot. 

Like I said I am an experienced dieter and know what works for me without it being painful. I don't enjoy classic diet foods like salads on a daily basis or banning chocolate (OMG! I just couldn't cope!) and I have the answer, don't do that stuff!

There are meals you can eat that are tasty and healthy that will keep you full and help you lose weight. 


  • I get way too much happiness from good food.


Elizabeth Olsen



Eating healthier meals, including eating more fish (excellent for weight loss) and managing portion sizes is the best way to kick start weight loss. This is my plan. I'm going to be reducing my portion sizes and I'm going to be eating healthier foods. Fast food is out, no more sneaky KFC just because we fancy it. Alcohol is out, the over indulging is no longer allowed - you'd be surprised how many calories are in those drinks! Lots of fish, lots of veg, and lots and lots of cooking. 

None of the food I'll be eating while dieting is complicated to make and they're mostly easy meals that will keep the Hubby and I on track. I'll be sharing my recipes with you, there will be recipes to make that fish a little more interesting, putting cheese on potatoes (shock-horror!), and generally enjoying my food despite dieting. 

Because dieting doesn't have to be painful!

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What do you hate most about 'diet food'?

30 comments:

  1. I generally don't like diet food either, I'm not a fan of salads at all. For me, it's all about moderation, eating foods that you like in smaller portions, making healthier choices like switching to wholegrain brea and brown rice and things like that. I'm at my heaviest at the moment due to a new medication making me pile on the weight and I'm trying to do all of the above at the moment but it's hard when you are craving all of the sugar!

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    1. Oh yes that darned sugar! It's so difficult to give it up completely, that's why we just restrict what we have. Once the weight loss slows or becomes more difficult that'll be when we cut out the sugar completely.

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  2. This is just what I needed to read. I'm still stuck in the Christmas rut and I can't bear the idea of 'dieting'. Time for some healthier choices! #PoCoLo

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    1. Exactly. You don't have to make it so difficult that you hate it from the start. Make small changes to begin with until they don't make a difference to your weight anymore and then adjust again. That's how we're tackling it this time. xx

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  3. Diet food can be the worst. Especially at this time of year. Although, I have to say that once the seed is planted and accepted, I don't mind the feeling of cutting down. Beats being over full once we can come to terms with it #PoCoLo

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    1. The hardest thing is not having so much bread, especially when I do a casserole in the slow cooker. The Hubby and boys love their bread to dip in the gravy! ;)

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  4. I've never "dieted" but every so often I see that I've lapsed into eating more food than I should and so I have to reign it in. I think trying to eat healthy meals regularly is much better than restrictive diets. I wish you lots of luck with your new regime #PoCoLo

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    1. That's the key isn't it? Not over-eating. I've done far too much of that and that's why I'm having to restrict myself now. Less of a 'diet' and more getting back to what I should be eating. x

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  5. I don't diet, I have been actively trying to gain weight for the last few years, but I am just about to start a 9 day cleanse as part of a review! I'm really nervous about it as I LOVE junk food, I'm not sure I can survive a day without chocolate! #PoCoLO

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    1. Haha, me either Laura! Even when on a 'diet' I still have to have some sort of chocolate. You'll have to let me know how the cleanse goes. xx

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  6. I'm not into salads either. Losing weight is hard no matter how we do it because it requires a permanent lifestyle change. Otherwise the weight just creeps back on. It's hard to make those changes stick, but we have to keep trying. Best of luck. #PoCoLo

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    1. I don't mind salads in the summer but during the colder months I enjoy potatoes and casseroles. Making the change permanently is the difficult thing. I hope this time I stick to it.

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  7. You're so right. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring or painful. I'm not into dieting. I think low calorie and low fat food is worse than some "regular" food in a lot of cases because of all the chemicsld they need to add to make the taste decent. I just try to exercise moderation. Not eating when your bored or late is a biggie. Good luck on this endeavor. Cutting on fast food alone is a huge positive step! #pocolo

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    1. Oh I definitely agree there, I've bought some so-called "healthier" cereals only to find out that they have more sugar than regular cereal! I'm not a fan of exercise, I know I should be doing it but I just can't bring myself to do it. Once the weight loss has slowed I'll probably get on the exercise bike at least. ;)

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  8. The week between Christmas and new year I weighed myself and I was nearly at 15 stone which isn't good as I'm only 5ft6. I hate the thought of dieting but this year I have started using smaller dinner plates and I seem to be losing a little bit of weight here and there.

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    1. I'm 5ft 5inch and weigh 14st 4lbs (I've lost a little already!). Smaller dinner plates is a great idea, I may try that one! Thanks. xx

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  9. When I was pregnant with the girls I was advised to limit carbs. I now eat all the fruit/veg and leave the carbs till I'm nearly full. We still need a little of everything right? #PoCoLo

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    1. Absolutely Helena, a little of everything. I think that's the trouble with most "diets", you cut out food and that's all you crave so once you're off the diet the weight piles back on. x

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  10. Oh Morgan I read this and it could be me. I do not feel that my weight defines me but I must admit I can feel I have also put on weight after xmas (I don;t have scales) and I need to lose weight some as I do not feel healthy! Good luck hun. Thank you for hosting #POCOLO

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    1. Thanks Catie, I think it's just an inner feeling isn't it? It's knowing that you're not getting around quite as quickly as you used to. I'm not trying to lose weight for any other reason than I don't feel healthy, once I do I'll stop. :) xx

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  11. Oh I really do hate dieting but feel I may need to as my weight is creeping up :( Thanks for the positivity and hosting #PoCoLo

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    1. My advice would be to cut portion sizes, that usually helps quite a lot in the beginning. :) You're welcome, thanks for linking. xx

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  12. Portion size is definitely the key. Looking forward to seeing your recipes x
    #PoCoLo

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  13. I weigh around 11 stone and despite my weight going up and down during the onto, the fit of my clothing doesn't alter. I find the more I try to focus on healthy eating the more junk food i consume. I'm happy with my weight and size, i just need to cut out the sugary drinks

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    1. That is true Suzanne, the more you try to not eat the junk food the more you think about it! I'm glad you're happy though, that's the main thing after all. xx

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  14. It gets tougher as every year goes by doesn't it? Stop drinking is the obvious one and then don't over indulge on those sweet things. I hate it. I am trying really hard this year to not drink during the week and only indulge at the weekends on those sweet things I love and adore. Good luck with your plan. #PoCoLo

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    1. Oh boy does it! I hadn't noticed it before but the older I get the more difficult it is to lose! The not drinking has made a huge difference, since starting early last week I've lost a few pounds and I think it's completely down to not drinking. You're doing the same as us, we're not drinking during the week and only at weekends if we really feel like it (which we almost certainly do!). Thanks Jo xx

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  15. Good luck with your plan - I'm also hoping to lose weight this year but by making healthier choices with my diet and lifestyle rather than follow a specific diet. Sounds like you're taking a similar approach :-) #PoCoLo

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    1. Indeed I am Louise, hope it goes well for you too. xx

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