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Dieting is similar to Grieving

I read this is a magazine yesterday and the first sentence that compared Dieting to Facing a Severe loss really caught my eye. Basically the article stated that an effective diet is going to involve life changes and it will take at least a year to go through the full cycle with that diet. Just like when you lose a loved one you have that initial period of loss which is all most people think of with a diet, but then even after that period you then have to get through the next cycle of holiday, birthdays, etc and face that loss again each time. The author said that's is what it takes to really change old habits and be successful is to go through that full cycle recognizing old habits, and sticking to the new.

I had never thought of a diet that way but with my family's big season of birthdays and the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays coming up I realized this really is true.

Wed. Oct 11, 7:43am

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it sure makes sense to me. when you think about it, food is there when we are happy, sad, for celebrations, for fun, ect...... most of our lives revolve around food in one way or another. when we diet it does feel like you are losing a best buddy who has been through the thick and thin with you. even though we just need a small amount to sustain our bodies it can play a major mind game to think about all the goodies that you may just now get the smallest nibble when before you could have your fill.
i might just try to have a funeral for my loss just to see if it makes me feel better.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 9:45 AM

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your comments really tie into the theme of the thread in the link below. i'm sure you've read it already, but it is dead-on with this topic...


Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:00 AM

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This is the BIGGEST BULLSHIT I've ever read. Stop complaining and get rid of your fat bum. The complaining is keeping you fat.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:02 AM

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I think it's more like a new relationship. You need to develop a new, healthy relationship with food and exercise. And I am certainly NOT grieving the loss of 35 pounds!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:20 AM

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gee, that's almost too supportive. and so insightful. and let's not leave out the tone of respect for others that comes screaming through your message. thanks for sharing. and good luck to you on your weight loss journey, too. or with finding the support you came to this site for. hopefully, you will encounter the same type of comments and courtesy in your journey as you've shown here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:21 AM

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Losing weight and dieting is like grieving. I've been working at this since January and lost 42 pounds. This time, I'm giving away my clothes as they become too big. It's been really hard for me to do. It's hard to move on from what I'm used a result, I've had periods where I stall and I think its directly related to moving into something new and moving away from the old fat me.........

This experience is different for each of us......and I think everyone's point of view deserves respect. Agree to disagree.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:56 AM

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I am the one who said it's BULLSHIT.

Yes, tough love isn't always supportive but sometimes it's exactly what you need. Support comes in all shapes and sizes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 11:10 AM

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yeah, i really feel the love with words like "...get rid of your fat bum" why not shut your big mouth?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 11:15 AM

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not all of us on here are fat, bullshit poster!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 11:15 AM

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but I would venture to guess that you are. Otherwise, you wouldn't be bothered by my post. My advice hits home.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 11:19 AM

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