Why does dieting have to be so depressing?

Why does dieting have to be so depressing?

So I ‘m on another diet.

The emphasis is on another as there have been a few over the years.

I know it isn’t meant to be fun but why does dieting have to be so depressing.

Over the last few months, there has been a gentle incline every time I set foot on the scales.  I do the same thing each time. I move scales to several locations around the kitchen to check for accuracy.  Then on the last attempt, I lean from side to side in some desperate attempt to make the number slightly smaller.  It never works.

Christmas is always a tricky time for me and my weight, I spend two weeks with a kind of gung-ho approach to eating.  “It’s Christmas, I can eat what I want.” But the sad reality in January is a rather sharp intake of breath when I am finally reunited with the scales after the festivities have finished.

I am also a comfort eater.  There will be a few good days when I cut back and do some exercise, then something goes wrong and I immediately go into comfort-eating hibernation mode and don’t get me started on the couple of days leading up to my period.

So the cycle continues.  I have a few good days, maybe lose a pound or two, have a few bad days and put back on a pound or three and before you know it, there is another half a stone staring at you.

To be honest, I have been in denial over the last few weeks.  I know I want to lose weight but there is something about the word diet that sends my brain and body into food-obsessed overload.  Food is all I can think about during every waking minute of every day.

But, it is my eldest son’s graduation in a months time and I would love to lose a few pounds before then and not be afraid to be in the photos for fear of what will stare back at me afterwards.

I had put it off long enough and this week I have been trying so hard to cut down on the calorie and intake and get moving a little more.

In the past, I have done Weight Watchers, The South Beach Diet, Slimming World and even had a brief dalliance with the Cambridge Diet all with different levels of success.  The Cambridge Diet was pretty grim and I actually managed to put weight on which was quite impressive. Slimming World just wasn’t for me but I did lose with the other two but sadly put it back on again a few months later.

A few years back, I gave SlimFast a try.  It was a diet I had often scoffed about but actually, it worked.  It set me off on a path of understanding how much I was overeating and how to control my calories every day. I lost over a stone and managed to keep it off for quite a long time. When the weight crept back on, I would do another few days with SlimFast and bring it back down.  I managed to keep the weight off for over a year and it was definitely my most successful attempt at dieting.

Then there were a few stressful months and everything started to go downhill.  I fell back into my comfort eating ways and to be honest, I haven’t really stopped since.  The stone went back on and a bit more.  My weekly meetings with the scales aren’t a pleasurable experience currently.

It is so hard though.  I have been snappy, bad-tempered and irritable.  I don’t actually like the feeling of being hungry, but when I think back, I never actually give myself the chance to feel real hunger as I am always picking or snacking. So hunger is probably a good thing.

I haven’t been on the scales yet as I know that a setback will undoubtedly see my running for the biscuit tin but I am not feeling particularly optimistic.  I am using SlimFast for lunches, I have a fruit smoothie every day for breakfast anyway and I am trying to cut out the constant grazing during the day.  Hopefully, when I finally dare to brave the scales, there will be some positive sign that will encourage me on my quest.

I just hope that next week will feel a little bit easier.

What are your top tips for helping dieting feel less depressing (apart from not going on one, I’ve tried that and it so doesn’t work)?

Why does dieting have to be so depressing


Why does dieting have to be so difficult?
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Why does dieting have to be so difficult?
I'm on a diet and I am finding it so hard to stick to it and not obsess over food.

1 Comment

  1. June 21, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Oh dear, it does sound miserable! You sound a lot like my husband – he diets, loses some weight and then gradually it goes back on again. He just literally cuts out all snacks and sweet stuff and it works. It’s not a lot of fun though and I don’t know how he copes with it!

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