“I’ve been on the diet roller coaster along with everyone else. It hasn’t been a fun ride quite frankly.” I saw this quote the other day and I would bet most dieters have felt this way. Some have called it yo-yo dieting, but a roller coaster ride seems like a good analogy. Some days you’re flying high and other days it’s no fun.
Dieters who track their food and journal spend a great deal of time working on their diet. It is at the forefront of their thinking all the time. They are looking for recipes, reading articles, keeping track of dieting friends on websites, following diet gurus on Twitter, and the list goes on. I know because I spend much of my time doing that as well.
I enjoy it, especially keeping in contact with friends I’ve met on a diet thread. It does take time and it does cause you to think about food and dieting a great deal of time. I also write a blog and keep up to date on other people’s blogs about food and dieting. It is a time user, but could be a time waster if we aren’t careful.
I heard someone say, I think it was Jennifer Hudson, if you don’t like doing something, then do something else. If you enjoy the time you spend working on your diet, then don’t change anything. If it seems you get nothing else done, then change what you are doing. If part of the roller coaster ride is all the things you think you have to do to keep your diet going and it is not fun, then don’t do it.
Some people keep track of their calories. If that’s too much, find a way to eat the right amount of calories without counting everyone. There are many ways to accomplish the diet journey. Finds the things you like to do and drop the rest. It’s your diet. Make it work for you.