Practice makes perfect.
Having only dieted three times in my entire life, I am certainly no expert. But, what I’ve learned through my dieting experiences is this: Diets work, but they take practice.
Before my wedding, I tried to diet once. I put myfitnesspal on my phone, and tracked my calories. Within about an hour, I was freaking out. I ate a few granola bars, and then realized that there was no way that I would be able to make it through the day under my calorie goal. I gave up on dieting after just a few hours.
This year, having gained 14 pounds following my wedding, I wasn’t messing around anymore. My first day of dieting didn’t go so well. I ate a bunch of fruit, and then was hungry and at my calorie limit for the day. However, this time around, I didn’t give up. I looked over what I’d eaten, and realized that fruit was probably my downfall. The next day, I ate less fruit, and found that it was easier to stay under my calorie goal without being too hungry.
Since that time, I’ve continued to learn about what foods fill me, what foods leave me hungry, and what foods that I have always thought of as “healthy” are not so healthy. This is my third time dieting, and its the easiest that it’s ever been because I’ve practiced and learned what works best.
This past week, I lost 3 pounds by counting calories. Of course, the first week of dieting is always the easiest (I think because a lot of the weight lost is water weight), but I’m feeling hopeful. Four more pounds to go, and I’ll be back to my happy weight. I can do it! I just have to keep practicing.
If you’ve tried to lose weight, have you found that you get better at it with practice? What lessons have you learned from dieting?