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Mar 12, 2007 04:39 PM

A chowhound worst nightmare...I have to go on a diet!

We just got back from vacation and ugh, I knew it was coming...the dreaded need to knock off some pounds...what's a poor chowhound to do?

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  1. I've done Weight Watchers on and off over the years and it really is the best diet program out there. It's realistic and focuses on longterm changes versus quick fixes. You have flex points so you can eat a little something fun each day or save up for a big Saturday night out.

    1. Gotta exercise. Once you get into a regular routine and lose the current unwanted pounds, you can eat well and stay in shape.

      1. See the two principals of dieting, in the comments to this:

        Anything will work, if you commit yourself to it.

        1. I've read you get 80% of the pleasure of eating in the first 10% of a serving. Really relish that 10%, make it the best food you can, then eat a lot of healthful, low calories food (roasted vegetables, soups, salads, etc.--volumetrics). If you still want, have another 10% but you'll probably be too full for it. Make that 10% as chowhoundish as you can--you're having less so you can afford to buy better quality and splurge on all the ingredients. Oh, and learn what a serving it. A serving of steak is the palm of your hand, not a huge T bone that's served...

          1. Exercise, drink lots of water, eat more lean protein and fruits/vegetables (but limit potatoes and other starchy veggies), and cut down the processed and refined foods.

            Don't deny yourself anything (big proclamations about how you're never going to have chocolate/cake/etc. again), but make your big splurges a treat to be had for special occasions or in moderation (like a couple squares of dark chocolate).