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Tired of dieting? 3 Reasons You Need to Stop Dieting today

February 8, 2017
Reasons to stop dieting

Are you tired of constantly dieting and not getting any results?  I hope you are sitting down when you read this BUT You need to stop the diet today to be healthier and happier.

The word ‘diet’ has become synonymous with losing weight and we obsess about how much we weigh and what we can and can’t eat.  This can be so detrimental to our health and well-being because most of the fad diets out there are just that – FADS!  They aren’t realistic ways to be healthy. They are almost impossible to stick to because they are so restrictive that we end up existing on lettuce leaves for three days then breaking out and binging.

That is no way to live and no way to be healthy, fit and fabulous.

If you aren’t happy with your weight then you can do something about it and you should.  In fact if you read my post ‘Why You Need to Know what Your Healthy Weight Range is‘ you will know that it is important to keep our weight under control.  However, short term fixes aren’t the answer.  Sure it will take time and commitment but your overall health is important to living a happier life.

Taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing includes being healthy in body, mind and spirit.

3 reasons to stop dieting

Fad diets are bad for your health – most of the time these so called ‘Quick Loss’ Diets are not nutritionally sound and are definitely not healthy long term.

They are unrealistic , you only last a short time before falling off track and then beating yourself up about it.  You have heard the term ‘yo-yo dieting’?  On and off a diet constantly when if you make healthier food choices more often than not you will avoid the terrible mood swings, make progress and feel so much better.

Dieting can make you feel miserable – If you lapse and binge you feel as if you have failed.  Following a general healthier lifestyle and making it a lifestyle not a short term goal is much better for your mental well being.

The alternative?  Yes you can lose weight and maintain a healthy weight range AND BE HAPPY by:

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Eating a well balanced diet with a range of nutritious food FROM ALL FOOD GROUPS.  Here are some suggestions for making healthier choices. Healthy Recipe Substitutions

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Regular exercise – Just 30 minutes of exercise that you enjoy.  Brisk walking daily is a great way to start but there are so many ways to exercise and have fun.  Cycling, swimming, yoga, dancing.  What do you enjoy?

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Time for meditation and reflection – being mentally strong will keep you focused on your goal.  So taking time each day to be quiet, meditate, set your intention for the day will help.  Reflecting on your day each evening also helps you.  If you have had a bad day, accept it – tomorrow will be better.

So forget stressing about dieting but rather enjoy adopting a lifestyle that is fit, fabulous, healthier and happier

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

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  • Reply Bren Pace February 9, 2017 at 05:55

    Hey Sue,

    I love your tips. I’ve been on diets since my mid 30’s and can’t seem to keep a happy medium. I eat healthier and exercise to an extent but still. Some days I feel our weight has been predetermined in our genes. 🙂

    I’m glad that there are healthier methods to keeping us fit and fabulous. Thank you for sharing!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 06:18

      Hi Bren! I think we get so caught up in dieting that we forget to enjoy life which is also important for good health. I agree genes do play a part but I think once we take a sensible approach and stop worrying about losing weight it all seems to happen. Have a great day!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee February 9, 2017 at 06:33

    Good tips. My partner is on a diet (which means I’m sort of on a diet too at dinner time) – It’s so boring. So my lunches tend to make up for it. I figure it evens out….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:16

      It makes it hard when partners are on diets doesn’t it Lydia. You want to support them but you don’t want to starve yourself. Have a fabulous day!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl February 9, 2017 at 07:18

    Hi Sue
    Timely post for me. I’ve just started adding some relaxation / meditation time into my routine by way of yoga practice at home.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:17

      Good for you SSG! I’ve been doing yoga regularly this year and am feeling great! Have a fabulous week!

  • Reply Deborah February 9, 2017 at 07:20

    Ah yes, this is a biggie for me and I have a post about my efforts of late that I’ll share…. soon. (When I get it sorted out in my head!)

    As a lifetime dieter I just got heavier and heavier. In fact I never had a weight problem (though thought I did) until I started dieting stringently in my mid-late teens and became anorexic. It screwed up my metabolism and my mind forevermore!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:18

      My sister suffered with anorexia in the late 70s and was hospitalised for 6 months. It is so hard because our generation were force fed media reports of what we should look like and the body images were totally unrealistic. Combine that with self-consciousness and being self-critical and that is a recipe for disaster. I’ll be looking forward to reading your post. Have a beautiful day Deb x

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) February 9, 2017 at 07:23

    On my own I can’t stop dieting… I’d been on one kind or another since college. I joined Weight Watchers to learn how to eat without dieting. And yet since there are the point thing, I get my diet fix.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:15

      Yes the points system works for some and you just need to do what is right for you Beth. I think our generation were so indoctrinated with trying to have a perfect body that it is hard to change our way of thinking. have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Kathy Marris February 9, 2017 at 07:40

    Thanks for this Sue. I needed this today as I feel like a big fat frumpy 60 year old! I’ve tried every diet known to man and I’m still overweight. I’m trying to eat healthy and exercise every day but have hurt my back so I’m not able to do much at the moment. I’m also trying to eat healthily. Today I’m visiting 6 restaurants in Ipswich to do a food blog for Discover Ipswich so I can’t see today be a healthy eating day! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:13

      Oh Kathy don’t say that! You are looking gorgeous, happy and certainly Sizzling at 60! I know we are our harshest critics aren’t we? It is so difficult if you have a back injury – I know I have a back problem and some days are worse than others. It is all about doing what we can, when we can and just enjoying our life. Lucky you visiting 6 restaurants today – you will be like Pete & Manu!!! LOL:)

  • Reply Kat @anaussieinsf February 9, 2017 at 08:08

    Your number three is totally my number one. Dieting makes me a cranky person. That in itself was enough to make me shy away from a “diet” and towards healthy choices with awesome food I love every now and then. OK, so it’s more usual than that, but whatevs.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:12

      Exactly Kat! We need to just keep treats for the occasion and healthy eating most of the time. Dieting does make us cranky because half the time we are living on lettuce leaves and starving ourselves! have a great day!

  • Reply Jo February 9, 2017 at 10:09

    Totally agree: Diets are bad for you. As a yo yo dieter in my youth and always chasing unrealistic body shape dreams it wasn’t until after children that I finally realised that eating healthy food in moderation and exercising is the only way to go. I still screw up sometimes and head for wine, chocolate and cheesecake, but I understand the consequences and keep them as treat foods. Great post, and timely reminder 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 9, 2017 at 11:10

      Hi Jo! I was always yo-yo dieting in my teens and never happy with my body. I look back now and wonder why I was so self-conscious. I still have my treats but as you say keep them as treats. Life would be pretty dull without some treats in our lives as long as they aren’t every day. Have a fabulous day!

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill February 9, 2017 at 11:33

    Midlife seems to be the stage for a lot of us where those extra kilo slowly creep on. I know I have to be more careful about what I eat and try to move more (and still there’s a few kilos I’d love to get rid of!) We also need to accept ourselves and the ageing process – and that’s why your tips are more practical than dieting all the time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:09

      Yes Leanne if I didn’t exercise and watch what I eat I could tend to put on more weight than is healthy for me. My philosophy is everything in moderation and basically just to be healthy rather than trying to look like an unrealistic body shape. I’d rather be happy and healthy. Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey February 9, 2017 at 11:56

    It’s all a head game. I don’t believe in diets, yet have a goal to lose a lot of weight this year- mainly through incremental changes. My diet is mostly good, but my portion sizes are not – and, at the moment, I’m not moving nearly as much as I usually do. Good, sensible tips.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:10

      Incremental changes is the way to go Jo. Dieting is not a lifestyle. To lose weight I believe you just need to take a longer term view, exercise regularly and look at what changes you can make in the type of food you eat. Portion size is my downfall – I love food and after a big run or workout I’m always hungry!!! Good luck with your goal!

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project February 9, 2017 at 14:18

    You definitely have to have your head in the right place. Fad diets don’t work in the long run, but sometimes people are desperate to lose weight and will try anything. The secret is healthy eating and a balanced diet, treats only in moderation and plenty of fresh air and exercise. It really does help to have a good attitude too! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:12

      A good attitude is vital Lyndall and sometimes that is the main reason people ‘fail’ in their quest to lose weight. You and I share the same philosophy of healthy eating and exercise with treats in moderation. We all deserve treats just not every day. Have a beautiful week.

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle February 9, 2017 at 14:40

    Great tips Sue – I do my best to eat healthy but snacking can be my problem. I exercise regularly – but probably need to do more. Regardless, I still have issues with weight gain. It’s this age unfortunately – being in my 50’s and approaching menopause. It’s a challenge, that’s for sure! 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:13

      On I’m sure we can always do more Min but we need to balance life with being happy and healthy. I’m 60 this year and fortunately haven’t been too affected by menopause but it definitely comes into the mix. Have a great week!

  • Reply Fabiola Rodriguez February 10, 2017 at 14:35

    Unfortunately, many women have problems losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight after a certain age. I know it’s true in my case. When I was in my 20s, it wasn’t hard to lose weight or stay slim. Now that I’ve had 3 kids and I’m in my 40s, losing even a pound is a challenge, and I start gaining weight as soon as I fall a little bit off the bandwagon. However, I’ve learned to stop focusing so much on weight and start concentrating more on maintaining healthy habits. This is definitely the most sensible approach at my age!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:14

      That is it Fabiola! Concentrate on the lifestyle not the quick fix. We can still have our treats but living a holistic healthy lifestyle will reap benefits as we age. Have a great week!

  • Reply Julie Syl Pit stop Crew February 13, 2017 at 07:29

    I do not Diet and I do not do unplanned exercise. I live healthy and I have come to accept my body. Love handles , scars and all! That doesnt mean I dont look after Thanks for sharing at the Pit Stop!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 13, 2017 at 09:22

      Thanks Julie!

  • Reply Carol Cassara February 13, 2017 at 23:21

    All very good points. Really, it’s changing your relationship with food that works and of course, it’s harder than a short term diet. But it’s what works.

    • Reply Anna R Palmer February 14, 2017 at 02:51


    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2017 at 14:33

      Hi Carol. Anything worthwhile takes time doesn’t it but as you say we need to really understand why we overeat and try to change our habits.

  • Reply Molly Stevens February 14, 2017 at 07:29

    I don’t need 3 reasons to hate dieting, Sue, but I think you have come up with some good ones.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 16, 2017 at 06:31

      No one enjoys dieting do they Molly? That is why we shouldn’t because it plays with our minds too much. Healthy eating and exercise that is the key!

  • Reply Mandi February 14, 2017 at 10:29

    Yes! As a nurse I know how unhealthy(mentally and physically) dieting is, but I get caught in the cycle.

  • Reply Silly Mummy February 14, 2017 at 10:34

    Absolutely agree. I used to be anorexic, so I don’t do diets because I realise the risks for me. I don’t agree with fad diets because they are unhealthy and risk unhealthy attitudes to food. But also, having had years of enforced work with dietitians to recover, I also know that they don’t work in any case – it’s not sustainable and often crashes the metabolism. I’m not great these days because of the two young kids on my own and therefore not having opportunity, but I did before them keep up exercise. And that is my preferred method now – eat normally and exercise. Though I have to be careful with that too – I maintained exercise addiction far beyond recovery from the eating disorder. But life kind of resolved that – I don’t have the time for exercise so much and don’t focus my energies or my fears into controlling my appearance anymore now that I have kids.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt February 14, 2017 at 14:26

    if more people knew that “diet” is a four-letter word, they would be better off avoiding it! I was on the diet train for years, and I successfully lost weight. But i couldn’t sustain the weight loss. I sure get tired of seeing endless tv ads for diets and products. I know weight watchers works because you can actually learn useful things like portion sizes, the amount of food we should eat, etc. For me, finding low-cal alternatives to certain foods works best for me! Thanks for a great post, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 15, 2017 at 14:21

      Hi Terri you have really done well under the Weight Watchers program and you are looking great!

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak February 17, 2017 at 11:19

    Great article Sue! Thanks for sharing on #OverTheMoon. Have a great week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 19, 2017 at 11:59

      Thanks Marilyn!

  • Reply Tony March 15, 2017 at 04:06

    Straight to the point and the heart of the matter. I like your approach, hitting the main points with logical replacements. The psychology of weight loss is just as important (possibly more so, actually) as the physical aspects.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:42

      Oh yes Tony, your mindset really plays a vital role in losing weight.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 30, 2018 at 11:12

    Really great advice here Sue. In my younger years, I probably would have tried every diet going around. And still ended up at the same weight. My advice would be the same as yours – everything in moderation, eat from all food groups and exercise regularly. Will shae this Sue of

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 30, 2018 at 12:36

      I was like that Jennifer. I tried every diet going around. When I look back at my 18 year old self I wasn’t as ‘fat’ as I thought I was. Body image is such an issue isn’t it? Fortunately, I know now that eating well and exercising regularly is the way to go and definitely not starving yourself. Thanks so much for sharing. xx

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