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To Diet or not to Diet! Just remember to always watch what you eat.

Updated on December 8, 2009

Is it that time of the year already? Maybe it is the Christmas season, or time for your annual family gathering, or school reunion; whatever the event, there will always be some type of food on hand. And since many of us rationalize that we must eat to stay alive, we indulge in the available food.

When it comes to food, I will always say, “Go For It!” It's just that when you go for it, you do not have to go for it as if there will be no food tomorrow. Dieting is something that we all do, just to varying degrees. After all, the word diet means: verb – 1) to regulate the food of, especially in order to improve the physical condition; 2) to feed.

There are those that aspire to meaning number 1 for diet, while others seem to fall into meaning number 2. Whichever meaning applies to you, during these special times when food is served a plenty, you need to have a clear plan on how you will consume food.

I find it a good idea to define goals as to what I need to watch out for when I know I will be around a table (usually tables) of food with my extended family. The goals are simple:

  • Eat a very small slice of my Aunt Glo, cousin Sheila, and cousin Tina sweet potato pie. Wow! These pies are really good.

  • Stay away from all cakes. Cake puts pounds on me faster than the twenty pound weights we wear for the family three legged race with the elders. Psst ... the elders usually lose.

  • Eat only small portions of what I like. When I first feel full; STOP EATING! Pay no attention to what all the aunties say about me needing to put on more pounds.

Now, I am not an expert on dieting, but I have lost a few pounds and have been able to keep the pounds off by following a few simple rules.

#1 – Regardless of the amount of food; eat no more than two plates full (and DO NOT over load the plate with food). If after you finish putting food on your plate, the height of the food on your plate is more than 2 inches (around 5 centimeters) height, you have too much food on your plate; therefore your plate would count as two helpings.

#2 – If the food on your plate is higher than 3 inches (around 7.5 centimeters), you have too much food. Put some back.

#3 – Look for food that you like and want to eat. There is no need to sample the entire table(s) of food.

#4 – After you have finished eating, get involved with some type of activity. It does not have to be physical activity; but if you are still hungry after eating all of the above, you need to get away from the food table now. :)

#5 – Know what foods work well with your body, and what food do not. Only you can determine this. And chances are, you already know which foods to stay away from. Also identify those foods that add weight on you quickly, and eat less of that type of foods.

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If you are eating to control your weight, you need to add some type of fitness program with your diet weight control plan. Here is a little secret of mine. I play the the Wii game system. Specifically the bowling game. And when I play the bowling game, I go through the motions as if I am really bowling. It seems to sike out my body into believing that I was really bowling. It does not burn off fat, but it does help me burn off some of the food I just consumed.

As you can see, there is no specific plan to follow here. You have to decide what your goals are, then follow them. You should already have a clue as to what foods work well for you.

Eating healthy is a good thing to do. Knowing what foods work well for you, (and what foods do not), give you the power to control your diet, and plan well in advance for any occasion that may come along.

Now, everyone has a food that helps them keep their weight in control. What's yours? Share your information with others here as a way of helping each other to control their weight loss, or weight gain during these special times. And, please leave a comment about the foods that you know to avoid at all cost. Let's help each other have a great time during these special events.


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    • Tonipet profile image

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Great tips! Thank you for these floating mind. Your encouraging attitude to go for the food you like is really fun and everyone is sure to enjoy your surprises :-)

      You still give the best advice, watch the food you eat. Not bad! I'll always remember not to eat more than two plates full - but with chocolate cakes, could two saucers full be acceptable? I'm smiling! Thanks for this lovely hub. Voted up!

    • Lady_E profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Great tips - I can't live without cakes though... :)

    • TINA V profile image

      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      I agree with you that we have to eat small portions only when a person wants to have a healthy diet plan. We don't only have to watch what we eat, but we also have to do even 10 mins exercise daily. Great informative hub!

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      My greatest challenge in "dieting" is eating too much at night - and especially when I'm feeling frustrated. I don't know if a diet can prevent that . . . I think it's more habit control.

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      8 years ago

    • Moulik Mistry profile image

      Moulik Mistry 

      8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      I am a frugal eater and they say a man is what and how much he eats. I think eating habit has become a disease these days...

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      bonetta hartig 

      8 years ago from outback queensland

      I find if I start the day with protien and have it regularly duringthe day I do not get cravings for carbohydrates which tend to not only put the weight on me, but they enhance my cravings for more carbs -like your hub will be back for more cheers.

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      losing belly fat 

      8 years ago

      Some good info on your hub, I'm not a real fan of fad dieting where you go on a special diet for a week or two and then go back to eating as usual. I really don't think you have to become a food nazi just simply gradually learn to make better food choices and basically cut processed foods, sugar and saturated fats.

      Having a healthy consistent moderated diet is the best diet of all.

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      8 years ago

      Since I'm training for basic, I've got off a lot of the high fatty, high cal, and processed food. On top of that, my work consists of a lot of working, but in a week I lost 5lbs. Then two weeks another 5lbs but my body weight has stayed so tha means I need to do some interval workouts to lose those extra pounds. weight loss requires support for motivation and dedication.

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      8 years ago

      My vice is ice cream. Just one bowl of ice cream will put on a couple of pounds, so I try to stay away from it at all times. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eastern Rainbow 

      8 years ago

      Hello, i like your hubs,very interesting. I joined your fan's club, and want to invite to visit my hubs and join my fan's club. Thanks!

    • floating mind profile imageAUTHOR

      floating mind 

      8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      For me, fruits help me control my weight the best. The worst thing for me to eat is cake. It seems like for each slice of cake I eat, I pack on 2 to 3 pounds. Well, it feels like that. :)

      How about you?


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