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The most common reason that people cite for dieting today is weight loss. While most of us would love to claim the noble mantle of dieting for health the vast majority of us are doing so for vanity. This, however, is a perfectly acceptable and plausible reason for making the lifestyle changes that are necessary in order to diet. In fact, this reason might prove to be a far greater motivator than many of the other commonly stated reasons for dieting.

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walker
Re: Fatigue — It's been about three years of waking up fatigued,headaches,sore joints and muscles. Also having morning sickness,my joints will stick, like fingers. Somedays it's hard to walk and it's best to warm my self up for about thirty min before I try stairs or climbing. Have had several test sed rate shows inflammation. Also have had trouble with female organs since fourteen, Had them removed six mo. ago.

zallers
Re: Positive self-talk — Whenever I think I might be gaining a little extra I don't want, I try not to over-worry and just think "I could lose it if I really want to," when the time is right. And I know it's true now.

zallers
Re: Positive self-talk — Every time I look in the mirror I tell myself I'm beautiful or find a positive for every negative. I've coached my boyfriend into expressing this more too! Everytime I walk into an unknown area, I just pretend I'm the most beautiful person there (even if it's far from the truth), and it really gives me a boost. I also remind myself that I don't typically judge people for the way they look, so why should I think others do anything different.

zallers
Re: Massage — Surprisingly this really makes a big difference for me. It really helped me to exchange one kind of pleasure (overeating/bad foods) for a different kind of pleasure- massage.

zallers
Re: Keeping a food diary — I did feel a little OCD at times tracking every little calorie that went in my body for a month. Although it was very tedious, it really helped me manage my weight and stick to my goals.

zallers
Re: Headache — I get headaches regardless, but they are definitely worse when I'm not eating enough due to diets or inadvertently missing meals.

zallers
Re: Amenorrhea (no periods) — I don't know if my missed periods had anything to do with weight or eating. But I was definitely told that without enough body fat, women don't produce enough estrogen and can cause missed periods. I was a bit underweight, but nothing abnormal for myself at the time. Gaining weight along with other approaches, did eventually help me get my periods back. Extreme dieting can also stop your cycle because your body goes into a conservation and stress-mode which turns your pregnenolone (precurser to progesterone and estradiol) into cortisol instead (stress-management hormone).

zallers
Re: Low blood sugar — When I was dieting, I tried at first to stay under 1000 calories a day and no more than 25g fat. Although I lost a lot of weight, I can't say it was healthy because I was a bit faint from my blood sugar being too low. I eventually bumped it up to 1500 calories a day and did much better.

zallers
Re: Distorted view of body weight — I gained 10 lbs for the first time in my life and became overly paranoid that I was fat for months. In reality, I was still probably underweight... just that much more healthy. It's taken a long time to accept my new healthy curves.

zallers
Re: Binge eating — I read research that for some people eating refined carbohydrates/sugars can cause your appetite to go up. I've definitely experienced this and it causes me to binge eat at times. Unfortunately I'm also prone to it after strict dieting. Refined carbohydrates/sugars can also spike insulin in some people which lowers blood sugar too quickly continuing the feeling of hunger and cycle for quick-fix energy.

acc
Re: Talk therapy — Talking through feelings about food, examples I had growing up, obsessive thoughts, helps to make my mind a less scary place and make healthy attitudes toward eating possible.

acc
Re: Tai Chi — Tai chi just helps me feel so good about myself that I temporarily forget about eating - what a wonderful relief.

acc
Re: Distorted view of body weight — A few months ago, I estimated my weight at 140 pounds, then stepped on a scale to discover I weighted 118 pounds - a fairly large distortion. I guess I don't have a reference for what people actually weigh and would love to be able to compare myself more accurately with others.

acc
Re: Intense fear of weight gain — This is a big one. I sometimes have phases where I feel like if I eat anything I will become obese. In my family growing up, being fat = being criticized. I'm still working on loving myself no matter what my size and decreasing the fear of gaining.

acc
Re: Amenorrhea (no periods) — At my lowest weight, 110 pounds, I stopped cycling. My cycle came back when I gained back up to 125 pounds.

farenflora
Re: Sleep and food schedule — Getting exactly 8hrs of sleep almost every night, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, and trying to eat at the same time every day, helped me manage my nutrition and health better. I also tried to setup patterns with other family memeber so we wouldn't consistently end up eating too late at night.

farenflora
Re: Strict grocery list — Only allowing healthy foods into the house made a big difference in my diet, nutrition, and self-control. Make it easy to eat good things, and hard to eat the bad things.

farenflora
Re: Nutrient/food tracking — Ensuring that I get the right amount of protein and healthy fats every day through tracking made a big difference in my food choice and frequency of eating.