Back in autumn I started dieting, because I needed to lose a bit of weight to get back to a shape that I felt comfortable in. I only needed to get from 64 kg's to 57-8 so that was kind of "fast", although gradual.
If you are a new subscriber, then you probably don't know all about it, therefore I suggest you check this link, where I posted some weekly updates on diet menu and stuff.
Now, I know I promised I would post my diet journal weekly, but I've been overwhelmed with work and PhD stuff, and I was so behind with reviews that I didn't even have the time to write the journal for myself. But, I will try and start that again.
As of now, despite the festive season and occasional splashes into the Nutella world, I have managed to lose 6 kg's and maintain that. It is easier than you think, you just need to keep few things in mind.
1. Don't set unrealistic goals for yourself:
You know fully well how your body works, what kind of body type you have. If you are tall and "bootylicious", then don't fool yourself into thinking you can become the next Kate Moss. That is never going to happen. Embrace your natural beauty, because beauty is in variety too. Beyoncé, Dita Von Teese, Shakira...those are all women that do not look like praying mantes and we all perceive they are beautiful nevertheless (of course, that also has to do with some sociological phenomenon of dictatorship of taste, but I don't want to go into that, some of you may think it's pedant).
2. Do things gradually:
Don't get too excited too quickly, because you may end up having a side effect to also get depressed too quickly, unless you don't see results the next day you start the diet. Just know that it will take some time for your body to get used to the new habits, and for your mind to adjust to the new concepts of eating. Plus, that way you will take pleasure in eating healthy food, which is helpful as you will keep the diet going, instead of stopping it when you have reached your goal. And know, that once you do reach your goal, you will have to maintain that. Therefore, it is better for you if you do things little by little and...
3. Understand fully well what you are doing:
Understand the importance of every little gesture. Understand what every substance you eat is, and how it affect your body. Understand that (and why) you can't mix potatoes and bread, for instance, or why you should not be eating your cheese and your meat too. The key to a successful diet is never deprive you from anything, and understand exactly why you're doing certain things. That way you don't feel you're forced to do things. You just do them because you know it is good for you and how it is good for you.
And please, do not trust those magazines diets. They're just a bunch of crap, they're aimed to make you lose weight to fast, which will only result in you gaining that weight as fast afterwards. Plus, they're never well-balanced.
A healthy diet is the right equilibrium of carbs, fats, sugars, proteins, vitamins etc. A healthy diet allows you to have pleasures like a pizza and/or (depending on how much you have to lose) a sweet once a week.
In a healthy diet, you learn how to eat well and take pleasure from it. Do invest in a specialist consultation, you can do that just once and feel happy with the results. I haven't even gone to monthly weight-ins: I could see and feel that I was doing just fine. And I was...I lost my weight before Christmas and I'm still doing fine!
Any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below or via email. I'll be happy to reply.