Monday, 2 August 2010

Dieting...The Key to Happiness?

Hello my name is Lisa and I am a yoyo dieter

We are a nation obsessed by the ideal I think 90% of the people I know are on diets...The other 10% are men!!! The media imprint a image of perfection upon us from an early age, but does having the perfect body make you happy, is it worth it?

Since the age of 16 I have been on a fruitless search for the perfect body, I have done many diets that have culminated in failure and as I get older, at 26, I have become a better person, I am proud of my body and who I am yet I still feel the pressure to fit in to those Topshop jeans!!! 

I'm currently doing Weight Watchers and have lost 11.5lbs. Although there are certain freedoms with this diet I hate going out with my friends for dinner and having to calculate points in my head thinking "oh I don't have enough points for that carbonara so I'll have the boring tomato pasta...Yawn!".

I have become obsessed by points and I'm constantly badgering people "Oh do you know how many points are in that double decker?" 4.5 in case you are wondering...

I'm starting to wonder, does dieting and depriving yourself of certain pleasures, especially in social situations, make you happy? Will I end up a size 10, beautiful, svelte, sexy and miserable?

I am a happy size 14 at the moment, I have a beautiful hourglass figure and I know what suits me, I wasn't built for mini skirts (my large inherited thighs have seen to that), but my happiness dosen't revolve around a mini skirt! My happiness comes from being sociable with my friends, having that slice of cheese cake whilst catching up over a coffee or going out and having a few too many vodkas!!!

So my decision: Carry on with Weight Watchers but give myself the freedom to let loose if I see fit, If I don't loose for one week so what? Its not the end of the world...Perfection is over rated anyway!

What are your dieting experiences, Are you obsessed by calories, is obsession with points bordering on an eating disorder?

Now where are the biscuits (rich tea of course)!!!


  1. I'm right there with you, been dieting one way or another my whole life. I recently started trying to eat more healthy. I don't count calories but eat a lot of fiber rich foods (edamame, 1 apple everyday, etc.) - it's really helped! And I still have gotten to eat brownies and chocolate. I was on weight watchers for awhile and hated having to depend on figuring out points. It's not something I would be able to do long-term, as with most diets.

    Good luck and allow yourself to let go every once in awhile. If you stay so strict you'll feel constricted and want to "cheat" even more, at least that's how it was with me.

  2. I felt so under pressure at university to loose weight i dropped a stone.... i look incredible (if i do any so myself) everyone said so but to acheieve this I had literally gone to the gym for 45mins every single day and eaten hardly anything i enjoyed and I was soooooo miserable and moody! I hit my target weight of 9st and 7 lbs and guess what???? I put it ALL back on! every last pound. although I loved my 9st 7 figure I can't keep it up without serious dedication which makes me unhappy so I'm back in my size 12 jeans but I'm not crying over a bowl of weigth watchers soup anymore!!! :)