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Dieting Dilemmas

Jimmy Buffet | Mar 19, 2007 12:39 PM

I need to lose some weight. No crisis situation facing me but the buck has to stop somewhere and my doc recommends a 40 pound weight loss.

I am facing some challenges that I'm having a hard time getting answers for:

- I stay hungry all of the time. I was that way even as a skinny kid, when I could eat whatever I wanted and could literally vacuum a table clean. Now, I can get up from a Chinese buffet at noon and hit another buffet at dinnertime, and this is when I am NOT dieting. When I diet, the hunger gets worse, almost unbearable. A dietician at work (I work at Johns Hopkins Hospital) says I'm not getting enough fiber in my diet. Eating fruit and veggies - three apples a day at least - isn't helping. What can I do to put more fiber in my diet or increase the feeling of satiation?

- I do not eat sweets. Bread is what does me in so far as dieting is concerned. Even switching to all-grain bread with lots of fiber, I find bread almost impossible to stay away from. How can I satisfy my need to get high on bread?

- Many references and friends advise drinking lots of water. I am one of those people who detests the "taste" of water. For most of my life, I have gotten most of my liquid intake from diet decaffeinated sodas - at least one 2 liter bottle per day (unsweetened, decaf iced tea during the summer) but I worry about sodium intake and the ingestion of artifical sweeteners in diste soda. What are some things to add to water to make it more palatable?

- I have had the most success with the Eades "Protein Power" diet but it is hard for me to stick with suggested portion sizes. It was practically impossible for me to stay away from bread, potatoes, pasta, beans long term.

I am trying to work on exercising more - it has always been like hard labor. No "runners high" here. Also, I am getting a fitness consultation from a wellness program here at work, but I would appreciate any feedback you guys might have.

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