why i don ' t diet...and you shouldn ' t either

I posted before about my "non-diet" diet, but my friend Court posted about not dieting, so I thought it was worth mentioning again.After reading Court's post, I was surprised that probably 75% of the food that I eat came from the top two tiers of Michi's Ladder (those are the "good tiers").  As I've said before, there are a few things that I wil never give up no matter how dire the situation (like...coffee...and half-and-half), but I was pretty pleased to see that my food choices passed the test. Most diets are restrictive, so you probably aren't going to get all the nutrients your body needs to function.  Limiting your carbs (which I know actually works well for some people) is not a good idea if you need to use your brain a lot.  Carbs = power for your brain to work.  Ask Court about the time she tried the South Beach Diet...it wasn't so much fun. Also, can I just say (rant alert!) that any diet that tells you NOT to exercise or that your exercise should be limited, is probably not a good idea.  It probably means that you aren't going to be consuming enough calories on said diet to sustain any sort of physical activity. So, before you run out and try the latest diet craze, you should take a good hard look at your eating habits.  Try tweaking your food choices a little and see what happens.  Do you eat fast?  There's a "non-diet" out there (the name is escaping me at the moment) where you are taught to eat lots of small meals very very slowly.  You're allowed to eat whatever you want, just eat slow, and stop when you aren't hungry anymore. I don't diet because I'm lazy and I dislike tracking points or calories (although I did just track a weeks worth of calories to make sure I wasn't starving myself...I randomly gained 5 lbs two weeks in a row and I suspected it was because I wasn't eating enough).  I don't diet because I like food and if I want something I'm going to eat it.  I don't want something that tells me I can't eat ice cream...because then all I will think about is ice cream.  In those situations, I usually follow the three bite rule.  If I really want something (or I think I really want it) I take a bite.  First bite is usually pretty good.  Then if I still want it, I take a second bite.  Most of the time, by the third bite, I don't really want it anymore (this is how I battle the constant stream of donuts that show up at work).  If it's ice cream...I usually eat it all.