I lost just on 20kgs about five years ago through a very strict exercise and diet regime. It's slowly all come back on as the discipline slipped. It's very easy to give up and I'd got to the very sad point last week where instead of being able to do the 300 challenge without too much trouble I was barely capable of doing 5 minutes on a cross-trainer. This thread inspired me to get off my fat arse, embrace exercise again and, trust me - it's they key- watch what I eat. Thanks guys!
Your problem wasn't discipline. Your problem was the diet you were on sucked. If you can't do it forever it sucks. Fullstop. If your TV stops working you don't blame yourself, same with stupid diets.
Megz, you've said that sort of thing before, and I know you're a dietitian, but don't you think that for many people, keeping their weight under control really does require some discipline?
In the past many people didn't have enough to eat, food availability depended on the season, junk food didn't exist, advertising of food didn't exist, TV didn't exist to entertain us and keep us indoors, and the way you got to the shop to buy food was by walking there.
Life's different now. Food is everywhere, portion sizes are immense, we're bombarded with saturation advertising telling us to have a Mars bar or a sweet sport drink or a "snack" (the eqivalent of a small meal) mid-morning at Maccas. Malnutrition is (with a few exceptions) a thing of the past, obesity is an epidemic and getting worse, and the average Australian is significantly overweight.
In the face of all that temptation, don't you think that many people need to make a real effort in order to lose weight and get themselves in reasonable shape? And that part of that effort has to involve deciding on a sensible eating regime -- i.e., a diet -- and sticking to it -- i.e., discipline? And if the person, after doing this for a period of time, perhaps years, begins to succumb to the temptation to miss days of exercise, have that chocolate muffin or whatever, is that always the fault of the diet the person chose to follow? Or is it sometimes that the person gets a bit slack and stops following it -- i.e., lack of discipline?
I'm not saying that there are no bad weightloss diets. The protein only, no oil, paleo, Pritikin, no doubt many others, they're all essentially fad diets and hopeless for the long term. Two Dogs didn't say that he was on one of those, he said he was on a strict diet regime, and discipline slipped. My 1450 calories a day is a diet regime, and if I get slack over Christmas and bust the limit day after day and put on weight, I regard that as my fault, not the diet's.
In today's society keeping control of your weight really does require constant attention to what you eat and how much exercise you do. There's no effortless diet, and wherever effort is required, there's always the temptation to relax, just this once. And just this once more. And again.
Sure, so called discipline is important but what's MORE important is to figure out why your eating what you're eating. Boredom? Angry? Tired? Happy? Sad? Etc etc. If you can dig deeper and figure this out and work on it then discipline is unnecessary.