Dieting is for Dummies

Listen. We have all done it. We have ALL fallen victim to the latest fad diet out there. You know the ones I am talking about. Those stupid ones that want you to count your shitty points. Sure, you can eat whatever you want but just stay within the points. Yeah that shit will work. In fact, it may work. For a bit. But you will fall back into your non-point counting ways really fucking fast.

Diets are for dummies. Say it with me. They are.

No matter how many claims are out there backing the diet programs, saying they work, you have to use your brain.

IF these “diets” work, it’s because YOU are working. It’s because YOU made it work. It wasn’t the diet. It was YOUR determination. It was YOUR hard work. It was YOUR fucking sweat. It was YOUR decision to make a …. LIFESTYLE CHANGE.

Getting healthy should be the goal, not just losing weight. Like totally changing your habits, or at least augmenting them a little. Portion control, opting for healthier meals, really loving yourself.

I have tried so many diets, my determination always fizzles somewhere between tracking points, or calories, or sugars, or binging on chicken wings. I don’t know which one gets me. I can’t decide which of those things ruins it for me.

The only thing that has worked for me? THE ONLY THING? Was the want, the desire, the motivation to be HEALTHY.

Diets seem to be all about deprivation of some sort, some make you count points and deprive you of time, leaving your only feeling obsessive and unhappy. Some deprive you of the right number of calories, leaving you feeling as though you are about to have a hangry breakdown. Some diets leave you hating everything about your life completely, causing you to binge on a large pizza.

My advice? Don’t be a diet dummy. Just make a decision to behave yourself. Make a choice to make better choices. Get off your ass and get some exercise. Eat some wings once in a while. Cuddle on the couch and drink your wine… Just get moving and make the choice to change.

You don’t need a diet to tell you to eat healthier. That is just fucking common sense.

The only thing you should be counting is how often you choose healthy. Not how many points eating a cheeseburger is.


Jen is a 32 year old work at home mother of two wonderful little cherubs age 7 and 10. She writes for with a 7 year old on her head, a dog barking at nothing and a 10 year old making weird noises in her ear. Send Wine.