It seems that there is a nutritionist who has a theory that an individual's body processes and digests foods differently, so for example even if you eat a so-called healthy food like broccoli (or insert other healthy food here), your body's chemical reaction to it may cause you to not only NOT LOSE weight, but you may actually GAIN.
I was half listening to the Dr. Oz show the other day (which I don't watch much, I just happened to have it on waiting for the news that was coming on next) when I overheard this nutritionist talking, but I was soon paying attention. I'm not sure if this lady knows what she is talking about, but I figure it's worth checking it out. I forget her name but she wrote a book called The Plan, which is all about the chemical reaction each individual's body has to foods. I think the trick is to find out which foods your body has a bad chemical reaction to, and it may even be a 'healthy food.' It may be other things it affects besides weight, such as hormone levels, insomnia, heart conditions, etc., or just how bad or good we feel each day.
Changing gears here, I just want to say that I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I usually just set myself up for failure when I do that, and it makes me feel terrible when I don't follow through. Still, someone snapped a pic of me and hubby the other day at a family get-together, and when I looked at it, I could not believe how big I am! Geez, what a reality check.
Since then I have not been on a strict diet, but I have cut down tremendously. Potato chips is a weakness and I haven't had any in three or four days! That isn't to say I won't -- I may eat a few here or there, but I think the mindless munching of junk is in the past! I could just sit and eat chips forever, without even really wanting them. I have to admit, they don't even taste that good and the salt is just way over the top. I really haven't missed them much! When I feel the urge for chips, I usually go peel an apple and have a few slices. The crunch factor is there, and I believe that is one reason I'm so chip-addicted anyway.
Another thing I've been doing is eating a sandwich with only one slice of bread. It's harder to do it that way, but a good way to taste more of the actual sandwich than just all bread. Also, when I feel that ol' sweet tooth coming on, I pop in a (leftover from Christmas) hard candy and suck on it. It lasts a few minutes and by then my chocolate craving is over! If that doesn't work, then 2 or 3 M&M's does the trick without going overboard.
I guess my point is that I'm not going to be successful if I starve myself and don't have any treats at all, so I'm trying to just cut corners. Hoping small changes will equal big results!