I've recently had success in getting more healthy and losing weight by not thinking about dieting at all. Working out and being more active cause me to crave healthier food, so it seems to work for me. However, since the holidays and a week-long vacation in Nicaragua, I have put on some pounds. I'm not too happy with that, so I've been trying to focus on eating more healthily. Bad idea. When I actually focus on it, I get weird and start craving all the foods I shouldn't be eating. It's weird. I love candy, but I rarely ever eat it. Dessert always sounds good, but I never have it unless I go out to eat (rarely, these days) or I'm on vacation. White bread is yummy, but seriously who buys white bread anymore? I hardly buy bread at all. But somehow, when I tell myself I'm on a diet, that's all I want. Desserts, candy, white bread, chocolate and toffee covered almonds. I am pulled to the fridge like a magnet. I'm not even hungry, but I start searching for food, like my body just knows that my diet is going to make me wither away and die or something. I found this cartoon on the internet today and it pretty much sums up how I feel about dieting. So my vote is don't ever go on a diet. Just seek to feel happy, healthy, and fit... it will lead to the end result you have in mind.