I think it varies and depends on the individual. Some people are more 'animals of routine' than others and take more comfort in safe and familiar routines.
Also, the more you deviate the more you will struggle to make it an automated part of your life. If your deviations are planned (say a few special treats every Sunday) it should be OK.
I think with diligence and perseverance it will become the preferred and automatic way for you, and you may not even notice the change as it will be gradual.
The day may never come that you will be totally immune against temptations, but with constant practice the day should come when you can even yield to a temptation in a controlled way and afterwards go back to your "new" habits without giving into temptation all that soon again.View Thread
I can quote many health experts that say that lowering one's calories to 1200 is perfectly safe and acceptable as long as those calories come from nutritionally dense foods and are not empty calories as from sugar.
And it is also still in order to lower it to that level despite exercising, unless you exercise a lot, such as running 10 miles a day.
The only thing that will happen is that you will go into a calorie deficit and lose weight - you will not go into a nutrition deficit, as you will have covered your nutritional needs.
Until you overcome your fear of lowering your calories you will not lose weight and will continue to look for other reasons why you are not losing.
I can also refer you to to societies that eat a very low level of calories (such as certain Japanese communities) and have amongst the highest longevity level in the world.View Thread
You will have to lower your calories - the only reason if one is not losing weight, is because you are eating enough calories not to lose.
Maybe try again to lower your calories to 1300 or so, just make sure that the type of food that makes up those calories are filling and nutritious, e.g. vegetables and lean protein, with some healthy fat, and wholegrains, low-fat dairy, fruit and legumes in moderation.
If you eat refined carbohydrates (white rice, pasta, bread, sugar etc.) it may increase your hunger.
Also, space out your calories evenly throughout the day to combat hunger.
Finally, your body will eventually adjust to the lower calories - it is normal to feel starving initially for the first week or so. After that the hunger won't seem so overwhelming any more.View Thread
I think time will tell - you will have to see what happens in the day or so after the BBQ. Any changes will probably be temporary only, and if you go back to your routine your body should adjust again.
Anyway, it is almost inevitable that there will be occasions when you have to eat differently to your usual pattern, so you have to learn to accommodate them.
It sounds as if you are doing really well on your diet - congratulations.
You could maybe skip the garlic bread at the BBQ - it is not something really nutritious and will just add empty calories. The garlic butter will likely be fat of the less healthy type,and besides, the caesar salad and meat will add enough fat already.View Thread
Your exercise sounds good, now you just need to work on the eating pattern and then the weight should come off.
You need to reduce your calories, and since you are pre-diabetic, try to limit refined carbohydrates (such as white bread, white rice, pasta, flour, sugar etc.).
It is good that you are eating better. Keep working on improving your eating. For example instead of a Subway sandwich at lunch, maybe eat a mixed salad (various salad ingredients, raw veg) and a source of lean protein such as tinned fish or grilled chicken breast/shrimps, or a boiled egg.View Thread
It will probably take about 6 weeks for the fracture to heal. You will have to focus on your calorie intake during this period, forgetting about burning calories through exercise. So, you will have to eat quite a few calories less than when you are uninjured/more active, to compensate.
The only cardio you could maybe do (but you will have to check) is swimming (maybe stationary bike later on). You can do upper body strength training while seated, just to maintain some muscle.View Thread
I don't think you need a specific plan or diet. As long as you eat three moderate meals which include a good amount of vegetables and lean protein, and some healthy fat, with a little low-fat dairy and grains you should be OK. You can allow one or two small snacks (like fruit and/or nuts) a day too, as long as the overall calorie intake is within what you have in mind.View Thread