Another thread in the food section of the forum is starting to touch on this, so I thought I'd start this thread as a way of maybe possibly avoiding the derailing of a perfectly good Margarine thread. Rather than wasting my time and efforts on yet another diet, I think I'll stick with where I am now. My weight is higher than I'd like it to be but not as high as it has been at other points in my life, and it seems to be stabilized here. However, a part of keeping it from moving upwards is, I suppose, a diet of sorts. I don't weigh myself often because obsessing over the numbers seems to be counterproductive sometimes, and because I am basically lazy when it comes to things like counting calories or pounds. What I do is when I feel as if I am gaining weight, I'll fast for a day or two, and then restrict my food to soups and broths for a week before returning to normal. In the past, I have tried several diets, most of which have worked very well for a couple or a few months, before they quit working anymore, but the best way for me to begin a diet is by fasting for at least a couple of days. As I have said, I like to follow fasting up with a week of soups. Not only does this seem to help me lose a noticeable amount of weight in a hurry but, after fasting, my body recognizes the nutritive value, and my mind appreciates the pleasure of even drinking a cup of broth or a watery bowl of soup. For me, at least, fasting for a day or two is no trouble at all. In fact, it's sometimes fun. I don't know the biological facts behind it but fasting seems to reset things, making it easier for me to make a change in the way I eat. The fact that I don't maintain any particular diet is another problem, but it doesn't negate the value or role that fasting plays. Fasting can play a part in other aspects of our lives as well. Christianity and, I think, several other religions include fasting as a valuable spiritual exercise. While I can't say that I have ever learned to fully appreciate the spiritual aspect of fasting, in that it's not like I see visions or anything while I am fasting, I suppose there is something to be said for removing one aspect of focus and control in our lives, if only for a day or two. Perhaps my problem is that I don't replace that with anything in particular.