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Dieting & Losing Weight

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Welcome to my collection of quotations about reducing diets and losing weight. When I created this page in the '90s, it was popular. Over the years, the topic has become controversial. Hence, I need a disclaimer now: Please note that these quotes aren't meant to push anyone towards an obsession with being skinny — they're simply wittiness and inspiration for obtaining and maintaining a healthy body. The ideal is to practice moderation and to avoid extremes in eating and in life. Some say: be happy with your body however it is, and others: keep slender at all costs. But the best path is to make healthful lifestyle choices while not being too concerned with numbers and sizes; to keep an attitude of wellness by being lighthearted and not weighing ourselves down with worry. After all, laughing burns calories!  —ღ Terri

NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

...the most beautiful words in the English language are "You've lost weight"... ~Christopher Buckley, "House-Guest Hell," in The New Yorker, 1995

When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty. ~Woody Allen

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~English proverb

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. ~Author unknown

A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit. ~Author unknown

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little. ~John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out. ~Author unknown

Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat. ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. ~Author unknown

Diets are for those who are thick and tired of it. ~Mary Tyler Moore

I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles. ~Laurie Halse Anderson

In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. ~Stephen Phillips

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on. ~Jean Kerr, "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall," The Snake Has All the Lines, 1958

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author unknown

Food is fuel, not therapy. ~Author unknown

When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment! ~Jillian Michaels, @JillianMichaels, tweet, 2009

The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life. ~Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave

Falstaff. My honest lads, I will tell you what I am about.
Pistol. Two yards, and more.
Falstaff. No quips now, Pistol! Indeed, I am in the waist two yards about; but I am now about no waste; I am about thrift.
~William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, c.1600  [I, 3]

Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, "You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers." ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50

Reality check: you can never, ever, use weight loss to solve problems that are not related to your weight. At your goal weight or not, you still have to live with yourself and deal with your problems. You will still have the same husband, the same job, the same kids, and the same life. Losing weight is not a cure for life. ~Phillip C. McGraw, The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, 2003

The human body is composed
Of head and limbs and torso,
Kept slim by gents
At great expense,
By ladies, even more so...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Just a Piece of Lettuce and Some Lemon Juice, Thank You"

If nature had intended our skeletons to be visible it would have put them on the outside of our bodies. ~Elmer Rice

I keep trying to lose weight — but it keeps finding me! ~Author unknown

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond. ~Mae West

I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is fourteen days. ~Totie Fields

Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends. ~Author unknown

I'm on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it. ~Author unknown

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends. ~Author unknown

The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books — how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook. ~Andy Rooney, 1982

Every time
You take a beating,
You try to make it up
      By eating
~Lila Perl, Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?, 1981  [hashtag emotional eating —tg]

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution. ~Author unknown

Eating crappy food isn't a reward, it's a punishment. ~Drew Carey

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. ~Author unknown

Eat sensibly, and remember the saying, "A second on the lips is a lifetime on the hips." ~Saying, c. 1930s  [ Later: "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips." —tg]

Hang a bikini from a shelf in your refrigerator as a reminder of "a moment on the lips, forever on the hips" when you're tempted to snack. ~Glamour's How to Do Anything Better Book, Nancy Young, ed., 1977

If you hang your bikini
      On the refrigerator door,
The goodies inside
      Will be easier to ignore!
~Lila Perl, Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?, 1981

If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush. ~Dawn French

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office. ~George Bernard Shaw

The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~Author unknown

Food is like sex: when you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good. ~Beth McCollister

I go up and down the scale so often that if they ever perform an autopsy on me they'll find me like a strip of bacon — a streak of lean and a streak of fat. ~Texas Guinan

I have gained and lost the same ten pounds so many times over and over again my cellulite must have déjà vu. ~Jane Wagner

Remember, Glenda,
I have no doubt
There's a thin you inside
That will get out!
~Lila Perl, Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?, 1981

Do you think there's such a thing as airborne calories? Maybe they just jump directly onto your hips. ~Coupling, "Remember This," original airdate 14 October 2002, written by Steven Moffat, spoken by the character Sally

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets. ~Author unknown

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990. ~Dave Barry

Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks. ~Author unknown

After years of buying clothes I intend to diet into, I'll say this: the skeleton in my closet has some really nice outfits. ~Robert Brault,

Dieting is wishful shrinking. ~Author unknown

It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears. ~Plutarch

I'm allergic to food. Every time I eat it breaks out into fat. ~Jennifer Greene Duncan

Food has replaced sex in my life; now, I can't even get into my own pants. ~Author unknown

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. ~Author unknown

It's not women's fault that diets don't work. It's not perversity of lack of willpower. God did this — in Her great wisdom. ~Dr. Wayne Callaway

To lengthen your life, shorten your meals. ~Proverb

Some ladies smoke too much and some ladies drink too much and some ladies pray too much,
But all ladies think that they weigh too much.
They may be as slender as a sylph or a dryad,
But just let them get on the scales and they embark on a doleful jeremiad;
No matter how low the figure the needle happens to touch,
They always claim it is at least five pounds too much...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Curl Up and Diet"

You can't lose weight by talking about it. You have to keep your mouth shut. ~Author unknown

I think I just ate my willpower. ~Author unknown

If you really want to be depressed, weigh yourself in grams. ~Jason Love

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever. ~Author unknown

I am a nutritional overachiever. ~Author unknown

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day, you're off it. ~Jackie Gleason

Saying yes to the skinny jeans by saying no to the donuts. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, tweet, 2009,

Instead of focusing on which unhealthy foods to eat less of, concentrate on which healthy foods to eat more of. ~Author unknown

Dieting is not a piece of cake. ~Author unknown

Eat less sugar. You're sweet enough already. ~Author unknown

I don't want to live in a world where I have to eat sugar-free sugar cookies. ~Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game) written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back. ~Robert Quillen

You know it's time to diet when you push away from the table and the table moves. ~The Cockle Bur

Eating hot fudge sundaes
In your dreams
Means you won't have to let out
Any more seams!
~Lila Perl, Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?, 1981

Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge. ~Don Kardong

I have a great diet. You're allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people. ~Ed Bluestone

Calories, n, pl.  Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night. ~Author unknown

You don't cure emotional eating by removing all comfort foods. You do it by learning how to comfort yourself. ~Karen Salmansohn

A diet is a plan, generally hopeless, for reducing your weight, which tests your will power but does little for your waistline. ~Herbert B. Prochnow

I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short. ~Shelley Winters

I'm not overweight, I'm undertall. ~Author unknown

Life itself is the proper binge. ~Julia Child

Dieters live life in the fasting lane. ~Author unknown

Govern well thy appetite, lest Sin
Surprise thee, and her black attendant, Death.
~John Milton

People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that's the problem. ~Chris Adams

As for food, half of my friends have dug their graves with their teeth. ~Chauncey M. Depew

I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. ~Caroline Rhea

The toughest part of a diet isn't watching what you eat. It's watching what other people eat. ~Author unknown

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. ~Mark Twain

I'm on a 90-day wonder diet. Thus far, I've lost 45 days. ~Author unknown

The commonest form of malnutrition in the western world is obesity. ~Mervyn Deitel

Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled over how much weight you have gained. ~Author unknown

I'm in shape. Round is a shape — isn't it? ~Author unknown

I've been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I've lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. ~Erma Bombeck

My advice if you insist on slimming: Eat as much as you like — just don't swallow it. ~Harry Secombe

I thought "clean eating" was devouring cupcakes while mopping the floor. ~Internet meme

When you lose food as a friend, you may miss it at first but soon you will see all the things it was taking away from you. ~Laura Houssain

I am not a glutton — I am an explorer of food. ~Erma Bombeck

When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won't dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn't taste that bad. ~Janette Barber

We never repent of having eaten too little. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825

Obesity is a condition which proves that the Lord does not help those who help themselves and help themselves and help themselves. ~Author unknown

It would be far easier to lose weight permanently if replacement parts weren't so handy in the refrigerator. ~Hugh Allen

Thin is happy,
Fat is sappy.
~Lila Perl, Hey, Remember Fat Glenda?, 1981

A waist is a terrible thing to mind. ~Tom Wilson

The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates. ~Dave Barry

Gluttony is not a secret vice. ~Orson Welles

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~Jean Kerr

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~Orson Welles

We're the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world, and with more diets to keep us from eating it. ~Author unknown

If I can't have too many truffles I'll do without. ~Colette

The only way to lose weight is to check it as airline baggage. ~Peggy Ryan

Fat is not a moral problem. It's an oral problem. ~Jane Thomas Noland

Never eat more than you can lift. ~Miss Piggy

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner. ~H.S. Leigh

Obesity is a mental state, a disease brought on by boredom and disappointment. ~Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. ~Mark Twain

Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet. ~Dan Bennett

Obesity is really widespread. ~Joseph O. Kern II

She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes and had forgotten to say "when." ~P.G. Wodehouse

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow ye diet. ~Lewis C. Henry

My wife is a light eater. As soon as it's light, she starts to eat. ~Henny Youngman

Don't go out of your weigh to please anyone but yourself. ~Author unknown

My ideal weight is moobless. ~S.A. Sachs

It's not what you eat but who you are when you eat it. ~Author unknown

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