'Escaping from jail is easy, the hardest part is staying free' said Liam Neeson in The Next Three Days movie, but the same rhetoric pretty much can be applied to dieting. Dieting is easy, hardest part is staying lean. In my lifetime I had 3 different weight loss diets. 2x Keto and once low calorie diet. The longest I went on low calorie diet about 4 months, lost about 40 lbs. Keto diets were short lived, under a month. My conclusion: No matter what diet you chose, your personal Iron Will is all that matters at the end of the day. But I have a lot of praise for low calorie diet. It does not restrict me what I want to eat but I need to meet my 1000-1200 kcal intake. So I could either have a 2 large pots of cabbage in a veggie broth or a slice of a cake. Cravings however were relentless, and I craved stuff I normally didn't eat like a...chocolate cake, yea I wouldn't normally have it. So anyway, why did I stopped it. Well the idea was to get some weight shredded to go for vacations abroad to have that 'acceptable' looking body. And till that day the diet and iron will were at their heights. Of course as you can imagine, being abroad you not going to diet, cmon. So beer, steaks, fried chicken, ice cream and all that were on daily basis. And when I came back it turns out I put on 12 lbs back on and of course all diet then went to hell and I restored the lost weight within another couple months. Why am I talking about it all? Because I just booked my vacations for July and I am in the same 'battle mood' I been before. My questions are: How you guys deal with diets? (well I know 99% of sherdoggers are alpha males with lean 6 packs and dont need dieting) What helps you to sort of carrying on and prevent putting back on. Is there a special mindset, target? Feel free to tell your history just like I did, I will definitely read.