Overcoming Failed Attempts To Lose Weight

Overcoming Failed Attempts To Lose Weight

I’ve been overweight most of my life. I started gaining weight at around 13, and by high school, I was almost 200 pounds. The weight kept piling on, and I found myself at 406 and having trouble getting out of bed each day. The health struggles became inevitable at that weight. I was told I had fatty liver, diabetes, high blood pressure, and doing mundane tasks became impossible. I tried every fad diet on the market. I would lose 50 pounds and gain back 70. It was a vicious yo-yo dieting cycle that did nothing but make things worse. By now, I should be an expert in the dieting field as I was finally able to shed the extra 250 pounds I carried, and I am living life again. No longer am I sitting on the sidelines watching my family and friends have fun while I am parked on a bench. It wasn’t an overnight journey, as it took me 20 years to conquer the battle of the bulge. You’re probably wondering how I did it, and what is the best diet advice I can give you for your journey?
Fall 10 Times Get up 11

If you’re like me, you started on the weight loss journey and have the best of intentions. You throw out all the junk food, and you buy stuff from the healthy section of your grocery store. You’re full of enthusiasm and want this weight to come off, but you soon realize that it’s hard work to lose weight. Did you know that most people cannot make it two weeks on a diet, so if you’ve made it that far, then you are doing good! Congratulations! My problem was always crashing and binges. I tried to stick to 1,200 calories, and it’s not a lot of food. My mindset was that if I didn’t reach that number, I failed. I would be starving, and the evenings were the worst. After doing so good, I would fall off the wagon. I would eat a massive bowl of cereal, donuts, and whatever I can get my mouth on. I would write myself up as a failure. I would think that because I messed up, it wasn’t worth beginning again. One small setback and I would change my whole attitude toward the process.

What was different in my last attempt was that I learned I am going to fall and make mistakes. I am not going to erase 20 years of horrible eating habits in a matter of days. The best diet advice I can give you is don’t give up. If you fall ten times on the journey, it doesn’t matter as long as you pick yourself up 11 times. Just keep going! Don’t let a birthday cake or a pepperoni pizza ruin your good progress. You have to forgive yourself. Be firm with yourself, not hard on yourself. Your human and you won’t be perfect, so stop beating yourself up! I changed my mindset to lose the weight I needed finally, and you can change yours. Think about eating healthy and not about Dieting. The diet mentality causes a lot of people to quit, to give up on the good progress they are making. However, if you are changing your eating lifestyle to a more healthy eating lifestyle, then your food choices won’t be sabotaged by a slice of pizza or a piece of cake, because your other food choices, the good ones will still be a part of your lifestyle and not a fad or short-term process.

Don’t Eat What You Don’t Like

Most people think that the best healthy eating advice to someone dieting is that you should eat tons of salads. I hate salads, but I do like baby spinach. So I would add it to my sandwiches and try to incorporate it into meals throughout my day. Going on a diet was not going to make me magically like salad, and it may not for you. The thing is that you can customize an eating plan around foods you love. Going on a diet doesn’t mean that you must eat foods that are not palatable to you. If you started eating foods that are not palatable to you, you would stop. Not only would you stop, you would be tempted to binge eat on things you do like. (That doesn’t mean for you to go to McDonalds, have a triple Big Mac, Jurassic Park Fries, and a small diet coke to wash it down.) Hummus is good for you, but I can’t tolerate it either. Dieting doesn’t have to be tofu and cauliflower mashed potatoes. It should be healthy as your body needs certain nutrients to function properly and can do without others. The weight you are trying to lose should be done in a healthy, safe manner. In addition to the weight-loss, there are other considerations that will affect your body as you get older, like inflammation of the joints, your blood pressure, blood sugars, heart conditions that could be adversely affected. What is the point of losing weight if you irreparably damage your other systems?

Never Deprive Yourself

When I first started my successful journey, I would cringe when it was time for a birthday party or other celebration. The family Easter dinner would give me a panic attack. I just knew I was going to fail again. Listen, you must realize that you are not going to reach your calories goal every day. There are going to be days when you eat more and days when you will eat less.. The thing is that you must realize these “Treat days” are going to happen. Don’t let it be a reason to revert to old habits. If you are faced with a giant cake, then have a small piece. Allow yourself the satisfaction of tasting icing and chocolate. Just don’t overdo it. If you can’t have a piece in moderation, then pack a sugar free pudding or other snacks to compensate. 

Avoid Buffets

There is nothing in dieting that says you cannot go out to eat. In fact, many restaurants now cater to those who are eating light or choose a vegetarian or low-carb lifestyle. However, there is one unspoken rule in dieting that you should remember, never eat at buffets. When you’re dieting, you’re trying to pass temptations. Why would you take yourself to the toy store of temptations? Buffets are designed for you to overeat. It’s hard to count calories or turn down foods when there is so much to choose from. If you want to dine out, then choose a place that offers a meal with a calorie count included. It will help you stay on track.

Stop Weighing Yourself Constantly

Did you know that shame is the biggest obstacle to losing weight? I became obsessed with the scale. I would weigh myself every day and hope that I lost another pound. There were days when I ate what I was supposed to and still gained. These days would make me frustrated enough to binge eat. I would feel so ashamed and mad that I gained. It’s best to throw the scale away. If you are doing what you know to do is right, then the pounds will come off. Weighing yourself once a week is acceptable. Keep this old saying in mind… “A watched pot never boils”

Surgery Isn’t Always the Answer

Since I was so overweight, I was told time after time that I needed bariatric surgery. Here’s the thing, you can go under the knife and have your insides rearranged, but if you don’t learn how to eat correctly and control your portions, it’s not going to make a difference. I work with a lady who had the gastric sleeve and then went back in and had the bypass surgery. She lost her hair, has hanging skin, and then gained it all back. The best healthy eating advice is to control your portions and make sure you’re not eating tons of fat and carbs. Surgery cannot resolve a weight problem. It’s a tool but not the solution. You must control what goes into your mouth. 

If you want to learn how to lose weight and keep it off, then you need to start this journey with support. Our eBook can give you healthy eating advice and make your attempt at getting healthy a success. Diet Rite is here to help you stop playing the blame game and start watching the pounds melt away. It’s time to conquer the battle of the bulge, and you can do it!

Links:

1. https://alissarumsey.com/intuitive-eating/stop-weighing-yourself/
2. https://www.sharecare.com/health/psychology-and-weight-loss/why-diets-fail
3. https://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/cooking-light-diet/if-you-hate-your-diet-youre-doing-it-all-wrong

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