Ever been tempted to click on those ubiquitous “Lose Your Belly Obeying This One Simple Rule” diet ads? Of course you have. Itâ€™s human nature to want a quick fix. A magic pill that will fix our food and weight problems. That goes double for girls and women who binge or emotionally eat.
But all our diets, plans and promises never work, do they? Even if weâ€™re able to drop five or 10 or even 20 pounds, once the novelty wears off and our need for coping or comfort flares back up we gain those pounds right back.
I found that only when I addressed the reason behind why I eat too much food (or the wrong foods) in the first place, was my body weight able to normalize. Over the last three and a half years, Iâ€™ve ever-so-slowly lost 30 pounds by exercising more and bingeing less. And I know that if I continue to nurture myself in healthy ways, Iâ€™ll never gain it back.
Hereâ€™s my crazy diet history-whatâ€™s yours?
8 years old: Short-lived calorie-counting obsessionâ€”ate as little as 800 calories a day for a week
Jr. High School: The no-lunch diet (basically never ate at school, but would overeat at home)
1990: Took Rx diet pills for a few weeksâ€”got paranoid, dry mouth, bad breath. Lost a few lbs.
1991: Would diet during the day, binge at night. Actually started gaining weight, not losing it.
1996: Doctor-supervised Atkins-style no-carb diet, which included a million weird herbal pills. Lost 25 pounds, gained it back, plus 50 more by binge eating
1998: Over-the-counter herbal diet pills. Ended up at the doctor dizzy, with heart palpitations and dehydration. Lost a few pounds, gained them back.
1999 NOT CRAZY: Started going to therapy and bingeing less. Lost about 30 pounds.
2004: Jenny Craig delivery food. Lost 25 pounds, gained it back.
2006 NOT CRAZY: Started going to eating disorders support group meetings and stopped actively binge eating. Started exercising more and eating healthier foods with Body by Glamour. Lost 20 pounds. Didnâ€™t gain them back.
2009 NOT CRAZY: Continue to attend eating disorders support meetings and fine-tune the foods that I feel are best for my body. Verrry slowly lost another 10 pounds.
Another womanâ€™s fascinating weight journey: Alltheweigh