Since I've been doing pretty well with the exercise (biking and walking more), I have started to think more about diet. I probably complicate things when I start trying to decide what to eat, whether it be right now for one meal, or overall for long term. I guess I have spent so much time reading and learning about different eating patterns and diets and their pros and cons, that I can see the good and bad in pretty much everything. And yet, when it comes down to it, I'm a complete flake that can't decide. I can't seem to pick one thing and just stick to it.
I've done it in the past. I've gone weeks and months and close to a year on a couple of plans, mainly:
2003: 4 months of South Beach Diet = 33 pounds lost
2007-2008: 11 months of calorie counting = 64 pounds lost
2010: 8 months of Medifast = 59 pounds lost
2014: 2 months of AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) = 16 pounds lost
2015: 3 more months of AIP = 11 pounds lost
I was also completely gluten free for almost 10 months in 2015, but weight loss was not huge... like a pound a month.
I have floundered around, tried different things for shorter periods of time and didn't lose or lost and quickly regained. My brain always goes back to "what worked" and I start thinking I need to go back and do one of those things again. But every time I make an attempt I don't last long and fail.
I don't even know WHAT to do with the diet anymore. "Just eat whole foods" is all nice and everything, but I have never lost weight that way. Feel healthier, yes. But not lose weight. Eating whole foods has to be combined with something else for me to succeed at weight loss... whether that be calorie counting or AIP. And then there's Medifast... which I have tried to replicate with store bought shakes that have the same nutritional profile. All of this trial and (mostly) error sucks the life, desire, and drive out of my weight loss efforts.
If you were me, what would you do? Aside from exercise, how would you deal with the diet part? I weigh 242 pounds. Doctor tells me that whatever I do, it should limit starchy, sugary, high carb foods. I feel like I have basically 3 options. And of course, my final option that I am looking into is weight loss surgery, which I will do if I am unable to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. So please tell me, what do you think I should do? I do not WANT to restrict, but something has to change for me to get this weight off. Winging it is not working.
A. calorie counting
C. Medifast/Wonderslim (shakes all day and a measured meat/veggie low carb dinner)
D. something else... what?
Please leave a vote. I will do whatever most people think I should do. If there are a ton of unsigned, Anonymous comments I will go with what most *non-Anonymous* people think I should do (somehow, I trust you more!). I appreciate your help.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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