"I keyed in on the words "strict diet". That's the problem. This is a lifestyle change. Diets don't work IMO. Particularly strict diets because they aren't sustainable. It's like trying to hold your breath for long periods of time...forever. After awhile you're gonna say, "screw this, I just want to breathe normally". A lifestyle change would be more like learning to breathe from your stomach instead of your chest."
Great answer, I think you hit the nail on the head. I never thought of that analogy before - about holding your breath - but you're exactly right. A person can only voluntarily "starve" themselves so long before the desire to eat kicks in and sometimes with a vengeance (the exception being serious eating disorders such as anorexia.) Hopefully the OP can find a better, more sustainable approach to losing the weight and keeping it off. We all know it's not easy, and it's not quick if you do it right, but the lasting results are what we're after.
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12/12/19 11:36 A
I keyed in on the words "strict diet". That's the problem. This is a lifestyle change. Diets don't work IMO. Particularly strict diets because they aren't sustainable. It's like trying to hold your breath for long periods of time...forever. After awhile you're gonna say, "screw this, I just want to breathe normally". A lifestyle change would be more like learning to breathe from your stomach instead of your chest.
MillieMarie, please make an appointment with your primary care doctor. There may be more going on here than just that you "started eating" - rapid weight gain or a sudden increase in appetite can by symptoms of underlying physical or mental health issues, not just some failure of willpower.
Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.
You can't beat yourself up because you regained some weight. this is something that has happened to us all. We're all experts at gaining/losing and regaining the weight. That was the past. You can't change the past, but you can influence and change the future.
First thing, stop beating yourself up because you have been stress eating. If you've had a rough couple of months, no one will blame you for turning to food for comfort. However, if you know you're ready to make a change, that is what matters most.
Do you know how much weight you've gained ? Depending on the amount of weight you gained in a short period of time, I would encourage you to go to your doctor for a full physical. Get your blood work done. find out what your blood pressure is as well as cholesterol, blood sugar, tris, etc. If you've been under a lot of stress combined with the rapid shift in weight, that's going to effect your health.
So, don't be afraid to go to your doctor to get a checkup.
Now, with that said, the next thing you need to do is address your stress. whatever happened to make you eat too much, will happen again. You need to find ways to cope with your stress that don't involve food. that's not an easy thing. but if you can learn to better manage your stress, you'll find that your comfort eating will decrease too. There are lots of things you can do that can help you reduce stress. you can take a walk. you can hit the gym for a hard workout. you can listen to your favorite tunes. you can take a hot bath. you can get a massage. you can knit or sew or paint.
These are all things any of us can do to help reduce stress.
Just take things slowly. Don't go on a strict diet to try to lose the weight fast or you'll just end up regaining more. what was the rush that had to go on the strict diet in the first place ?
One thing I've learned from my own years of yo yo dieting is this,"the faster someone takes off the weight. the faster it packs back on". Take the weight off slowly and it stays off.
I am sorry to hear you have had a rough couple of months. You came to a great place to start turning things around. I encourage you to start tracking your nutrition as Kris suggested. You may also want to look as to why you suddenly started eating. If you haven't been to the doctor recently for an annual exam, it may be worth it to have your biometrics checked to see if something medical is going on. It could be that a traumatic event triggered something and a referral from your doctor to a therapist may be helpful as well.
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Hi - rather than being angry with yourself, why not turn it around and treat it as a learning experience. Strict diets seldom work for this exact reason. People either get bored or feel deprived, and fall off the wagon, altho' sometimes an event (death, shifting, separation etc) can also have the same effect.
Perhaps if you start off again with baby steps and only change one or two things at a time, only adding a bit more to the mix when your mind/body has gotten used to the changes, you may find that you will get back to your happy place. It will take more time, however you are far more likely to stay there. Don't drop your calories too quickly - that can also have a negative effect. I would also suggest that if you aren't doing so already, you weigh all your food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker. That way you will be able to make little INFORMED tweaks to ensure that you meet your nutritional goals:-)
I wish you well. Keep in touch and let us know how you are going.
Well, you had a bad few months for sure. But, now you are here and I assume that means you are ready to turn that around. It's a good idea to start out with a small goal or two and work to meet those (like tracking all your meals or drinking 8 cups of water each day). Then set your next healthy goal and continue on from there.
Let us know what support you need or what questions you may have.
You can do it!
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I am soooo upset with myself! I went on a strict diet and was in the best shape of my life just a few months ago I started eating and it’s like I never stopped.. my weight raised to 158 and I now wear a size 14 at old navy and a 12 at torrid! I had to shop plus size because nothing would fit. I’m soooo upset with myself