“Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.” – Giada De Laurentiis
How long have you been trying to lose weight? Do you lose it and gain it back? Can you never lose enough? Are you tired of feeling fat and tired? Do you get depressed because you’re overweight and then eat because you’re depressed and then get more overweight and then more depressed in a never ending cycle?
If so, I totally get you. I’ve been there. I was always thin until my late twenties. I was laid off my job and stopped exercising. I would watch television and eat mashed potatoes at 2 a.m. Slowly the weight started creeping up and I had no idea until I was suddenly forty pounds heavier!
The Thing You Must Do
The one thing you need to do if you want to lose weight and keep it off is STOP DIETING! Dieting = Bad! If you tell me I can’t have something, well, then I want it even more. Sound familiar?
If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to change your life and the way you view food. I went from eating once per day, which is completely unhealthy and awful, to eating 3 small meals per day.
I’m not a nutritionist. I don’t eat totally healthy enough. I don’t eat many fruits and vegetables. But, I exercise 6 days per week and I maintain my calorie intake and have been able to maintain my weight the last fifteen or so years.
If you want ice cream, you can eat it. Just don’t eat the entire carton. If you want to have wine, have it. Just don’t drink the whole bottle. Start every day with a walk or a yoga class or whatever you enjoy. Don’t do something you don’t enjoy or you’ll stop doing it.
Every time I take classes at the gym I eventually stop because I hate the gym. I prefer to do solo activities. If you like the gym, great, go! If you don’t then you can work out at home alone or go outside and walk or hike.
Staying thin is a mindset. Think that you are changing your life. Think that you will have a new relationship with food. Eventually, food will become an asset instead of a burden, something that literally feeds you instead of something that holds you down and makes you feel bad about yourself.
Remember to be kind to yourself and do the best you can. Never think you are dieting or once you finish dieting you will gain it all back. Find something that works for you and just do it. Change your life one day, one thought and one meal at a time.