Hello, my name is Mike, and I'm a yo-yo dieter.
Crowd says: Hello Mike.
Sorry, this will be long. It's either this or work.
Hi all. I yo-yo. My weight over the past several years has moved in a range of 70 pounds (between 225 and 155) and I'd like to be a the lower end, rather than the higher end. I'm at 211 right now.
Currently, I'm following Atkins online, but I'm not sure that it's a sustainable lifestyle for me. Rather, my goal is to shift my eating so that 90%+ of what I eat is actual, real food. In other words, cut out the processed stuff. I know that that's not exactly low-carb, but I've looked at some options and can easily follow a "real foods" diet and keep my carbs in the 100g/day range, +/-25.
Plusses for me:
I know enough about nutrition to know what is good and bad for me. I'm not fooling myself that I can eat a bag of M&Ms every day.
I have a ton of choices, particularly for lunch. There are some great salad places near me and I can count the carbs that go into them. Lunch has traditionally been my unhealthiest meal.
Minuses for me:
I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. Salty doesn't really work for me.
I'm lazy. Exercising bores the you-know-what out of me. I'd much rather be watching Monk re-runs.
I LOVE fruit. The first few weeks of this has been killing me because I'm missing out. Yes, I've snuck a few blackberries and if my weight loss has stalled because I had five carbs of blackberries yesterday (out of 23 total), I may just stick my head in the toilet and flush.
I look at the scale too much. I know how bad that is and read the article "Why the scale lies" more than once. Doesn't matter. The more I think about not weighing myself, the more I feel a need to do so. Same thing with food: The more I try not to think about it, the more I do. Note: I'm diagnosed OCD (mild to moderate), so spending time in my own head is usually a dangerous place to be.
It took me about 10 minutes of back-to-school shopping at Target to decide that the witch in Hansel and Gretel was simply misunderstood. That has nothing to do with dieting, it's just an observation.
Every study that I've read says that once my body reaches a certain weight, it tries like crazy to keep me at that weight. The numbers are not pretty: Fewer than 10% of people that lose weight manage to keep it off. I've been in the 90% on more than one occasion. It's not pretty.
Thanks, all, for listening.