Eating less - say goodbye to overeating
I'm about 3/4 the way through this book and it has been a huge eye opener! I had planned to generally eat more healthily and continue with my current exercise of playing tennis 3 times a week for 90-120 mins a time, and having read this book it has completely changed my views of eating and dieting.
I have tried most diets going and in the last 10 years my weight has yoyo-ed between 11st 8lb and 18st (currently about 17st 7lb) but this book has made me feel I can make lifestyle changes forever rather than temporarily be on a diet.
One of it's main points is that overeating is often similar to other addictions. But when a smoker or alcohol, etc wants to change, their aim is to change their addictive behavior (stop smoking, stop drinking) whereas an overeater aims to lose weight. But being overweight isn't the cause of the problem, overeating is. Being overweight or obese is actually the effect, the result or the consequence. The book advocates tackling the cause rather than the effect, and so I am now simply trying to be more healthy by eating better and exercising, and then the (hopefully) inevitable weight loss will be a bonus rather than my target.
To help this, the book encourages you not to weigh yourself at all!! This was a real shock to me. It says that if you get too caught up in aiming for weight loss then you're more likely to give up when you don't get the result you want as quickly as you want it. As a serial dieter, weighing myself at least once a day has been something that has kept me "on track". I'm not sure I could never weigh myself again but I am going to try to just weigh myself once a month (on the 1st). I started healthy eating on the 2nd Jan and weighed myself daily until the 7th but I haven't weighed myself since. Typing this I now realise that was only 3 days ago! But it seems like forever :-( I'm not sure I'll last until the 1st Feb!! But what the book says seems to make a hell of a lot of sense (obviously there's much more than I have written here) so I'm going to try my best.
Has anyone else ever "dieted" and not weighed themselves or been weighed whilst doing it? How did you get on?