Weight Loss: The Doom Cycle Uncovered
I have been troubled by my weight for 98.2% of my adult life. Yes, I did the math. Between the ages of 18 and 46 there have only been 6 months when I have lived at a genuinely healthy (and happy) weight.
Perhaps you are the same. Maybe for you, like me, getting to and staying at a healthy weight is something that you’ve just never managed to crack.
And it gnaws away at you.
One thing that comes with thinking about one subject for a very long time is insight. Slowly things dawn on you.
In the back of your mind, patterns get analyzed, cogs turn and suddenly, when you least expect it, a golden nugget of realization can appear.
This happened to me recently.
And I want to share what I discovered, because it has been immediately useful to me. I hope it can help you too.
Let me give you the short story of my weight “journey”. Chubby as a kid, I had picked up from somewhere the idea that you can eat your feelings. Sad? Have an ice cream to cheer up. Something to celebrate? Here’s a cake.
I was never huge. I was always solidly in the overweight category and sometimes tipped into obese. But, I always seemed to wear the weight well. People didn’t think of me as fat and always seemed surprised to hear I had an issue with it.
But then… I was bullied as a kid for being overweight and in my twenties and thirties when having that “celeb lookalike” conversation with mates, I always got likened to fat guys.
So, maybe people did think I was fat but just tried to be nice.
Whatever, it doesn’t matter. The fact is I have always had an idea of my weight and BMI from my late teens onwards, it’s nearly always been too high and rarely have I felt confident or in shape.
Socialising via alcohol — as most of the adults in the western world do — is just a killer for me. Empty calories and awful food choices on the night… no energy to exercise and even worse food choices the day after.
Repeat for near on 30 years.