Oh yes. I understand.
Many, many years ago, I worked with a well-respected dietitian who always talked about how 95 percent of all people who lose weight regain it.
Many years ago, there was a magazine cover story that featured someone who had lost weight and regained it, and there were three pictures on the cover. They were labled: BEFORE (the picture where the person was heavy), AFTER (a picture of the person after she had lost weight), and AFTER AFTER (the picture where the person had regained all of the original weight, and then some.)
My former co-worker the dietician told me her theory on the best way to lose weight, and to keep it off for the long term. I have to say that it has worked better for me — in terms of MAINTAINING the weight loss for the longest period of time, not in terms of my quickly losing weight or losing lots and lots of weight — than anything else I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot of different programs.
Her philosophy is that, if you reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories a day, and you increase your level of activity, you will lose weight. Slowly. But you will lose it.
I have my own version of this idea, and it goes something like this: I eat as many calories as I can while still losing weight. And I usually try to indulge my specific cravings by incorporating these foods into my calories for that day. I also now never do anything while I’m losing weight that I’m unwilling to do for the rest of my life. What I mean by this is that, if I am always going to want to put butter on my toast, I’m not going to eat my toast dry while I’m losing weight.
I’ve just lost about 19-20 pounds in 13.5 weeks doing this, and I’m generally eating between 1,700 and 1,900 calories per day. I had done this very successfully prior to my wedding, and I was the thinnest I had been in many, many years. Unfortunately, in the midst of the shock and awe that hit me as a result of the overwhelming, enormous, transition that took place in my life following my marriage, I stopped counting, stopped caring, and ate anything and everything that wasn’t nailed down for the past three years and gained a lot of weight. I recently made the decision to go back to doing what I know has worked so well for me in the past.
I will conclude by saying that I know that anyone who is a medical practitioner or a true health and fitness expert would legitimately and rightfully criticize (and possibly even condemn) many of my higher fat, higher carb food choices. However, I know that, realistically, I’m not going to eat like a model or a fitness guru for the rest of my life, so I am simply trying to become thinnER, and healthiER than I have been, using a method that has worked better for me than anything else I’ve tried.
ETA: I should probably add that I’ve used several programs along with my approach. I just add calories to them. I’ve used Weight Watchers as a tool previously, and now I’m currently eating Nutrisystem food, while incorporating additional food items to reach the higher caloric level that I prefer.