What if there were less of me.
June 21, 2012 2:41 PM Subscribe
I'd like to lose some weight, but nothing I've tried has worked. I am starting to feel helpless and sad. What should I do?
posted by prefpara to health & fitness (39 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I want to lose about ten pounds so that my expensive suits, bought not too long ago, fit again, and so that I feel good about my body. In the past, eating less led to weighing less, so I tried that for a few months (I've been logging all of my food for years). No results. I kept cutting back more and more without anything to show for it. At some point, I realized that I was eating so little that I became worried that my eating was disordered and unhealthy. I was skipping dinner or replacing it with a fruit, that kind of thing. But still no weight loss. I would rather feel not-slim than feel that my eating is disordered, so I took a few weeks off of trying to control my eating... and gained about five more pounds. I tried counting calories to make sure I wasn't overeating or under-eating. No result. I started running (couch to 5k). Nothing.
I don't know what to do. Restricting what I eat is stressful and unpleasant, and it's becoming harder and harder to motivate myself to do it because it doesn't seem to work.
One additional issue is that I am a fairly picky eater, and in particular I eat very few vegetables. When I was a child, I was often shamed loudly and publicly when I did not eat or did not like a food that adults wanted me to eat, so forcing myself to eat foods I don't like (such as many vegetables) doesn't just gross me out but causes me to overreact and get very upset. So I am reluctant to replace foods I do like (many fruits, every meat, and sadly many carbs) with vegetables of despair. I guess I would also rather be not-slim than be crying into my broccoli at lunch.
Can you suggest anything? I need a plan, and hope, and to fit into my nicest navy suit.