Seeking Sludge Solutions
May 15, 2014 9:09 AM Subscribe
I have been trying to lose 5-10 pounds for three years. I have succeeded only in gaining 15. Clearly, I am either hopelessly incapable of dieting/exercising or it's physically impossible for me. As a last-ditch effort, I find myself wondering if I can just replace some or all of my meals with some kind of... nutritious slurry... without that being a detriment to my health. I feel embarrassed that I am seriously considering trying to subsist on a meal-replacing substance, but I feel a bit hopeless. Details follow.
What I've tried, at various times and in various combinations: reducing the quantity of food that I eat. Cutting out certain foods. Replacing some meals with a salad. Replacing some meals with one or two pieces of fruit. Running several times a week (couch to 5k, then 30-40ish minutes at a time). Walking 1.7 miles 4-5 times a week.
What has worked: nothing. And when I stop "dieting" for a few weeks, I tend to go up by a few pounds very quickly, and then never lose them. To be fair, I am also bad at dieting. Being actively hungry makes me feel very anxious and like I am harming my health, and I would like to lose weight but I don't hate my body so intensely that I am willing to do anything that is actually bad for me just to fit in a single-digit-size pant. Also, I work a long-hours desk job, and I'm getting to an age associated with slowing metabolism, so there are some factors working against me. I'm also unfortunately a picky eater, and don't like a lot of vegetables, so I tend to feel constrained in the choices I can make.
Since I seem to be unable to achieve my goal by controlling what I eat, and since "making good choices" is so fraught and impossible since every food is BAD FOR YOU GOOD FOR YOU SOMETHING SOMETHING VITAMINS, I have been toying with the idea of just throwing up my hands and saying fuck it, forget choosing the "right" diet, can someone just hand me a slurry of vegetables a few times a day or something?
But I am very skeptical of diet drinks and have no idea how stupid this idea is or how to evaluate different... slurries.
Is there such a thing? If so, how do I evaluate whether it's a good option for me, if my priorities (in order of importance) are (1) my health, (2) being able to work 10-13 hour days without being distracted by active hunger, (3) losing 10-15 pounds?