At my wit's end, weight-wise. Please help.
May 27, 2014 11:40 AM Subscribe
I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life. Now I'm 34 and I feel like I'm at my wit's end. I just can't bring myself to fix my diet. What can I do?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a classic yo-yo dieter. I lost a lot of weight, gained it back, and then have spent the last 15 years of my life losing 25 lbs, gaining 30, losing 20 lbs, gaining 25, and so forth. Now it's really starting to catch up with me.
I've tried to lose weight. I really, really have. I've tried everything. Just about everything works--for a while. But I've never been able to keep up with anything for the long term. I'm good for a while, then I binge eat. Or else I go on holiday and never come back, diet-wise. Now I'm at the point where I can't even get started on anything. Every day I say that today's going to be the day. I have a healthy breakfast, but by lunchtime I'm grabbing a candy bar and saying "Well, one last one" and we're off to the races. The task just seems so insurmountable that I can't bring myself to get started.
I have been to see a therapist but it wasn't terribly helpful. I don't think it was the therapist's fault, though. There was an awful lot of good advice but I'd be in a session and talking through it rationally and I'd feel like I'd made huge progress, but by the next day I'd be cramming my mouth full of chips again. I have absolutely no willpower. I can't say no to any snack, sweet or salty.
I read and read and read about healthy diets and nutrition and just get more confused. So then I try something simple (counting calories, the "No S" diet) and fail. I'm just so tired of it. I feel like this body's not mine--like things have gotten away from me somehow.
I don't feel like I'm depressed or anything like that. I'm happy with most of my life, but deeply dissatisfied with my health. I feel like I should be able to do better but mostly I just sit around feeling envious of people I see who are in good shape. And I remember when I used to be an athletic guy and get mad at myself for letting it all slip away.
How can I break out of this? How can I get myself to eat healthier?
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