I’ve got another Success Story to share with you, from a client who’s 68 and struggled through years of different diets. She’s helping to illustrate – again – that “diets” don’t work, none of them. As long as you’re focusing on the perfect meal plan, or the right amount of calories, or even worse, tracking calories in- calories out, all that happens is obsession, craziness, and incredibly powerful backlash-binges. Remember, almost 100% of everyone who loses weight on a diet gains it back.
The secret to permanent weight loss and ZERO FOOD STRESS? Start in your mind. Work on deleting the deeply ingrained notions about dieting that you’ve heard your whole life. A healthy weight and a healthy body comes from FEEDING it, not starving it. Starving your body just makes it scream more loudly at you. That temper tantrum is actually for nutrients: good fats, quality proteins, carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits, vitamins, minerals, water and phytonutrients that your body needs to make and repair cells. There are no nutrients in fat free pretzels, low fat Starbucks lattes, or Weight Watchers Frozen Meals. They’re all crap food, and your body will protest – loudly.
Read Carolyn’s story; think about your own history of health and dieting, and be determined that today is the day you start making permanent changes to your foods, your habits, and your thoughts. Check out my What I Eat page for ideas, it’s all about Real Whole Foods.
“I’m a sixty-eight year old woman who has been dealing with weight issues since my last child was born in 1977. (Seriously!). I kept on a extra 10 pounds after her birth and then every year or two, I added another pound. (That doesn’t sound so bad). Well, adding a pound every year meant that now I was up another 10-15 pounds. Weight gain in spite of buying all the latest diet books and magazines that were published each year. I tried low-carb , low -fat, high carb, vegetarian ( which I hated and made me feel horrid), low calorie, portion sized diets. None of these diets made me feel good and any weight lost was quickly regained. Plus, an added result of the weight gain was high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Next came an anti-depressant because I was experiencing a lot of anxiety and didn’t feel so good about myself.
I’m a strong person, not weak willed, but for some reason couldn’t get a handle on my eating habits. I have an addictive nature so when I got on to something, especially something made with sugar, I was hooked. I felt like I was fighting myself all the time.
Because of a very lovely person, Debbie’s Mom, I was introduced to Debbie and her passion for health and fitness. We hit it off even though we’re long distance. She got me on a road less traveled– common sense. Everything she taught me made sense- sugar is addictive! Preservatives are bad! Diet Coke is terrible! Grains are inflammatory. She said focus on real food that we evolved eating. Don’t measure, don’t weigh!
Well, I gave it a try. The worst was no snacking because I evolved snacking. But I persevered and felt great and lost a few pounds along the way. I’m off all medication except the antidepressant. And I don’t obsess about my weight, my body is slowly giving up those extra pounds.
I feel so good for my age! I exercise too. Pilates is my passion. I’m so fortunate to be enjoying good health and I have Debbie to thank for getting me off the diet mentality and unto a much healthier lifestyle.”