The reason you gain the weight back is that you don't change the habits that made you overweight in the first place. Crash diets don't work. Can they make you lose weight in the short term? Sure they can! But as you already know, they don't do a thing for you long term.
This isn't about the 10 lbs you lose, but the year of poor habits that leave your body clinging to every scrap of food you eat because you are starving it of the essential nutrients it needs to function. At a very minimum, as an adult male you should never eat below 1500 calories unless under the direct supervision of a medical professional.
Here's my question: Instead of trying to justify how those "10 lbs" couldn't be bad for you, why not ask yourself why this hasn't worked so far, and what will be different THIS time? Doing this once won't hurt your metabolism, but you've said that you've been doing this for a year. That can and will affect your body's function. Although I suspect the real heart of the problem isn't the diets. They're just a pointless waste of time for you. I suspect the problem is that you're simply eating too much. And yes, you can do that, even on " low carb, low fat, small portions". (And yes, any time you gain weight, you are gaining fat. Period. Even if you're eating/lifting like a bodybuilder.)
Losing weight is actually pretty simple. In order to do it, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. Of course, it isn't really that simple, because there's a whole lot more involved, but at its core, if you aren't eating less than you burn, you will not lose weight. You are gaining weight because when you're not in crash diet mode, you ARE eating more than you are burning through daily living and exercise.
Low carb, low fat, low portion may not be what works for you. If it did, why would you be gaining weight?
Carbs aren't the enemy. Fat doesn't make you fat. Eating low-fat foods won't make you lose weight. It's good that you're not eating friend food, but fried food doesn't make you fat, either. :) As someone who lifts weights and exercises, you need healthy fats and complex carbs to properly fuel your body.
Start tracking your calories. don't guess, either. Get a scale, and start weighing everything. Eyeballing is a great way to sneak in 50 calories here, and 50 calories there, until you're a couple of hundred over. Do this for a week. Don't worry about changing your diet; the point is to figure out where you are. Average out your calories for the week, and see how much you're actually eating.
Then, go into your Sparkpeople goals,and enter your activity level in your fitness goals (estimated calories burned will give you the best results), and target weight loss goal per week. Then, start eating in the ranges provided. Do this for a month or two.
Healthy lifestyle changes. THAT is what works. See my ticker? Even though I've slipped from my weight loss plan several times, I've kept the weight OFF and steady, even when I'm "off the wagon" because I've made healthy lifestyle changes that don't involve restriction, diets, nor limitations. I've even had *gasp* fast food! Hell, today, I had *fries!*
It's all a part of the healthy lifestyle changes SP supports.
So my final question to you is, are you ready to get off of the diet treadmill? Or is what you're doing working?
One last word from SP on the subject, then I'll shut up. :)
Stop Dieting, and Start living! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/17/2013 (23:02)