I've always been slim. My whole life. I felt like a slim guy, 'cuz of years of programming by my friends and family. "Vic, you're so lucky, you can eat anything you want and never gain weight". I heard that phrase hundreds of times in my youth and young adulthood.
Then I turned 40, my metabolism slowed down, and I continued to drink my beer, eat my beloved hot dogs and enjoy my fast metabolism. I noticed I got a little paunch, but when I noticed, I'd cut back and lose it. Then promptly regain it. I hardly noticed this was going on. But hey, I lift weight several times a week, and I'm stronger and look better than most all my peers, I'm doing fine.
Time passes. It's 2001 and I'm on a European vacation, and eating all the delicacies each country has to offer. It was great, I could lose any weight gain easily like I always have.
So, we get home and I'm looking at the pictures we took. Who is this fat guy?
I hated all my pictures and was going to do something about it. I had been fooling myself that I was in great shape and looked fine. I wasn't and I didn't. So I went on a 'diet' and lost a bunch of weight, probably some muscle in the process, because I just ate fewer calories not paying attention to my protein, carb and fat needs. I just ate less. I think it was a 1200 calories a day diet. I still worked out, and I had a job, so I worked every day. I was tired and hungry all the time. Diets suck. They are punishment for overindulgence.
But it worked. Or did it? I lost the excess weight. I stayed slim for a couple of years. I was able to go to a Navy reunion, and I looked great.
Again, time passes and I lose track of my diet, and start gaining again.
I was a yo-yo dieter! I got heavy again. For me, with a small frame this meant a weight gain of probably 10 pounds. Not a lot for many folks, but look what it did to me.
Yes, I lost that weight too. But now I have decided to change my lifestyle. No more dieting. This means not eliminating my treats and sweets, (and beer) but managing them. Focusing on good foods, and taking in way fewer bad foods.
My last few pounds have, admittedly, been pretty hard to lose. I'm focusing on a long range weight loss, not dieting and losing in a few weeks. I'm still able to eat for pleasure once in a while, but I understand eating for pleasure is not a good thing. I don't want my lifestyle to be one of depravation, but one of moderate intake of tasty foods. So far (a couple of years now) I have been successful.
I've developed a new passion for exercise. Running. I still exercise with my weights regularly and ride my bike. I enjoy these things, and I get to see my muscles, instead of hiding them under a layer of fat, induced by what I had fooled myself into thinking was a pleasurable pastime - overeating.
We each have our own weight and health maintenance story. The path I am following is working for me. Continue on your own path, strive for health your own way, but change your lifestyle. Don't delude yourself that eating the occasional diet dinner, drinking Diet Coke, or substituting a salad for a cheeseburger once in a while is going to help you.
Change your lifestyle. Exercise regularly and eat good foods. You can do this.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.