I, too, lost almost 200 lbs. a few years ago but put it all back on. How? By eating too much fast food and I'm sure I kept the potato chip industry in business. UGH!! I felt awful all of the time, sluggish and plain old yucky. However, since beginning my get healthy program and making healthier food choices, I'm getting my energy back and feel better over all, not to mention the side affect of weight loss. :) Cudos to healthy, nutritious foods!
2/12/2008 8:40:12 AM
Sadly, it took me decades to wake up to how I was hurting myself by what I was eating. I thought I was OK because I drank diet soda! Wow - what a wake up call!
We can make room for the occasional little treat, but the key is that it be a) little and b) a treat. A treat means something you don't normally or regularly eat. Since I gave up (again) heavy sweets and salty snacks, I've found my blood sugar more steady. I get hungry like normal people again, instead of just going hypoglycemic! I definitely feel better about myself, even when I go over my calorie budget - at least I'm getting some nutrition for my indulgence!
This article makes a really good point. A few years ago I lost a lot of weight (which I later gained back) eating almost nothing but junk food and just watching the amount of calories I consumed. It worked in terms of weight loss, but I felt like crap; I was so low energy. Nutrient rich choices are definitely more sustainable in the long term.
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