I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about weight loss and lifestyle changes. I've tried all of the diets throughout my life, and although most of them have helped me lose weight, I eventually gain all of it back, and then some.
It's like a broken record, skipping backwards and playing out the same thing.
I've read tons of articles here on SP, all of them very valuable knowledge. I especially love the ones where people talk about their 100 lb. weight loss and how they kept it off. All of them say that it was a lifestyle change, not just 'a diet'.
So, I get it. Don't go on a diet anymore, just change your behavior and outlook on food!
For me, it's not about having to cut out sugar (I've already done this years ago!) or cut back on carbs, for example. I've done the keto diet and other low carb diets and figured out that I actually feel better if I have some healthy, non-starchy carbs incorporated into my veggie and protein meals.
All I keep coming back to is that I just eat wayyyyyy too much! I love food! I love tasting all the flavors, all the different combinations of flavors is such a great experience for me (when it tastes wonderful of course) and I tend to gobble it all up way too fast.
I've been thinking a lot about how I don't like to waste food, so I'll keep eating what's on my plate. I need to work on putting much less quantity down in the first place. And, slow down! Just take a moment to savor, to breathe, to relax.
I did a google search about how Americans eat vs. Europeans in the context of portion size. I found a great one, which points out many things in the American culture where we really do rush through our huge meals. Europeans tend to take their time and enjoy their meal. And our portions have grown exponentially over the last 40 years, in restaurants. I think that psychologically, we think that we are supposed to eat more food than we even need! That's pretty much the conclusion I'm making lately: that my eyes are bigger than my stomach, and that my body just cannot process all of the excess food. If I can break this habit and only eat for nutrition, and stop when I am satisfied... I think I can finally lose all the weight I've been carrying around with me! I know I can!