I think it continues food obsession and bad habits. It seems that if a person wanted to lose the weight for good, they have to figure how to live in the real world, and to learn to develop good instincts, and then trust them. I can see if somebody has absolutely NO IDEA what healthy eating, or reasonable portion size is, maybe it could help for a while, but I’m not even sure that WW does that. I’ve never done it, but judging by the crap that my gym tries to push as diet food, it scares me. Sickly sweet chocolate flavored bars, non-fat, loaded with sugar and strange chemicals, no thank you! I tried a bite once, tastes like super-sweet shit. I’d rather eat a chocolate almond or two, it will make me much happier and I won’t feel like eating more.
I’ve been doing my weight loss for a few months now, learning by trial and error, and what doesn’t work for me is low fat, low-carb, or arbitrary rules. I eat a lot of low-fat foods, such as vegetables and fruits, beans, whole grains. Some of them I add fat to, such as cheese or bacon or butter, because a bit of fat and protein will satiate me, and I will stop eating. In the same vein, if I eat a meal of pizza (preferably whole wheat crust) and beer, I will eat reasonable amounts, and probably won’t be hungry for 8 hours, maybe I’ll skip the next meal, or just have fruit or salad. I really do try to not drink much beer, preferring wine, or grapefruit juice and vodka, because that is truly empty calories. And I’ve been losing weight, and I have no wagon to fall off of, and my weight only goes down, never goes up.
And I am finally becoming a normal eater. If I’m not hungry, I don’t eat. If I don’t feel like even having a bite of dessert, I don’t. If I do, I eat a little, and don’t look back. The worst that will happen is that I won’t lose weight for a few days, which is okay. I no longer binge, I no longer freak out and eat everything in sight, because I’ve blown it, and wait to start over on Monday. It’s all okay. I don’t stress out going to parties, because I am mindful of my eating, and most of my eating is healthy. And if it’s not, maybe I’ll exercise a bit more, or eat a bit less for a day or two, until my digestive system normalizes. I follow my hunger, not external guidelines, not somebody else’s idea of what I should be eating, not fake food.
I’m not analyzing everything I eat, counting calories, fat grams, calories burned, or anything else. After 30+ years of food obsession and dieting, I’m done. I’m realizing how empty my life is, how much I know about weight loss and dieting and all that, and trying to find new interests, new friends who have normal relationships with food, different things to do.
I enjoy eating, and I realize that I can’t eat everything that I want whenever I want. But I don’t have to deprive myself of anything, though I may have to moderate the amounts, or frequency, of certain foods. But I am comfortable and content with my eating, and I don’t go “out of control”, which is not the experience of many whose blogs I’ve been reading lately. I follow my intuition. I can and will eat this way the rest of my life. Can you?