How many times have you tried a diet? I don’t remember how many ways of losing weight I have struggled with. As a “normal” woman I have attempted to lose weight for long periods during the 47 years of my life. Unfortunately I don’t belong to the people gifted with a metabolism which allows them to eat anything without gaining weight. Whenever I indulge in food and drink, my body dutifully converts any extra calories into fat. However – and here is the good news - over the years I have successfully managed my weight. I am 1,75 meters tall and weigh around 60 kilograms (for the US this would be 5 feet 9 inches and 132 pounds). If I can do it, you can do it, too. My secret: Forget all diets and satisfy your body and soul.
You might ask about my qualification to write about the subject “weight loss without diet”: I am not an expert on nutrition. But I have worked a decade as a professional journalist for newspaper and radio in Germany and thus I am schooled in gathering and processing information.
Furthermore I have struggled with weight issues for many years. Growing up I went through a two year long phase of “Anorexia nervosa”, although at this point in time I was not properly diagnosed and treated as such. Luckily it did not last too long. When I got divorced at 29 years of age my eating disorder resurfaced with binge eating. This time I received psychotherapy which helped a lot.
Hence, from a layperson’s point of view I dare state the following:
Diets only make you fat
Of course there are exceptions: If you are super rich and can afford your own personal chef or your own personal diet caterer, this statement might not apply to you. For the average person however following a diet is too restrictive to ever be successful for a long period of time. Who wants to weight every bit and piece before eating? Who wants to eat exactly what a diet tells you? A diet leaves no room for urges or cravings or appetites, thus a diet gives us a constant feeling of dissatisfaction and restraint.
I strongly believe that only a satisfied, well nourished body can be a slim body. Our bodies express their needs in cravings. When the thought of a strawberry makes my mouth water, I guess, my body needs a strawberry and only a strawberry will bring me the full extent of satisfaction which leaves me feeling round and well.
When you follow a diet your body gets used to a low calorie intake. Once you start to eat normal again, your body happily packs on the pounds and all your effort is lost. This is especially true for any kind of fasting or crash diet: One time I fasted completely for three weeks and lost all the weight I wanted to lose. My slim body however lasted only one week. When I started to eat again, my body jumped on all the calories it had been denied – a very frustrating experience, not to mention the exhausting mental struggle to refrain from eating for three weeks.
According to my experience, before losing any extra pounds you have to understand the reason why your body looks like it does.