You may be wondering why on earth I can say such a thing, but I am coming to understand that having a weight problem has brought me so many advantages.
I struggled with controlling my weight for over forty years. I have been fat, and I have been thin. I have binged and starved, counted calories, fat units, Weight Watchers points, low fat and low carbohydrate.
I have tried the Cabbage diet, Lean Cuisine, Supermarket ready meal diets, The F plan, Rosemary Conley, South Pacific, Mediterranean, Dukan, Atkins and many more. I tried the Mayo Tomato and egg diet and even an orange and peanut diet once.
Twenty years ago I slimmed down from 13 stone to 10 stone 4. Since then I have followed another set of diets to keep my weight within a sensible limit and have ended up around 11 stone 7.
I would like to be another seven pounds lighter, and I find that is the wish of many women and the yearning to be that seven pounds lighter can make people’s lives very difficult with the constant fight to do just that.
For me, the remarkable thing is that although I would like to be seven pounds lighter, I am not getting fixated about it and letting it rule my life.
So to get back to my original statement, you may be wondering why I should be glad that I have always had a weight problem.
Because I have always had problems with my weight, it has made me very health conscious. In the constant search for the answer, not only have I developed into an expert on how to control weight and know what it is like for people to struggle and be accused of being a glutton or have a sense that they are a failure, I have used that knowledge to start my own business in weight management, which in turn has led me to become a writer, coach and teacher at workshops.
I am absolutely passionate about reading up on the subject, and my desire is to help as many people as possible to overcome their weight and food issues.
I am one step ahead of a lot of people with the latest developments in science with such matters as cholesterol and statins, sugar and food addictions, diabetes, food intolerances, celiac disease; Lately I have come across evidence that a low carbohydrate diet helps to keep Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at bay and keeps our brains alert too.
The fact that I have been on a low carbohydrate diet for the last four years now, and have always been careful with my weight and keeping myself fit, is apparently paying off in more ways than I ever thought possible.
A good many people, these days, are being controlled around their food choices by what the food and diet industries are saying, but I have learnt that I need to find out for myself which is the way to go.
There are also many people who have gone through their lives feeling quite content or even smug that they have never been fat, but are now beginning to understand what it is like to try and control their weight, because as they have got older the foods that people are now consuming more and more are causing unprecedented problems with Obesity and even the slimmest among us are putting on weight.
There are also many people who have never had a weight problem so have been all their lives eating what they like and having a shock when they find that they have other illnesses that have been caused by too much sugar and not enough fat!
They have been happily tucking into their food thinking that because they were not fat they could just enjoy themselves, only to end up with such illnesses as Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis and Depression.
I have recently read the excellent book The Brain Drain by David Perlmutter, in which he explains the damage that is being done by the overabundance of not only grains, but too much carbohydrate in general.
As I was reading this, I was able to take comfort in the fact that because I have always had a weight problem and had to be careful with my diet, and in the last four years have not consumed much in the way of carbohydrate, I am already one step ahead of those people who are only just realizing that there is a problem.
I find that a lot of people just do not have any idea of what is healthy and just do not know where to start when they are confronted for the first time with putting on too much weight, or being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and having to find a new way of eating.
So I will end with the words that I started with, “I am so glad that I have always had a weight problem.”
I am a Weight Management Life Coach, and have become an expert in this field because of my own experience with overcoming my own issues with this problem.
My weight has settled down nicely to a reasonable size and I am now free of the need to keep dieting. I have written a book on the subject “Reflections of a Chronic Dieter” telling the reader of how I did this, but also trying to persuade people to not fall into the Diet Trap.
Since training as a Life Coach I have started my own business in Weight Management because this has made me aware that it’s not only what you eat, but how you think. My Website is patriciacherrylifecoach.com
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