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Since January 1st of this year I have started Weight Watchers several times over, tried green tea extract diet pills, started Atkins twice, Slimfast, fasting/starving.

When will I ever learn??

The only way I have been successful at losing weight is by starving.  I’ve done it over and over again, regaining weight and then some...starving it off again.  The cycle continues.

The summer before last (2009)I lost about 40 pounds.  I ate very little and exercised a lot.  I felt great, but little did I know, my then 15-year-old was picking up my bad habit.  By Christmas she had lost over 30 pounds.  After the holidays, she got increasingly thinner and we started her in therapy.  By that time, she was nearly 100 pounds (she is 5‘8“) and very emaciated.  Somehow, whether therapy or her own sheer will, she regained weight and is now healthy, although she still seems to have disordered eating.

Over the course of her illness, I regained most of the weight I had lost.  I feel awful, but I can’t seem to follow even the most sensible diet plan.  I’m a mess.

I’ve decided that I just can’t diet anymore.  I hate the way this consumes my life.  I hate what it does to my body.  I hate that I am such a horrible example to my daughters.  

I give up!

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      Cher70 wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Thank you Eva!  I am not sure how I feel about it yet...still trying to shake off the diet mindset.  I have wasted so much time and energy on this.  I really just want to be done with it.



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Eva has made a great point and I understand your concern due to your daughter.
      Why not all instead of dieting just eat very healthily and exercise as a family - so instead of attempting rapid weight loss with shakes /faddy diets and generally living on free air you set a year long goal to be healthy over all and in the course of this yes weight will come off ........



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      Diane17 wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • I have never been on a diet myself but I have seen the stress that it can cause others being on this one diet or that and unfortunately, most people I know tend to gain it back.  

      I like UK girl’s comment.  Eat healthy and exercise as a family.  I have tried to incorporate exercise into my life a bit more along with trying to eat more healthy things like fish and beans.  The eating healthy part isn’t going over very well with my family, but I keep trying.

      I wish you the best.
      Diane



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      Cher70 wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Thanks!  Great advice!  I really want to try to eat healthy without going into diet mode which leads me to starving and bingeing.  

      Doing pretty well today so far...  estatic



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Cher70 I have given up dieting and I have lost 15 lbs I now just don’t eat junk food or rubbish I eat healthily and I think of where I want to be in 3 months /12 months and no faddy diets and shakes or points.
      I’m not eating rabbit food I have just taken to making my food more enjoyable not a battle of wills and I lose because I ahve a sweet tooth and eat a huge cream cake



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      Cher70 wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Congrats on the weight loss Vicki..most importantly, congrats on your new frame of mind!



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 21, 2011
    • Cher it was part due to on off weight loss and gain and also I realised I was setting my daughter a bad example ....so thought better get my self in order.
      I know as soon as I say or hear the word diet I just want to stuff my face so I never use that word I just eat well and have sensible portions plus I also eat smaller and often so I’m not hungry and not binging



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      Maisen Mosley wrote Feb 22, 2011
    • Dieting is a bad word, in fact diet is a four letter word haha! What worked for me was learning to live a healthy lifestyle along with eating what ever I wanted. All the diet foods, etc, leave you wanting more so it leads to b/p and other drastic measures. When you eat what I call real food, you fill up faster, are satisfied, and feel better health wise. It takes time but your weight stabilizes at a natural, normal healthy weight and no more dieting yea!



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