I'm 47 and 5'8". As a child I was skinny and I mean ribs sticking out skinny! When I left home at 18 I started putting on weight (no one to tell me you can't have this, you can't have that). When I was 29 I weighed 13st 1lb (183lb), I joined the Slimming Magazine Club - a calorie counting diet. Every week I lost 1 or 2 lbs, I never ever gained, then I reached my goal of 10st 2lb (142lb). Needless to say I gradually put all the weight back on. About five year later after I'd had my kids (weighing 13st 9lb (191lbs)) I tried Weight Watchers, Scottish Slimmers, Slimming World, I've bought so many diet books and I never had the success I did with the first diet, losing 14lbs on each diet at the most.
So why is it that I lost weight so easily the first time I dieted (it can't just be age) but now I am struggling. Why are some people on the forum, who are not 29, losing weight easily until they reach their target weight and others are struggling?
When I lost all that weight the first time around it only took me 6 months but I gained it all back plus more. I have been fasting for 2 years, by far the longest I have being following any way of eating. I am delighted that I have lost 30lbs and kept it off for that long, ie. maintained that weight loss. I am disappointed that I'm not losing any more and you only need to look at my belly so see that I do need to lose some more - around 12lbs (target weight 150lbs). So is it easier (not necessarily more successful) to lose weight quicker than to lose it slower? Many of the people on here who have been successful have lost their weight relatively quickly and consistently.
I've started reading about The Famine Reaction (The Don't Go Hungry Diet by Amanda Sainsbury-Salis) which is scientifically based and kind of makes sense but at the moment creates more questions. I'm wondering if we have reached a Famine Reaction and need to re-feed to increase our metabolisms which is a scary thought but I haven't read enough of the book yet.
I'm also wondering about winter which many people have commented on. I am undoubtedly less active over winter and probably spend more time sitting on my bum writing on this forum. I have also wondered if I suffer a bit from SAD as my mood is always poor in winter.
Is fasting as a way of losing weight any different from any other way of losing weight? Ultimately you have to keep eating the diet way to keep the weight off.
I'm not trying to make excuses just asking more questions. One thing is for sure although I'm struggling I will not give up as I cannot see any other way to keep my weight down and when my weight is lower I am happier because my joints don't hurt, my back doesn't bother me as much, my skin doesn't chaff, I don't have a double chin, I don't look 6 months pregnant any more, etc, etc. I've also thrown out my UK size 16 clothes, so I must stay a size 12!