I have been suffering from weight problems all my life. I go on these huge diets, but don’t seem to lose weight… or if I do lose weight, it comes right back on. I have been trying to research this (I have read just about every diet book out there!) and have been reading recently that by restricting my food intake I am really slowing my metabolism—making it harder to lose weight. Is this true? Am I really going about this the wrong way?
Dear Cheryl ,
Hi – first off… diets don’t work. And starvation diets especially don’t work! If you deny your body the calories it needs to function, your metabolism will slow. Your body will start slowing down do that it conserves what it does have. The trick is to keep your energy level consistent with a steady intake of calories. This will keep you moving and potentially burning those calories. Eat smaller meals when you are hungry, and eat what you are hungry for. If you listen to your body, it will tell you what no book can. Your body knows the kinds of foods it needs and how much to eat.
Life-long weight problems are always symptomatic of a larger issue and I think this is something worth investigating--I really want to help you.
Please give me a call at 800.496.7710—or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can figure out what the root cause is, as well as develop a plan that will give you success you are seeking.
Eating Consultant and Life Coach