I’ve been fat my whole life. Born at 9 pounds, I grew into chubby toddler and was fat throughout adolescence.
Hovering around 300 lbs. in high school led to my first diet.
THE ATKINS DIET
After my freshman year, I decided enough was enough and started looking into diets. As a self-professed food-addict, I chose Atkins as it was sold to me as a “eat until you’re full” type of plan. I spent the summer eating as much meat, cheese, and eggs as I wanted. I lost 60 lbs.
Needless to say, I didn’t stick with the diet. It gets old, fast.
I maintained my weight loss for the first year or so, but gained back 35 lbs. over the next couple of years.
At the end of a long term relationship when I was 23, I decided I should try to fix myself. At a weight of 265 lbs. it was time to cue the next diet.
The diet was simple. I just wouldn’t eat anything for three days out of the week and practically whatever I wanted on the other four. Worked well, lost a whopping 75 lbs. over the course of six-months. Maintained my all-time low adult weight of 190 lbs. for a year, then started to lift weights and eat every day, causing a gain of 45 lbs. over the next twelve months.
On January 1st, 2012 my weight was up to 235 lbs. I decided that didn’t work for me and it was time to diet again.
ALTERNATE-DAY FASTING: ROUND 2.
I haven’t been as die-hard about dieting this year. I am back down to 210 lbs. but lost the weight much slower. Too many weekly beer induced binges (for the blog!) led to massive weight fluctuations.
The bottom line:
I’m addicted and allergic to tasty, tasty food. It makes me swell up. So does beer.
Exercise makes me feel good, but then I just eat more, as I’m hungrier.
I would love to hit my goal weight of 170 lbs. in 2012.
If only there was some sort of diet and exercise plan that was free, effective, and hosted by a charismatic fat man that I can relate to.