Anyone out there lose a lot of weight, then gain it back?
How are you dealing with it? Do you go back to what worked for you the first time? Do you try something new?
Although I'm not as Clydely as some of the people on this board. But I have an issue I need to deal with.
I knew I was not healthy and going in the wrong direction. Then in late 2004 I decided to do something about it. A friend of mine had done the South Beach Diet and had success, so I read up on in and started the diet on January 1, 2005. I was spectacularly successful, losing 70 lb., going from a 30+ BMI down to less than 22, right in the middle of the "Normal Weight" category on the government's BMI site.
But I went too far. I was 6'-2", 168 lb., and didn't feel healthy because I was too skinny. I purposely put some weight back on, and then stopped. But I didn't really stop. After several years of relatively slow weight gain, I'm flirting with the 230s again. Ugh.
I started riding my bicycle again in 2008, after I realized I needed to do something about my weight and fitness. In some senses, I feel more healthy. I can ride my bike 30, 40, 50 miles without it wiping me out. But I STILL have this gut and weigh more than I should. I'm currently about 225. I know I don't want to go all the way back to 168, and riding the bike may have added some muscle to my core, but my middle is still too round and I know I should lose about 30 lb.
But it just won't come off.
I've considered trying SBD again, but I don't think it's practical for two reasons: 1. with my riding, I think I need the carbs that SBD discourages, at least some of the time. The problem is that I have trouble turning off the carbing when I don't need them. And, 2. I've gone from a family of 4 where we all eat meat to a family of two with a vegetarian. My sons have pretty much moved out (one still in college), and my wife no longer eats meat. So SBD cooking just doesn't jive with my family situation.
So that leaves me in this situation: I'm exercising (riding the bike) much more than I did when I lost the big chunk of weight in 2005. That is good. I don't really see going back to what worked for me before (South Beach Diet). That is bad. Going forward, what can I do that will help me lose the weight?
I think one of the things I liked about SBD was that it was very structured, so my food decisions weren't being made by me, but by the plan. I saw that the plan worked, and turned control over to it. The bad part about that, though, is when I got away from the plan, I lost the healthy habits.
I think what I need is a way to make better decisions about food. Going vegetarian is an option, since my wife already is (actually, she's technically a pescatarian who still eats some fish, and also eats dairy). I was leaning that way going into the summer, but when my some came home from college, meat crept back in.
I could try to minimize carbs as in the past, and reward myself for riding by saving beer for the ride days when I can burn the carbs in it (sounds bad, I know).
I could join Weight Watchers which would give me that structure again. Maybe that's just the same but different compared to SBD. I have a friend who had great success with WW. But even if I lose the weight, will I be able to maintain it if I go back off WW? I do good losing weight on a plan, but I'd rather develop healthy eating as a lifestyle and not follow a plan for the rest of my life.
Anyone else out there deal with weight loss, then a reversal? How do you get back into the groove?