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Old 01-12-2012, 11:16 AM
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Thumbs down Weight On, weight Off, the dieting yo yo.

So many people, including some of us, I'm guessing have lost weight in the past, then gained some or all of it back and sometimes even becoming heavier than we were before.

I think from all the healthy eating threads we've had, it's been discussed that strict dieting or fad, gimicky type diets that make us feel deprived tend to be those we can't stick to forever and we wind up gaining it all back and then some. And conversely, that it's a life style change of healthy eating and exercise that will be more likely to succeed for the long haul. We've talked extensively about carbohydrates and fat, too much sugar, eliminating fruits, not enough vegetables, too many calories, all the direct, physical elements to our diet and well being.

But, we haven't addressed a factor that I think is fundamentally important to address. And that is the psychological contributors to eating disorders, whether they're a real disorder or a more mild problem. Aside from physical reasons, medical or genetic...whatever they may be, what about the emotional side of things?

For myself, I think I need to get to the bottom of why I do the things I do which have made me gain weight during my later years. I didn't always have this issue. I was very athletic as a young kid and even into my 20's and most of my 30's. I wasn't over weight until I hit the 40's and then just a little, until the 50's. Then all hell broke loose. LOL. Yada, yada, yada about the slowing down of metabolism once I reached my 40's or having babies. Yes, that happens but that excuse only goes just so far. I think one needs to compensate for that. So, what gives?

I think in order to keep this tendency at bay, I need to know WHY. What about you? Do you think that the underlying cause is as important as it is to go at it from strictly a dietary/exercise angle? Do we want to suppress the underlying cause or just keep plugging away, attempting to cover that over with new eating habits?
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