Food Addiction and Weight Loss

Many struggle with food addiction everyday, myself included. What bothers me is when people say to me, “Just stop eating.” It’s not that simple. You can’t tell an addict to “just” stop doing anything. We need help and being negative about things won’t help, and will only make the situation worse. Despite having surgery, I still have issues with overeating. Surgery fixed my stomach…not my head. Thankfully I’m working on getting into therapy for my food addiction issues and mental health issues overall.

When one mentions weight loss to me, I say: “All I hear is, “lose weight, lose weight”. The emphasis is ALWAYS on losing weight. Let’s talk more about how to keep it off”.  Not every approach works for everyone. For me, diet and exercise alone didn’t work and my weight yo-yo’ed up and down. I would lose a noticeable amount of weight, gain it right back (and then some). I’ve had people tell me that I didn’t need surgery, that I could do it all on my own. Unfortunately my willpower wasn’t strong enough to sustain weight loss on my own. I needed help and weight loss surgery was my last option..and my only option. I weighed out the pros and cons of WLS and made the decision that surgery was the best course for me.

I had naysayers that tried to convince me not to have surgery, but I didn’t budge. I was going to do it no matter what anyone else said. I did it to get healthy and that’s my main goal. I walk whenever I can and do stretching exercises at home. Next month I plan on joining a gym.

As I said before, I still have issues with food addiction. I admit that I eat the wrong foods, but that is my responsibility. I’m working with my doctor to make better and healthier food choices…and it’s working. My issue also was not eating enough because I was eating very little 3 times a day and that’s not good. My doctor said I needed to eat 6 small meals throughout the day and I thought that was too much. I need to keep a food diary to hold myself accountable, to keep track of my calories/carbs/fat content I eat each day. With diligence, therapy and willpower I’ll be able to sustain my weight loss for the rest of my life (and not regain).

I went to one of Overeaters Anonymous’ meetings and didn’t like it…but will be going back to one sometime soon. For me, talking with others that are struggling with food addiction really helps me to put things into perspective. Here is their link for those who are struggling with food addiction:

Overeaters Anonymous

 

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