My Weight Loss Story
It’s in the Genes…
I grew up in a family where all women were more or less overweight (although they’re the most amazing people in the world!) and I was also taught that being fat is “in our genes” and sooner or later I would also become heavy.
I subconsciously equated being healthy with being skinny. As I gained weight over the years my attempt to “be healthy” was to eat less food and to eat Low Fat foods. I considered low fat dairy, whole grain breads, zero calorie sweeteners, chicken breasts and reduced fat dressings healthy.
I used to smoke because I had heard that smoking would make me lose weight—and I subconsciously thought if I lost weight, I must be healthy.
I drank several cups of coffee per day to reduce my appetite—to lose weight, to be healthy.
Sometimes I would even starve myself to lose weight.
When I look back now, my understanding of “healthy” was dangerously far from the truth.
My weight would fluctuate with the seasons and with my love life, but my real health suffered constantly over time.