It is fairly common for women, especially, to have unrealistic weight loss goals for themselves. Often, these women are young and are influenced by the media even more than those older than they. These unreasonable goals are often the stepping-stone to eating disorders. Some hope to ten or fifteen pounds below their ideal weight and older women want to weigh what they did in high school or even junior high. I was one of these women. When I began my recovery, I wanted to weigh 120. As a dieter I had actually weighed 120—for a while. I am 5’ 8”. As I look back, this was totally unrealistic. As I stopped dieting and learned to eat, I leveled off in the mid-140’s. So, I just waited, impatiently, as the scale stood still. It stayed at that weight for almost two years before it dawned on me; that was it. I wasn’t going to lose any more. I still wanted to be thinner, but I wasn’t willing to fight my body to get thinner. So I accepted my body’s decision and, except for a temporary bump up during menopause, I’ve been right around that weight ever since—over 30 years.
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The desire to be under weight is so common because of our cultural preoccupation with thinness and beauty. It’s also one of the things that keeps even thin people dieting—they imagine that they should be even thinner than they are, or they are afraid if they don’t keep dieting they will simply gain weight spontaneously. The best approach to avoiding this pitfall is to keep your expectations open. Your body will adapt to the food you supply and to your activity level. Your job is to supply the food and get consistent exercise. The weight you will eventually achieve will reflect these two components. You do your job: Eat the very finest food on time that you possibly can and keep your body moving. If you stick to your job, your body will be able to find your best weight.
This is a program of cooperation between you and your body. You can follow it forever because you and your body are working together toward the same goal—not a number but a lifestyle and a relationship. It’s not an archaic method that violates your body’s survival instinct, but a sane eating approach that eliminates the bingeing, cravings, overeating, excess hunger, focus on food, anxiety, fatigue and feelings of desperation that go with dieting. I know this is possible for you. It happened to me and it’s happened to many others who were willing to take the plunge.
Although you may still be skeptical, you can learn to eat like a normal person, learn to integrate more movement in to your life and eventually achieve a normal weight. You already know quite a lot about how to actually do it, but some essential specifics are coming right up!