If this is how you feel, I hear you. I understand because I’ve been there. As we get older there are so many things that work against us and there are medical conditions that we may pick up too. Just the fact we’ve been overweight for a long period can cause insulin resistance which makes it pretty tough to get that weight moving, not to mention the menopause.
Despite having years of experience with counselling and coaching skills to help people lose weight and over 25 years of studying the biology and logic to weight loss, I spent many years gaining weight!!! It was absolutely soul destroying, it affected my confidence and made me question everything I thought I knew.
Which brings me to my first bit of advice to you.
A Find out as much information as you can about your health. Make sure you have a doctor who listens to you, is willing to do all the standard tests as well as a few extras that you feel should be explored. Do your own research and without self diagnosing, see if there is anything that could be affecting you. I would recommend that in addition to the normal, get your Vit B’s, Vitamin D, thyroid and blood sugars at the very least tested. Besides Fibromyalgia, I had an adenoma (benign tumour) on a parathyroid gland which went undiagnosed for 12 years then ignored by the doctors for a further 6. All that time, my body was blowing up like a balloon! I had never heard of a parathyroid gland before and was astonished at how a simple op could change my weight so dramatically. Something could be affecting your weight too! Understand how certain medications could be making it tougher and how important it is to reduce some medications as you lose weight (always with your doctor’s approval of course).
B Once you know exactly what is going on with your health, the key thing is to find the right diet for you. I chose a specific diet which was for “health with a side effect of weight loss”. I was so impressed with the science behind it and support that I paid a lot of money to become a consultant for them. Whilst my clients all lost weight steadily, I initially lost a lot and then it didn’t budge……for a year!!! I spent time gut healing, cutting out gluten, cutting out dairy, even going carnivore for a while…..and nothing changed. There is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to diets. You are a unique individual and need to find a program that addresses your specific body.
And that’s it. Because once you have found the right way of eating for you, the consistent loss will be the driving force to keep you motivated, help you change unhelpful behaviours and raise your belief that you can….and will….. find your “happy body”.
If you would like to hear what I tried, what didn’t work for me and the simple change I made which finally got things going, feel free to email me directly from the Contact page on the blog and let’s have a chat.