Losing weight and keeping it off used to be a real struggle for me. I've dabbled in the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, The Zone, and Atkins. I went raw (and back), tried the Master Cleanse and once ate nothing but cabbage soup for a week.
Nothing ever worked long-term. Any weight I lost through dieting always returned, along with some extra pounds. After restricting my food choices for years, I also picked up an eating disorder and depression.
If only I'd known then that I was doomed to fail. According to nutrition expert Dr. Traci Mann, who has studied dieting for over 20 years and runs the Health and Eating Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, all weight loss programs are doomed to fail.
As Dr. Mann told the Washington Post recently, this is because for dieters, food "looks more tempting, they're hungrier than they should be, their body is getting by on fewer calories, and everything is just working against them."
Which explains why I stopped dieting many years ago, and started living better.
Of course, it didn't happen overnight. But here's how I did it: