Confession time: I used to be a serial dieter. From the ages of 16 to 27, I went on at least 10 diets every year. That’s more than 116 diets (and a third of my life spent attempting to stay on some sort of food plan).
Although I never had long-term success with any of the diets, I fell prey to the promise of weight-loss success. Each new diet had the potential to solve all my problems: lose weight, wear a smaller size, and love my body forever.
Except it never seemed to pan out like that. I’d inevitably fall off the wagon and then desperately try to get back on the next day, week, or month. I didn’t seem to learn my lesson until the very end of my dieting days. My final diet lasted all of two days. And that’s when I knew I was done for good.
So, with 116 diets under my belt, here’s what doesn’t work: