Back in the 1990s, I went through a period of time when my weight was completely out of control. No matter what I did to lose weight, I just kept gaining pounds. I tried every diet I could. I worked face to face with the late Dr. Atkins himself. I met with doctors, nutritionists, acupuncturists, fitness trainers, naturopaths, and homeopaths. But I just kept gaining.
Sure, I'd lose a little weight with whatever diet I was on at the time, but then I'd hit a plateau. I'd reach a point where I couldn't take the restriction anymore and I'd have a big binge. All the weight I lost would come back with a vengeance. By 2001, I weighed over 400 pounds.
In 2002, I gave up. I stopped trying to lose weight. Instead I started trying to heal my life, my mind, and my body. Paradoxically, by not focusing on losing weight anymore and instead focusing on healing, the weight started to melt off.
Over a two-year period from 2002 to 2004 I lost over 220 pounds—and I've been the same weight ever since. I don't diet in a restrictive sense. There's nothing I "can't" have and I don't measure quantities or count calories. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want and as much as I want. But because I've focused so much on healing my mind and body, I simply never crave junk food anymore. My body now desires extremely healthy foods.