Dear Family Food Coach,
I have tried every diet, some numerous times, and lost the weight but always gain it back. It feels like a losing battle. I'm thinking about gastric bypass surgery as a last resort. Can you help? ND
It sounds like you are feeling hopeless about ever permanently reaching your weight goals. First, let me say that diets fail 95% of the time as a long-term solution to weight loss. We tend to think we failed, perhaps that we don't have enough willpower, but the fact is dieting is a poor way to approach weight loss. That's because dieting only addresses what you eat, not why you eat. Eating is a behavior and as such, is preceded by thoughts and feelings. Change the thoughts/feelings and the behavior changes accordingly.
Even if you went ahead with gastric bypass surgery, ND, you still need to make behavior changes to change your eating. Your mind will still be programmed to do what it did before, i.e., reach for candy when feeling tired, stressed, or depressed - or maybe just because that is something you did at a particular time of day. Why not begin with changing the behavior and then decide on the surgery?
Also, research shows that support is helpful in this process. Change is a gradual process and it is helpful to work with a behavioral professional while making permanent lifestyle changes. The Family Food Coach offers telephonic coaching packages to help you be successful in reaching your goal.
Best wishes and remember that you are innately programmed to be healthy. Remove the obstacles and the body will return to a state of wellness.