One of the biggest struggles I face as an overweight woman is knowing whose advice to follow. There are so many options for plans that work and so many things to try. And yet, many of them contradict each other and leave me feeling hopeless to find one that actually works.
Another obstacle is the controversy about whether or not you can lose significant weight. I've read entire books by well known authors that claim a set point from which your body will only vary +/- 20 lbs. Any attempt to change that is futile. Granted, I look like both of my grandmothers, but does that mean there is no hope for change?
Then other books make it sound like all I need is the right psychological or physiological trick, and my body will drop the weight and thinness can be a reality. But can I really change 20 years of ingrained behavior by drinking water whenever I feel hungry until I am freed from over eating (or whatever else is going on)?
What about the exercise controversy? Do women really need to workout 1 hour a day to stay at a healthy weight, much less to lose weight? An hour a day?! That seems like a lot; especially when trying to get in 20 minutes feels like climbing Mount Rushmore.
For those of us that have tried many plans, it starts to seem impossible when nothing works. It's not a lack of dedication, commitment or journaling but a lack of getting the weight to move. This is a reality for a lot of women. The weight simply will not come off.
I truly don't mean this to sound like a giant complaint. It comes out of frustration of wanting to find transformation but feeling blocked on all sides. How do we figure out what the truth is? Who is right? Where do we start?