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I dieted myself fat

Personally, I found out the hard way that conventional methods of weight loss don't work.

For six years I tried in vain to lose weight the conventional way; eat less, move more, and keep going until you reach your ideal weight.

Although I was able to lose a few kilos at the start of new weight loss attempts, invariably I'd hit an invisible wall of resistance. I'd suddenly get inexplicably hungry and start craving all sorts of anti-diet foods. Things like lasagna, sausages or crackers with cheese and salami….all the things I was trying to avoid.

Even if I summoned huge gusts of willpower to resist my hunger and keep going with the diet, inevitably my weight would plateau and stay disappointingly the same. I'd start cheating, and that would gradually spiral out of control into bingeing. I'd binge for days and sometimes weeks, making up for past deprivations and preparing myself for my next weight loss attempt.

And what was the result of trying to lose weight the conventional way? Pictures of me say it all.

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