I have horrible self esteem because of my body. I am a 34 year old male and I am about 186 to 190lbs. I appear to be lean but I have a lot of abdominable fat, thigh fat, ass fat and a little in the chest. I have been yo yo dieting for most of my life. Times when I lose weight and gain some lean muscle mass, my depression is managed, my life feels great, I am social, I have energy and I can make positive steps forward in my life, I feel happy and I have lots of plans. But then something triggers such as financial stress when I literally have a hundred buck to get my by for two weeks. I begin to eat, gain weight, fall into depression and I become reclusive. I think I look hideous, and I don't want people to see me. Then I will work out again and feel good, I get to work and I am surrounded by dollar menus and crap from the drug store. Fat fat fat. I work as a dog groomer and in our salon it is chaos and there is no time to go to lunch. IT is grab and go, if we even get that chance. It all depends on whether we make any tips or not. That is how we can eat. When I get home I seem to binge eat. I made a six egg salad sandwich mix with mayo and pickle, made a sandwich and ate it all. Then I had a 100 Calorie Sour Patch Kids, At work I had some chex mix, M&M's, and a lean pocket. Cottage cheese and some milk. Water. 2 diet root beers. I just keep eating all day and when I get home I eat everything. I just finished three cinnamon waffles with butter and syrup. I need some serious help. Book, websites, gimmicks, nothing works. I need to change and I don't know how. I have been doing Pilates which kicks my ass, but then I go eat the chocolate, dollar menu items, chips, beef Jerky and it just sabotages me. I need help. Do you think I need psychological help? I am always hungry and I want to eat. I munch all day at work. HELP!
What you're going through is common. I personally suffer from mild seasonal effective disorder. Here in Buffalo it's REAL gloomy in the winter months, and all I want to do is sleep and eat... a situation made harder because I work at home and so I don't even have THAT motivation (to get up and go OUT to work).
So I fully understand what you're going thru as well. I got up to 340 pounds from stress eating and not getting enough exercise. I think it's important to get yourself down to a healthy weight and then live a maintenance lifestyle.
Eat healthy MOST of the time (shoot for 80% of the time) and if you want chocolate or some chicken wings, limit yourself to once a week. You'll feel MUCH better for having them - you'll be less likely to BINGE if you eat what you crave once in a while.
For specific information and step-by-step guidelines on how to lose weight and be healthy, visit my web site for all kinds of details about proper diet, nutrition, exercise, weight-lifting routines, and more.
Most importantly, make sure to download my FREE eBook, "Rick's 18 Tips for Healthy Weight Loss."
P.S. As a disclaimer, I'm not a doctor or health professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before implementing any of my recommendations.
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