I've reached midlife, still battling with my weight & self esteem as I have done my entire life. I've come to the conclusion that dieting/healthy eating along is not enough. I need additional support.
I was reading something recently about emotional eating & how the brain reacts in much the same way as addictions to nicotine, alcohol, gambling & other things which are bad for us, including foods we are allergic to. If someone is addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or gambling, we know that saying "don't do it!" simply isn't going to work - so why when we're trying to lose weight, all we seem to get is "don't eat it!" Really? If that worked we wouldn't all be here. So what's the answer? I know it won't be the same for everyone, but funding the weight loss industry (Slimming World/Weight Watchers) certainly isn't the answer. The biggest problem is that we need to eat in order to survive.
So, the reason I've posted this, I'm curious to get other people's opinions on whether we should be taking a different approach, treat it more like an addiction (particularly for emotional eating), whether anyone else feels they need a bit more than being told to keep a food diary, eat a salad or exercise (not always possible when you have a chronic pain condition). Have you tried other therapies & did they work?