Tuesday, April 27, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds with treats: lose weight with comfort food

G'day, mates! You can probably tell from the title of this blog post that I looovvee writing quixotic titles about weight loss to intrigue you! You're wondering how I lost 100 pounds with treats? Getting from overweight to healthy meant a mental reset, yanno, another of those "mind over platter" tricks as I like to call them. Here's how. 

I've been blogging about how to lose weight for quite awhile and I get a lot of great ideas from the  TLC reality TV show "My 600-lb Life." I great respect for folks with morbid obesity who trying to lose weight. One common theme, that led to them requiring weight loss surgery, is misunderstanding "comfort food" and treats. 

Comfort food, or treats, as per the "My 600-lb Life" folks, is food that makes us feel better. It gives the big bang endorphin payoff: pizza, ice cream, sweets (which is actually very similar to a heroin buzz). But too much "comfort food" will lead to obesity, which, take it from me, is very UNcomfortable. But I said earlier that my weight loss was down to treats. Yep, but to lose weight, I had to rethink treats. 

When "My 600-lb Life" participants talk treats, they mean junk food. But treat has another definition: to use something in a certain way, such as in words like mistreat or treatment. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to examine how certain foods were "treating" my overweight body. Candy, soda pop, salty snacks, calorie-dense foods with little nutritional value mistreat it, causing obesity and leading to diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, etc. 

Conversely, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, whole grains treat my body kindly. Eating them and avoiding junk is how I lost 100 pounds, plus diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. No longer overweight, I feel better, happier, stronger, more comfortable in my own skin. So these are the real comfort food. And that's a treat!  


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