Love the skin you’re in

If you go on a weight loss journey, depending on how much weight you are losing, you should know about saggy skin. Nothing to worry if we're talking 5-20 lbs. Should you go for a gastric bypass or gastric band procedure - or plan on shedding a lot of weight, you might want to be aware that you could end up with a lot of excess skin. No magic cremes, wraps, hardcore fitness training or drinking lots of water will prevent the skin from sagging. You might be eligible to get a "tummy tuck", another surgery to get that skin removed. And I personally think it's better to be healthy and have saggy skin, than being dangerously overweight. But if you expect to end up looking like Barbie after losing 6 stone, you might be disappointed. You will not get around to learn to love yourself. No matter if you are big or thin, have cellulite, saggy skin and saggy boobs or whatever your body-issue might be. Thanks to those amazingly awesome girls on tumblr for sharing their pictures. <3  
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Chocolate, diets and cocaine

You wouldn’t ask a cocaine addict to have “just one line in the morning, one at lunch and one in the evening” ...

The only diet that works is the "Don't care about food anymore” diet. And I don’t mean not eating, I mean eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. Most overeaters don’t sense any of it. They don’t feel hunger (the real one, the one where your body asks for food). And they lose the ability to feel when they are full. That is because emotional eaters don’t use food in a natural way, but as a drug. To numb sadness, to feel better. They make use of the chemical reaction that happens in the body when you eat (especially carbs), which is similar to taking drugs. You wouldn’t ask a cocaine addict to have “just one line in the morning, one at lunch and one in the evening” to overcome their addiction. They have to absolutely and forever stay away from it. But food addicts, the people who use food the same way as drug or alcohol addicts use their drugs, are asked to “eat a little bit in the morning, a little bit at lunch and some in the evening.” And they are always surrounded by food and people who eat. That to me is the core of the whole diet/obesity problem.
chocolate = overeater's cocaine?

Chocolate = overeater's cocaine?

Run it off!

Sweat it out of your system!

Bring up this topic and everybody knows a story about diets that really work. But take a closer look at those stories. For how long after their diet did they keep their new weight? Chances are, 2-3 years down the line they put it all back on (and more). Realistically, if your parents or grandparents are overweight, if you were a chubby toddler, if you were longer overweight than at your normal weight, you will have a hard time getting and keeping weight off with diets. If your ancestors are rather slim, you have always been at your right weight but just gained a few pounds (through pregnancy or a lazy time), chances are you can make it. - With nearly every diet. Because your body will naturally tend to get back to what it is used to over a long period of time. There is a hidden trap with diets. If people who are at (or near) their perfect healthy weight for ages, go on diet after diet, they will destroy their inbuilt weight leveling system and start to jojo (weight goes off and on and off and on etc.). Therefore it's better to live with 5 kilo over your ideal weight forever, than messing up your absolute healthy body who knows how to deal with issues best when you don’t get involved. If I had to suggest one of the countless diets I tried, I would choose Weight Watchers. Because it educates you to make better choices. And you lose weight because you eat - the right things and don't deprive yourself. I knew deep inside though, the key for me was to stop thinking about food all the time. And WW does the opposite. You plan your day, count points, think about what you can eat next, all day long. But at least you still lose weight if you are playing by their rules. Another thing that will make you lose weight even if you don't change your eating habits, is fitness. Be more active, get sweaty. Any sport will have an all around positive effect on your health. It will make you feel happier. You will lose weight, it could become your new healthy drug and you could meet new, nice people too. Risk it! If you have serious health problems, sort them out with your doctor. But most important: Become a happy, confident person. If  you feel good, you don’t need food to make it so.