Back when I was in my mid-twenties, I followed a restrictive popular diet. For ten months I followed it like a religious fanatic. I lost 53 pounds. It was hard – really hard – but I finally reached my goal weight. YIPPEE!
Fast forward one year – I gained it all back. And the following year I TRIPLED the gain to a new high. I was at double my goal weight, and then some!
After that, I just gave up. It wasn’t worth the fight. Dieting didn’t work. My metabolism was shot. I felt like a beached whale. For the next decade or two, I just ate what I wanted.