“What could you be doing instead of constantly dieting and thinking about food?”
My friend’s question stumped me.
I didn’t spend that much time in pursuit of a perfect body, did I?
Dieting all the time, I thought, was normal.
Back then, my friends probably would have said that dieting was one of my hobbies…
But deep down, I hated everything about my lifestyle and body.
So, how did I go from hiding my body from the world in my baggy XL hoodies to proudly fitting in my old yoga pants again?
Well, as I’m about to share below, I was approaching weight loss completely the wrong way…
When I figured it out, it was like a lightbulb had gone off in my head.
I managed to get off the diet roller coaster and lived to tell the story.
While I was sad, thinking I had wasted so much time…
I was also glad, knowing I could help other people going through what I went through.
So, here’s my story…
I ditched strict, restrictive diets and learned a lot about myself
I was an extremely picky eater in my “old” life. So, actually following, let alone sticking to any diet plans was hell.
Binge eating was my weakness. I couldn’t help it.
It was like a mental block.
If I’m not eating my “safe” foods, I’m stressed out and unable to focus.
So, whenever I would try a new diet, I’d force myself to stick to it for as long as I could.
During that time, my work and productivity levels were at an all-time low, looking back.
But hey, I thought this was a normal price to pay for dieting and taking steps toward achieving my dream body.
I had tried just about every gimmicky diet under the sun. I’ve bought into programs that seemed science-based before but would just sap money from me and leave me with jiggly thighs.
I remember my all-time low…
I had lost around 15 lbs with keto, and I thought this was it.
I had struck gold, and I was going to ride this wave out and achieve my dream summer body.
But, well, one reward here, one craving there, and I was back to square one…
Overweight, glaring at my naked body in the mirror and pinching at my belly fat.
Dieting is like playing Jenga for me.
One thing gets out of place, and then everything gets shaky and tumbles down.
My self-esteem had taken a major hit.
I thought I was sabotaging myself at every step and would never lose weight.
If I could go back in time – I’d give myself a hug.
But helping other people regain control over their bodies might be the next best thing.
So, I hope you learn from my mistakes.
Why I kept failing most diets
I remember one time, after ditching an obsessive diet, I was kind of in the “transition period.”
I felt lost, and I didn’t know what to do or where to go.
I just wanted a healthier me – is that too much to ask?
At that point, I was just stuck in a loop of reading about mindfulness online and fantasizing about having a slim, sexy body.
That’s when I realized something important about myself:
Weight loss is a product of sustainability.
It takes time to develop meaningful changes, and weight loss doesn’t happen overnight.
From there, I shifted my focus.
Keeping the weight off – that was my problem!
So, while I was still overweight, I was at least armed with this piece of knowledge that felt like the golden ticket to me.
I just had to find a sustainable diet that didn’t make me feel like I was just starving or torturing myself.
So, here’s what I did to break the cycle:
I took a sheet of paper, wrote down all the diets I had been on (keto, weight watchers, fasting, and so much more), and crossed them out with a red marker.
I knew what meals I liked and the kind of lifestyle I wanted.
I just felt like I needed to plug them into some kind of a formula to get the right answer, like some complicated math homework.
How I overcame my mental block for binge eating and got the summery body I always wanted – without making drastic lifestyle changes
Just when I was on the verge of giving up, I saw an article on Facebook about a girl who lost weight due to a new, personalized wellness book.
Going through the girl’s before-and-afters, I thought she was going to teach me the secret to thinness.
But instead, I learned the secret name for the missing puzzle piece in my life:
Reading through her story, I realized how similar it was to mine.
It was checking all of my boxes, and then it clicked…
I couldn’t maintain diets in my “old” life because they weren’t sustainable.
I would lose some weight, end up snacking, and everything would fall apart because I couldn’t maintain that kind of lifestyle.
It felt like a cycle I couldn’t break.
Then, along came this diet that was promising me no real meal restrictions and not starving myself.
In fact, I didn’t even have to change my lifestyle at all!
Unlike all the other diets I crossed out, this felt different to me.
So, I took a leap of faith and signed up for Beyond Body.
What’s Beyond Body?
The personalized wellness book that changed my life – for me, about me
I had convinced myself dieting meant being stressed, undereating, and being overly anxious.
But I’m very glad to say I didn’t experience a single binge craving during my entire journey with Beyond Body.
Portions were more generous than I expected, and I had healthy snack options in between meals that kept me full.
Before, I thought this was impossible.
But Beyond Body’s personalized approach to diets is different.
You see, what worked for me might not work for you.
And Beyond Body acknowledges this when helping you lose weight!
So, it’s not even a “diet,” really.
It’s more of a step-by-step strategy, developed specifically for YOU and YOUR lifestyle.
Here’s how it works.
My journey began with a free quiz
Throughout the quiz, I was smiling while reading questions like “How often do you feel stressed out?” or “How much time do you typically have for meal preparation per day?”
These are very important questions that play a huge role when dieting.
Meanwhile, other diets don’t even take them into consideration!
Once I completed the quiz, I was told there were 500+ unique food combinations, how much weight I would lose and in how long, and other information.
All this would be compiled specifically for me.
Before, I used to binge on snacks throughout the day. I would get hungry at 11 PM, and I couldn’t help myself to a late-night grilled cheese.
Now, I have a book with my own name on it that includes thousands of really good and affordable meal options.
None of which require super fancy ingredients. Everything in the meal plan is foods I can find at my local grocery store.
And thanks to the healthy snacks it’s recommending to me, my binge eating periods have completely gone away. And I have a ton of energy and focus throughout the whole day.
My Beyond Body plan also includes mindfulness exercises for my mental health, a training plan that gives me more energy, super simple food prep guides with visuals, and more.
While there was the option to get an e-book, I opted for the book copy as looking at the book with my own name on it gives me the extra motivation to follow through with my plans.
SO, my name is Alicia, and this was my story.
I’ve lost over 21 pounds and have no plans to stop anytime soon.
All this was possible thanks to Beyond Body.
Every time I look in the mirror now or get new compliments on my body, I know that my life has been completely transformed.
And that I’m never going back to the days of binge eating my sadness away.
I couldn’t feel prouder of myself.
And I want you to experience that for yourself too.
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