I just finished this book by Andie Mitchell and several people have asked me to share my thoughts.
First, it was very interesting and easy to read. I laughed and cried several times. Having been a chronic dieter and binge eater many years ago, I could relate to a lot of what she wrote.
Second, her description of what life was like as she desperately tried to not regain the weight she had lost was confirming. Many people think that weight loss is the hard part, that after they lose weight, life will be grand and they will go about their merry way. This is a complete fallacy.
Maintaining a large weight loss is hard work; much harder than the process of losing it. One has to be diligent about calorie intake for the rest of one’s life and for some people, it’s a miserable experience.
Steve Lochner lost a lot of weight. He did it with the help of a food tracker app called “Lose It”. Lochner’s goal was to consume fewer than 2,500 calories a day, and he used a food tracker called “Lose It” to record everything he ate and drank for three years. The result? He lost 100 pounds.
A true success story. Right?
I read about Lochner in a recent New York Times article that said people who record their food intake are more successful with weight loss than those who don’t. In fact, several studies show this to be true, and now a dozen food tracking apps are on the market.