From my late twenties well into my thirties I carried around what I estimate to have been around ten to fifteen pounds of unwanted weight.
No one would say I was fat, in fact most of my family, friends and associates considered me to be in great shape and by modern standards I guess you could make the case.
I have talked about my days of extreme bulking as a beginner, but this period was a bit after that.
I tried virtually every diet plan out there to get closer to my goals but never seemed to find a plan that I could live with and would produce long term consistent results until I realized the absolute importance of calories.
It’s funny how the body seems to find a “placeholder” weight that can be difficult to change (especially downward.)
Oftentimes extreme methods are employed and the well-intended approach fizzles out due to “unsustainability.”
Getting past your placeholder weight whether it is your intention to make the scale go up or down in my opinion should never involve extremes.
Rash, intense approaches to diet almost always result in a return to square one or even a regression.
The takeaway is that for long term, sustained diet success I feel that it is imperative to follow a diet you can live with.
That’s the secret and explains why every diet approach works for some and absolutely none of them work for all.