I read your Eating Less book some years ago and again recently and it helped a lot in gaining control of my eating. As a result I have lost excess weight and am now three stones below what I weighed at my peak. I enjoy my increased mobility and I am happy with the way I look too. I have a question about the medical profession’s obsession with BMI as a measure of health.
I have been overweight since I was 9 years old. As I got older, due to addictive eating and dieting, I reached obese level and this is why I have taken action and redressed the situation. I have now reached stability through following your advice as well as fasting intermittently, which I feel benefits me by giving my body a regular rest.
I am happy as I am now. However, I have not reached my ideal BMI and weight, and remain about 10 pounds overweight according to the charts. Based on other measurements, such as waist-to-hip ratio, I am perfectly healthy and I feel healthy too.
But when I go to the doctor I still dread being told that I should lose some more weight. I don’t want to go back to diet mentality. I wonder whether the reason for not reaching ‘ideal’ weight is that I cannot get rid of the fat cell walls for all those fat cells that were once plump and are now deflated. I wonder whether we should make allowance for such extra flesh for those, like me, that used to have quite a lot of fat and have lost it.
Am I on to something real or is my addiction trying to find another excuse for me not to cut down further on eating? What do you think?