When I was a kid and later in life after I initially hurt my back, weight has been or was a problem. As a kid it was because of diet and believe it or not......stress. Had a lot as a kid but from nothing I'm comfortable sharing. However, I was active in sports (mostly weights but I did wrestle and play football), rode dirt bikes and even rode 3 10 speed bikes into the ground. One was even a Viscount V3000GS!
As an adult, I got pretty healthy, and really slimmed down. Still lifted weights but not like I once did because of the restaurant industry and it's hours. Bought one more bike and rode that as often as I could but again, the hours made it impossible. Played some golf (walked and pulled my bag often) even took up snow skiing and made a couple trips out west (Utah and AZ) for late winter/early spring skiing. Stress always messed with things as did the crazy hours and skipping or crazy meal times. Then I hurt my back, yet I recovered well, took up golf again, tried to ski, even took up roller blading all to stay healthy. Meds can really screw with you on weight and I certainly took my share to stay active.
Finally, the back beat me and it's been an even more difficult struggle ever since. Meds and the basic results of not being able to move well or at all from time to time, makes weight management almost impossible. We have made drastic changes in food but as Ishbel said I love food. Chef = love of food...... go figure.
I mentioned in another post about Weight Watchers. Believe it or not this is probably the best way to go.
First off, lets get this out there for discussion or dispute. Here we believe (and are trying to teach the DD) "A Diet" is not what you go on to lose weight. Basically because it's all diet or better put.... all about diet. If you eat food..........you're already on a diet. The difference is whether you eat healthy and balanced or off balance.
Counting points is a pain in the arse but it does teach you about the choices in food we make. It's just like counting calories but there's a bit more to it. Calories, fat grams and fiber grams all figure into the equation. When you only have a certain intake a day...at the moment I get 1500 daily calories with an additional 700 weekly as a bonus........ you think twice about those tater chips, fries, a slice of deep dish pizza, a hand full of cheez-its, a couple triscuits........actually everything. Well everything except veggies.
You can eat things like celery, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans by the bowl full. But things like potatoes, carrots, peas, legumes, corn, mushrooms you can't. Meats/seafoods and especially cheeses, you really have to be careful with as well. We eat more chicken than anything else now. Skinless legs and thighs all grilled or baked. Marinated but very little to no oil, little to no sauce. Burgers but the beef is 90,93 or leaner, top sirloin for whole steak but we still on the occasion have ribs or pulled shoulder. Only 2-3 bones or a small sands worth of pulled.....3oz. wt. . Pastas, breads, grains like rice, are all controlled as well but then again.....all I just mentioned above should be. All things in moderation is what this is teaches you but then you're shown how to moderate things.
Even before WW we didn't go crazy too crazy....although we ate out a lot more than we do now, but when you add it up, things like a 1lb a egg sand, even with 2% cheese and low fat ham for breakfast, a sand for lunch with chips and low fat mayo and dinner would be a box of pasta split between the 3 of us, salad and a couple slices of bread or....... a run up to even a place like our neighborhood Mexican place or Quizno's.........not the best for a healthy, balanced diet. Just needed to cut back on a couple of the choices.
My personal opinion is that Fat free stuff is not the best for you. Skim milk is about the only fat free, processed product that doesn't have something added to replace the fat to keep the volume. Reduced fat is better and what we have changed to. We just use less of it and less frequently.
In all honesty, we are human here. Hence why we are monitoring things more closely than we were just a few months ago. But that's life. Maybe before we leave this earth, we'll figure it out and not have to worry anymore but......as long as we age, have physical issues and.........eat.....Eating a healthy, balanced diet, will always be a challenge. ;)