How Mary Ann Lost 29 Pounds Without Dieting
If you follow my work, you’ll know that I teach women how to stop dieting and start eating the foods they love.
I recently had a great call with one of the students on my 16 Week Advanced Emotional Eating Mastermind Program and I wanted to share her story with you. Mary Ann (names have been changed to protect the innocent) has been dieting most of her life. She’d go to parties and excuse herself from eating desserts because they weren’t included in her latest diet, she deprived herself of most carbs because she knew that “carbs make you fat”, and most of her meals consisted of lean protein and vegetables. But sometimes, late at night when nobody was watching, she’d go to the refrigerator and devour whatever was in there… and she had about 40 extra pounds to show for it.
Mary Ann started with my 6 Week Skinny Genes program and she did not buy into my “eat what you want and not what you ‘should’” approach to weight loss. She then graduated to the Mastermind Program where we explored this in more depth and after a few weeks she decided to give it a try.
When people give up their diet mentality they tend to go a bit wild with food at first. They see my request as permission to eat the foods they’ve been depriving themselves of for SOOO very long…they eat cookies, bread, pasta, cake, candies, pie and pizza without guilt and they feel an amazing sense of freedom they haven’t experienced for a LONG time.
This is step one, where I personally stayed for a year. I just loved giving myself the freedom to eat anything, it felt like I had been released from jail, and so did Mary Ann.
But after a few months of eating this way she came to me frustrated, “I’m not losing weight and I feel like shit. Brittany, I don’t think I want to eat whatever I want anymore. I just don’t like the way I feel when I eat pasta and sugar.”
BINGO!! Jackpot!! I explained to her that she had finally experienced a cognitive shift around diets and weight loss and NOW, and ONLY NOW, she could start to make decisions based on how her body feels by honoring its wants and desires, versus what a book or diet plan tells her.
She immediately understood what a different place this decision was coming from. How now when she’s at a party and she passes on the dessert, it will be because she is honoring her body, not depriving it.
I’m sharing this story with you in the hope that it gives you some motivation to start tuning in and listening to your body’s true wants and desires, instead of your head running the show.
PS: In January, I’ll be hosting a 30 Day Sugar Detox Program with my rockstar nutritionist Maria Rippo, more information to follow. Click here to be added to the waiting list.