I was only able to lose—and keep off—the 30 extra pounds I was lugging around once I stopped treating food as an emotional crutch and put it back in perspective as the fuel that it is. Once I made the rules about when to eat (basically, whenever my body truly needed refueling, with a few treats here and there), I could pretty much eat what I wanted. When I stopped feeding emotional hunger with food, I stopped having to worry about never feeling satisfied. Gradually, what I ate began to shift toward the healthier end of the spectrum. And success led to success. Once I was able to reorganize my eating life, the rest took care of itself. Six years down the road and well out of college, leading a healthy lifestyle that provides all the nutrition I need, while allowing for indulging in moderation, has become second nature to me.
I'll talk more specifically about my journey in Step 1, but the point I'm trying to make is that I know what it's like to be the "big girl." I know how much you want to do what is in your own best interest, and I know how badly you want to look and feel your best. This book—and your own commitment to success—are all you need to create a plan that works for you. Now let's take that first step.
Excerpted from The Dorm Room Diet, by Daphne Oz
Copyright © 2010 by Daphne Oz
Reprinted by permission of Newmarket Press, 18 East 48 Street, New York, NY 10017