Your diet is simply what you choose to eat on a regular basis. You either have a diet that allows you to lose and then maintain your weight or you don't. SB is about finding what that looks like for you along the way.
There are many people here who have had success, but it comes over months and years, not in the first 2 weeks. I had several lengthy plateaus and several periods of weight gain in my journey (usually around the holidays and trips back to parents' house), and I just felt like there weren't really any better options out there, so I just kept going, working the process and eventually trusting that it would work eventually. And eventually it did. I won't lie and say mentally it was easy. It wasn't. There were always periods of doubt and self doubt. As we say in yoga, "Doubt your doubts!" And if you think losing weight is difficult, then maintenance presents it's own set of difficulties and challenges. Now you can eat "anything" in moderation only you really can't. You really have to find a way to eat pretty much exactly as you did to lose the weight in order to maintain it and you need to exercise regularly at the same time. The margin for error, calorically speaking, is far less at or near your goal weight than when you start out. If you don't build that solid foundation and learn to make it a lifestyle program you can live with and enjoy and find personal rewards simply from living a healthy, active, lifestyle, then maintenance becomes increasingly difficult and you will likely end up back where you started or worse. Results follow process. Put a valid process in place and the results will happen over time. So maybe shift the focus to the process and the things that are already working for you that you mentioned in your post. Learn to enjoy the adventure!
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