Jill Carlson, 38, Chicago
I have always had a tumultuous relationship with food and my body. Over the years, I tried every tactic I could to change my body…
How I Gained the Weight
I finally thought I had found success when I lost 60 pounds over a 2-year span. Life was good. I had done an excellent job of exercising excessively and restricting myself to what I deemed healthy food.
But eventually, I couldn’t do it anymore. I gained back all the weight I had lost, plus 15 more. I tried everything to keep my weight gain at bay: Jenny Craig, Seattle Sutton, Weight Watchers, you name it. I experimented with personal trainers, boot camp, food diaries, dietitians, and more.
What Was Wrong With Me?
I hated myself for gaining weight. What was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I follow a diet? Soon unhealthier behaviors followed: over-exercising twice a day, self-hatred, chewing & spitting out food without eating it. All they did was fuel my binge eating.