(Please note comment policy at end. Content note: weight loss, weight regain, with discussion of specific weight loss methods.)
I lost weight the right way.
I lost the weight slowly, about a pound a week. I cut my daily calories — but not drastically. I counted calories — but I didn’t stress about getting them exactly right.* I dialed up my exercise — but not to an extreme. I enjoyed food, ate yummy things, and didn’t go hungry. I didn’t go on any fad diets or crash diets; I talked with my doctor first, and got info from reputable health care sources. I had a support system. My motivation was a specific health concern: I had trouble with my knees and feet, I wanted to alleviate the stress on them. And the weight I stopped at wasn’t super thin.
If there’s a “right” way to intentionally lose weight, a method that’s healthy with a good chance of success, this was it.
And I still gained all the weight back.
In fact, I gained all the weight back — and then some.