There are two separate objectives that you could have when approaching weight loss: wellness or thinness. If you can stick to a diet, you can definitely lose weight and achieve thinness; it’s not that hard to do.
You only need discipline and a solid, steady, pace, and the weight will drop off. Whether or not the diet is healthy for your body is a separate issue, but you can lose weight on several different diets.
The other objective you could have in weight loss is wellness. Achieving wellness doesn’t mean that you don’t want to or do not lose weight, however it isn’t just about fitting into a certain size, or seeing a certain number on the scale. Yes, these things are very motivating and I enjoy them myself, however if the only reason you are interested in weight loss is to be thin, then you very possibly may find yourself overweight again in the future.
I do want to lose weight (and am doing it!), however my main goal is health and wellness. I have gone through the experience of losing weight and disregarding the reasons that lead me to overweight in the first place, and I ended up right back where I started. I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to be thin, trim, and healthy, however thin and skinny for the sake of being thin and skinny isn’t my agenda, not at all.
What is your objective? Are you more interested in wellness and healing your issues with food, nutrition, exercise, and weight? Do you want to heal your issues with yourself, your body image, your thoughts and self-talk? Or, are you solely interested in getting thin (and by any means possible)? If you are only interested in thinness, perhaps your experience will be different than mine, and you will be able to maintain it for life, however I don’t think it is likely unless significant changes occur.
Not everyone is the same, however I do think that there is a reason that so many people are repeat dieters. We must heal the bottom line issues that got us overweight in the first place if we have the expectation of achieving lifelong success, and, most importantly, freedom from food obsessions and peace of mind.