I have been a serial dieter over the years, starting with Atkins in the early 00s, then Dukan a few years later, then keto several times over the years. I would always have really good success with the weight loss, so typically at about 7-8 months when I was getting close to my desired weight, I would get into the false mental mindset that I was all done. Hooray, now I’ll be this weight forever! Except alas, no. Each time I would fall back to the old “eat anything I want”, and the effect of that is when I finally said enough is enough, my starting weight to loose was higher and higher each time.
I got to enough is enough in March of this year, and I was at the heaviest I had ever been, 5’7" and 206 lbs, and belly fat out the wazoo. I know I was pre-diabetic, though I hadn’t been tested for that, and I frequently suffered from acid reflux and any other uncomfortable stomach issue you can imagine.
I think what is helping this time is both the mental mind shift that this isn’t a diet or a phase, it really is a lifestyle choice. And honestly, finding out about IF has really helped me. My family and I were in NY for vacation recently, and when they wanted to go to a pizza place or bagel place, I could easily just skip that meal. It’s so nice to be in a place where that food doesn’t even tempt me, and I know I can find something later and not be “starving” the whole time. Plus acid reflux is totally gone, it’s so nice to be in a state where my stomach is just there and feels exactly the same day after day.
Anyway, long post just to say I totally get your struggle.