I am the statistic. 
But I’m not alone. There are millions of us who are a part of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Don’t get me wrong; I’m overweight but not quite obese, and am relatively healthy—though close to the border with blood pressure, and once in awhile my blood sugar gets a bit high and my doctor reminds me about the diabetes in my family (as if I could forget). I’m a little over on the senior side of middle-aged. But I stay busy, work hard, and I am active (I do love my couch, though). Nonetheless, I am fat.
No, it’s okay. I’m fine with that word; I own it. I come from a line of beautiful but too-thick-in-the-middle women. At present, I am about 25 or 30 pounds over what I should be. I blame my now 20-year-old twins, who I had at 40; it’s hard to lose double-the-baby weight when you’re in perimenopause phase.
Kidding. I don’t blame my twins, but after struggling with infertility it took years, surgeries, and procedures to at 39, not only get pregnant, but actually sustain it. I’d had a number of horrible and terrifying miscarriages over the previous two decades. Having children was very important to me and if it meant I’d gain 70 pounds at just about the time weight like that would find a home and stick to me like glue, I didn't care.
But listen, it hasn’t been all about that baby fat. By any stretch. I was an emotional eater since I was very young; troubled dysfunctional home (many of you know what I’m talking about). As a teenager—in addition to all the other not-so-bucolic home life experiences—I was overweight. Not substantially, but I had a thick layer of fat to protect me should I have to survive in the wild for the winter.
It’s funny, but not funny. Being overweight in our society has been a burden and I am not alone. Millions and millions of women have been ridiculed, ignored, treated unjustly and body shamed. I know I'm preaching to the choir. I hear you. Anyway, in my lifetime, I have been on a lot of diets. A lot being an understatement.
Now this diet we’ll be talking about today, I know intimately. We’ve been in an on-and-off relationship for decades. But before we begin, there’s a few other things you should know about me. I am honest to a fault. I am skeptical and dubious, but also intellectually curious by nature. But don’t try to pull one over on me; I can be soft on the inside and am often hard on the outside.
I have been researching and writing for a very long time. Twenty-five years ago I was paid like I was royalty and like I should have been paid; nowadays, I get paid a pittance. It’s shameful, really. Writing is not a field you go into to get rich. I had no illusions, but I was good at it (especially observing, reporting, researching, investigating, and then writing; I was award-winning. Big awards, even.) But in the past decade, it seems writers and editors of a certain age are just not valued. It’s at once sad and for me, a constant worry.
This gig, writing these reviews, is pretty much a labor of love for my fellow struggling-with-weight humans because I am telling you the truth: I am paid literal pennies, but by some good people trying to do good work, so I roll with it. I promise to give it my all in every review I write. Why? Because I am you and I know what you feel and while I’m no hero, I do my homework, and I will be as honest and open with you as I can be as we all fight this fight. I don’t have all the answers, but I do my research; I test and try. And when I have personal experiences with a diet, I’ll share these with you. You can rest assured that I call out the bull when I encounter it. That said, when something's perhaps good for you, I point that out, even if it’s not necessarily good for me.
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