Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Coffey, Before & During

When obesity has roots in shame, loving our larger bodies (in my case, a 300 pound body) may contribute to healthy, sustainable weight loss. We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then … [Read more...]

Portrait of the Trainer as an Addict

Kelly Coffey Before 307lbs c

How do you know you're addicted to sugar and starch? I get this question a lot. Admittedly, sugar and starch addiction is less devastating than alcoholism or drug addiction. But just because I've never sold my body for a bagel doesn't make it any less of an addiction. So how do I know I'm a sugar … [Read more...]

That Cookie is a Cannibal

cookie cannibal

If you struggle with sugar addiction or compulsive overeating, you eat the first cookie, but that cookie eats all the rest. Here's what it can look like when one sets a binge in motion. I’ve been enjoying a weeks-long period of true abstinence from the foods that make me crazy. Energetic and … [Read more...]

The Case for Abstinence Over Control

That's right, get angry.

If portion-controlled diets make you feel like you're having a food-related asthma attack (can't....get...enough...food), but the way you eat normally makes you miserable, abstinence - not just a low-carb diet - may be a strong choice. If you've ever been on Weight Watchers or other … [Read more...]