Dr. Oz: Dark Side to Skinny
Dr. Oz talked to Andie Mitchell, a woman who lost 135 pounds and discovered a “dark side to skinny”. In her new book It Was Me All Along, she shares her struggle.
For 20 years, Andie Mitchell was the “biggest person” she knew. She thought that getting skinny would be an answer to her problems. She wasn’t expecting it to come with problems of its own.
Dr. Oz: Life After Losing the Weight
Once she lost the weight, she had no idea how to stay thin. Now, people noticed her weight and she worried it would fluctuate. She also felt sad about the fact that she changed this superficial part of herself and somehow felt validated because of it. If a man noticed her, she’d talk herself out of it, because she still viewed herself as overweight.
“The reality is, you lose weight and a new chapter of life just begins. You still have problems and stress and all of the things that come at you, only now you can’t turn back to food as your coping mechanism,” she said.
Dr. Oz: Eating Your Emotions
In the book, she said, “I was left with the emotions I’d eaten for 20 years.”
Sometimes when she feels discomfort, she wonders if she’s actually hungry or just feeling bad. She said she’ll always view herself as she was in middle school.
Dr. Oz: Getting Used to Your Body
Jamie in the audience recently lost 50 pounds and said sometimes when she looks in the mirror, she feels like it’s not real. She wondered if Andie struggled with that, too. Andie said she does, but it takes time. You have to get used to the new body.
Dr. Oz: Keeping Motivated About Weight Loss
Lisa recently lost 60 pounds and she wondered how Andie keeps motivated. Andie said she keeps her goals in mind and gets re-energized by them. She does still have cupcakes sometimes, but she does feel confident in feeling strong.
Another woman lost 40 pounds for her wedding and she’s had trouble maintaining her weight. Andie said it’s hard because the scale can be our way to judge ourselves. Dr. Oz advised not using the scale at all.
Yet another woman worries about losing herself as a person if she loses the weight. Andie said that the truth is, you will never lose who you are whatever weight you are. She said everyone will always have their personality.
What do you think? If you’re trying to lose weight and imagining the future, how do you think it would affect your life? If you lost the weight, how did it affect your life? Let us know in the comments!