I'm constantly aware of my life's contradiction, that I am a reasonably smart person in most ways, yet astonishing stupid when it comes to food. This rears its head most obviously when I try any version of intuitive eating.
Two weeks ago I spent a few minutes in a Barnes and Noble and saw a diet book based on intermittent fasting. I was so ineffective with it I don't even want to mention it by name, but suffice to say it's named like a Fellini movie. I had never paid much attention to intermittent fasting because it somehow sounded dangerous to me, but this book seemed to make a lot of sense. Eat for 8 hours, as much as you wanted and more or less what you wanted (with just a few guidelines on power foods), and then fast for 16 hours. By eating until you felt full, your body would know it wasn't going into starvation mode. By fasting, your body would run out of food to run on and start burning fat.
Well, you know what's coming. I didn't know when to stop during the eight hours, although I thought I was doing well because with few exceptions I did adhere remarkably well to the 16 hours of fasting. But Tuesday morning I stepped on the scale and had GAINED. So while showering, I ran through the two previous days eating and mentally added the calories. Sunday, while watching the football games in a party with the guys from my fantasy football league, I ate a whopping 4400 calories in just 6.5 hours!!! And Monday, while watching inauguration festivities on and off, I followed up with 4200. And while I have dropped calorie counting in the past because it was "hard" to count calories, I had made a pretty good estimate of two days worth of calories in two minutes in my head - proof that not overeating might be hard, but counting calories doesn't have to be.
So Tuesday, I just immediately stopped that foolishness and started counting calories. I just finished day 2 of that method, and I'm much more confident that I'll like what I see when I step on the scale. After another failure, it was very frustrating. But I won't give in. I'm never giving up.