We’re right after the holiday season and most people run off to the gym in January to get rid of unwanted pounds and get in shape.
I started out allowing myself 75 grams of carbs a day. After 10 days, I hadn’t lost a pound. 🙁
So I quickly adjusted it and dropped it down to 40 grams a day (allowing an extra 5, as a safe zone).
Cons: The bad part is, this type of dieting doesn’t help you learn how to change to healthier habits so you might possibly gain your weight back after reaching your weight goals.
Learning healthier eating habits is the key to continued success in weight loss and then maintaining your weight.
Pre-packaged Meals (Jenny Craig, NutriSystem).
Pros: They send you food for the month. It’s very easy and already categorized like breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
You don’t have to worry about counting calories or meal planning and you don’t have to cook! Yep – I like that one.
Cons: May not be cost effective and within your budget. Weight Watchers appears to be the least expensive, followed by Nutri-system and Jenny Craig.
Depending on your plan, generally can be between $300 and $600. If you’re a picky eater, you just may not like the taste of the food.
Replacement Meal Shakes:
The ones everyone knows about is SlimFast or various Protein Drinks. You replace one or two meals/day with a protein shake.
Pros: The only one I can think of is convenience. They do work if you are consistent.
Cons: SlimFast and other diet shakes have been known to be gassy and give other indigestive issues. Cost is another issue if you have a lot of weight to lose. Many taste like bad cake mix.
Again, you do not learn proper eating habits after the weight is gone. Can gain the weight back fast.
On this diet, you reduce either fat or calories or both.
Pros: You choose what you eat, and how much, as long as you’re reducing your calories and/or fat. Yes, cutting fat and calories will help you lose weight.
Cons: Only these two factors won’t work long-term. It’s better to reduce calorie intake and fat and learn which foods are good to eat, why and when to eat them. For me, reducing calories didn’t work. Reducing carbs did.
No-No Diets: A diet where you eat only one type of food and eliminate others.
Cons: Miss out on vital nutrients and vitamins needed for a healthy diet. All food groups are necessary for healthy nutrition and completely eliminating one or the other is, in the long run, not healthy.
Things like all juice diets or all soup diets will not give you all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Don’t Forget To Exercise
Finally, I exercised. Let us not forget that! Thirty minutes a day everyday. I bought a tape of African Dancing on Steps (unique and interesting) and did it 30 minutes without fail, everyday. No matter what exercise you choose, you must do something.
In the long run, it’s up to you. Sometimes people end up trying different ways, like I did before you find what works for you.
For now, I think many diets fail for various people because there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet. Everyone has a different body type, different life style, different genes, all of which play a role in your dieting strategy. That’s perfectly all right, just don’t give up and find what works for you!
When I lost that weight it was about 15 years ago and I have to start that journey again and keep my weight consistent due to high blood pressure, cholesterol. things are different.
Body type and metabolism play an important part – I’ll tell you what I’m doi (Another blog post) 🙂
So have you ever had to lose weight? What plan or program did you use or did you fall upon something that worked for you?
Please share. My experience is only my experience. Would be interested in others as well.
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