From a young age I can recall struggling with my weight and feeling like I was never small enough. As a result I always used fad diets to quickly shed the pounds off. I’ve been on various fasts, the grape fruit diet, the low carb diet, the one meal a day diet, the cabbage soup diet, you name it and I have probably tried it. While they all provided me with instant gratification, they did not give me lasting results. I would then go back to unhealthy eating habits and consequently would re-gain the weight. Year after year I went on repeating these unhealthy habits until I finally experienced an awakening that changed my life.
There was a time in my life when I had fallen ill and was forced to take prednisone (steroids) to reduce the inflammation in my body that the illness had caused. One of the side effects of prednisone was weight gain from water retention in the body. My health improved, but I was faced with a new issue; Within a short period of time I gained 40 pounds. I thought that I would get rid of the weight with one of the lose weight quick fad diets that I used in the past, but I was wrong. I tried different methods to lose weight, however with this massive weight gain none of them worked. This was the heaviest I had weighed in my entire life. I could not fit into any of my clothes, my ankles were swollen, and it was painful to walk. I felt self conscious and uncomfortable in my own skin. I did not want to leave the house from a fear of being judged, because I did not look the way that people were used to seeing me.
I fell into a deep depression and gained an additional 10 pounds, which brought me to a 50 pound weight gain. I made a commitment every week to “start my diet” but I would quickly get side tracked and cheat only to promise myself that I would start over again on Monday. Well needless to say months passed and still no progress. I eventually gave up and felt that I would never lose the weight. I did not have any new clothing, because I thought that I would quickly lose the weight and fit right back into my old clothing, but that did not happen.
The self defeating thoughts only lasted for a diminutive amount of time, because I was determined to lose the weight. With all of the free time I had sitting at home I conducted a great deal of research and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on diet programs and tips. At the time a large number of people were reporting positive weight loss results from going on low carb diets. They reported that this regimen worked as long as you adhered to it exactly the way it was designed. So I decided to try it; after all I had nothing to lose but weight. I lost 15 pounds on the low carb diet. The problem was once I decided to stray from the strict regimen the weight instantly returned; I did not want to live like this; therefore I knew I needed another option.
While researching one day I discovered a program called Weight Watchers. The name was very familiar and I remembered viewing ads and commercials for it. There was the option to attend a meeting in my area or participate in the program online. So I decided to go to a meeting, because I was curious to discover if it was as simple as people reported it to be. There were people at the meeting who spoke about their amazing weight loss results and how they did not feel like they were depriving themselves. I learned that this was a sensible diet plan that did not force you to starve or deprive yourself of different foods. It actually taught you to how to make sensible food choices so I decided to try it. I was busy going to school full time so I opted to continue the weight watchers program online, because It was more realistic for my busy life style. The support was still available through numerous forums on their website and also community meetings if needed.
If you do not know how weight watchers works it gives you a points system which is your daily calorie intake placed into points. The amount of points you are allowed to eat per day is based upon how much you weigh. Aside from the daily points allowance you are also allowed extra points per week just in case you would like a snack or have a social function to attend that involves food. Weight Watchers has a common sense approach to eating and teaches you to eat smarter and healthier to make sure you are full and satisfied.
I purchased a weight watchers scale for my weekly weigh-ins, entered my points online, and went to the message boards for support, motivation, recipes, and questions or concerns. I also incorporated Pilates and The Firm as my workout regimens. The rest was history. The weight melted off.
Weight Watchers is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone trying to lose the weight and keep it off. I lost 40 pounds on weight watchers and have been able to keep it off. This program allows you to make sensible choices and teaches you to do this long term and not as a quick fix. The weight will start to come off within your first week on the program.
For any of you who are struggling with losing weight or feel helpless I am empathetic to how you feel, because I have been in your shoes. I believe things happen for a reason and I am so excited to share my knowledge with anyone wanting to lose weight; whether it is 5 pounds or 50 pounds. Trust me you can achieve it if you set your mind to it, are tenacious on your journey, and build strength to give up unhealthy foods. The power is within YOU!!!
What are you waiting for? If you’ve tried everything in your power to lose weight trust me Weight Watchers will be the final stop on your weight loss journey.
I am still in awe of my amazing results. I have been able to maintain my weight loss and surprisingly I have lost more weight, because I’ve grown accustomed to making healthier food choices. Trust me it WORKS!