When January 1st comes around, out comes the infomercials on weight loss. From Weight Watchers to NutriSystem, to the now popular Ketogenic diet, new year new you slogans pull you into the system. Throughout my weight struggles, I have tried a multitude of methods to lose the fat just short of weight loss surgery. Fad diets, publicized diets, pills, starvation, teas, you name it I have done it. My most successful means of losing weight was thanks to Weight Watchers. Now before you click out of this window, this is not a sponsored post, this is going to be my take on these types of diet plans and why I do not care for them. That’s right, I lost weight on Weight Watchers and I am telling you I am not a fan personally. I will explain why.
Let me preface this by saying Weight Watchers did initially work for me. I managed to go from 220 something pounds down to 165 pounds, the lowest I have ever recall weighing aside from 110 pounds in 3rd grade. I was able to keep off the weight for about a year, but then it came back. Now, that is not due to the plan itself, however, I never learned to cook for myself. I could go down to my local grocery store and pick up some SmartOnes or Healthy Choice meals and boom. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was served. Is that WW’s fault? No, of course not. However, I was young and lazy, so of course, I would take the easy weigh out. Like the pun there? I never felt like I learned anything about healthy habit forming and eating.
The Atkin’s diet is another plan that I have tried and that lasted for about a week, max. Carbs are a major part of my life, I love them, appreciate them, and enjoy them daily. Reading about restricting the carb intake immediately put a sour taste in my mouth. When I feel like I can’t have something or I have to restrict or limit something because of a diet plan, I already set myself up to fail. All I think about is what I can’t have. This also holds true with the Ketogenic diet. I want to be able to enjoy food, not wonder if I can have it or not because of some diet plan I am on. Also, the vigorous counting, least with the Atkin’s diet, I am not sure about the Ketogenic diet, bothered me and unmotivated me in even attempting to continue with the program.
One diet plan that I have not tried and refuse to try is the NutriSystem. Now I have not researched any of this, just taking information from the various infomercials I have watched. However, it teaches you absolutely NOTHING about nutrition. They give you pre-portioned meals and send it to your door. You don’t have to count calories or points, just heat and eat. So, what happens when you stop ordering NutriSystem then? You haven’t learned anything about how to portion out meals or how to cook. It is a way to lose $300 every month for one person and something that is not sustainable for the everyday person.
After all of that, I want you to understand that if these diet plans work for you, that is fantastic! I am truly happy for you. They are just not things that fit me or my life and that is okay. I love Kristi from RawBeautyKristi on YouTube and she lost 40 pounds thanks to the Ketogenic diet and that is amazing. What works for me, may not work for you and vice versa. That is the beauty of our bodies and lives, we are all different. If you have been on one of these diet plans, let me know how it worked for you! Are you still on it? What are your thoughts on these systems? No matter what, do what works for you and keep moving forward.