I bet if you were to ask most women, they would say they are on some sort of diet. Dieting seems like it is just what women do. I would also venture out there and say that most diets work and you will lose weight on them. However, in order to lose that weight, you have to work that plan.
When people stop losing weight they think the diet failed them. I have come to the conclusion when the scale stalls for a long period of time or the scale starts going back up, the person has stopped working the plan. I think if you are trying to lose weight there are MANY plans out there to choose from. Some plans are easier and some are harder and I truly believe that it depends on the individual and what your specific needs are.
Let’s go over some of the diets that I have tried:
Weight Watchers: WW is a great plan for some people. You can see that my sister has lost a lot on WW. I think this was the first diet that I was ever on. My sister and I joined, for the first time, in college because we had a little weight we wanted to lose. I don’t remember losing a whole lot of weight at that time on it.
I have joined WW TONS of times. When I say TONS, I mean A LOT!! My most successful time was after my first baby, I lost around 40 pounds. It must have worked well because I got pregnant right after losing that weight. Hahaha. I joined after having each of my precious babies (and then some after that) and never was able to lose like that again.
I think that my problem with WW was that I had too many choices. It was a struggle to have to plan my day and plan food for my kids and my husband. I tend to do better when things are laid out for me and I am told what to do. Some people do really well with diets like this one. I think a lot of it is very individual and depends on the person.
Jenny Craig: Yep, I did pretty good on this one once too. As college went on for me, I started to gain some weight (as some college students do). When I was home one summer, my parents had some friends who had lost weight on this and they were wondering if I wanted to try it. I said sure and they were gracious enough to pay for the plan.
In the 2 1/2 months that I was home for summer I managed to lose about 40 pounds. When I went back to school the next fall people were shocked when they saw me because I looked so different than when I had left at the beginning of summer. Jennifer had lost some weight that summer on Slim Fast so we both went back to school looking great!!
I tried to get back on Jenny Craig when my youngest child was 2 and I lost about 40 pounds again. I had a hard time paying for this one because it is expensive. I think I quit because I was giving in to too much to bad, evil food and couldn’t justify the price anymore. That one was done.
Atkins: Some of my extended family members would talk about how great this diet was for them. I also had some Moms from my MOPS group (mothers of preschoolers) who had done well on this one. I think Jennifer and I tried this one together for a summer and it didn’t last and I don’t remember losing a significant amount of weight on it. By limiting your carbs so much it seemed like you craved those more.
B-12 Vitamin Shots: There is a “doctor” here in town that is considered the “diet doctor.” I’m not actually sure what kind of doctor he is but he does have the word “doctor” in front of his name. Several people at my husband’s work tried these and had been successful on them. I needed to lose weight for my sister’s wedding so I decided to give it a try.
With this specific diet, you would go to this doctors office twice a week and get a shot in the butt each time. The shot had b-12 and some kind of appetite suppressant mixed in and who knows what else. You were then suppose to not eat over 800 calories a day. The problem was they didn’t give you an eating plan. They just said, “Don’t eat over 800 calories a day!” I think I lost 25 pounds doing this. I needed to lose a lot more than that.
Nutrisystem: This one is one of those that sends you prepackaged food in the mail. OMG, can you say horrible, inedible food. I managed to get a month’s worth down but by the time the second month came around, I couldn’t stomach the food anymore. I had Jennifer sell the rest of the month’s worth on EBay for me. I don’t remember how much I lost on this one.
HCG Drops: I have a friend who lost a lot on this diet. She has kept the weight off and has learned a whole new way of eating and looks great. These were drops that I bought that you would put under your tongue for them to get in your bloodstream, several times a day. They had you eat a limited diet that equaled up to 500 calories a day. I lost a little bit but this one wasn’t for me.
Phentermine: I still can’t believe I tried these and my mom will probably kill me when she finds out because I don’t think I ever told her I did this. Hi Mom!! Remember Phen Phen that was taken off the market because it caused heart problems for so many people? Yep, this was suppose to be a “safer” diet drug that came out years later but it was still in that family.
One of my doctor’s was giving these out with a prescription. Your blood pressure had to be below a certain number to even obtain a prescription for it because it raises your blood pressure. You also had to pay a doctor’s co-pay every month to go in to the doctor for them to weigh you, get your blood pressure and get another month’s prescription. Then, on top of all of that, you had to still pay for the prescription. I didn’t like the way I felt on these and after a few months, ended up giving almost a whole month’s worth to a friend!
Medifast: This is another pre packaged food system I did back in 2011. Most of the food comes in packets that you mix with water and eat. Some come as food like bars and puffs etc…. I did really well on this one and lost close to 70 lbs. My problem with this one is when you venture off a little bit it is really hard to get back on program and back to losing. You have to summon up all of your strength to do it. Stress and not caring anymore in 2012 led me to gain all that back plus add 4 more pounds.
When you have a lot of weight to lose, it takes you losing a lot more for people to notice. That being said, when I was down 68 or so pounds, people still didn’t realize I had lost weight. I got a lot of , “I’ve never realized how pretty you are”, or “have you done something different with your hair”? I even had the check out girl at Publix (who I had known for years because I worked with her mom years ago) say every time I went in there for a while, “your makeup looks great, what are you doing differently”? I would just smile and say “I’m not doing anything different with my makeup, but thank you”. While I wanted to scream at her and all of them, “I HAVE LOST 70 POUNDS”!!!!!!! But I didn’t.
First off, I have to commend my husband for putting up with me through a lot of these. He has been a trooper and has literally loved me through thick and thin. He loves me no matter what size I am but he really wants me healthy to be around for him and the kids many more years. I promise, he did tell me this.
After writing these, I realize what a diet failure I am and the sickness I have with diet plans so I am going about this whole “losing weight” thing differently. I have chosen one of these plans to go back on to lose my weight. I will not refer to it in my blogs as “my diet”. I will refer to it as my “eating plan”. This is what it will be for me. My eating plan for me to lose weight. I will follow the chosen eating plan to “work the plan” so the plan will work for me!!
Now, I know what all of you are thinking, “Well, which one did you choose?!?” I am so sorry to do this to you, but you will have to wait until this weekend to find out because that will be my next blog post!! I will let you know which plan I chose and how my first week and a half went on that plan. My question to you is, what plan do you think I went with and which plans have you tried in the past?