My personal weight loss journey
First and foremost I want to be clear and say this is not an ad. This is my personal opinions and thoughts on dieting. I have to be honest, other than elementary school, I cannot remember a time when I was skinny. I developed really early, by the time I got to middle school I had fully developed breast, booty, and thighs. I never really complained about it at the time, I really enjoyed the attention (though it was for the wrong reasons) and I was often able to sneak in the clubs with my older cousins because I could pass for being older than I was (kids don’t try this at home). By the time I got to college the freshman 15 hit but I didn’t stress about it one bit. I have always been comfortable in my own skin and never considered myself as “plus size” or “curvy” until I started blogging. I can remember being called fat by a boy in 2009 and I was hurt by the comment, more so because I didn’t think I was. I wore a size 10 at the time and being curvy or thick wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today. As a matter of fact, most girls wanted to be skinny like super models and having a big but was gross to some. Fast forward to 2020 and being plus size, curvy, fat is definitely trending these days. I refuse to get into a debate about if someone that is Lizzo’s size should lose weight or someone Zendaya’s size should gain weight. I truly believe if you are happy with your size, no one should tell you what is best for you. Of course, if you start having medical problems do to your weight I think consulting a doctor for advice is key.
Why I won’t do Keto or another fad diet
I have never been into diets, mostly because I do not like being restricted with anything. Also, most of them are fads and usually you have to eliminate something your body needs. On the other hand you might have to have more of something your body doesn’t need to loss weight. Keto is very popular these days, I have friends currently on it and they have lost a lot of weight. After researching I found that Keto diet could cause some serious health risk. For one thing, it is high in saturated fat, which has been linked to heart disease. Additionally, a nutrient deficiency and constipation could occur since the keto diet id very low in fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. By no means am I trying to discourage or discredit anyone’s success with Keto. I just know it is not the right diet for me.
Why I choose Weight Watchers
Not that it is a great thing, but I have maintained the same weight for about 2 years now. I eat a little better than I did years ago and I try to work out. Working out is a constant struggle for me. As a blogger, we take pictures a lot and I am very critical about the way I look in them. My problem area is my stomach, I really dislike my stomach because it is not as flat as I would like it to be. I usually wear shapewear during my photoshoots but its part of the reason I decided I wanted to lose weight. I tried Weight Watchers before, years ago before Oprah put her stamp of approval on it. I lost weight but didn’t eat right so I gained it back plus more. I was newly divorced and eating is what made me feel better.
I decided to give Weight Watchers another try because it is the easiest diet for me to commit to. I really hate the word diet because I always look at them as being temporary fixes. I am going to call this altering my eating habits a bit. What I like most about Weight Watchers is that I can still enjoy the foods I want. You are given a certain amount of points daily and you are able to track what you eat with the app which is very convenient. If the food has a barcode on the packaging, scan it in the app and it tracks the points for you. I really love Chick fil A, I can eat an entire meal and be under my points but I probably would only be limited to fruit and vegetables the remainder of the day. Because I don’t want to limit myself like that, I usally get the Chick fil A grilled nuggets, which are only 2 points, a fruit cup instead of fries, zero points and a water, zero points. If I want to drink something with caffeine, I get a Coke zero, which is also zero points. I am trying to eliminate sugary drinks all together but sweet tea is my weakness.
I started the program only 2 weeks ago and already lost 8 pounds without exercising. Now, I plan to kick it up a notch and include working out a few times a week. I do have my cheat moments when I go over my points every now and than but I try to make it up by staying below my points the next day. Weight Watchers also give you a cook book which has over 100 recipes you can try that has little to no points. I also love the fact that they have a support group in your area. They meet weekly and are their to assist you with staying the course. I haven’t gotten a chance to attend one yet but I have a friend who had been doing WW for a while so she is my accountability partner. We share with each other what we ate for the day and we talk each other off the ledge when we want to eat something really bad. Weight Watchers is not for everyone but it is working out great for me thus far.