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I don’t like diets – it is true. However after a lot of reading, and educating myself, I feel more in power about the decisions I make when it comes to eating; and with the help of WW online, I’ve gotten my confidence back in the way I approach eating everyday.
Diets have a lot to answer for with myself and many females – I have a lot of issues surrounding food thanks to years wasted dieting and restricting my food intake.
I have lost weight, and put it back on, and lost it again and put it back on again; all the while losing sight of how to eat normally.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but last year I realised I’d forgotten how to eat. What do I eat for breakfast? What about snacks? I’m so used to restricting my diet, I’ve forgotten how to eat normally.
My grandmother would have been mortified (she was a nutritionist).
So I read books – I read about intuitive eating, and how diets have absolutely ruined society. Females specifically.
How the pressure to look a certain way, combined with the rhetoric that certain foods were bad, meant us women were constantly striving to achieve something unachievable.
Restricting food has been proven to have the opposite effect of helping people lose weight – it just makes the food you restrict be even more desirable.
So when you reach your goal weight, and stop dieting, you end up eating those restricted foods and end up putting the weight back on.
It’s a vicious cycle.
However, at my heaviest (100kgs), I was not happy with my body; and that was ok. So many people tell you “you have to learn to love it” but I just couldn’t.
So after reading about intuitive eating, I decided to give it a shot.
Up until that point, I felt like I’d tried everything – 1200 calorie diets, Keto, juice cleanses, multiple meal plans AND MORE.
At the end of the day the only way to lose weight is to eat less, and eat a more balanced diet.
I realised that in order to lose weight, but eat what I wanted; I had to track what I was eating. So I could keep myself accountable and learn about my eating habits.
But after years of calorie counting, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it again – because it meant I would restrict myself just to hit that calorie target – and that wasn’t good for my mental health OR my physical health.
So I went back to Weight Watchers – now called WW – and signed up to their online-only section.
WW uses a points based system to track food – each food is allocated points (instead of calories) and you are given a total number to work with each day.
All fruits and vegetables (and other healthy foods) are ZERO points. Which means WW encourages you to eat these.
You’re encouraged to eat more healthier foods, and balance it out with other things.
So you can still eat what you want – you’re just encouraged to eat just a little and keep it balanced. Instead of shoving it all in your mouth, like I love doing.
I just personally found this so helpful to get my brain back on track to eating normal.
The WW online app connected with my Apple watch, and would basically credit me points when I exercised.
So I could keep track of everything in one spot.
I don’t like diets, that’s true, but I also needed help in learning to eat normal again and I truly believe WW has helped me do that.
I’ve been using it for over a year now, and have lost a little over 15kgs. YEP that’s right – I was 100kgs and now I’m 85kgs ish. I still have a little more to go but so far I don’t feel like I’ve had to sacrifice anything.
In fact, the WW team recently reached out to me asking if I’d like to be a part of their affiliate program.
Which means if you click on any of the WW links, and sign up, I get a finders fee for sending you their way.
WW currently has a promotion going where you get 40% off 4 month and 7 month plans (conditions apply).
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