Of course you all know that I have struggled with my weight since adolescence. However, I have been very successful at losing weight twice. The first time I lost 49 pounds with Weight Watchers (tracking and portion control) while I was in college. I was able to keep it off for a year, and quit going to the weekly meetings, because I thought I was “cured.” Most recently, I lost 54 pounds with a physician created weight management program at Washington University. It combined weekly group sessions with a therapist, a strict meal plan (high protein, low carb) and some meal replacement shakes. I maintained this weight loss for roughly 2 years until recently, the weight has gradually resurfaced in all the areas I wish it had not. I decided to take an honest look at all of the “diets” I’ve tried in the past to review why I was success and why I wasn’t while looking at my personal Pros & Cons. I don’t think I’ve ever listed ALL of them. So here it goes, in no particular order.
Atkins: Pros: Fast weight loss Cons: Umm who doesn’t like bread, pasta or dessert
Master Cleanse: Pros: Fast Weight Loss, taught me that missing a meal is not a crime, curbed cravings, lemonade tastes good Cons: Not healthy long term
Wash Univ Weight Management: Pros: Helped explain the psychology of eating Cons: Very Expensive (like car note expensive)
Fat loss for Idiots: Pros: Easy meal plan to follow Cons: The same foods get boring
Cabbage Soup: Pros: I Don’t know, because I didn’t stick with it Cons: Difficult to only eat cabbage soup especially for breakfast
Weight loss Hypnosis: Pros: Helps silence the “negative voices”, motivates you to stay on track effortlessly, all natural, no side effects Cons: Non really, you just have to remember to do it.
HCG Drops: Pros: Helps curb appetite Cons: Could have weird side effects, and what happens when you stop taking the drops?
Fasting: Pros: Great way to cleanse, fast weight loss Cons: Not a long term solution
Chinese Witch Doctor: (so actually, he was a Chinese acupuncturist that put suction cups on my stomach and gave me herbal pills and teas) Pros: All natural Cons: Just a little weight loss
Some Weight Loss Supplement from GNC: Pros: I don’t know because… Cons: I had a horrific allergic reaction and my eyes were swollen shut the 1st day I took it.
Weight Watchers: The Best “Diet” I know… Pros: Easily adopted as a lifestyle, no foods off limits, support Cons: Keep points forever
Those are my thoughts…What diets have you tried….What works for you?