Ok, so I've just posted a video on YouTube called A guide to Weight Watcher's. If you're interested in joining and want to find out how much it costs and basically how to use the propoints system, along with foods I've found to be good (or bad in some cases) check it out at: http://youtu.be/EdQ0FltOdr8 **Please note I am not affiliated with Weight Watcher's nor am I paid to advertise it. Just a user with 100% honest opinions :)
So, now the formalities are out of the way...let's get down to the results. I've been thoroughly impressed with my weight loss so far!
Week 1: -2 lbs
Week 2: -1 lb
Week 3: -2 lbs
Week 4: -1.5 lbs
Total (to date): -6.5 lbs!!! YAY =D
For me, it seems I lose more weight when I use up the majoirty of my weekly points but everyone is different so you will have to trial out what is best for you. I'm guessing it is also something to do with the amount of exercise you do during the week.
Now, I've never been one of those people that can just cut down on my food, add a little exercise and see great results. It's always my argument that if you don't eat masses to begin with, it's hard to cut down on your food without any help! I've never been someone that will eat piles of food but I guess I do eat the wrong foods. I would go so far as to say...I'm Ellie and I'm addicted to junk food!
However, since starting WW I feel I've managed to overcome my junk food obsession and actually change my outlook on fatty foods. The feeling I've had from adjusting my diet from takeaways to more healthy alternatives has been quite remarkable. I feel a lot more energised and my skin is reaping the benefits. I do suffer with spots/ pimples on my face regardless but in terms of the cellulite on my legs and stomach...I can definitely see an improvement! Yes I said CELLULITE! I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on this?!
Obviously the exercise I've added to my schedule will also have impacted, yet without the improvement in the food I'm eating I don't think I'd have physically have had the energy to do it in the first place!
Now I don't suppose WW will be everybody's cup of tea! You do have to literally live and breathe ProPoints and track track track what you eat. So if you're not one for calculating or are not prepared to religiously track your food then this maybe isn't the way to go.
I've heard a lot of people get on well with Slimming World, including my mum who had great success when doing this diet on her own. I'm not fully uptodate with SW but I grasp that the general concept is that you either eat foods high in protein or alternatively eat carbohydrates. BUT, I have a rather strange phobia...(well maybe it isn't that strange? You can decide)...but basically I cannot touch raw meat. I cannot touch it with my bare hands, with gloves or with any utensils FULLSTOP. It's something to do with the blood and texture of it that I just cannot stand...So I do not deal with meat unless it's the processed type. (How healthy right?! hehe). So anyway, this ruled out the protein diet for me and the thought of a lot of carbs just didn't sound brilliant...too stodgy!
Most important is to find what works for you and something that isn't just going to be a fad e.g. lose some weight then come off the plan and put it all back on and maybe more. It's my goal to keep Weight Watcher's going so that it isn't just a quick fix diet but more a lifestyle change. Obviously when I reach my goal weight I'm guessing I will be allocated more ProPoints and aim to maintain.
If you watch the video above you will see that WW definitely isn't about denying yourself of chocolate or snacks completely, but it's just about finding the balance. To be honest I sometimes feel like I'm eating more on this plan than when I wasn't following WW but I guess not eating enough can be a downfall in itself. The plan is carefully calculated for you as an individual so it will ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need, so long as you are eating all of your daily points allocated.
I would absolutely LOVE to hear from any WW follower's out there, whether you're new to it or perhaps an expert now :)
Hope you all have a successful week...keep that motivation ;)