Talking about diets and actually implementing them are two different things. While planning a diet and organising your steps might make you feel good, actually going through with it and, most importantly, keeping at it even when you’re not seeing any results right away, it’s a lot more difficult. And that’s why you need a plan B: a healthy weight loss diet plan.
My Personal Experience
Last summer I got married and, just like every bride and groom, I wanted to lose a bit of weight before the wedding. Because it was such an important and unique event in my life, I thought that it would be incentive enough for me to start a diet and keep at it but I was wrong.
I was getting married in July and I decided to start the diet in January (new year, new me, right?). I started implementing the exact same principles as last time: healthy low-cal meals, halving my portions, working out regularly etc. But there was something I hadn’t factored in: this time around, I was very close to my 30s and my body had started to change; so the diet didn’t work as well as last time. I started feeling a bit demoralised and seeking refuge in various types of junk food.
That’s when the vicious cycle kicked in: the more I ate healthy and worked out, the more I would seek out comfort foods when the scale wouldn’t show any weight loss.
Asking for Help
Spring was slowly coming to an end and I had only lost 2kg during the first 2 months and none after that. I was in a rut and didn’t know how to get out of it. So I started asking people for help. I would ask family and friends for dieting ideas and anything else they might have tried that had given them the results they were hoping for.
The idea that stuck with me was the one suggested by my sister. She and her husband had also been trying to lose weight and they had discovered Herbalife, a company who provides soy-based meal-replacement shakes. I decided to give it a try and started drinking the shake for dinner (therefore replacing a main meal). This worked so well that after 3 weeks I had already lost another 2 kg. But this wasn’t sustainable in the long run, as the shake kept triggering my lactose-intolerance (even though it was soy-based, it also contains some milk proteins).
Back to Basics
As mentioned, Herbalife was working like a charm but feeling bloated all the time wasn’t ideal. So I started looking for new ideas in the area that I was most familiar with: healthy eating!
That’s how I discovered that there are so many new concepts out there; so many that it feels almost overwhelming. So let me present 2 of them that really worked for me: Noom and BistroMD.
Noom is a wellness/healthcare company that focuses on building technology that centers around behavior changes. Their program is designed to help you not only lose weight, but also build healthy habits and make a lifestyle change in just 16 weeks – it’s a “Bootcamp for your mind”. Noom uses cutting-edge technology to accurately monitor your progress and provide expert advice and analysis to keep you on track. By making the experience relevant to who you are, your goals, and your interactions, Noom provides a personalized plan that makes a balanced, healthy life attainable and fun.
Noom made me realise that certain foods that I considered healthy, like orange juice, were actually packed with calories and sugars. Noom allowed me to discover what works and what doesn’t work for this new almost-30 year old me, as it required daily food tracking and being very mindful of what I ate (and how much).
And BistroMD helped just as much, as it took the stress out of cooking and it allowed me to taste incredible recipes that helped me lose weight. They are passionate about providing a healthy and delicious meal delivery service that is perfectly suited for weight loss. BistroMD diet delivery is weight loss without the sacrifice; scientifically proven healthy meal delivery plans developed by Dr. Cederquist to target fat.
Their amazing support and meals helped me reach my goal and look fantastic in my wedding dress.
I guess that all I’m trying to say is that, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for your body and well being, sometimes we all need a little help to reach certain goals. Don’t be afraid to try new things! As your body changes with age, so should your approach to dieting.