I’m trying to get back on a regular schedule with the Question of the Week. I love getting insight and opinions from everyone and it keeps me on task with my blogging goals.
The questions normally get inspired by something that happened to me that day or a thought that popped in my head during my morning shower (YES I am that blog obsessed, ok. You KNOW this) but sometimes I have a hard time coming up with them. That’s when I ask What IS the question of the week? (feel free to keep commenting on that post)
Well, I was looking back at all the questions and I realized there were still some I never got to. Like the VERY FIRST ONE! Michelle asked
What are some of the other “diets” you have tried? What are the pros and cons of those plans?
I think part of me skipped over this question when it was first asked because I didn’t want to talk about diets anymore. This is going to sound like one giant Weight Watchers commercial but once I started going to meetings and learning how to balance my food intake by counting points there was no need to try other diets anymore.
I’m not saying that this is or will be true for everyone who tries Weight Watchers because it’s not. I know many repeat Weight Watcher offenders. But it worked for me. I was constantly falling into the perfection trap with every other diets I tried. If I didn’t follow the plan, any plan, perfectly then all bets were off and I was stuffing my face. I talk about this in my Stateless dieting post.
With Weight Watchers there was something that clicked for me with the idea of points. Nothing was off limits so theoretically I couldn’t "break" my diet. Unless I went over points and I rarely did. What can I say? I’m a balance-your-check-book kind of gal. Give me a budget and I’ll follow it. That’s how I’m wired.
Ok, enough about what worked because I did try MANY diets that didn’t. Let me see…
- Yes.. I thought by fasting I would lose weight. Which I guess would be true IF I could actually do it. But what would normally happen is I’d get hungry, grouchy, mad and then order a pizza after a few hours. So yea.. that didn’t work for me. Plus, who wants to fast?!?
- The Grapefruit Diet
- Yea.. remember this one? Eat a grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice before each meal and the acid in the fruit will help you burn more calories or something. What a crock. All I did was eat a grapefruit before my overstuffed sub. Eat a grapefruit before 5 slices of pizza. Eat a grapefruit before bacon double cheeseburger. yea.. this one didn’t work for me either.
- The Negative Calorie Diet
- Another oldie but goodie. The idea here is to only eat foods that your body expels more calories digesting then they really are. I lasted about day before I was sick of celery then it was back to mozzarella sticks and nachos. Total fail.
- The Zone
- Oh how I remember being SO excited when this book came out. I thought it was going to be the answer to all my prayers. Simply eat according to the formula and the weight will just fall off. Well that all but lasted 2 days for me before it became too much work. I actually think this diet has merit I just couldn’t stick to it long term to ever find out. Too complicated for me.
- Zenadrine/Phentermine and a host of other diet pills
- I admit it. I popped pills thinking they would help me lose weight. I experienced everything from butterflies to rapid heart rates. I was desperate, people. THAT desperate. They would work for a short time and then, surprise surprise, the weight would come right back. I never learned anything by trying the quick fix. Not to mention how unhealthy it was.
- Out of all my prior attempt at weight loss this is the one I had the most success with. I was able to lose over 40lbs but there was only one problem. I dreaded every food decision. Every restaurant. Every dinner with the family. I worried so much about consuming a carb it effected my life. As soon as I started to eat "normal" again I gained everything back. Like the Zone, I think Atkins helps a lot of people, but it just wasn’t for me long term.
- Calorie Restriction
- I did just try to reduce what I ate tons of time. Too many times to count, actually. Without fail I’d last a few days restricting calories before completely binging because of one thing or another (i.e. going out with friends, having a cookie, wanting a beer, getting depressed I was still fat, seeing a skinny girl, you name it, it caused me to eat.)
Ok, I’m done confessing all my dieting missteps. Now it’s your turn….
What are some diets you tried? What are the pros and cons of those plans? What did or didn’t work for you?