When I look in the mirror, I truly love the person who is looking back at me, but I don’t necessarily love what I see.
Weight hasn’t always been an issue for me. As a child and well into my 20s, I could eat or drink practically anything and not worry about gaining a pound because I was pretty active – always on the go and doing something, playing sports and even working out (yes, it’s true!).
It wasn’t until I hit my 30s that I started packing on the pounds. That’s when I started leading a more sedentary life. I got married, bought a home and started a family. I spent my days in an office, sitting at a desk, and my evenings and weekends are spent tending to my husband and kids. I was either too tired or too busy with household chores to be “active.”
Now some of my weight gain is tied to genetics, but I realize that it’s mostly because I, like many other people, tend to overeat. I have a bad habit of using food as a response to life’s daily events. I eat when I’m stressed, tired, sad, bored, but also when I’m happy and being social.
It would also be one thing if I was making healthy choices when I eat, but here’s bad habit #2 – I gravitate towards foods loaded with both carbs and sugar. While these foods might be delicious and satisfy my cravings, they are empty calories that I always regretted later, especially when I looked in the mirror and saw my waistline!
In the past year though, my weight really started to balloon. Between stress from work, stress at home and the passing of my father – I ate all my feelings, good and bad, and started to get into some dangerous health and weight zones.
I knew I needed to do something and something that I would stick to.
See, I’ve tried all types of diets in the past – suppressants, expensive pre-portioned meals and even those trendy shakes/cleanses. They all worked in the short-term but the minute I stopped using them – and ate real food – all my bad habits resurfaced and the weight came back, sometimes two-fold. The problem was that I wasn’t being educated about my food choices, my personal eating habits and tendencies.
There had to be a better way…and I found it with Why Weight?
Why Weight? is a holistic approach to weight management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s a program that helps to transform you, inside and out, by restoring balance to both your mind and your body.
The Why Weight? transformation program is based on three pillars.
The first pillar is the eating protocol.
You’re eating only 500-700 calories a day, but eating real food such as lean meats/proteins along with certain vegetables and fruit. Your body is still burning 2000-7000 calories a day, but it’s burning the fat that you already have stored on your body.
I know what you’re thinking. This is some unhealthy, unsafe fad diet, but it’s not. It’s actually based on a noted endocrinologist, Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons and his article “Pounds and Inches,” which has been used medically to treat obesity since 1954. It’s only now becoming better known in the United States.
When I first heard the calories, I thought there was no way I could do this more than a few days. In my head I was convinced that I would be starving all day long, but surprisingly I wasn’t. There were no crazy, fancy or special foods needed for this diet – and nothing pre-packaged. You can shop at your local supermarket or farmers market to find the natural foods that you’ll eat.
Being thoughtful about my food choices and conscientious about the amount of food I needed to eat in order to be satisfied was a revelation. I also learned that eating certain foods – either alone or in combination help to stimulate your metabolism, turning off fat storage in the body and putting you into what is scientifically known as ketosis, which is fat burning mode.
I’ll be honest here though, it isn’t easy and it’s not a very forgiving diet.
There’s no fat, no oils, no cheese and obviously no carbs or sugar. If you cheat, you don’t lose weight, it’s that simple. What kept me going was knowing that the restrictive diet portion would only be for 43 days. Then you go into maintenance mode for at least three weeks and you slowly introduce other foods and fat back into your diet. The goal here is to maintain your weight and not increase more than 2 lbs.
As a result, I’ve given up soda and sugary drinks. I stick to water or unsweetened iced tea. I’m laying off the fats and oils, realizing they aren’t always necessary to eating a delicious meal. I don’t always have dessert – saving it for an indulgence and not daily consumption.
The second pillar is bio-communication technology.
On my first visit I underwent a total body analysis – which they call a bio-scan. It measured my weight, body fat percentage, pounds in fat, visceral fat, my water percentage, my metabolic age, fat free mass and BMI. It also looked at how my body responds to certain stimuli such as stress.
From there they could tell how much water I was drinking a day — which showed I wasn’t drinking nearly enough. Even worse, my metabolic age said I was a senior citizen and not a gal in her 40s! The scan also suggested what nutritional supplements and vitamins I could take to help get my body’s levels back into a normal range.
It was amazing how they could gather all that information and have the results for you in just a matter of minutes! I had a second scan done at the end of my program to see how I improved.
The third and last pillar is accountability.
What makes this program so different from other weight loss programs is the accountability and life coaching portion of it – which was a huge help for me in this process.
Every day I checked in with my coach. In addition to update on my weight loss, we talked about my goals for the day, what I found challenging, what I found rewarding and mostly how I felt about myself during this process. As I felt better about myself and the proactive steps I was taking to live a healthier lifestyle – the more encouraged I was to stay the course.
I also now am a food journalier. It is a great way to support my weight loss journey. Everyday I could see what my goal was, and how I was doing in achieving it. It also helped me to identify foods and habits that could cause challenges for me during the program.
So what were my results? Here’s me on Day One on the left and Day 43 on the right. In the ketosis (diet) phase of the program, I lost 25 pounds. I’m now drinking LOTS of water, in fact I drink about half my body weight of it daily and both my BMI and metabolic age have decreased.
During the three weeks of maintenance I lost another 4 pounds. I just started a new round of the diet portion of this program and I’ve lost another 4 pounds.
In total, I’ve lost a whopping 33 pounds in just a little over 3 months. AMAZING, right?
I look GOOD! My clothes fit better, my curves have come back, I don’t have bloat, I’ve got more energy, I sleep better but most of all, I’m healthy. I’ve also learned how to recognize signs of hunger and what foods can satisfy that need but not pack on the pounds. Learning about food and my consumption habits has really changed my life. I will never look at food the same way again – but in a good and healthy way.
Now it’s your turn to share. Are you a serial dieter like me? How do you keep up a healthy weight?
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a free trial membership of the Why Weight? program for review purposes. This post does not include any affiliate links. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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