I tried a Weight Loss Program: Here is my experience

Content Warning: I am going to be talking about dieting as well as a brief discussion of an unhealthy was of eating. Please read with caution. I do not want to upset anyone so if you need to click away it is completely okay.

Why I did it:

Since the start of 2020, I have been working out more than I ever have in my life. I started to eat healthier and try and take care of my body. By the middle of March, I noticed some changes, so I decided to treat myself to some new clothes.

Specifically, jeans.

To be brief, I will say my shopping spree did not go well. And later that day, I stepped on the scale for the first time in months. I was the heaviest I had ever been. Now I know it is because I have gained muscle, and that weighs more than fat, but at the time, I just distraught and upset. All I could think about was how working out and taking care of myself was just a waste of time.

 It was suggested that I try Weight Watchers. Other people in my family have done the program and have had success with it, so I said yes.

On March 14th, I officially started Weight Watchers.

The Program

I am not going to go into grave detail of what Weight Watchers is, but basically you fill out a questionnaire, and at the end, it assigns you so many points per day, with some extra in case you need a cushion. All the foods are on a pointing system. Some foods are zero, like fruits, veggies, various types of meat, and seafood. But your more processed foods have a lot higher points.

So, the goal is to eat unprocessed foods.

My Experience

I started this program with a lot of optimism that quickly dwindled. I struggled a lot with finding low-point foods that would fill me up. I was eating many things that would keep full for an hour, but then I was hungry again. All I could think about was eating what I was going to do for my next meal. It was also like I was trying to beat this “game” of not losing points.

However, at my first-week weigh-in, I had lost 2lbs. I was so excited. I thought if I could keep up with it, I could be down 10lbs easily in a month.

By Wednesday of the second week, I was miserable. I was constantly hungry; I could not focus on anything but food. I was so tired. There were a couple of times where I had to stop my workouts because I was so lightheaded.

Friday was my worst day. I binge at like I never have before. I had so much food that my stomach physically hurt, and at the time, I did not care. But then, a couple of hours later, I was just so upset with myself.

When I did my second weigh-in, I had gained a pound. I was so sad and upset with myself, and I was just angry with the program in general.

Two weeks in, I stopped the program.

Takeaways:

It is safe to say I did not have the best experience on the Weight Watchers program. However, I cannot say I didn’t learn a few things. I learned how to portion my foods better, as well as what foods make me bloated.

I refuse to believe that I might be lactose intolerant, but what are you going to do.

The Conclusion

I want to make it clear here that while this program might not have worked for me, it can efficiently work for thousands of other people. I honestly think part of me “quitting” was because I don’t think I tried hard enough.

I also want to make it clear that healthily losing weight takes time. It’s a journey, and it is not going to happen overnight. Some days are better than others, and I think that is okay.

Since stopping the program, I have been learning more sustainable ways to be healthy and to keep myself happy while doing it.

I know this post is on the longer side, but I wanted to share my experience of a weight loss program if anyone wanted to try it or was in a similar situation.

I have also been a little M.I.A in the blogging world. I have had a lot going on, nothing serious, but I had to take a little break from blogging.

I hope everyone is doing well, staying hydrated, and taking care of themselves. If you want to talk about this more in the comments, I am open.

Thank you so much for reading!

Megan

2 comments

  1. This was a really interesting read; thank you so much for sharing your experience!

    I’ve been wanting to get healthier with my eating for quite a while, and I’ve realised that I can never just cut something out of my diet, and the only way I can be fairly consistent is by taking it pretty slow.

    I was doing pretty well but then the holidays came by and it’s such a disaster then, hahaha! But, I’m really glad that I was able to process and siphon off a lot of the anger and guilt I used to feel earlier because now I can just say “well, that’s that” and get back to the routine, instead of feeling like I need to discard the routine entirely.

    I think what I’m trying to say is that, for me, my mindset towards my body, and my eating, and my progress, was more important than the progress itself. I’m really happy that you’re figuring out the best ways to not only make this sustainable for yourself, but also to feel happier about the journey!

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    • Thank you so much!
      What I have been trying to learn, is to remember how that eating and eating healthy is a life long journey and not a temporary fix.
      The holidays are definitely the ultimate struggle when it comes to trying any diet haha.
      But thank you so much for sharing all of this, it helps a lot!

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