Friday, 31 May 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Week 31

This week I lost an amazing 3lbs.

I hit my Silver Seven target and gotten a bit into the next one. My next aim is to get to 11st and then I'm at a healthy BMI!

I didn't do much different this week. In fact, I almost went over my pro points allowance and had to claw it back on the last couple of days. I think this actually helped.

I've always found that the more I eat, the better I do at the scales. I think this is because the body wants that food and it helps to keep the metabolism up.

I've been taking raspberry ketones

I will also admit that I've been taking raspberry ketones. They started off as a product review but I've had so much energy from them that I've decided to keep them up. They're supposed to speed up the metabolism so I'm wondering if they have helped.

I'll keep taking them for the next week and will report back how I do.

Sometimes the weight goes on the week after

It's important for me to be good this week. Sometimes, you will see the weight go on/off the week after you expect it to. I'm sticking to my pro points allowance and going as close to the maximum as possible.

I'm going to keep tracking and do more exercise. I managed to earn 3pp yesterday just by walking around and taking things to the skip! I'm at the in-laws tomorrow but we are going to visit some old work friends so that will take some walking and will hopefully earn me more activity pro points.

How is your weight loss going? I'd love to hear from you!

Tips for Getting Nutrition While Dieting

Get nutrition while dieting simply

Nutrition is essential. Your body needs a range of vitamins and minerals to work perfectly. For example, iron is needed to make sure the oxygen passes around the system and calcium is needed for strong bones and healthy teeth.

While dieting, it can be difficult to make sure the body gets the right nutrition. It’s almost impossible on crash diets so please avoid them!

When on a healthy eating plan, you will lose weight by eating well. There’s no need to cut any food groups out or only eat certain coloured foods. Here are tips to make sure you get the right nutrition while dieting.

Eat Plenty of Fruit and Vegetables

Most of the nutrients you need come from vegetables and fruit so eat plenty of them. You should get at least five a day and they are great for snacks.

Fresh is the best, but frozen, dried and cooked are all great ways to make sure you get the variety in your diet and keep the nutrition levels up at the same time.

Take a couple of Satsumas to work with you or a tub of raisins to beat the 11am and 3pm snack attacks. You will feel healthier for it and help yourself lose weight!

Dark leafy greens are the best for the nutrients, especially calcium and iron.

Drink Plenty of Water

Another important factor to make sure you get enough nutrients is to stay hydrated. That doesn’t mean you have to keep drinking pints of water – you can get it from tea and coffee, juices and even the fruit you eat!

The body needs water to survive. The kidneys use it to detoxify the system and the metabolism needs it to keep working at its optimum potential.

If you are thirsty, you may feel hungry so drink a glass of water before you start snacking or eating.

Eat Lean Meat

Yes, protein is good for you. There are some diets that tell you to skip it for some reason but I really can’t understand why.

The body breaks down protein slowly. This helps to keep you feeling satisfied for longer while preventing spikes in the blood sugar levels.

Lean meat is a great source of protein, although it isn’t the only one! Eggs, lentils and dark leafy greens are other excellent sources. You should also consider skinless poultry and fish for the nutrients they can offer.

Eat Enough Calories

One of the worst things that you can do is starve yourself. Yes, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn but that doesn’t have to be by a lot. Just 500 calories is about two pounds and all you need to reduce your intake to in ONE WEEK!

That’s right, one WEEK.

If you don’t eat enough calories, you don’t get the nutrition that your body needs. You don’t help the metabolism keep going.

Ever wondered why you put the weight on after crash dieting? It’s because you didn’t eat enough.

You’re treating the symptoms and not the cause, so to speak. You’re dealing with the temporary problem of having too much fat but you’re not helping yourself change your eating habits and keep it off forever.

As your metabolism slows down, your body can’t handle as much food as it used to. You will find that it needs fewer calories on a daily basis because it thinks that that is all it’s going to get!

Please stick to healthy nutrition when losing weight. It’s not difficult and you can do it by following the four steps above. You can get nutrition while dieting. Good luck!

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Ideas to Improve Your Weight Loss Motivation

What do you do when you lose weight loss motivation?

No matter how excited you were to start with, part way through your weight loss journey you will lose motivation. It could be when something happens in your personal life or because you hit a plateau. The trick is to not let that stumbling block permanently hinder your weight loss efforts.

You need to improve your weight loss motivation. It is possible – I’ve done it in the past and so have countless other men and women around the world.

Here are my five ideas to help improve your weight loss motivation.

Look Back Over Your Journey

If it has taken some time to get to where you are now, take a look back over your weight loss journey. You did document it, right?

I have the figures and a graph of my weight loss, along with a few photos here and there. It doesn’t matter what your form of documentation is, it will help you see how far you’ve come and increase your motivation.

Even if you haven’t been losing weight for long, this is a beneficial way to up your motivation levels so you get to where you want to be.

Pull Out Your Before Pictures

I find that the negatives really help to fuel my motivation so when it’s lacking, I will pull out the old photos and remind myself why I’m on this journey.

Have a look through yours or pull out the old clothes that you no longer wear. Think back to the way you felt while that size and any medical issues that you had. While it might not spur you on to lose more weight, it will definitely stop you from putting it back on!

I like to take photos along the way so I can look at the different stages instead of just at the before photos. That way I can see how far I’ve come while reminding myself where I don’t want to be.

When Weight Loss Motivation Lacks Dream About the Future

Take a few minutes to think about where you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you just want to tone your stomach or still have a few stone to go. There’s always room for dreaming.

This is great for your weight loss motivation because it helps you remember why you are doing this. Sometimes the positives help to override the negative emotions of no motivation to get you back on track.

Some people have photos of where they used to be and want to be again. Others have a dress or pair of trousers that they want to fit back into. I have a few dresses that I want to fit back into to help me dream for the future.

Take Your Body Measurements

If you’re not seeing the results on the scales, you may see the results in other places. Take this time to measure your body – your waist, your hips and your chest at least – to see if they are smaller than when you started.

Most of the time you will find that your body has gotten smaller but the scales aren’t telling you that. If you have tried to increase your weight loss efforts or done extra exercise, you may find that your body is holding onto some fat temporarily but it has changed shape for the better.

If you don’t take your body measurements, pull out the clothes that you want to fit into. You may find that you are a step closer to fitting into them. Every month I would try on my pre-pregnancy jeans to see if I fit into them and always saw some change – whether it was finally fastening the button although not fitting comfortably or being able to sit down in them.

Read Success Stories to Improve Your Own Weight Loss Motivation

This is especially beneficial if you follow a certain plan. On Weight Watchers, there is a lot of support in the magazines and online. There are success stories on a daily and weekly basis.

These success stories are really helpful to see that it really works and you can lose weight. I especially love reading the ones where people have lost 5st or more to see that you can lose the weight and keep it off for the future.

When you find that your own motivation is lacking, take the time to read some of the success stories online. You’ll find that others lost weight loss motivation along the way but have ways to overcome it. They also show that it really can be done and you can get the body of your dreams.

So, those are my five ideas to improve your motivation. It will lack at times and there are a lot of factors that affect it. Don’t let it get you down. Pick yourself up and take the steps to get back on your weight loss journey.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Weekly Weight Loss Week 30

This week I lost 1/2lb.

I did hope for more but I can understand why I ‘only’ lost the 1/2lb – I didn’t eat enough.

My excuse? Actually, for once it is a genuine excuse: my wisdom tooth is growing into my cheek and for the last week has been really hurting and cutting further into the cheek. I should have it checked out but it only plays up every now and then.

However, the pain meant that I ate very little. With Weight Watchers, everyone is meant to eat a minimum of 26 per day and I couldn’t even reach that most days.

I’m very happy that I lost 1/2lb with all that in mind.

What Will I Do This Week?

My tooth has stopped hurting and the cut in my cheek is healing so I can get back to eating normally. Hopefully this week I’ll lose a pound to reach my Silver Seven target.

I’m going to keep doing everything I have, including tracking and activity. Now that the sun is out more, I’m going to get out with Kathryn in the buggy more. I’m also going to look at a few exercise classes in the area since I really want to get some more activity in on a night. There’s Zumba and Metafit that I’m interested in on a Monday and Tuesday night…I’ve just got to hope that hubby has the evenings free to watch after madam!

How has your weight loss been? I hope you’ve met your targets. Maybe you’ve had problems like me this week. Feel free to share – support is really important when losing weight.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Jenny Craig Review: Will It Help You Lose Weight?

Jenny Craig is a popular weight loss program. I haven’t tried it but I know people who have and have had positive experiences with it. Of course, it’s worth noting before getting into this Jenny Craig review that everyone is different. I follow Weight Watchers because I know it works for me but that doesn’t mean it will be successful for you.

Don’t know how Jenny Craig works? Here is a comprehensive Jenny Craig review to help you determine if it is right for you. This review not only covers the weight loss plan and how good it is but whether it is the most cost effective method.

All Your Meals Planned for You

One of the biggest benefits that people find with Jenny Craig is that you don’t have to do much in the way of making choices. For your monthly fee of £308, you receive all your meals through the post. The only things you have to buy on top of that is fruit and vegetables. By eliminating the choice, there is less risk of going off the plan. You can still go out and enjoy yourself but it is much easier for some than other weight loss plans.

The downside I find with the cost is that £308 per month is a lot on top of my family’s shopping. There are three of us in the house (one a baby) and my partner cooks meals that are perfect for the two of us. The total cost of food would be much higher than it currently is – I think we currently spend about £400-£500 per month with the baby stuff included.

I think this is great for a single person before the £308 is more than just food but at the moment I only spend just over £21 per month for everything but the food for Weight Watchers.

On-going Support from a Personal Consultant
Get help with food. Image by ninahale

There are no weekly weigh-in meetings with Jenny Craig. Instead, you have access to a personal consultant. You will receive a phone call once a week to help you stay on track and go over your goals and your weight loss tactics. This is similar to other plans where you see a leader on a weekly basis. Your personal consultant has been through the Jenny Craig program and knows exactly what you are going through.

There are no weekly meetings, which I find to be a disadvantage. One of the biggest benefits of doing Weight Watchers is the support through the other members. I’ve made friends with others who are losing weight and picked up tactics from them – and vice versa – and it only takes 30 minutes from my day, which is hardly anything! That support is more than worth the £21 per month that I pay.

You Get the Full Kit to Help With Weight Loss

Something this Jenny Craig review needs to cover is the full kit that you get. Along with the food and support, there is a ring binder to help you get started with the diet plan and a meal plan that has been designed by a dietician, with your needs in mind. This is a great benefit since your goals are taken into account, along with dietary needs and current weight. Someone who has a lot to lose will often need more help than someone with less than a stone to go. This is something many other weight loss plans are unable to offer – many offer a one-size-fits-all plan.

You also receive a shopping guide for the supermarket and measuring cups to help get you started. When I joined Weight Watchers, I had to buy much of the extras. I got the details of the plan and that was it. That was great for me since I was able to create something that fit my lifestyle but isn’t the best for all.

How Much Weight Do You Lose on Jenny Craig?

An important part of any Jenny Craig review is covering the amount of weight you will lose. It’s a question on everyone’s mind. This is a healthy weight loss plan. The meals are developed so that you lose weight slowly and keep it off. This is one of the reasons I recommend it for those who find it cost effective.

You will lose between 1lb and 2lb per week on average. Yes, there will be weeks that you ‘only’ lose 1/2lb and there will be the odd week you lose more than 2lb (especially when you start) but on average you won’t lose more than 2lb. If you’re looking to lose weight quickly, you’ll need to find another plan but that won’t help you keep the weight off in the long term!

So, is Jenny Craig for you? It is a good plan and I know that it works for people. One thing that I don’t like is the cost because of having a family. The one reason I choose not to follow it is because it won’t work out cost effective for me but that doesn’t mean that it won’t for you.

Hopefully, you’ve gotten the answers you are looking for with this Jenny Craig review. If not, let me know and I’ll do more research for you! Good luck with your weight loss journey.