Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Get 12 Weeks of Weight Watchers for Free

Did you know that you can get 12 weeks of Weight Watchers for free? I knew about it a few years ago, but it’s just come to my attention that many people don’t realize this.

It’s available in the UK at least for those who are over a certain BMI. You will need to go to your doctor, who will be able to refer you to the slimming plan and you don’t need to pay anything for the first 12 weeks. After that, you will need to pay the normal amount, which at the moment is £6.25 per week or £21.45 for the monthly pass and that gives you access to the online community and tools too.

Take Advantage of Your 12 Weeks of Weight Watchers for Free

Many people are umming and ahhing about joining a weight loss class. It’s understandable. How do you know something like Weight Watchers is really going to work? You could end up paying just to gain weight! It may not even fit into your lifestyle.

While I know that it works for me, I know some people who don’t like the plan. It’s a personal choice, but you don’t know until you try it.

12 weeks of Weight Watchers is a perfect amount of time to try out the plan and see the weight drop. Within that time, you could lose 24lbs and more, depending on how religiously you stick to the plan. Considering a healthy weight loss in between 1-2lbs, you could quite happily drop a stone in weight while doing it for nothing at all.

But What About When You Pay?

Yes, you will have to pay after the 12 weeks, but it’s all worth it. When you pay for the meetings, you get full access to all the support and advice you need.

You can discuss your eating habits, and how to make the plan part of the rest of your life. Other members are there to support you and offer tips if you’re struggling. Your leader has been there before, and knows all the struggles you’re having with losing weight.

Once the free 12 weeks of Weight Watchers is up, you will have the choice of paying weekly or for the whole month. The monthly pass is great because you get the full access to the online part of the plan, known as eSource. You can search for the points values of everything online, and track from your computer. You’ll also get access to the mobile apps, which gives you the ability to easily track while you’re on the go. It also works out cheaper for you in the long run.

It’s time to take advantage and lose weight today! There’s no time like the present to get you on track. You may have holidays coming up and real-life does get in the way, but it’s better to start now. Go visit your GP and talk about your free 12 weeks of Weight Watchers right now.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Why That Weight Gain Doesn’t Matter

It seems I've posted my latest post on the wrong blog. Instead of completely moving the post across, I'm going to share the link with you.

Today's post was about why a weight gain one week doesn't matter that much. There are three reasons to consider for why you've gained weight, and it's also important to look back over your journey to see how far you've come.

I hope you enjoy this week's post, and I'm sorry for the confusion. This is what you get for having many blogs and not having the best of sleep one night.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

4 Reasons to Give Into Your Cravings…Sometimes

Do you ever have cravings? They could be for chocolate, cakes or even just a general craving. Sometimes, you just need to give into them. Anything in moderation is fine.

The problem is that so many diets have made people think certain foods are bad. Yes, in general, a lot of sugar is bad for your overall health. But one piece of chocolate a day is not going to do you any harm. If it did, everyone would drop dead, right?

This doesn’t mean give into every single craving you have. You can’t just eat a whole pack of biscuits because you really wanted them.

Here are four reasons to give in to your cravings…sometimes.

It Stops the Cravings

Giving in will actually stop the cravings. That’s a good thing, right?

When you crave something and tell yourself more, you just want it more and more. It will get to the point where you just binge on that one thing. And you will completely blow your diet.

By giving in now and then, your body no longer craves certain foods. Psychologically, you know you’re allowed everything now and then. So your body will be satisfied with that.

If you don’t want something right now, but crave it. Tell yourself you can have it later.

Keep Yourself Motivated

How do you feel when you tell yourself no? Do you start to resent the diet that you’re on? You will do if you consistently tell yourself no.

Sometimes you just need to say yes. You’re reiterating that you nothing is banned. It’s all about having a healthy and balanced diet. The keyword there is the balanced part!

When you’re motivated, you will find it easier to lose weight. If you do see a gain, you will be less likely to fall off the wagon believing that this diet just isn’t working. There are plenty of other reasons for a weight gain.

Give Your Mood a Boost

Telling yourself yes will also give your mood a boost. The more you say no, the more you start to resent yourself.

By being in a good mood, you’re actually more likely to make better choices. You’ll find that saying yes but only one is much easier. Having a smaller portion is easier to do, because you’re happier in yourself. You don’t really want to blow the diet.

You Teach Yourself Good Habits

Don’t think of it as giving in. This is actually teaching yourself some of the best habits for the rest of your life. You’re learning about portion control, easing your cravings, and handling your treats.

You need a diet that is liveable. And saying yes to treats now and then makes it liveable.

By being something you can fit into your day to day life, you are more likely to stay on track for the rest of your life. You won’t gain all that weight again, or resent the fact that you can never have a certain food again.

Just think about how much happier you will be by giving into your cravings. You can’t do it all the time, but every now and then won’t hurt. Teach yourself portion control and moderation, and you have a healthy eating plan that you can stick to forever.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Do You Need to Eat All Your Weight Watchers Points?

Do you need to eat all your Weight Watchers points to see that weight loss?

This week’s post is targeted towards Weight Watchers members. It’s a topic that I’ve seen asked a lot lately, and I thought it time to cover it here.

I’m sorry to those who aren’t Weight Watchers members. You may be a little confused, and I understand if you don’t want to read it all. However, I recommend reading it as I will try to explain as much as possible. Maybe it will inspire you to join the Weight Watchers club.

Your Daily and Weekly Pro-Points Allowance

When you join Weight Watchers you are given a daily and weekly Pro-Points allowance. The daily allowance is based on your height, weight, age and whether you are breastfeeding or not. It is subject to change as you lose more weight, but the minimum you will have is 26 pro-points when you’re losing weight. Your weekly allowance is and always will be 49 pro-points.

You can also earn activity pro-points, which are based on the intensity of your workout and the time you exercise for.

The question that many people has is whether they need to eat all their Weight Watchers pro-points.

Everybody Is Different

The first thing I want to point out is that everyone is different. Some people will be able to eat all their allowance and have great weight losses. Others find that they can have some left over and have amazing losses at the scales.

I recommended doing some trial and error. Find out what works for you, and when you’re more likely to lose or gain weight. I especially recommend this when it comes to your activity allowance.

The Minimum 26 Pro-Points a Day

Everyone is given at least 26 pro-points on a daily basis. Weight Watchers recommends that you eat at least 26 a day. If you have more, then you can eat them or not, but the 26 is the minimum your body will need at least. Of course, this does depend on your metabolism, and you may need to find you have to eat all your daily allowance.

The weeklies and activities are different. You don’t need to touch those, but some people find they have better weight losses when they do.

You May Not Be Eating Enough

Watch the scales and see how you do. If you’re not eating all your points and not losing weight, it could be because you’re not eating enough. Your body needs to have a certain amount of fuel on a daily basis, and that comes from your food. If you don’t eat enough, you could find your metabolism slows down to the point where you don’t lose any weight, and even put it on.

Try eating a few more points during the next week and see what the scales say. You will eventually get to the point where you have a steady weight loss.

Do I Eat All My Weight Watchers Points?

Yes, most of the time. I have better weight losses when I eat all my daily and weekly points. The only ones I find I can leave are my activity ones. However, I can still have a good weight loss if I eat them.

This is just what works for me. It may not work perfectly for you.

Good luck on your Weight Watchers journey. This is a diet plan that does work, and one that you can live by for the rest of your life. Whether you eat all your Weight Watchers points though is up to you, and depends on your success at the scales each week.

Do you find you need to eat all your Weight Watchers points? Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings below.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Weight Loss: It Takes Time to Lose It

It takes time to lose the weight you gained. Image from Pixabay

I was going to share some lunch ideas this week, but I think I’m going to save those for next week. You see, a topic came up the other day that really made me want to write this blog post.

Someone said to me that the weight loss after pregnancy was too slow. I hear it or read it all the time. People aren’t happy because they’ve not managed to 50, 75 or even 100 pounds in the space of three or four months.

It’s so important to remember that it takes time to lose it. Think about how long it took you to put it on!

One Day Is Not Enough to Lose Weight Healthily

Sure, there are all these diets that promise instant results. They say you can lose 30 pounds in a week or 90 pounds in six weeks. But how sustainable is that in reality?

It’s not! You don’t teach yourself better habits. You lose the weight and then quickly gain it all back, if not more.

Consider the time it took you to gain that weight. It is going to take you around the same amount of time to lose it. That’s not what you want to hear right now, but it’s so important to understand. You want to lose it and keep your health, right? You want to lose it and keep it off, right?

One Meal Is Not the End of It

Because so many people have this idea in mind that they want to lose weight quickly, they beat themselves up because they had a bad day.

Do you make bad meal choices when you go out for dinner? Do you struggle to say no to that piece of chocolate cake?

Remember one meal is not going to stop you from losing weight. It didn’t take one meal to put it all on, did it? You need to draw a line under that one meal and get back on track.

You’re allowed these little “slip ups” now and then. It’s really best to stop thinking about them as slip ups and think about them as living your life. You want something that you can stick to after you lose weight, so you keep it off for the long term.

Hopefully this post has helped you see a different perspective to losing weight. It took you time to gain the weight, so it is going to take time to lose it. Give it that time. You will feel and look better for it afterwards.

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