Recently I saw a comment that someone left on another blog that made me think "Wow, whoever wrote that is very confused". It said something to the effect of "I know people who have lost weight on ww but I have a different views on food and weight loss. Also I am not sure if I would write about losing weight on my blog." I was really upset when I read this on my e-mail but I finally realized it was just a follow up comment on a post I had left a comment on.
I think the reason I got so upset was because WW is based on the only way to lose weight. It can even be broken down into a very simple math problem.
You have to burn more calories than you take in or you will gain weight.
That's it plain and simple. Don't make it any harder or more complicated than it really is. Its not about carbs or fat or any of the other things we have been taught to fear. That's what is wrong and so hard about following all of the fad diets that are popular these days. They have taken part of what is true and made it the focus of the entire diet. When we do this our body starts to crave these the things that are missing and we fail on our diet. Most of us have learned that it is better to not eat all carbs or thing full of fat. These foods are so high in points that we can't truly get full on them and stay with in our points. You may lose weight when you do these fad diets but how hard are they to stick to. When we fail we tend to gain more weight after as a result because even though we may have lost some water weight we still have been eating to many calories everyday. These will catch up with you someday.
I recently watched a friend sit at a holiday party and eat a large bag of assorted nut because she was on a diet that cut out all sugar, flour, carbs and alcohol. They are missing the basic math equation for this diet. Yes you may lose some weight but you will gain if you are not eating less calories than you burn. If I was to eat a cup of cashews I would have eaten 75% of my daily points. How easy is it to eat a cup of nuts.
As far as the not writing about weight lose on our blogs, why not? We write about our lives and what is going on. We love comments and feedback and to know that we are not alone. I would even encourage you to talk about it with your friends and family. When you have told them about it they will hopefully help encourage you and keep you on track. Let them know that meeting up for coffee works better for you now than meeting up for lunch. Also if you include it in all part of your life you are more likely to follow through with it. You don't have to tell everyone you encounter but don't be ashamed that you are taking charge of your health and your life. I have also found that most woman friends are also trying and failing at losing weight. Why not share this amazing thing that you have found! I do warn you though, as excited as they may seem at first most can't stick to it. Don't let this get you down. You will also encounter people who say some variation of "Oh I did that a few years ago. I lost 20 lbs but gained it all back again." Of course if you start eating more calories than you burn you will gain weight. You need to make a lifestyle change not just go back to what you were doing when you gained the weight.
The other thing that I love about WW is that you are forced to figure out what works for your life. If you are delivered food or told exactly what to eat how do you continue on your own? How will you make good decisions when you are at a party or out to eat. I also have heard that most of these are very expensive, upwards of $1,000 a month.
I hope this all makes sense and isn't to much information at once, let me know if you have questions.
Your great comments and questions are what keeps me writing!