HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE WORLD !
I believe we are all beautiful in our own way. Today more than ever, there are many avenues one can go down to start his or her journey to living healthy. In my previous blog, I talked about the many health benefits of ionized water. Today I would like to touch on another way that we can learn to be healthier.
Dieting or Is It ?
When you think of “dieting”, what comes to your mind? Well, if you’re like me, I tend to think of it as limits to the foods that I can or cannot have. I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t like being told I can’t have something. With so much tempting food out there, how is one suppose to “reign it in” so to speak? While there are many ways to eat better, allow me to engage with one way in particular, as it hits close to home with me.
Watch your Weight with Weight Watchers
As the illustration tends to lend itself, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? I know I have been pretty silly when it comes to losing weight and trying to become healthier overall.
I’m going to be honest with you; I’ve tried several “diets” over the years myself and never could quite get the results I wanted.
Now mind you, I have never been terribly over weight for my 5’2 body frame until one day I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I had gone from my average weight of 120 lbs. to 164 lbs. in what seemed like overnight ! Now I know it didn’t happen overnight, but that’s beside the point. LOL There were a lot of factors that caused such a drastic change in my weight. (Mostly stress) With that being said, I knew I had to take measures to fix “me”. Now, keep in mind that this was the year 2011 when all this was happening to me and so started my journey on living healthier from that point on.
“You Are What You Eat”
Most everyone has heard this phrase, and I think it’s true to a degree. In all essence, it doesn’t take a lot of thought process to start living healthy, or does it? I would lean toward the opinion that quite simply, it does take somewhat of an effort and planning of some sort to stay successful on the road to losing weight and living healthier. So why did Weight Watchers work for me when nothing else would? Well let’s take a look shall we?
Planning Is Key
Just like reaping the reward of a good recipe or meal when it comes together, there are stages of planning that need to be tended to in order for it to be a success.
Below you will see a brief introduction to the plan that Weight Watchers has to offer.
- To calculate how many points you will be getting on their plan, here are the steps:
- If you are a female – give yourself 2 points
- If you are male – give yourself 8 points
- Ages 17-24 get 3 points
- Ages 38-47 get 2 points
- Ages 48-58 get 1 point
- Add 1 point per every 10 pounds of body weight
- Add an additional point if you are between 5’1 and 5’10
- Add 2 points if you are over 5’10
- Add 6 points if you have a labor intensive job
- Add 2 points if your level of activity is moderate
(Zero points for being Sedentary)
Now you can add everything up to see your total Daily Points and you are also allowed 35 Weekly Flexible Points.
Next here’s how to calculate how many points are in food:
1. Divide the Total Calories by 50
2. Divide the Total Grams of Fat by 12
3. Add these together
4. Divide the total amount of Dietary Fiber by 5 and subtract this number from what you got from Steps 1 and 2 and this will show you how many points a food item will be.
If you need to know the nutrition value on food items that are not packaged, you can either ask a nutritional expert or google it.
This is just a small portion of what their plan is all about.
Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan
So here’s the thing…
As I mentioned earlier, I gave Weight Watchers a try in my younger years (in 2011) and even though their plan was just a bit different but not by much, it was successful for me. I started out weighing in at 164 and I ended up losing over 30 pounds in 6 months. (and then some) Their plan taught me to not only eat in moderation but to have a more balanced and healthier way of eating. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted but I gained the confidence in myself that I was always missing.
Have I been able to keep my weight off after losing it with Weight Watchers? Since 2011, I can honestly say that for the most part, as long as I stick to the main points in the plan, then yes I have kept it off. Have I fluctuated sometimes? Yes. The point is, I made a choice back then and now to live a healthier life and I would like to believe that I have probably curtailed some minor or maybe even major health problems along the way.
All in all I want to encourage all you beautiful people out there in the world to think about making a choice for yourself to live a healthier life, whether that be by trying Weight Watchers or just by eating healthier all the way around. There is only one YOU so take care of you the best and healthiest way you can.
Some people have different reasons they choose to live healthier and everything that entails.
Whatever your reason, I wish you all the best in your endeavors !!