Weight Watchers? Whole30?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kanneb:  I have a long and, hopefully helpful, answer but out at the moment. Tagging to reply once I’m at a keyboard.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Its really up to you, I think. Personally I’m a member of WW but I do know that it can be really expensive, esp after a while. if you try it out for a while with the 50% off and then decide not to, no harm, no foul! What do you have to lose other than maybe $45? (or whatever plan you choose… this was a guesstimate). I love WW and will probably be eternally greatful for it. It could really help you track your food until you start the Whole 30 plan that you’re wanting to do.

OR if you don’t want to put the money into it… just eat as healthy as you can minus the few days that you know wont be the best days and then do the ‘whole 30’ plan to really get you back on track for good at the beginning of the year. I know a lot of people on here like MyFitnessPal to help them track calories. If you don’t want to pay for WW – maybe just keep tabs on your food intake until the beginning of the year with that?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kanneb:  I would vote for neither and both… if that makes sense?

Weight Watchers – The group setting can be helpful, but it’s expensive and the branded foods are disgusting. They are there to make a profit from you and whenever you fail they make more money from you.

Alternative – For the support and tracking that you get from Weight Watchers, there are a lot of great online resources like MyFitnessPal (which I use) where you can track your calories and macros. Don’t automatically pick “lose 2lb a week”, because unless you’re seriously overweight/obese it’s really not going to be a happy diet. Go for 1lb a week loss and walk as much as you can.

Whole30 – The ideals behind Paleo and Whole30 are to eat less crap and eat more whole foods, but I honestly think that they can be overly restrictive and encourage a black and white mentality to food. 

Alternative – Eat more whole foods. Try to get 5-10 portions of vegetables a day (different ones). Eat plenty of protein (1g per lb of lean body mass or 0.8g per lb of total body weight if you don’t know your body fat percentage). Don’t treat fat as an enemy (you need 0.3-0.5g of fat per lb of bodyweight a day). 

That said, it’s easier to stick to a diet if you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Make sure you get enough whole foods and then leave a little room in your calories to treat yourself to a bowl of ice cream or some chocolate (or whatever your weakness is).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

@kanneb:  I did WW from May-September of this year and lost 15 pounds, most of that during the first month. In September I did the Whole 30 and lost 17 pounds in a month, was never hungry, didn’t have any cravings, etc. I’ve been doing about 60/40 Paleo for the past month & haven’t gained (or lost for that matter) a single pound. Today was day #1 of me getting back on the Paleo wagon completely, where I plan to stay for the rest of the year excluding family holiday meals. In my opinion, it was easier to stick to Whole 30 even though it’s more of a challenge because you see awesome results really quickly. In the first week, I was down 7 pounds and my best friend was down 9. At the end of the month, I was down 17, she was down 16 without any exercise… I needed those kind of results to keep my motivation high. I should note that both my best friend and I are definitely heavier girls, which I’m sure played into why we were able to lose so much. Good luck with whichever route you take! 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@SpecialSundae:  This +1000000!

Diets are great for the short term, but lifestyle changes are what will keep the weight off! So fad diets are not the way to go.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I’m on WW and it worked for me before I fell off the wagon due to high amounts of stress. It teaches portion control and moderation, which I enjoy. That way, when I go off of the program, I will be able to eat in the real world. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@kanneb:  Ugh yeah, stress eating is a killer. I’m better than I was, but lately it’s been really difficult. I hope it hasn’t been too bad for you!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Muhlhauser Barn

@kanneb:  thanks! If you’re looking for a way to ease in, try googling some Paleo recipes & giving those a try… I found it made it less intimidating knowing what exactly I could eat (Aka that there were things I could eat other than eggs, steak & veggies). Now I eat eggs & veggies for breakfast, lunch meat (not strictly Paleo since all the lunch meat I’ve seen has sugar in it, but I’ve been focused on avoiding carbs) & an apple for lunch, & then about half the time I have something Paleo for dinner & the other half I don’t, but even when I cheat I’ve noticed that I feel inclined to pick healthier options of my cheat foods. So yes, in that sense my tastes have changed… I don’t want sugary foods very often and bread/carbs which has always been my downfall in the last is something I pretty much never want these days. 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did Whole 30 for about 6 weeks before my wedding and now eat that way about 70% of the time.  I was sort of small to begin with (5’2″ and a size 6/8) so I dropped a size within 2 weeks. It’s been a couple of months and I have dropped some more weight (in some cases, 2 dress sizes depending on the label), have more energy and pretty clear skin.  My wedding dress actually ended up being a tad loose.

More importantly I eat a TON of veggies now (big salads for dinner instead of pasta.)  I eat lean protein once or twice a day at most but the bulk of my diet is fruit and vegetables (of all types, including sweet potatoes) with very little dairy, sugar or processed foods.  Snacks are generally fruit and nuts.

When I stick to it, I feel pretty good.  I’ve had an issue with a hip injury and the whole 30 (which is an anti-inflammatory diet) made a HUGE difference in that – even my physio therapist noticed that the muscle felt better and less inflammed.

I would not think of Whole 30 as a diet. It’s more of a nutritional reset: get rid of CRAP (processed food and sugar) and foods that cause inflammation and mess with your hormones. Let your system heal & recover.  Then gradually introduce food back in to see what your trouble foods are.  

I’m really allergic to corn, which sucks!  And I can really only eat high-quality (fresh) pasta. I’m kind of sad knowing this but I eat much smarter now and feel (and look) better.

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