When I started this journey I was thinking in terms of 3 distinct phases.
The first phase was a period of denial & abstinence.
Goals were set. A plan was established. The battle-lines were drawn!
After all, this intense week-long detox can potentially see a very rapid weight-loss. For some, as much as 5kg.
Of course, most of that would be water, but that’s all in the fine-print. There’s no need to get caught up in the detail.
Once the final goal weight is reached I can then move into the third and final stage.
Bliss. Utopia. Heaven. Where everything that I’ve been promised and more awaits me.
An eternity of maintenance. Where nothing is taboo as long as it’s in moderation.
I’m allowed to relax. To let my hair down. To return to the real world albeit still under the watchful eye of my sponsor.
Because any sign of slipping back will see me “on the wagon” quicker than you can say “rehab”. Returning me to phase 2 like it’s a game of snakes & ladders as penance for my sins until they’re completely absolved.
Many of you may recognise this method of weight-loss as atypical of many, if not most, weight-loss programs on the market today.
Sadly, they’re designed to help you lose it but not to keep it off forever.
They’re in a business that needs us to keep coming back for more once we return to our bad old ways.
And they know we will. Mark my words!
Fortunately, I managed to avoid the same old, same old because I saw the light early on in the piece.
Unfortunately, for many others, study after study after study shows that when we go “on a diet” we may initially lose a heap of weight.
But when we are reweighed a year later we have, on average, managed to put most of it back on. Many of us actually gain a lot more weight.
I know because I have tried all of those listed below:
And in every single case I ended up right where I began. Plus some.
This is not to say they don’t work for many people. I’m sure they do.
I saw someone recently who was looking great after having been on Weight Watchers. All I can say to them is well done.
Because they don’t work for most of us.
Sorry. It’s reality.
And no one likes to hear it. Because they think they deserve the white stuff like its some privilege that shouldn’t be denied them.
If that’s you then please “wake up and smell the roses”.
Because it’s doing you more harm than just packing on a few pounds. It’s killing you in many, many other ways.
But enough of my ranting.
I welcome your feedback and opinions, for and against, as my voice is surely not the only one in the wilderness.
Kim | 77.6