A Different Approach to Nutrition in 2019

I’m tired of not fitting into my clothes. I’m tired of having to squeeze myself into a tiny spot on the bus and still feeling like I’m taking up too much room. I’m tired of being out of breath when I choose to take the stairs and I’m tired of being low energy.

Diets I’ve Tried

If you can name a diet, I’ve probably tried it (ok fine, most diets other than keto). The most successful weight loss I ever had and sustained was through Weight Watchers. When I was 17, I’d reached a weight that made it difficult for me to even find prom dresses. This prompted me to make a change. As soon as I started eating better and working out, I noticed that I felt loads better. My mood improved and I was overall just much more comfortable.

Weight Watchers

As previously mentioned, Weight Watchers (in Montreal) was where I had the most success. I joined with my mum in April 2009 and continued to attend meetings (albeit a bit on and off) for about 5 years. While I never reached my official goal weight (let’s be real, goal weights are arbitrary numbers anyway), I lost over 35 pounds (2.5 stone). I felt like a new version of myself and I met a group of people who understood the struggle.

Our fearless leader (waddup, Sheila!) was fantastic and I think that overall the group dynamic at that location was exactly what I needed. I was never made to feel bad when I didn’t lose weight, but always felt supported to get back on track.

I tried WW again in the UK and it wasn’t the same. I attended meetings for about 6 weeks before calling it quits. I didn’t feel like I had the same level of support and community that I had come to rely on in the past.

Intermittent Fasting (The Fast Diet, 5:2 )

As a weight loss strategy, intermittent fasting worked quite well for me. On 5:2, 5 days a week you eat normally, while 2 days a week you only have 500 calories. In 2.5 months, I managed to lose 14 pounds (1 stone). In addition, I felt more alert and higher functioning on the non-fast days. That being said, on the 500 calorie days, the opposite was true. The reason I stopped was that I was getting quite bad headaches on the fast days. I also felt extremely sluggish on the 500 calorie days and on a few occasions even threw up. Not worth it!

Slimming World

While Slimming World works for lots of people, it just wasn’t for me. I love the group meetings and how flexible the programme itself is, but I just don’t think it was the right environment for me. Similarly to when I joined WW in the UK, I didn’t quite feel like the group was right for me. That’s not to say there weren’t some lovely people there, it just wasn’t quite the right fit for me.

Also, the meetings we’re over an hour and a half long, which was about three times longer than I’m willing to commit.

No Carbs

If I had a dollar for every time I “cut out carbs”! I’ve done this too many times to count. It always leads to a small amount of quick weight loss, but inevitably creeps back on in a number of days. I wish I had the willpower to try the Ketogenic Diet. I’ve heard fantastic things about the impact it has not only on your weight, but on your mental capacity. That being said, bread is life and the keto flu sounds bad, so I don’t see myself being able to successfully stick to it for long!

Juice Cleanse

Just….no. For 5 days I had only juice. The struggle was real, but I lost loads of weight really quickly (that I put back on within about 10 days). When the cleanse was over I continued to eat healthily and had a calorie deficit, but still put on more weight than I’d lost.

7 Day Detox Cleanse

I did this right before my 22nd birthday. It basically meant only eating fruits, veggies and eventually some protein. It was hard work, but I lost loads of weight and (temporarily) got a handle on my hunger.

My Plan for 2019

At the end of the day, all these diets work if you’re consistent. Without consistency, all diets are hopeless.

I know that to succeed and feel better in my body, I need the following three things things:

  1. To be held accountable (weekly weigh-ins, meetings, weight loss trackers, etc.)

  2. To not feel massively deprived (leads to bingeing)

  3. To have a fitness routine that I enjoy (or I won’t go, duh)

For 2019, I’m taking a different approach to nutrition. I’m working on my gut health and incorporating health foods that I know make me feel good. I’m not cutting anything out, but will make definite attempts to limit some things I know affect how I feel. I know losing weight will make me feel better and healthier, but I’m in no rush to reach an end goal. I’m looking forward to a slow and steady weight loss, rather than a quick-fix that’ll leave me worse off in the long-run. I’m going to work on my gut-health, understanding my cravings and curbing my binge-eating habits.

I’ve got a long road ahead of me and I know it won’t be easy. I promise to keep you all updated, no matter the outcome.

Feel free to leave a comment letting me know what’s worked best for you & sharing your best tips / advice!