I know many of us can get so frustrated when our efforts to lose weight slow down or just simply do not exist. There are times when we begin looking for other ways to help. I have done it plenty of times and I'd like to share what has worked for me in the past.
Before you read this, I want you to understand that I have not been paid by any company for my opinions today. I simply want to share with you things that have helped me along the way. I also want you to realize that my advice should not be taken without first consulting with your physician. I am by no means an expert at any of this, so please educate yourself thoroughly before trying any of the following things.
In 2006, I lost 60 pounds. It was the first time in my life that I had ever attempted and successfully lost any weight. At the time I was able to spend hours at the gym each week. My efforts slowed quite a bit, so I began taking Hydroxycut. Back then the formula for it wasn't super healthy and I used it to the maximum allowed amount per day. And it worked. Plain and simple. Now you cannot buy that same stuff, but I have tried the new formula. It works halfway decent, but I don't have the results that I did several years ago. I've also noticed that if I get hungry while taking it and don't eat right away, I get super moody. It gets easier after the first week or two, but watch out for moodiness at first!
I've also tried Sensa. You may have seen recent commercials or read about it online. I used it last year when I first began trying to lose weight. It helped me lose the first 20 or so pounds. I liked it most because I had no side effects at all. The only problem with it is that it seems a bit expensive to me. That's the only reason I did not continue to use it. Sensa claims that you can lose 30 pounds in 6 months. That's a very logical, reasonable claim to me.
I've also tried SlimQuick in the past. To be honest, I took it exactly as instructed and lost nothing. Absolutely nothing. In my opinion, it was the biggest waste of my money. I took it for a whole month, changed my diet, and exercised. I did not lose anything more than what I was losing with diet and exercise alone. Again, this is only my experience with it.
I've also tried Weight Watchers. I know that it has helped so many people lose weight, but the program is just not for me. When I was tracking points, I felt so tied to the numbers. When I woke up I thought about how many points I had for the day. Then I started budgeting them. Negotiating in my head and feeling so tied down to them. It drove me insane! I thought about food and points every second of the day. I obsessed over what I could and couldn't eat in the day. I was just plain miserable. Going to the meetings were not much fun either. I'd see some women who had lost plenty of weight with the program and saw many others who were struggling worse than me. It's depressing sitting with women who obsessed about food as much as I did. Those poor women bought into the whole plan one hundred percent and still couldn't lose. They purchased the special Weight Watchers products and gave it their best shot. It was just plain depressing. The thing that kept running through my head while doing it was, "At what point can you stop obsessing about those darn points?!?!" The answer to that is simple: You cannot unless you actually want to gain the weight back and then some. I've seen it happen plenty of times. Personally, I believe in learning to change your eating habits and lifestyle. I will NOT count points ever again.