This week for 5 Things Friday, I decided to share 5 Diets I’ve Tried. But before I get into those, I want to share a bit about the graphic for this post. Consider this a bonus…
If you will notice, the graphic above is pink. I purposely chose that color for this post. Those who know me well, know I HATE the color pink except in flowers. I can’t stand it. So why did I purposely choose that awful (in my opinion) color for the graphic of this blog post? Two reasons…
First, and this is the main reason I HATE pink. Not the only one, but the main one. Growing up, it was only the fat girls that wore pink going to school. I would put on the color pink or be made to wear the awful color, and I would instantly feel like I was a fat girl. Keep in mind that back in those days, I was a tiny size 5. It was a total mental game that I lost over and over. It didn’t matter that I was told often that pink was a great color on me. In my mind, that just meant they thought I was fat. These days, after birthing a kid, my dream is to be a size 8 to 10. I’ll make it eventually. Anyway, now I totally avoid the color because well…I am on the chubby side and to wear pink would be saying I am giving up and will just be a fat girl.
Second, I hate diets and since I hate pink, they just sort of go together. Diets are nature’s way of saying, Die fat girl. I currently have an aversion to death, and so does my chunky monkey butt, so diets aren’t pleasant. Pink is how I see diets. Ugly and miserable.
So that explains the pink graphic. And why I paired it with the post about diets I’ve tried. Probably more of a bonus than you wanted to know.
So here, in no particular order are 5 of the diets I have tried. (This is by no means ALL of them. Just the first 5 that popped into my head. And this is indicative that I have a terrible time losing weight.)
- Nutrisystem–I admit, I loved the idea of pre-packaged meals. I could cook for the boys and then just have my little meal and it didn’t feel like I was cooking twice or special for everyone. The only problem was I really didn’t enjoy the food. And since it had a of soy in it, it caused me issues with my lupus. That was something I learned later, and why I ignore the commercials to this day saying how delicious the food is and that I should try it again. I hated the food, and it made me sick. I even tried just following the principles and cooking all my own food. But that made it so it wasn’t easy. I do still make some of the meals I learned to cook during that time these days though. Some of the ones I made myself were pretty good. I lost maybe 10 pounds the entire time I tried it over several months. It was too expensive to keep doing, at least with the prepackaged stuff. And the few items I did like, the boys did as well and they snuck them and ate them. Total lose for me. Haha!
- Slim Fast–This seemed like a great idea. I could just drink my breakfast and lunch and then have a sensible dinner. Only problem is I hate meal replacement shakes. I hate protein powder. And if it is cold, who wants a shake anyway? No, this diet didn’t work for me and any type of shake diet doesn’t work for the same reasons. I simply hate them. I dislike the chalky taste. Ick.
- Atkins–I loved this diet. It just wasn’t sustainable for me because I happen to love fruit. Fruit flavored diet jello didn’t do it for me. I am a fruit eater and I love my pears, apples, grapes, oranges, peaches, pineapple, kiwi, pomegranates, and most every other kind of fruit. In order to lose on Atkins, I had to keep my carb intake pretty low and one piece of fruit would push me over for the day. I was able to do it for about a week or so at a time and then I had to have some fruit. The whole net-carb thing that they introduced later didn’t work for me either. So sad.
- Carbohydrate Addicts Diet–This was a spin off of the Atkins diet and the one diet I have had the most success with over the years. The idea is to keep your carb intake low for two meals, and then you can have “Reward” meal once per day. You then could eat whatever you wanted as long as you finished eating it within an hour from start to finish. At first most people go crazy during that hour reward meal. But you eventually get where you may have a dessert or you might not have one. And things were pretty balanced overall. I liked that it didn’t cut out any food groups for more than 2 meals in row. The last time I tried this one, the weight just fell off and I was into a size 10 within a couple of weeks. I looked good. I felt good. Why haven’t I tried this again? Hmmmm…..
- Weight Watchers–I have tried this one off and on again over the years. I had moderate success with it. I liked that I could eat what I wanted as long as I counted the points and kept them within reason. I have done the online version and I have joined meetings in the past. I did the meetings in Idaho, where the center wasn’t that far from home. To do a center around here, I think I would have to travel about 90 – 100 miles for the closest one. I do currently have an online membership and use the app on my phone. I hate counting the points though. Too much thought required in my life at the moment. And the app is kind of finicky and doesn’t always take my info. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So now you know 5 of the diets I have tried. What are some of the diets you have tried?