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Weight Watchers

Weight watchers is a great way to lose weight. It also costs about $40 a month. Some might think that $40 a month is no big deal and maybe it isn’t but in this sluggish economy that $40 could easily go to so many other places in your budget. Weight watchers, or a really close imitation, could easily be accomplished with a little research and dedication for free at home.

There are plenty of resources out there that will help you figure out how many points you are allowed each day and how to attach point values to the food you eat, just like weight wathcers. So, get out your calculator and start figuring. It really is pretty easy, just follow some simple steps to arrive at the numbers you need.

You might need to go out and get a book with calorie counts for food that doesn’t have labels like fresh fruits and vegetables or find a free one online. I am sure they are out there, you just have to look.

Weight watchers does work, I lost my first 16 pounds with weight watchers. The problem lies in being able to afford the monthly payment throughout the whole time you need to lose weight. I could only make it about 3 months. I wish I could have gone longer and maybe I could have just continued the program on my own. They give you everything you need to continue to lose weight even if you have to quit going to the meetings. I should have had the motivation to continue but I didn’t and I am still overweight.

When you know that that $40 per month could benefit you in so many other ways it is hard to justify using it for what amounts to purely selfish reasons. Not that losing weight is selfish but it only benefits you. Of course, you want to lose weight and be healthier and that can benefit your family, as well, but as a mother, I have felt the guilt of wanting something all for myself when my children needed or wanted something else.

Anyway, if you do have the money to afford weight watchers then I would highly recommend using it to get thin and fit. With the weekly meetings and monthly weigh-ins you are held to a higher standard than you would be if you were trying to lose weight on your own. There is an accountability with weight watchers that keeps you on your toes and moving keeps you moving forward and the numbers on the scale moving downward.

You realize, when going to the meetings or even doing the program they have online that you are not the only person in the world who has to lose weight, no matter how much you have to lose. Whether it is 20 pounds, or 120 pounds, or more the people at weight wathcers are there for you and they have great supplements and snack foods that will help you stay on track and not go running back to all the bad carbs and calories that you have been used to.

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Weight Loss Programs

In this article I will go over the types of weight loss programs that are available to do as well as list some pros and cons of each. Hopefully, that information will help steer you in the right direction so you can determine which is the best option for you and your unique personality and needs.

Before you start any type of weight loss programs, though, make sure you talk to your doctor. For one thing your doctor can probably offer you some recommendations but if not, she can at least guide you in regards to any limitations you may have so your weight loss is done safely.

Now that that is out of the way, here are some ideas of some programs you may want to consider:

1. The pre- packaged food program. This is pretty straight forward; you sign up and you get fully prepared meals delivered right to your door. The companies claim that the meals will allow you to lose weight because they are nutritious and have the perfect combination of lean protein, fats and carbs as well as just the right amount of calories.

There are several such plans like this available, two of the most well known are Nutri-System and Seattle Sutton (which I have personally used and found very good).

When you are trying to decide between one or the other, make sure you carefully check out all the types of food plans, what is included (how many meals), the price including any shipping or handling costs, what their cancellation policy is in case you aren’t satisfied and the actual calories and nutritional benefits of the meals themselves.

2. Meeting type programs. These have been around for a long time and most people will immediately think of Weight Watchers. This is a type of diet plan where you not only get ideas of what types of foods to eat and in what quantities, you also get help from others who are trying to accomplish the same thing.

This approach allows you to interact with each other and keep each other focused and moving forward. Since you are all trying to lose weight, there are no feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness.

And, there is no public weight in! If you go to an actual meeting (though now you can get access to the materials online if you prefer) you will be weighed but it is 100% private and no one will see or know what your weight is.

How many times have you considered joining a gym, for example, only to feel out of place and get intimidated by all the hot bodies they have on the commercial? I know I have.

When you are trying to lose weight you don’t want to be reminded of what you aren’t (yet) you want to be surrounded by others who look about the same way you do, right?

There are many weight loss programs available today but before you sign on the dotted line you need to read the fine print. You need to know what it is, what it isn’t and what to do if you aren’t satisfied. Making an informed decision will allow your weight loss to be a dream come true instead of a nightmare.

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A Healthy Diet Plan

A Healthy Diet Plan
Renee Kennedy

How do you plan to lose weight?

Losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining a healthy
weight can be a difficult task. However, if you learn to eat healthy and
exercise regularly, and you train your body to accept that – instead
of a daily task, it can become a “way of life.”

Here is a simple 5 step plan that can help you learn how to live
a healthier life:

  1. Get into a Healthy Eating Mindset:

    If you are going to lose weight or gain weight you must believe that you
    can do it. If you are discouraged, you will not be
    able to do it. You must think, I CAN LOSE WEIGHT. I WILL

    This may seem a little over the top – but it’s not.
    You need to get yourself into a healthy mindset. You need
    to give yourself positive reinforcement and pump yourself up.

    You may need some help to get into a healthy mindset.
    It is not a weakness to admit that you need
    help. In order to be a healthy person, you have to admit
    that sometimes you just can’t do it by yourself. You may
    need the help of a trained professional (a doctor, a dietician,
    a personal trainer) or simply a support network of friendly
    people. If you have tried to do it on your own and have failed,
    then it is time to get the help that you need – start with your
    family physician.

    Your support network can be composed of people that
    are available for you to talk to, they should be positive people
    and they should believe in YOU.

    If you don’t want to count on your friends and family – you may
    need to go out and pay for a diet plan – Weight Watchers,
    Jenny Craig, NutriSystem are a few of the programs that also
    provide a support network of actual people you can talk
    to and find encouragement from.

  2. Find Motivation, Set Goals, and Reward Yourself:

    Motivation to lose weight or get healthier is going to be
    completely up to you! Whether you are just trying
    to lose a few pounds to go to your high school class reunion
    or you are trying to lose fifty pounds so that you can
    be a healthy person and play with your children… You need
    to find a motivation.

    Once you have a motivation, set attainable goals.
    Set goals that you know you can achieve.
    In other words, don’t try to lose five pounds in one week.
    One or two pounds per week is a small, attainable goal.

    Also, plan to reward yourself when you’ve reached your goal.
    For instance, if your motivation is to shed ten pounds to
    go to your class reunion, then reward yourself with a new outfit
    to wear to the reunion. Or, if your motivation is to lose
    50 pounds so that you will feel healthier, plan one fun day going
    to an amusement park when you’ve reached your goal weight.

    Take little steps. Motivate yourself using rewards every step
    of the way. Set goals and rewards. For instance,
    “When I lose 5 lbs, I will reward myself with a new pair
    of shoes.”

    Set your own rewards based on what you really, really want.
    Follow through – don’t just say you will reward yourself and
    then conveniently forget because there are more important things

  3. Plan to Eat Healthy Foods and Healthy Serving Sizes:

    The US government has provided us with a healthy “food pyramid.”
    This plan works! So don’t be afraid to use it.
    It’s simple, too. If you are an adult, each day you should have
    the following allotment:

    1. Fats, Oils and Sweets – use sparingly.
    2. Milk, Yogurt, Cheese – 2 to 3 servings.
    3. Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Nuts, Eggs – 2 to 3 servings.
    4. Vegetables – 3 to 5 servings.
    5. Fruits – 2 to 3 servings.
    6. Grains, Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta – 6 to 11 servings.

    6 to 11 servings is a wide range.
    The amount of servings you need per day will be based on your
    daily activity and special needs:

    A breast-feeding mother will need the highest amounts –
    3 servings of milk and cheese, 3 servings of meat.

    A middle aged woman who has a desk job
    will probably need the lower servings suggested –
    6 servings of the grain/bread group, 2 servings of meat.

    6 servings of grains may seem like a lot of food – but –
    you must be careful on the serving size. A pasta meal at a restaurant
    may equal 6 servings of pasta. Watching the amount of food
    is as important as the kinds of food.
    Serving sizes follow:

    • milk group – – 1 cup 2%, 1 cup yogurt, 1 1/2 oz of cheese
    • meat group — 2-3 oz. of meat, 1/2 cup cooked dry beans,
    • vegetable group — 1/2 cup of cooked or raw cut up, 1 cup raw leafy
    • fruit group — medium sized piece of fruit or 1/2 cup cut up, 3/4 cup of juice
    • grain group — a serving is 1/2 cup of cooked pasta or rice, 1 slice of bread, 1 oz.
      dry cereal.

    Do not assume that the serving sizes on packaged products
    are the same as the above. Use common sense. Be honest
    with yourself about serving sizes.

    Here is a cool visual chart that makes for great printing. Print
    it out and tack it up on your refrigerator! Another great motivator is tacking up a picture of
    yourself on the fridge – as you are now or as you would like to be.

  4. Plan to Exercise:

    You don’t need to run a marathon every day in order to get exercise.
    There are little ways that you can get the exercise you need everyday.
    Here are some suggestions – choose at least one of these and do it
    everyday or at least once a week. I guarantee that after a
    couple months – if you don’t get your exercise, you will MISS it!

    1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
    2. Park the farthest away spot from the store every time you go.
    3. Take a 30 minute walk everyday. (This is the one that I do – I
      love my walk, if I don’t get my walk, I really feel at a loss – and
      I am definitely NOT an exercise fanatic, but I never miss my walking
      even on vacation – and I feel GREAT because of it.)
    4. Take an aerobics class or a dance class. (Do you have a partner?
      Take ballroom dancing! Not only will you get some exercise, you will
      also learn a useful, fun skill.)
    5. Get off the subway or bus stop one stop before where you normally
      get off and walk the rest of the way home.
    6. Decide to take up a sport like Tennis, Racquetball, or even join
      a Softball team. Check out your community athletic center or the YMCA
      for sports that you think you might like to participate in.
    7. Buy a work out video and commit to working out 20 minutes a
    8. There are some awesome workout programs for free on the
      internet. Here’s one at Drop a Dress Size in Six Weeks.
      (I like the free ones you can do at home, because if you’re like me,
      you’re a clutz and are embarrassed to be seen doing any of those
      exercises in public!)
  5. The Right Tools:

    1. Support Network –

      In the first part of the plan, we discussed a support network. This
      network may be made up of health professionals or simply
      a group of family or friends that you can talk to. They are positive
      people that will help you over the rough spots.

    2. Healthy Eating Guide –

      You need to know the right balance of foods to eat.
      Use this cool food pyramid.

      This pyramid is taken from the US Government Recommended Daily Allowances.
      If you join any type of Diet plan, they all have their individual
      ways of keeping track of your calories or nutritional intake,
      however, they are all similar to the Food Pyramid.

    3. Nutritional Counting Device –

      Make your healthy diet fun! The NutriCounter can help you keep
      track of your daily eating habits, it’s a wonderful way to get into
      a routine and stay healthy.
      Learn more about The NutriCounter.

About the Author

Come and visit the NutriCounter web site for more information on how nutrition influences weight loss, diabetes, pregnancy, heart disease and more!

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