I’ve always been overweight, and to be honest, I’ve kind of accepted that I always will be. Don’t get me wrong, I want to lose weight and get fitter than I am currently, but I was recently looking at pictures of me whilst I was at my smallest and according to my BMI I was still overweight. I looked almost gaunt, I don’t think skinny suits me, but I do want to be in a more healthy position than I am now.
Cambridge or the 1:1 plan
I got down to my slimmest by following the Cambridge Weight Plan, now called the 1 to 1 Diet. It is pretty extreme, and very intense, but it does work. It is essentially a meal replacement diet, you meet with a consultant weekly for your weigh in and to buy the products that you need for the week. The lowest “step” is just meal replacement products, and the higher steps introduce other foods, starting with protein and vegetables. You don’t have to do the lowest step, but the weight loss will be slower. I found doing Cambridge very hard. I have an unhealthy relationship with food and began to crave or want random things all the time. It really is a mental battle for me (as is any diet) but the results speak for themselves. I’m not sure I could do it again, although I did lose two stone on it earlier this year before my sister’s wedding, but until that unhealthy relationship with food is resolved I don’t think it’s for me.
Slimming World was my go to plan for a while. I found it the easiest of all the plans to stick to – because there are so many “free” foods that you can have as much as you like of. This includes chicken breast, lean bacon, eggs, baked beans, even pasta, as well as the typical fruit and vegetables. You also get a daily allowance of dairy – and as I don’t drink milk (as I don’t drink tea or coffee) I would be able to have cheese every day which I didn’t need to calculate in my “syns”. Due to my unhealthy relationship with food, I do feel that my portion control (or lack of it) may have sabotaged my losses, but I still managed to lose a stone in my first couple of weeks each time I restarted.
Prior to this year I had not done Weight Watchers for over 10 years. The programme has changed a lot since then, but I was struggling getting my head into the zone so I wanted to try something different. The plan is more restrictive than Slimming World, but I hoped that these extra restrictions would keep me more focused. You have a certain amount of daily points, but also a buffer of weekly points which are handy if you know you are going out at the weekend or have a special occasion. There are some foods that have no points values (like fruit and veg) but a much smaller choice than on Slimming World. In theory this should make it easier to lose weight on, but it depends on how committed you are.
All of these plans work – there is no denying this. Which one will work best for you is a decision only you can make. Find out more about each plan and weigh them up. There are of course other plans out there, but I have just told you about the ones that I have tried myself. Personally, I find Slimming World easiest to follow, and will be sticking to that one going forward.