How I Lost Over 25 Pounds With Weight Watchers In 6 Months
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I decided to lose weight not only to becoming healthier and more confident in myself but to also help support my brother throughout his weight loss. My brother has a rare genetic disorder that causes obesity, and his weight was getting out of control. My mom and I decided to join Weight Watchers to help my brother and support him during his weight loss.
We lost weight as a family, which made the process much easier. When I first started Weight Watchers I remember thinking “I don’t know how I wasn’t bigger.” I never really thought about the nutrition value of what I was eating, I just ate what tasted good, not what was healthy for me.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
I did not exercise throughout my journey. I would walk occasionally, however, it did not have a significant impact on my weight loss. I only focused on changing and improving my eating habits.
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
The weight loss program that I followed was Weight Watchers. With this program you don’t count calories, you count points. Foods are measured off of a point system. Points are calculated based on sugar content, fat content, the amount of fiber, and calories. This point system looks at the nutrition value as a whole, and not just the calories of an item. Essentially, the lower the point value the healthier it is. On my Weight Watchers plan, chicken, nonfat Greek yogurt, fruits, and vegetables were zero point food options. I basically could eat as many zero point foods without using my points, and I was allowed 23 points per day.
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I ate a lot of fruits, salads, and chicken throughout my weight loss. I enjoy Weight Watchers because it’s not restrictive, I can eat a variety of things which makes this diet sustainable. I view it as a lifestyle change rather than a day so I can continue to be healthy for the long term. I did not take any dietary supplements throughout my journey.
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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
Losing weight is a long process and a continuous journey. Doing this as a family really helped me because we didn’t have any temptations in our house. I also think I was so successful because I lost most of my weight during the lockdown period of Covid, I couldn’t go out to eat or go out with friends so I didn’t have temptations. Now, I am honestly struggling because of the holidays. The biggest piece of advice I can give someone is to give it your all for 2 weeks. I always found myself never sticking to a diet because I’d give up after a day or two. This was the only diet I have stuck with, and after the first 2 weeks, it got tremendously easier.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
The Weight Watchers app was an essential part of my journey. This is how I tracked my meals, my points, and it gave me excess to how many points each food is. If a food item has a bar code on it, you can scan the barcode with the app and the point value will pop up. If a food item isn’t logged into the Weight Watchers app, you can enter the nutrition facts and the app will automatically give you the point value. You also track your progress and your weekly weigh-ins with the app.
When did you start to notice progress?
My weight loss was definitely gradual. Since I view Weight Watchers as a lifestyle change and not a diet, you don’t instantly drop a lot of weight. My weight loss was definitely gradual, but the time I noticed the biggest difference was during my summer beach trip. I did drop a shirt size and 2 pant sizes throughout my weight loss. I felt less bloated after a few days honestly! This was after I lost 26 pounds and it was my first time going to the beach and feeling like I could wear a 2 piece bathing suit. The walk to the beach was so much easier because I didn’t have excess weight holding me back.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I found that being prepared was a big key to being successful. Something simple like cutting up fruits and veggies to snack on really helped. I also weigh my food and eat based on the serving size. For example, if I was eating 20 pretzels I would count out exactly 20 pretzels, close the bag, and put it back into the pantry. This prevented me from mindlessly eating or eating out of boredom.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
You can do it! I never thought I would be able to lose weight. I always thought I would hide behind clothes and be overweight, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to work out or go on runs. You don’t have to eat only chicken and salad. You can still enjoy the food you love, it’s all about eating in moderation and making healthier choices. It’s a hard journey but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made, and I feel so much better.
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on Instagram! @healthykatie_ww
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