MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY AND TRIALLING A NEW DIET PLAN
If you've been following me on instagram, or if you happen to know me in person, you'll know that I am forever on a journey to lose weight and keep it off for good. My weight has yo-yo'd for as long as I can remember, but the one thing that has been consistent is my body shape (pear/ endomorph).
Just over a year ago, I decided to start taking my health and fitness a lot more seriously. I think this was in part because I just felt very unhealthy (and still do sometimes) and also wasn't happy with my appearance. The strange thing is, I'm generally a very confident, happy and self love motivated person; but sometimes I just really had this inner urge to want to blitz all of the fat off my body and be as toned as Kim K.
Whilst I'm still on this journey (and still without Kim K abs), I think it's key for me to highlight the importance of accepting and loving yourself before any inner and outer change can take place in terms of body transformation. Now don't get me wrong, there are definitely people out there who can eat as many burgers at they like and not even put on a pound; there are also people who can exercise a few times a week and the weight just starts to drop off; but I am not in either of those categories; and if I am being totally honest, it was only until I started to be grateful for the body that I have that I started to feel (and then look) better about myself and my the body that I have.
Having an endomorph body type is like the best thing ever, until you want to shed 28 lbs at a reasonable speed. Since I began my fitness journey I've lost almost 2 stones in total, but that was across 8 months and it felt like forever. I'm now continuing my journey in hopes of losing a further 1.5 stones and to reenergise my mind, soul and body at the same time.
This brings me onto a product review of the Shake That Weight (STW) plan that I've been trialing for the past fortnight. For those of you who have never heard of STW, they offer Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) plans and products to assist you in your weight loss journey.
HOW IT WORKS
By burning more calories than we consume, our bodies will start to burn fat, and that’s when we lose weight. Shake That Weight Very Low Calorie products are used to replace meals to help you regulate your diet and achieve your target weight loss. The number of products you use will vary on your personal circumstances and chosen diet plan.
I'll be honest and admit that I was quite skeptical about following another VLCD plan after following Lighterlife; i'd trialled the Lighterlife products because I won them in an instagram giveaway, but I really wasn't impressed with them, hence my skeptism before trying STW.
Right, where do I start with STW? Ok, so I was given the opportunity to trial a 2 week Woman with Meal plan, which allowed you to have 3 of their meal replace products a day accompanied by 1 healthy meal of your choice. I much preferred this approach as I didn't really feel like I was on a diet diet- if that makes sense. The 2 week plan consists of choosing 42 products of your choice, which could be anything between shakes, bars, porridges, or a selection of their noodle/ dinner dishes. I've included some images of the products I chose below so that you have an idea of what I had, and also enjoyed and didn't enjoy.
As soon as my products arrived, I was obsessed with getting started, and boy did I let everyone know it. If you follow my insta-stories you probably saw me posting about the products quite a lot; my work colleagues were lucky enough to hear me ramble on about my obsession with losing weight and the products I am trying in person... aren't I just a delight?
Day 1 came along and I was an eager beaver; I wanted to see if this would work for me and how sustainable it would be in terms of keeping me full and whether or not I could keep this up for the two weeks. I was pleasantly surprised. I had the following meals:
Breakfast: Chocolate Porridge
Lunch: Blazing Beef Chilli Noodles
Snack: Dark Chocolate bar
Dinner: Steak Salad
How did I feel after day one? Accomplished! I was totally surprised that I was able to get through the day only consuming the above, and even though it wasn't normal for me, I was totally ok. Initially, I had been put off the plan after having my first product for breakfast (the chocolate porridge) as it really wasn't for me. But, I decided to pull through and give each product a try before I made up my mind- and I am so glad I did.
STW PRODUCTS I LOVED
So I thought it'd be useful if I gave you guys a list of all of the products I loved out of the ones that I was sent. It's one thing seeing results, but the tastyness of the products are important too right? Well they are for me, otherwise I wouldn't last very long.
My absolute favourites out of all the products I was sent was the gingerbread, caramel and mint chocolate shakes, the dark chocolate bar, lemon yoghurt bar and the bbq zippers (which were fxking fantastic). Literally, if I could have all of these everyday for the rest of my life I'd be quite content. I promise you guys, I am not exaggerating.
STW PRODUCTS THAT I WOULD TRADE FOR A SINGLE PEANUT (AKA REALLY DID NOT LIKE)
I have to be totally honest here, because otherwise there's absolutely no point of me writing this review... there are two products that were included in my plan that I just really could not stand and was really surprised by the way they tasted; the porridge (both plain and chocolate) and the Tikka Masala. The texture of both of these really affected me when I tried to consume them. The porridge was more like Angel delight and the Tikka Masala was hardly edible without a whole can of sweetcorn to go with it. I'd definitely recommend you not choosing these in your plan if you'd be interested in trying one.
After week 1, I had already started to notice a difference in the way I felt and was keen to get on the scales to monitor my progress (which by the way, I HATE doing). This time, it wasn't so bad... I had lost 4lbs. This is the motivation that I needed to keep me going onto week 2 and to keep up the healthy eating and stick to the plan. Week 2 flew by, and by then I was really sad to realise that I'd had to go without the shakes I'd become to absolutely LOVE and depend on. What will I have for breakfast now, I thought? I'd actually grown so fond of them that I genuinely felt sad that they were no more (until I purchase some). This has NEVER happened to me before with any product from a diet plan so it's quite surprising to me.
It got real for me when I went on the scales and had lost a further 2.5 lbs after week 2, totalling 6.5lbs. I guess the reason that it was slightly less than week one is because I did have a meal out during week 2, as part of my 1 meal a day; if I hadn't of been out I reckon I could have achieved a bigger weight loss number, but I am satisfied nonetheless. I am totally noticing a difference in how my clothes fit me and have had quite a few compliments from people that I've lost weight- RESULT.
Have I enjoyed doing the STW VLCD? Yes! Would I do it again? Totally- but the plan has also made me realise that I should be making more of an effort to eat clean and exercise a lot more rather than relying on assisted help from STW and other diet plans. Don't get me wrong, if I would do another plan, it would definitely be this one, but I also feel like it's time for me to try and figure this fitness stuff out for myself, by myself. After all, each body is unique and so what works for others might not work for me or you.
Have you tried the Shake That Weight plan? What did you think of it? If you any tips for the endomorphs out there that are actively trying to lose weight we'd be really grateful.
I hope this helps anyone considering a new diet plan or Shake That Weight in particular.