Jan 28, 2020 « Back to The Skinny
What led you to join the Naturally Slim Program?
As many people do, I gained weight as I grew older. My work schedule became a “normal” 10 to 12-hour day. My weight for my 6’1” body fluctuated between 205-210, and my waistline was 42-44”. I had given up hope that I would ever be below 200 again. My father had diabetes, so I thought that being prediabetic was just a part of life.
My dietary “wake up” really hit when my H1C hit 6.6 and threw me into the official diabetic category. Fortunately, about the same time, my medical insurance company was promoting Naturally Slim. I loved the concept of not having to count calories, carbs, or anything else. Plus, the program was paid for by my insurance. With so many other weight loss programs, I saw people gain all their weight back—and then some—when they stop following the strict regimens. I recognized that Naturally Slim was a lifestyle change. I also read so many testimonials praising the program AND the long-term weight loss results.
Tell us about your Naturally Slim experience.
During my first 11 months of Naturally Slim, I lost an average of 3 pounds per month. There were times I lost more, and times when I reached a discouraging plateau. However, after 11 months I had lost 30 pounds, my BMI was in mid-normal range, my waist was 36” (an 8” reduction), and my last H1C was 6.0. Unbelievable!
I have set my maintenance weight at 182 pounds, with 180-185 pounds being my “comfortable” range, realizing that water retention fluctuates.
What advice from the Naturally Slim Program has impacted you most?
My guiding Naturally Slim principle is that “you can’t gain 10 pounds without first gaining 5,” so 185 is my trigger point to get back to the basics. Generally, when my weight starts to increase, I realize that I have tended to stray away from eating slowly and, (probably because of emotional eating) I started to snack between meals. I recently hit my trigger point because of the holidays, and I am now getting back to basics. I never want to return to the high 180s, much less go over 200 pounds ever again in my life.
What advice would you give someone who is curious about doing the Naturally Slim Program?
Several of my friends have also started Naturally Slim when they saw my results and I encourage everyone I can to give it a try, which is why I chose to share my brief story. Even my family doctor asked me what I did to make the turnaround. I don’t know if it is biologically possible, given my diabetic father, but another big win for me will be if I can get my H1C below 6.0.
What was your biggest takeaway from the Naturally Slim Program?
One final observation I made. When I started eating slowly and following the 10-5-10 concept, I realized that I really did not enjoy eating some foods that had become a part of my “fast food” life. Thus, it was easy to stop eating them.
Any parting advice for new participants?
You may have tried many weight loss programs, and had temporary results, but failed if you ever strayed from their strict regimented diet. So instead, try a lifestyle change—starting with the Naturally Slim concepts. Life is too short not to enjoy your food.