Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What I learned from Jenny

I've tried the no-sugar, no-carb, nothing fried, low-carb, and the you-name-diet but nothing worked. I only seemed to be successful at maintaining my body weight, which according to an online BMI calculator, I was on the border of "normal" weight and over-weight. Not good. Something had to change -- and quick! -- and with seven more weeks until the wedding, I had no time to spare. So after watching an ad on TV for Jenny Craig, I decided to sign up.

My goal was simple: lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks. With Jenny Craig, and as with all forms of dieting, it comes down to simple arithmatics (in the words of Gwen Stefani): counting calories. Jenny's program is based on a 1,200 calories a day, which trust me, is not very much. But I learned 2 things on my Jenny-journey:

  1. Your body, and more importantly, your stomach learns to adjust to less food. Not only that, but your body really doesn't need that much food to survive.

  2. When you are hungry, your brain sends you a message to eat anything in sight and usually this is something that's quick, easy, and convenient. The truth is, your stomach does not care what you feed it as long as you feed it something. So it makes no difference to your stomach if you are feeding it a bag of chips or baby carrots. Because Jenny is not designed to starve you; on the contrary, the program wants you to eat every 2-3 hours, you learn to feed your stomach celery sticks rather than that donut. Your stomach does not care, but unfortunately, your mouth does.

At my last "weigh-in," I had lost 7 pounds in 4 weeks. Hopefully I can lose that last 3 in two weeks!


Thomas said...

Jenny will also give your microwave oven a workout. Ours wasn't up to the challenge.

Tea Pot with Natasha said...

And at my final weigh-in yesterday, I met my goal!!! It was a lot of hard work and will-power but I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks! Yay!