That doesn’t just hold true for Nutrimost – that’s for losing weight PERIOD.
I felt compelled to write this for several reasons.
- I am awake at 2:48 AM. I’m not happy about it, but I have a new puppy, and she requires bathroom privileges (trips to the front lawn) every four hours or so.
- Several glasses of unsweet tea with dinner have made it so I cannot get back to sleep. And also cause me to require bathroom privileges (but not trips to the front lawn) every four hours or so. (Note to self, restrict liquids after 7:30 PM like you do with the dog…)
- Ouisa and I both have been fielding several comments (some have been approved, most have not) regarding the validity and “ease” of the Nutrimost program.
Regarding the validity and the concerns over whether or not this is “healthy”: First, let me say that Nutrimost works. Ouisa is proof that it works. Amy and Mandy are proof that it works. All of you who have commented, encouraged both us and each other, and allowed us to celebrate your successes during these times of struggle are proof that it works! (I’m only half joking… I didn’t eat cheese for 44 days, THAT is a STRUGGLE!) Yes, it’s very strict and very low calorie. How else do you think they can guarantee at least a 20 pound weight loss in 44 days? It’s “unhealthy” and a “scam”? Guys. Why is it people have no problem telling someone (whether it’s through the “privacy” of a computer screen or face to face) that their eating plan is “unhealthy”? Would you ever DREAM of walking up to someone who was overweight and commenting, “You know, you need to rethink those corn dogs, you’re really not healthy”? If you can honestly say you would do that, go away. Now. Addressing a genuine concern for a loved one is one thing; being an outspoken, judgmental snot is another. While we’re on the subject of healthy: in order to ensure your safety and well-being (yes, safety, it’s 500 CALORIES!), Nutrimost needs to be done through a licensed health care provider. Neither Ouisa nor I advocate doing this yourself. There’s a reason for the supplements and drops: they’re designed to control hunger, reset and recalibrate your body and its biomarkers, and replenish whatever nutrients you may not get through the food you’re eating. You won’t know what your body requires unless you have the body scan, and you can’t just go in Amazon and start filling a cart with pills in the hopes that they’ll work. You may do more harm than good. Again: GO THROUGH A DOCTOR. They’re there for you if you’re struggling, to offer encouragement when you’re succeeding, and to answer questions that, let’s face it, this blog cannot answer. Side note: I am fully aware most, if not all, doctors offering this program are chiropractors. For those of you still skeptical, I scanned and emailed EVERY SINGLE PAPER I received from my scan and initial consultation – including foods lists and instructions – to my GP. She said she’d had several patients that have seen great success with this program, and she approved – even recommended – it to me. She liked that they encouraged organic and fresh foods, which leads me to my next point…
The “ease” of Nutrimost: Of course it isn’t easy! Name one lifestyle change that is!
- “Oh, you can just cut carbs.” (Sure, until your friends decide movie night is pizza night, too, and you’re smelling pepperoni and mozzarella while eating your sad salad with no croutons.
- “Just count your calories.”
- “Just BURN more calories than you eat” (That’s one of my favorites. I’ve completed three half marathons, and let me tell you, those three days were the ONLY days I succeeded in doing that. Most people don’t have time for that much exercise, or if they do, then it still requires a conscious effort to choose lower calorie foods so as not to go over.)
I think that’s where a lot of people balk: conscious effort. Oftentimes, laziness leads to being overweight. (Yeah, I was running, but did I cook dinner? Heck no! Chinese takeout, please!) I didn’t say all the time – I realize and respect some people have genuine medical issues. But for the rest of us, we are in this mess because we cannot or will not make healthy food choices. Why? Because it’s haaaaard! (I don’t WANNA cook tonight, I cooked last night!) Personally, I think the Nutrimost plan is quite simple and straightforward: this is what you can eat, this is when you can eat it, this is what to avoid, now live long and prosper. I will admit to putting a lot of thought (dare I say, effort?!) into it at the beginning, creating a meal plan and schedule to follow until I got the so I didn’t get confused. I had reminders in my phone to take the drops. Good grief, I know an awesome seller on Etsy, and I had her make little signs for my daily affirmations so I could hang them in my dressing room! Not saying you have to go that far, but you’re going to have to put forth some effort, and that goes for ANY weight loss program. For those of you that have families and little kids (bless you), it probably means making two separate meals at dinner. (Unless your kid actually eats cabbage or asparagus… in which case, high five!) For those of you who live alone like me (HI FRIENDS, I LOVE YOU!), yeah, you have to cook, but this is so flipping easy because on this plan, YOU’RE ALREADY ONLY COOKING FOR ONE! No more trying to half (or even quarter) a recipe because you don’t want to be eating leftovers for the next seven days… (barf.) Every meal is for one! Yay!
My point is – taking me a while to get there, sorry – it doesn’t matter if you do Nutrimost, Atkins, Weight Watchers, use an app for calories… Whatever you do, you need to make an effort. And effort does not equal ease. We have got to learn not to just survive, but to THRIVE. (Go buy Casting Crowns’ song “Thrive”, seriously. Love love love it!) We have got to learn to take care of ourselves and make healthy meals and food choices, and this program teaches you that! (For the record, there are great weight loss programs out there that teach you how to eat to live. If this one doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, find one that is.)
I understand people get frustrated. Shoot, I hit about a 12-day plateau and was ready to pull my hair out. I think Ouisa may have laid out rules before, but I’m doing it again:
- No more “scam” comments. This program is NOT a scam. If you feel that way, why on earth are you even on this blog?
- No more asking about buying stuff online so that you can do this yourself. Ouisa and I are trying to be respectful of our doctors (as well as yours), and it does them an injustice if we start pointing people in the direction of doing this yourself with no guidance. (I am telling you, you CANNOT subsist on the very low calorie phase without a doctor’s help and the drops/supplements they provide you.)
I, personally, will not be approving any comments along those lines. I have no problem answering what I can, trying to be sympathetic to your concerns, etc. Because I don’t know any of you, but I honestly do want you to succeed. I want you to be healthier. I want you to be happier.
… And, if we’re being honest, I want more people to choose apples over cheeseburgers so that one day, maybe I can pay less for my Envy apples than I would for a double cheeseburger. So… let’s make that happen, people.😉
(Written on my iPad… I’ll check for typos later.)