“Lose 7 Pounds a Week Eating This Miracle Fruit!”

Enough already! That is the cover headline of a recent Woman’s World magazine. And sorry to call out Woman’s World because so many of the magazines do this. I love this magazine because it’s a super quick, easy skim through and sometimes there is really valuable information, even for weight loss.

But every issue, there is some diet on the cover that’s going to help you lose extraordinary amounts of weight with little or no effort. In this case, the miracle fruit is bananas. I suppose if you eat a banana for breakfast and then nothing else for the rest of the day, you could drop 7 pounds each week, but you won’t feel too great and I doubt that’s a plan you can stick with. Usually, when you get inside the magazine, there’s a perfectly reasonable eating and sometimes exercise plan, along with supplements that are good for you. But 7 pounds a week? C’mon.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers for six months. I’ve lost 41 pounds, an average of 6 pounds a MONTH. I eat healthy and I exercise… a lot. For 6 pounds a MONTH. But this is a plan that is doable for me.  I still eat dessert and pizza. I go out for breakfast or dinner with family and friends. I really enjoy the holidays.

Sure, I’ve made adjustments to what I eat, but they are adjustments I can live with, and I don’t feel deprived. I eat more fruits and veggies and lean protein and fiber. But I also eat chocolate when I really want it.

I’m losing steadily, and I feel I can stick to this as a lifetime plan, which is what it needs to be. It doesn’t help to lose 7 pounds a week if you can only stick to the plan for a week. Not when you have 80 (now 39)  pounds to lose.

I remember in earlier diet attempts, thinking I could lose 20 pounds a month (probably related to claims in magazines that you can lose that fast). Now I realize even that’s insanely unrealistic and unhealthy. When I started WW this time around, I wanted to lose weight, but more than that, I wanted to get healthy. So I didn’t put unattainable goals in place. And that’s helped me  stick to this program this time.

So buy all the magazines, diet plans, weight loss supplements and exercise equipment you want. Anything you do to become healthier is a good thing. But be realistic. Unless you are on The Biggest Loser (and they don’t always have consistent losses either), you’re not going to lose 7 pounds a week. Plan for 1 to 2 pounds a week and you’ll be satisfied with what you’re eating and with your results, even elated when the scale sometimes shows that occasional 3-pound loss!

PS. Losing slowly also keeps saggy skin at bay. Why get fit only to have all that loose skin hanging around the middle!


7 responses to this post.

  1. Great post!


  2. you are so right! I see that magazine all the time and I admit I used to buy it all the time. I don’t know why ~ I never followed the diets.

    Funny post!


  3. You’re right. People want to believe anything but what is actually going on with their decisions. WW is a great program. Agreed, must lose slowly, otherwise, the saggy skin…


  4. Amen Sista! Tell it.


  5. This is absolutely right on. Being from Louisiana, especially New Orleans, there are not too many days on the calendar that we do not celebrate by eating (can you say Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday?).

    My wife has tried every diet in the world also and finally got around to Weight Watchers about 3-4 years ago. Since then, it has been a constant for her. It’s help her to divorce “Little Debbie” and to lose 80 pounds.

    Her only negative with Weight Watchers is the meetings, they were too depressing. So she skips those and just follows the diet plan using the online point tracker.

    Great article!



  6. Hear hear!

    I’ve been on WW for a little more than a year now and have lost ~70 pounds (missed my 70 pound star by .2 last week, so am hoping for a small loss this week…) That’s a loss of something like 1.2 pounds per week (it’s been slowing down recently, so more like .8 pounds a week for the last 3-4 months or so, but you know, I look pretty good and feel LOADS better…

    I hate seeing those “I lose XX pounds eating just this one thing” adverts too. Drives me nuts!


    • Good for you! Congratulations on your great loss. I hope I can say the same at a year. I have some weeks that are better than others but as long as that scale is headed downward I’m ok with it!


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