It's not an exaggeration when I say the day I stumbled upon Peertrainer was a day that changed my life. I've always struggled with my weight, always thought I was eating healthy (a thought that was encouraged by nutritionists I saw who encouraged the idea that pasta, chicken and dairy are "health" foods...), and could never understand why I kept gaining weight despite being relatively disciplined.
The daily tips fixed some major holes in my nutritional strategy - for example, the first tip I received from you is to focus on the one thing that trips me up. I knew that I was generally good at portion control (or so I thought), but whenever I cook a fresh pot of something, about twice a week, I keep nibbling on it for a while after I finish my meal. I decided to focus on that, and discovered that when I don't nibble, the pot suddenly produces around 8 meals instead of the usual 6 - I was actually "nibbling" two extra meals twice a week!
Next, the Cheat System provided me with a simple and easy strategy to lose weight. I didn't really have to give up anything, just limit whatever is on the right column to a 1000 calories per day, and more importantly increase the amount of vegetables and legumes in my diet. I cooked sweet potatoes and chickpeas, and bought a bunch of bags of peeled mini-carrots, and I was good to go. I lost 14 lbs in a little over 3 months. Not only that, but I felt healthier and more energized than I ever felt even when I was 18 (I'm 34 now). Even my eyesight, that was starting to deteriorate, all of the sudden became perfect again. Probably saved me a lot of money on getting prescription glasses..."
2 Reasons This Email Is Important
The email keeps going but we want to keep this post short and simply point out that this is a GREAT email because it outlines very clearly the power of getting out of "conventional diet food" mindset. We hammer away at this idea because it is so embedded in people's minds that they eat "diet foods." We have a controversial suggestion- if you are eating anything that is labeled low calorie or 100 calorie snack pack stuff- that is a strong indicator that you are going to struggle.
For whatever reason, people are resistant to making this shift, but when they do things change.
It also shows how the (free) PEERtrainer Cheat System helps to provide a simple way to eat a plant strong, nutrient dense diet.
We are also posting this to show people that if they follow the Cheat System, good things can happen.
Additionally, it is a great example of the power of the free resources at PEERtrainer. Good advice and help is the best support you can get!
This is an email that we were sent yesterday. Very powerful, and frankly this is our intended result. The most important thing to know is that you can get to this point.
Even if you are just starting the weight loss process and doing very basic portion control, you can get here. For those of you who are in the "professional dieter" category, please keep an open mind to new adjustments.
Here is the email we were sent:
"1 month on the PT cheat system!
I can honestly say this has been life changing. I have been a part of PT for years. I have struggled with maintaining weight loss and also with binge eating. I thought there was no way the cheat system could work cause I was eating so much food, nothing was off-limits, I can snack whenever. To someone who has had issues with binge eating this has worked wonders at stopping that cycle of depriving myself till I go crazy and eat everything.
I was always in the mindset of "I will use this diet till I get to my goal weight and then stop." How come it took me so long to realize that doesnt work! On the PT cheat system I dont feel like I'm dieting. It is a way of eating I can/will continue for the rest of my life. I love it! It is so freeing! My body always seemed to get stuck at 150lbs and at 5'5 that put me just into the overweight category. Well I've lost 6lbs in the first month of the cheat system without ever feeling hungry. In fact I'm often full of delicious foods!
The system forced me to experiment with foods I never ate before. Edamame baked with olive oil and a little Parmesan is fantastic. Quinoa (the apple pie recipe) with some organic blueberries and a tsp of agave syrup is so yummy! I find myself coming in at 700 points sun-thur. and on the weekends I max out at 1000. This allows me to have a drink or some dessert (and this is a diet??) and I still maintain my weight loss.
Best part is I have had so much energy I was able to quit coffee. If you knew my love of coffee you would be shocked at this. But I have anxiety issues and the caffeine is really bad for me. I have so much energy just from the food alone within a week of being on the cheat system I was able to cut out coffee completely and never look back.
Any down sides? I'm gassy from all the beans! I spend a lot of time meal planning. I plan my whole weeks meals on sunday and do a lot of cooking on sundays to make sure I have all my lunch meals ready for the week. Everything is thought out before it goes into my mouth. It takes a bit of extra time. I am vigilant about keeping my veggies stocked in the house and have taken over most of the weekday cooking so I can make sure meals are more focused around veggies. Thats about it. Thanks for introducing me to such a great plan!"