When Helen, 51, an Executive Assistant from Berkshire, was at her heaviest, she didn’t even recognise herself in a family photo! It was this moment that made her take notice of her weight and food choices. She then went on to lose 2 stone 7lbs in 7 months with the help of the Nutracheck Calorie Counter App. Read her story here…
How much weight have you lost and how long did it take?
I have lost 2 stone 7lbs in total and I started with Nutracheck at the end of March this year so it has taken 7 months.
What prompted your decision to lose weight?
I saw a picture of myself at a family lunch and wondered who the “fat woman” was and scarily, it was me! This really made me evaluate how I’d managed to put on so much weight – it just crept up on me.
How did you hear about Nutracheck?
I found Nutracheck online after doing a search for Calorie Counting Apps, I initially tried My Fitness Pal but found that I couldn’t find most of the food so I switched to Nutracheck and didn’t look back. I found it extremely useful and easy to use and I use the App-Only version which is much easier for me.
Looking back over the years (before you lost weight with NC) how would you describe your attitude towards with food?
I don’t think I have ever had an ‘issue’ with food, I just ate what I fancied. My main issue was greed. I am not ashamed to admit that I used to be greedy and would often eat cakes, biscuits when they were around at work, and also have bigger portions than I needed for my tea. During the day I just ate a normal packed lunch but it was my tea that was the biggest issue.
How easy was it to fit the changes you made into your lifestyle?
I found using Nutracheck very easy and I haven’t struggled with it at all, I think you have to have the willpower to do it and stick with it and really want it; if you don’t have the right mind set then you won’t do it – you really have to “want it”.
How do you feel now compared to before?
I feel much better and I am so proud of myself, I have lost 2 dress sizes and because of all the walking I have done I am much fitter and I feel better all round; I have more energy and am much less tired than I used to be.
Any notable milestones to report?
My biggest milestone is the nearly 3 inches I have lost from my middle – that was my worst issue (I looked pregnant!) and now it is much better. All my clothes are too big though!
What 3 tips would you give to anyone who has weight to lose?
1. Sign up to Nutracheck, you won’t regret it and it will be the best £3.99 you ever spend.
2. Enter everything that you eat and drink into the App – if you don’t you are only cheating yourself.
3. Weigh yourself once a week – don’t get obsessed with weighing every day as that can just bring you down.
4. I know you said three but a sneaky 4th – don’t try to lose too much each week, it is healthier to stick to 1-2lbs a week, slow and steady is the healthier way and it should stay off. Crash diets never work.