I have been struggling with my weight for a while now. I think since I have been told about my hormone imbalance and infertility issues, I was just so mad at my body that I started treating it pretty badly. I was down about it, but that made me want to eat even more. It really has been a vicious cycle that gets worse and worse.
I’d given up with counting calories or really wthcing what I ate. I know that just sounds like an excuse to people that aren’t facing sicknesses or emotional eating, but it is true. I have remained pretty active, but of course, there is always more that I can do. So I have decide that enough is enough.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that last week I was up in town for a special event for XLS-Nutrition. There were a group of seven bloggers that got together to learn about the new healthy weight loss shakes, and who we can use them in our lives. It also kicked off an eight-week plan that we are all going to follow to give our weight loss a boost, with the three shakes, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.
How are these shakes different?
I have tried a few different weight loss shakes in my time. But to be honest, they have just left me feeling really hungry and craving things to eat. So to be honest, I was a bit dubious about this one. I have the motivation of having to report back to other bloggers and the brand, not to mention having some professional ‘after’ pictures taken. So I have to stick to it!
If you can see on the box though, for the vanilla flavour at least, there is 31g of protein in the shakes, which is the highest I have ever seen for a weight loss shake like this. So not only does it help to target the fat n your body, rather than the muscle, it helps to keep my feeling fuller for longer. And you know what, after a week of it, I have really noticed that I am feeling fuller for longer. I don’t really even crave snacks (though thing like fruit and vegetables are allowed), as long as I am drinking enough water. So for me, that is the first thing I noticed and why it is different to other shakes; I feel full when I have them.
How convenient is it?
I do much better when someone tells me what to eat, rather than me having to meal plan. So for me, knowing that I am having a shake for breakfast and a shake for lunch (or dinner), and then a regular meal (under 600 calories), is really easy to plan for. I hardly have to think about it!
Mornings are such a mad rush as it is, so to have a shake to just grab and go is really convenient for me. It also works best for me to have one for lunch too, as I am usually trying to fit in some work, a workout, or picking up Chloe from nursery. So as things have been going, I have preferred the two shakes and then a proper meal in the evening.
Have I cheated?
Last week it was my birthday and we went to Brugge and Amsterdam for two nights away. While i took the shakes with me, I did have half a waffle in Brugge and I had a hotel breakfast the two mornings that we were there. I was sensible with my choices though, but just had a shake for lunch on those days. I have come much better at calorie counting as I had neglected to do that for a while.
Weight loss after week one?
After one week I have lost 3 pounds exactly.
To say that I had two days that wasn’t being strict with the diet, I don’t think that I have done too badly. Plus, I want to be consistent with this, change my lifestyle, so that I am able to keep the weight loss off. So around 2 pounds a week is what I want to aim for. Fingers crossed! I have around 30 pounds to lose in total.
Have you heard of XLS-Nutrition before? It would be great to hear what you think and if you’ve tried something similar before.
*this is a collabrative post with XLS-Nutrition. However, all opinions are my own and reflect my honest thoughts on the products and my experience with them.