This is my 2nd go-round with the Wendie Plan. I lost 26lbs using this method back in '03 but put the weight back on as I was finishing grad school. I am now following the plan again and I want to share some of my tips.
1. Allow yourself to become familiar with the new way of eating.
Yes, the Super High Day might seem scary at first but do take that time to enjoy what you've been craving during the week and keep it a controlled splurge. I'd say 2-3 full weeks on Wendie Plan will give you enough basis to judge if this plan will work for you. If you don't consistently follow the plan, don't blame the plan. It works...It's grounded in good nutritional research mirroring the idea of calorie cycling without the labor-intensive nature of actually counting calories.
2. You absolutely must eat your given points for the day and nothing more. I tried to follow the Wendie Plan advice to eat all of my activity points on the low days, 1/2 of them on high days and so on. It never seemed to work with any consistency. So if I was supposed to eat 31 points for the day, that's what I did and I didn't veer from that no matter how much I exercised b/c if you earn lots of APs like I do, you could end up eating your daily target, Flex Points and then some (which is a no-no).
3. You must exercise. Eating your assigned Wendie Plan points is only part of the equation. If you want to truly shake up your metabolism and break through a plateau, you have to break a sweat and/or pump iron. I lift weights in addition to doing cardio so my weight loss isn't as high as if I were doing an hour of cardio per day. For me that's okay because I'd rather lose inches than obsess with scale. Nonetheless, setting a weekly activity point goal is a good strategy to follow.
4. You need to do some degree of meal planning or at the minimum knowing ahead of time the points values for certain foods. On my late night teaching days, I make sure I bring a cooler with the exact amount of food that adds up to my assigned day's points. I don't bother to eat out on those days. I stick to what I brought with me because I could better control my point intake.
5. Make sure you have at least 2 days separating your Super High Day and your weigh-in. Usually we eat more sodium and fat on the SHD which causes temporary bloat and weight gain. Space the SHD out from your weigh-in, eat low for those 2 days in between and drink lots of water.
6. Be Realistic.
In the past I could consistently lose 2-3lbs a week on the Wendie Plan. Well, 5 years later, I'm hitting my mid-30's and I ain't losing weight like I did in my 20's. So 1-2lbs a week is absolutely fabulous to me. The Wendie Plan is not a quick-fix. Yes, it will shake things up if you hit a plateau and you might drop 5lbs in a week but to do that consistently each week is unrealistic and unhealthy. What is so special about the Wendie Plan is that it keeps our metabolism guessing which is necessary for steady, consistent progress over the long haul.
7. Tracking is just as important or even more important on the Wendie Plan. Again, refer to #2. Without tracking you could easily wind up eating too much.
Hope this helps the newbies or those having some difficulty with the plan.
Edited by: NUBIENNELADY at: 2/14/2008 (01:53)
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